3:30 LRN Newscast April 9

House Democrats release their Come Back Stronger Louisiana agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Don Molino has more

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Volunteers are searching the Mississippi River for missing LSU freshman Kori Gauthier whose car was found abandoned and then involved in a crash on the Mississippi River bridge early Wednesday morning.  A dive team and the Cajun Navy are assisting police in the search for19-year old Gauthier.

Prison reform advocates pursue changes to the way prison labor is handled, targeting a provision of the state constitution called the “slavery exception” that relates to the nearly unpaid forced labor of Louisiana inmates. Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana Curtis Davis, who spent 25 years at Angola, is working to change that.He says as a society, we also don’t understand the mental trauma that forced servitude has on prisoners.

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If passed a constitutional amendment could be added to the fall 2022 ballot.

COVID numbers continue to stay low in Louisiana despite spikes in other parts of the country driven by new variants. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says percent positivity this week was only 2.3 percent, the lowest since the pandemic began.

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