12:30 LRN Newscast February 28

A decrease in enrollment and TOPS participation among Louisiana public colleges and universities raises concerns among Board of Regents members. Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says for the first time ever they’re not asking for more TOPS funding this year. As for why enrollment is down, Reed believes it’s multifaceted.
Cut 9 (12) “…challenges.”
Reed says the decline in enrollment needs to be further studied.

A noted political analyst says Senator Bill Cassidy would be a most formidable candidate for Governor IF he should decide to run. Ron Faucheux says – should Cassidy decide to run – he would do so as a moderate…
Cut 10 (07) “…as a Republican.”
For his part, Senator Cassidy has NOT declared any intention to run for Governor in 2023. Cassidy said recently he’s quite engaged in being a United States Senator.

A two-vehicle crash last night in Acadia Parish killed two men from Crowley. 20-year-old Derrick Ceasar Jr. and 20-year-old Tywon Thorn were pronounced dead at the scene. State Trooper Thomas Gossen says a Buick Century crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a Ford Expedition…
Cut 6 (08) “…on the shoulder.”
Gossen says the deceased individuals were not buckled up, and several people inside the Expedition suffered minor to moderate injuries.

The beads were flying this past weekend as Louisiana residents and visitors are enjoying the return of Mardi Gras. Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission President Ben Berthelot hopes this is just the beginning of a great 2022 for the hospitality industry…
cut 5 (11) “…back strong”
There are Lundi Gras parades across south Louisiana tonight and then tomorrow it’s the Big Fat Tuesday celebration.