10:30 LRN Newscast May 26

A house-approved bill allowing St. Tammany residents the right to vote on whether they want a casino built outside of Slidell resulted in some chippy testimony in a Senate committee. Matt Doyle has more.

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At least seven people were injured when a natural gas well caught on fire along the Louisiana coast south of Patterson. The accident happened at a well owned by Texas Petroleum Investments. Crews were attempting to plug the well that ignited Tuesday. According to St Mary Parish officials, all victims are on land and being treated for their injuries.

A House bill to study domestic violence fatalities in the state continues to make its way through the legislature. Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Mariah Wineski says House Bill 452 creates a multidisciplinary team within the health department to review a victim’s records.

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The bill is set to be heard on the House floor today.

Congresswoman Julia Letlow joins House Agriculture Republicans to introduce the Broadband for Rural America Act. Letlow says the funding is part of the USDA’s $7 billion authorized for connectivity programs.

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Letlow says a least 350-thousand households in Louisiana do not have high-speed internet.