12:30 LRN Newscast

Rapides Parish Sheriff Deputies have arrested two men in the death of an Alexandria man found in a ditch on LA Highway 1 North last week. 42-year-old Rochaune Prenell of Alexandria was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds by a mowing crew. Spokesperson Tommy Carnline says authorities were able to close in on two individuals.

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Authorities arrested 32-year-old Donald Ray Sias, Jr. and O-tha Lee Tatum, Sr. both of Alexandria. Sias was in jail for unrelated charges and rearrested for carjacking, second-degree murder, criminal conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. Tatum was also arrested for obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy.

Prolec GE  will invest $28 million to expand its Caddo Parish facility in Shreveport and create new jobs.  Prolec GE Business Unit Director Sergio Fernandez says construction on the new line will begin in June and is expected to reach full production capacity in June 2024.

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The company manufactures products for electricity generation, transmission, and distribution.

The Senate Insurance Committee advanced a bill that would prohibit insurers from using gender as a factor when setting auto insurance rates. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau – the bill’s author – says female drivers are often charged more than men.

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Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says insurance carriers are not discriminating against females. He says companies refer to it as predictive modeling that differentiates between young women and men, and older women and men.

Cut 12 (12) “…of Louisiana.” 

Chair of the Insurance Committee, Senator Kirk Talbot opposes the legislation for fear that it would cause insurance rates for male drivers to increase.