7:30 LRN Newscast July 22

U.S. Senator John Kennedy has already raised about $29-million in campaign cash, but says he’d like to break the $40-million mark before Election Day. His on-hand funds far outstrip any of his announced challengers, so why would he want to raise even more? U.L.-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says a standard rule in politics is “more money is always better”…:

CUT 04(07)      “…get rid of him.”

Cross says, if Kennedy aims to reach the $40-million point, he probably will.

Gasoline prices have dropped to a statewide average of $4-a-gallon for regular; a retreat of some 50-cents over the last month. Louisiana AAA’s Don Redman says when prices are this high, reality sets in on consumers…:

CUT 11(11)      “…that impact”

Demand for gas has dropped sharply due to high prices, so the prices themselves have dropped.


Another scam alert. Lawmen in Acadiana says don’t be fooled by people claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. The liars will say you’ve won fabulous prizes or cash, but they need you to pay taxes on it in advance…using gift cards. Just hang up the phone.

The Bayou State ranks at the top of a list, but it’s not necessarily the first place ranking consumers would be pleased about. Brooke Thorington explains…:

CUT 02(34)      “…Brooke Thorington.”