10:30 Newscast Dec 30

2016 was a tough year for Louisiana, but nothing compares to the July 17, when a gunman from Kansas City shot and killed three Baton Rouge police officers and wounded three more. Governor John Bel Edwards spoke about the deaths of Matthew Gerald, Brad Garafola, and Montrell Jackson.

Cut 14 (10) “everyday hero”

The ambush was in response to the shooting death of Alton Sterling.

Today in New Orleans more than 100 Princess Leias will march through the French Quarter in honor of the late Carrie Fisher. Elizabeth Pearce is a member of the Princess Leia themed dance crew the Leijorettes, which is part of the Krewe of Chewbacchus. She says they’re raising money to cover the cost of the parade.

Cut 12 (10) “collecting donations”

For the first time ever, New Orleans will be showcased on Dick Clark’s New Years Rocking Eve. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says this is a great holiday to show people how much fun we have in Louisiana.

Cut 7 (09) “tourism industry”

This is the first time the production will do a Central Time Zone countdown.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is reminding people to have a safe and happy New Year’s because they see more crashes when the holiday falls on a weekend. Executive Director Dr. Katara Williams encourages people to be cautious while ringing in the New Year.

Cut 4 (10) “drink responsibly”

Last year, more than 340 people were injured in crashes during the New Year’s holiday.