3:30 LRN Newscast

Jefferson Parish coroner has released the cause of death of a 6-year-old Harahan girl found in a 10-gallon bucket Wednesday morning.  Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich says everyone is feeling the impact of the tragic death of Bella Fontenelle.

Cut 14 (11)  “…all of us.”

Preliminary Cause of Death: Manual strangulation and multiple blunt force injuries to the head. 43-year-old Hannah Landon, the girlfriend of Bella’s father has been charged with first-degree murder.

A Louisiana high school senior has set a national record by securing more than $9 million in scholarships and 180 college acceptance letters to colleges. 16-year-old Dennis Maliq Barnes holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the top senior accepted by the most colleges with the most scholarships. Barnes is also fluent in Spanish.

Cut 7 (09)  “…in New Orleans.” 

Barnes plans to pursue a dual degree in Computer Science and Criminal Justice and is working to top $10 million in scholarships.

A bill to cut the number of required hours for students studying cosmetology passes in the House. The author of the bill, Slidell Rep Mary DuBuisson says the bill will reduce hours but help students get employed earlier which in turn helps salon owners looking for help.

Cut 3 (09) “….seven and a half months.”

The Cosmetology Board will also be required to create a website for students to track their progress and make payments. The legislation passed on a 78 to 15 vote and advances to a Senate committee.


A Shreveport pediatrician says National Infant Immunization Week is the perfect time to make sure your baby has his or her necessary shots. Dr. Nikki Humphries is a pediatrician at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. She says parents should debunk the myths and follow the science.

Cut 11 (08)  “…decades and decades.”

Dr. Humphries says early vaccinations are safe and guard your baby against numerous common illnesses.