13:30 Newscast December 31, 2015

One of the top news stories in the state this year happened at the state capitol where a huge budget shortfall dominated the discussion. On two separate occasions, students from public colleges protested on the steps of the capitol over proposed cuts in state funding to higher education…

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The state’s budget problems will also be a big story in 2016.

It’s New Year’s Eve and State Police is urging motorists not to drink and drive. Sgt. Nick Manale says State Police will be out in full force with DWI checkpoints, as well as, proactive patrols looking to get drunk drivers off the road. He says if you suspect an impaired driver, notify L-S-P…

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Manale says, if you’re going to drink, make sure you have a plan in place to get home safely.

There seems to be a spike in hoverboard injuries during the holiday season. Jeff Palermo reports…

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Today is Burl Cain’s final day as warden at Angola State Penitentiary. Cain tendered his resignation after The Advocate newspaper published articles questioning whether his real estate deals with relatives and friends of inmates violated Department of Corrections rules. Cain has gained world-wide recognition for his efforts in reforming the prison and is the longest serving warden in Angola history.