1:30 LRN Newscast May 31

UL System President Jim Henderson calls the budget for the fiscal year starting in July the biggest investment in higher education the state has seen in 13 years. The 38-billion-dollar spending plan is headed to the Governor’s desk. Henderson says it features a faculty pay raise that breaks down to about a two to two and a half percent increase.

Cut 3 (10)  “…for us.”

Hurricane season starts tomorrow, and Louisiana residents know all too well about storm preparedness.  David Maurstad, the head of the National Flood Insurance Program with FEMA, says every homeowner should have a flood insurance policy.

Cut 9 (13) “…you need.” 

It’s been a good day for baseball fans in the state with four Louisiana schools heading to the NCAA baseball tournament. LSU, Southern, McNeese, and LA Tech will continue their season in the NCAA regionals. LSU will face Gonzaga in Eugene, Oregon. Southern will play Texas in the Austin regional, McNeese will play TCU in the Fort Worth regional, and the Bulldogs will play in the Ruston regional and face off with Rider University. North Carolina State and Alabama will be playing in the Ruston regional also.

The highways and waterways are crowded this Memorial Day.  Sea Tow President Kristen Frohnhoefer (Frone – hoffer) says due to the recent flooding in Louisiana there’s more debris in the water this holiday. She recommends assigning someone to serve as a lookout when cruising.

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She says there’s been an increase of new boaters since the pandemic, and they’ve seen an uptick in service calls to assist boaters.