10:30 LRN Newscast July 27

The Louisiana Pardon Board has returned the clemency applications filed by death row inmates hoping Governor John Bel Edwards would commute their sentence to life without parole. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A former St. Thomas More Catholic High School assistant coach is charged with two federal sex crimes involving a minor. Angel Cardona was arrested Monday for an alleged incident that happened in Lafayette this summer. The 35-year-old is being held without bond in the Iberia Parish Jail. The FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security are handling the case.

Alexandria Republican Representative Lance Harris announces his candidacy for a seat on the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Harris is term-limited as a state lawmaker and has served the last two years as chair of House Education.

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BESE member Ashley Ellis, who’s not seeking re-election, has endorsed Harris to be her successor.

Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns says Louisiana ranks top ten nationally for the amount of money wagered in legalized sports betting based on population size. Johns says they saw a bump in June thanks to LSU’s run to a College World Series championship…

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The state received one point seven million dollars in tax revenue for sports betting for the month.