8:30 LRN Newscast

Governor John Bel Edwards says he will lobby the Legislature to include rape and incest exceptions to the state’s abortion ban. The governor believes there is enough bipartisan support to add these exceptions…
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Next year will be an election year for state lawmakers, so how will that factor into an attempt to add rape and incest exceptions to the state’s abortion ban?

From the Huey P Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish to the mouth, the Mississippi River has been dredge so that it’s 50-feet deep instead of 45. Big River Coalition director Sean Duffy says they will now work to deepen the river all the way to the Port of Baton Rouge. He says the Mississippi leads to two of the nation’s largest river ports, and keeping commercial traffic flowing is key to the state’s economy…:
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A 20.5 million dollar settlement has been reached with Brad Pitt and his Make it Right Foundation and the 105 homeowners who purchased houses from his foundation that were constructed in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Attorney Ron Austin says residents have lived in subpar conditions ever since.
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Austin sys the settlement will enable Make It Right homeowners to conduct necessary repairs and live in a safe environment.

Endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles have been found on Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands in extreme eastern St. Bernard Parish for the first time in 75 years. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority project manager Todd Baker says it’s a major development…
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Baker says it makes restoring the Chandeluer Islands more of a priority in an effort to save the Kemp Ridley sea turtle from extinction.