13:30 Newscast August 29, 2014

Today is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in Louisiana and many are reflecting on what was going on in their lives 9 years ago. LSU Media Professor Bob Mann says in Katrina’s aftermath, Louisiana has become so schooled in how to prepare for a devastating storm that we could teach the world how to do it…

cut 8 (16) “some of those lessons”

Mann was Communications Director for Governor Kathleen Blanco when Katrina hit.

According to GasBuddy.com, domestic oil production is keeping the nation’s gas prices down to 2010 Labor Day weekend levels. Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says the lack of hurricanes is allowing for oil production to go on without any disruption. He says prices on average in Louisiana are about 20 cents lower today than they were a year ago.

Based on contracts approved by the division of administration, Governor Jindal could pay outside lawyers as much as 275-thousand dollars in state money to represent his office in lawsuits over Common Core. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says there is a vocal group of anti-Common Core proponents, but there are also many who support the education standards and wish Jindal would spend the state’s money elsewhere

cut 5 (10) “Senator Vitter”

A Jindal spokesperson says outside counsel is needed when the individual has special expertise in certain areas of the law.

Wet weather is expected to start the Labor Day weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says tomorrow thunderstorm activity is expected throughout south Louisiana…

cut 10 (14) “tomorrow plays out”

He says there’s a good chance for rain on Sunday, too.