8:30 LRN Newscast

Two freshman students at LSU have created a GroupMe chat for other female students who may need a safe ride home. It’s inspired by the death of Madison Brooks, who was hit by a car, after leaving a vehicle where she was allegedly raped. Alisha Ortolano hopes other schools follow their lead and she reminds women to look out for each other…
cut 6 (10) “….speak out”

On the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, they are installing a new school president this weekend as Doctor Rochelle Ford takes over. Ford says tomorrow they will break ground on the Living Learning Communities, a new residential hall for students on Norman Mayer Boulevard. She says professors will also have the opportunity to live there…
Cut 13 (09) “….living communities.”

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office is looking for a 55-year-old woman who has not been seen since Christmas Day. Her name is Shelia Baker. Baker’s last location of travel is believed to be near Bunkie. A Lafayette TV station reports Baker was supposed to go to Lake Charles to visit her mother after staying with another family member for Christmas.

The search for the state’s longest-married couple is underway. Brooke Thorington has more on how you can nominate a duo that’s been married for seven decades or more.
Cut 2 (28) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”