5:30 LRN Newscast May 30

The Gator Scholarship Program, an expanded use of the school voucher program received final passage in the Senate Thursday. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says while passage is a win for the governor, a watered-down version of the original bill is what he’ll have the opportunity to sign.

Cut 10 (12) “…a bit.”

Erwin says the Education Savings Account bill still offers opportunities for families to use tax dollars to pay for private school, but the program will be phased in slower than originally intended.

Cut 11 (11) “…long runway.”

In the final version of the legislation, Erwin says the amount of money each family could potentially receive remains to be determined. BESE will oversee the program.

A bill headed to the Governor’s desk will eliminate the requirement to give 16- and 17-year-old employees at least a 20-minute break when they work at least five hours. Denham Springs Representative Roger Wilder says this legislation is less red tape for employers hiring minors which makes the hiring process more productive.

PM Cut 4 (13) “…with paperwork.” 

With the session scheduled to wrap up on Monday, there are several bills still trying to make it across the finish line. And one is to eliminate the 30-year statute of limitations where one can be prosecuted for child molestation. Representative Tim Kerner hopes the bill, which passed unanimously in the House, will reach the governor’s desk.

Cut 24  (09) “…out there (x2).”

The Senate is expected to take up the state budget Friday and the session must end by 6pm Monday June 3rd.

1:30 LRN Newscast May 30

The Louisiana House gave final passage to a bill to eliminate the employer-required 20-minute break for 16- and 17-year-old workers. Sean Richardson has more.

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And the Senate is expected to vote on a bill to remove the 30-year statute of limitations to prosecute child molestation. The bill passed unanimously in the House. Lafitte Republican Representative Tim Kerner says victims deserve to have their cases heard no matter how long ago it occurred.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking for your help if you see any fish kills this summer. LDWF Inland Fisheries Technical Advisor Robby Maxwell…

Cut 6  (11) “…appropriate manner. ” 

Fish kills are typical this time of year due to droughts or hurricanes, but Maxwell says mainly it’s due to temperature and low oxygen in the water.

The 74th annual Peach Festival is this Saturday in downtown Ruston. Tori Davis with Experience Ruston says Lincoln Parish is home to the largest peach orchard in the state and the event, which honors their farming heritage, is the longest-running agricultural festival in Louisiana.

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11:30 LRN Newscast May 30

With a 63-28 vote, the House gave final passage to a bill to remove the employer requirement to give 16-and 17-year-old employees at least a 20-minute break after working five hours. Denham Springs Republican Representative Roger Wilder says his legislation is good for teenagers looking for work.

Cut 3 (05) “…get employment.” 

The bill heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Among the bills to be heard in the Senate this afternoon is one to eliminate the 30-year statute of limitations one can be prosecuted for child molestation. Lafitte Representative Tim Kerner hopes the bill, which passed unanimously in the House, will reach the governor’s desk.

Cut 7 (09) “…out there (x2).”

The Senate convenes at 1pm.

An autopsy shows Ponchatoula Police Corporal Pricilla Dean Pierson who was found dead in her patrol car Tuesday morning, died as a result of significant heart problems. She had 80-percent blockage in one of her arteries. Chief Bry Layrisson…

Cut 10 (14) “…arrangements.”
She’s survived by her husband and their five children.

Walker Police Chief David Addison was at the right place at the right time last Friday. He says it was divine intervention he took his daily walk an hour early, because three young girls ran towards him pleading for help because their father was unresponsive in their backyard pool.

Cut 13 (11)  “…babies’ daddy.”
The father of three is alive but remains hospitalized.

10:30 LRN Newscast May 30

A bill set to be heard today in the Louisiana Senate would eliminate the 30-year statute of limitations one can be prosecuted for child molestation. Lafitte Representative Tim Kerner says far too often children are victimized and they repress those memories to survive.
cut 9 (10) “….that opportunity”
The House passed Kerner’s bill unanimously and he is hoping the Senate will approve the bill as well.

What’s predicted to be an above-average active hurricane season begins Saturday. GOHSEP Director Jacques Thibodeaux, says his biggest concern is the coastal residents who refuse to leave when mandatory evacuations are issued…
cut 6 (11) “…to draw”
Thibodeaux says now is the time to finalize evacuation plans.

Ponchatoula Police Corporal Pricilla Dean Pierson was found dead in her patrol car outside a Rouses in west Ponchatoula Tuesday morning. Chief Bry Layrisson says Pierson had several existing health issues and foul play is not suspected.  He says she was much more than an outstanding officer.

Cut 12 (11) “…Ponchatoula.” 

She’s survived by her husband and five children.

