12:30 Newscast, December 29th, 2016

Many are asking if you really can die of a broken heart, following the death of movie star Debbie Reynolds, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher. Cardiologist Dr. Frank Smart with LSU Health New Orleans says Broken Heart Syndrome is real, and quite common. He says the emotion that goes with losing someone causes the body to produce a lot of adrenaline…:
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He says medicine doesn’t entirely understand how grief and hope affect people’s lives, by doctors can prescribe preventative treatments.

Franklinton police announce the arrest of a 17-year-old who they say vandalized 2 dozen vehicles belong to Louisiana National Guard members and stealing valuables inside. They say Evantrell Tennessee faces a number of charges including 24 counts of felony criminal damage to property.

Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton believes the sad case about a mother dumping her baby in a trash can at a New Roads Walmart exposes an actual problem with Louisiana law. 34-year-old Kyandrea Thomas is charged with attempted second degree murder. Clayton says it’s concerning that this unstable woman may not get fair treatment under the circumstances…:
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He says only legislators could change this law but for now the mother’s charges are left up to a grand jury.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the recent picture that purported a second cougar had been spotted in the state is not real. They said the picture circling claiming the animal had been in Tangipahoa Parish ended up being a photoshopped hoax.