1:30 LRN Newscast Jun 29

The US Supreme Court made a landmark ruling today, ending affirmative action for college admissions. University of Louisiana system president Dr. Jim Henderson says the UL system has intentional interventions in place to ensure students succeed regardless of their background.

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Nine states already ban affirmative action, Florida is the only state in the southeast that does.

The 29th Annual Essence Festival of Culture, the nation’s largest music festival, kicks off today in Crescent City. New Orleans and Company Senior Vice President of Communications Kelly Schulz says hotel occupancy rates last year hovered at 93 percent and an informal survey says numbers are still holding strong.

Cut 7 (12)  “…last year.” 

The festival ends on Monday, July 3rd.

The man who crashed his SUV through the front of the Hammond Target three years ago is sentenced to 25 years. 44-year-old Walter Allbritton the III of Ponchatoula pled no contest to several charges including terrorizing aggravated criminal damage to property. Allbritton also broadcasted the incident on Facebook Live.

McNeese broke ground on a new press box for Cowboy Stadium today. Much of southwest Louisiana was devastated by Hurricanes Delta and Laura in 2020 and the former press box was damaged significantly. Three years later, Director of Facilities Kevin Martin says they’ve completed the long process to organize funding from 4 separate sources and get the project underway…

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