12:30 Newscast, April 22nd, 2016

There are more layoffs coming to the oil and gas industry and it’s hitting Louisiana in a big way. Gulf Island LLC based in Houma and Carbo Ceramics in New Iberia plan to lay off nearly 300 workers in June. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says there is some opportunity for those laid off to find other work, but not enough for everyone who lost their job…:
CUT 7 (09) “and Lafayette”
He says it’s likely going to get worse before it gets better, as more big oil companies plan to drop drilling in the Gulf.

The Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign begins today in Louisiana to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a seat belt in your truck — which many here don’t do. That’s according to Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, John Leblanc who says buckling up in a truck saves lives…:
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The Humane Society of Louisiana is holding seminars for law enforcement throughout the state to address animal cruelty. The first seminar was held yesterday in New Iberia, and Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, says they hope to assist cops in being better prepared for handling cases of animal cruelty…:
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The organization plans to host more seminars across the state, once a month.

As an Orleans Parish grand jury considers the evidence to charge Cardell Hayes in the fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, Hayes’ lawyer wants his client to appear before the panel to answer their questions.