8:30 LRN Newscast February 26

It’s the final weekend before Fat Tuesday, and 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. Edwards is asking revelers to take responsibility for their own garbage.

Cut 3 (11) “…when you’re celebrating”

Edwards recently launched a Statewide Litter Abatement and Beautification Task Force which will provide policy solutions this summer to address the state’s litter issue.

While Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, Carnival celebrations continue to grow throughout the state. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says his office will continue to make efforts to draw more attention and in turn more visitors to those areas.

Cut 10 (12) “…all over Louisiana.”

Louisiana’s congressional delegation is ready for the United States to intensify its stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin after the invasion of Ukraine. Senator John Kennedy says that Putin should be expelled from the international community, and called for a freezing of Russian financial assets. Senator Bill Cassidy is also calling for tougher sanctions than those imposed by the Biden Administration.

Cut 8 (13) “…fell apart”

Cassidy does not support sending U-S troops to Ukraine but would strengthen those forces already in NATO countries.

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 the cost for. Major General Ron Richard (USMC-Retired) says Putin’s seeming worries of Ukraine joining NATO, were never really going to happen.

Cut 12 (12) “…to be a member.”