12:30 LRN newscast

A major arctic blast is heading Louisiana’s way. State Climatologist Barry Keim says you’ll need heavy coats later this week…:
CUT 13(10) “…below normal.”
Keim says the artic airmass will arrive on Thursday, dropping temperatures into the 20s and 30s by late Thursday afternoon in north Louisiana. Wind chill readings will be in the single digits on Friday in south Louisiana.

Master Trooper Kory York has hired high profile criminal defense attorney Mike Small to represent him in the Ronald Green Case. York is one of the five law enforcement officers facing charges. His charges are the most serious, one count of negligent homicide and ten counts of malfeasance. Small says it’s significant federal prosecutors investigated the case for two and half years and determined criminal charges were not warranted
Cut 7 (09) “…subject of the investigation”
Small says there will be no plea bargaining.

Governor Edwards held his End of the Year Press Conference today highlighting accomplishments of 2022. Among the topics were the state’s budget surplus and record unemployment. Edwards also recounted where the state was in the pandemic a year ago at the beginning of the Omicron surge.
Cut 9 (11) “…much better.”
The number of people hospitalized with COVID is around 250.

2022 will go down as one of the worst sweet potato crops in several decades. LSU Ag Center Sweet potato specialist Myrl Sistrunk says a hot and dry summer hampered crop development and as the summer moved along as much as 20 inches of rain flooded fields. Sistrunk says sweet potatoes are a costly crop to produce, which gives some producers pause heading into next year…
cut 5 (08) “…works out”