12:30 LRN Newscast July 30

The Department of Health releases new COVID-19 numbers for the day and the state reports an increase in cases by 17-hundred. The percentage of new tests that are positive is at 7 percent. Fatalities increased by 42. Hospitalizations decreased by 20. It’s the third day in a row hospital have reported a decline in cases.

The high school graduation rate saw a slight decline from 2018 to 2019, but Louisiana schools did graduate a new record number of students. Matt Doyle has more.

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State Police is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened last night in Lake Charles. Trooper Derek Senegal says Lake Charles police officers responded to an alleged carjacking and when officers located the vehicle, a pursuit ensued and ended when the suspect crashed into a house

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Senegal says the suspect has been identified as 37-year-old William Joseph Latour the Third

Several bar owners in Acadiana have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Governor Edwards over his emergency order that bans onsite consumption at bars. Attorney Jimmy Faircloth is representing the plaintiff and says several of these bar owners met with the governor to find out why casinos can remain open, but a small bar owner can’t have ten patrons inside their establishment

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