Walker Police Chief David Addison says it was divine intervention when he took his daily walk an hour earlier last Friday when three young girls pleaded with him for help because their father was unresponsive in their backyard swimming pool. He was able to get the man out of the water…

Cut 15 (12)  “…he’s alive.”

For the victim’s and the family’s privacy, his name is being withheld.

AM LRN Newscall May 30

An above-average hurricane season starts this Saturday. Are you prepared for the worst? Mel Bridges has more.

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A bill yet to be heard in the Senate would remove the 30-year statute of limitations one can be prosecuted for child molestation.  Brooke Thorington has more.

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A Ponchatoula city police officer found dead in her patrol car is remembered fondly. Mel Bridges has more.

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The Governor’s Office of Homeland and Security and Emergency Preparedness are encouraging Louisiana residents to get a hurricane plan together before an above-average season starts Saturday. Director Jacques Thibodeaux says in the event of an evacuation, listen to local officials.

Cut 4 (07) “…time to go.”

Thibodeaux says now is the time to finalize evacuation plans if a major hurricane threatens Louisiana’s coast. He says they are advising coastal residents against trying to beat a hurricane by going east or west on I–10.

Cut 5 (08) “…go north.” 

Thibodeaux says he’s concerned about the coastal residents who refuse to evacuate even if a major hurricane is threatening their home and life.

Cut 6 (11) “…fight to a draw.”

Thibodeaux encourages Louisiana residents to visit GOHSEP’s website, getagameplan.org, to help stay hurricane ready.

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Among the bills to be heard in the Senate is one to eliminate the 30-year statute of limitations where one can be prosecuted for child molestation. Lafitte Representative Tim Kerner hopes the bill, which passed unanimously in the House, will be heard in the Senate before the session ends.

Cut 7 (09) “…out there (x2).”

Since he authored the bill, Kerner says he’s heard from too many victims, and he believes they deserve to have their case heard no matter how long ago it happened.

Cut 8 (08) “…State of Louisiana.” 

Far too often Kerner says children are victimized by someone they know and trust, and they repress the memories of what happened to survive. And in some cases, it’s someone in their own family.

Cut 9 (10)  “…that opportunity.”

Kerner encourages residents who support the bill to call their state Senator and ask them to pass House Bill 453.

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Ponchatoula City Police Corporal Pricilla Dean Pierson was found dead in her patrol car outside a Rouses in west Ponchatoula on Tuesday morning. Chief Bry Layrisson says his department is still reeling from the loss.

Cut 10 (14) “…arrangements.”

Bystanders noticed Pierson’s car had been parked overnight, and a store employee who checked on her found her unresponsive. Autopsy reports show an 80 percent blockage in one of her arteries. Pierson is survived by her loving family.

Cut 11 (12) “..together.”

Layrisson says Pierson had a number of existing health issues and no foul play is suspected. To Ponchatoula, he says, she was more than just an outstanding officer.

Cut 12 (11) “…Ponchatoula.” 

Funeral services have not yet been finalized.

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Walker Police Chief David Addison was at the right place at the right time last Friday. He says it was divine intervention when he took his daily walk an hour earlier when three young girls pleaded with him for help because their father was unresponsive in their backyard swimming pool.

Cut 13 (11)  “…babies’ daddy.”

Addison and responding officers were able to get the man out of the pool and begin life-saving measures. Addison says the victim remains hospitalized.

In the small Livingston Parish city of 7,000 Addison says while he’s responded to a variety of calls this one is an emotional one because he didn’t want the young girls ages 3, 4, and 5 to go without a father.

Cut 14 (12)  “…but uh.”

Addison says he also called his wife to calm the three girls while EMS worked to revive their father.

Cut 15 (12)  “…he’s alive.”

For the victim’s and the family’s privacy, his name is being withheld.

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The defending national champion LSU Tigers begin play tomorrow in the Chapel Hill Regional as they will play the Wofford Terriers, champions of the Southern Conference Tournament. Left-hander Gage Jump is a potential game-one starter as he’s allowed just nine earned runs in his last six starts. LSU pitching coach Nate Yeskie says Jump is a more confident pitcher after getting hitting around during the first half of SEC play…

Cut 16 (16) “…do this.” 

Jump and Luke Holman have become a difficult one-two punch as far as starting pitchers go. Yeskie says Jump and Holman are pushing each other to be great…

Cut 17 (11) “…do better.”

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Nicholls has arrived in Corvallis, Oregon for its regional game against U-C Irvine on Friday afternoon. Coach Mike Silva says the Anteaters have a loaded pitching staff and a dynamic line-up…

Cut 18 (20)  “…steal bags.”

