3:30 LRN Newscast May 5

The House Natural Resources Committee approves legislation that would increase the cost of recreational hunting and fishing licenses. A basic fishing license would increase to 17-dollar and a basic hunting license would climb to 200-dollars. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet says his department has been doing more with less money, but it can’t go on.

Cut 10 (09) “..this bill” 

Several other types of licenses related to hunting and fishing would also see an increase.

Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Cates says ID.me a new verification process for benefits goes into effect today. The new identification process is a federal requirement for COVID-related unemployment claims. Cates says the process also protects claimants.

Cut 5  (09)  “…those benefits.”

Legislation to establish a closed party primary system for Louisiana congressional elections gets shelved for the session. Bill author Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt says under the current jungle primary system voters don’t have much incentive to make sure they register with a party that matches their views.

Cut 6 (13) “…record”

Former LSU President F. King Alexander says the opposition he faced from local leaders on his move to deprioritize standardized test scores in admissions was racist. Alexander says he doesn’t regret the firestorm his policy change created and says he wouldn’t have done it differently in that regard.

Cut 14 (10) “…university” 

Alexander made the comments on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster.

1:30 LRN Newscast May 5

The House Natural Resources Committee approves legislation that would increase the cost to purchase recreational hunting and fishing licenses. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet says license fees have remained steady for the last 20 years and a fund that’s helped finance the department is nearly dry

Cut 9 (07) “…big dilemna”

The proposal calls for the cost of a basic fishing license to increase from $9.50 to 17-dollars, a basic annual hunting license would climb from 150 to 200-dollars.

A new verification process ID.Me begins today for Louisianans filing new claims for unemployment. Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Cates says those filing claims and existing claimants transitioning from one form to another will be required to use the new verification process.

Cut 4 (11) “…social security card.” 

She says the process takes about five to 10 minutes.

 

Legislation that would have established a closed party primary system for Louisiana congressional elections gets shelved for the session. Louisiana GOP Deputy Chairman Charlie Buckles says the party authored a resolution in support of the bill and says the jungle primary system results in elections that are less issue-based.

Cut 7 (12) “…rat.”

Louisiana is one of the few states in the nation that does not have a closed primary system.

A Port Allen police officer who used a stun gun twice on a man who was seated resigns from the department. Nolan Dehon III was scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before the Port Allen City Council, to consider his termination but resigned before the hearing. A letter obtained by WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge says he chose to resign in the best interest of his family and the community. He was arrested on battery and malfeasance in office charges from the incident.

12:30 LRN Newcast May 5

A new program goes into effect today to help speed up the verification process for Louisianans filing for unemployment. Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Cates says ID.me will help ensure the correct person collects benefits.

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Legislation that would have established a closed party primary system for Louisiana congressional elections gets shelved for the session. Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt wrote the bill. She says under the current jungle primary system voters don’t have much incentive to make sure they register with a party that matches their views.

Cut 6 (13) “…record”

The bill had a 5.5-million-dollar price tag due to the need to hold additional election cycles.

A New Orleans legislator Mandie Landry pulls her bill to decriminalize prostitution. There were about three hours of testimony on the proposal in a House committee yesterday, Landry saw that the opposition was too great…
cut 10 (10) “….happens”
Landry filed the bill after hearing from women who say sex work is a form of labor if it’s consensual.

For restaurants looking for federal assistance to recover pandemic-related revenue losses, they can now apply for funding through the S-B-A’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Louisiana Restaurant Association President Stan Harris…
cut 15 (09) “….run on the funds”
For more information go to S-B-A-dot-gov.

10:30 LRN Newscast May 5

Legislation that would have outlawed the use of corporal punishment in Louisiana schools is defeated on the House floor. Pollock Representative Gabe Firment debated the merits with bill author and New Orleans Representative Stephanie Hilferty…
Cut 4 (11)“…methods”
But not enough House members agreed with Hilferty and the measure came up four votes short of passing and 29 school districts can still use a paddle on students.

 

After three hours of testimony in House Criminal Justice Representative Mandie Landry pulled her bill to decriminalize prostitution from consideration. Supporters say the government should not be involved with the sexual activities of consenting adults. Lakeesha Harris representing Women With a Vision and a former sex worker says the profession is unfairly judged and policed.

