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C1 3 tearing through businesses, damaging homes and taking at least one life.

Where the storm is headed... and how it's expected to impact our state.

L3: coming up white reacting to teen gun violence and.... a call to action following a string of shootings involving teenagers in lexington.

The steps the fayette mall is taking after a deadly shooting there... plus.... l3: coming up white reacting to teen gun violence "what's the city doing to address the rise in teenage gun violence?"

L3: coming up white high-flying rescue and... rescuers talk about a terrifyingly close call for three workers left dangling from a building... and the training that helped them make it to safety.

Welcome in.

I'm tom kenny.

We thank you for joining us this evening.

And i'm veronica jean seltzer.

Hurricane laura strengthened as it moved through the gulf of mexico.... making landfall overnight as a category four storm.

Parts of texas and louisiana seeing widespread destruction from the storm marla carter more in tonight's top story at five.

L3: top story white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage :19-:33 l3: top story white gov.

John bel edwards (d) - louisiana l3: top story white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage :49-1:01 l3: top story white gov.

Greg abbott (r) - texas l3: top story white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage 1:23-1:35 l3: top story white marla carter abc news laura - roared through the gulf coast overnight - making landfall as a powerful category 4 hurricane in cameron, louisiana - near the texas border the strongest wind storm to strike louisiana in 164 years pounding the bayou state with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.

Gov.

Edwards this was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in the state of louisiana and it is still a powerfull storm the storm blowing down trees and power lines - ripping off roofs - flooding neighborhoods - and destroying business mattress store owner: oh boy reporter question: you didn't expect it to be this bad?

Owner: no sir.

Officials issuing a shelter in place order for west lake, louisiana after a fire broke out at a chemical plant texas' governor greg abbott touredf the hard hit areas in the state gov.

Greg abbott it seems like most of the significant damage i was able to see, saw more rooftops ripped off, you saw more shingles missing, more trees down.

The cajun navy - whose hummers can handle up to six feet of water -- now assisting with rescue operations.

Good samaritans also doing what they can to help neighbors in hard hit areas myke hastings/bringing supplies to hackberry and cameron:, we're going to try and make a rescue trip out there so they're not stranded as long as they have been in past storms. philip morrisett/owner of transit vehicles: we're from houston and we just wanted to come out and lend a hand where we could marla carter/ ktrk-tv: the governor says they are working with fema to help people in orange rebuild.

More than 700- hundred thousand people have lost power in texas and louisana.

Reporting live from orange texas, marla carter abc news.

Ots video tape:left impact on kentucky <none> we will be feeling the affects of hurricane laura here in kentucky.... but just how bad is it expected to get?

Let's go to abc 36 storm team meteorologist george zabrecky who has more on the potential impact on us.

Jason wraps :adliboff: ots video tape:right kentucky response <none> red cross volunteers have made their way down south to help with families who are in ots video tape:right kentucky response <none> red cross volunteers have made their way down south to help with families who are in c1 3 need of shelter as hurricane laura makes it's way through.

For now... they're mostly stuck indoors helping families make their way into hotels.

This is something different, compared to other natural disastiers in the past... hotels are working with the red cross to help people with social distancing and staying healthy.

David silver, a red cross shelter manager in bossier city louisiana, says they're currently trying to focus on keeping the families fed and safe.

L3: top story white david silver shelter manager, red cross "not many of us can afford to go out and eat with our families three meals a day for ten days or whatever and then if the storm hits, the restraunts aren't open.

So our job is to give them sustenance."

He says once the storm has pa... the next step is to help families transition out of the shelters into a safe home.

The red cross is asking for donations, you can find more information on how to help at wtvq.com.

Ots image:left coronavirus in ky coronavirus 5.jpg now to the latest on the coronavirus in kentucky... and according to governor andy beshear... several counties are seeing a jump in new cases in the double-digits fs vo bullets:no coronavirus in kentucky source: office of the governor new deaths: 8 total deaths: 910 ... according to the governor.... eight more kentuckians have lost their lives to the virus.

