06:30 Newscast, April 5th, 2016

A federal judge has reached a $20-billion settlement with BP over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Don Molino has more…:
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Today a Senate committee will hear testimony on a proposed bill that would increase the fine for texting or using social media while driving from $175 to $500. Sgt. Nick Manale with Louisiana State Police says distracted driving causes accidents every day…:
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A Senate committee will hear a proposal today that would allow people to be buried next to their pets in cemeteries. Patrick McCausland, president of Heaven’s Pets in Metairie, says he knows this is something many pet owners would like to do for their pets…:
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If the measure gets through the legislative process and signed by the governor, it would take effect January 1st.

Governor John Bel Edwards says 5 more parishes have been declared federal disaster areas so residents are able to receive flood assistance. The total number of parishes now approved stands at 30.

Former LSU star Shaquille O’Neal has been added to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of a 10 member class announced Monday.