11:30 LRN Newscast July 30

Several Acadiana bar owners have filed a lawsuit in an effort to get a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order against the governor’s emergency order that has shut down bars. The governor’s office points to the 464 confirmed cornavirus infections connected to 41 bars as a reason why the closure is necessary. But Attorney Jimmy Faircloth says that’s a small fraction of the total known cases in Louisiana…
cut 4 (08) “….there’s not”
The governor’s office says he does have the legal authority to close certain businesses during a public health emergency.

Minden Senator Robert Mills has asked the governor to revise an executive order to allow clergy members to enter healthcare facilities to provide mental health support. Mills says for patients who are close to death, this is especially important…
cut 8 (12) “…great relief”
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….
cut 5 (11) “…this state”

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…
cut 12 (09) “…our clients”
Since 2008, LED Fast Start has delivered a half-million hours of training to more than 31-thousand employees.