6:30 LRN Newscast May 20

Video obtained by the Associated Press shows State Police troopers punching, using a stun gun, and dragging a Black man during an arrest two years ago outside of Monroe. That 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene is the subject of a federal civil rights investigation as Greene died on his way to the hospital. During the video, Greene is heard saying I’m scared.

Governor John Bel Edwards says he was staunchly against legalizing recreational marijuana, but his opinion is changing like many Louisianans. Matt Doyle has the story.
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Sports betting is another step closer to becoming a reality in Louisiana as the Louisiana Senate overwhelmingly approved Senate President Page Cortez’s bill that would allow for sports bets to be taken at riverboat casinos, racetracks and Harrah’s New Orleans. There would be mobile sports betting and sports wagering kiosks can be set up at bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Port Allen Senator Rick Ward says as far as he’s concerned 65-percent of voters approved the bill last fall.
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In 55 of the state’s 64 parishes, voters voted for a proposition to allow sports betting in their parish.

During a Congressional hearing, Senator John Kennedy questioned an official with the US Housing and Urban Development on why the Biden administration has not formulated a disaster aid package to assist 2020 hurricane victims. Kennedy says it’s been nine months since Hurricane Laura nearly flattened southwest Louisiana…
Cut 8 (08) “…get an answer?” (2x)
When the President visited Lake Charles two weeks he talked about the need for federal hurricane relief dollars.