11:30 LRN Newscast

A survey from LSU finds 56-percent of respondents believe families who are on the upper end of the income bracket should not be eligible for the taxpayer funded scholarship program….
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That’s Michael Henderson with the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, who says their poll also found 60-percent of the public supports higher academic requirements. High school students currently need at least a 2.5 GPA and a 20 on the ACT.

West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman has filed a bill for the upcoming session to raise the state’s tax on a pack of cigarettes from a dollar-eight-cents to one-dollar-and-30 cents…

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Louisiana ranks 36th in the country for highest cigarette tax in the country.


A plan to provide all Louisiana school districts with high speed internet has been scrapped. Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, Scott Richard says districts were given a short time period to commit to a plan with very little information from the Board of Regents. He says every school district wants to have high speed internet access, but funding uncertainties caused many to be hesitant.
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Richard hopes schools districts will have another attempt to receive this funding in the future.


Getting lawmakers to approve the revised coastal restoration master plan is part of Governor Edwards legislative package. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish the plan contains 120 projects that are fairly evenly divided between protection and restoration…
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