Good afternoon. This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC newsroom... Lawmakers are getting ready for the start of the 2013 legislative session which opens up next Monday April 8th. And the head of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers was in Lake Charles today to talk about what he hopes will be a better year at the legislature for education. Steve Monaghan says last year's session was not in the best interest of education. His message to the governor this year is this, "Not to make the 2013 session anything like what we saw in 2012."
Also tonight, non-profit groups are worried about the tax reform proposals that will be coming up this legislative session. Habitat for Humanity which builds houses for low-income people says donations and tax exemptions help them buy materials. But with the governor's new tax proposals, the contractors who typically serve them, would be losing those tax exemptions. And this could add another six thousand dollars to the cost of a house. We'll have these stories and a whole lot more--- plus we'll look at the big storm system that's approaching Southwest Louisiana. It'll be bringing lots of rain to the area.