1:30 LRN Newscast May 3rd

Vice President Mike Pence is in St. Landry Parish this hour meeting with religious leaders who suffered through the anguish of seeing three churches burned down by a suspected arsonist, who is now facing hate crime charges. Before Pence left, here’s what he said at the White House about the recent attacks on religious buildings…
cut 5 (11) “…churches in Louisiana”
Pence visited Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas, which burned down about a month ago.

Through the month of May, Louisiana residents can download the LA Wallet app and activate their license for free in an effort to get more people to use the service. OMV field administrator Paige Paxton says law enforcement will accept digital license as a valid I-D, but you should hang on to your physical I-D as well…
cut 14 (07) “…at that time”
Louisiana is the first state to allow the use of a smartphone app as a picture ID.

The flagship newspaper of New Orleans, The Times Picayune, has been purchased by their Baton Rouge rival, The Advocate. Matt Doyle talked with a veteran reporter about the merger…
cut 2 (30) I’m Matt Doyle”

The National Weather Service says two small tornadoes are responsible for the property damage that occurred yesterday in the DeSoto Parish towns of Mansfield and Stanley. There’s another chance for severe weather tomorrow for much of south Louisiana.