That brings the number of people who have died in the state from the virus to 910.

The governor is also reporting 775 new cases of the virus.

He says counties like knox, madison, scott, laurel, bell, pulaski and rowan all saw a larger- than-average increase in cases.

The state has had 45,978 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in march.

He also says the positivity rate is now at four-point- eight percent.

Ots image:right coronavirus scam scam alert.jpg madison county health officials are warning people about a coronavirus- related scam.

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The health department says it does not tell people through at text that they have tested positive for the virus.

It also says its contact tracing team will never ask for money, a social security number, bank account information, salary information, or credit card numbers in exchange for test information.

H ots image:left youth escort policy fayette mall.jpg to other news... starting tomorrow.... anyone under 18 will have to have an adult with them if they are in the fayette mall.

L3: abc 36 news white fayette mall updates youth escort policy no one under 18 allowed in friday-sunday ... the mall announced today its updated youth escort policy.

Every friday.... saturday and sunday... no one under 18 will be allowed in the mall if they don't have a parent or guardian over the age of 21 with them.

The mall updated its youth escort policy just days after a 17-year-old was killed and two other people were injured during a shooting inside the mall.

To see the full policy... just go to this story on our website... wtvq-dot- com.

Ots image:right teens & gun violence gun1.jpg as another lexington teenager fights for his life as the result of gun violence, police, the courts and mental health professionals issue a call to action.

The latest shooting was wednesday at an apartment on garden springs..

Abc 36's christy bollinger tells us city leaders say it's time for the community to step up.

Christy"the city of lexington has lost six teenagers to gun violence since april 21."

And in just 12 days, there's been six shootings involving teens..

Four of them ending in deaths.

"we can't have anymore of our young people's lives lost."

City leaders and professionals say the community must step up.

"we have to unite to turn our children away from a path of violence."

Police chief lawrence weathers says many young people feel they don't have futures.

"our youth are telling us something.

To me, they're telling me they're looking for direction."

And lexington is not alone.

Cities across the country are seeing the same senseless trend.

Mayor linda gorton says in a pandemic kids are more isolated... no sports... no school..

No church.... jobs hard to find.

"at every turn, our young people are cut off from the people who might normally help them.

Mentors..

Coaches... teachers.

Covid makes it hard to address the challenges young people... and their families, face.

Even worse, many teens tell experts they carry guns for protection.

Criminal justice agencies are starting a juvenile treatment court... to link kids with help they need.

"a sixteen year old in court and they reveal that they've already lost ten friends people in their own age group to gun violence in their short life it's hard for us to expect a different outcome."

The chief says trauma following violence requires a community prepared to help... and that's what's needed now.

"all we need to do is step up own up and honor up."

Christy bollinger, abc 36 news.

Ots image:right teens & gun violence gun1.jpg the city wants those affected by violence to know mental resources are available to you.

A list of free and affordable support is on our website, wtvq.com.

Terrifying moments for three workers in downtown lexington last night... after the suspended work platform they were on collapsed.

But specialized training helped the lexington fire department get all three safely to the ground.

According to firefighters, the three workers, who work for structural systems repair group in cincinnati, were properly attatched to their safety gear in case of a sitatuion like this one.

All three walked away with no injuries.

One was able to lower himself down to the ground... captain chris rudd says firefighters were able to get to the other two safely and had them on the ground in about 10 minutes.

"the very first arriving companies, which weren't technically trained, with no special equipment were able to effect the rescue with a ground ladder.

So that's by far the safest of putting someone on rope and then the second and little bit higher patient or victim was rescued by the ariel device at forty feet."

L3: abc 36 news white firefighters rescue workers from dangling platform lexington a technical rescue is anything that requires special training, special certification, and special equipment.

Across the city there are four rescue engines, those members go through technical rescue training.

That training can include multiple catagories... rope rescue, large animal rescue, machinery entanglement, trench collapse rescue and many more.

First reported by matt jones and kentucky sports radio then confirmed by a u-k athletics spokesperson...the u-k football walked out of practice today.

