3:30 LRN Newscast May 20

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center predicts another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. They say between 13 to 20 named storms are expected to form and between six and ten will become hurricanes. NOAA’s lead season hurricane forecaster Matthew Rosencrans says several factors have been combined for them to predict another active hurricane season…

Cut 10 (10) “…West African monsoon” 

A bill prohibiting the handheld use of a cellphone when you’re driving makes passage out of the house. Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval’s bill would impose a $25 fine for the first offense and $50 for a second violation.

Cut 3 (11)  “…make a call” 

The bill now heads to the Senate.

Lumber prices have more than tripled over the year amidst a pandemic-driven surge in new home construction and renovation. LSU Forestry Economist Joseph Chang says new home construction is up about 30 percent from last year and there are more remodeling projects in the works as well.

Cut 6 (12) “…space”

Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s not looking to continue his political career after his term ends in 2024. Edwards says there have been no conversations about him leaving Louisiana to join President Biden’s cabinet, but…

Cut 14 (10) “…consider” 

Edwards says he’s also not considering a run for the US Senate race next year.