07:30 LRN Newscast, August 15th

The governor has declared a state of emergency due to the extreme heat. Brooke Thorington has more…:
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Two children died early Monday after the car they were riding in was rear-ended by a semi-truck then caught fire in Richland Parish. State Police say the car was slowing to turn left on Highway 42 in Rayville when the semi driven by 70-year-old James Barnes crashed into the back causing the vehicle to catch fire. A 9-year-old and 7-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

A Livingston Parish judge will soon be tasked with hearing the state’s first child custody battle between a divorced same-sex couple. A Denham Springs woman is suing for custody, despite the fact she’s not a biological parent of the child. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino says the Supreme Court has ruled that laws applying to heterosexual marriages must also apply to legal same-sex unions…:
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In many states, a biological mother’s ex-wife has the same custody rights as an ex-husband, but in Louisiana, they do not.

The Louisiana Department of Health is hosting its first back-to-school hygiene drive for students beginning today through September 15 in Acadiana. Regional Medical Director Dr. Tina Stefanski says the goal is to reduce anxiety and improve self-esteem…:
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You can help with donations in Iberia and Vermillion Parishes between now and September 15th.