4:30 LRN Newscast June 10

A bill to lift licensing requirements to braid hair failed to pass in this year’s regular legislative session. Mel Bridges has more.

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Former LSU Baseball coach Paul Mainieri is expected to return to baseball as South Carolina’s new coach. Mainieri coached the Tigers from 2007 until his retirement for health reasons in 2021. While in Baton Rouge, he led the Tigers to the College World Series five times and a national championship in 2009.He replaces Mark Kingston who was fired after seven seasons.

The Annie E Casey Foundation released a new report that shows there was an unprecedented drop in learning and absences from 2019 to 2022 as a result of the of the pandemic. Thirty-percent of all students were chronically absent, but Annie E Casey President Lisa Hamilton says the chronic absence percentage was better in Louisiana…
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Hamilton says they actually saw reading scores improve as well.

Louisiana has the lowest pet insurance premiums in the country according to MarketWatch Guides. Dayna Drake with MarketWatch says Louisiana’s lower cost of living is reflected in veterinary costs. She also credits a state law for pet insurers.

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The average monthly premium in Louisiana is $36