2:30 LRN Newscast August 23

As the state heads into the heart of hurricane season, the state run last-resort property insurer, Louisiana Citizens, has doubled its number of properties covered in just two years.   Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Citizens was covering 50-thousand before Hurricane Laura in 2020, But after Laura and Delta – followed by Hurricane Ida last year – another 50-thousand have had no choice but to go with Citizens. He says that’s nearly 100-thousand policies…:

CUT 13  (11)        “…last spring.”

Donelon says Citizens’ customer needn’t fear they will not be covered if there is a disaster this year. They will.

A Shreveport man is under arrest for allegedly possessing images and videos of child porn and bestiality. A cybercrimes investigation turned up the images on 25-year-old Jacob Butler’s PC and devices. He’s in the Caddo jail without bond for now. More charges are likely as the investigation continues.


When plans were announced to move juveniles from the Bridge City Center for Youth to Angola, a complaint was filed that the move violates the juvenile’s due process rights. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says it has merit because the US Supreme Court says you can’t treat juveniles the same as adults…:

CUT 04(10)      “…productive adults.”

New LEAP test results – showing a decline in literacy – have one state lawmaker saying “I told you so,” after his literacy & retention bill failed to pass this year. Mandeville Republican Representative Richard Nelson’s bill to hold 3rd graders back a year if they continuously failed reading assignments failed to win passage. He says, despite objections from colleagues, the same law worked well one state over…:

CUT 10(11)      “…out of the water.”

He says the bill WILL help here and he’ll bring it back next year.