4:30 PM Newscast

The state Senate approves a 30-billion dollar budget for next fiscal year. New Orleans Senator and chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, Karen Carter Peterson, proposed to increase state dollars for prenatal care for woman and sex education, because getting an abortion will be more difficult in Louisiana, but those amendments were defeated by both Republicans and Democrats. Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur says the legislature is close to passing a budget the can be proud of…
Cut 5 (11) “…to go.”
The House and Senate still have to settle their differences with the spending plan.
The House Ag Committee advances a Senate-approved bill that would prohibit Louisiana manufacturers from labeling foods such as of cauliflower rice as rice when it doesn’t contain rice.  Ag Commissioner Mike Strain said the measure aims to ensure proper nutrition and safety for consumers.

Cut 6 (11) “…we have standards.”

Houma Representative Beryl Amadee withdraws her bill that would extend Stand Your Ground legal protections to houses of worship amid concerns it creates loopholes that incentivize violence. But opponents say the legislation could extend to interpersonal conflicts, and poorly defines what a “justifiable threat” is in a church. Senate Judiciary B Chairman Gary Smith appreciated the gesture, but…

cut 12(11)   “…in it””

Beer and wine could be available for purchase in the general seating areas in Tiger Stadium this year as the SEC has lifted its stadium wide ban on alcohol sales.The policy change gives the 14 schools in the SEC the ability to draw up their own alochol sale policy. Some schools may decide not to sell alcohol in the general seating areas, but Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says LSU believes beer and wine sales can help keep Tiger Stadium full in the second half of games

Cut 14 (06) “…elsewhere”