1:30 LRN Newscast April 5

Of the 834,000 Louisianans who’ve completed their vaccine series, only 126 have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Matt Doyle has the story.

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More than 2-million vaccine doses have now been administered in Louisiana. The department of health reports 1,259 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Those numbers reflect Good Friday and the weekend update of numbers. The state also says less than 300 are hospitalized with COVID and report 4 new fatalities.

A Legislative Auditor’s report finds that approximately 98-thousand individuals received $405 million in unemployment benefits and it appears they were not eligible in Louisiana from the end of March until the end of 2020. Auditor Chris Magee says the Workforce Commission reported benefit filings rose more than two-hundred thousand percent from pre-pandemic levels which led to the oversite.

Cut 4 (11) “…improper payments.” 

In a poll of 781 Louisiana adults, roughly half of the state’s residents approve of Louisiana’s response to the pandemic. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson says the 2021 Louisiana survey shows a divide among party lines.

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1230 PM LRN News

126 Louisianans have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated, good for only .02 percent of all Louisianans who are fully vaccinated. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says for those few people who got it, they didn’t get it bad…

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Full vaccination is two weeks after you complete your vaccine series.

The Legislative Auditor says 98 thousand indelible people received more than 405 million dollars in unemployment benefits in Louisiana from March of 2020 to the end of the year. Auditor Chris Magee says filings rose more than two-hundred thousand percent from pre-pandemic levels which led to errors…

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 A Baton Rouge Representative files legislation to ease the state’s backlog of transportation infrastructure. Brooke Thorington explains how the bill will finance the projects

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11:30 LRN Newscast Apr 5

A Legislative Auditor’s report finds that approximately 98-thousand individuals received $405 million in unemployment benefits and it appears they were not eligible in Louisiana from the end of March until the end of 2020.  Auditor Chris Magee says they found the error by using the program Wage Data.

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The Louisiana Workforce Commission says filings rose more than two-hundred thousand percent from pre-pandemic levels which led to a backlog of paperwork and oversite.

56-percent of parents of school-age children think their child learned less over the past year according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson…

Cut 7 (08)  “…as much.”

The 2021 legislative session begins next week there’s a bill that seeks to raise the state’s gasoline tax by ten cents and then increase the fuel tax by two cents every other year. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg the tax can pay for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, and widening I-20 in Monroe…

Cut 14 (10) “…infrastructure.”

But there’s not much support for raising the gasoline tax.

Legislation has been filed that would allow anyone 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun on their person without needing a permit. West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says the bill is like the one filed in the House by Oil City Representative Danny McCormick, the big difference being McCormick’s bill sets the age limit at 18 instead of 21.

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10:30 LRN Newscast April 5

56- percent of parents of school-age children think their child learned less over the past year and despite that 77-percent do not blame the school system, that’s according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson says responses in Louisiana mirror national data.

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Some lawmakers are looking at the three-point-two billion dollars the state is receiving from the federal American Rescue Act to pay for better roads. But Governor Edwards says replenishing the state’s empty unemployment trust fund is his top priority…

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Edwards says if we don’t replenish the fund by September the automatic employer tax increases will hamper our economic recovery
There will be a bill heard in the upcoming legislative session that seeks to increase the state’s gasoline tax to improve roads and bridges. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg is proposing an increase the state’s gasoline tax by ten cents and then it would increase by two cents every other year until 2033. Freiberg says electric and hybrid vehicle owners would also pay annual fees…

Cut 15 (06)“…the cost.”

The bill is expected to face stiff opposition.

And a bill has been filed that would allow anyone 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun on their person without needing a permit. West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says passing this legislation would make Louisiana the 19th state to adopt a “Constitutional Carry” law.

Cut 10 (09) “…dangerous.”

Opponents say a concealed carry permit requires classes that teaches vital safety lessons.

9:30 LRN Newscast April 5

One state lawmaker, Jonesboro Representative Jack McFarland has decided against sponsoring a bill to increase the state’s gasoline tax to help improve the state’s transportation system. But Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg has filed legislation to increase the state’s fuel tax over a ten-year period.
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Freiberg says by raising the state’s gasoline tax, Louisiana can improve existing roads and bridges while also pay for major projects like new bridges in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge.

