7:30 LRN Newscast

In an effort to make sure young students are good readers, State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley proposes a required summer school session for kindergarten through fourth-grade students who are not reading on grade level.
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Brumley says test results show that less than half of Louisiana students at these grade levels are reading at their appropriate level. The proposal will be discussed at next month’s BESE meeting.

State lawmakers are holding a series of meetings looking at the possibility of eliminating the state’s income tax. Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell supports that effort and says legislators could replace the revenue with a moderate tax on oil processing within the state. Campbell encourages Governor Edwards to get behind this effort…
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She was the matriarch of a family of 105, including former Governor—and Lt. Governor—Kathleen Blanco. Lucille Fremin Babineaux is being laid to rest today in New Iberia. Marsanne Golsby has more on her remarkable life.
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Earlier this morning, Ian strengthened into a hurricane and it could be a major hurricane before hitting the western side of Cuba. Once it reaches the Gulf, Ian is expected to strengthen into a Category Four hurricane before making a second landfall north of Tampa Thursday night or Friday morning.