09:30 Newscast July 1, 2015

A 50 cent tax increase for a pack of cigarettes starts today. Emelie Gunn finds out how people in the state feel about this….

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A Louisiana justice of the peace has resigned due to the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriages. Patricia Gunter of Pollock, a justice of the peace in Grant Parish, turned in her resignation Tuesday. Gunter, who is the wife of a church pastor, says she believes in the Bible’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. She says because of the Court’s ruling, she feels she could no longer uphold the oath she swore to uphold the laws of the state and the country.

During a debate at the Farm Bureau Convention, the four major gubernatorial candidates were asked what is the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced in their personal life. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle says the biggest challenge in his life was telling his mother he’d witnessed his sister die in a fatal crash as he was following her home from school…

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The gubernatorial primary is slated for October 24th.

The American Automobile Association expects that nearly 42 million Americans will travel for the 4th of July holiday, the most in eight years. AAA Spokesperson Don Redman says the statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.55, which is significantly cheaper than it’s been in the past 5 years and that certainly helps the family budget…

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Redman says most people will travel by car to get to their destination.