16:30 LRN Newscast, April 1, 2016

Seven Louisianans have died in crashes between cars and trains within the last three months. These tragedies have prompted the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to urge motorists to always obey alerts at railroad crossings. Spokesperson Mark Lambert says for the entire year of 2014, there were seven train related deaths so this increase is alarming…

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Lambert says train related crashes are tragic accidents that we see far too often.

Monroe and Shreveport broke records for rainfall totals during the month on March. Jason Hansford with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says much of this rain fell during the span of a few days.

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Businesses could have a hard time complying with the new sales tax laws that go into effect today. Jason Decuir, with Ryan’s tax service, says some businesses will find it difficult to collect the right amount of tax. He says Louisiana already has a sales tax system that ranks the worst in the country.

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Decuir says if vendors don’t collect the right amount of taxes, it will cause problems with the state trying to solve the budget deficit

Police are searching for a man in the New Orleans area after a search warrant led to a gruesome discovery of human remains and animal bones in a Slidell home. Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau with the Slidell Police Department says 31-year-old Joshua Roques’ home contained ritualistic items unlike anything he’s ever seen.

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