This as a form of protest against racial injustice in america.

More specifcally after the police shooting of james blake in kenosha wisconsin.

After leaving the field, the team held a meeting to discuss ways to promote their influence and be a part of efective change.

Coming up later in sports, hear from e-k-u football head coach walt wells and the 36 blitz heads to fleming county.

A change of routine turns into a lifesaving encounter for a mount sterling police officer.

Up next... see what landed our 9-1-1 hero in the right place at the right ti c1 3 moment.

As abc 36's cody adams explains, that was certainly the case for this months 911 hero.

It was a typical summer day shift for mt.

Sterling police officer cody mcdaniel.

Except on this day he had to go a different route than he typically would.

Cody mcdaniel: the actual bridge on locust street was out and i was going to help another officer on a call so i had to turn around and go back up that way because the bridge was out.

And as fate would have it... it's a good thing he did.

Cody mcdaniel: as i came around i seen smoke from the house.

Once officer mcdaniel saw the smoke he rushed toward it.

That's when he saw the fire and bystanders told him someone was inside... he knew there was no time to wait..

They told me someone was in there i didnt think about it i just went straight in and then once we got kind a trapped i was trying to get myself and her out as safely as i could at this same time another officer on the force... micah williams... was off duty, although he was technically working his second job as a member of the fire department that day.

When i arrived the ladder was on the window and numerous people he arrived on the scene to assist any way he could.

They told me there was a firefighter in there he and i tried to get her out and then officer mcdaniel came in and the three of us were able to get her out safely.

The two men say it was definitely fate.

They both just happened to be in the right place in the right time.

I believe everything happens for a reason, that bridge was out for a reason, i went the way i did for a reason, and hopefully it was to save her life.

Both williams and mcdaniel say they didn't do it alone.

Saving the woman's life took help from other responders and members of the community.

If you know someone who should be recognizeds as our galls 911 hero go to our website wtvq dot com and nominate them.

In studio cody adams abc 36 news.

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Hicks: we don't have enough members of congress doesn't understand what it feels like to struggle to put food on the table doesn't understand what it feels like or struggle to pay for health-insurance premiums. and i know because i was working hard and still poor.

Or struggle to pay for health-insurance premiums. i didn't feel like somebody growing up.

Or struggle to pay for health-insurance premiums. and so i joined the military.

Or struggle to pay for health-insurance premiums. s at the police department.

I went to school all week long at morehead.

I got out of law school, and as it turned out, just having a law degree doesn't make you somebody.

We don't have enough folks in congress just having a law degree doesn't make you somebody.

Who know what that feels like.

And if they ever did know what that kind of stuff feels like, lord, they've been in washington, d.c., too long now, accepted too much of them corporate pac donations lord, they've been in washington, d.c., too long now, to either know or care what it means to the people to be struggling.

And i think we get some representatives like me in congress, and the folks who struggle and i think we get some representatives like me got somebody on the doggone floor shouting, and we're gonna do stuff that helps these people, my people.

That's what i hope to be able to do.

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C1 3 :adliboff: coming up later in sports hear from e- k-u's new head football coach walt wells.

Also the 36 blitz rolls to fleming county.

Check out the now ..it's time to check out our frankfort toyota live traffic report.

C1 3 :adliboff: coming up later in sports hear from e- k-u's new head football coach walt wells.

C1 3 also the 36 blitz rolls to fleming county.

Check out the panthers coming u c1 3 marshall.

Head coach walt wells will begin his tenure not only against a tough team, but it will air on e-s-p-n at 1 p-m.

Wells knew their schedule may turn some heads, but playing on the worldwide leader?

That's big time.

News broke wednesday night the kentucky board of education would be meeting to talk c1 3 about fall sports in kentucky.

At first it looks as though after getting clearance from the khsaa, the government and local school boards...sports had another hurdle to clear.

The board's interim commissioner kevin c.

Brown released a statement they will not discuss canceling fall sports, but since the khsaa is under them they felt the need to review how it affects the health and safety of students.

