LRN 6:30 A.M. Newscast 02/27/2018

A new person is at the helm of the Louisiana GOP.  Kelley Ray spoke with Louis Gurvich.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is facing a budgetary crisis.  After years of operating as a self sufficient agency, the predicted annual 19.8-million-dollars will not be enough to keep up.  Cole Garett, Executive Counsel for the LDWF, says they are proposing a bill in the regular legislative session to get rid of most of the current 117 different licenses.  By raising some fees, this will help them get matching federal funds …

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There has been an increase in the amount of organ donations from opioid addicts.  In Louisiana, there has been a 40 percent increase in the last two years.   Louisiana Organ Procurement Association spokesperson Kirsten Heintz says the opioid crisis is now colliding with another health crisis.  That of the need for life saving organs.  It all starts with the decision to donate, which might come from family decision…

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There is a concern among some that getting an organ from an opioid addicted person, that the medicine would be transferred to the person obtaining the donation.

There are nearly 21-hundred recipients on the list who need a donation in Louisiana.