9:30 LRN Newscast May 3

The White House says President Joe Biden will visit Lake Charles and New Orleans on Thursday as part of his Getting America Back on Track Tour. The President is expected to discuss his American Jobs Plan which would spend a couple of trillion dollars on improving the country’s infrastructure.

A new survey finds more than 60-percent of tourists say they are more likely to visit a place if they saw it on the silver or small screen. Brooke Thorington has more.
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The Senate Finance Committee meets at 9:30 today and on the agenda is a bill that calls for a referendum election in St. Tammany Parish to determine if voters want a proposed 250-million dollar casino resort in Slidell. Advocate Reporter and author of Bad Bet on the Bayou, The Rise in Gambling and the Fall of Edwin Edwards, Tyler Bridges, expect an interesting hearing…
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Bridges says religious groups are lobbying hard against this legislation.

The Food and Drug Administration has announced plans they plan on banning menthol in cigarettes. Anti-smoking advocates applaud the move. Associate Director for Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living Shawna Shields says the use of menthol in cigarettes gives the tobacco a more appealing taste…
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