07:30 Newscast May 1, 2015

Legal analyst Tim Meche says former LSU football player La’el Collins is making the right decision in not hurrying to speak to police about the murder of 29-year-old Brittney Mills. Authorities say Collins is not considered a suspect in this case but think he may have useful information since the two had a previous relationship. Meche says if Collins does not voluntarily speak to police, it’s his Constitutional right…

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The situation raised enough concern that Collins was not selected last night in the NFL Draft.

Hundreds of LSU students rallied on the steps of the state capitol yesterday to speak against the proposed reduction in higher education funding. Student Justin Dicharia made the point that Jindal wasn’t even in Baton Rouge to hear from the students…

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After the rally, some of the students went inside the capitol to talk with lawmakers.

The Senate Education committee approves legislation that would prevent the suspension or expulsion of a student between Kindergarten and third grade, unless the child posed a threat to the safety of the school. Author, Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome, says when you send a child that young home, they aren’t getting an opportunity to learn. Louisiana School Boards Association Executive Director Scott Richard says they understand the concern, but don’t want to put such a restriction on principals…

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The measure will now be debated on the Senate floor.

The man accused of killing West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffmann’s 85-year-old sister has been indicted on one count of first degree murder. A Ouachita Parish Grand Jury returned the indictment against Robert Nelson on the homicide of Shirley Cagle. Assistant DA Neal Johnson…

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Monroe Police say Nelson confessed to the murder of Cagle who was found in her burning home — but exact cause of death has not been released.

06:45 Sportscast May 1, 2015

A legal analyst says former LSU football player La’el Collins is making the right decision in not rushing to speak to cops about a murder of a pregnant woman. Baton Rouge Police want to interview Collins about the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Brittney Mills. Tim Meche says it’s not in anyone’s interest to talk to police until all the facts are known. He says he’d be surprised if Collins ever talks to police…

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Authorities say Collins is not considered a suspect in this case but the situation raised enough concern among teams that he was not selected in last night’s first round of the NFL Draft.

The Saints had two picks in last night’s first round. With the number 13 pick, the Black & Gold selected offensive lineman Andrus Peat from Stanford. Peat was an A.P. second team All-American selection last season, as well as an Outland Trophy finalist. The Saints also picked up inside line backer Stephone Anthony from Clemson. Anthony was a first team All-ACC selection last year.

Third baseman Conner Hale’s two run double in the top of the 14th gave top ranked LSU a 5-3 victory over Mississippi State. This is the Tigers seventh extra-inning game this season, and their fourth win in those contests. Jake Godfrey gets the win on the mound for LSU, his seventh of the season, while Trevor Fitts gets tagged with the loss for the Bulldogs. The win also marks the 400th career LSU victory for coach Paul Mainieri. These two teams will take the field again tonight at 7. It will be televised on ESPNU.

Elsewhere on the college diamond, Louisiana Tech hosts a three game series against Texas-San Antonio.

In the Southland Conference, UNO welcomes Abilene Christian, Nicholls State has a three-game home stand against Houston Baptist, Lamar is in Hammond to face Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin takes on McNeese State, and Northwestern State travels to South Bend, Indiana to meet Notre Dame.

In Sun Belt action, UL-Lafayette looks to extend its seven game winning streak when they take on Appalachian State and ULM hosts Troy.

06:30 Newscast May 1, 2015

The Senate Education committee approves a bill that would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student between Kindergarten and third grade, unless the child posed a threat to the safety of the school. The author of the measure, Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome, says children who are taken out of school so young don’t get to live up to their potential…

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The legislation now heads to the Senate Floor.

A legal analyst says former LSU football player La’el Collins is making the right decision in not rushing to speak to cops about a murder of a pregnant woman. In fact, Tim Meche says he’d be surprised if Collins ever talks to police…

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Baton Rouge Police want to interview Collins about the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Brittney Mills.

With LSU facing big budget cuts that officials say could cripple the university, hundreds of students showed up on the steps of the state capitol yesterday to speak up about the proposed reduction in higher education funding. LSU Student Government Association President Andrew Mahtook says the student body is very concerned about the school’s future…

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About five-hundred students showed up for the rally, carrying signs that said “No Funds No Future” and “Jindal cuts like a knife.” An 80-percent cut in higher education funding is possible because of a one-point-six billion dollar budget shortfall.

AM Newscall, May 1st, 2015

A legal analyst says former LSU football player La’el Collins is making the right decision in not rushing to speak to cops about a murder of a pregnant woman. Eric Gill reports…

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The Senate Education committee approves a bill to prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student between Kindergarten and third grade, unless the child posed a threat to the safety of the school. Michelle Southern reports…:

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About five-hundred LSU students marched onto the steps of the state capitol urging lawmakers not to make significant cuts to higher education. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A legal analyst says former LSU football player La’el Collins is making the right decision in not rushing to speak to cops about a murder of a pregnant woman. Baton Rouge Police want to interview Collins about the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Brittney Mills. Tim Meche says it’s not in anyone’s interest to talk to police until all the facts are known. He says he’d be surprised if Collins ever talks to police…

