5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 24

Utilities reported to the Public Service Commission this morning on last week’s winter storm response. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Senator Bill Cassidy responds to the State GOP’s decision to censure him over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump. Cassidy says he’s taken a lot heat for the decision, but also received a lot of support.

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It is not mandatory to send your child to kindergarten in Louisiana, but Chairman of the Senate Education Committee Senator Cleo Fields is filing legislation to change that. Fields wants children to learn sooner than later.

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Fields then wants to work towards making Pre-K mandatory.

A former well-known Monroe staple passed away Monday at the age of 72. Shirley was the sole elephant at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo for 22 years after she arrived in 1977.  As requirements changed for keeping elephants in captivity, Zoo Director Tom Pearson says they opted to let Shirley retire in 1999.

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