A state senate committee approves legislation that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Kevin Barnhart has the story…
The legalization of sports betting in Louisiana is one step closer to reality following a full Senate vote. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
A Shreveport Democrat’s speech against vaccinations on the floor of the Louisiana Senate gets the attention of Republican US Senator Bill Cassidy. Matt Doyle has more…
A Senate committee has approved legislation that would prohibit an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill’s author, Shreveport Senator John Milkovich, says the state must do more to protect unborn humans and if it doesn’t…
If Louisiana’s abortion ban proposal is signed by the governor, it would not take effect until the federal courts determine if a similar law in Mississippi is constitutional. Reproductive Rights Attorney Ellie Schilling says there’s no way the courts will rule that a fetal abortion ban is legal
But Milkovich believes a fetal abortion ban is legal because of a couple of reasons…
The measure advances to the Senate floor after a five to two vote in a judiciary committee. The legislation does not include an exception if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest and that bothers New Orleans Senator Troy Carter, who says legislators need to consider that exception
A measure to legalize sports wagering in the state has survived a full Senate vote and is heading to the House. Bill sponsor, Metairie Senator Danny Martiny, says there’s already an active sports betting black market, and while the law may increase the overall amount of gaming in the state, it will contribute funding to early childhood education.
Martiny says there are several options for those looking to place a bet on sports if the bill makes it on to the books.
Previously the measure had met resistance from organizations such as the Louisiana Family Forum, but upon the vote, no one spoke in opposition of the bill. Martiny says not only would the dark side of gambling still be present either way, but it would make casinos in Louisiana less competitive with nearby states.
Following the 24-15 vote in favor of passage, the bill now heads to the House. If the measure makes it to the voters on the fall ballot and is successful there, sports betting could be in place as early as January 2020.
A Shreveport Democrat railed against vaccinations on the Senate floor during discussion of a bill that would allow adults to opt into a statewide immunization database. Senator John Milkovich says the database could be discriminatory, and adds there’s a “very contentious scientific debate” about the safety of vaccines.
The Democrat checked off a list of reasons why he believes vaccinations may not be trustworthy, and could be poisonous to children.
Republican US Senator Bill Cassidy, a doctor, spoke out against the claims, calling the research that linked vaccinations and autism “fake news” that’s responsible for the resurgence of measles nationwide.
The doctor endorses vaccinations and says he’s seen patients who’ve had to have liver transplants due to not receiving a hepatitis B vaccination. Cassidy added that unvaccinated people pose significant threats to the lives of at-risk children…
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron says the team’s number one ranked 2020 recruiting class according to 247Sports.com is evidence the team’s brand has gone national. 247Sports.com recruiting analyst Shea Dixon says the most remarkable part of the class is that 11 of the 14 commitments are from out of state…
LSU’s two five star targets are cornerback Elias Ricks of California and wide receiver Rakim Jarrett from D.C. There are no five star rated prospects from Louisiana this year.
Three of those hard commitments are wide receivers, a position that the Tigers are fairly deep at the moment. Dixon says he thinks big name pass catchers are increasingly turning their eye to Baton Rouge due to the professional success of a duo of Cleveland Browns.
The class jumped back on top of the rankings after the team captured the commitment of the nation’s number two inside linebacker, Virginia’s Antoine Sampah. Dixon says expect more linebacker talent to take a hard look at LSU after the team saw a beloved captain go early in the NFL Draft.
Alabama is close on LSU’s heels with the number two class. Elsewhere in the SEC you’ve got Florida at 5, Georgia at 11, Mississippi State at 13, and Auburn at 18, South Carolina at 25, and A&M at 26.