6:30 LRN Newscast Dec 7

Another hot & muggy day is ahead for this December day, with afternoon highs reaching into the 80’s. Not very Christmas-y. Does weather like this have an effect on holiday spending? LSU marketing professor Dan Rice says yes, the weather does affect buying…:

CUT 12  (07)        “…may not.”

The post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend was pretty active, but retailers report sales have sales have dropped off in the warmer days since.

Law enforcement officials in Ascension Parish are trying to figure out why a man convicted of murder just five years ago has been able to walk free for months despite his charge carrying a mandatory life sentence. Michael “Ma-Man” LeBlanc was released from jail in Madison Parish back in May. Sheriff Bobby Webre says law enforcement officials don’t know LeBlanc’s current whereabouts or how he was released. It’s suspected it was some kind of paperwork snafu.

A new round of federal small business assistance will bring over $100-million to Louisiana’s locally-owned businesses. More from Whitney Thomas…:

CUT 01(31)      “…Thomas.”

Police Port Barre arrest two teens for making a bomb threat against the town’s high school last week. The threat was in the form of a note left on a restroom wall. No bomb was found. Cops say the two 15-year-old planned the hoax together. They are both in juvenile detention. This is Port Barre’s 3rd bomb threat so far this school year.