10:30 LRN Newscast February 26

U-S Senator John Kennedy says it’s time to make Russian President Vladimir Putin a pariah. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Former Louisiana congressman Cedric Richmond is playing a major role in the selection of the next U-S Supreme Court Justice. Richmond joined the White House in 2021 as President Biden’s director of community engagement and has been serving among the advisors who helped vet Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson before her nomination to the nation’s highest court this past week. Richmond has been preparing Judge Brown for the confirmation process. If confirmed, Jackson will serve as the 116th associate justice of the U-S Supreme Court and become the first Black woman to do so.

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Mardi Gras is back. As the head of the state’s tourism industry, the return of visitors and their wallets is a welcome sight for Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, especially after Louisiana businesses missed out on millions last year due to the pandemic.

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A national travel website has listed the 10 best places in Louisiana to celebrate Mardi Gras that aren’t in New Orleans. Included on the list are Lafayette, Houma, Bogalusa, Alexandria, Shreveport, New Roads, Eunice, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and the Courir de Mardi Gras at St. Landry Parish. Carnival 2022 is expected to generate more than $1 billion in revenues.

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…

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