08:30 Newscast, March 28th, 2017

An LSU survey finds voters do not support reducing the amount of the TOPS award as a way to save money. Don Molino has more…:
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Meanwhile a bill is up for the upcoming session that would use more riverboat gaming revenue to go towards the TOPS program. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says currently less than 25 percent of the 75% of gaming funds that go to the state general fund are used for education…:
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The State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the fatal fire on March 18th in East Feliciana Parish was arson-suicide. They believe 59-year-old James Gilliland of Ethel set fire to the home, then took his own life with a gun. Apparently the man was set to be evicted from the home that day as he informed the landlords he lost his job and couldn’t pay rent.

Lawmakers are slated to talk about the revised coastal restoration master plan in the session. It’s part of Governor Edwards legislative package. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish co-authored the bill and said it contains 120 projects that are fairly evenly divided between protection and restoration….:
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Nearly $18 billion would go toward marsh creation, $5 billion set aside for sediment diversion, and $19 billion for hurricane protection.

Jazz Fest officials today will announce stages and times for this year’s performers. The lineup this year includes some artists making up for last year’s rain-out, including Stevie Wonder. The schedule also includes Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5, Aaron Neville, Harry Connick Jr, Tom Petty and more.