8:30 LRN Newscast July 31

Good news Saints fans, the Black and Gold have reportedly signed wide receiver Michael Thomas to a new contract that makes him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. The massive deal will pay Thomas 100-million dollars over the next five years, which keeps him in New Orleans through the 2024 season.

Brooke Thorington talked to Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder about a new program that aims to return missing military medals to their rightful owners…
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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy has helped craft a bipartisan proposal that would allow new parents to receive a five-thousand-dollar tax credit for family paid leave. Cassidy says sometimes a new child may force a mother to quit working and survive on public assistance…
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Parents who take the five-thousand-dollar credit, would be eligible for only a 15-hundred dollar child tax credit after the first year, instead of the maximum credit of $2,000.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is calling on the candidates for governor and the state legislature to push for a special session next year to address the state’s long-standing transportation issues. BRAC Senior VP of Economic Competitiveness Liz Smith…
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Smith says funding for a new Mississippi River bridge would be a priority.