10:30 LRN Newscast

The House Labor Committee has once again voted down bills seeking to raise the state’s minimum wage. Every year business groups are successful in killing this legislation. Patrick Robinson from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says increasing the minimum wage is not the way to grow the economy…
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The vote was 10-5 against raising the minimum wage.

A big money maker for Tangipahoa Parish, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is this weekend. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says the state’s second largest festival has arts, crafts, and of course strawberries….
cut 5 (07) “…their living”
Also this weekend, the New Orleans French Quarter Festival and in DeQuincy it’s the Louisiana Railroad days festival.

As Monday’s Tax deadline approaches you might think it’s a bonus if you’re getting money back, but truth be told it isn’t. Brooke Thorington explains.
Cut 2 (31) “I’m Brooke Thorington.”

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office says Wednesday’s severe weather resulted in one death when a tree fell on a camper trailer in Pineville. The victim’s identity has not been released.

Entergy Louisiana says four-thousand of its customers are still without power, Cleco says 8-thousand customers in Slidell are without power and another 19-hundred in St. Landry Parish.