5:30 LRN Newscast Jan 26

The state transportation department is mourning the death of a DOTD worker killed while working on an asphalt project in DeSoto Parish on U.S. Highway 171. Trooper Jonathan Odom says 35-year-old Christopher Gray of Lake Charles was killed after an empty log truck driven by 42-year-old Charles Barker of Florein hit two DOTD vehicles.

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Odom reminds motorists to obey the speed limit and avoid all distractions while driving.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell was asked about allegations she had an extra-martial affair with her bodyguard that’s also an NOPD officer. Cantrell says it’s a false rumor…

Cut 13 (08) “…all pronouns.” 

Since the tragic assault and death of LSU student Madison Brooks made the headlines, it’s inspired two freshman students to create a group to help other female students get home safely. Alisha Ortolano says that sadly females are abandoned without a way home more often than you’d think.

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It’s called LSU GIRLS RIDES on the app GroupMe.

Many elected officials from Louisiana are in the nation’s capital for Washington Mardi Gras, but House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says it’s not all fun and games. Schexnayder says there are economic development meetings with the goal of bringing more manufacturing jobs to the state
Cut 9 (08) “…get it done” 

Over the next three days, he says there will be several different dinners featuring Louisiana cuisine and there are also plenty of social events.