3:30 LRN Newscast August 22

The homicide rate in rural Louisiana is nearly three times the national average. Brooke Thorington has more from a criminologist on what’s fueling the increase and what can be done about it…:

CUT 01(32)      “…Thorington.”

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has some folks angry again. Crime victims are up-in-arms over the mayor showing up in court in support of a juvenile offender during sentencing. That 13-year-old youth robbed at least two people at gunpoint. Critics says Cantrell is tone deaf to constituents’ problems.


Northern Louisiana is under a flash flood watch through tomorrow, as a stalled system sit over the I-20 corridor dumping loads of rain. National Weather Service forecaster Davyon Hill says some areas could get as much as 8 inches…:

CUT 04(12)      “…some locations.”

On the positive side, the rains will give a needed break from all this heat.

A Baton Rouge state lawmakers faces DWI & reckless driving charges and more, after he was caught over the weekend…speeding and doing burnout near the LSU campus. Larry Selders failed a blood alcohol breath test. On Jim Engster’s Talk Louisiana radio program, state Senator Cleo Fields was asked about Selders, his personal friend…:

CUT 11(05)      “…years to come.”

In a written statement, Selders said he understands the importance of safe driving and is committed to making better decisions.