2:30 PM Newscast April 9

New Orleans Congressman Troy Carter commends the Environmental Protection Agency for implementing a final rule aimed at reducing cancer causing air pollution released by 51 plants and refineries in Louisiana. The rule significantly reduces the amount of chloroprene, ethylene oxide and other substances. Carter says…

Cut 10 (10) “…air pollutants. “

Sabine parish authorities have identified the two men who died in a house fire at Toledo Bend early Sunday morning. 70-year-old David Keith Sebastien of Opelousas and 66-year-old David Mark Briley of Ville Platt were not able to escape the flames and lost their lives. Two other men were able to get out of the house on Brunson Drive in the Lanana Bay Area

A bill that would prohibit students’ use of cell phones in the classroom passed unanimously out of the Senate on Monday. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

After emotional testimony, the House passed a bill to expand the school voucher program. House Bill 745 will eventually allow all families to apply for state grants for private school tuition regardless of financial need. Alexandria Democrat Representative Ed Larvadain worries local superintendents will be faced with closing schools and potentially forcing children to schools farther from home.

Cut 9 (10) “…they’re tired.” 

1:30 LRN Newscast

Legislation that would greatly expand the state’s school voucher program so that families of all incomes can use state dollars for private school tuition passes in the House after explosive testimony from a surprise ally. Brooke Thorington has more.
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

SWEPCO says over 45-hundred customers are without power as a result of severe storms that hit the Shreveport area this morning. More severe weather is on its way. The National Weather Service says there’s the possibility of tornadoes tomorrow for the Northshore, the Baton Rouge area and areas east of Alexandria and Opelousas.

The full Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit students having their cellphones in their possession during instructional time in the classroom. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says her legislation requires students to store their cellphones in designated places…
cut 4 (13) “…or not’
The measure heads to the House for more discussion.

The EPA has announced new rules today that are designed to curb toxic emissions at U-S Chemical plants. New Orleans Congressman Troy Carter is a big supporter of the new regulations…
cut 12 (13) “…in families”
The Louisiana Chemical Association says the EPA used flawed data to come up with these new rules.

12:30 LRN Newscast April 9

There was emotional testimony in the House over expanding the school voucher program. House Bill 745 will eventually allow all families to apply for state grants for private school tuition regardless of financial need. New Orleans Democrat Jason Hughes surprised Republican lawmakers with his support of the bill.

Cut 6  (12) “…hardly read.” 

Alexandria Democrat Representative Ed Larvadain spoke against the bill saying it would jeopardize funding for public schools, which are already having problems recruiting and retaining teachers.

Cut 7 (10) “…public education.”  

The House passed the bill 71-32 vote and now heads to the higher chamber.

The brakes have been put on removing the requirement of the brake tags in Louisiana. In House Appropriations Monday Stonewall Representative Larry Bagley voluntarily pulled his immensely popular bill at the request of State Police. A portion of the cost of the vehicle inspections goes towards their budget.

Cut 11 (10) “…about so.”

Bagley says he promised State Police to work with their budget and the bill could still be brought before lawmakers before the current session ends.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

UL-Lafayette baseball is now on a 15 game winning streak after sweeping ULM over the weekend. The Ragin Cajuns are now ranked 19th and Cajuns head coach Matt Deggs says that he doesn’t want the new level of publicity put on his team to become a burden.

Cut 19 (17) “…play the game”

UL-Lafayette will face Prairie View A-and-M tonight at 6 pm

The LSU Tigers will face McNeese tonight before their series with Tennessee this weekend. The Tigers have lost their first 4 series in SEC play and McNeese has not beaten an SEC school this season. The Tigers are 4 and 3 against McNeese in their last seven meetings and first pitch will be at 6:30.

And Southeastern will visit Southern Miss tonight at 6 pm on ESPN+ in a rematch that the Lions won earlier this season, 7 to 6.

The Pelicans will face the Trail Blazers tonight in a game that could help New Orleans earn the sixth overall seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Pelicans and Suns are currently both at 46 and 32 with four games to go in the regular season, but the Suns currently hold the tiebreaker after defeating the Pelicans in 2 of 3 regular season matchups the teams played against each other. The Pelicans and Trail Blazers will tip off tonight at 9 pm.

