230 PM LRN News

The Legislature sends a 38 billion dollar spending plan to Governor Edwards’ desk featuring tens of millions of dollars in new funding for K-12 and higher education. Among those expenditures are an 800 dollar teacher pay raise and an about a 2.5 percent pay raise for higher ed faculty. Senate President Page Cortez says they may be reoccurring costs, but it’s a priority that’s worth it.

Cut 14 (12) “…do that” 

The budget also fully funds TOPS.

After 15 seasons and one national championship at LSU, Paul Mainieri has announced he’s retiring as a college baseball coach. The Tigers had a rough year and are on the NCAA tournament bubble but Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says  Mainieri’s announcement might give the selection committee another reason to put the Tigers in a regional.

Cut 5  (10)  “…deserve that”

Cameron Parish authorities say it was a tip from a local woman that helped them identify a human skull found off a highway in 2018. Brooke Thorington explains.

Cut 1 (31) “ …I’m Brooke Thorington” 

If you’re traveling for Memorial Day weekend DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett says expect roadwork on I-10 next to the Texas border and near the Atchafalaya Basin and I-12 in St. Tammany Parish. Mallet says there will be no lane closers but be aware of speed limit changes and lane shifts…

Cut 8 (7) “…at any minute”