1:30 LRN Newscast April 24

A bill to give the governor authority to select the chairperson of a state board or commission is heading to the Senate floor.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo” 

29-year-old Anothy Pierce Holland of West Monroe has been arrested in connection to the murder of 19-year-old Sheryl Turner of New Iberia. Her body was found dismembered in the Ouachita River on January 24th. Holland confessed to authorities and has been charged with second-degree murder.

Legislation to allow judges the discretion to sentence one who commits sexual crimes and the victim is under the age of 13 to surgical castration clears the Senate on a 29 to 9 vote. Bill sponsor Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow says way too many children are being molested and raped. Gonzales Senator Edward Price asked if physical castration applies to female perpetrators.

Cut 5 (12)  “…yes sir.”

The bill now heads to the House.

A new morning consult report finds Republican John Kennedy among the top ten most popular U-S Senators. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says his soundbites, quotes and one-liners play well in a red state like Louisiana…

Cut 10 (08) “…their beliefs.”