11:30 Newscast, April 1st, 2016

The one cent state sales tax goes into effect starting today and will remain through June 30th of 2018. State officials say the revenue generated from several tax hikes that began April 1st will amount to about $300 million dollars. Consumers are also paying more for alcohol and cigarettes.

The National Weather Serivce says most of north Louisiana received record flooding for March. Forecaster Jason Hansford says Shreveport tallied over 12 inches of rain, which surpassed the previous wettest March of 11.99 inches back in 1945. He says Monroe was about double that…:
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He says March 8th and 9th alone, Monroe tallied 16.48 inches of rain during that two day period.

Law enforcement officials are looking for a Slidell man they say had human and animal remains on an altar in his home. They say a search of 31-year-old Joshua Roques’ residence revealed human skulls, animal bones, dried blood and a large cast iron bowl surrounded by candles and other ritualistic items. The man is wanted on numerous charges including interring or cremating human remains and opening graves and stealing a body. Anyone with information about Roques’ whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers.

A proposed bill that seeks equal pay for men and women was approved by the Senate Labor Committee. Halen Doughty has more…:
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