08:30 LRN Newscast May 13

As the Roe v. Wade drama plays out in Washington, DC…a Louisiana House bill to make abortion an act of murder – punishing the mother and doctor – met a big setback Thursday evening. Oil City Representative Danny McCormick’s bill was amended to remove criminal charges against the mother and also eliminated the possibility that the use of contraception and even in-vitro fertilization could potentially place a woman behind bars…:

CUT 12(10)      “…does not.”

Seabaugh also apologized to fellow lawmakers for not amending the bill in committee beforehand. After that amendment passed, McCormick thanked the anti-abortion activists and colleagues who supported his original HB813…:

CUT 13(11)      “…(applause)”

McCormick CAN bring the bill back up again, if he so chooses.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards continues to make his case that now is the best time for funding a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge. David Grubb has more…:

CUT 03(34)      “…David Grubb.”

Three former State Police troopers are charged with simple battery; accused of beating a black motorist after a chase in 2020. Jacob Brown, Dakota DeMoss and George “Kam” Harper were charged in the arrest of Antonio Harris in Franklin Parish. They reportedly boasted of the beating in text messages.

07:30 LRN Newscast May 13

A bill to charge a woman who has an abortion with murder in Louisiana meets a likely demise. After the Capitol was evacuated due to a suspicious package, the bill was amended to remove the criminal charges against the mother. The bill was ultimately pulled from the calendar by bill author, Oil City Republican Representative Danny McCormick…:

CUT 10(12)      “…explain it away.”

During debate on the floor, Houma Republican Tanner Magee asked fellow party member, Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh if the original bill could potentially criminalize any woman in the state that has already had an abortion…:

CUT 11(10)      “…would be correct.”

Governor John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, stated if the bill comes to his desk in its original form he will veto it.

 

Building a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge has been one of the key pieces of Governor John Bel Edwards’s legislative agenda. However, it hasn’t been easy convincing lawmakers to get on board due to the potential cost of the project. Edwards says building a companion to the 54-year-old bridge is expensive but necessary…:

CUT 14(11)      “…two billion dollars.”

The Republican-led legislature has said that Edwards’ plan is shortsighted and lacks details, including the potential site for the new bridge.

Shreveport Police make three arrests while getting a large amount of dope off the street. Pounds of marijuana, over 3000 Xanax pills and hundreds of other opioid pills … plus numerous guns, ammo and illicit cash were seized. The three suspects – two men and woman – face multiple charges.

06:30 LRN Newscast May 13

A bill that would charge a woman who has an abortion with murder is voluntarily pulled from the House calendar after an amendment removes criminal charges. Brooke Thorington has more…:

CUT 02(44)      “…Brooke Thorington.”

 

Chances are you’ve been seeing termite swarms in the evenings here in the Bayou State. LSU AgCenter urban entomologist Dr. Karen Sun says they are Formosan termites, and while you might not have an infestation in your home per se if you’re seeing them nearby, they are taking up residence in your neighborhood…:

CUT 04(06)      “…your house.”

One thing is turn OUT your exterior lights at night. The light attracts the nasty little bugs.

Louisiana’s chemical industry is looking at over $31-billion in new construction projects in the near future. Over 30-thousand people work in the state’s chemical industry and LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says this is great news for each one of them…:

CUT 07(11)      “…over in Lake Charles.”

He says that means hundreds of constructions jobs in the short term while those projects are underway.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 12

Does cleaner air lead to more and stronger hurricanes? New data from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration says there IS a link. State Climatologist Barry Keim says pollution blocks the sun’s rays and, in heavily pollutes coastal areas of the world, it leads to cooler sea surface temperatures and as a result fewer storms…:

CUT 10  (11)         “…increase in hurricanes.”

A bill that would let Louisiana colleges and boosters of their athletic programs pay student athletes as part of Name, Image & Likeness deals continues to move through the state legislature. Speaking for the measure, LSU’s NIL department head Taylor Jacobs says the intent of the bill is not to allow a booster to pay a student athlete as a recruiting inducement…:

CUT 13  (13)        “…image & likeness deal.”

