14:30 LRN Newscast April 25

Former governor John McKeithen gave money to the KKK in an effort to calm racial tensions in the mid-1960s. That’s according to FBI records that the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications has uncovered. Gus Weill, was the executive secterary for the late governor and he’s not surprised to hear McKeithan used money as a way to quell racial strife…
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Weill says the money came from a state commission that was established to control civil rights issues.

The state’s budget shortfall for next fiscal year is down from 750-million to 600-million dollars. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says expanding Medicaid reduces the deficit, but he says it won’t decrease the level of cuts, because the savings were already factored into the governor’s proposed budget.

About 300-thousand public school students are taking standardized tests this week, but there’s not the uproar we saw with last year’s Common Core exams. West Feliciana Superintendent Hollis Milton, also serves as the president of the Louisiana Association of Superintendents, and he says efforts to change the content on these tests has led to a calmer environement….
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A Monroe woman has been arrested for stealing a baby from St. Francis Hospital…
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That’s Monroe Police Detective Chris Bates, who says 24-year-old Anquinisha Cummings was charged with aggravated kidnapping. Bates says Cummings took the baby from a mother that she happened to meet that day.