17:30 LRN Newscast

Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards files a lawsuit against Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry for blocking state contracts that contains clauses preventing L-G-B-T discrimination. Edwards says Landry is over stepping his constitutional authority…
Cut 13 (10) “his own”
But Landry says state lawmakers refused numerous times to pass laws to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity and he’s protecting the will of the legislature.
cut 14 (05) “their wishes”
The lawsuite was filed this afternoon and it will be heard by a judge in Baton Rouge.

Funeral services are tomorrow in Brusly for the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy and her daughter who were shot in what authorities are calling a gunfight with their neighbor in Pointe Coupee Parish. Investigators say the neighbor killed himself.

A Workers Compensation Research Institute study says one in six injured workers in Louisiana had a longer term use of prescripiton painkillers than workers in 24 other states as part of the two year study. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says opiod dependencies has a cost to the insurance system as a whole and the fatal results are tragic…
cut 12 (11) “…loved ones”
Donelon says in 2014, 750 people died of opioid overdoses in Louisiana.

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced he’ll be in Cuba next week on a trade mission. The governor says they want Louisiana to be a top exporter the island nation once the embago on broader trade with Cuba is lifted. The trip might have to be postponed, because of Hurricane Matthew, which is now a Category Four storm heading towads Jamaica.