LRN Newscast 15:30 April 22nd

There are more layoffs coming to the oil and gas industry. 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…:
CUT 7 (09) “and Lafayette”
Scott says it’s likely going to get worse before it gets better.

The Humane Society of Louisiana has begun holding seminars for law enforcement so they can better handle animal abuse cases. Jeff Dorson says there are new developments in forensic pathology that can help determine what happened to animals that are abused…
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Dorson says social media has led to an increase in animal abuse cases.

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics finds the suicide rates in the US has increased by 24-percent from 1999-2014. The release of the report comes on the heels of two students at Mandeville High School who committed suicide within 24 hours of each other. Doctor Michelle Moore, with LSU Health New Orleans, says parents need to monitor what kids are posting on social media…
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Moore says there’s no specific reason why the national suicide rate is increasing.

Shreveport police have arrested a 35-year-old man who is accused of fatally shooting a 55-year-old woman and a injuring a 25-year-old man during a drive-by shooting. Gina Foster was pronounced dead at the scene. Carlos Franklin surrendered to authorities and faces murder and attempted murder charges.