Cut 9 (04) “…the table.”

Some opposed on moral grounds and others said it would increase human trafficking.

Teachers would get an 800 dollar pay raise under a budget approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Matt Doyle has the story.

Cut 3 (29)  “…I’m Matt Doyle.”

An investigation by the Special Victims Unit of state police at the request of the West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office results in the arrest of 21-year old Caleb Bowden for second-degree cruelty of a juvenile. State Police say after interviewing Bowden they determined he violently shook an infant who suffered serious injuries and was admitted to a hospital. Bowden was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center and bond was set at 100-thousand.

AM LRN Newscall May 5

Superstar LSU Women’s Basketball head coach Kim Mulkey calls on lawmakers to pass legislation allowing student-athletes to sell their image and receive compensation for selling their likeness. Matt Doyle has more.

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Efforts to decriminalize prostitution in Louisiana are halted by the bill’s author after a lengthy debate in House Criminal Justice. Brooke Thorington has more

Cut 2 (36) “…I’m Brooke Thorington” 

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Teachers would get an 800 dollar pay raise under a budget approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Legislation that would have outlawed the use of corporal punishment in Louisiana schools is defeated on the House floor.

Pollock Representative Gabe Firment debated the merits with bill author and New Orleans Representative Stephanie Hilferty…

Cut 4 (11)“…methods”

29 school districts still allow the use of corporal punishment.

Plaquemine Representative Chad Brown asked Hilferty about one of the primary reasons for the bill.

Cut 5 (12)“…Americans.”

The final vote was 50-47 against.

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New LSU Women’s Basketball head coach Kim Mulkey implored lawmakers to pass legislation allowing student-athletes to receive compensation for their image and likeness.

Mulkey says this legislation would allow those student-athletes to do things that are transformative in their lives.

Cut 6 (10) “…everybody’s life.”

The legislation by Senator Patrick Connick would allow students to sell their likeness and appear in advertisements or endorsements without having their status or student benefits impacted. The bill awaits a hearing in Senate Finance.

Mulkey says this bill will make the lives of all student-athletes better, even ones from small schools.

Cut 7 (10)  “…most of you.”

Mulkey, a hall of fame coach with three titles from her time in Baylor, was hired last month by LSU to revive the struggling women’s basketball program. Since her hire 3,000 deposits have been paid for season tickets.

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After close to three hours of testimony in House Criminal Justice, New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry pulled her bill to decriminalize prostitution. Gloria Blankenship with Purchase Not for Sale, an organization to assist victims of sexual exploitation, says while she agrees with the intent of the bill, she’s unable to support it in its current form.

Cut 8 (10) “…exploitation.” 

Other opponents disapproved of the bill on moral grounds.

Supporters say the government should not be involved with the sexual activities of consenting adults. Lakeesha Harris representing Women With a Vision and a former sex worker says the profession is unfairly judged and policed.

Cut 9 (11) “…stigmatized.”

After lengthy testimony on both sides of the issue, Landry decided to shelve the bill.

Cut 10 (10) “…happens.”

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House Appropriations approves a 36 billion dollar budget plan that includes an 800 dollar pay raise for K-12 teachers and a 400 dollar pay raise for support staff.

The Governor’s initial budget only called for a 400 dollar teacher pay raise. Louisiana Federation of Teachers Legislative Director Cynthia Posey says teachers needed more than that…

Cut 11 (06) “….enough.”

An initial proposal by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder called for a 1,000 dollar raise. That’s still a possibility, pending a revenue projection by the Revenue Estimating Conference.

Posey says without this raise and raises in the coming years we risked seeing even more teachers head across state lines, or even give up on the professional altogether.

Cut 12 (09) “…pay teachers.”

Posey says this raise is a boost to local economies because the money will stay in the community, particularly rural areas that have trouble retaining educators.

Cut 13 (06) “…children there.”

The increase is being paid for in part by the influx of one-time federal dollars the state got from the Biden Administration. Some Republican lawmakers raised concerns about how the raise will be financed in future years once the federal funds run out.

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Governor John Bel Edwards encourages owners of restaurants, bars and other food-related establishments to register with the Small Business Administration’s new Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Louisiana Restaurant Association President Stan Harris says $28-billion has been set aside to fund the program.