Last season, for the first time since 2004 the fleming county panthers won double digit games.

Abc 36 sports director bryan kennedy and the 36 blitz rolls to flemingsburg tos ee if the panthers have what it takes to do that again.

Daniel watkins senior lineman "it's already 9 o'clock and you're out here running.

It's not fun, but you know of it wants to lose.

That's just something you gotta remember.

Everybody else is gonna be working too so you just gotta work twice as hard.

We're not as big as the teams we play.

The team we played last year was a lot bigger than us, but you just know you gotta work on your reps and get your reps in and there's brother things you can do to make up for that size gap.

Zeke conn senior qb/mlb "we might now have the most talent, but i believe this team has more heart than anybody else and we will give it our all.

We work harder than anybody else."

Whether it was talent, work ethic or heart...last season the panthers figured it out.

After only winning four games in 2018, they bounced back 10 wins last season and played bell county for a region title.

Daniel watkins "well it was nice as freshman of course they made the run and won the district and everything it was a big thing, but you're just a freshman on the sideline.

You don't really know what that feels like.

And then you know we're really down the sophomore year.

Lose a lot of games.

Lose bad to a lot of teams. and then you're able to come back your junior year, make a run, get a lot of wins and make a lot of good memories."

The man behind that bounce back...senior quarterback johnny maher.

Who threw for more than 2400 yards and ran for more than 1100 yards.

Bill spencer fleming county head football coach "johnny was huge for us last year and as a junior he kinda struggled on offense playing a new position.

We knew he was going to be better last year.

We didn't know that he was gonna be that much better last year like he was.

To be 3a player of the year was huge for our school.

And we don't really want to have one guy that does everything for us.

It kinda worked out that way last year, but when you ask him i think he'll tell ya a lot of that went to his offensive line, our fullbacks and guys who blocked for him and our receivers."

They may have lost maher, but good for the panther...they have a lot of those guys coming back.

Zeke conn "we got three senior lineman coming back.

We just gotta fill one spot so i feeling confident about that.

Our strong part on defense is we're not afraid to hit anybody."

Bryan kennedy abc 36 sports "as the panthers look to build on their success from last season.

They know, win or lose, they have a community who has their back and will be with them every step of the way."

Daniel watkins "a bunch of the moms of the seniors they're always there.

They're having tailgating before games and doing a lot of stuff the week before because they said, we know you're playing one of the top teams in the state and even if you don't come out and win we want you to remember it as a good thing so that's something to strive for.

Bill spencer "fleming county we are one show county.

If you wanna watch football on friday nights you come here.

We went to bell county last year and we had to take four buses for our parents to go down.

You know it was just a tremendous experience for them and the community really rallies behind us."

Tonight at 11, the 36 blitz rolls to mason county to check out the royals.

Hear from them tonight at 11.

That's all for now, i'm bryan kennedy, abc 36 sports.

C1 3 lexington police have arrested a suspect in one of city's most recent murders.

That's our top story at 5-30.

Full mug:murder arrest lexington jameel elias cox jameel cox.jpg <none> <none> <none> lexington police announced they arrested jameel cox for the murder of aaron leach.

Leach was found dead earlier this week at a home on lindy lane.

Police say cox shot and killed leach at leach's home monday afternoon.

The fayette mall is taking action.... following a shooting there sunday that left a 17-year-old dead and two people wounded.

L3: abc 36 news white fayette mall updates youth escort policy no one under 18 allowed in friday-sunday ... starting tomorrow.... anyone under 18 will have to have an adult with them if they are in the fayette mall.

The mall announced today its updated youth escort policy.

Every friday.... saturday and sunday... no one under 18 will be allowed in the mall if they don't have a parent or guardian over the age of 21 with them.

To see the full policy... just go to this story on our website... wtvq-dot- com.

Ots image:left teens & gun violence gun1.jpg as another lexington teenager fights for his life as the result of gun violence, police, the courts and mental health professionals issue a call to action.

The latest shooting just yesterday.

