09:30 Newscast, February 27th, 2017

Could this be the warmest February on record in Louisiana? State Climatologist Barry Keim says, so far this month, we’re averaging eight degrees above normal and he attributes this to a lot of warm air moving in from the coast…:
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He says February’s average temperature is around 61 so far, and the record in 1932 is 61.2 degrees.

State Police say a 6-year-old died after her parents vehicle was hit from behind by a man suspected of being impaired and speeding in Ascension Parish. They say 29-year-old Kenneth Lewis didn’t slow down when he approached the Keatings SUV, and the impact caused both vehicles to travel into the median striking trees. 6-year-old Samantha Keating died at a hospital. 29-year-old Kenneth Lewis of Geismar’s charges include vehicular homicide.

The New Orleans Police Department says 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto was three times the legal limit when he plowed into a crowd injuring 28 people who were watching the Endymion Parade. He faces multiple charges including first degree vehicular negligent injuring, hit and run driving and reckless driving.

US Senator John Kennedy is calling on the head of State Police to resign amid the investigations as result of four troopers charging the state overtime and hotel expenses on a personal side trip while traveling on business. Kennedy says he’s disgusted as a Louisiana taxpayer over what happened…:
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The governor’s office is investigating the incident.

A new study out of London finds stress may be linked to obesity. Dr. Amanda Staiano (Sty-AH-no) with LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center says over two-thirds of Louisiana adults and half of the children in our state are overweight or obese…:
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The study found that individuals who had persistently high levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol over long periods of time weighed more.