16:30 LRN Newscast may 31st

A senate committee rejected a pair of bills that attempted to protect Confederate monuments from being taken down. The vote was four to two against and all four lawmakers on the Senate committee who voted against the measure are black.

Louisiana’s gasoline tax will not be increased. A proposal to increase the tax never came up for a House vote today, because the votes were not there.

The Louisiana School of Math, Science and Arts is close to changing its name to Jimmy D Long Louisiana School of Math, Science and Arts. Many alumni of the Natchitoches school say the change will hurt the school’s identity. But the bill’s author Delhi Senator Francis Thompson disagrees…
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The Senate approved bill was approved by the House education committee and it moves to the House floor.

Two bills are heading to the Governor’s desk that seek to close loopholes in Louisiana’s domestic violence laws. A measure by Marrero Representative Patrick Connick includes same-sex partners in the statutes. Interim executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Mariah Wineski, says these bills will save lives
Cut 10 (11) “domestic abusers”
The other bill adds dating partners to the laws.

St. Tammany authorities have interviewed the suspect in an alleged dog dragging that was highlighted by the Humane Society of Louisiana. But Captain Daniel Seuzeneau says the suspect is cooperating fully and they are conducting a fair and unbiased investigation….
cut 8 (11) “…it works”