Lexington's lost six teenagers to gun violence since april 21st.

City leaders say it's time for the community to step up.

The mayor says in a pandemic kids are more isolated... no sports... no school..

No church.... jobs hard to find.

Covid makes it hard to address the challenges young people... and their families, face.

Even worse, many teens tell experts they carry guns for protection.

Criminal justice agencies are starting a juvenile treatment court... to link kids with help they need.

"a sixteen year old in court and they reveal that they've already lost ten friends people in their own age group to gun violence in their short life it's hard for us to expect a different outcome."

The city wants those affected by violence to know mental resources are available to you.

A list of free and affordable support is on our website, wtvq.com.

Ots video tape:right impact on kentucky <none> now to the latest on hurrican laura.... it's only the 10th storm in recorded history to hit the u-s at 150 miles-per- hour.

Hurricane laura made landfall after midnight in louisiana.... killing at least one person.

The storm is still battering that area.

Camila bernal has the latest on the damage so far.

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Governor billy nungesser (r) - louisiana l3: abc 36 news white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage 1:10 - 1:17 l3: abc 36 news white pete gaynor fema administrator l3: abc 36 news white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage under the cover of darkness -- hurricane laura stormed central louisiana -- with heavy rain and wind gusts over 120 miles per hour -- for more than an hour -- in lake charles.

Damaging buildings -- and sending debris flying.

In the daylight -- the destruction -- can be seen widespread -- gov.

John bel edwards, governor, lousiana/"we have hurricane strength winds still associated with this storm as it moves north and still causing damage, power outage and so forth.

I will tell you that the damage is extensive."

Laura hit the area as category four storm -- mandatory evacuations were in place for central louisiana residents -- but that didn't stop some from riding out the storm.

Billy nungesser/louisiana lieutenant governor/"one family i talked to at 3:30, 50 miles from the coast, as they felt their roof being lifted up said they'll never ride out another storm.

And hopefully they're safe as well.

So we know some people stayed and we hope no one lost their life."

Fema says it will quickly get on the ground to start assesing damage.

In the meantime, they have a message for residents.

Pete gaynor, fema administrator/"keep your family safe.

If you're in a safe place, don't go outside until you hear the all-clear from your local officials.

Stay out of the water.

Stay away from downed power lines.

This is going to be a dangerous part of the storm, even after it passes."

:adlibon: jason wraps :adliboff: ots image:left coronavirus in ky coronavirus 5.jpg now to the latest on the coronavirus... and it looks like one c1 3 important number... the positivity rate... continues to hold steady.

Fs vo bullets:no coronavirus in kentucky source: office of the governor new deaths: 8 total deaths: 910 ... according to the governor.... eight more kentuckians have lost their lives to the virus.

That brings the number of people who have died in the state from the virus to 910.

The governor is also reporting 775 new cases of the virus.

The state has had 45,978 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in march.

He also says the positivity rate is now at four-point- eight percent.

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Coronavir ... the lexington fayette county health department is also reporting one new death from the virus.

That brings the total number of coronavirus deaths in the city to 54.

The health department says there are 102 new confirmed cases.... bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 5,289.

With the labor day holiday approaching, city and health officials are worried about gatherings creating a even bigger surge in cases in september.

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The health department says it does not tell people through at text that they have tested positive for the virus.

It also says its contact tracing team will never ask for money, a social security number, bank account information, salary information, or credit card numbers in exchange for test information.

In our coverage of the 20-20 election.... ots image:left testifying before congress michael adams.jpg kentucky's secretary of state michael adams will testify before a congressional committee in washington tomorrow.

According to adams... he was invited by the house homeland security committee to talk about how kentucky conducted a successful election during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many consider it a model going into the november election with the high number of mail-in ballots expected to be cast.

Adams testimony will be done virtually from frankfort and begins at noon.

As president trump gets set to address the republican national convention tonight.

But rising tensions in wisconsin and a major hurricane are threatening to overshadow the party's biggest event of the year.

Andrew dymburt has details.

