06:30 Newscast May 4, 2015

Three weeks are in the books for the current legislative session and many say lawmakers are still not close to finding a solution to the state’s $1.6 billion dollar budget shortfall. Jeremy Alford of Lapolitics-dot-com says there is just as much uncertainty today as there was in January…

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Alford predicts it’ll be 15 days out of the end of the session before any real plan starts to take shape.

This is National Tourism Week and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will tour the state to commemorate the event. The purpose of this trip is to celebrate the tourism industry state wide. Dardenne says every part of the state has seen increased tourism numbers…

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Stops include Lake Charles, Bossier City, Alexandria, and Lafayette.

Planned Parenthood supporters from across the state plan to gather at the Capitol this morning to support reproductive heath care access in Louisiana. Spokeswoman Raegan Carter says the plan is to talk to our elected officials about the importance of women having access to high quality healthcare they provide in Louisiana…:

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Carter says the Jindal administration has made it clear they plan to launch a full-blown attack on the true needs of the people of Louisiana.

According to a recent InsuranceQuotes-dot-com study, Louisiana is the fifth most expensive state for car insurance. They say rates in Louisiana are 33-percent higher than the national average. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says high insurance premiums have been a problem in Louisiana for quite a while…

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That was passed in the ’90s and prohibits an uninsured driver involved in an accident from filing an insurance claim, even if they are not at fault.