2:30 LRN Newscast August 9

Charges have been upgraded for a Baton Rouge man after preliminary autopsy results showed his two-year son died as a result of injuries sustained in a beating. BRPD’s Lt. Don Coppola says 25-year-old-Anderson King Jr. was initially facing 2nd-degree cruelty to a juvenile, but now it’s first-degree murder. The child died in a local hospital Sunday. King was arrested Monday. Coppola says the investigation is ongoing…:

CUT 11(08)      “…much more difficult.”

King reportedly first told cops the boy fell down stairs, but later admitted he beat the child.

A new survey of small business owners shows they’re not optimistic about business conditions right now. More than a third say inflation is their biggest concern. National Federation of Independent Business state director Dawn McVea says small business owners are reluctant to spend money unless they have to…:

CUT 05(06)      “…on right now.”


A New Orleans mom, who stabbed her two kids Sunday – killing one of them – was embroiled in a bitter custody battle with the children’s father. NOPD says 31-year-old Janee Pedesclaux then posted about the violence on social media while covered in blood. She’s charged with murder and attempted murder.

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the Louisiana Department of Health says more mothers are learning the practice through their WIC program…:

CUT 02(32)      “…Thorington.”