16:30 LRN Newscast January 31st

Several Republicans oppose using money from the Rainy Day Fund to solve a 304 million dollar budget deficit and there is at least one Democrat who also doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Shreveport Senator Greg Tarver made the comments to News Radio 7-10 KEEL
Cut 9 (06) “that money”
A special session will likely begin on February 13th to address the budget shortfall.

State Police Col Mike Edmonson credits a strong awareness campaign as the reason more human trafficking victims than ever are reaching out for help. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 104 cases of human trafficking were called in last year, compared to 75 in 2015. Edmonson says getting victims to come forward begins with compassion..:
Cut 13 (08) “the things you’re doing”
Entergy Louisiana began work today on an 869-million dollar power plant in St. Charles Parish. Entergy spokesperson Michael Burns says the plant will produce carbon dixoide emissions 40-percent lower than those of its current gas-fired plants and customer savings will total one-point-three billion dollars over 30 years…
cut 8 (08) “.generation fleet”
The plant is expected to be operational in 2019.

President Trump has signed an executive order to reduce regulations on small businesses. National Federation of Independent Business’ State Director Dawn Starns says this order can only help business owners run and grow their businesses…:
CUT 27 (11) “its neck”
Mr. Trump said he wants to eliminate “a little more than 75 percent” of the regulations now on the books.