5:30 LRN Newscast Dec 29 UPDATED

UPDATED – USCG calls off search

The US Coast Guard has called off the search for four people that were in a helicopter that crashed this morning after it left an oil platform. Family members were told the oil rig company would start recovery efforts Friday at daylight. The helicopter with three passengers and a pilot crashed about 10 miles off the coast of Plaquemines Parish. According to Fox 8 in New Orleans, one of the passengers is 36-year-old David Scarborough of Mississippi. Scarborough was reportedly on his way home to his pregnant wife Lacy and the couple lost a child to drowning in March.

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.”  

The National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Watch for all of northwestern Louisiana. The watch area covers everything north of Natchitoches and west of Monroe. Areas of the state have the potential for severe weather today and tomorrow as a cold front enters the state from the west. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the storm prediction center has us in a marginal category, which is a one out of five of a severe weather threat.

Cut 15 (10) “… southeastern Louisiana.”

The Department of Transportation and Development has been awarded a $150 million Mega Grant from the federal government to go towards the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge project. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says it’s the largest discretionary grand they’ve ever received. He also thanked Senator Bill Cassidy and Congressman Troy Carter for their support of the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Act.

Cut 11 (12)  “…those dollars.”