18:30 LRN Newscast April 22

Job loss in the oil and gas sector is still on the rise. LSU economist Loren Scott says there is some opportunity for those laid off to find other work but not enough for everyone who lost their job.

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Gulf Island LLC based in Houma and Carbo Ceramics in New Iberia plan to lay off nearly 300 workers in June.

A report by the National Center for Health Statistics finds the suicide rate in the US has increased by 24% from 1999 to 2014. In the past week, two male students at Mandeville High School killed themselves within 48 hours of each other.  LSU Health New Orleans Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Michelle More says parents really need to monitor what kids are posting on social media.

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The Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign has just begun 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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Leblanc says 8 people have been killed in pickup truck accidents in the state since March.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is holding seminars for law enforcement throughout the state to address animal cruelty. Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, says they hope to help law enforcement be better prepared for handling cases of animal cruelty.

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The first seminar was held Thursday in New Iberia.