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News for Wednesday June 3rd, 2020

 

The health department releases new covid-19 numbers for the state; hospitalization rates continue to decline. A decrease of 22 from Monday with 639 now recorded. Vent usage also decreased down by 3 with 83 on record and fatalities increased by 34 for a total of 2,724. Case numbers increased by 405. The Governor Announced Monday that the state will move to Phase Two of reopening this Friday.

 

A hearing in the Kayla Giles' second-degree murder case has been reset for Aug. 5.

 

Two St. Landry Parish deputies have left the department - one fired and one who resigned - over social media posts related to the George Floyd incident.

 

Legislators manage to pass tort reform aimed at lowering auto insurance rates by ten percent but Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat believes Governor Edwards will veto the session’s signature bill.

 

Another piece of controversial legislation made it out of the Legislature in the last minutes of the session: a 300 million dollar grant program for small businesses.

 

Tropical Storm Cristobal forms in the Bay of Campeche, but it’s expected to remain stationary over the next few days.

 

The casino industry is responding to the Senate’s decision not to confirm the re-appointment of Ronnie Jones as chairman of the state’s gaming control board. Casino Association of Louisiana executive director Wade Duty was surprised by the decision and says Louisiana benefitted from his time at the helm of the board.

 

Tattoo shops are reopening in Phase Two and the artists behind the ink are ready to get back to work on Friday.

 

As the nation reacts to the violent death of George Floyd, Governor John Bel Edwards says he appreciates citizens of Louisiana keeping protests civil and nonviolent.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering a 6,000 dollar reward for information leading to arrests in the shooting death of a black bear just south of Franklin.

 

Sports..

 

Saints and Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson announces the formation of a Social Justice Leadership Coalition.

 

Just over a year ago Louisiana Tech’s baseball stadium was destroyed by an E-F three tornado. But next year, Tech will host the Conference USA Baseball championship tournament at a rebuilt J-C Love Field at Patterson Park next year.

 

In other Conference USA news, the Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reports the field for the Conference USA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments next year will be dropped from 12 to eight teams.

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