11:30 LRN Newscast Dec 29

Wide receiver Kayshon Boutte (BOO-tee) changes his mind and enters the NFL draft. The New Iberia native made the announcement hours after LSU said Boutte would not play in Monday’s Citrus Bowl but was enrolled for the spring semester. Hunt Palmer of the LSU Sports Radio Network and ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge has this reaction…

Cut 12 (07) “…for a championship”  

Palmer says it’s unclear what led to the abrupt ending of Boutte’s career at LSU…

The Revenue Estimating Conference forecasted the state will have a surplus of $935 million in this year’s state budget. And because it’s not guaranteed to have the same amount of surplus of funds in the future Jan Moeller with the Louisiana Budget Project says the state usually allocates these funds towards nonrecurring expenses.

Cut 6 (10)  “…for inflation.”

Recent wastewater samples from Shreveport show an increase in COVID in northwestern Louisiana. The Center for Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats at LSU Health Shreveport has been monitoring samples. Director of Viral Genomic and Surveillance Dr. Krista Queen…

Cut 10 (11) “…sick yet.” 

If quitting smoking is on your New Year’s resolution list, the Smoke-Free Louisiana Coalition has some tips for you. Randy Hayden says nicotine replacement products are among the most effective ways.

Cut 3 (10) “…nicotine drug.” 

Research shows that most smokers who are trying to quit have to make several attempts before they succeed, but Hayden says to keep at it.