6:30 LRN Newscast February 28

Louisiana’s Governor’s race is still over a year away, but political analyst Ron Faucheaux says Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy would be a formidable candidate if he ran for governor. And Faucheaux says Cassidy would not have to give up his current seat to run…
cut 12 (13) “….was just re-elected”
Cassidy was asked earlier this year about running for governor and said he’s engaged right now being a United States senator representing Louisiana.

New Orleans Representative Kyle Green has filled a bill that would eliminate the death penalty for the offenses of first-degree murder, rape, and treason. An attorney himself, Green says his reasoning starts at one place.
Cut 13 (05) “…number one issue.”
Green points to research that shows since 1973, there have been 185 cases of wrongful conviction and sentencing in the United States.

The Acadiana region is set to receive nearly 30-million dollars from the U-S Department of Commerce to expand high-speed internet. Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves says the grant money comes from the Broadband Infrastructure Program…
cut 7 (14) “…. high-speed broadband”
Graves says these dollars will bring broadband to 22-thousand unserved households across the region.

It was a big weekend of Mardi Gras parades and there are still more to come with Fat Tuesday taking place tomorrow. No major incidents to report and the weather looks great for parades tonight and tomorrow.