9:30 LRN Newscast

The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center found that 55-percent of the nearly 700 voters they surveyed this week support the legalization of recreational marijuana. The center’s director, Doctor Edward Chervenak, says opinions on legalization are polarized along party lines…
cut 5 (04) Republicans are not”
But it’s a Republican lawmaker, Mandeville Representative Richard Nelson, who has a bill waiting for debate on the House floor that seeks to legalize recreational marijuana use.

The full Senate will get a chance to debate legislation that would prohibit transgender athletes from competing on girls sports teams. No one on the Senate Education Committee voted against the measure, but Melissa Flournoy with Louisiana Progress says this is a bill in search of a problem as there are no examples of a transgender person playing on a girls team in Louisiana….
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Governor Edwards also opposes.

A proposal that would give college athletes in Louisiana a chance to make money off their name, image, and likeness has started moving at the State Capitol. Jim Shannon has the story
Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Jim Shannon”

The Saints surprised many by taking Houston defensive end Payton Turner with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Most mock drafts did not have Turner getting selected in the first round, but the Saints Coach Sean Payton likes his size, his make-up and the energy he brings to the field. Rounds two and three of the draft are tonight.