8:30 LRN Newscast April 23

Unfortunately, job loss in the oil and gas industry is still rising. LSU economist Loren Scott says the low gas prices we’ve seen since August of 2014 have impacted the industry. He says major companies are making dramatic cuts to their drilling budget.

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Scott says the state is losing jobs at the rate of about 21-thousand a year.

A report by the National Center for Health Statistics finds the suicide rate in the US has increased by 24% from 1999 to 2014.  LSU Health New Orleans Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Michelle Moore says there isn’t a specific reason why the number has gone up….

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The Humane Society of Louisiana is helping law enforcement address animal cruelty by holding seminars to teach them more about how to handle cases of animal abuse. 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.

Louisiana has officially begin its third “Buckle Up In Your Truck” campaign to get more pickup drivers to wear their seatbelts. Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, John Leblanc says 25% of the registered vehicles in Louisiana are pickup trucks, and wearing a seat belt in these vehicles reduces the chance of fatality in an accident.

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