10:30 LRN Newscast May 1

A Senate committee approves legislation that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Opponents say the proposal is not constitutional, but the bill’s author, Shreveport Senator John Milkovich disagrees for a couple of reasons…
cut 6 (12) “….staturory law”
The measure advances to the Senate floor after a five to two vote in a judiciary committee. The legislation does not include an exception if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest and that bothers New Orleans Senator Troy Carter, who says legislators need to consider that exception
` Cut 7 (10) “…just a theory”
Also heading to the Senate floor is a bill that would abolish the death penalty.

On a 24-to-15 vote, the Senate approves legislation that would allow for betting on college and professional sporting events at the state’s casinos and racetracks. The bill’s sponsor, Kenner Senator Danny Martiny, says if the bill doesn’t pass, sports betting will continue in Louisiana, so the state might as well regulate and tax it…
cut 10 (09) “…of it”
Martiny says he would like to see tax revenues from sports betting go towards early childhood education.

A WWL-TV report says Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser has State Police troopers drive him everywhere he goes, but he still receives 84-hundred dollars in annual salary to drive a personal vehicle to work. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the investigative report is not a good look for Nungesser…
cut 3 (10) “…State Police”
The Lt. Governor says he rides with troopers only part of the time.