08:30 Newscast July 1, 2015

The state legislator who authored a religious freedom bill comes to the defense of Governor Bobby Jindal who faces a lawsuit from the ACLU. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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State Police say a trooper conducting a traffic stop in Rapides Parish was injured and shot at during an altercation with the driver. Authorities say the trooper was hit in the head with an unknown object and they are looking for the individuals who were involved. State Police say the suspects were in a 90s model Chevrolet Caprice with a gray paint job or primer color.

A pack of cigarettes will cost you an extra 50 cents today as the state’s new tax of cigarettes goes into effect. Bill Bailey, owner of Smoker’s Paradise in Pineville, says the legislature also increased taxes on e-cigarettes and vapor products…

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The state legislature approved a law that raises the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 36 cents to 86 cents.

The four major gubernatorial candidates were asked during a debate at the Farm Bureau Convention what is the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced in their personal life. Amite Representative John Bel Edwards says his biggest challenge in life was when he was in Ranger School in the Army…

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Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary election is October 24th.