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Get ready for two weekends full of culture, crafts, and music at the 38th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival beginning today through May 7th. Festival Producer, Quint Davis says this year’s headliners include Lizzo, Ed Sheeran, The Steve Miller Band, HER, Dead & Company, Wu-Tang Clan, Kane Brown, and many more.

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This year’s festival will be ‘cashless’ but if there’s a need, there will be Cash Exchange booths where attendees can use cash to get a prepaid card for no fee.  Visit nojazzfest.com for the full lineup.

A bill providing funding for bulletproof vests costing nearly $8.5 million for peace officers across Louisiana was passed by a full House. Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds says the cost per vest is around $2,500 and guidelines would be monitored by the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

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The bill passed with a 98-0 vote.

A Senate bill to restrict minors’ access to adult reading material in public libraries passed its first legislative hurdle. More from Brooke Thorington…:

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LSU gymnast and social media icon, Olivia Dunne will appear in the 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Dunne is the top-paid female NCAA athlete in the country earning over $4 million with NIL deals. The Sports Illustrated spread makes Dunne one of the first college athletes to be featured in print for the issue.