3:30 LRN Newscast May 26

The House Governmental Affairs Committee rejects legislation that would have prohibited state-funded facilities from denying access to individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A 22-year-old Mandeville man has pleaded guilty to raping a teenager after her high school graduation party in 2020 and to the sexual battery of a 12-year-old at his house in 2016. District Attorney Warren Montgomery says Richard Michael Deidrich was sentence to 25 years without probation, parole or suspended sentence.

House Education Chairman Ray Garofalo, whose comments about slavery went viral, says the House Speaker threatened to have him removed from the Capitol this morning if he tried to chair today’s meeting. The meeting was called off when only one member showed up. Garofalo says it ended up delaying discussion of legislation that would allow student-athletes to collect paid endorsements…

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The committee is scheduled to meet again next Wednesday, June 2nd, but the session is scheduled to end on June 10th.

An E Pluribus Unum survey finds broad support across racial groups for requiring officers to step in when other officers are using excessive force. E-P-U founder and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu…

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1,200 people were surveyed in southern states.