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Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin proposed greater temporary use of mail-in ballots than the Legislature was willing to approve. (Photo by Abbie Shull/LSU Manship School News Service)

Mail-in voting contested

Three blue states — Washington, Oregon and Colorado — conduct all of their elections through mail-in votes, and four red states— Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Alaska — are joining them this year in conducting their presidential primaries entirely through mail ballots.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, 28 other states have announced plans to increase access to absentee ballots or take other actions to keep voters from lining up at polling places.

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LSU, ULM research shows HIV drug promising as possible coronavirus treatment

During a lecture on the Molecular & Cell Biology and Immunopathogenesis of coronaviruses attended virtually by more than 125 people, Konstantin “Gus” Kousoulas, head of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, revealed that the drug Nelfinavir mesylate, or NFV, and brand name Viracept, holds exceptional promise in limiting COVID-19 infections. Viracept was developed as a protease inhibitor in the treatment of the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.

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Chancellor Nancee Sorenson

LSUE to hold summer session

LSUE will hold a summer session and plans are moving forward for fall session.
While classes have moved online for the current session, the summer session is usually about 80% online, Chancellor Nancee Sorenson said.
The difference is science classes that have been moved online may return to the campus with the summer session, she said.
But the operative word is “maybe” The requirements such as social distancing put in place to slow the spread of CLOVID-19 are complicating planning.

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Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot speaks at a meeting held April 22 at LSUE. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Mayor says it is time to reopen

One clue to the future is the state Department of Motor Vehicles office is asking the city to do some work in the city-owned building.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said DMV has asked for the installation of protective plastic glass to shield its employees.
That may mean the next stage of bringing the economy back may occur after Gov. John Bel Edwards’ extension of the stay-at-home order expires on May 15.

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