4:30 LRN Newscast Aug 14

Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state emergency due to the extreme heat and dangerous drought conditions that have triggered a statewide open burn ban. State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says you must never even leave a barbecue unattended, and keep water or a hose handy when cooking out. Better yet, a fire extinguisher…:

CUT 11(10)      “…of property.”

Just since August 1st, firefighters have battled over 160 wildfires that have destroyed over 1800 acres of land.

An arson investigation in St. Martin Parish leads to the arrest of an Arnaudville man on rape and human trafficking charges. 68-year-old Nathaniel Carry was suspected of deliberately setting a mobile home on fire in February. Investigators at his home for an interview found a 30-year-old woman, who says she was held there against her will and sexually assaulted for over a week. Carry was charged with human trafficking, aggravated rape, kidnapping, assault and possession of Schedule II drugs. The arson investigation is ongoing.


There’s been a big uptick recently in animals left at shelters across the state. Many feel inflation and the high cost of food and veterinary care is behind it. Jeff Dorson with the Louisiana Humane Society says nearly half the state’s parishes lack facilities to provide for all the homeless dogs and cats…:

CUT 03(11)      “…the background.”

He says they asked lawmakers for $3-million of the $2-billion surplus to help, but they refused.

KPLC TV meteorologist Ben Terry passed away Sunday, after an almost three-year battle with colon cancer. Ben shared his cancer journey with Lake Charles viewers, and Channel 7 colleague Wade Hampton says that helped others facing the disease…:

CUT 07(10)      “…their doctors.”

Ben Terry…gone at just 40 years of age.