11:30 LRN Newscast

Governor John Bel Edwards wants to fulfill a campaign promise in his final year in office and that’s raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour….
cut 11 (09) “…this year”
But the Republican led Legislature has not supported previous efforts as business groups say it will not be good for our economy. But Edwards says it’s immoral to pay a person $7.25 an hour.

As we approach the peak of strawberry season, Springfield strawberry farmer, Trey Harris says production is down from this time last year. But he says the current unseasonably warm temps are speeding things up.
Cut 6 (12) “…berries right now.”
Harris says highs in the 80s and warm nights are causing a growth spurt.

State and local officials were on hand today for the grand opening of SOWELA’s $10.8M State-of-the-art Culinary, Gaming, and Hospitality Training Center in Lake Charles. SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall says with three big casinos in Lake Charles a facility to train the workers is needed…
Cut 3 (10) “…hospitality center.”
The 28-thousand foot square building features a top of the line culinary kitchen, gaming tables and model hotel rooms.

Festival International de Louisiane announces the musical acts for its festival in Lafayette from April 26th to the 30th.. Marketing Director, Carly Viator says this year’s headliner includes Lafayette’s Lauren Daigle…
Cut 30 (10) “…zydeco groups.”
Exact dates and times for the various musical performers will be released next month.