11:30 LRN Newscast Sept 7

This year’s Christmas Grinch is the state’s extreme drought. Christmas Town, a tree farm in Tangipahoa Parish, announced it will not open for business this year. Owner Lisa Miller says the severe drought has destroyed the harvest for the 2023 season.

Cut 3 (09) “…as well.”

Most of Louisiana was classified as being under extreme drought or exceptional drought per the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The state Department of Transportation announces a 117-million-dollar construction project will begin on I-20 in Bossier and Caddo Parishes on September 18th. DOTD Spokesperson Erin Buchanan says reconstruction work will also be underway from Pines Road to Market Street on the west end.

Cut 6 (11) “…as well.”

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2025.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says they’re once again taking applications from insurance companies who are interested in receiving grant dollars to write more homeowners insurance policies. 42 million dollars to eight insurers resulted in almost 29 thousand policies being written, and many were written in southeast Louisiana…

Cut 11 (14) “…22-hundred”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office announced Wednesday the statewide burn ban remains in effect due to continuing dry conditions, but Louisiana residents can resume outdoor cooking. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says, if you do grill, have safety measures in place…

Cut 15 (09) “…cooking there.”
LSU has since reversed their earlier announcement discouraging tailgaters from grilling, it’s allowed now but you are asked to do so with extreme caution.