AM Newscall, May 6th, 2015

The AARP of Louisiana wants to see more funding so that seniors can live at home instead of institutional care. Eric Gill has more…

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A bill that would let voters decide whether or not they think pot should be legal for personal use gets a hearing at the Capitol today. Scott Carwile reports…:

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There will be a homecoming celebration tonight in Abbeville for a local Top 6 finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”, Koryn Hawthorne. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The AARP of Louisiana wants to see more funding so that seniors can live at home instead of institutional care. Based on their survey, 90-percent of Louisiana voters say home and community based services are important to stay in their own home as they age. Interim State Director, Denise Bottcher, says these services are necessary for seniors to live outside of a nursing home…

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The telephone survey interviewed a thousand registered voters age 45 and older. She says their survey shows that 83-percent of respondents support funding to provide more services for seniors living at home…

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Bottcher says the state only spends 37-percent of its Medicaid budget on services to help seniors stay at home. She hopes this legislative session produces funding so more seniors can avoid institutional care and take some of the burden off of family caregivers…

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The legislation by Baton Rouge Representative Dalton Honore that would let voters decide whether or not recreational marijuana should be legal in Louisiana gets a hearing today. LSU Public Policy Polling Research Director Mike Henderson says they’ve surveyed residents and there seems to be a decline in opposition to pot for adult use over the past couple of years…:

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Recreational marijuana for adult use is legal in Oregon, Washington D.C., Colorado, Alaska and Washington. Henderson says when it comes to pot, there used to be a 14 point difference with opposition out-polling support and that’s fallen by half in the last two years. He doesn’t think Louisianians would make it legal now, but likely in the next 10 years…:

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The survey found support for legalization of marijuana for personal use is at 45 percent, lagging opposition at 52 percent. He says the strongest support comes from younger Louisianians who don’t show up at the polls as often…:

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There will be a homecoming celebration tonight in Abbeville for a local Top 6 finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”, Koryn Hawthorne. The aspiring young singer will ride in a homecoming parade at 5pm then put on a special concert in Magdalen Square downtown. Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza says Koryn has been singing in their community since she was a child…:

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Piazza they couldn’t be more proud of Koryn and her success on the popular singing competition show and the exposure she is helping bring to their small town…:

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Piazza says fans are encouraged to bring signs in support of Hawthorne to the parade which is open to all. He says they are expecting a huge crowd…:

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This is the last week Stephen Moret will be the Louisiana Economic Development Secretary before he begins his job as LSU Foundation President. He says one of the most rewarding things about the last 7 years for him is how much Louisiana’s business climate ranking has improved..:

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Site Selection has rated Louisiana’s economic development efforts No. 2 in the nation in its ranking for Top Competitive States for 2014. Moret says the ranking is a tribute to the professional, diligent efforts of the outstanding staff at LSU. He says the best feeling over the years is meeting someone who’s gotten a job they helped bring here…:

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On the Jim Engster Show, Moret says no LED Secretary successor has been named yet, but he believes it will be within in the next few days. Moret believes one of the biggest wins over the last several years has been the bringing in of Electronic Arts, or EA, to Baton Rouge…:

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It’s a busy week for the Ragin Cajuns baseball team. The players are taking finals and then on Friday, U-L Lafayette will welcome South Alabama to Tigue Moore Field for a three-game series. The Jaguars are in first place in the Sun Belt, while the Cajuns are 2.5 games back and in third place. Coach Tony Robichaux says his club needs to hit better after losing two of three to Appalachian State last weekend…

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Robichaux says South Alabama is the top hitting team in the Sun Belt, even though they’ve only hit nine home runs…

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The Cajuns have been starting three freshmen in their weekend rotation and Robichaux says they’ll have to grow up a lot this week and pitch well

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