12:30 LRN Newscast April 28

Legislation to reduce the number of required hours for cosmetology students to graduate passes in the House. Slidell Rep Mary DuBuisson says the bill will help hair salons that are struggling to find employees due to lack of hours, but students are still required to pass their exams.

Cut 3 (10) “…seven and a half months.”

Opponents say the bill would hurt smaller cosmetology schools and compromise worker safety will less hours. The bill passed 78 to 15 and advances to a Senate committee.

It’s National Infant Immunization Week and Willis-Knighten pediatrician Dr. Nikki Humphries says it’s crucial to baby’s health to get them protected against common infections…:

Cut 9 (09) “…illness and injury.”

She says to always ask your healthcare provider about immunizations and not the internet.

A New Orleans teen has set a U.S. record by receiving more than $9 million in scholarships and 180 college acceptances. 16-year-old Dennis Maliq Barnes holds the Guinness Book of World Records for his accomplishments and the International High School senior says he just wants to get into college.

Cut 6 (12)  “…really fast” 

Barnes has a 4.98 GPA and where he’ll attend college has yet to be decided but he plans to pursue a dual degree in Computer Science and Criminal Justice. He graduates from high school on May 24.