7:30 LRN Newscast April 30

Senate Education unanimously approves legislation barring transgender female student-athletes from competing on female teams. Brooke Thorington has more.
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The Saints used the 28th pick in the first round to draft Houston defensive end Payton Turner who had five sacks last season. Former LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was taken by the Bengals with the 5th pick and will catch passes again from Joe Burrow.

The University of New Orleans’ Survey Research Center has found that a majority of registered voters statewide support the legalization of recreational marijuana. SRC director Dr. Ed Chervenak says they surveyed nearly 700 registered voters and 55% are in favor of legalizing pot.
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A bill that seeks to legalize recreational marijuana is awaiting debate on the House floor.

Also heading to the House floor is a measure that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 years old. Denham Springs Representative Buddy Mincey says a statewide survey indicates students are using nicotine products at alarmingly young ages…
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The measure heads to the House floor for debate.