Cut 14 (11) “… disadvantaged businesses.”

Harris says the funding is part of the American Rescue Plan and there’s a portal to preregister your business at SBA.gov. He says owners should do so ASAP and so far 110-thousand have signed up.

Cut 15 (09)“…run on the funds.”

Unlike previous assistance with PPP loans, Harris says Revitalization funding is based on the value of your lost revenue.

Cut 16 (13) “…you’ve received.”

Harris says this is another lifeline to help the industry and highly encourages owners to register.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 4

A proposal to prevent transgender athletes from competing on girls sports teams in schools fails to pass out of the House Education Committee on a six to five vote. Two Republicans on the committee joined with Democrats to kill this particular bill for the session. The announcement of the final vote drew a reaction from the audience…

Cut 15 (12) “…thank you.” 

A similar bill remains alive in the Senate is waiting on a vote.

The Louisiana Department of Education is partnering with Ochsner Health to give teachers and school support staff workers free access to virtual visits with a licensed mental health professional. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley….

Cut 6 (08) “…private format”

A House committee votes 8-2 in favor of legislation allowing St. Tammany voters the opportunity to decide whether they’d like a waterfront casino in Slidell. Louisiana Baptists Office of Public Policy Director Will Hall says the state has the 4th highest incidence of problem gambling.

Cut 12 (08)   “…research” 

The legislation advances to the House floor. A similar bill on the Senate side is stuck in the Finance Committee.

The United Cajun Navy is explaining why they are no longer aiding in the search for the seven remaining missing crewmen of the SEACOR Power that capsized on April 13th. UCN spokesperson Brian Trascher says it’s due to a group of former volunteers who continue to slander the organization. and they’ve had to take the matter to court before.

Cut 4 (11) “…judge.” 

3:30 LRN Newscast May 4

Legislation allowing St. Tammany voters to vote on allowing a waterfront casino to operate in Slidell is headed to the House floor. Matt Doyle has the story.

Cut 2 (30) …I’m Matt Doyle.”  

After close to three hours of testimony in House Criminal Justice, New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry voluntarily pulled her bill to decriminalize prostitution from consideration.  Supporters of the bill stated government should not be involved in sexual activities of consenting adults and while opponents voiced the legislation would increase human trafficking and others disapproved on moral grounds.

The United Cajun Navy is explaining why they are no longer aiding in the search for the seven missing crewmen of the SEACOR Power that capsized on April 13th. UCN spokesperson Brian Trascher says they cap search efforts at two weeks and also opted to end their participation due to a smear campaign launched by former members.

Cut 3 (10)  “…oxygen” 

He says they still plans to assist family members of the missing crew members financially.

State Education is partnering with Ochsner Health to give teachers and school support staff workers free access to virtual visits with a licensed mental health professional. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley says educators have done hero’s work through a pandemic and a record-breaking hurricane season and this is one way they can offer support.

Cut 8 (11) “…everyday.”

12:30 LRN Newscast May 4

The United Cajun Navy is explaining why they are no longer aiding in the search for the seven remaining missing crewmen of the SEACOR Power that capsized on April 13th. UCN spokesperson Brian Trascher says it’s due to a group of former volunteers who continue to slander the UCN and they’ve had to take the matter to court before.

Cut 4 (11) “…judge.” 

Trascher says they still plan to assist family of the missing crew members financially and have already donated to three families.

The Louisiana Department of Education is partnering with Ochsner Health to give teachers and school support staff workers free access to virtual visits with a licensed mental health professional. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley….

Cut 6 (08) “…private format”

Legislation allowing St. Tammany voters to vote on allowing a waterfront casino to operate in Slidell is headed to the House floor. Matt Doyle has the story.

Cut 2 (30) …I’m Matt Doyle.”  

11:30 LRN Newscast May 4

The United Cajun Navy is no longer aiding in the search for the remaining missing passengers of the SEACOR Power lift boat that capsized April 13th. UCN spokesperson Brian Trascher says they have a policy to cap search efforts at two weeks and also opted to end their participation due to a smear campaign launched by former members.

