8:30 LRN Newscast January 30

Two state lawmakers will urge the legislature this year to spend an additional 86-million dollars so that 114-thousand young children can receive early childhood education. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says a report from a state commission has found that one dollar invested in early education, can yield a $7.30 return…
cut 15 (11) “….investment”
173,000 children are in need of early childhood education.

Police records from the St Charles Parish Sheriff’s office shows 21-year-old Dakota Theriot had a troubled history before he killed five people on Saturday, including his parents in Gonzales. Deputies say Theriot was hallucinating when they arrested him in 2017 after he allegedly threatened to burn his family’s home down. The Advocate reports Theriot was diagnosed with “substance-induced mood swings.”

Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins has been named as the Top Republican on a Subcommittee of Border Security, Facilitation and Operations. Higgins says he expects the subcommittee to be one of the more contentious in the 116th Congress, and he wants to unify both sides of the border security debate.
Cut 8 (07) “…as a country.”
Higgins is optimistic an agreement will be reached on border wall funding before another possible government shutdown next month.

A report shows Louisianans are not using 8.9 million vacation days a year, 27th most in the nation. So Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says now is a great time to start planning your “Staycation” for this year. To start, he recommends the overlooked beauty of a bayou southwest of New Orleans.
Cut 4 (08) “state park”