11:30 LRN Newscast

A national survey finds small business optimism increased slightly in April, but NFIB’s small business optimism index remains below a 50-year average for a 28th consecutive month. NFIB state director Leah Long says there’s a lot of discouraging news about the economy…
cut 6 (11) “…right now”
Long says 22-percent of owners reported that inflation was their single most important problem.

The debate over banning consumable hemp products containing THC continues at the state capitol. Shreveport Senator Thomas Pressley says there are dozens of THC products available to buy that can get you high…
Cut 13 (11) “..gets you high.”
Pressly’s bill needs a positive vote from the House and then it heads to the governor’s desk.

For the past four years, driving past the Hertz building in Lake Charles has been a sad reminder of Hurricane Laura’s destruction but that is about to change. Colleen Crain explains…
Cut 2 (33) “…I’m Colleen Crain.”

There is still about 12-thousand Entergy customers without power as a result of Monday’s severe weather that’s responsible for three fatalities. More severe weather could impact the state Friday and flooding rains are a concern beginning Thursday afternoon for central and southwest Louisiana.