15:30 LRN Newscast March 31st

The former law enforcement officer who fatally shot a six-year-old autistic boy during a chase in Marksville has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino is a bit surprised Derrick Stafford received such a harsh sentence, because this didn’t appear to be a premeditated shooting, but in the end the judge wanted to send a message…
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Stafford will not be eligible for parole for at least 20 years.

Over two dozen children on their way to a field trip were sent to hospitals today after the charter buses they were riding in collided with each other on Interstate 10 in LaPlace. State Police Trooper Melissa Matey says the bus driver who hit the other bus from behind faces charges….
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The injuries sustained to the children from Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge were desribed as minor. They were on their way to the World War Two Museum in New Orleans.

Two 17-year-olds are accused of breaking into Tioga High School and Tioga Junior High and causing extensive damage to the schools. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office arrested Cody Blakeney of Otis and Shane Johnson of Pineville. Authorities say the teens were also arrested earlier this year on similiar charges in unrelated cases by another local agency.

A father and son have been booked in Red River Parish in the fatal shooting of Earl Moore of Coushatta. Authoriities beleive Carrel and Daniel Waites of Ringgold fatally shot Moore at a home multiple times.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is looking for new homes for some of the biology research collections at the Museum of Natural History. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Eric Pani says some preserved specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and plants will be given to other institutions…
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The fish collection has three to six million.