8:30 am LRN Newscast Aug. 4, 2018

The Department of Corrections is touting the results of its first year under 2017′s criminal justice reforms, but some worry about possible results from the changes. Jeff Palermo has the story.

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Louisiana began its effort to extend foster care services for kids in the system up to age 21, from the current age limit of 18. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says the age extension will end up changing a lot of kids’ lives for the better.

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Military service members will get their biggest raise in a decade with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act this week. The Senate vote 87 to 10 that included ‘yes’ votes from Louisiana Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy.

In addition to the pay raise for U.S. military service members, the legislation also funds improvements at military installations. This opens up the possibility of funding going toward projects at military installations in Louisiana such as Barksdale Air Force Base, Fort Polk, and the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station among others.

The House gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the legislation last month and the President is expected to sign the 717 billion dollar bill into law.

The Louisiana State Museum opened up a time capsule that had been buried over 100 years ago in New Orleans underneath confederate monument statues that were removed. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says the contents of the old copper box could potentially be worth big bucks today.

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