10:30 LRN Newscast Aug 17

The FDA has approved the sale of hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss to be sold without a prescription beginning mid-October. The goal is the make hearing aids more accessible for those without insurance or other barriers, as for reducing cost, LSU Health New Orleans Assistant Professor of Audiology Megan Guidry’s isn’t sure it will.

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She says those who have significant hearing loss need to have their aids adjusted by a professional for the best outcome.

SWEPCO announces residential customers struggling to pay high electricity bills can get their late fees waived and they can also take advantage of an extended payment plan that gives them up to 12 months to pay their bill in full. Spokesperson Tara Muck says reach out to SWEPCO as soon as possible to discuss options…

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Residential customers wishing to get late fees and deposits waived must call 1-888-216-3523

The state Supreme Court heard the second appeal of Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ re-election disqualification Tuesday. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

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Gas prices continue to drop, the average for a gallon of regular gas in Louisiana is 3.52 down 11 cents from last week and 57-cents from a week ago. The national average is 3.94. In Monroe the average is 3.34 a gallon.