2:30 LRN Newscast August 12

The state Supreme Court has denied an appeal of pro-choice advocates challenging Louisiana’s so-called trigger law banning most abortions. The law went into effect with the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs Wade. It’s been on again and off again ever since. The state High Court’ ruling means the law remains in effect. A lawyer for the plaintiffs says they’ll keep working to change the law.

Six years ago today, the Great Flood of 2016 began, inundating many parts of south Louisiana with over 2 & ½ feet of rain in there days. One city hit hardest was Baton Rouge. Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome says the city continues to work on flood mitigation measures, but the city/parish is in much better shape than six years ago…:

CUT 08(11)      “…drainage work.”

She says incoming federal infrastructure funds will help expand the parish and city’s ability to drain off excess water and mitigate future flooding.


A judge has denied Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal’s attempt to collect almost $40-thousand in back taxes from a Mount Herman cattle rancher, who sells cuts of beef directly to customers at his farm. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the lawsuit against beef farmer Jason Smith wasn’t justified, because the tax code clearly states farmers May sell their meat and produce directly without charging or paying local sales tax. He says the judge got it right. Score one for farmer statewide…:

CUT 04(13)      “…judgement was made.”

So, what is that low pressure wave sitting off the coast going to bring us weather-wise? LRN meteorologist John Wetherbee says just some wind and some thundershowers. He says it’ll have no time to become a tropical storm…:’

CUT 12(04)      “…at all.”