430PM LRN News

Vice President Mike Pence says he’s inspired by the faith that continues to be shown in St. Landry Parish where three historically black churches burned down by a suspected arsonist. The son of a sheriff’s deputy, 21-year-old Holden Matthews, has been charged with setting fire to the churches. An extensive investigation led by the State Fire Marshal’s office led to Matthews’ capture and Pence applauded the hard work of the investigators…
Cut 4 (11) “…to justice”
Pence made his comments in the front of the ruins of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas.
The LA Wallet app, which allows Louisiana drivers to present their license on their smartphone, is now free, but only until the end of May. OMV field administrator Paige Paxton says the app is accepted at many locations in place of a traditional physical identification card.
Cut 13 (12) “…couple of elections.”
New Orleans’ historic newspaper, The Times Picayune has been purchased by their Baton Rouge based rival, The Advocate. The Advocate has published a daily paper in New Orleans since 2012, and the merger will use “brands and features of both publications” starting in June. Veteran Journalist Len Apcar thinks the new publication will feature the strengths of both of the previous papers.
Cut 7 (08) “…merger.”
The Picayune traces it’s roots back 182 years, and gained widespread acclaim for continuing to report on Hurricane Katrina online even as the paper’s building was surrounded by water.
Legislation that would require Louisiana businesses to provide employees with paid leave to deal with family or medical issues cleared its first legislative hurdle. The Senate Labor committee approved the measure 4 – 1. This new dad believes its a great idea.
Cut 9 (11) “…exception.“.