12:30 LRN Newscast

The Department of Treasury is shipping out nearly 26,000 unclaimed property checks today, totaling $4.4 million. State Treasurer John Schroder says the checks are real, so take it to the bank.
Cut 3 (11) “…of Treasury.”
Each year businesses turn over millions of dollars in unclaimed cash, stocks, bonds, securities, and insurance proceeds to the Treasurer’s Office.

A June first deadline is approaching for leaders on capitol hill to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling. If a deal is not reached the federal government could default on its loans. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves is one of the main negotiators…
cut 7 (12) “…reasonable”
Graves and Republicans are pushing for a cut in spending before agreeing to raising the debt ceiling.

A bill that would limit certain foreign entities from leasing or buying property in Louisiana has won approval in the state House of Representatives. HB 537 comes from Livingston Parish Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges, who calls the bill a “Louisiana sovereignty bill”…:
Cut 9 (08) “…major assets.”
The bill would ban agents of China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela or Russia from buying and titling property in the state. The measure heading to the Senate would not apply to residential transactions.

The House approves a bill that would allow law-abiding citizens 18 years of age and older to conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Opponents say the legislation will lead to more gun violence, but Oakdale Representative Dewith Carrier disagrees..
Cut 16 (13) “..to happen”
The bill passed on a 71-29 vote and it heads to the Senate, where the legislation died last year.