9:30 LRN Newscast July 22

Let’s start with gasoline prices. After hitting a record high $4.55-a-gallon in mid-June, the statewide average cost of regular gas is now at $4. Louisiana AAA’s Don Redman says high prices have caused demand to drop, meaning crude oil prices – and prices at the pump – drop as well…:

CUT 12(09)      “…in demand.”

Redman says a storm in the Gulf will almost certainly cause another surge in pump prices.

Our state has the nation’s highest sales taxes; 9.55-percent combined state and local. The Tax Foundation’s Janelle Fritts…:

CUT 08(11)      “…high for states.”

In July 2025, the state tax will drop by .45-percent, to 4 cents on the dollar, but local sales taxes remain high.


Due to a temporary order by 19th JDC Judge Don Johnson, abortions remain legal in the state. A pro-choice group is suing to block the law; claiming it’s vague and unenforceable. Loyola Law professor Dane Ciolino believes the case will move rather quickly all the way to the state Supreme Court…:

CUT 15(12)      “months rather than years.”

The law has gone into effect twice since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade, and it’s been blocked twice.

Local sheriffs’ offices warn you to be wary of scammers who call you saying you’ve won the Publishers Clearing House giveaway, but – in order to get your cash or prizes – you must first pay taxes on them…using gift cards. They’ll use pressure to get you to act fast, but do not be fooled. Just hang up the phone.