530 PM LRN News

The Governor’s 36 billion dollar spending plan for the next fiscal year was unveiled today. It’s about 186 million dollars bigger than last year and the bulk of that spending increase comes on the education side. Higher ed will see an 80 million dollar increase and there’s 40 million dollars for a 400 dollar teacher pay raise and 200 dollar support staff pay raise. The plan will be debated by the Legislature in the legislative session that begins in April. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne hopes these proposals won’t be rolled back…

Cut 8 (12) “…investments.” (reduce)

State officials say there is a critical need for blood donation in Louisiana right now due to supply disruptions caused by last week’s winter storms. Governor Edwards says this appeal comes directly from the state’s hospitals…

Cut 5  (11)  “…serious.” 

A Central Louisiana lawmaker wants the Department of Education to use part of a billion dollar federal grant to help construct broadband internet infrastructure in the state. Avoyelles State Representative Darryl Deshotel says the CARES funding is designated to be used for COVID-related expenses and students need internet access as soon as possible.

Cut 10 (11) “…future.” 

One of the biggest challenges for new parents is getting their young children to eat healthy. Pediatrician and Mom, Doctor Candice Jones, says be persistent in your efforts to get kids to eat healthy foods…

cut 14 (11) “…take it”

Jones says introduce fruit and vegetables with low-fat yogurt in the form of smoothies to make food more appealing for young children.