15:30 LRN Newscast, April 6, 2016

Today a Senate Committee failed to pass legislation that would prevent local governments from removing Confederate monuments. The bill would create a statewide commission that would require a waiver to alter, move, or rename a monument. Confederate monument supporter Leslie Tassin says monuments of Confederate soldiers are a history lesson…

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Tassin says this issue is important for future generations to understand the history of Louisiana.

The total number of zika cases in Louisiana is now up to four, as two new zika cases have been confirmed. Medical Director for the Louisiana Center for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch says the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is active in Louisiana, but only in the summer. He says so far the only people who have gotten Zika were bit by mosquitos outside of the country.

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Welch says these cases were from people who had traveled to South America.

Three bills that would put limitations on the TOPS Scholarship Program failed to make it out of the House Education Committee today. Jeff Palermo has more…

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Search and rescue crews from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries found two 19-year-old off the coast of Cameron Parish this morning after their boat sank. Shane Martin of St. Martin Parish and Derek Romero of Iberia parish were reported missing last night. They were both taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries, but Romero did not survive the incident. The cause of death and why the boat sunk are not yet know.