12:30 Newscast, April 25th, 2016

Former-Governor John McKeithen made payments to the KKK in the 1960s to stop racial violent outbreaks. That’s based on FBI records obtained by the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. Gus Weill, Executive Secretary to the former-governor, knew nothing about the payments at the time, but says he was recently told by a man that McKeithen arranged a payment of 10-thousand dollars to leaders of both black and white supremacist groups to stop a violent outbreak in Bogalusa…:
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He says this information doesn’t surprise him as McKeithen often went out of his way to end racial violence.

A nurse from Thibodaux is under arrest for allegedly forging prescriptions in the name of the doctor she worked for. They say a pharmacy in Houma let the doctor know about suspicious prescriptions being written and filled at their location with the doctor’s signature. The nurse, 49-year-old Vickie Ezell of Houma, was arrested for unlawfully prescribing, distributing or dispensing.

The body found in Whiskey Bay over the weekend has been identified as Elizabeth Ferrell of Humble, Texas. Her death is being investigated as a homicide by the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Public school students are taking standardized tests this week and without all of the fanfare and opt outs as Common Core tests received in the past — even though the assessments are similar. That’s according to Hollis Milton, president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents. He feels people are becoming more educated on what the standards are all about…:
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The test this year is called LEAP 2016. Milton also feels things are quieter because the testing is taking place later in the year giving teachers more time to prepare kids.