Nico Saltaformaggio is one of Nicholls top pitchers. He’s 7-and-4 with a 3.88 ERA as he’s made 27 appearances out of the bullpen.  Silva says they don’t get this far without Nico…

Cut 19 (17) “…for us.” 

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Wofford faces a big test in trying to defeat LSU on Friday in the Chapel Hill Regional. Terriers Baseball Coach J-J Edwards says his players understand the challenge…

Cut 20 (14) “…slow them down.”

Wofford won six games in five days to win the Southern Conference Tournament and receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. They rank second in the country in runs per game, as they average 10 runs a contest.

 

 

 

5:30 LRN Newscast May 29

This could be the final week of Governor Jeff Landry’s first regular legislative session. While lawmakers are hoping to wrap up business on Friday, they must adjourn by 6 PM on June 3rd. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the Senate has decided not to take up the Constitutional Convention bill.

Cut 7 (10) “…unanswered questions.” 

There is a push among legislators to end the session on Friday because they’ve been at the capitol for the most part since the end of January. Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields says there are bigger priorities for the Senate to address than a constitutional convention.

Cut 11 (04) ” …that now.”

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee met today for what was likely the last time in this session and they never reviewed the House-approved Constitutional Convention bill.

 

Thibodaux Representative Bryan Fontenot’s bill to give law enforcement a twenty-five-foot buffer from the public when they are attempting to make an arrest or performing an investigation is signed into law.
Cut 24 (36) “…I’m Sean Richardson.”

Legislative leaders are looking to divert $700 million from a state savings account to go towards infrastructure projects. Among the projects are road improvements, updating and maintenance needs at colleges and universities, repairs to water systems and retrofitting prisons, due to the anticipated increase in prisoners after tough on crime legislation passed earlier this year.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 29

We’re in what could be the final week of Governor Jeff Landry’s first regular legislative session. While lawmakers are hoping to wrap up business on Friday, they must adjourn by 6 PM on June 3rd. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says there are still some big items left to tackle.

Cut 6  (09) “…this Friday. ” 

 

Earlier this month, the Louisiana House approved a bill calling for a constitutional convention to take place in August. But several lawmakers were concerned over the lack of specifics on how the convention would be held and what would exactly be changed in the constitution. Senate Governmental Affairs Chairman Cleo Fields says his committee opted not to hear the bill because there is not a consensus among state senators on holding a convention…

Cut 10 (04) “…is done.”

The 18-year-old Ruston woman who was killed Saturday in a drive-by shooting has been identified. Police say Haleei (Haley) Newton, the Ruston High School student, who graduated last Tuesday, was shot and killed as she and a male friend traveled eastbound on I-20 between the Tarbutton Road interchange and Tech Drive just after midnight Saturday morning. Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers says one of the rounds entered the trunk and struck Newton. The male passenger was uninjured and steered the car off the road. Police have not yet identified a suspect.

The St. Aug Marching 100 is heading to Normandy, France. to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-day. School President Aulston Taylor says the students are excited and ready for this incredible journey.

Cut 3 (12) “…over on Monday.” 

Bandmembers have also visited the WWII Museum to learn more about the significance of D-Day.

12:30 LRN Newscast May 29

This could be the final week of Governor Jeff Landry’s first regular legislative session. While lawmakers are hoping to wrap up business on Friday, they must adjourn by 6 PM on June 3rd. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the Senate has decided not to take up the Constitutional Convention bill.

Cut 7 (10) “…unanswered questions.”  

There is a push among legislators to end the session on Friday, they’ve been at the capitol for the most part since the end of January. Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields says there are bigger priorities for the Senate to address than a constitutional convention.

Cut 11 (04) ” …that now.”

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee met today for what was likely the last time in this session and they never reviewed the House-approved Constitutional Convention bill.

Louisiana is the first state to ban the sale of nitrous oxide. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Mel Bridges.” 

 

11:30 LRN Newscast May 29

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee met today for what was likely the final time during this legislative session and the panel never took up the House-approved constitutional convention bill. Chairman and Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields says Senators disagree on the need for a constitutional convention…

Cut 9 (04) “…uncertain.” 

 

We’re in what could be the final week of Governor Jeff Landry’s first regular legislation session. While lawmakers are hoping to wrap up business on Friday, they must adjourn by 6 PM on Monday June 3rd. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says there are still some big items left to tackle.

Cut 6  (09) “…this Friday. ” 

The Senate still must vote on the state budget and any changes must be approved by the House before final passage.

