4:30 LRN Newscast August 5

Based on data collected by the Public Affairs Research Council, Louisiana has the second highest incarceration rate in the country. PAR President Steven Procopio says Mississippi was number one. He says a major issue in Louisiana and the rest of the country is the number of inmates who return to prison within five years after being released. He says the three-year recidivism rate for those convicted of crimes in Louisiana is 34-percent..:

CUT 08(06)      “…violent crime.”

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ appeal of a local judge’s decision he was disqualified from running for re-election is now in the hands of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges heard arguments from Perkins’ lawyers and plaintiffs today. Their decision is not yet known. Perkins says he is a victim of political chicanery, and he’ll take his appeal all the way to the state Supreme Court if needs be.


The Great American Seafood Cookoff is Saturday in New Orleans and Amanda Cusey of Lake Charles will try to beat out 13 other chefs from around the country to be named the Queen of American Seafood. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says Cusey is the executive chef at Lake Charles’s “The Villa Harlequin”…:

CUT 12(09)      “…and uhh and cheated.”

Opening ceremonies are at 11:15 tomorrow at the New Orleans Convention Center

Speaking of seafood, it’s National Oyster Day…so go get you some tonight. State Oyster task Force Chair Mitch Jurisich says Hurricane Ida last fall set oyster beds back, but there ARE plenty of oysters available…:

CUT 05(08)      “…biggest and the best.”