9:30 LRN Newscast

Starting August 1st, legislation requiring operating rooms to provide smoke evacuation for surgical smoke in Louisiana goes into effect. Brooke Thorington has more…

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No Mega Million jackpot winner Tuesday night. That means the jackpot for tonight’s drawing will be worth about $ 910 million making it the eighth-largest ever in the U.S. A lump-sum cash award would be about $ 465 million.

More criticism from Lake Charles officials over the state department of transportation’s proposal to use toll money to pay for a proposed two-point-one billion dollar I-10 bridge over the Calcasieu River. Lake Charles Representative Phillip Tarver believes the project is too elaborate and so is the price tag…

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He says the alternatives would be for a legislative transportation committee to vote against the project and/or wait until there’s a new governor and see if more funds can be diverted for the project.

Back-to-school and back-to-college spending are expected to reach record highs this year according to the National Retail Federation. N-R-F Vice President of Industry and Consumer Insights Katherine Cullen says this increase is driven by a high demand for electronic devices…

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The N-R-F says back-to-school spending is expected to reach an all-time high of 41.5 billion dollars.