Legislation has been signed into law making it a crime for a person to approach a police officer if they’ve told not to come any closer. Thibodaux Representative Bryan Fontenot’s bill creates a 25-foot buffer zone around working law enforcement.
cut 14 (08) “…and arresting”
The ACLU opposes the law claiming it hinders the ability to hold police accountable and it violates a citizen’s First Amendment rights.

The St. Augustine Marching 100 is heading to Normandy, France. to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. President of the New Orleans school Aulston Taylor says the students are excited and ready for this incredible journey.

Cut 3 (12) “…over on Monday.” 

The band members also visited the National WWII Museum to learn more about D-Day, June 6, 1944

 

AM LRN Newscall May 29

Two of the four men who escaped the Tangipahoa Parish Jail over the Memorial Day weekend are still on the loose.  Sean Richardson has more.

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Louisiana is the first state to ban the sale of nitrous oxide. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Mel Bridges.” 

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Thibodaux Representative Brian Fontenot’s bill that gives law enforcement and twenty-five-foot buffer from the public is signed into law.  Sean Richardson has the story.

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Two of the four inmates who escaped the Tangipahoa Parish jail this weekend are still at large.  19-year-old Omarion Hookfin and 20-year-old Jamarcus Cyprian are still at large. broke through a corroded piece of chain-link fence, crawled under an 8-inch gap in a wall, and scaled two razor-wire fences. Chief Jimmy Travis…

Cut 4 (10) “…strand of wire.”

Travis also says lack of supervision, inadequate head counts, manpower shortages, and insufficient experience and training as factors contributing to the escape.

Two of the four have been apprehended.

Cut 5 (11) “…seeking shelter.” 

Travis says they were turned away by family members and then were alerted by the family of their escape.

The two men are considered armed and dangerous.

Cut 6 (06) “…armed robbery.”

Travis says Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office accepts full responsibility.

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Governor Jeff Landry signed legislation sponsored by Kenner Representative Joseph Stagni that makes Louisiana the first state to ban retail sale of nitrous oxide. Stagni says the law is in response to the abuse of nitrous oxide, which is on the market for food preparation, as a party drug.

Cut 7 (10) “…long time.”

Nitrous oxide has a high chance for abuse due to its quick high and ease of access. Stagni says the law is meant to help tackle that by restricting the public’s ability to get their hands on it.

Cut 8 (10) “…recreational drugs.” 

Landry voiced his support for the law as he was signing it, saying…

Cut 9 (11)  “…limited.”

The law forbids retailers from selling nitrous oxide to individuals, not to those who need the drug for professional reasons such as dentists.

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The Gator Scholarship program, an expanded version of school vouchers, is nearing final passage. The amended bill passed in the House on a 67-29 vote. Carencro Representative Julie Emerson presented the amendments in the House and says instead of phasing in a dollar amount annually…

Cut 10 (13) “…funds allow.”

Emerson says the bill also amended the list of approved items of how the money can be spent on school-related expenses.

Cut 11 (08) “..things arise.”

And the allocation amounts were removed from the bill and Emerson says BESE will oversee that. She says they also added specific reporting requirements for BESE to present to the legislature annually.

Cut 12 (09) “…that nature.” 

The amended bill returns to the Senate for final passage. Governor Jeff Landry, who’s expressed his support of the bill, is expected to sign the legislation.

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Governor Jeff Landry signed a bill into law that would make it a crime to stand within 25 feet of a police officer after they order you to stand back. Bill author, Representative Brian Fontenot of Thibodeaux.

Cut 13 (09)  “…protect us.”

Fontenot says that violence against police officers is on the rise.

Cut 14 (08)  “…an arrest on.”

ACLU Policy Strategist Stephanie Willis says the legislation stops Louisianians’ ability to hold police accountable, impractical to enforce, and violates a citizen’s 1st amendment rights.

Cut 15 (10)  “…enforcement accountable.”

Anyone who fails to stay at least 25 feet from law enforcement after being told to stay away could face up to 60 days in prison or a $500 fine under the new law.

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Louisiana Tech is preparing to play Kansas State on Friday night in the Fayetteville Regional. Arkansas and Southeast Missouri will play in the first game of the Regional. Bulldogs Coach Lane Burroughs says there are connections between all four schools..

Cut 16 (14) “…to go around.” 

Burroughs says the Wildcats will be a good test…

Cut 17 (17) “…players.”

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Nicholls is in an NCAA Regional for a second consecutive season. Pitcher Jacob Mayers says seeing their name re-appear on the selection show was a thrill…

Cut 18 (11)  “…this year.”

Mayers says they have enough pitching to make a deep run in the Corvallis, Oregon Regional…

Cut 19 (10) “…we have.” 

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Cut 20 (20) “…our brand.”