5:30 LRN Newscast April 8

An attorney for LSU sent a statement to The Advocate regarding Associate Athletic Director Sharon Lewis’s lawsuit against the university. Winston DeCuir said the university is disappointed that a 20-year employee, who has received several promotions throughout her career, is now filing a lawsuit. Following a press conference by her attorneys, LSU believes it is an attempt to take advantage of the situation for personal benefit and they intend to defend these claims.

A New Orleans lawmaker says LSU’s decision to bar all employees from testifying under oath to a legislative committee investigating the school’s mishandling of sexual misconduct is stopping witnesses from coming forward. Representative Aimee Freeman says she has witnesses who claim either Verge Ausberry or Miriam Segar violated the terms of their recent suspensions they were given for mishandling sexual misconduct reports…

Cut 10 (12) “…job” 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says a family of four in Louisiana could purchase a health insurance plan for premiums as low as 163-dollars per month at health-care-dot-gov. Director of the Office of Minority Health Doctor LaShawn McIver says if you need assistance, they have a toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596

Cut 15 (11) “…COVID relief law.” 

Colorado State University predicts 17 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major ones for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Graduate Researcher Jhordanne Jones says this time last year sea surface temperatures along the east coast and Gulf of Mexico were higher than normal.

Cut 7 (09) “…active season”