LSU Guard Jalen Cook has declared for the NBA draft after transferring back to LSU for one season. The former Walker high school star averaged 15.6 points and 2.8 assists.

The LSU women’s softball team lost their Monday night game against the Florida Gators 6 to 5 in extra innings. LSU outfielder Ali Newland had a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and the Lady Tigers are now 31 and 6 on the year and 9 and 6 in SEC play.

And in baseball news across the state, Southern will face Dillard tonight at 6, and Tulane will face UNO at 6:30.

And last night UConn became the first team to repeat since Florida in 2006 and 2007 as the NCAA’s Men’s March Madness champions.

11:30 LRN Newscast April 9

In a bid to curb classroom distractions, legislation aimed at restricting student cellphone usage or any electronic device during school hours unanimously passed the Senate. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says cellphones in the classroom are a big distraction for students.

Cut 3 (10) “…continual distraction.”  

The bill bans students from carrying cellphones “on his person” while in the classroom. Mizell says her bill would require students to put their cellphones in designated places during school hours.

Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression Director Alex Morey says Governor Landry’s request for colleges to mandate all student-athletes be present during the national anthem ties students to support his beliefs and views. She says LSU may possibly comply with Landry’s request but students are free to choose how or whether they want to demonstrate patriotism.

Cut 15 (13)  “…expressive rights.”

Legislation to repeal vehicle inspection stickers hits a road bump. Brooke Thorington explains…

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The National Weather Service says severe storms are expected to produce several tornadoes, with large hail, and strong winds across the northwest portion of Louisiana. The weather agency recommends you make sure you know where to take shelter in case of a warning.

10:30 LRN Newscast April 9

The House Civil Law Committee approves legislation that would prohibit a transgender individual from using a public bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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You’ll want to remain weather-aware today. Shreveport has already received several inches of rain and the northern half of the state is under a flash flood watch until tomorrow.

 

38-year-old Rodney Guillote Jr. of Pineville faces first-degree murder after he allegedly physically abused his infant daughter resulting in multiple injuries and bleeding on the brain. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Tommy Carnline says the case prompts a call to safeguard the most innocent and vulnerable among us. He says programs and agencies statewide are on standby to help parents struggling with infant situations.

Cut 6 (06) “…was senseless.”

 

The brakes have been put on removing the requirement of the brake tags in Louisiana. In House Appropriations Monday Stonewall Representative Larry Bagley voluntarily pulled his immensely popular bill at the request of State Police.

Cut 12 (10) “…do that.” 

A portion of the cost of the vehicle inspections goes towards their budget.

 

9:30 LRN Newscast April 9

After a lengthy debate, the House Civil Law Committee approves legislation that would prohibit transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their gender identity in public buildings like schools, domestic violence shelters and prisons. This means a biological male, who now identifies as a transgender female, would use the men’s bathroom. Trans advocate Britian Forsyth urged lawmakers to vote against this bill, because transgender girls could be bullied in a boys bathroom at a school…
Cut 9 (11)  “…very scared.”
But Baton Rouge Representative Emily Chenevert (Shen-uh-vere) responded this way….
Cut 10 (07) “…clarity.”
The measure heads to the House floor for more discussion.

38-year-old Rodney Guillote Jr. is charged with first degree murder following the death of his infant daughter. Guillote allegedly physically abused the toddler resulting in injuries to her torso, head, and lower body. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Tommy Carnline says 27-year-old Elisha Mazerolle, the mother of the infant, was arrested for principal to first-degree murder.

Cut 5 (10) “…law enforcement.” 

Guillote also assaulted Mazerolle.

Legislation to repeal vehicle inspection stickers hits a road bump. In House Appropriations Monday Stonewall Representative Larry Bagley voluntarily pulled his bill at the request of State Police. Bagley says LSP is not opposed to removing vehicle inspections, however they do object as to how it will impact their budget.

