12:30 LRN Newscast March 31st

Twenty-nine students from Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge have been transported to hospitals after the charter buses they were traveling in were involved in a rear end collision on Interstate 10 in LaPlace. State Police Trooper Melissa Matey explains what happened…
cut 12 (07) “…rear ended”
Matey says the driver of the bus that hit the other one, has been charged with careless operations. The injuries to the students have been described as minor.

A Baton Rouge lawmaker believes the time has come in Louisiana to stop sentencing convicted murders and rapists to the death penalty. Republican Senator Dan Claitor expects to receive a lot of support, because of the costs surrounding the prosecution of such cases…
cut 11 (09) “…any results”
Claitor’s proposal will be debated in the upcoming legislative session.

Former law enforcement officer, Derrick Stafford, who fatally shot a six-year-old boy during a chase in Marksville has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was convicted a week ago on manslaughter. Stafford will not be eligible for parole for at least 20 years.

Several factors have resulted in ULM giving up their large collection of preserved specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Doctor Eric Pani, says it was a difficult decision to let these collections go…
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ULM is now looking for a new home for these specimens.