1:30 LRN Newscast Oct 26

DOTD says the southbound lane of Interstate 55 in Saint John the Baptist Parish has reopened following the massive vehicle pileup involving 168 vehicles. Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says inspectors have determined the majority of the southbound portion of the roadway is safe for travel.

Cut 6 (09) “…that area.”

There are details on when the northbound lane will reopen.

Brandon Jolly was one the motorists traveling on I-55 south Monday and says it was surreal when people would emerge from the fog looking for help. He says a woman who worked with a fire department approached him and they began to pull people out of cars.  And while he didn’t see any fatalities in his immediate area…

Cut 5 (09) “ …wreckage.”  

Eight people were killed as a result.

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors names Doctor Jim Henderson as the new president of Louisiana Tech. The Shreveport native has been the president of the U-L System since 2017 and is looking forward to moving to Ruston…

Cut 11 (06) “…right now.”

Grambling President Rick Gallot will replace Henderson as UL-system president.

Yesterday Congressman Mike Johnson was elected as the 56th Speaker of the House. Johnson also made history as the first Speaker from Louisiana. The Advocate DC Bureau Chief Mark Ballard says Johnson’s low profile may have worked in his favor.

Cut 12 (11) “…other three.”  

Johnson won the final ballot after his predecessors Congressman Steve Scalise, Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, and House Majority Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota, bids for the position tanked.