06:30 Newscasts August 22, 2014

Today is the final day of qualifying for the upcoming November elections. So far, no surprises have popped up during the qualifying period. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says that’s because to run for political office today, you’ve got to lay the groundwork for your campaign early…:
CUT 13 (06) “do very well”
Qualifying ends at 4:30 this afternoon.

Lottery scratch-off tickets seem to be more popular than ever. The Louisiana Lottery is reporting an increase in the sale of scratch-off tickets which helped them add a near record amount of money to the state treasury this year. Louisiana lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says lottery scratch-off sales grew by 10%…:
CUT 10 (14) “last fiscal year”

A Delegation of anti-Common Core state lawmakers are headed to Oklahoma today to hear how leaders there were able to successfully repeal the education standards. Among them will be Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann who says they’ll be meeting with legislators who passed bills that reassert state control over standards and tests:
CUT 4 (12) “in the next session”
Geymann says they feel Common Core standards are a form of federal government intrusion into something that should be a state matter..