08:30 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 deficit. Scott Carwile reports…

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State Police say a single vehicle crash in Richland Parish has claimed the life of a 77-year-old man. They say Collie Hutto of Rayville’s vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert, and then overturned. Hutto, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected from the vehicle. Hutto was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Planned Parenthood supporters from across Louisiana will gather at the Capitol today to support reproductive heath care access in Louisiana. Spokeswoman Raegan Carter says they want the message to be clear that politics should be left out of reproductive health care and of what Planned Parenthood provides…

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Carter says the plan is to talk to elected officials about the importance of women having access to the high quality healthcare they provide in Louisiana.

Louisiana is the fifth most expensive state for car insurance, according to a recent InsuranceQuotes-dot-com study. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says when you combine the 15-percent of uninsured motorists on the road with the 40-percent of drivers who only have the minimum amount of insurance required, that’s not good for insurance rates…

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Louisiana car insurance rates are 33-percent higher than the national average.