14:30 LRN Newscast January 31st

A special session is set to begin February 13th to address a 304-million dollar budget shortfall. Governor Edwards recommends a combination of cuts and Rainy Day dollars to eliminate the deficit. But Democratic Shreveport senator Greg Tarver says he’s against using the rainy day fund and suggests cuts to eliminate the shortfall…
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There’s been a lot of criticism on social media and nightly news shows over President Donald Trump’s immigration order. But there are public opinion polls, including one from Rasmussen that finds strong public support for the travel ban. But LSU Political Communications Chair Martin Johnson says Rasmusson surveys tend to support consertative candidates and issues…
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The National Human Trafficking Hotline says they saw an increase in the number of reports of human trafficking in Louisiana in 2016. Of the more than 100 cases reported last year, 74 were of sex trafficking and 21 for labor trafficking. It’s an issue State Police takes very seriously and Colonel Mike Edmonson says he’s talked to victims who felt like this was the only life that they were going to ever have…:
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Louisiana ranked 20th in the nation for the most human trafficking cases reported in 2016.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office announces they’ve arrested 14 individuals and they are still seeking three men from Alexandria who were involved in a string of residential burglaries where jewelry, guns and body armour were taken. In each case, the suspects forced their way into the home. Some of the stolen items have been recovered.