7:30 LRN newscasts

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Lafayette this afternoon and will visit Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, one of the three churches recently torched in St. Landry Parish. Pence will meet with community and church leaders. Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins…
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21-year-old Holden Matthews has been accused of setting the fires that burned down the churches. He faces arson and hate crime charges.

The Louisiana House has overwhemingly approved legislation that would ok a 30-year license extension for New Orleans Harrah’s casino, the state’s only land based gambling hall. In return for the lengthy extension, House Speaker Taylor Barras says Harrah’s will perform 325 million dollars in upgrades, including a new hotel…
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The bill does not expand the gambling floor space for the facility and it still needs Senate approval.

Dolphins off the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi are dying in alarming numbers, and a marine biologist says Mississippi river pollution and freshwater from the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway are largely to blame. Matt Doyle has more.
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The owners of the New Orleans Advocate newspaper are purchasing the Times-Picayune and its nola-dot-com website. The Advocate says they will publish a seven-day home delivered newspaper in New Orleans starting in June. Editors, writers and photographers at the Times-Picayune will be out of a job in 60 days, some of them could be re-hired by the Advocate.