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Authorities say Collins is not considered a suspect in this case but think he may have useful information since the two had previously been involved in a relationship. Meche says if Collins does not voluntarily speak to police, it’s his Constitutional right…

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BRPD says Collins will be interviewed sometime after the NFL Draft. Police have yet to identify a suspect in this case. Meche says the public should let the facts of the case surface before jumping to any conclusions…

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The Senate Education committee approves a bill that would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student between Kindergarten and third grade, unless the child posed a threat to the safety of the school. The author of the measure, Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome, says children who are taken out of school so young don’t get to live up to their potential…:

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The legislation now heads to the Senate Floor. Broome says when you send a child home at such a young age, they aren’t getting an opportunity to learn. Louisiana School Boards Association executive Director Scott Richard says they understand the concern, but don’t want to put such a restriction on principals…:

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Richard says he realizes that mistakes can be made, but we have to be able to trust school leaders’ discretion when it comes to making these last resort decisions. Debra Schum is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Association or Principals. She says sometimes they just can’t allow a single student to disrupt the education of others…:

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With LSU facing big budget cuts that officials say could cripple the university, hundreds of students showed up on the steps of the state capitol yesterday to speak up about the proposed reduction in higher education funding. LSU Student Government Association  President Andrew Mahtook says the student body is very concerned about the school’s future…

Cut 10 (11) “personal level”

About five-hundred students showed up for the rally, carrying signs that said “No Funds No Future” and “Jindal cuts like a knife.” LSU student Justin Dicharia made the point that Jindal wasn’t even in Baton Rouge to hear from the students…

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An 80-percent cut in higher education funding is possible because of a one-point-six billion dollar budget shortfall. Geaux-Vote President Valencia Richardson asks how can lawmakers gut the state’s colleges and universities…

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After the rally, some of the students went inside the capitol to talk with lawmakers. In the senate finance committee meeting, Chairman Jack Donahue told them they are working to solve the funding problem…

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The man accused of killing West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffmann’s 85-year-old sister has been indicted on one count of first degree murder. A Ouachita Parish Grand Jury returned the indictment against Robert Nelson on the April 23rd homicide of Shirley Cagle. Assistant DA Neal Johnson…:

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Monroe Police say Nelson confessed to the murder of Cagle who was found in her burning home — but exact cause of death has not been released. Cops believe he was robbing the place in a desperate attempt to support his drug habit. Johnson says the indictment for 1st degree murder carries the possibility of the death penalty…:

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Representative Hoffman released a statement regarding the tragic death saying she’s in a wonderful place now, but this is sad for the entire family and a woman who had a great life, worked hard and made a lot of difference in a lot of lives. Johnson says 1st degree isn’t something you see often in Ouachita Parish…:

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LRN Newscast 17:30 April 30

LSU students gathered at the state Capitol today to protest cuts to the university, and our Jeff Palermo was there.
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After the rally, some students went inside the capitol to talk with lawmakers. Senate finance committee Chairman Jack Donahue spoke to the students..
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Senate president John Alario denies wrongdoingn despite media reports that say federal investigators are looking into how he spent campaign contributions. Michelle Southern reports…
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The Senate Education committee approves a bill that would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student between Kindergarten and third grade, unless the child poses a safety threat. The author of the measure, Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome, says when you send a child home at such a young age, they aren’t getting an opportunity to learn. The full senate will debate the bill next.

LRN Sportscast 16:45 April 30

Tonight is the first round of the NFL draft, but it’s unlikely that former LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins will hear his name. Collins is wanted by police for questioning to see what he knows about the murder of a pregnant woman last week. Baton Rouge Police Corporal Don Coppola says they’ve been told that they’ll get a chance to speak with Collins once the draft concludes…
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Police have not named Collins a suspect in the woman’s death. But the situation has some NFL teams nervous about selecting Collins. There was a report earlier today that Collins’ agent was trying to get the offensive lineman in the supplemental draft, but that request was denied by the league, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It’s been reported the Dallas Cowboys will not pick-up the option on cornerback Morris Claiborne. That means the former LSU star will enter the upcoming season in the final year of his rookie contract.

The Saints have two picks in tonight’s first round and nine picks total over the course of the seven-round draft that will last until Saturday. There’s a lot of talk from all of the teams about selecting players with high character. General Manager Mickey Loomis says they won’t write a player off, just because of a couple of red flags…
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Tonight’s NFL draft begins at 7 PM.

At 6:30, the number one ranked LSU baseball team begins a three-game series against Mississippi State in Starkville. The Bulldogs have struggled this season, as they are just 23-and-22 overall, 7-and-14 in the SEC. State has lost 10 of 12 and they are on the verge of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.

