12:30 Newscast Nov 22

A Monroe family has donated 90 armored vests to State Police Troop F. Bunzy Bryant says they have been close with Troop F for 16 years. He says the troopers are part of their family, and he and his wife want to do what they can to keep them safe.

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Bryant says he’s gotten tons of calls from people expressing their thanks, including one from Governor John Bel Edwards.

The National Retail Federation expects 59-percent of Americans will shop both in-store or online during the Thanksgiving weekend through Sunday. Spokesperson Ana Serafin Smith says it’s a slight increase from last year…

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Smith says Black Friday remains the busiest day of the weekend with 74-percent planning to shop that day.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announces the Beauregard Parish Gothic Jail in DeRidder is now open for tours. Nungesser says over 40-thousand dollars was raised at the Gothic Jail After Dark Fundraiser on Halloween to complete the renovations.

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Nungesser says people can set up private tours at BeauregardTourism.com.

UL-Lafayette Athletic Director Scott Farmer announced a short time ago that he is stepping down from the position he has served for the past 5 years. He will move to a teaching position in the universities’ school of kinesiology. Deputy Director of Athletics Dr. Jessica Leger will serve as an interim while the school conducts a national search for a full time AD.

Here’s a look at today’s commodity prices…

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