07:30 LRN Newscast April 28

Cursive writing would be required to be taught in public schools based on legislation that was unanimously approved by the Louisiana Senate. Bossier City Senator Ryan Gatti says former president Abraham Lincoln didn’t use his iPad or Siri to write the Gettysburg Address, he used a quill pen to write out the famous speech…
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The measure heads to the full House for more discussion.

The Louisiana House voted 85-7 in favor of a bill that would prohibit any organization that performs abortions from receiving state dollars. There’s a concern over whether the proposal is constitutional. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle went back and forth with the bill’s author, Frank Hoffman…
cut 15 (11) “…you guess not”
The legislation heads to the Senate and it has the support of Governor Edwards.

A Louisiana mother of a young girl with epilepsy urges legislators to expand medical marijuana access so she can move back. Halen Doughty reports the family currently lives in Colorado….
voicer 1 (31) “….I’m Halen Doughty”

The man accused of killing former Saints defensive end Will Smith has a hearing scheduled at 10 AM this morning. The hearing could be cancelled if the District Attorney gets a grand jury to indict Cardell Hayes. If the hearing goes on, then witnesses to the shooting will testify to see if there’s evidence for probable cause to keep Hayes in jail. .