Some state lawmakers are looking at federal funding from Congress to help pay for these transportation projects. Governor Edwards says federal stimulus dollars that the state has already received can not be used on infrastructure projects…
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A West Monroe Senator files legislation calling for Louisiana to become the nation’s 19th “Constitutional Carry” state. Matt Doyle has more.
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The Associated Press reports that 47-year-old Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge has pleaded not guilty to a trespassing charge after he reportedly refused to get his temperature checked at Disney Springs in Disney World. An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy escorted Sills from Disney Springs after he refused to leave. He’s heard saying on surveillance video that he paid 15-thousand dollars for his Disney World vacation.

8:30 LRN Newscast April 5

Most parents in Louisiana believe their child didn’t learn as much as they usually do this past year, but they are not holding schools responsible.
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The state health department reports 126 people have tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated. The state health department says breakthrough cases are extremely rare and the three vaccines available remain 100-percent effective at preventing serious illness and deaths.

The 2021 legislative session begins next week and a bill has been filed that seeks to raise the state’s gasoline tax by ten cents and then increase the fuel tax by two cents every other year. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg says raising the gasoline tax can pay for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, and widening I-20 in Monroe…
cut 14 (10) “….infrastructure…
But there’s not much support for raising the gasoline tax.

The state is receiving three-point-two billion dollars from the American Rescue Act which was recently approved by Congress. Governor Edwards wants to use some of that money to replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund. Edwards says if the fund is still empty in September, businesses that pay into the fund will have to pay higher taxes…
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7:30 LRN Newscast April 5

More than half of the parents of school-age children think their child learned less over the past year according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson says 56-percent believe their child’s education was hindered by the pandemic.
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Two bills have been filed for the upcoming legislative session that would remove the requirement of a concealed handgun permit in order to carry a concealed handgun. Opponents of the legislation say a concealed carry permit requires gun owners to learn gun safety, but West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says forcing people to pay a fee to exercise their second amendment right is a liberty issue…
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Despite strong opposition, a Baton Rouge lawmaker has filed a bill to increase the state’s gasoline tax to help pay for a backlog of transportation projects…
cut 3 (32) “….I’m Brooke Thorington”

Some lawmakers are looking at the three-point-two billion dollars the state is receiving from the federal American Rescue Act as a way to pay for better roads. But Governor Edwards says replenishing the state’s empty unemployment trust fund is his top priority…
cut 4 (07) “…that fund”

6:45 LRN Sportscast

Lonzo Ball returned to the court last night after missing the last seven games and hit a career-high eight three-pointers as New Orleans defeated Houston 122 to 115. Ball had 27 points on the night to lead the short-handed Pels. The team’s top two scorers, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram did not play because of injuries.

The LSU baseball team is 1-8 in the SEC after getting swept by number one ranked Vanderbilt. It’s the first time since 2010 that the Tigers have been swept in back-to-back conference series. Left fielder Gavin Dugas believes they can turn the season around…
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Should find out about the status of starting pitcher Jaden Hill today. He left Friday’s game with an elbow injury.

17th ranked Louisiana Tech won its 20th game on Saturday with a six-to-nothing win over UAB. Sophomore left fielder Adarius Mays says they want to prove they are one of the best teams in the country…
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The Bulldogs are in first place in the Conference USA west standings with a six and two league mark.

The Ragin Cajuns are in first place in the Sun Belt West after sweeping ULM, who has lost six in a row.

Southeastern Louisana leads the Southland Conference after splitting a four-game series with McNeese.

Grambling leads the SWAC’s western division after sweeping Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Tigers have won nine of their last eleven.

6:30 LRN Newscast April 5

LSU’s 2021 Louisiana Survey found that 56-percent of parents of school-age children think their child learned less over the past year than they would have if not for the pandemic. But LSU Public Policy Research Lab director, Doctor Michael Henderson, says 77-percent of the respondents are not blaming the school system…
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21-percent of parents are dissatisfied with the instruction their child’s school provided.

