12:30 Newscast, March 28th, 2017

Legislation has been filed for the upcoming session that would up the cigarette tax by 22-cents to $1.30 a pack. Emelie Gunn has more…:
Cut 1 (31) “I’m Emelie Gunn”

The state Department of Ag is urging the public to be vigilant as there has been an increase in the number of skimming devices located on gas pumps throughout the state. They confiscated at least 15 of the credit card readers in Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Tammany, and Washington parishes in the past month.

All Louisiana school districts won’t be given high speed internet as a plan to connect everyone was scraped over funding concerns. Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, Scott Richard, says the deal would have meant districts partner with the Board of Regents in exchange for getting internet for free, but the wording was confusing..:
Cut 4 (08) “already receive”
He says they believe local districts will have an opportunity to pursue this going forward when they are more clear on the details of the deal.

The Louisiana State Police Retirement System released figures Monday which indicate former LSP Col Mike Edmonson could get an over $128,000 annual pension for life if approved by the board. Edmonson retired last week amid criticism over the way he was handling the department .