13:30 LRN Newscast March 31st

Former Marksville City Marshal, Derrick Stafford, who fatally shot a six-year-old autistic boy during a chase has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Stafford was convicted of manslaughter. Judge Billy Bennett ruled he must severe at least 20 years before he’s eligible for parole. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino…
Cut 15 (09) “possible sentences”
Stafford saide he fired his weapon in self defense.

Several state agencies will conduct a massive emergency response training exercise tomorrow. Spokesperson for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they want to make sure the lines of communication are open between local, state and federal partners…
cut 4 (09) “…hurricane season”
A bill that will be debated in the upcoming legislative session calls for the elimination of the death penatly in Louisiana. Emelie Gunn has more….
voicer 2 (29) “…I’m Emelie Gunn”

A high school field trip to New Orleans ended abruptly this morning when the charter buses the students were riding in were involved in a rear end collision on Interstate 10 in LaPlace. Over two dozen students from Lee Magnet High in Baton Rouge were sent to area hospitals with minor injuries. State Police say they are ticketing one of the drivers with careless operation.