08:30 LRN Newscast February 01

Governor John Bel Edwards office responds to an AP report that he knew of the death of Ronald Greene in state Police custody, while the public and Greene’s family were being told he died in a car crash. Edwards was campaigning for his second term at the time. His office says it is standard procedure for the governor to be notified when someone dies in State Police custody, but Edwards did not see video of Greene’s repeated beating by officers until October 2020. UL – Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says there’s no evidence that the Governor took part in a cover-up…:

CUT 14(11)      “…or investigation.”

Edwards will meet with the Legislative Black Caucus today. Afterward, he’s expected to take questions from the media.

Jefferson Parish deputies say a 4-year-old accidentally shot himself while sitting in a car, while adults smoked weed in the front seat. The toddler found a gun under the seat. No arrests have been made as yet.


The special session on redistricting Louisiana starts today in Baton Rouge. Lawmakers must decide new boundaries for their own chambers, the Public Service Commission, judicial districts and six U.S. House districts.  The Governor and black leaders say the state needs to have a second majority minority district, and that is liable to be fuel for some disagreements within the Capitol. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says better to get that settled early on, before moving on the more local matters; like redrawing in-state House & Senate boundaries…:

CUT 11(10)      “…related to that.”

The session must be completed within 20 days.

More than 67-million wagers have been made since sports betting became legal in Louisiana in November. The 11 establishments offering sports book raked in just over $10-million. It’s too early yet to have any figures from the first weekend of legal mobile app sports betting. Nine parishes voted to reject sports book, but 55 allow it.