5:30 LRN Newscast Jan 31

Proposals to end the public-private school split in postseason play for football, basketball, baseball, and softball high school sports failed to pass on the final day of the LHSAA annual convention. LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine has worked for the last five years to end the split…

cut 12 (12) “…right now”

Bonine says they are about 50 votes short shy of ending the split.

Former Lakers standout and LSU alum Shaquille O’Neal announces that proceeds from his annual Super Bowl party will go to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation and the families of those who died in Sunday’s helicopter crash. O’Neal posted on Twitter that he debated on whether he should even host his event this year but decided Kobe, his former teammate, would want him to celebrate life.

As the legalization of recreational marijuana use spreads to more states the AAA is warning drivers that driving after smoking pot is still considered a form of impairment. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says lawmakers need to consider the ramifications…

Cut 7 (09) “…are being abused.”

Louisiana State Police added 51 Troopers to its force as their 99th cadet class graduated Friday. State Police Lt Nick Manale says the newly inducted cadets underwent 23 weeks of intense training and their education doesn’t stop there…
Cut 9 (09) “…out their career.”

The cadets will now be spread out across the state.