8:30 LRN Newscast July 31

Governor Edwards has responded to the federal class-action lawsuits filed against him by bar owners over his emergency order that bans on-premise alcohol consumption. Edwards says they have a right to file a sut, but the governor believes his actions are legal…
Cut 7 (10) “…is absolutely essential.”
The state health department has traced at least 464 confirmed coronavirus infections to 41 bars.

Louisiana’s medical marijuana program expands tomorrow as a new law allows anyone who has a debilitating condition to receive a recommendation for medicinal cannabis from their doctor. Wellcana CEO John Davis says medical marijuana is a safer option than opioids…
cut 6 (12) “…side effects”

Congressional Republicans and Democrats are at an impasse in discussions over the next round of coronavirus relief aid. Matt Doyle has the story.
Cut 3 (29) “…I’m Matt Doyle”

The state education department has announced they’ve received a 17-million dollar federal grant to help meet the needs of students in pre-K and through third grade during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families will be provided opportunities for high-quality remote supplemental learning resources, virtual tutoring and internet connectivity needed to access those services.