12:30 Newscast, April 26th, 2017

First-time opioid prescriptions in Louisiana would be limited to a 7 day supply under a bill that advanced out of a House committee. Former Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who supports the measure, says doctors would also have to talk to their patients about the risks involved with taking pain pills to open a dialogue…:
Cut 9 (11) “treatment and recovery”
The measure now heads to the House floor for more discussion.

Kids would be required to be taught litter prevention and awareness in science class under a measure also headed to the full House. Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful Susan Russell says the purpose of educating young students is to prepare them for tomorrow’s world…
Cut 6 (06) “about it”

A bill that would prohibit the use of corporal punishment on children with disabilities in public schools passes out of the House Education Committee. Michelle Hurst with the state Developmental Disabilities Council says unfortunately students with ailments are often on the receiving end of this kind of discipline…:
Cut 11 (07) “behaviors”
This legislation is part of Governor Edwards’ legislative agenda.

Two teachers in St. Landry Parish are in trouble for allegedly asking other students to punish an 11-year-old classmate by fighting, or receive failing grades if they didn’t. The Washington Elementary teachers face charges including encouraging or contributing to child delinquency and simple battery.