5:30 LRN Newscast April 16 and Legislative Report

Wednesday marks Governor Jeff Landry’s 100th day in office and La-Politics.com Published Jeremy Alford says politically this milestone signals a new power structure in the state’s executive branch…

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A bill to ban gassing, also known as nitrogen hypoxia as a method to carry out the death penalty advances out of Senate Judiciary C. Senator Katrina Jackson-Andrews filed the bill on behalf of the Jewish community because it’s triggering for Jewish people…

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The bill heads to the Senate floor.

State lawmakers laid out their concerns over holding a constitutional convention on May 20th, two weeks before the regular legislative session is scheduled to end. Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham is worried the bills that he has going through the process during the regular session will not receive final passage.

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Supporters of the convention want to remove items out of the constitution and put them into state law to give legislators more financial flexibility.

Former state lawmaker Neil Abramson told legislators during budget deficits, health care and higher education take the deep cuts.

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More discussion is expected Wednesday in House Governmental Affairs.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

The New Orleans Pelicans will face the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in the first NBA postseason play-in game. The Pelicans ended the regular season in a 124 to 108 loss at home on Sunday to this same Lakers team, despite the return of Small Forward Brandon Ingram from a knee injury. Pelicans Head Coach Willie Green expects Ingram to play a major role in the playoffs.

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The Pelicans will host the Lakers tonight with tip off at 6:30.

LSU’s Angel Reese was drafted by the Chicago Sky with the seventh overall pick in last night’s WNBA draft. As the WNBA season kicks off next month, Reese says that she can’t wait to be in Chicago.

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The Chicago Sky will take on the Minnesota Lynx in their first preseason game on May 4th.

LSU baseball will try to bounce back from getting swept by Tennessee over the weekend when they face UNO tonight at 6:30 pm. The Privateers are hitting .298 as a team and post a 5.83 team ERA.

The UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns baseball team is now ranked 14th by D-1 baseball after sweeping Marshall over the weekend and increasing their SunBelt win streak to 14 games. UL-Lafayette head coach Matt Deggs says that his guys play the game the right way.

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UL-Lafayette will take on Southeastern tonight at 6 pm.

LSU football will look to boost its defensive line through adding defensive tackles in the spring transfer portal that opened today. The Tigers also received a commitment from Alexandria Senior High running back J-T Lindsey.

And LSU softball will host UL-Lafayette in a battle of top 25 teams tonight with first pitch at 6 pm.

 

4:30 LRN Newscast April 16

A bizarre break-in at Jennings High School, on Monday caused classes to be cancelled. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says 37-year-old Dillion Champagne is in custody, but Semmes says he can’t imagine the fear that the two employees experienced when Champagne confronted them with a gun and stole the keys to one of the employees’ cars.

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A recall petition has been officially filed to remove St. Tammany Parish Coroner Christopher Tape on the grounds he’s unfit for office. Dillard University Political Science Professor Robert Collins says obtaining enough voter signatures, in this case it’s 35,000, is an expensive undertaking and challenging.

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Tape was charged with six counts of child sexual assault in New Mexico but was never tried on a technicality.

LSU star Angel Reese is now a member of the Chicago Sky. Chicago selected Reese as the seventh overall pick in the WNBA draft. Reese led LSU to its first national championship in women’s basketball in 2023 and this past season she was named the SEC Player of the Year. The All-American could have returned to LSU for one more season, but Reese says she’s ready for a new challenge…
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The W-N-B-A begins its season next month.

And former ULLM head football coach Terry Bowden is headed to Delhi Charter School. He’s accepted an assistant coach and teacher position. 67-year-old Bowden was let go from ULM in November after three seasons and a 10-26 overall record.

3:30 PM Newscast April 16

A recall petition has been filed to remove St. Tammany Parish Coroner Christopher Tape who was charged with six counts of child sexual assault in New Mexico but never tried on a technicality. Dillard University Political Science Professor Robert Collins says recalls are extremely difficult and rarely successful. He says the most efficient way to obtain enough signatures, in this case, at least 35,000, is to mail voters affidavits, have them sign them, and return them in a postage-paid envelope.
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The House Governmental Affairs Committee began discussion today on holding a constitutional convention. Supporters of a constitutional convention say they want to move items to state law so legislators can have more flexibility during difficult budget times. Covington Representative Mark Wright believes holding a convention is a great idea. Any changes to the constitution would need voter approval in November…
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The committee is planning to discuss the idea more tomorrow.
LSU star player Angel Reese is heading to Chicago to play for the Sky. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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A bizarre break-in at Jennings High School Monday. Police say 37-year-old Dillion Champagne stole two vehicles, and held two employees at gunpoint, fortunately, no one was hurt. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says After a 12-hour multi-law enforcement manhunt, Champagne was located thanks to a tip that he was seen on Highway 97 about a mile from the school.
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2:30 PM Newscast April 16

Lawmakers began their discussions on holding a constitutional convention today in the House Governmental Affairs Committee. Several have questions on how the convention would work. New Orleans Representative Candace Newell says starting the constitutional convention on May 20th when the regular session is scheduled to end June 3rd can cause issues…

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After a bizarre break-in at Jennings High School, before classes began on Monday, police have 37-year-old Dillion Champagne in custody. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says Champagne stole two vehicles, followed a custodian in the school, and held two employees at gunpoint, fortunately, no one was hurt.

