08:30 Newscast, April 4th, 2016

The state House is scheduled to take up measures this week aimed at helping prisoners find work once they are released from jail. Holly Harris, Executive Director for the US Justice Action Network, says one proposal would establish three new reentry courts, which are already in place in Houma, Lake Charles and Livingston. She says these programs are essential to criminals who are trying to get their lives back on track…:
Cut 8 (08) “reentry process”
Another bill would encourage people to become mentors to offenders who are under court supervision.

A man taking part in a triathlon drowned during the event in the Calcasieu River. The Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Taurean Blake of Sulphur had just begun the swimming portion of the race when he began to struggle and went under. Attempts to rescue Blake were not successful, but Sgt. Ron Johnson later located him in the water — but it was too late and Blake died at a hospital.

The massive amounts of rainfall Louisiana has experienced in the last month has caused some problems with the corn crop. Emelie Gunn has more…:
CUT 1 (31) “I’m Emelie Gunn”

Covington cops say one brother is in jail and the other in the hospital after a fight over a video game resulted in a stabbing. They said 28-year-old Genard Washington and 32-year-old Brandon Washington were arguing in front of the Quick Stop over the game when Genard stabbed his brother five times. The suspect turned himself in and was charged with attempted second degree murder. Brandon Washington is listed in critical, but stable condition.