10:30 LRN Newscast March 29

A new JMC Analytics poll indicates Governor John Bel Edwards has an approval rating of 48 percent. Pollster John Couvillon says however it’s bit more favorable for Republican, Senator John Kennedy with a 53-percent approval rating and his base is pretty reflective of the state’s voting habits.

Cut 9 (07)  “…leaning voters.”

The state’s senior Senator Republican Bill Cassidy has a 38 percent approval rating.

The House Criminal Justice Committee advances a bill establishing penalties for juveniles in possession of small amounts of marijuana. DeSoto Parish Republican Larry Bagley’s bill corrects an oversight where possession penalties were lessened last year because the bill made no specific mention of minors in possession.

Cut 10 (13) “…doing it.”

After Baton Rouge TV station WBRZ broke a story that three State Civil Service employees received exorbitant raises leader of the department Byron Decoteau appeared before Senate Finance. Decoteau received a $20-thousand raise in a month, One employee’s pay increased 100-percent over a six-year period and another had a $43,000 increase in three years. Senator Bodi White…

Cut 15 (10)  “…over 100-percent.”

Decoteau says the raises were given to keep employees from leaving the department.

And the things you do for love can get you arrested… while attempting to bond her boyfriend out of the Grant Parish Detention Center, 21-year-old Alaina Cole of Houma was arrested because she drove a stolen vehicle to pick him up. Officials says Cole confessed and she was arrested for illegal possession of stolen things.