2:30 LRN Newscast Nov 24

State Police say a Minden man died in a single vehicle crash on state Highway 59, near Highway 2. Troopers say 24-year-old Bret Dooley’s pickup went off the road, hit a ditch and overturned. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. A blood sample was taken to see if Dooley was impaired at the time.

With holiday shopping in full swing, security professionals have a few tips on how to have a safe one when making online purchases. LSU cybersecurity expert Abe Baggili says be aware of whether the site you’re shopping is secure. Look for padlock icon on the right end of the address bar. He says, also, be careful if shopping on a device using Wi-Fi…:

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He says never shop online using your ATM debit card. Using a CREDIT CARD helps assure you can get your money back if you ARE ripped off.


Tomorrow is Black Friday, perhaps THE busiest retail day of the year. Jill Gonzales, with “WalletHub.com”, says look for big discounts at stores like J.C. Penney, Belk and Macy’s if shopping in-store. If you’re hoping to score a sweet deal on a cell phone or computer, tomorrow may not be the day for you…:

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She says there are always gift cards, if shopping is not your thing.

Going on tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival near Hammond; just off I-12. Family fun, food and entertainment for all…plus some unique holiday gift ideas. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says the six weekend festival has been a big success this year…:

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For tickets, go online to “LARF2022.org.” The festival closes December 11th.