7:30 LRN Newscast February 26

After a run of mild weather, winter temperatures return to the Bayou State today. National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Bryant says we’ll also see gusty winds out of the northwest…
cut 4 (06) “…pretty chilly”:
High temperatures today will be in the low to upper 50s.

The Violence Policy Center says based on data from 2018, states with weak gun laws and higher gun ownership lead the nation in gun deaths. The V-P-C says Louisiana has the fifth highest gun death rate as 21 individuals for every 100-thousand people die from the use of a firearm. That’s nearly double the nationwide gun death rate. V-P-C Legislative Director Kristen Rand says it’s time for Louisiana to get proactive and prevent gun deaths…
cut 15 (10) “…death rate”

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season and seafood is a popular dish for Catholics. Chairman of the Gulf Seafood Institute Harlon Pearce says the seafood supply is good, especially crawfish as high water levels and weather conditions have resulted in a bountiful crawfish crop.
Cut 10 (10) “…into the season.”
Pearce says there are also plenty of oysters to go around and wild-caught Louisiana catfish is gaining popularity.

State lawmakers will soon return to the State Capitol for the start of another legislative session and there will once again be an effort to raise the minimum wage. Lobbyist groups that represent businesses have fiercely pushed back on proposals in years past but that hasn’t stopped Marrero Representative Kyle Green from filing a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to nine-dollars an hour…
cut 8 (07) “…pay increase”
The legislative session begins on March ninth.