13:30 Newscast, April 29th, 2016

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are looking into the number of animal deaths that have recently occurred at the Baton Rouge Zoo. Curator Sam Winslow says they asked for the USDA and the American Zoo Association to send in officials to assess the situation after 18 animals have died in the last year…:
CUT 6 (10) “our procedures”
He says these animals have died for various natural reasons and there are no cases of neglect going on at the zoo.

The small LaSalle Parish town of Tullos is in shock this week over the double homicide case with more questions than answers. Sheriff’s deputies say the bodies of 19-year-old Chesley Coping and 26-year-old Demond Garner disappeared last weekend, and their bodies were located days later. 18-year-old Austin Dyess (die-ess) and 26-year-old Joshua Sant were both charged with 2 counts of second degree murder. Details are scarce at this time.

Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany introduces a bill that would require a Doppler weather radar site to be built near Baton Rouge. He says a new radar detection site will ensure that Louisiana is better covered to give citizens as much warning as possible to seek shelter or evacuate…:
Cut 11 (09) “unacceptable”
There are detection sites near Slidell, Lake Charles, Fort Polk and Shreveport, but none near Baton Rouge.

A Grand Isle man has been arrested for attempting to purchase a child for sexual purposes. That’s according to State Police trooper Jesse Lagrange who says 30-year-old Wade Perkins asked someone to locate a 6 to 8-year-old child so Perkins could pay for a sexual encounter. Lagrange says that person then contacted police…:
cut 12 (09) “a meeting”
He is booked with attempt and conspiracy to commit first degree rape.