13:30 Newscast, February 29th, 2016

After coming under fire for the viral Crime Stoppers video on the Gremlins Gang, Captain Clay Higgins announces his resignation from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said he was going to more closely monitor the language used in such videos, and Higgins says his sheriff is a good man who he admires and respects…:
cut 10 (08) “I just can’t”
Activists called the videos a slap in the face to the criminal justice system because of Higgins’ intimidating delivery.

Former state lawmaker and ex KKK member David Duke is part of the story line in the Republican presidential race. Duke supports Donald Trump and Trump’s opponents are bashing him for declining to disavow Duke’s endorsement during a CNN interview. Duke says the media is making a big deal out of this, because of his connection with the KKK, a group that he says he left in the 1970s…:
cut 12 (07) “with the Klan”

Lawmakers are hearing from agencies who say the cuts the House is proposing in a spending bill now in the hands of the Senate would devastate their departments. Louisiana National Guard Major General Glenn Curtis says the House bill has them taking a cut of 564-thousand thousand dollars. Curtis says he would have to close nine armories, which will impact how they respond to emergencies like flooding…:
CUT 8 (06) “first guys out”
Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee says they would have to lay-off restaurant inspectors, which is a serious public health risk.

Funeral arrangements for Baton Rouge State Representative Ronnie Edwards have been announced. Services for the two-term Baton Rouge Metro Council member will be held at the Living Faith Christian Center on Friday with a viewing from 8-10, then burial immediately following the service at the Heavenly Gates Mausoluem. Edwards passed away Wednesday at the age of 63 after a two-year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.