LRN PM Newscall May 20

The Senate Education Committee approves a House-backed measure that would hold back third-graders from advancing to the fourth grade if they score poorly multiple times on a literacy test. Michelle Southern has more…

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One man is in custody and more arrests are anticipated after three people were shot during Hammond High school’s Graduation Thursday night. Brooke Thorington has more…

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A House-approved bill that would hold back third-graders who score in the bottom tier in state reading assessments continues to move through the Legislature. Mandeville Representative Richard Nelson says the state has a literacy problem and this legislation is designed to make sure students who reach the fourth grade can read at an adequate level…

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An estimated 45-hundred students could be held back and the legislation would go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. The Senate Education Committee approved Nelson’s bill and an amendment was added that would give a student three tries to pass a literacy test before it’s determined the student must repeat the third grade…

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Nelson’s legislation is modeled after a program in Mississippi that he says has boosted literacy rates in the Magnolia State. He says if a third-grader fails the literacy test on the first try, they’ll get intensive tutoring…

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Seven years after a woman was killed in Terrebonne Parish and her two nieces were kidnapped, two arrests have been made. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet says new evidence led them to make the arrests in connection with the murder of 56-year-old Pamela Johnson.

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Soignet says December 1, 2015, they found two young girls in a car in Houma who told them they had been kidnapped from their aunt’s home, which led them to Johnson’s home in Bourg where they found her body. He says the girls had already lost their mother, so they wanted to bring them closure in this case.

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As for the particular evidence that helped lead them to a break in the case, Soignet couldn’t comment but says new technology and the evidence helped his team make arrests in the case.

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After three people were shot Thursday night while attending Hammond high school’s graduating ceremonies on the campus of Southeastern University, authorities say one person is in custody. Southeastern University Police Chief Michael Beckner…

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Thomas is being held in the Amite jail. A fourth person was taken to the hospital due to injuries from fleeing the incident. One shooting victim remains hospitalized.

Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron says they do know that the shooting victims were innocent bystanders and a person of interest is being sought in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting.

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Authorities have asked individuals attending more graduating ceremonies on Southeastern’s campus this weekend not to bring any bags, or guns into the facility only their phones to take photos. Bergeron says this is not the way high school seniors should have to remember their graduation.

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More arrests are anticipated.


As the shortage of infant formula throughout the country continues, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding answers to how we got here and when we’ll be out of this crisis. Leading the charge has been District 5 Representative Julia Letlow who was quite direct in questioning FDA commissioner Robert Califf.

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Letlow pressed Califf on exactly when families would see restocked shelves, and the Chairman struggled to provide any concrete answers.

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Louisiana will get a break from the recent heat as a result of a cold front that will bring cloud cover and rain. LRN Meteorologist John Wetherbee says showers and thunderstorms will develop along the coast on Saturday spreading into southeast Louisiana and there’s also a cold front coming

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Wetherbee says a large area of showers and thunderstorms will cover the entire state on Sunday

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