10:30 Newscast August 27, 2014

The Department of Children and Family Services says they’ve collected more than $2 million in casino winnings from parents who owe back child support. Deputy Assistant Secretary Lisa Andry says, under the Casino¬†Intercept Program, when someone wins over 1200 dollars, the casino has to cross check the winner with people who owe money in the DCFS database…

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She says the money was collected from over 15-hundred deadbeat parents.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s office says a Marrero woman faces more than 200 years in prison on charges related to child sex trafficking. Spokesman David Ferris says when most think of human trafficking, they think of it only happening outside the United States. Ferris says the reality is that it’s also happening right underneath our noses…

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38-year-old Candice Caulfield was arrested on several charges including trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

The 18-year-old Natchitoches Central High School student who was involved in an altercation with another student has died as a result of injuries he sustained. Natchitoches Police Captain Brad Walker says Johnquaries Smith was punched by a 16-year-old male and hit his head on the concrete suffering injuries that ultimately cost him his life. He says the juvenile suspect was originally booked into the Ware Detention Center on second degree battery charges…

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Walker says rumors that this was a gang fight are not true.

The American Heart Association has released a statement saying the use of electronic cigarettes may help some people quit smoking. The recommendation is for the use of e-cigarettes as a last resort with several notes of caution. Associate Dean for Research at LSU, Dr. Ed Trapido, aggrees with the statement but says there is concern in the public health community…

cut 6 (08) “evidence to that”

The group’s statement admits that there’s much more research that needs to be done.