2:30 LRN Newscast July 28

Louisiana’s COVID-19 testing has hit another hurdle with the turnaround time and the supply chain for the reagents needed to get results. Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says the strain put onto the state’s testing capabilities could soon have an impact on who is eligible to be swabbed at community testing sites.

Cut 11 (11) “and drive-up sites.”

In an effort to stop youth COVID transmission, the governor’s office releases a PSA featuring half a dozen young people describing the serious symptoms they had as a result of COVID-19. The most recent wave of cases has been driven by community spread amongst young adults. The PSA ends with the young folks imploring their friends to mask up.

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The American Federation of Teachers threatens to back “safety strikes” in certain areas of the country if more is not done to assure the safety of teachers and students when fall classes resume. Two weeks ago when we spoke with Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter he said safety strikes were not being considered, but Carter says since then the situation has deteriorated.

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff deputies have charged two teens with the murder of a 53-year-old, Anthony Bennett of Lake Charles. Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the whole country is seeing these types of incidents, children committing violent crimes. The sheriff says there are parents who need to take back control of their kids.

Cut 5 (10)  “…discpline.”

A 16-and 13-year-old have been charged in the murder.