12:30 Newscast

Louisiana chalks up just over a thousand new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total to 58,095. Hospitalizations rise by 44 to 781.
According to data from the state department of health, of those that have tested positive for COVID-19 since mid-May, only 59% have responded to phone calls from contact tracers and only one-third are answering calls within the crucial first 24 hours after the test results.  State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry…
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Orleans and Jefferson Parish have issued mandatory mask-wearing ordinances for those visiting parish businesses as state case counts continue to rise at a concerning rate. Jefferson Parish President Lee Sheng says their proclamation takes effect Wednesday and is the only way the parish will be able to one day move into Phase Three.
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Sheng says the parish is still working out the details of how it could be enforced, and what punishments would be handed out to businesses in violation.

Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart announces a grand jury has returned an indictment against eight Shreveport police officers for allegedly using excessive force against two men who were apprehended on January 24th. Stewart says each officer is facing one count of malfeasance in office

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A written report from Stewart’s office says dash camera video from a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputy vehicle shows the eight Shreveport police physically striking two individuals at the end of a police chase.The D-A’s report says the men who were beaten by Shreveport officers suffered injuries, including a broken nose and broken orbital plate. The charges against them, which included drug charges and resisting arrest have been dropped.