09:30 Newscast, December 30th, 2016

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission wants citizens to have a safe, fun New Years Holiday weekend. Executive Director Katara Williams says during the 2015 New Year’s holiday, 341 people were hurt in car crashes in the state and 44 were alcohol related. She says always plan ahead..:
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Williams suggests taking an Uber or calling a cab to secure a safe ride home.

2016 was loaded with heavy news stories, from cop killings, racially charged protests and historic flooding. In August, more than 30 inches of rain fell in just 2 days causing the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in south Louisiana. East Feliciana Parish OEP Deputy Director Jim Parker said they were doing everything they could to keep people safe as the flood waters rose…:
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Months later, flood victims are still trying to recover.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says they are thrilled to kick off 2017 by nationally showcasing our amazing culture through New Orleans during this year’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” He says it’s a great way to kickoff a great tourism year where he’s proud to see people working together throughout the state to attract visitors and make things safer…:
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New Orleans will be a part of the first NYE Central Time Zone Countdown airing at 7pm our time on ABC.

Injured East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier was able to write his mother a handwritten letter for her birthday, according to his dad. “The best birthday present Mary could get,” James Tullier shared on his public Facebook page. “This was written today by Nick with Mary watching.” – The note said, “Happy Birthday Mom.” Doctors at TIRR Memorial in Houston said Tuillier is able to see, hear and is aware.