5:30 LRN Newscast June 24

Beginning January 1st to receive their certification, teachers must undergo a criminal background check with the state. Currently, it’s up to local school systems to require those checks, but now Arthur Joffrion (Joe-free-on) with the Louisiana Department of Education says it’s a state requirement.

Cut 3 (09) “…our educators.”

The new policy is a result of legislation passed in 2023.


Former President Donald Trump is in New Orleans today for a fundraiser hosted by two of Louisiana’s biggest Republican donors, Boysie Bollinger and Joe Canizaro. Bollinger says Trump is confident he will win Louisiana as he did in 2020, so he’s stopping by to raise campaign funds, not to campaign.

Cut  14 (10) “…expect to have.” 

Bollinger says every ticket has been sold.


Cleco customers will see a rate increase next month of around five dollars, which will jump to 13 dollars in October. Spokesperson Fran Phoenix says while she understands the rise may come as a shock, it’s necessary to curb inflation and increased operating and maintenance costs.

Cut 6 (09) “…customer.”

PSC Davante Lewis, who voted against the increase, says Cleco recently lost a contract selling power to another Louisiana power company…

Cut 8 (07)  “…ratepayers.”

The price increase passed the Louisiana Public Service Commission on a 4 to 1 vote.