2:30 LRN Newscast August 16

Believe it or not polio is making a resurgence. Polio was once one of the nation’s most feared diseases, and caused thousands of cases of children to be paralyzed. LSU Health New Orleans infectious disease specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says it’s been turning up again in major cities like New York, so it’s imperative to keep vaccines up-to-date..:

CUT 04(06)      “…get vaccinated.”

The polio vaccination rate for children entering kindergarten in Louisiana last fall was 98 percent.

A carjacking suspect in New Orleans was struck and killed by traffic last night, while trying to flee police on foot. NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson says cops were chasing a stolen SUV, when it suddenly stopped and three persons fled on foot; two into a neighborhood, one toward I-10…:

CUT 13(08)      “…of this individual.”

The suspect has not yet been identified.


State Police are investigating the death of man who was hit and killed by traffic early this morning, while walking along Highway 1043 near Greensburg, in St. Helena Parish. Troopers say it happened at about 4:15 a.m. 22-year-old Demarius Melvin was wearing dark clothing and it’s possible the person driving a Dodge Ram pickup didn’t see him. That driver was not injured. Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation.

The Governor’s Litter Abatement and Beautification Task Force has released its initial recommendations on establishing and sustaining litter prevention efforts across Louisiana.  Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says the state legislature set aside $4-million and much of that money will be handed out as a grants…:

CUT 10(12)      “…they need.”

Nungesser says state agencies are also more committed than ever to cleaning up our state.