4:30 LRN Newscast Dec 5

Trial began today for a Baton Rouge woman accused of poisoning two men; her husband and a long-term boyfriend. Meshell Hale allegedly killed Damian Skipper in 2015. An autopsy detected the poison in his system. She’s also accused of killing husband Arthur Noflin in 2016 by a similar method. Noflin has a $750-thousand insurance policy, with Hale as sole beneficiary.

It may be Christmastime, but warm and muggy weather is expected across Louisiana for about the next week. Stat Climatologist Barry Keim says temperatures are running about 15 degrees above normal for early December, and Thursday we should see afternoon highs in the 80’s. After Thursday however, things will cool off a little bit…:

CUT 14          (11)    “…above normal.”

He says moisture from the Gulf is causing all this heat and humidity.


District 1 Congressman Steve Scalise says fixing the ever-rising cost of federal flood insurance is a priority for his next term in the U.S. House…:

CUT 02          (29)    “…Gallagher.”

Another Louisiana high school was locked down today for yet another threat. This time it was Port Barre High, where a bomb threat NOTE was posted on a bathroom wall. This is that school’s third threat in two weeks. Numerous schools across the state have had bomb threats and threats of violence made against them.