4:30 LRN Newscast May 19

Legislation that would require public schools statewide to schedule at least 15 minutes of supervised, unstructured free play time of recess for grades kindergarten through fifth was approved by the House in a 66 to 28 vote. Houma Representative Beryl Amedee says under this legislation no special accommodations are required…:

CUT 03(12)      “…funded mandate.”

A recent study finds 89 percent of schools in Louisiana currently have recess and 56 percent offer more than 15 minutes of recess.

District 3 Congressman Clay Higgins responded to uproar over internet video showing him physically removing a heckler from an outdoor press conference. In a written statement, Higgins office says the activist (quote) “became very disruptive and threatening in violation of the law” and goes on to say Higgins “successfully de-escalated the situation.”


Legislation to raise – or in some cases SET – minimum bail amounts for crimes of violence and/or the use of a gun in a crime advances from House Criminal Justice. Crowley Representative John Stefanski’s bill would set a minimum bail of $50-thousand for a violent crime and $100-thousand for one that involves the use of a firearm…:

CUT 06(10)      “…did that.”

The bill passed favorably in committee heads to the House floor. Stefanski is also running for Attorney General this fall.

Our state ranks 4th unhealthiest in the nation for seniors, according the Unite Health Foundation’s report. UHF’s Dr. Phil Painter says despite that poor showings, there is always hope for improvement for older residents…:

CUT 11(12)      “…or exercise.”