17:30 LRN Newscast October 28th

Just over half of the Louisiana residents polled say the state is heading in the wrong direction. In a University of New Orleans Survey of 600 likely voters, 51-percent are pessimistic about the state’s future. But UNO Pollster Ed Chervenak says 35-percent say the state is moving in the right direction and that’s a 15-percent increase over last year…:
Cut 9 (09) “a result”
The survey also found Governor Edwards’ approval rating at 56-percent.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne gave some bad news to legislators today. Dardenne says a 313-million dollar budget deficit could grow, if tax collections continue to lag. The deficit was created, because the state did not collect enough revenues to equal the amount of spending that took place in the fiscal year ending June 30th.

The Republican Party in Louisiana is so sure Donald Trump has locked up the votes here, they are sending its volunteers to Florida — a battleground state which accounts for 29 electoral votes. Party chair Roger Villere…:
Cut 5 (10) “for their country”
He says they believe it’s important to be there because the best path to a Trump presidency is to win Florida.

A Korean war veteran from Crowley was laid to rest today, 65 years after his death. Army Sergeant First Class Lawrence Smith’s remains were possibly discovered in the early 1990s. Alex Juan, with the state department of veterans affairs, says the process of properly identifying prisoners of war and shipping them home can take a long time…
cut 7 (07) “…burial grounds.”
Smith died when he was 26-years-old.