LRN Newscast 16:30 04-30-15

At the State Capitol today, a very vocal group of some 300 LSU students gathered to to protest proposed massive cuts to the university. LSU President F. King Alexander says he certainly understands their feelings, because if these cuts go through it will adversely affect students…:
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Tonight is the beginning of the NFL draft, and former LSU football player La’ell Collins was expected to go in the higher rounds, but since the investigation of the shooting death of a 29 year-old pregnant woman, with whom Collins reportedly had a previous relationship, his stock will not be as high. Baton Rouge Police stress Collins is NOT a suspect; they just want to meet with him to see if has any information. As to when…
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That’s BRPD Corporal Don Coppola.
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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Beau Chene High School assistant football coach and teacher for allegedly kissing a student…
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A Houma domestic dispute this morning involving a woman and her ex-boyfriend, who was holding their holding his 5 year-old inside his home, has ended peacefully. Police were able to negotiate the safe release of the boy, and the unnamed suspect voluntarily surrendered to authorities around noon. He was transported him to the hospital to be evaluated.

LRN Newscast 15:30 04-30-15

LSU students rallied at the State Capitol today to protest proposed cuts to the university, that could result in the closing of of satellite campuses and drastic losses at the main campus. LSU President F. King Alexander says students have every right to be concerned…:
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King adds, unless adjustments are made, colleges in the state face filing for bankruptcy.

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Beau Chene High School an assistant football coach and teacher for allegedly kissing a student inside a classroom. 25-year-old Gregory Fontenot is charged with one count of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student.
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That’s Lt. Clay Higgins. Fontenot denies the charge.
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A nine state operation by several law enforcement agencies has resulted in the rescue of 6 exploited or missing children. Louisiana State Police Lt. JB says the operation also saved one adult victim, made four initial arrests and launched three investigations…:
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Baton Rouge Police are continuing the investigation in the shooting death of a pregnant woman, who was also reportedly in a previous relationship with former LSU football player La’ell Collins. Corporal Don Cappola stresses Collins is NOT a suspect, but they do want to talk to him to see if he has any information in the shooting death of of 29 year-old Brittney Mills…
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Collins is in line to be drafted into the NFL. The Draft begins tonight.

LRN Newscast 14:30 4-30-15

LSU students gathered at the state Capitol today to protest cuts to the university, and our Jeff Palermo was there.
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Former LSU football star La-el Collins is not a suspect in the murder of a pregnant woman in Baton Rouge, but police still want to talk to him, since he might have some information in the case. Collins reportedly had a previous relationship with 29 year-old Brittney Mills, and BRPD reports they will talk to Collins after the NFL draft.
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An assistant football coach and teacher at Beau Chene High School is under arrest for allegedly kissing a student inside a classroom. St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office say 25-year-old Gregory Fontenot is charged with one count of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student. Lt. Clay Higgins says there many have been some consent given…
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Fontenot denies the charge.

A recent multi-state operation has resulted in the rescue of six missing or exploited children. State Police Lt. JB Slaton says two of Col Mike Edmonson’s main initiatives is going after criminals who exploit children for sexual purposes…:
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He says in addition to rescuing the children, the operation also saved one adult victim, made four initial arrests and launched three investigations.

LRN PM Newscall for April 30

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Beau Chene High School teacher who is also an assistant football coach for allegedly kissing a student inside a classroom. Eric Gill reports…

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LSU students gathered at the state Capitol today to protest cuts to the university. Jeff Palermo reports.

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LSU students rallied at the Capitol today to protest cuts to the university. Officials say the proposed cuts could result in the closing of of satellite campuses and drastic losses of academic programs and faculty on the main campus. LSU President King Alexander says students have every right to be concerned about these cuts…:

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Alexander says an LSU degree should be one that’s highly valued in our economy, but if these cuts go through it will affect students ability to get a quality degree…:

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Alexander says there are many scenarios higher ed is looking at in the face of massive reductions. He says cuts need to be mitigated substantially or colleges throughout the state may consider filing for bankruptcy…:

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Beau Chene High School teacher who is also an assistant football coach for allegedly kissing a student inside a classroom. They say 25-year-old Gregory Fontenot is charged with one count of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student. Lt. Clay Higgins says the alleged incident happened around February…

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Higgins says the alleged kiss took place in a classroom after school. He says Fontenot denies the allegation…

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School Board officials say Fontenot has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Higgins says the charge against Fontenot indicates, perhaps, some degree of consent by the student…

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The Baton Rouge Police Department is now saying that former LSU player and potential first round draft pick La’el Collins will not be interviewed about the murder of a pregnant woman until after the NFL draft. Cpl. Don Coppola says there has been contact between Collins and the police…

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Authorities say Collins is not a suspect in the murder of 29-year-old Brittney Mills but think he may have some information that can be helpful in their investigation since the two had previously been in a relationship. Coppola says detectives would like to interview Collins as soon as possible…

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The NFL Draft begins tonight and runs through Saturday. Police have yet to name a suspect in Mills’ death. Coppola says details of the meeting with Collins are up in the air at this time…

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State Police announce a recent multi-state operation which resulted in the rescue of six missing or exploited children. Lt. JB Slaton says between April 14th-16th, several agencies took part in an initiative which is designed to teach troopers how to recognize at-risk children who are exploited for sexual purposes…:

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Slaton says the participants in the operation included nine states and two municipalities. He says in addition to rescuing the children, the operation also saved one adult victim, made four initial arrests and launched three investigations…:

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Slaton says two of Col Mike Edmonson’s main initiatives is going after criminals who exploit children for sexual purposes — and partnerships in training to do that…:

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