330PM LRN News

New Orleans’ historic newspaper, The Times Picayune has been purchased by their Baton Rouge based rival, The Advocate. Manship School Professor Len Apcar, a 40 years veteran journalist who’s worked at the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, says the merger will increase the quality of reporting in the Crescent City.
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Employees of the Picayune and it’s online service, Nola.com, have been given 60 days notice that they will be fired.
Legislation that would require Louisiana businesses to provide employees with paid leave to deal with family or medical issues cleared its first legislative hurdle. Bossier City Senator Barrow Peacock was the only “no” vote in Senate Labor. Dawn Starns state director of the National Federation of Independent Business also object to the measure…
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Vice President Mike Pence says the way religious leaders are working towards rebuilding the St. Landry Parish churches burned down by a suspected arsonist is inspirational. Connor Ferrill has the story…
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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.