8:30 LRN Newscast April 30

Former American Idol winner and Louisiana native Laine Hardy was arrested Friday after LSU Police received a complaint, he allegedly put a listening device in a student’s room. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Former East Carroll Parish Sheriff, 84-year-old Dale Rinicker was arrested Thursday in West Monroe. Even though Rinicker threatened officers during the arrest, he was taken to the Ouachita Correctional Center and charged with Criminal Trespass and two counts of Resisting an Officer. In 1997 Rinicker pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a manager of a private prison in Lake Providence.

Multiple bills concerning abortion rights have been discussed during this legislative session, and it remains a polarizing topic in the state. Like so many issues, opinions seem to fall along political party lines. Dr. Michael Henderson of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab says the 2022 Louisiana Survey reports that while Republicans have remained fairly consistent in their attitudes, the percentage of Democrats who support legal access has risen from 51 to 74 percent since 2016.

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A high-ranking State Police trooper confirms L-S-P was involved in a cover-up to hide the facts surrounding the roadside death of Ronald Greene in 2019. Lt. Colonel Kenny Van Buren gave the admission during lengthy questioning by state lawmakers

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