AM Newscall November 26,2015

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says it’s important to remind residents of certain safety tips as they prepare their Thanksgiving meals. Jeff Palermo reports…

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 Black Friday is only a few days away and shoppers are expected to spend about 630-billion dollars this year. Emelie Gunn has more on what stores have the best deals…

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According to the US Fire Administration, the average number of home fires nearly double on Thanksgiving as compared to any other day of the year. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says it’s important to remind residents of certain safety tips as they prepare their Thanksgiving meals. Browning says it’s important that while cooking, the kitchen should never be left unattended…

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He says it’s important to always be prepared in the event a grease fire starts while you’re cooking. Browning says your common household A-B-C fire extinguisher is not designed to put out grease fires…

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He says there have been some serious fires in Louisiana due to frying turkeys. Browning says there are just a few steps to follow to ensure you safely fry your birds this holiday season…

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Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany has been chosen to lead the Ways and Means Committee’s Tax Policy Subcommittee. Boustany says he’s going to lead the effort in tax reform. He says it’s time to totally rewrite the tax code by simplifying and cleaning up the rates and keeping businesses in America.

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Boustany says he will enact changes to benefit small businesses. He says many of these businesses are struggling with the high cost of compliance and aren’t able to hire more employees because it’s too expensive.

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Boustany says he wants to put the United States on a level playing field with other countries and that would call for a complete rewrite of our international tax code. He says the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world and that isn’t working in our favor.

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With Black Friday tomorrow, the personal finance website WalletHub found holiday spending is estimated to reach more than 630-billion dollars this year. Website spokesperson Jill Gonzales says they investigated which stores were having the best Black Friday deals.

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Gonzales says the lowest are going to be Toys-R-Us, Big Lots, Amazon, Sam’s Club and Costco, all coming in at around a 20-percent discount. She says jewelry is an item that typically sees a big discount.

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Gonzales says the average discount across the board is about 40-percent off. She advises shoppers to look at the deals before heading out to purchase on Black Friday.

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Former Governor Edwin Edwards is spending Thanksgiving in a hospital battling pneumonia. According to his wife, Trina, the former four-term governor was admitted yesterday and doctors in Baton Rouge are treating him with antibiotics. Edwin Edwards biographer, Leo Honeycutt, says illnesses are not unusual for the Cajun Prince…

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Honeycutt says Edwards could be out of the hospital by the end of the holiday weekend…

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Edwards last public appearance was Saturday, as he and wife Trina attended Governor elect John Bel Edwards election party in New Orleans. Honeycutt says this isn’t the first time Edwards has been diagnosed with pneumonia…

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