09:30 Newscast November 21, 2015

A recent JMC Analytics poll shows Democrat John Bel Edwards’ lead over Republican David Vitter is down to the single digits as voters head to the polls to elect the state’s new governor. Jeff Palermo reports…

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The President of the University of Louisiana System is stepping down. Sandra Woodley gave no explanation for her resignation. In a released statement, Woodley says she is proud of what the system has been able to accomplish during her presidency which began in January of 2013. Woodley will leave her post at the end of the year. She will remain on board to serve in a transitional capacity through March 31st.

Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposal to close a 487-million dollar budget deficit has been approved by the joint legislative budget committee. Senate president John Alario says it’s not a perfect plan, but it puts something in place until a new governor takes over in January…

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The plan calls for cuts to state agencies, patchwork financing and tapping into the rainy day fund.

A man from Denham Springs will spend the rest of his life behind bars for shooting up his fiancee with a lethal dose of heroin. 26-year-old Jarret McCasland was found guilty of second-degree murder. East Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore says evidence against McCasland was overwhelming and the jury didn’t take long to return a verdict…

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19-year-old Flavia Cardenas died of a heroin overdose in July of 2013.