 

A House resolution to block a rule requiring students 16 and older from having to show proof of a COVID shot to attend class is defeated in the Senate Health & Welfare Committee. Jeff Palermo has the story…:

CUT 01  (31)        “…Jeff Palermo.”

Three former Louisiana State Police troopers are charged with battery; accused of beating a black motorist after a high speed chase. This is not the case of Ronald Greene from 2019, but rather the arrest of Antonio Harris in Franklin Parish in 2020. Some of the troopers boasted of the beating in text messages.

 

 

 

3:30 LRN Newscast May 12

A House resolution that would block requiring COVID shots for students 16 and older meets defeat in a Senate committee. The bill would remove COVID vaccines from the list of required shots. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau voted against the effort, saying parents already can opt out in writing…:

CUT 03(08)      “…clearly is.”

The House bill failed to pass by a 4-to-3 vote and appears to be dead.

Northeast Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow will take a seat on the prestigious U.S. House Appropriations Committee. Letlow, a former teacher, says the appointment will allow her the ability to see that education is properly funded…and education is the best way out of poverty…:

CUT 08(11)      “…school choice.”

 

A controversial anti-abortion bill is scheduled for House debate today, but there are reports the bill could be amended to make it more palatable to lawmakers. The bill would allow prosecution of women who have an abortion, and their doctors, with murder. LRN is hearing of plans to basically re-write the bill; removing any mentions of homicide. We’ll let you know what happens.

A study from the National Oceanic at Atmospheric Administration says there’s a potential link in the decline of air pollution to the increase in the number of hurricanes. Brooke Thorington has more…:

CUT 02(33)      “…Brooke Thorington.”

2:30 LRN Newscast May 12

At the Capitol, a legislative effort to stop a rule requiring students 16 and older from having to show proof of a COVID vaccine in order to attend school meets defeat in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Jeff Palermo has the story…:

CUT 01(31)      “…Jeff Palermo.”

State prosecutors have charged three state troopers for the 2020 roadside beating of Antonio Harris in Franklin Parish. Former troopers Jacob Brown, Dakota DeMoss and Kam Harper will all be tried for battery. No comment from the accused or their lawyers.

 

A bill that would let Louisiana colleges and boosters of their athletic programs pay student-athletes as part of name, image and likeness deals continues to advance through the Louisiana legislator. Marrero Senator Patrick Connick is the author of the proposal and got the bill through the House Education Committee…:

CUT 12(06)      “…state law.”

UL System President Jim Hightower says this legislation is not in violation of NCAA policy.

A NOAA study says there’s a potential link in the decline of air pollution to the increase in the number of hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim says efforts in North America and Europe to improve the environment have shown a surge in Atlantic hurricanes…:

CUT 09(12)      “…really interesting.”

Environmental efforts in the US have decreased pollution by about 50-percent.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 11

A Monroe woman who allegedly fled police after being caught shoplifting, then got into a traffic crash that killed two – including her own baby – is now in custody. It happened Monday. Monroe PD Sgt. Mike Fendall says Candace Gill fled the accident scene on foot; leaving her injured & dying baby in the car. A male passenger, reportedly her boyfriend, was also killed. He says she was taken into custody today without incident…:

CUT 11(08)      “…to deal with.”

Senator Bill Cassidy is among the 50 GOP senators who will vote “no” on a bill to codify the terms of the Supreme Court Roe V. Wade decision into federal law. The bill is seen as a move to protect abortion rights, should the High Court overturn Roe. Senator Cassidy…:

CUT 14(12)      “…against it again.

 

The House committee looking into the fatal arrest of Ronald Greene charges former State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves with contempt for failing to turn over his personal journals. Jeff Palermo has the story…:

Cut 01  (34)      “…Jeff Palermo.”

