10:30 LRN Newscast

Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey believes the special session called by Governor Landry to tackle crime will make a difference.

Cut 4 (12) “…the state.”

Cathey says he’s also in favor of allowing the Attorney General to have an expanded role in prosecuting crimes when local District Attorneys refuse to. The session begins next Monday and wrap on March 6th.

Federal judge Shelly Dick has ordered the state’s legislative maps to be redrawn because it violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the strength of the black vote. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross…

Cut 7 (12) “…in Louisiana.”

Cross believes Governor Jeff Landry will have lawmakers address the legislative maps during a regular session because a timeline was not outlined in the ruling.

Walk Ons Sports Bistreaux is relocating its corporate headquarters out of Baton Rouge to Atlanta. UNO Business Professor Mark Rosa says the state needs a better tax system to retain businesses and compete with other states.

Cut 11 (11) “…eliminating it.” 

In 2022, the company opened a satellite office in Atlanta which is one of the country’s biggest restaurant industry hubs.

The National Hurricane Center says its forecast maps for tropical storms and hurricanes starting in August will be more colorful to contain information on potential impacts inland from strong winds…

Cut 15 (12) “…that community.”

That’s Jamie Rhone with the National Hurricane Center. The new experimental cone graphics will be available within 30 minutes of an advisory release.