7:30 A.M. LRN Newscast 07/01/2020

Senator Bill Cassidy says he expects another federal stimulus package to be passed sometime in late July.
Cassidy aims to have CARES 4.0 focused on covering the estimated 500 billion dollars of lost revenue for local governments nationwide. The 500 billion includes funds already lost, and estimated losses moving into 2021.
Cassidy says Senators are evaluating whether they will maintain federal unemployment assistance set to expire July 31st…He feels it won’t be necessary if economies can reopen.
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In East Feliciana, the parish police jury will decide next week whether to dismantle a statue of a confederate soldier from the courthouse lawn which has stood there since 1909. Calls to remove the statue have escalated in the past few weeks while protests have broken out across the county and Louisiana.

On the last day of the special session, the Legislature passes a tort reform bill that supporters say will lower auto insurance rates. Matt Doyle has the story.
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Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be back in the NFL but this time he will be in a Fox broadcast booth. Vilma accepted an in-game analyst position with Fox earlier this summer.