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News for Friday June 5th, 2020

 

The state reported 429 new coronavirus cases Thursday to bring Louisiana’s total 41,562. Assistant health secretary Alex Billioux says seeing more cases is not enough for them to be concerned that the spread of the disease is getting out of hand.  The state is reporting 613 people are hospitalized. That’s a decline of 134 since May 25th.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy believes a coronavirus vaccination will be ready by October. 

 

The state moves into Phase Two of the economic reopening today. The change means establishments that previously were allowed to operate at 25% occupancy will now see that increased to 50% capacity. Movie theatres, gyms, shopping malls, museums, barbershops and salons will all be able to increase capacity to 50% with social distancing. Casinos and video poker establishments can increase to 50% capacity, limited to 75% of their gaming positions. Phase Two will last at least 21 days.

 

36 year old Ronnie Humphrey of Pineville has been arrested on charges of distribution of pornography involving juveniles

 

The JC Penny store in Alexandria missed the first cut, but it days may be numbered. The company announced yesterday that they would close three stores in the state,  Lafayette, Metairie and Shreveport, with additional closures expected to be announced later this month. T

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday issued an emergency declaration ahead of the expected Sunday or Monday landfall of Tropical Depression Cristobal, which is expected to bring heavy rains and potential flooding to parts of Louisiana.

 

Colorado State University ups its projections for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season for above-average to very active.

 

The number of people continuing to receive unemployment in Louisiana has taken a downward turn as more businesses reopen from the state's stay-at-home order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces the reopening of Louisiana’s welcome centers under Phase Two guidelines today as the state is ready to start accommodating travelers. 

 

As Southeastern Conference teams ready to begin voluntary workouts in the coming days, a handful of Alabama football players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

 

New Orleans Police fired tear gas into a large group of George Floyd protestors last night after the crowd allegedly began planning to assault a line of officers.

 

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One day after saying he cannot support players who take a knee during the national anthem, Saints Quarterback Drew Brees apologized Thursday with a lengthy post on Instagram.

 

Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to resume the 2019-20 season. The Pelicans and 21 other teams will play eight regular season games in Orlando starting on July 31st.

 

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine says they have video evidence and pictures of four football teams holding summer workouts before the June eighth start date.

 

ESPN Basketball commentator Dick Vitale says LSU will soon receive a notice of allegations pertaining to its men’s basketball program.

 

LSU baseball has received some news on the recruiting front as Dylan Crews is taking his name out of consideration for the Major League Baseball Draft and will play for the Tigers in 2021.

 

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