2:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Pardon Board has decided to return the clemency applications from 56 death row inmates hoping Governor Edwards would reduce their sentence to life in prison. Louisiana District Attorneys Association Director Loren Lampert says if the Pardon Board took up these petitions they would violate their own rules…
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The rules say the Pardon Board can consider clemency petitions from death row inmates if the application was made within one year of their final appeal or if an execution date is approaching.

Governor Edwards spoke before the U-S Senate Budget committee today to discuss the financial impacts of climate change on infrastructure. Edwards says the state’s coastal master plan seeks to reduce damage from rising sea levels, coastal land loss and weather events…
Cut 9 (13) “….today”

Senator Bill Cassidy is urging Louisianans with passport issues to reach out to his office. Brooke Thorington has more.
Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

DOTD will hold a meeting next Tuesday in Monroe to discuss adding an additional lane to I-20 in both directions from US 165 to east of Garrett Road. The new lanes will be located in the existing median. The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the Monroe Public Safety Center.