10:30 LRN Newscast February 24

The full House approves legislation that increases the penalties for convicted carjackers. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Judge Beau Higginbotham denied a request for a temporary restraining order seeking to block lawmakers from considering several pieces of crime-related legislation during the ongoing crime special session. Several community groups claim lawmakers were considering the legislation too quickly and not allowing enough time for public comment.

A bill that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution was approved by the state House. Democrats oppose the bill. Marrero Representative Kyle Green filed a bill last year to abolish the death penalty and questions Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello about whether the death penalty would actually reduce homicides…

Cut  14 (14) “..that commitment”

Muscarello’s bill also provides penalties for anyone that would publicize where the state obtained the drugs for an execution…

Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

Cut 11 (11) “…been eliminated.”

 

9:30 LRN Newscast February 24

In a 30-9 vote, the senate passed legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult. The bill’s author, Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says the state has suffered from high crime rate and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

But New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis points from 2017-2020 the number of under 18 crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700. He says putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to the House for more discussion.

Legislation that would add the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death row inmate passed by the state House. Author of the bill, Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello…

 

Cut 13 (12) “…ultimate decision.”  

The House voted 71 to 29 in favor of the legislation and heads to the Senate for further debate.

A bill that would raise the minimum sentence for carjacking without a serious injury, to five years received full passage in the House. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel was questioned by New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard if the state can handle an influx of prisoners with new laws passed in the crime special session.

Cut 7 (12) “…to jail.”  

The bill passed on an 89-15 vote and heads to a Senate committee for debate.

8:30 LRN Newscast February 24

The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and also puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (35)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

Also, a bill to double the minimum prison sentence for carjackings receives full passage in the House. The bill would raise the minimum prison sentence from two to five years and for carjackings that result in serious injury from 10 to 20 years. The bill passed on an 89-15 vote and heads to a Senate committee for debate.

Legislation to lower the age from 18 to 17, at which a person charged with a felony could be considered an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says putting juveniles in adult court and correctional facilities is not the answer.

Cut 3 (13) “…these facilities.”  

The bill would Repeal the Raise the Age Act approved in 2017.

Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says Louisiana is leading the way with common sense reading reforms. She says kindergarten through third grade students are at critical ages when it comes to learning how to read.

Cut 12 (11)  “…later grades.”  

Chaisson says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

1:30 LRN

The Louisiana House has approved legislation that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s measure would give the state the option to use the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death row inmate…

Cut 13 (13) “…to want.”  

The House voted 71 to 29 in favor of the legislation and heads to the Senate for further debate.

Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says the state was recognized for implementing a universal reading screener for students having trouble reading.

Cut 10 (13) “…reading plan.”

Education Recovery Scorecard found Louisiana is one of only three states where average reading achievement in 2023 was above levels in 2019.

A bill to double the minimum prison sentence for carjackings received full passage in the House. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

In an unanimous vote, the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System has named Dr. Martin Lemelle as the next president of Grambling State University. Lemelle is an alum of Grambling and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Grambling. He will serve as Grambling’s 11th president.

4:30 LRN Newscast February 22

Governor Jeff Landry has removed a job creation requirement for manufacturers to receive a significant property tax break. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

Two elderly residents from Saline were killed when their vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across both lanes of Louisiana Highway nine at the Bienville-Natchitoches Parish line on Tuesday night. State Police troopers say 82-year-old Clois Williams and 78-year-old Mary Williams were not buckled up and died at the scene.

LSU men’s basketball beat the Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 75 -74 Wednesday night.  Tyrell Ward scored the winning point on a tip-in as he took a pass from Jordan Wright . Coach Matt McMahon….

Cut 8 (10) “…buzzer.” 

LSU is now 6-7 in the SEC after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked South Carolina and Kentucky.

More high school students in the Bayou State enrolled in college courses during 2022-2023 school year for the third year straight. Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed says more students and families are seeking early pathways to success.

Cut 3 (09) “…high school.”  

The Board of Regents 2023 report reveals participation in career and technical fields increased to a level exceeding pre-pandemic enrollments.

11:30 LRN Newscast February 22

A bill to get rid of the state’s vehicle inspection sticker once again heads to the capitol for debate in the upcoming regular session. Louisiana car owners pay a 20-dollar fee for a one-year inspection sticker. Bill’s author, Stonewall State Representative Larry Bagley’s the sticker is an unnecessary nuisance especially if you forget to renew it.

Cut 9 (12)  “…that again.”

If approved, the measure would go into effect July 1st.

More than 32 thousand Louisiana high school students enrolled in courses at colleges during 2022-2023 school year, showing an increase in dual enrollment participation for the third year in a row. Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed says minority student participation has increased over three years by seven percentage points.

Cut 4 (09) “…the board.”

