3:30 LRN Newscast February 25

An experienced military commander and Louisiana native says Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a costly mistake that everyone BUT Putin will have to bear. Major General Ron Richard (USMC-Retired) says Putin’s decision to go into Ukraine was ill-informed and unfounded, but nevertheless unexpected…:

CUT 13(07)      “…western allies.”

Police in Baton Rouge are investigating a drive-by shooting right in front of the Mall of Louisiana; an area of the city not known for violence or crime. Cops say multiple people suffered gunshot wounds, and two person are dead.

A Natchitoches man is behind bars after leading LEOs on a high speed chase and throwing a loaded semi-automatic rifle from the vehicle. 22-year-old Reggie Thompson is now a guest of the parish.


Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s excited Mardi Gras parades and celebrations are back in full force this year, but he doesn’t want the Carnival season to contribute to the state’s litter problem. Mr. Edwards is asking parade-goers not to leave their trash along the route…:

Cut 04  (09)      “…clean and tidy.”

Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser says hopes are high for a pretty full recovery for Mardi Gras, after the pandemic called it all off last year. While Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, Carnival celebrations continue to grow across the state. Nungesser says his office will continue to lend its support to draw more attention and in turn more visitors to those areas…:

CUT 10(12)      “…all over Louisiana.”

Louisiana’s tourism industry as a whole has taken a hit over the last couple of years due to the pandemic as well as multiple major storms.