2:30 LRN Newscast May 19

The proposed $39-billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st has passed the Senate and is scheduled today for a House vote on amendments made in the Upper Chamber. One sticking point was Governor Edwards’ request for a half-billion dollars set aside for building a new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge. The current budget bill has $300-million for that purpose. Mr. Edwards says the amount matters, when it comes to seeking matching federal dollars…:

CUT 05(10)      “…put up yourself.”

Also still in play, the amount budgeted to give teachers and school staff an annual pay raise.

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies shoot and kill a man they say charged at them with a pickaxe. This happened late last night in Terrytown, while trying to talk the man down during a domestic call. Officers say the man came out of the home armed with the yard tool and started swinging. One deputy fired several shots; bringing him down. An investigation into the shooting is underway.


We are all coping with the high cost of, well EVERYTHING now … but especially with groceries. Our food dollar won’t go as far as it did, and state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says it may stay that way for quite a while before getting better. He says state & federal authorities, and private sector interests are working on solutions, but they could be quite some time coming…:

CUT 10(11)      “…to cut that down.”

He says try to eat more of your leftovers to conserve food dollars. More than 40-percent of all food produced is wasted.

Two Baton Rouge men are charged with the beating death of 18-year-old Hayes Sellers, a well-intentioned bystander who was defending a lady outside a bar being annoyed by a belligerent drunk last Sunday night. That drunken man and a drunken buddy beat Sellers unconscious and left him to die, which he did later in a hospital. They’ve been charged with murder and battery.