11:30 Newscast, May 4th, 2015

The House appropriations committee approves a plan that would allow the state to draw down federal money that can be used to expand Medicaid coverage. House speaker Chuck Kleckley says the plan involves hospitals putting their financial resources together so the state can draw down federal dollars that can be used to provide health care to low income individuals…:
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Governor Bobby Jindal opposes Medicaid expansion, calling it a bad deal for the state. But Kleckley says this plan could save up to $200 million for the state’s budget.

Planned Parenthood supporters from across the state are at the Capitol today to rally in support of reproductive heath care access in Louisiana. Spokeswoman Raegan Carter says the plan is to talk to lawmakers about the importance of women having access to high quality healthcare they provide in Louisiana…:
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Carter believes the Jindal administration has made it clear they plan to launch an attack on healthcare needs.

Former LSU Tiger La’el Collins is at State Police headquarters interviewing with Baton Rouge detectives about the murder of a pregnant woman it’s believed he had a romantic relationship with at one time. Brittany Mills was shot and killed at her apartment on April 24th. Cops say there are no suspects in Mills’ killing and no arrests have been made.

Three weeks are in the books for the current legislative session and many say lawmakers are still not close to finding a solution to the state’s $1.6 billion dollar budget shortfall. Scott Carwile reports…:
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