12:30 LRN Newscast Dec 20

In a 26-hour period, three separate house fires claimed three lives in Louisiana. State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says it’s vital to have a working smoke detector, especially with the hard freeze in the forecast.

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Rodrigue urges residents to look for fire hazards before using a space heater and Christmas décor. The fires happened in New Orleans, Leesville, and Ruston.

The Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Fund will stop accepting applications tomorrow. Desiree Honore Thomas is Assistant Commissioner in the Division of Administration.

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The program has assisted 26 hundred tenants and 62 hundred homeowners since its inception.

The Public Service Commission has delayed a vote on another six-dollar storm recovery surcharge being put on customers’ bills as they look to see if Entergy can pay some of the costs from the 2020 and 2021 storms.

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