8:30 LRN Newscast

Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell will try again this year to pass a law that prohibits transgender athletes from competing on girls’ sports teams. Mizell’s legislation was vetoed last year as Governor John Bel Edwards called the proposal discriminatory. Mizell says the intention of her bill is to protect women’s sports…
cut 8 (07) “….sports bill’
Ten states have similar laws.

Oil City Representative Danny McCormick wants to amend the state’s justified homicide law to include protecting a person’s property during a riot. The Caddo Parish Republican says the legislation he’s proposing is in response to the 2020 riots that saw many businesses burned to the ground..
cut 12 (09) “…guilty of homicide”
McCormick’s measure will be discussed in the upcoming regular session.

Entergy Louisiana is expected to ask the Louisiana Public Service Commission today if it can place a 10-dollar surcharge on customers’ bills over the next 15 years in order to pay for the costs to turn the lights back on after four hurricanes and a winter storm the last two years. P-S-C Commissioner Foster Campbell says north Louisiana customers were spared from many of these storms…
cut 5 (09) “….of the damage”

The spokesperson for the city of New Orleans says an indoor mask mandate remains in place even though Mayor LaToya Cantrell was photographed at a Mardi Gras ball maskless. Beau Tidwell says guests were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, which is part of the city’s requirements for indoor venues…
cut 15 (12) “….more safe”
Tidwell says Cantrell took the mask off to eat, drink and take pictures.