We’ve had an uptick in COVID 19 cases. The Department of Health reports just over 700 new cases today, with 68 people in the hospital with the virus statewide. LDH also reports 4 more people have died with COVID.

3:30 LRN Newscast May 11

The legislative committee investigating the 2019 death of Ronald Green in State Police custody is holding former LSP head Kevin Reeves in contempt for refusing to turn over journals from when he was in charge. He turned over some, but far from all. Committee chair Tanner Magee, of Houma, says he’d also like Reeves to be fined $5000..:

CUT 08(08)      “…in contempt.”

If other lawmakers agree, a court order will be issued to make Reeves hand over the un-redacted documents requested.

A suspected shoplifter, fleeing from police in Monroe Monday and causing a car crash that killed two people, has been apprehended. Monroe Police Sgt. Mike Fendall says Candace Gill led cops on a high speed chase, running a red light and crashing the car. She then fled on foot; leaving her baby injured and dying in the car…:

CUT 10(11)      “…negligent injury”

An unidentified adult male also died in the crash.

 

A U.S. Senate bill to make the terms of the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling a matter of federal law seems destined to fail in a vote today. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and all fellow GOP senators will vote no, as well as one or more Democrats. Cassidy says, as a doctor, he cannot support a bill that allows abortion right up to the week of birth…:

CUT 13(13)      “…outside the womb.”

The bill needs 60 votes to pass, which it apparently does not have.

At the Capitol, lawmakers made an unusual move this week to resurrect a controversial Louisiana version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill after it was shot down by the House Education Committee last week. The bill would ban educators from teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to students up to eighth grade, and prevent them from talking about their OWN identities in all grades.

2:30 LRN Newscast May 11

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote today on a bill to codify abortion rights in federal law, but it apparently lacks the needed votes to pass. Among the Republican Senate members who say they will down-vote the bill is Louisiana’s Senator Bill Cassidy. He says Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is pushing for a vote, but he has concerns…:

CUT 12  (10)        “…the moment of birth.”

Cassidy and all his fellow Republicans intend to vote no, as does Democrat Joe Manchin, of West Virginia. Needing 60 votes to pass, the bill appears destined to fail.

Meanwhile a state bill that would make abortion a crime of murder draws fire from Governor John Bel Edwards. The bill by Caddo Parish Representative Danny McCormick would punish women who have one, and the doctor who performed the procedure, with prison time. The Governor calls the measure “problematic” and “patently unconstitutional” and takes Louisiana in a bad direction. McCormick’s bill is up for House floor debate Thursday.

 

A Monroe woman accused of killing two passengers – including her own child – after fleeing from police is now in custody. David Grubb has more…:

CUT 02(36)      “…David Grubb.”

Louisiana’s District 5 Congresswoman Julia Letlow has been tapped to fill a vacant seat on the prestigious U.S. House Appropriations Committee. That panel determines all discretionary spending and has oversight of almost all federal government expenditures. Letlow’s appointment could potentially mean more federal money coming Louisiana’s way.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 10

CLECO customers might be eligible for a discount on their utility bills during the hot summer months. David Grubb has more…:

CUT 02(35)      “…David Grubb.”

Police in Monroe seek a woman they say shoplifted from a local store, then fled police; causing a fatal traffic crash. MPD says Candace Gill ran a red light and crashed into another car; killing one and injuring three others. A warrant is out for her arrest.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy introduces a bill to reauthorize the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 that provides crucial programs to improve the nation’s mental health infrastructure. He and Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Murphy pushed the bill through 6 years ago, which provides key services, especially for kids. Cassidy says re-funding the act is important, because services suffered during the COVID crisis…:

Cut 14  (10)      “…just a stretch.”

Optimism for an improving economy among small businesses continues to decline, according to the April survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. State NFIB director Dawn McVea says supply chain issues, fuel costs, and inflation continue to impede earnings among small business owners. She says 70-percent of independent businesses have had to raise prices…:

CUT 11(10)      “…on record.”

93-percent of those surveyed report few or no qualified job applicants.