11:30 Newscast, February 25th, 2016

Eighty-seven percent of drivers engaged in at least one risky behavior while driving in the past month, according to a new study from AAA. Spokesperson Don Redman says the data is not surprising. He says in the US about 30 to 40 thousand people die each year in car crashes…:
CUT 3 (11) “or impaired”
Redman says distracted driving is the most common risky behavior.

The St. James Parish Coroner has identified the two people who died when tornadoes ripped through an RV Park in Convent. They are 59-year-old David Eugene Swan of Satsuma, Alabama, and 51-year-old Scott Ellis of North Carolina.

Lawmakers have convened on the House Floor as today they get set to take up tax proposals Governor John Bel Edwards is proposing to close the current year massive budget deficit. Under consideration is an increase to the state’s sales tax, higher cigarette and alcohol taxes and fewer tax exemptions for businesses.

A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Louisiana can enforce a state law that requires doctors preforming abortions must have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles. Benjamin Clapper with Louisiana Right to Life says this legislation ensures that in an emergency the physician can take the proper steps to protect the health of the woman…
CUT 6 (09) “same standard”
Planned Parenthood says the ruling will force the closure of three out of the four abortion clinics in the state.

A contractor in Caddo is behind bars for allegedly scamming a 70-year-old victim, according to the sheriff’s office. They say Andre Blaze of Minden allegedly entered into the contract with the elderly resident of Shreveport and was paid $3700 for work that he never performed. Blaze was caught and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for Residential Contractor Fraud.