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A petition to recall the embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner has been filed with the Secretary of State’s office. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Chicago Sky selected LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese with the seventh overall pick in last night’s WNBA draft. Reese led LSU to its first national championship in women’s basketball in 2023 and this past season she was named the SEC Player of the Year. The All-American could have returned to LSU for one more season, but Reese says she’s ready for a new challenge…

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1:30 PM Newscast April 16

A recall petition has been officially filed to remove St. Tammany Parish Coroner Christopher Tape because he’s unfit for office. Tape was charged with six counts of child sexual assault in New Mexico but was never tried on a technicality. Dillard University Political Science Professor Robert Collins says recalls are extremely difficult and rarely successful.

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A bizarre break-in at Jennings High School, Monday caused classes to be cancelled. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says 37-year-old Dillion Champagne is in custody, but Semmes says he can’t imagine the fear that the two employees experienced when Champagne confronted them with a gun and stole the keys to one of the employees’ cars.

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The House Governmental Affairs Committee began discussion today on holding a constitutional convention. The bill’s author, New Iberia Representative, Beau Beaullieu, says the goal is to streamline the state constitution, which is one of the longest in the nation…

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Angel Reese is the first LSU women’s basketball player selected in the first round of the WNBA draft since 2012 when Washington took LaSondra Barrett. The Chicago Sky chose Reese with the 7th overall pick and Reese says she’s looking forward to spending her summers in Chicago…

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Reese led LSU to its first national championship in 2023 and this year was named SEC Player of the Year. The W-N-B-A begins its season next month.

12:30 PM Newscast April 16

Classes at Jennings High School had to be cancelled Monday after a bizarre break-in at the school, before classes began, police say 37-year-old Dillion Champagne stole two vehicles, followed a custodian in the school, and held two employees at gunpoint, fortunately, no one was hurt. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says After a 12-hour multi-law enforcement manhunt, Champagne was located thanks to a tip that he was seen on Highway 97 about a mile from the school.

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The House Commerce Committee approves legislation that eliminates the requirement to have a license to be a florist. Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham says Louisiana is the only state that requires a florist to take a written exam to sell floral arrangements…

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LSU star player Angel Reese is heading to Chicago to play for the Sky. Jeff Palermo has the story.

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This week, the Louisiana Department of Transportation is observing National Work Zone Awareness Week. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallet as part of the effort to increase awareness, on Wednesday, April 17th, Louisiana DOTD is participating in Go Orange Day…

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11:30 LRN Newscast April 16

An Angel is heading to the Sky. The Chicago Sky selected LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese with the seventh overall pick in last night’s WNBA draft. Reese says she had a feeling Chicago would select her after positive conversations with Sky head coach Teresa Weatherspoon…

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After a bizarre break-in at Jennings High School, before classes Monday morning, police have 37-year-old Dillion Champagne in custody. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says Champagne stole two vehicles, followed a custodian in the school, and held two employees at gunpoint, fortunately, no one was hurt.

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New Orleans is still reeling after the mass shooting Sunday night that left one person dead and eleven others injured. At a news conference yesterday, police did not reveal much about the investigation. Council Member Lesli Harris, who represents the Warehouse District expressed condolences and was visibly stunned over the incident.

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Police are asking for the public’s help and a reward is being offered through Crimestoppers.

House Commerce approves legislation to eliminate the license requirement to be a florist. Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham says Louisiana is the only state that requires a florist to take a written exam to sell floral arrangements…

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The bill heads to the House floor.

10:30 LRN Newscast

No arrests have been made in the mass shooting that killed one and injured 11 others Sunday night in New Orleans.
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A tenured professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is one of the three victims in triple homicide that occurred last week in Lafayette. Doctor Eric Green was found dead in a home on College Road along with 45-year-old Brandon Touchet and 46-year-old Elizabeth Reames. 42-year-old Chad Credeur of Duson was arrested for their deaths and some of the victims belongings were in his possession when arrested in Jeff Davis Parish.

At this hour, the House Governmental Affairs Committee is discussing legislation that would result in a constitutional convention being held next month. New Iberia Representative Beau Beaullieu says members of Governor Jeff Landry’s transition teams will describe what the convention will entail…
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Beaullier says the plan is to move items from the constitution and put them in statute to give the legislature more flexibility.

A House Committee approves legislation that eliminates the requirement to have a license to be a florist in Louisiana. Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham
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Louisiana is the only state that requires a florist to take a written exam to sell floral arrangements. The measure awaits a vote in the full House.

9:30 am Newscast

Legislation to hold a Constitutional Convention next month will be heard in House Governmental Affairs today. The goal: to give lawmakers more flexibility when it comes to spending. Right now, when there’s a budget shortfall it falls on the backs of healthcare and higher education and the convention hopes to change that…as lawmakers get a jump start on the convention now.

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Louisiana is the only state in the country that requires a license to be a florist. Legislation that would change that has been approved by the House Commerce Committee. Lawmakers argue it’s an unnecessary and others agree. General Counsel for the Pelican Institute Sarah Harbison says the public can weed out bad florists…

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So far, no arrests have been made in the New Orleans Warehouse District mass shooting that killed one and injured 11 others Sunday night. At a press conference Monday afternoon Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick said homicide detectives are actively working the investigation and Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a warning to those responsible for the shooting.

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Kirkpatrick urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact Crimestoppers or NOPD. A $5,000 reward is being offered along with $1,000 for each gun involved.

The Pelicans face the Lakers tonight in an NBA play-in tournament game. New Orleans had a chance to avoid the play-in tournament but lost to Los Angeles on Sunday. Expect Brandon Ingram to play more tonight after playing 23 minutes on Sunday in his first game back in 3 1/2 weeks. Also Coach Willie Green wants a more aggressive Zion Williamson after he scored just 12 points on Sunday.