15:30 Newscast Nov 22

State auditors are trying to find out where $25 million in the Attorney General’s escrow fund has gone. AG Jeff Landry blames his predecessor’s poor record keeping for why his office can’t account for 28 transactions. But Beth Davis with the legislative auditor’s office says the transactions took place over the span of two fiscal years.

Cut 14 (08) “current administration”

Davis says the fund contains money from court settlements, fines, and other penalties.

There’s good news for local businesses this holiday season, as the National Retailers Association finds 24-percent of consumers plan to shop on Small Business Saturday.

Cut 5 (10) “anywhere else”

That’s spokesperson Ana Serafin Smith who says nearly 60-percent of Americans will shop in store or online this weekend.

One man is dead and a woman injured after they were hit by an 81-year-old trucker. State Police Master Trooper Brooks David says 25-year-old Vineeth Keesara of Lafayette was pushing 26-year-old Tanika Adams’ disabled U-Haul trailer out of the road when they were struck.

Cut (09) “critical injuries”

Keesara was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Monroe family is doing what they can to make sure the State Troopers at Troop F are home safe for the holidays. Bunzy Bryant and his wife, Lynn, donated 90 armored vests to the troopers. Bryan says this is extra protection beyond what they normally wear.

Cut 6 (11) “AK-47”

Bryant says they’ve been close with Troop F for 16 years, and they consider the troopers family.