16:30 LRN Newscast May 31

The bill to ensure that all TOPS scholarship recipients get at least part of their award has received final legislative passage. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish says the bill will only go into effect if the legislature cannot fully fund the program. Morrish says who pays the remainder of the tuition would be at the discretion of the university.

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Currently, TOPS is only funded at 48%.

State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says Louisiana may need to consider tolls as way to pay for highway construction projects. Wilson says tolls could be an option to pay for a portion of a major highway project.

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The state is also facing a 13-billion dollar backlog on bridge and road repairs.

A fiery head on collision in East Feliciana parish on Memorial Day left four people dead, including a one year old child. State Police trooper Bryan Lee says a 19-year-old and the infant were in 22-year-old Brandon Temple’s vehicle when Temple attempted to pass two vehicles in a no passing zone and hit a car head on. Lee says upon impact, both vehicles burst into flames.

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Lee says this was one of 9 fatal crashes state police investigated that resulted in 14 deaths over the holiday weekend.

Mike VI has made the first step in his treatment process, getting a CT scan to take images of the cancerous tumor threatening the life of LSU’s beloved mascot. Ginger Guttner with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine says this will get Mike ready to undergo an innovative treatment that has never been used on a tiger before.

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