1:30 LRN Newscast July 23

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins officially qualifies to challenge Senator Bill Cassidy. Perkins, a Democrat says his decision to run rose from the concerns he has about how Congress is handling the coronavirus pandemic and this moment calls for strong, decisive leadership in DC.
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The primary is November third.

Ochsner Chief Medical Officer Doctor Robert Hart says they are purchasing new equipment in order to get coronavirus test results back faster to patients…
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Many people are waiting several days to get their test results back. Today, the state health department reported 24-hundred new cases, bringing the state’s total to 101-thousand.

The National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression heading towards Texas has the potential to produce heavy rains in Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the potential tropical storm could produce about an inch of rain for central Louisiana through Monday, two to four inches along the I-10 corridor and four inches along the coast…
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The forecast calls for the depression to strengthen into a tropical storm tomorrow morning and make landfall on Saturday between Houston and Brownsville, Texas.

In an open letter to parents and student-athletes, LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine says there are no plans to cancel fall sports and they are committed to a safe start for fall sports…
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Bonine has said the state needs to move beyond Phase 3 of its reopening in order for high school football games to be played.