LRN PM Newscall July 1

It appears that Zion Williamson will be nesting with the Pelicans for a few more years. David Grubb has the details…

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Beginning today you’ll pay less for feminine products and diapers thanks to the pink tax exemption. Brooke Thorington explains.

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says extra officers will be on  the highways this fourth of July weekend to detect and stop impaired drivers. Spokesperson Mark Lambert says if you plan on drinking to celebrate America’s birthday, let someone else drive

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says based on data from LSU 100 people were injured and six people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during last year’s Independence Day holiday. Lambert says one of the biggest travel threats to families is an impaired driver

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Lambert says also reminds revelers that even some legal prescription drugs can impair your judgement…

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The Pelicans and star forward Zion Williamson have reportedly reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension that will keep Williamson in New Orleans for the next six years. The deal could be worth up to $231 million. Fox Sports’ Rob Parker says it was a no-brainer for both sides.

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Williamson’s deal reportedly contains protections for both the team and the player. Zion has played in just 85 of a possible 226 games over his career so far, and Parker says that even with his injury history, the Pelicans’ potential reward is worth the risk of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.

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The NBA’s free agency frenzy has begun, though while other teams are overhauling their rosters the Pelicans are adding Williamson to a core that pushed the Phoenix Suns to six games in the playoffs. The Western Conference is always stacked, but Parker believes the Pels are poised for another postseason run.

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Williamson’s extension can’t be officially announced until July 6.


Beginning today you’ll no longer pay state sales tax on feminine products along with diapers. It’s called the “Pink Tax” exemption and it’s a result of New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman’s legislation from the 2021 legislative session. She says it’s a tax emption that will help women in Louisiana.

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The “Pink Tax” exemption includes diapers for both children and adults.

In Louisiana you do not pay state sales tax on food or medicine because they are necessities and Freeman says the “Pink Tax” exemption makes sense because feminine products and diapers are also essential. The New Orleans Democrat said the “Pink Tax” impacts all women regardless of their pollical affiliation.

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The “Pink Tax” exemption has been debated in the legislature since 2017 and in 2020 Freeman was successful in having legislation to allow municipalities the choice to remove the “Pink Tax” and now the sales tax has been removed.

Freeman proposed legislation this year for schools to provide feminine products for students which ultimately failed but she plans to refile the bill next year.

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In honor of the “Pink Tax” exemption, for the month of July, the Jr. League of New Orleans is collecting diapers and feminine products to assist low-income families.


28-year-old Brian Allen of Alexandria is facing second-degree murder charges for allegedly providing fentanyl that led to an overdose death in Pineville. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Tommy Carnline says over the past several months, detectives have been investigating overdose related deaths

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Allen has also been charged with criminal conspiracy and possession and distribution of a C-D-S-two, which is fentanyl. Carnline says Sheriff Mark Wood has made it a priority to arrest drug dealers responsible for overdose deaths…

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Carnline says they are having some success in linking overdose deaths with the person who provided the deadly drug

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