There will be a bill heard in the upcoming legislative session that seeks to increase the state’s gasoline tax in an effort to improve the state’s roads and bridges. Baton Rouge Barbara Freiberg is proposing to increase the state’s gasoline tax by ten cents and then it would increase by two pennies every other year until 2033. Freiberg says electric and hybrid vehicle owners would also pay annual fees…
cut 15 (06) “…the cost”
The bill is expected to face stiff opposition when the legislative session begins next week.

A West Monroe Senator files legislation calling for Louisiana to become the nation’s 19th “Constitutional Carry” state. Matt Doyle has more.
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KSLA-TV is reporting that a woman was fatally shot in Shreveport last night when a fight between two women escalated. According to the report, a boyfriend of one of the women pulled out a gun and killed the victim. No arrests have been made.

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Most parents in Louisiana believe their child didn’t learn as much as they usually do this past year, but they aren’t holding schools responsible.  Brooke Thorington explains.

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A West Monroe Senator files legislation calling for Louisiana to become the nation’s 19th “Constitutional Carry” state. Matt Doyle has more.

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 A Baton Rouge Representative files legislation to ease the state’s backlog of transportation infrastructure. Brooke Thorington explains how the bill will finance the projects

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Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves calls for a portion of the state’s billions in American Rescue Act aid to be used to build a new Mississippi River Bridge in the Capital Region.

Governor John Bel Edwards says that’s not going to be his first priority. Instead, he will prioritize replenishing the state’s now empty unemployment trust fund.

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Edwards says if we don’t replenish the fund by September the automatic employer tax increases will hamper our economic recovery.

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Edwards also says despite the region needing a new bridge it’s not clear that ARA money could be used for that type of infrastructure project.

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More than half of the parents of school-age children think their child learned less over the past year according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson says 56-percent believe their child’s education was hindered by the pandemic.

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Despite more than half of parents saying their child didn’t learn as much this past year, Henderson says 77-percent are not blaming the school system.

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Henderson says responses in Louisiana mirrored national data that while most parents believe their child learned less, they are not faulting schools.

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The Louisiana Survey polled 781 adults in the state from January 4th to March 1st.

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Legislation has been filed that would allow anyone 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun on their person without needing a permit.

West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says passing this legislation would make Louisiana the 19th state to adopt a “Constitutional Carry” law.

Cut 10 (09) “…dangerous.”

The legislation does not apply to convicted felons, and those who are legally intoxicated would still be barred from carrying a concealed weapon.

The bill is similar to one filed in the House by Oil City Representative Danny McCormick, the big difference being McCormick’s bill sets the age limit at 18 instead of 21.

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Opponents say a concealed carry permit classes teach gun owners vital safety lessons and weed out bad actors. Morris says forcing people to pay a fee to exercise their rights is a liberty issue.

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Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg files legislation to raise funds via a gas tax to fund the state’s $14 billion backlog of repairs needed for roads and bridges and up to $13 billion needed for capacity projects. The tax would stretch over a ten-year period.

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Freiberg says her bill is the best return on investment with the ability to receive federal matching.

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In addition to a gas tax Freiberg says the bill also taxes drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles with the institution of annual fees.

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Frieberg says she knows she’ll have opposition as lawmakers argue recent CARES Act and American Rescue Plan funds negates the need to raise taxes but says her bill addresses long-term funding for projects.

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Louisiana Tech is off to a six and two start in Conference USA play after taking three of four from UAB. The Bulldogs won the series by blanking the Bulldogs six to nothing on Saturday. Tech Coach Lane Burroughs says winning on Saturday was big to make sure they stayed in first place…

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Saturday’s win was the 20th of the season for the 17th ranked Bulldogs. Sophomore left fielder Adarius Myers says they want to prove they are one of the best teams in the country…

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The LSU baseball team is 1-8 in the SEC after getting swept by number one ranked Vanderbilt. It’s the first time since 2010 that the Tigers have been swept in back-to-back conference series. Left fielder Gavin Dugas believes they can turn the season around…

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AJ Labas gave LSU a chance to win on Saturday, but Garrett Edwards gave up a two-run home run in the seventh and the Commodores held on for a five to four win. Labas on the team’s mindset…

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LSU is hoping to get some positive news today on starting pitcher Jaden Hill. He left the game on Friday with an elbow injury and there’s concern he could need season ending elbow surgery. Coach Paul Mainieri says they’ll find out more today…

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