12:30 LRN Newscast

Residents in Plaquemines and Orleans Parishes are beginning to panic buy bottled water since the announcement of an anticipated saltwater intrusion into the Mississippi River was announced.  Lieutenant General Russell Honore says this could severely impact local water systems in southeast Louisiana.

Cut 6 (09) “…south Louisiana.”

The City of New Orleans has already declared a state of emergency.

Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot is worth $785 million. Dustin Annison with the Louisiana Lottery says it has a cash value of $367 million and it’s the fourth largest jackpot in the game’s history…

Cut 3 (08) “…the drawing.”

Tickets must be purchased by 9 o’clock to be eligible for tonight’s drawing.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular gas in the Bayou State dropped below $3.40 to $3.36 a gallon. Triple-A fuel analyst Don Redman says currently, the statewide average price for a gallon of regular gas is down four cents from a week ago but higher than around this time last year.

Cut 9 (09) “…right now.” 

The average price for regular gas in Louisiana a month ago was $3.39 and a year ago $3.12 a gallon in Louisiana. The national average for regular gas in the nation today is $3.85.