9:30 LRN Newscast April 23

A new report by the National Center for Health Statistics shows the suicide rate is up 24-percent from 1999 to 2014 and experts say Louisiana is being affected too. Emelie Gunn has more…

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A man who was being held at a Baton Rouge hospital reportedly committed suicide after he was accused of abducting a pregnant woman. Baton Rouge Police confirmed the incident took place this morning, and the alleged abduction happened last night in New Orleans.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has launched its “Buckle up in Your Truck” campaign.  Executive Director of the 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.

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…:

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