16:30 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. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino…
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Stafford also received a 15-year prison sentence for wounding the boy’s father, but he’ll serve that concurrently with the 40-year sentence.

Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor has filed legislation that seeks to end the use of the death penalty in Louisiana. Claitor says locking up offenders for the rest of their life is a better punishment than the death penalty. He says if signed into law, this bill would not affect current death row inmates….
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2010 was the last execution in Louisiana.

Over two dozen students from Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge were 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…
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Matey says the driver of the bus that hit the other one, has been charged with careless operation. The injuries to the students were described as minor to moderate.

Seven companies have submitted bids with the LSU Ag Center to produce medical marijuana that would one day be used for patients, who suffer from specific diseases. The estimated cost is 10-million dollars. LSU is expected to select a contractor by June, who will pay for the production costs. The facility will be located off of LSU’s campus and the first crop should be ready by the end of 2017.