LRN AM Newscall, April 5, 2016

A federal judge has reached a $20-billion settlement with BP over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Don Molino has more…

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Today a Senate Committee will hear a proposal by Metairie Senator Conrad Appel that would allow people to have their pets buried next to them in cemeteries. Halen Doughty has more…

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 A New Orleans entrepreneur has developed an app which consumers can use to find the best price on seafood in town. Jeff Palermo reports…:

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Today a Senate committee will hear testimony on a proposed bill that would increase the fine for texting or using social media while driving from $175 to $500. Sgt. Nick Manale with Louisiana State Police says distracted driving causes accidents every day.

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Manale says the use of a phone to text or check Facebook is considered distracted driving, which is a big problem in Louisiana.

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Meanwhile in the House, the Transportation Committee is scheduled to consider a proposal to double the fine for not wearing a seatbelt from $25 to $50 for first offenses. Manale says not wearing a seatbelt can turn a fender bender into a fatal accident.

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A $20-billion settlement has finally been reached regarding the BP oil spill in 2010. The money will go towards Clean Water Act penalties and to cover environmental damage, and it will be paid out over 16 years. Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute, Eric Smith says Louisiana will get some money out of the deal.

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Smith says with all the uncertainty surrounding the budget, it’s unclear if the money will still go towards the coast. He says the settlement isn’t even close to what BP has actually doled out because of the spill.

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Smith says the settlement does contain some good news for BP. He says the judge ruled that other oil companies could not file lawsuits against BP in relation to the spill. He says this should put a stop to any potential litigation against the oil giant.

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A Senate committee will hear a proposal today that would allow people to be buried next to their pets in cemeteries. Patrick McCausland, president of Heaven’s Pets in Metairie, says he knows this is something many pet owners would like to do for their pets.

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The proposal by Metairie Senator Conrad Appel, specifies that pets would have to be interred with their owners in a specific area of the cemetery. McCausland says a few other states have already started allowing this.

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If the measure gets through the legislative process and signed by the governor, it would take effect January 1st. McCausland says this would simply give cemeteries the option to allow this.

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A New Orleans entrepenuer has developed an app which consumers can use to find the best price on seafood in town. Sheldon Williams says the Seafood Locator App does the searching for you…:

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Williams says the establishments they work with are mostly in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, but they are working to get more on board throughout the state. He says he launched the app in January after years of thinking about new, innovative ways to export our culture to people…:

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The free app is available on iTunes or the Google play store. Williams says once you launch the app, you’ll see the 15 affiliate establishments closest to you that sell things like boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp, boiled crabs, raw oysters and more…:

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After scoring 18 runs in its last two games, LSU Coach Paul Mainieri is hopeful his team has broken out of its offensive slump. Prior to Saturday’s doubleheader, the Tigers scored six runs in their last four games. Mainieri believes the team started gaining confidence in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 8-5 loss to Auburn.

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Mainieri credits catcher Jordan Romero for helping LSU overcome its offensive struggles, as he hit a home run and drove in seven runs during the series against Auburn.

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Mainieri is not concerned about ace pitcher Alex Lange despite the sophomore right-hander giving up seven in a loss to Auburn. The Tiger’s skipper credits Lange for battling through a tough performance.

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