4:30 LRN Newscast September 6

Jimmy Buffett, the legendary ‘Margaritaville’ singer, died Friday as a result of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare form of skin cancer. LSU School of Medicine Oncologist Dr. Brian Boulmay says the disease develops after long periods of exposure to natural or artificial light. He says if you see a flesh or colored mole, freckle, or bump on the skin, you should contact your physician 

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Men are twice as likely to develop this cancer than women. And about 80 percent are 70 and older.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who’s a physician, believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is fit to continue to serve despite two recent episodes in which McConnel froze and was unable to speak. Despite concerns about the 81-year-old’s health, Cassidy is satisfied with McConnell’s role in the Senate.

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The first televised debate of the 2023 governor’s race is tomorrow night, but the front-runner will not be there. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A Simmesport man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Avoyelles Parish on Sunday. 40-year-old James Dibble Jr. of Simmesport was struck by a Mazda 6 driven by 40-year-old Mary Cazelot on Old Highway 1. Cazelot was arrested for felony hit and run, obstruction of justice, and driving under suspension. The investigation is ongoing.