09:30 Newscast May 1, 2015

The Senate Education committee approves a bill to prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student between Kindergarten and third grade, unless the child posed a threat to the safety of the school. Michelle Southern reports…

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The Saints picked up two players in last night’s first round of the NFL Draft. First, the Black & Gold selected offensive lineman Andrus Peat from Stanford. Peat was an A.P. second team All-American selection as well as an Outland Trophy finalist. They then picked up inside line backer Stephone Anthony from Clemson. Anthony was a first team All-ACC selection last year.

Hundreds of LSU students showed up on the steps of the state capitol yesterday to speak up about the proposed reduction in higher education funding. An 80-percent cut to higher education is possible because of a one-point-six billion dollar budget shortfall. Geaux-Vote President Valencia Richardson asks how can lawmakers gut the state’s colleges and universities…

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Students carried signs that said “No Funds No Future” and “Jindal cuts like a knife.”

A Ouachita Parish Grand Jury has handed down an indictment of first degree murder to Robert Nelson in the killing of West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman’s 85-year-old sister, Shirley Cagle. Assistant DA Neal Johnson says 1st degree isn’t something you see often in Ouachita Parish…

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Monroe Police say Nelson confessed to the murder of Cagle who was found in her burning home — but exact cause of death has not been released.