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A bill to allow concealed carry without a permit is up for debate and critics worry it could have dire consequences. Brooke Thorington explains.

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One of the first bills to make it out of a House committee at the special session is a measure to increase the penalties for carjacking. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Legislation to concealed carry without a permit in Louisiana will be debated in the crime special session. And because police are trained to look for outlines of a gun in someone’s clothing, President of the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission Rafael Goyeneche says it would prevent officers from asking for proof of a gun permit to prevent crime.

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Critics of the legislation say if you don’t require a permit, you also aren’t required to be properly trained in how to use a firearm training. Goyeneche says to drive a car you must understand the rules of the road to pass a test to get your driver’s license and that carrying a gun shouldn’t be any different.

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Goyeneche says while there is some good legislation being proposed in the special crime session, he’s hoping common sense will prevail and lawmakers will not pass concealed carry without a permit in Louisiana.

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In the House Oil City Representative Danny McCormick sponsored a bill to allow for concealed carry without a permit and in the upper chamber Erath Senator Blake Miguez has similar legislation.


A piglet is now resting comfortably after being tossed around like a football during carnival season. Humane Society of Louisiana Director Jeff Dorson says a bystander spotted three men throwing what he assumed was a ball—until he heard squeals.

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The scared baby swine, named Piglet, was removed from the harsh environment. Shortly after, Piglet was placed in the care of HSLA. To help pay his vet care, Dorson says a video was placed on social media and piglet became an internet favorite.

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An exam by Metairie Small Animal Hospital found that the Piglet did not suffer any injuries or trauma.  Dorson says a vet tech is fostering Piglet and a person in Magnolia, Mississippi has applied to adopt him. But preparations for piglet to enjoy the comforts of his forever home is underway.

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HSLA is planning a formal presentation of piglet to Representative Lauren Ventrella to take place on the steps of the State Capitol.


Legal analyst Tim Meche believes it was a bad move for LSU running back Trey Holly to give a statement on social media of the shooting that took place in Farmerville. The shooting injured two people. In the social media post, Holly states he was at home at the time of the shooting and the shooting occurred outside of his apartment.

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Holly is one of three people charged with attempted second-degree murder. Meche says if Holly feels he was falsely identified and he’s 100 percent innocent…

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At the crime special session in Baton Rouge, the first item to receive approval by the House Criminal Justice Committee is a measure that increases penalties for carjacking. Under the bill, a person convicted of a carjacking that results in serious bodily harm will get 20 to 30 years. Katie Hunter Lowrey with the Promise of Justice Initiative spoke against it…

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But the author of the bill Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel says  crime has a cost, it cost the life of a 73-year-old grandmother who lost her life during a brutal car jacking in 2022…

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