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The state’s COVID hospitalizations rises to 1600, the highest number since May 1. There are also just over 2100 new cases and 29 new fatalities.
Senator Bill Cassidy filed his papers today in Baton Rouge to run for a second term in office against 11 other candidates. The state Democratic Party and one of his challengers Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins have slammed the Senator, accusing him of being M-I-A during the pandemic. Cassidy says he’s been in daily contact with constituents.

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Tropical Storm Hanna is eyeing a landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas tomorrow, but it will produce numerous thunderstorms and some rain bands in Louisiana this weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it will hinder some outdoor activities….

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Hospitals in Louisiana are facing staffing shortages due to COVID-19 and having trouble filling the void. Brooke Thorington has more.

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