L3: election 2020 white president trump to address the republican national convention line two 1:21-1:29 l3: election 2020 white kellyanne conway counselor to the president l3: election 2020 white president trump to address the republican national convention line two 1:38-1:56 l3: election 2020 white andrew dymburt abc news nats vice president mike pence - delivering the keynote address at the republican national convention wednesday.

On a night of instability in at least one american city.

Pence in these challenging times our country needs a president who believes in america.

Pence did not mention the name "jacob blake" the black man who was shot by police in the back 7 times in kenosha wisconsin.

But did push his party's platform as one for law and order.

Pence president trump and i know the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us.

They put their lives on the line every day.

The vice president added that the unrest that's sparked nationwide protests, and in many cases, damage and rioting in several major cities will continue if opponents are elected in november.

Pence joe biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to unsafe streets and violence in america's cities.

The hard truth is you won't be safe in joe biden's america.

Biden - pushing back on msnbc: biden: he's rooting for more violence, not less.

And it's clear about that.

And what's he doing -- he's pouring gasoline on the fire meanwhile - back at the white house.

The administration distancing itself from the man who is accused of shooting protesters in wisconsin.

Conway: are we going to play this game where we look at who somebody supports or what color hat they wear to a rally and somehow make us all responsible?

And tonight - president trump will close out the rnc in grand fashion on the south lawn of the white house- something that has never been done before.

Andrew dymburt tag: trump is expected to address the jacob blake shooting.

And a white house official tells abc news that efforts have been made by the administration to contact the blake family.

Meanwhile - kamala harris delivered a speech just hours before trump as the democrats' main counter to the rnc.

Andrew dymburt abc news washington.

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Hicks: we don't have enough members of congress who understand what it feels like to grow up poor.

Shape your future.

Hicks: we don't have enough members of congress doesn't understand what it feels like to struggle to put food on the table doesn't understand what it feels like or struggle to pay for health-insurance premiums. doesn't understand what it feels like and i know because i was working hard and still poor.

And i think we get some representatives like me in congress, and the folks who struggle got somebody on the doggone floor shouting, in congress, and the folks who struggle we're gonna do stuff that helps these people, my people.

In congress, and the folks who struggle that's what i hope to be able to do.

I'm josh hicks, and i approve this message.

C1 3 time was down slightly last week in kentucky.... and across the nation.

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Of that number... 16,034 claims were filed in kentucky.

That's down by more than 2,000 from the week before.

While there were 98,000 less claims filed in the u.s. compared to the previous week... economists say the numbers are still disappointing.

That's because there's only been one week since the start of the pandemic when the number of first-time jobless claims was under a million.

L3: consumer news white dog food recalled over salmonella concerns a dog food has been voluntarily recalled due to concerns of salmonella contamination.

The recall affects nature's menu super premium dog food with a blend of real chicken and quail in three and 13-and-a- half pound bags.

There are no reports of pets getting sick.

There is a risk to humans who handle the contaminated products.

Amazon c-e-o jeff bezos has officially clinched a title we can only dream of having.

He is the first-ever person to amass a two-hundred-billion dollar fortune.

I'll repeat that..... $200 billion.

L3: consumer news white jeff bezos 1st person ever worth $200b that's according to forbes... who say bezos' fortune is believed to be the largest ever accumulated.

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Hurricane laura's impact is going to be felt here in kentucky.

Meteorologist george zabrecky tells us what to expect... when we come back.

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L3: entertainment news white "inside the nba" host walks off set showing solidarity for nba players' bo ... kenny smith was showing solidarity with n-b-a players who chose to boycott their playoff game following the police shooting of a black man in wisconsin.

Smith said... as a black man and former player... he wanted to support the players and not be there.

He then unplugged his microphone and walked off the set.

Another host... ernie johnson..... told smith he respected his decision.

The show continued with johnson and co-hosts charles barkley and shaquille o'neal talking about the league, the boycotts, and racial injustice.

Three playoff games were scheduled for wednesday night... but they were all postponed.

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The two announced the birth of daisy dove bloom via a unicef donation page they created in her honor.