Cut 13 (12)  “…everything straightened.”

A portion of the cost of the vehicle inspections goes towards their budget. The bill could still be brought before lawmakers before the current session ends.

8:30 LRN Newscast

The House Civil Law Committee approves legislation that would prohibit transgender individuals from using bathrooms in public buildings that’s in line with their gender identity. Denham Springs Representative Roger Wilder says he’s trying to prevent a biological woman from having to share a bathroom with a transgender female
Cut 7 (08) “…situations of assault”
Wilder says this legislation is in response to a biological male who identifies as a woman, demanding access to a female changing room at a facility in his district. The proposal covers bathrooms in schools, prisons and domestic violence shelters.

An advocate for domestic violence victims, Morgan Lamandre, argued this legislation puts federal funding for domestic violence shelters at risk because Louisiana’s shelters would be in violation of federal rules
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The Ragin Cajuns baseball team is in the national rankings for the first time since 2017. Brooke Thorington has more…
Cut 3 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

A bill that seeks to remove the requirement for Louisiana drivers to get an inspection sticker has stalled. Stonewall Representative Larry Bagley has tabled his bill at the request of State Police. Bagley told House Appropriations State Police relies on revenue from vehicle inspections.
Cut 11 (10) “…about so.”

7:30 LRN Newscast

After a lengthy debate, the House Civil Law Committee approves legislation that would prohibit transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their gender identity in public buildings like schools, domestic violence shelters and prisons. This means a biological male, who now identifies as a transgender female, would use the men’s bathroom. Trans advocate Britian Forsyth urged lawmakers to vote against this bill, because transgender girls could be bullied in a boys bathroom at a school…
cut 9 (11) “…very scared”
But Baton Rouge Representative Emily Chenevert (Shen-uh-vere) responded this way….
cut 10 (07) “…..clarity”
The measure heads to the House floor for more discussion.

38-year-old Rodney Guillote Jr. of Pineville faces first-degree murder after he allegedly physically abused his infant daughter resulting in multiple injuries and bleeding on the brain. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Tommy Carnline says detectives began their investigation after receiving a call from a local hospital about an infant with extensive bruising.
Cut 4 (08) “…two weeks.”
Guillotte’s bond has been set at one-point-five billion dollars.

At the women’s and men’s national championship basketball games, the teams playing in those games were on the floor for the national anthem. Governor Jeff Landry wants to see that take place all the time with Louisiana’s college teams or risk losing their scholarship. But Alex Morey with the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression says there’s nothing less patriotic than government actors forcing personal views on citizens…
cut 16 (11) “…American system”

6:45 LRN Sportscast

The Ragin Cajuns baseball team is ranked in the major polls for the first time since 2017 as U-L Lafayette has the nation’s longest winning streak at 15 games. Coach Matt Deggs is proud of his team…
Cut 17 (12) “…these boys
U-L Lafayette will host Prairie View A-and-M tonight.

The LSU Tigers, who have dropped their first four SEC series of the season, are no longer ranked. They will host McNeese tonight. The Tigers could use a win as they have a tough series with Tennessee coming up. The Cowboys are 0-6 against SEC teams this year.

U-L-M is home today to take on Northwestern State. The game has been moved up to two pm in an effort to avoid expected stormy weather tonight. The Warhawks were swept in Lafayette last weekend, but they already own two wins over the Demons this season. Northwestern is 11-and-22 on the season after dropping a series at Corpus Christi.

The Pelicans continue their push for a top six seed in the Western Conference playoffs as they are at Portland tonight. New Orleans and Phoenix are currently tied for the sixth spot in the West with four regular season games left. Winnable game tonight as the Trail Blazers have the second worst record in the West.

The LSU women’s basketball team finished sixth in the final A-P Top 25 poll of the season. Lady Tigers are losing Angelica Velez to the transfer portal. The five-foot-seven point guard only played 111 minutes last season.

LSU guard Jalen Cook is entering the NBA draft. He finished the year in Coach Matt McMahon’s dog house after failing to meet the standards of the program.