Cut 3 (10)  “…oxygen” 

A House committee votes in favor of legislation allowing St. Tammany voters the opportunity to decide if they would like a waterfront casino in Slidell. St. Tammany Corporation CEO Chris Masingill says they’ve worked out a five percent revenue share agreement with casino owners Pacific Peninsula, who are moving the license from Bossier City…

Cut 9 (10) “..projects”

Opponents says the casino would tank local property values and increase problem gambling.

SafeSource Direct, a company that produces personal protective equipment, is building two manufacturing facilities, one in Lafayette Parish and the other in St. Martin Parish. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says last year there was a shortage of PPE and Louisiana will play a key role in preventing the U-S from facing a shortage again…

Cut 15 (10)“…as well.”

It’expected to produce 12-hundred new direct jobs.

In an interview for the podcast of Only In Louisiana, Trina Edwards, the wife of Edwin Edwards says the 93-year old former four term-governor is now confined to a wheelchair. She says the daily obstacles that wheelchair users face have been an eye-opening experience for her.

Cut 7 (11)  “…that yet.”

AM LRN Newscall May 3

With the number of visitors expected to increase, restaurants, hotels, and tourist destinations are looking for employees. Erik Picolli has more on a big job fair Wednesday in New Orleans.

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The wife of 93-year old former Governor Edwin Edwards shares with podcast Only in Louisiana he’s now confined to a wheelchair. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Construction of two personal protective equipment manufacturing facilities is underway in the Acadiana Region of the state, and its partnership with the healthcare facility is a win-win for the state. Brooke Thorington explains.

Cut 3 (32)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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New Orleans and Company, the marketing agency for the city of New Orleans, is hosting a hospitality and tourism job fest and offering job seekers COVID vaccines tomorrow at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. Spokesperson Kelly Schulz says about 100 companies are attending.

Cut 4 (07)“…on the spot.”

Schulz says with the tourism industry gradually reopening across the nation, jobs at all levels are available

Cut 5 (07)“…benefit packages.”

Jobs at the convention will play key roles in attracting tourists to New Orleans.

Cut 6 (10) “…very rewarding.”

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In an interview for the podcast of Only In Louisiana, Trina Edwards, the wife of Edwin Edwards says the 93-year old former four term-governor is now confined to a wheelchair. She says the daily obstacles that wheelchair users face have been an eye-opening experience for her.

Cut 7 (11)  “…that yet.”

Trina Edwards says besides the wheelchair and hearing difficulties the colorful politician isn’t experiencing any major health issues right now. She says before he needed a wheelchair, she didn’t truly appreciate the hard work caretakers do until she became one herself.

Cut 8 (06) “…lot worse.” 

Trina Edwards says she’s extremely grateful her husband is not experiencing any pain and considers it a privilege to help care for her husband.

Cut 9 (06) “…needed.”

Trina and Edwin Edwards married in 2011 when he was 83 years old, and she was 32. They have one child together and both appeared in the A&E reality series The Governor’s Wife.

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The Louisiana House approves a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe the smokable form of medical marijuana to patients. Houma Representative Tanner Magee says 35 states have a medical marijuana program, only Louisiana and Minnesota do not allow raw or crude form.

Cut 10 (09) “…but they will get this.”

The vote was 73-26 in favor of the legislation. Several conservative members of the House voted against it. Magee was asked if law enforcement opposed the measure…

Cut 11 (11) “….none”

Currently, medical marijuana is only available in oils, pills, liquids and topical applications, and in an inhaler. Magee says the smokeable form is a cheaper alternative…

Cut 12 (13) “…currently available.”

The measure now heads to the Senate for more debate.

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The Acadiana region of the state is the site of two production facilities to create personal protective equipment. SafeSource Direct is investing $150 million to develop plants in Lafayette and St. Martin parishes. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says PPE plays a vital role in healthcare.

Cut 13 (08) “…the globe.”

Pierson says the Lafayette Parish facility will create 245 jobs and the St. Martin Parish plant will employ 975 workers and what makes this project unique is the win-win partnership with Ochsner Health.

Cut 14 (07) “…profit center.”

Pierson says the pandemic taught us a valuable lesson, of the dangers of dependency on foreign countries for necessities like PPE.

Cut 15 (10)“…as well.”

Pierson says construction is already underway and hiring is expected to begin mid-2021.

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