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Morning Radio Newscast — December 15th
from Michelle Peyroux
December 15, 2016 -

(LRN) — Governor John Bel Edwards Executive Order which contains certain protections for members of the LGBT community contracting for state work has been ruled unconstitutional. It’s a victory for Attorney General Jeff Landry who sued because he felt the order was overreach. The ruling said the governor cannot act outside the scope of his authority with executive orders. Governor Edwards says they plan to appeal.

(LRN) — LSU President F. King Alexander went before the House Appropriations Committee and expressed his concerns over the school’s possible 16th budget cut in nine years. Alexander says they can’t be much more efficient when LSU is already 46 out of 50 flagship universities in per student spending. He says at some point the state needs to invest in the next generation of students. The state’s budget problems have forced TOPS students in the upcoming semester to pay over 50-percent of their tuition.

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) — Jackson police are confirming that a woman shot herself in the head after a 4-car wreck on I-55 near McDowell Road. According to MDOT, all lanes are blocked on I-55 NB at McDowell Road. Drivers were being diverted to Exit 92A. Jackson police say they are not looking for a suspect at this time.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Grand Bay, Alabama, woman and a man from Lafayette, Louisiana, have been sentenced to prison for their role in a conspiracy tied to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola on Wednesday sentenced 34-year-old Thi Houng "Kristy" Le to seven years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He also sentenced 52-year-old Gregory P. Warren to 17 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say the 39-year-old son of a north Mississippi mayor has been shot to death in his own home. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says Robert Smith Jr. was killed Wednesday. He was the son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith.

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — An old cemetery is becoming an eyesore in the Mississippi Delta. Local leaders say they're doing what they can to maintain the plot, but time is taking a toll. Some of the founders of the city of Greenwood are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, which the city closed in 1904.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's wildlife and fisheries secretary, Charlie Melancon, is leaving his leadership post after a short tenure marked with controversy. Gov. John Bel Edwards says "Charlie and I have agreed that we should move the agency in a different direction." A former congressman, Melancon has clashed with recreational fishermen and political leaders since taking over the job when Edwards' term began in January. Melancon's also run into controversy about programs he cut and changes he made in response to a legislative audit that found shoddy management of agency finances.

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