Both perry and bloom are goodwill ambassadors for unicef and the donations go toward helping mothers and newborns around the world get access to health care.

Daisy is the couple's first child together.

Bloom has a 9-year- old son with ex-wife miranda kerr.

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Your top stories of the day are coming up after the break.

L3: coming up white hurricane laura hits ahead at six..... hurricane laura makes landfall.... tearing through businesses, damaging homes and taking at least one life.

Where the storm is headed... and how it's expected to impact our state.

L3: coming up white reacting to teen gun violence and.... a call to action following a string of shootings involving teenagers in lexington.

The steps the fayette mall is taking after a deadly shooting there... plus.... l3: coming up white reacting to teen gun violence "what's the city doing to address the rise in teenage gun violence?"

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I'm tom kenny.

We thank you for joining us this evening.

And i'm veronica jean seltzer.

Hurricane laura strengthened as it moved through the gulf of mexico.... making landfall overnight as a category four storm.

Parts of texas and louisiana seeing widespread destruction from the storm marla carter more in tonight's top story at six.

L3: top story white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage :19-:33 l3: top story white gov.

John bel edwards (d) - louisiana l3: top story white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage :49-1:01 l3: top story white gov.

Greg abbott (r) - texas l3: top story white hurricane laura leaves widespread damage 1:23-1:35 l3: top story white marla carter abc news laura - roared through the gulf coast overnight - making landfall as a powerful category 4 hurricane in cameron, louisiana - near the texas border the strongest wind storm to strike louisiana in 164 years pounding the bayou state with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.

Gov.

Edwards this was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in the state of louisiana and it is still a powerfull storm the storm blowing down trees and power lines - ripping off roofs - flooding neighborhoods - and destroying business mattress store owner: oh boy reporter question: you didn't expect it to be this bad?

Owner: no sir.

Officials issuing a shelter in place order for west lake, louisiana after a fire broke out at a chemical plant texas' governor greg abbott toured some of the hard hit areas in the state gov.

Greg abbott it seems like most of the significant damage i was able to see, saw more rooftops ripped off, you saw more shingles missing, more trees down.

The cajun navy - whose hummers can handle up to six feet of water -- now assisting with rescue operations.

Good samaritans also doing what they can to help neighbors in hard hit areas myke hastings/bringing supplies to hackberry and cameron:, we're going to try and make a rescue trip out there so they're not stranded as long as they have been in past storms. philip morrisett/owner of transit vehicles: we're from houston and we just wanted to come out and lend a hand where we could marla carter/ ktrk-tv: the governor says they are working with fema to help people in orange rebuild.

More than 700- hundred thousand people have lost power in texas and louisana.

Reporting live from orange texas, marla carter abc news.

Ots video tape:left impact on kentucky <none> we will be feeling the affects of hurricane laura here in kentucky.... but just how bad is it expected to get?

Let's go to abc 36 storm team meteorologist george zabrecky who has more on the potential impact on us.

Jason wraps :adliboff: ots video tape:right kentucky response <none> red cross volunteers have made their way down c1 3 south to help with families who are in need of shelter as hurricane laura makes it's way through.

For now... they're mostly stuck indoors helping families make their way into hotels.

This is something different, compared to other natural disastiers in the past... hotels are working with the red cross to help people with social distancing and staying healthy.

David silver, a red cross shelter manager in bossier city louisiana, says they're currently trying to focus on keeping the families fed and safe.

L3: top story white david silver shelter manager, red cross "not many of us can afford to go out and eat with our families three meals a day for ten days or whatever and then if the storm hits, the restraunts aren't open.

So our job is to give them sustenance."

He says once the storm has passed... the next step is to help families transition out of the shelters into a safe home.

The red cross is asking for donations, you can find more information on how to help at wtvq.com.

Ots image:left coronavirus in ky coronavirus 5.jpg now to the latest on the coronavirus in kentucky... and according to governor andy beshear... several counties are seeing a jump in new cases in the double-digits fs vo bullets:no coronavirus in kentucky source: office of the governor new deaths: 8 total deaths: 910 ... according to the governor.... eight more kentuckians have lost their lives to the virus.

