10:30 LRN Newscast April 26

The number of state food inspectors could be reduced, if lawmakers go along with the governor’s proposed budget that calls for an 11-percent reduction in inspectors. Department of Health and Hospitals spokesperson Bob Johannessen says they’re letting legislators know about the risks associated with cutting 16 sanitarians, plus food retailers welcome the inspections…
cut 6 (09) “….in general”

The statewide average price of gasoline is up to $1.93. That’s according to gas-buddy-dot-com. That’s a nickel increase over the last week and Gas Buddy’s Gregg Laskoski says the price at the pump will likely continue to increase for at least another month….
cut 9 (05) “….or June”
Laskoski says greater demand is helping to drive gas prices up.

Investigators from Iberville Parish are in Humble, Texas today, the hometown of the female found dead by fishermen under the I-10 bridge at Whiskey Bay. Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi says at this time they have very few leads in 28-year-old Elizebeth Ferrell’s death…
cut 12 (09) “…quick recovery”
Stassi says an autopsy found that Ferrell was strangled to death and she had blunt force trauma to the head.

Houma Police announce the arrest of two men who stole several sacks of crawfish worth 250-dollars from a gas station. Police Chief Dana Coleman says surveillance video spotted 45-year-old Richard Buck and 34-year-old Joshua Robichaux taking the mudbugs.

The Shreveport-Bossier City area is under a slight risk for severe weather today. The severe weather risk spreads across much of Louisiana for tomorrow.