4:30 PM Newscast May 21

A measure to expand the state’s voucher program so parents of all income levels could be eligible to use public dollars to pay for private school tuition receives approval from another legislative committee. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Despite appeals from the Jewish community, the House Criminal Justice Committee members failed to pass a bill to remove gassing as a form of execution. Former CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Arnie Fielkow (Fill-co) urged the committee to support the bill because there are other methods of execution for death row inmates in Louisiana.

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The bill failed in committee on a 3 to 8 vote and will not advance to the House floor.

State Police says an investigation prompted by video on social media of individuals driving ATVs recklessly through New Orleans resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, who were booked into St. James Parish jail. Though ATV and dirt bike takeovers pose a problem for New Orleans, Troop Nola Major Donovan Archote (R sho t) says the problem isn’t indicative of organized crime.

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The incident is still under investigation with more suspects and charges expected to come later.

State Police is offering an accelerated training program for Louisiana POST certified officers. The 14-week program begins in October and Trooper William Huggins says for those local officers that are interested in applying, the deadline is July 24th

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Applicants for Cadet Class 105 must have a Louisiana Level 1 POST certification at the time they apply.