8:30 LRN Newscast

The state education department reports Louisiana’s High School gradutation rate fell a little over one percent to 80-percent for the Class of 2019. But Education Superintendent Cade Brumley says the number of students graduating with college credits or industry credentials went up ten percent….
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For the 11th straight year, Louisiana Economic Development’s Fast Start program is number one in the nation. L-E-D Fast Start Executive Director Paul Helton credits the program’s use of innovative methods of training for the high marks…
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Since 2008, LED Fast Start has delivered a half-million hours of training to more than 31-thousand employees.

Benton Senator Robert Mills is asking Governor Edwards to add clergy members to the list of mental health support personnel allowed in hospitals, nursing homes and adult residential care homes. Mills also plans on filing legislation to allow clergy visitations at hospitals…
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Mills says he’s trying to protect religious liberties of patietns during a declared public health emergency.

Nearly one-point-three million COVID-19 tests have been reported to the state and 112-thousand have come back positive. Governor Edwards says regular coronavirus testing is being conducted at prisons…
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This week 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reported in the Vermilion Parish Jail.