14:40 Newscast, May 27th, 2015

Legislation that allows medical marijuana to be dispensed in Louisiana moves a step closer to final legislative passage. The Senate-approved bill, received approval from a House committee today without objection. The Louisiana Sheriff’s Association spoke in opposition last year, but executive director Michael Ranatza says they’ve dropped their red card this year. He says he took the heart a message he received from a proponent to the legislation who recently passed away…:
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Ranataza did make it clear they don’t support the medical marijuana legislation, but they no longer oppose it. The bill heads to the House floor.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today issued its initial outlook for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. Just like the earlier prediction from the forecast team at Colorado State, NOAA forecasters see a below average season with 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 of those hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate remains above the national rate. Eric Gill has the story…:
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There’s big news in the country music world in Louisiana today as Garth Brooks announces he’ll be making a stop with Trisha Yearwood at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th. Tickets go on sale next Friday June 5th but only online at ticketmaster.com — not at a box office. This will be Brooks’ first appearance in Louisiana in 18 years.