18:30 LRN Newscast March 31st

Former deputy marshal Derrick Stafford will spend the next 40 years in prison for fatally shooting a six-year-old boy and injuring his father. That was the sentence handed down on Friday by a state judge in Marksville. The shooting happened in November 2015 and there’s still another deputy marshal facing trial in the shooting death of Jeremy Mardis. Norris Greenhouse Junior’s trial is set for June 12th.

A Baton Rouge lawmaker believes the time has come in Louisiana to stop sentencing convicted murderers and rapists to the death penalty. Republican Senator Dan Claitor expects to receive a lot of support for this bill, because of the costs surrounding the prosecution of such cases…
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Claitor’s proposal will be debated in the upcoming legislative session. 2010 was the last execution in Louisiana.

Students from Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge were not able to complete their field trip to New Orleans on Friday, because of an accident involving two charter buses on I-10 in LaPlace. State Police Trooper Melissa Matey says a bus driver who hit the other bus from behind faces charges….
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Over two dozen kids were sent to area hospials with minor to moderate injuries.

GOHSEP, the Louisiana National Guard and other key state agencies are taking part in an Emergency Response Exercise on Saturday. Michelle Southern reports…:
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