LRN PM newscall May 1

An investigative report from WWL-TV questions expenses made by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Storm weary Louisiana Tech is holding its first ever Giving Day today. Kevin Barnhart has more…

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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…

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The Lt. Governor says he rides with troopers only part of the time. The WWL-TV report also claims that his staffers were getting paid by taxpayers while work on his re-election campaign. Pinsonat says legislative auditor should look into this…

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Nungesser is up for re-election this year, but no major challengers have surfaced. Pinsonat says Nungesser has some explaining to do….

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Louisiana Tech has launched the school’s inaugural Giving Day. Donor support makes it possible to help students attend Louisiana Tech through scholarships, plus it helps rebuilding portions of the school that were impacted by an EF-3 tornado last week. President of the Student Advancement team Maddie Patton says the fundraising effort has been in the planning stages for about four months.

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However, that goal was easily surpassed early this morning. Patton says that donors can select if they want their money going toward the general school fund or toward rebuilding the damage from the tornado.

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Patton says the donations have come in from around the country.

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To donate, visit


A bill that would have required producers of “almond milk” to label their product something other than milk has had an amendment added that would only allow the law to go into effect if similar regulations are approved at the federal level.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the legislation now represents a show of support for federal efforts.

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There were concerns that having different names for the same products across state lines would create confusions. Houma Senator Norby Chabert says you’d end up having almond milk called one thing in Louisiana…

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Strain says they look forward to the feds requiring almond milk to change it’s name, because it’s confusing parents.

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The measure was approved in Senate Health and Welfare and heads to the full Senate.


On a narrow vote, the House Criminal Justice Committee approves a bill that expands the state’s stand your ground law to protect an individual who may have to use deadly force in churches. Houma Representative Beryl Amedee says current law allows residents to use deadly force to prevent unlawful entry or force an unlawful intruder to leave

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The measure passed on a nine to eight vote as Democrats on the panel voted against the legislation. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James has concerns about the bill…

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In Louisiana, people can bring a concealed weapon into a house of worship if the person or group in charge of the facility authorizes them to do so. An attorney for the firearm professionals of Louisiana explains why the legislation is needed…

Cut 14 (12) “…stop the attack.”

The measure heads to the House floor.