That brings the number of people who have died in the state from the virus to 910.

The governor is also reporting 775 new cases of the virus.

He says counties like knox, madison, scott, laurel, bell, pulaski and rowan all saw a larger- than-average increase in cases.

The state has had 45,978 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in march.

He also says the positivity rate is now at four-point- eight percent.

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- te ... the madison county health department says someone is texting people... telling them they are with the health department and they have tested positive for covid-19.

The health department says it does not tell people through at text that they have tested positive for the virus.

It also says its contact tracing team will never ask for money, a social security number, bank account information, salary information, or credit card numbers in exchange for test information.

We have an update now on one of lexington's most recent homicides.

Full mug:murder arrest lexington jameel elias cox jameel cox.jpg <none> <none> <none> this afternoon.... lexington police announced they arrested jameel cox for the murder of aaron leach.

Leach was found unresponsive at his home on lindy lane monday.

Police say cox shot and killed leach at the home.

In addition to the murder charge... cox is also charged with robbery.

H ots image:left youth escort policy fayette mall.jpg to other news... starting tomorrow.... anyone under 18 will have to have an adult with them if they are in the fayette mall.

L3: abc 36 news white fayette mall updates youth escort policy no one under 18 allowed in friday-sunday ... the mall announced today its updated youth escort policy.

Every friday.... saturday and sunday... no one under 18 will be allowed in the mall if they don't have a parent or guardian over the age of 21 with them.

The mall updated its youth escort policy just days after a 17-year-old was killed and two other people were injured during a shooting inside the mall.

To see the full policy... just go to this story on our website... wtvq-dot- com.

Ots image:right teens & gun violence gun right side1.jpg as another lexington teenager fights for his life as the result of gun violence, police, the courts and mental health professionals issue a call to action.

The latest shooting was wednesday at an apartment on garden springs..

Abc 36's christy bollinger tells us city leaders say it's time for the community to step up.

Christy"the city of lexington has lost six teenagers to gun violence since april 21."

And in just 12 days, there's been six shootings involving teens..

Four of them ending in deaths.

"we can't have anymore of our young people's lives lost."

City leaders and professionals say the community must step up.

"we have to unite to turn our children away from a path of violence."

Police chief lawrence weathers says many young people feel they don't have futures.

"our youth are telling us something.

To me, they're telling me they're looking for direction."

And lexington is not alone.

Cities across the country are seeing the same senseless trend.

Mayor linda gorton says in a pandemic kids are more isolated... no sports... no school..

No church.... jobs hard to find.

"at every turn, our young people are cut off from the people who might normally help them.

Mentors..

Coaches... teachers.

Covid makes it hard to address the challenges young people... and their families, face.

Even worse, many teens tell experts they carry guns for protection.

Criminal justice agencies are starting a juvenile treatment court... to link kids with help they need.

"a sixteen year old in court and they reveal that they've already lost ten friends people in their own age group to gun violence in c1 3 their short life it's hard for us to expect a different outcome."

The chief says trauma following violence requires a community prepared group to gun violence in their short life it's hard for us to expect a different outcome."

The chief says trauma following violence requires a community prepared to help... and that's what's needed now.

"all we need to do is step up own up and honor up."

Christy bollinger, abc 36 news.

Ots image:right teens & gun violence gun right side1.jpg the city wants those affected by violence to know mental resources are available to you.

A list of free and affordable support is on our website, wtvq.com.

First reported by matt jones and kentucky sports radio then confirmed by a u-k athletics spokesperson...the u-k football walked out of practice thursday.

This as a form of protest against racial injustice in america.

More specifcally after the police shooting of james blake in kenosha wisconsin.

After leaving the field, the team held a meeting to discuss ways to promote their influence and be a part of efective change.

Coming up later in sports, hear from e-k-u football head coach walt wells and the 36 blitz heads to fleming county.

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