8:30 LRN Newscast Feb 27

38-year old Martinus Mitchum a Tulane University police officer was killed last night while providing security at a high school basketball playoff game in New Orleans. The man suspected of shooting Mitchem has been identified as 35-year-old John Shallerhorn who was booked with a count of first-degree murder of a police officer.

The Edwards administration has proposed a 36-billion-dollar budget plan for next fiscal year, a 186 million dollar increase over the current year.

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State officials say there is a critical need for blood donations due to supply disruptions caused by last week’s winter storms. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says donating blood is quick and easy. You can call 2-1-1 to be directed to a donation center near you.

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Avoyelles State Representative Darryl Deshotel is asking the State Department of Education to use part of the more than one billion it is receiving in CARES Federal Funding to assist areas of the state that lack broadband access. He says the CARES funding is designated to be used for COVID-related expenses and students need internet access as soon as possible.

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Deshotel says the Federal Government has designated $349-million for broadband infrastructure in the state but says it’s going to take another 400 to 500-million to close to the digital divide.