10:30 LRN Newscast April 4, 2016

Governor John Bel Edwards is urging Democratic Party leaders to get behind PSC member Foster Campbell in the US Senate Race. UL Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says Edwards endorsement does not bode well for the other prominent Democrat in the race, New Orleans lawyer Caroline Fayard, who comes from a family that’s been long supported by the Democratic Party….

Cut 15 (08) “Memorial Day”

Edwards says Campbell has shown he can win elections when people don’t believe a Democrat can or should win.

Several proposed bills seek to help ex-prison inmates reintegrate into society. One of the bills would encourage people to become mentors to offenders who are under court supervision. Holly Harris, Executive Director for the US Justice Action Network, says there plenty of ways Louisiana can reduce its incarceration numbers.

Cut 9 (06)  “sentencing reform”

Time is running out to file federal taxes, as Tax Day is only two weeks away. IRS Spokesperson Lea Crusberg says those individuals who live in one of the 30 parishes that have been declared a federal disaster area are allowed to file after April 18th and that information can be found at I-R-S-dot-gov.

cut 12 (07) “this year”

This year Tax Day is April 18th.

Record amounts of rainfall in March hurt the corn crop. LSU Ag Center corn specialist Dan Fromme says there are still a few weeks left to plant corn and the hope is for dry weather. He says before the corn planting season is over, they’ll have around 400 to 450-thousand acres planted.

Cut 6 (09)  “the air” 

Fromme says this will have a significant impact on the economy.