PM Newscall, February 29th, 2016

After Louisiana’s mild start to this flu season, experts say it may start to pick up soon. Halen Doughty reports…

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Captain Clay Higgins, the man made internationally famous for his “no nonsense” viral Crime Stoppers videos, announces he’s resigning from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Southern reports…:

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It’s been a quiet flu season in Louisiana, but doctors say it may start to ramp up soon. Influenza expert Dr. Frank Welch with the State Office of Public Health, says the number of flu cases are starting to rise across the country….

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Welch says this year the flu vaccine is very well matched to the virus, making it more effective. But he says a flu strain that created a lot of problems a few years ago is back…

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Welch says the flu vaccine also protects against  the H1N1 virus, and flu shots are the best way to avoid getting sick.

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Welch says most insurance covers flu shots and people without insurance should call a public health unit. He also advises people to wash their hands, stay home if they’re sick and avoid sick people.


State Senators are hearing about the potential impacts if they approve a House bill that cuts an additional 106-million dollars from this fiscal year’s budget. Superintendent of Education John White says they would have to close early childhood programs, send voucher students back to public schools and cancel standardized testing. That led to this question by Senator Wesley Bishop

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Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee says they would have to lay-off restaurant inspectors, which is a serious public health risk…

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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…

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Captain Clay Higgins, the man made internationally famous for his “no nonsense” viral Crime Stoppers videos, announces he’s resigning from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. Higgins had come under fire by groups stating he shouldn’t be calling black suspects, animals. Higgins said in a news conference that he refuses to respond to such critics…:

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After the latest controversial Higgins’ video seeking to locate wanted members of the Gremlins Gang, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said he was going to more closely monitor the language used. Higgins says Guidroz is a good man who he admires and respects…:

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The Gremlins Gang video, which compiled millions of views, was criticized by the ACLU of Louisiana and civil rights activist Rev Raymond Brown who said it was a slap in the face to our criminal justice system. Higgins said if he would have continued to wear the St. Landry badge, he would have violated the principles that it represents…:

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Former state lawmaker and ex Klu Klux Klansman David Duke is part of the storyline 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

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Trump blames a bad ear piece and couldn’t hear the question well when asked about Duke’s endorsement by CNN. The billionaire businessman only said he knows nothing about Duke or white supremacists. Duke says he is no longer a white supremacist, so Trump doesn’t have to answer the question

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Duke says political oberservers said his support of Trump would hurt the republican front-runner for the republican nomination, but that hasn’t been the case at all…

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