12:30 LRN Newscast

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s race gets its day in court today as Republican John NIckelson is demanding that a judge rule a new election should take place after he lost on November 18th by one vote. NIckeson says several of the absentee ballots counted did not include the voter’s signature…
cut 10 (08) “…be certified”
But Democrat Henry Whitehorn says the lawsuit filed by his opponent is asking the court to disregard the election process and it…
cut 11 (12) “…doesn’t matter”
Retired Supreme Court justice, Joseph Bleich, is hearing the case and is expected to deliver a ruling tomorrow.

The new Louisiana legislature has until January 30th to redraw the state’s congressional map to include a second majority-minority district after a federal judge granted a two-week extension. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this still presents a challenge for lawmakers.
Cut 12 (07) “…probably create.”
Governor-Elect Jeff Landry and new lawmakers will take office on January 8th but Louisiana law says a special session can not start until January 15th.

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain plans to ask the next Legislature for 43-million dollars to purchase equipment to fight wildfires. Strain says the state needs air tankers…
cut 4 (13) “…these fires”
Numerous wildfires in Louisiana this year charred 62-thousand acres and destroyed 71-million dollars in forestland from August through October.