12:30 LRN Newscast June 12

The first tropical wave of the 2024 Hurricane season has formed over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, and while it’s not an immediate threat to Louisiana we could see perception from it early next week. LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says this is the slowest start of a season since 2014.

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NOAA has predicted 8 to 13 hurricanes this year for the Atlantic season with 4 to 7 forecasted to be major hurricanes.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents have arrested six people for their roles in allegedly committing fraud in hog-hunting contests in Caldwell and Bienville parishes. Agents received a tip that the six individuals were catching wild hogs in Texas and entering them into Louisiana contests. Hunting fraud brings up to a $3,000 fine and one year in jail.

The Louisiana Department of Health is reminding you to protect yourself from West Nile virus this summer by taking precautions against mosquito bites. Sean Richardson has more.

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