09:30 Newscast, April 4th, 2016

This year’s tax deadline is two weeks from today. IRS spokeswoman Lea Crusberg advises people not to get in a hurry filing taxes, because careless mistakes can be made, like forgetting to sign or putting the wrong social security number on their return. She says filing taxes online can help avoid these errors:
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She says those individuals who live in one of the 30 parishes that have been declared a federal disaster area are allowed to file after April 18th and that information can be found at I-R-S-dot-gov.

A man was shot by an off-duty State Police detective after allegedly breaking into his unmarked police unit early Sunday in Ascension Parish. Authorities say a neighbor alerted the cop around 430am that his police unit was being burglarized, so he armed himself and went to confront the alleged thief. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the burglar told the detective he had a gun and reached for it which is when he was shot by the cop. The incident is under investigation.

Governor John Bel Edwards has told state Democratic Party leaders to get behind Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell in the US Senate race. UL Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says Edwards endorsement of the politician from north Louisiana is a real boost for his campaign…:
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Edwards says Campbell has shown he can win elections when people don’t believe a Democrat can or should win.

The record wet March has devastated the corn crop in Louisiana. LSU Ag Center corn specialist Dan Fromme says the crop that came up early on in the year has been sitting in water for a while…:
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Fromme says there are still a few weeks left to plant corn and the hope is for dry weather.