10:30 LRN Newscast April 1

Legislation is filed that would decriminalize marijuana possession pending the passage of a broader legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana in the state. New Orleans Representative Candace Newell says passing this legislation would be an important step forward for the African American community.

Cut 11 (10) “…counterparts.”

The personal finance website WalletHub ranks Louisiana as the second most stressed state in the nation. WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzales says Louisiana ranks fifth for average hours worked per week, but the Bayou State has one of the highest percentages of adults living in poverty…

Cut 4 (09)“…Mississippi.”
Louisiana follows Nevada that was ranked number one as the most stressed state.

Of the $255 million in CARES Act Fisheries Funding, Louisiana will receive less than five percent despite being one of the top fishing states in the nation. Republican Congressman Garret Graves says it’s a slap in the face.

Cut 13 (11) “…Louisiana.”

Louisiana is the second-largest seafood supplier in the nation.

A major insurance provider says the most recent stimulus bill makes it easier to purchase health care through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.  Starting today there’s another new addition: the feds will cover 100% of your COBRA costs. Blue Cross Blue Shield Chief Healthcare Economist Mike Bertaut says employers are sending letters to those eligible.

Cut 9 (10) “…dollars.”

Open enrollment for the ACA marketplace has been extended through August 15th.