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News for Thursday August 6th, 2020

 

The state is on a six-day streak of COVID hospitalization decreases, down as of noon yesterday by 16 to 1,471. Ventilator usage is down by 17 to 223. Nearly 1500 new cases were reported, bringing the state’s total to just shy of 126-thousand. Total fatalities: 3978, an increase of 41. Governor Jon Bell Edwards will hold an afternoon COVID press conference today. You can hear it starting at 2 on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

The start of high school football has been pushed back by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Initially set for early September that date will now, tentatively, be at least October 8th, with an eight game season in the works.

 

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the Louisiana Department of Education have partnered to provide a million masks for schools.

 

Louisiana residents receiving unemployment will now have to begin applying for at least three jobs a week in order to keep their benefits.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy proposes a second round of stimulus checks that would send 1,000 dollars to most Americans, instead of the previous 1,200 to working adults and 500 to their children.

 

The Colorado State Hurricane forecast team has once again upgraded its 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast, this time to extremely active.

 

Several thousand ExxonMobil Baton Rouge workers will see company contributions to a major retirement benefit halted in October in a decision that impacts the entire U.S. operations as the oil giant tries to cut costs.

 

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction takes place tonight in Baton Rouge, recognizing those that have made significant contributions to the state’s ag industry.

 

The Saints are giving their coaches, players, and other key personnel the opportunity to stay at the Loews Hotel in downtown New Orleans through the season opener in an effort to prevent a coronavirus outbreak within the team.

 

 

 

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