LRN Newscast 17:30 March 31

The four candidates looking to be Louisiana’s next governor met today for a forum that was hosted by Louisiana small business leaders. All four candidates were not shy about criticizing Governor Bobby Jindal and his use of the Americans for Tax Reform to help with the state’s budget problems. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says the answer to Louisiana’s problems are not in Washington D-C…
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Dardenne and the other three candidates, democrat John Bel Edwards, and republicans Scott Angelle and David Vitter, said they oppose Jindal’s proposal to scale back the inventory tax.

An $8,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a bald eagle in Caddo Parish. Officials says the bald eagle had wounds to its chest and left wing and because of the severity of the injuries, the eagle was euthanized.

Indiana is taking a lot of heat for its new “religious freedom” law. Sarah Jane Brady, with the Forum for Equality, hopes Louisiana can learn from Indiana when they push a law in the upcoming session that protects discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity…
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Baton Rouge representative Dalton Honore files a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would require all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. He says there have been recent incidents around the country where body cameras would have answered a lot of questions. Honore feels that a body camera is a great tool in keeping everyone honest…
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Honore’s bill does not provide additional funding for law enforcement to purchase the body cameras.