4:30 LRN Newscast July 29

A state appeals court has reinstated Louisiana ban on abortions. The First Circuit Court of Appeal granted a preliminary injunction to put the ban back in effect, after a district judge had blocked the trigger laws. The appeal was filed by Attorney General Jeff Landry. So abortion clinics must once again close their doors.

A new law that goes into effect Monday makes the theft of a catalytic converter a crime. Jeff Palermo has the story…:

CUT 02(30)      “…Palermo.”


Deputies in St. Martin Parish arrest a woman for stabbing an officer during an encounter. Sheriff’s Captain Ginny Higgins says some St. Martinville residents reported a suspicious woman; knocking on doors and asking to be given a gun. When a deputy stopped 26-year-old Ashley Burton to question her she tried to flee on foot, struggled with the officer and then stabbed him. Burton is now charged with attempted murder of a police officer, resisting arrest, simple escape, possession of narcotics and more. Higgins says the deputy Burton stabbed has been treated and released from medical care…:

CUT 14(06)      “…extremely lucky.”

Higgins says Burton also left two small kids in her car, when she dashed away. They are now in the custody of Children & Family Services.

A cop in New Roads, in Pointe Coupee Parish, is on administrative leave; accused of sexually assaulting a teenage male. New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald says the officer has been on the job 8 months and has a clean record. He says the investigation is still active. We’re withholding the officer’s name because he hasn’t yet been arrested or punished.