11:30 Newscast, April 22nd, 2016

There is more bad news when it comes to job loss in the oil and gas sector. LSU economist Loren Scott says the low gas prices we’ve seen since August of 2014 have hammered the industry, and major companies continue to cut back drilling budgets as a result…:
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Gulf Island LLC based in Houma and Carbo Ceramics in New Iberia plan to lay off about 227 workers in June.

The man accused of shooting and killing former Saints defensive end Will Smith wants to testify before the grand jury that will decide the indictment on the second degree murder charges, according to sources. Experts say this is a highly irregular move on the part of Cardell Hayes’ defensive team, and it’s the DA who gets to decide who serves as a witness before a grand jury.

The Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign begins today in Louisiana. Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, John Leblanc says drivers of pickup trucks use their seat belts less often than drivers of other vehicles. He says this campaign is important to get more truck drivers to wear their seat belts, because it could save their lives…:
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The campaign runs through April 28.

A woman accused of shooting at an employee of a tax preparation company in Baton Rouge has been arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Reven Compton allegedly got into an argument with the victim over the way her taxes were being prepared, when she pulled out a gun and fired. Compton posted $25,000 bond.