06:30 LRN Newscast, September 26th

Governor John Bel Edwards sent a letter to the White House Monday requesting a federal emergency declaration to help combat saltwater intrusion on the Mississippi River. To date, the Corps of Engineers says Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes are expected to be impacted…:
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That’s GOHSEP Director Casey Tingle who says plans are being implemented to curtail the issue and there’s no reason to panic.

Got rats? These dry conditions are forcing rodents to search for food and water inside homes. LSU Ag Center Professor emeritus Dr. Claudette Reichel (Rye-cul)…:
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She says traps, pesticides, repellents, and predators are a few ways to remedy the rodent issue.

Our profiles of candidates in the governor’s race continue. Today it’s Republican Stephen Waguespack who was just endorsed by the editorial board of the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com. Waguespack says he can turn the tide for Louisiana…:
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Among his priorities, if elected, Waguespack says he’ll immediately call for a special legislative session to address the state’s insurance crisis.

There was no jackpot winner in last night’s Powerball drawing so the prize now soars to an estimated $835 million dollars. That remains the 4th largest prize in the game’s history, according to Powerball. The cash value of Wednesday’s drawing is $390.3 million.