11:30 Newscast August 27, 2015

The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office and Capital Area Human Services are teaming up to raise awareness about the growing heroin and synthetic marijuana problem in the area. Coroner Dr. Beau Clark says his office has already seen 24 heroin overdose deaths so far this year. He says the message of this campaign is clear…

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He says at this rate, East Baton Rouge Parish could surpass the record of 35 heroin overdose deaths recorded in 2013.

The merger of Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana has been okayed by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Entergy Louisiana President Phillip May says they anticipate this will mean up to $140 million in savings to customers…:

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The single utility company will be called Entergy Louisiana and the consolidation will take effect in October.

It’s being reported that the man accused of killing Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson was his cousin. Authorities say 35-year-old Harrison Lee Riley, Jr. and Nelson were related, but it is unclear how close. Riley also allegedly stabbed three women in the incident, killing 40-year-old Shameka Johnson. The two other victims, including the suspect’s wife, are hospitalized with stab wounds. Nelson is expected to be charged with two counts of first degree murder among other charges.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture unveils the new mobile pet shelter which will be used to evacuate domesticated animals in the event of an emergency. Commissioner Mike Strain says up until now, they were loading pets into 18-wheelers to transport them to safety which was very difficult and not safe. This new pet plan includes 48 to 53 foot transport trucks for pets…

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Strain says 40-thousand of the 80-thousand dollars needed to complete the project was donated to help.