4:30 LRN Newscast April 12

Among some 900 bills and resolutions filed for the legislative session that begins today, there are several measures dealing with the legalization of sports betting. Metairie Senator Cameron Henry says a big question is whether lawmakers will agree to allow residents in approved parishes to place bets on their phones.

Cut 12 (10)   “…bet online” 

Sports betting was approved last fall in 55 parishes.

Louisiana could be in line for billions of dollars in federal “infrastructure” aid under President Biden’s over two trillion-dollar American Jobs Plan. The bill also contains hundreds of billions in funding for expanded childcare, elderly caregiving, and housing. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says those investments are needed to power a modern economy.

Cut 11 (06) “..moving.”

100-billion is included in the bill for broadband.

Residents in the St. Landry Parish village of Palmetto are rummaging through the damage from an EF3 tornado that ravaged at least 25 homes early Saturday morning and claimed one life. Parish President Jesse Bellard says the tornado touched down on Bolden Road just off Highway 359.

Cut 3 (11)  “…storm.” 

The twister also sent seven people to the hospital.

A 26-year-old woman who fell off her jet ski and was not found until the next day is listed in critical condition at a hospital in Covington. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says the search began Friday night in the Tchefuncte River…

Cut 6 (08) “.. next morning.”

Einck says around 10:30 on Saturday morning the woman’s jet ski was located and St. Tammany Parish deputies found her about a half-hour later.