18:30 LRN Newscast October 28th

The state is looking at another round of budget cuts because the state finished last fiscal year with a 313 million dollar deficit. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says a few factors are leading to Louisiana continuously facing these financial problems.
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State agencies and colleges have been asked to prepare for cuts between seven and ten percent.

51-percent of those surveyed in a University of New Orleans poll say the state is heading in the wrong direction. But Pollster Ed Chervenak says 35-percent say it is heading in the right direction and that’s a 15-percent increase over last year. He says a new governor in office might be the reason why…
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About 600 people were polled in the survey.

A Korean War veteran from Crowley has been finally laid to rest in his hometown. Army Sgt. First Class Lawrence Smith died 65 years ago in a prisoner of war camp in North Korea. Alex Juan with the State Department of Veterans Affairs says they are happy to welcome Smith home. She hopes this brings his family peace…:
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Juan says they are able to identify remains by using DNA testing now.

It will be summer 2018 at the earliest when it comes to the availability of medical marijuana for Louisiana patients. That’s what LSU’s vice president for agriculture Bill Richardson said at a public meeting that was attended by those companies and businesses interested in helping the school grow and distribute medicinal cannabis. No state dollars will be used in the production, so investors are needed.

And Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their home in the New Orleans French Quarter. Court records show it sold for 4.9 million dollars.