3:30 LRN Newscast August 8

Baton Rouge Police arrest a man, after his 2-year-old son died in a local hospital. Anderson King initially told BRPD the boy had fallen down stairs, but later admitted he’d beaten the child. The coroner lists multiple blunt force injury as the cause of death, and considers the case a homicide. For now, King is charged with cruelty to a juvenile, but more charges may be coming.

A somewhat related story…the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual child well-being ranking puts Louisiana very near the bottom among states. 49th, to be exact. Casey’s president, Lisa Hamilton, says our state ranks very low when it comes to the physical health of kids…:

CUT 11(06)      “…low birth rates.”

According to the report, 26-percent of Louisiana children live in poverty as of 2020. Only New Mexico ranked lower for kids’ well-being.


A Shreveport area Appeals Court upholds a lower court ruling that Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins is disqualified from running for re-election. That came after a local resident sued;, pointing out that Perkins used the wrong address on his qualifying papers. The Appeals judges all concurred. Last week Perkins said he’d keep appealing all the way to the state Supreme Court if necessary. Meanwhile 8 candidates are vying to replace Perkins at City Hall.

Former Congressman and Louisiana legislator Claude “Buddy” Leach died Saturday of congestive heart failure. Leesville Senator Mike Reese says one of Leach’s main goals in life was to make Louisiana better….:

CUT 05(10)      “…his community.”

Leach died of heart failure Saturday at 88. His funeral is Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles.