11:30 AM Newscast

Senator Bill Cassidy filed his papers today in Baton Rouge to run for a second term in office against 11 other candidates.  Cassidy’s opponents took turns digging at this record since qualifying began Wednesday, but the state’s senior Senator says he’ll stand behind his work over the past six years.
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Five of his opponents are Democrats, one is a Libertarian, and five are nonaffiliated.
As hospitals across the state reach capacity with COVID-19 patients, some healthcare facilities have enough beds, but they are having staffing issues to provide adequate care for patients.  Governor John Bel Edward asked FEMA for approximately 700 healthcare workers.

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Tropical Storm Hanna is eyeing a landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas tomorrow, but it will produce rainfall in south Louisiana this weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says is not expecting significant flooding

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Hanna will produce numerous thunderstorms and some rain bands in Louisiana.

Local governments have been reimbursed 127 million dollars so far as part of the CARES Act.  Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the money did not reimburse revenue losses for local governments and only paid for COVID-related expenditures.
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Other professional services and contracts for things like mental health counseling and financial consulting also applied.