6:30 LRN Newscast

Governor John Bel Edwards wants to raise the state’s minimum wage and Marrero Representative Kyle Green has filed legislation that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to nine dollars an hour in 2021. He says since the economy is booming, there’s no reason businesses can’t afford to pay their workers fairly.
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Green’s bill will be debated in the legislative session that begins March ninth.

Today is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, which means lots of Louisiana residents will abstain from eating meat today and Fridays for the next 40 days. Chairman of the Gulf Seafood Institute Harlon Pearce says wild-caught Louisiana catfish is becoming a popular dish…
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New data shows gun death rates in the Bayou State continue to rise. Brooke Thorington spoke with Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand about the disturbing trend.
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