1:30 LRN Newscast March 31

The statewide average for a gallon of regular gas dropped below $4.00 today but will prices continue to fall? Brooke Thorington has more…

Cut 2 (32)…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Israel Williams of Alexandria is charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape and is being held on a $5.4 million bond at the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tommy Carnline says they hope he remains behind bars until trial.

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A federal judge in Baton Rouge has ruled the state’s 2019 truth in labeling law as unconstitutional. The Louisiana Legislature passed the law in an effort to prevent food companies from labeling a veggie burger as a “tofu burger,” because it doesn’t contain meat or “cauliflower rice,” when it’s broccoli, not rice. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain disagrees with the ruling

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Strain says the state plans to appeal.

Following more than three years of work, and at a cost of more than $28-million, the US 11 Bridge, a major connector between Orleans and St. Tammany parishes, reopens to traffic Thursday afternoon. Department of Transportation and Development spokesperson Chris Welty…

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Some items still remain to be completed, but Welty says everything will be done to make sure further closures aren’t needed.