11:30 Newscast, July 31st, 2015

One of the 260 new laws going into effect tomorrow which were approved in the last legislative session doubles littering fines across the state. Fines for simple littering will go from $75 to $150 and up to $1000 for subsequent offenses. Susan Russell, Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, says they support anything that increases the litter enforcement effort…:
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Improper disposal of items like furniture and appliances could end up costing offenders $10,000 under the new law.

State Police say a 15-year-old was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Rapides Parish while driving a stolen car. Cops learned a 2015 Chrysler 200 was stolen in Avoyelles Parish and were able to locate it less than an hour later. The juvenile responded by fleeing reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. He was apprehended and charged with unauthorized use of a movable, speeding, aggravated flight from an officer, no driver’s license, and resisting arrest.

Eight Louisiana schools are ranked in Forbes’ 2015 list of America’s Top Colleges. Tulane got the state’s highest ranking at number 134. LSU, Louisiana Tech, Centenary College, Loyola-New Orleans, UL-Lafayette, UNO and Southeastern Louisiana also made the list. The report ranks the top 650 public and private higher education institutions in the country.

It’s not too late for the Who Dat nation to head to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia where the Saints are holding training camp. Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau Spokesperson Kristi Godby says in small town West Virginia, they don’t have an NFL team so they’re welcoming the Saints with open arms for a second straight year.
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She says feel free to escape the heat and head to watch the Saints practice in their crisp West Virginia air.