Hunter-Reed says they are committed to dual enrollment opportunities for all students. She points out a virtual instruction program is accessible to students in underpopulated parts of the state.

LSU men’s basketball took down another Top 25 ranked team last night as the Tigers rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat 17th ranked Kentucky 75-74 on buzzer beating shot by Tyrell Ward. Coach Matt McMahon taking better care of the basketball led to the second half rally…

Cut 7 (13) “…three times”  

LSU is now 6-7 in the SEC after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked South Carolina and Kentucky.

Adam Einck with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 45-year-old George Mosely of Oak Ridge faces numerous penalties in connection with the killing of a Black Bear and other hunting violations. He says agents found evidence in Mosley’s Morehouse Parish residence on February 8th.

Cut 13 (07)  “…as well.”

Enick says Mosely confessed to harvesting the bear with a bow and arrow in Richland Parish last October.

5:30 LRN Newscast February 21

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to charge 17-year-olds accused of a felony as an adult is receiving support from state senators. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (32)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

A bill to protect the  names and drug manufacturers involved in the executions of death row inmates passed on a 12-5 vote today and advances to the House floor.

A proposal to lower the age from 18 years old to 17 years old of a person who could be charged as an adult is moving forward. 17-year-olds can be charged as adults when a violent crime is committed. But for lesser crimes 17 year olds go through the juvenile justice system. University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Matthew Green…

Cut 7 (10) “…state”  

Entergy Louisiana announces its renewable power is exceeding coal in energy production for the first time. Director of Resource Planning Laura Beauchamp solar energy reduces carbon emissions and offers many benefits.

Cut 4 (13) “…in Louisiana.”

3:30 LRN Newscast February 21

A Senate committee has approved legislation that would allow non felon adults to possess a concealed handgun without a permit or training. A New Orleans Police Department official told the panel permits help ensure gun owners receive firearm safety training, but West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says criminals in New Orleans do not care about safety training…
cut 12 (10) “…the city”
The measure heads to the full Senate.

A bill that would lower the age juveniles can be charged as adults from 18 years old to 17 years old is making its way through the legislative process. With crimes involving 17-year-olds is on the rise, Lake Charles Senator Jeremy Stine says having 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system is not working…

Cut 8 (11) “…ridiculous” 

While debating the privacy portion of a bill to protect the names and drug manufacturers involved in the executions of death row inmates, Mandeville Representative Christopher Kim Carver asked Hammond Representative Nick Muscarello about his legislation.

Cut 9 (12) “…novel content.” 

The bill passed in House Criminal Justice Tuesday and passed favorably in House Governmental Affairs on a 12-5 vote today and advances to the House Floor.

Entergy Louisiana Director of Resource Planning Laura Beauchamp says its renewable power is exceeding coal in energy production for the first time is a significant milestone for the company.

Cut 3 (12) “…five years.”  

 

11:30 LRN Newscast February 21

A bill to expand methods used to carry out the death penalty passed in House Criminal Justice Tuesday. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (39)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

If you want to vote in the March Presidential primary, today is the final day to register in person or by mail. In the primary, Each voter can only vote for a party’s nominee if they are affiliated with that party.

Entergy Louisiana announces its renewable power is exceeding coal in energy production for the first time. Director of Resource Planning Laura Beauchamp says this is a significant milestone for the company.

Cut 3 (12) “…five years.”  

Data from the company’s 2023 power generation report shows renewable energy production totaled one point one million megawatt hours. Beauchamp points out solar energy reduces carbon emissions and offers many benefits.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser granted an official pardon to the state’s eighth crustacean Sherbin – to celebrate the mudbug season.

Cut 14 (08) “…this year.”

The pardoned crawfish was named in honor of Henderson’s Mayor Sherbin Collette.

9:30 LRN Newscast February 21

Legislation expanding the methods the state can use to carry out an execution and protect drug companies that provide the ingredients used for lethal injection was passed in House Criminal Justice Tuesday. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson asked Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello, the bills author, why the state has difficulty carrying out death sentences.

Cut 7 (12) “…the fight.”

A statement was read on behalf of Brett Malone, the son of Mary Ann Shaver Malone who was murdered in 2000 urged lawmakers to reject adding additional methods of execution.

Cut 10 (06) “…are barbaric.”

The last death row inmate executed in Louisiana was in 2010.

USDA census shows more than two thousand farms have left the Bayou State in the last five years. Neil Melancon with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation says family farms help drive the economy, but a drop in farmers statewide means education and awareness decreases.

Cut 6 (12) “…to day.”

There were eight million acres of farmland in 2017, compared to 7.97 million in 2022.

A lucky crawfish was officially pardoned by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser as crawfish season ramps up. Sherbin – the crawfish becomes the eight-crustacean granted freedom. Nungesser says this highlights the industry’s importance.

Cut 14 (08) “…this year.”