11:30 LRN Newscast March 27th

Amite Representative Robbie Carter has filed legislation to place a tax on refineries for the oil they process. It’s unclear how much money this proposal would generate for the state, but Carter says the idea is to create a larger tax base, so residents are paying fewer taxes…
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Carter’s proposal is expected to face fierce oppositon from the state’s oil and gas industry.

It was a deadly weekend on our state highways. State Police say their troopers investigated 10 fatal crashes that resulted in 15 deaths of people. L-S-P says many of these fataliites could have been avoided, as lack of seatbelt use, impairment and even excessive speed contributed to the crashes. Also several crashes involved a vehicle crossing into the opposite lane of travel.

Seeing a doctor could become more difficult in years to come, as a nationwide shortage of doctors is expected to impact Louisiana. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts we could see 88-thousand fewer doctors by 2025. Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. Steve Nelson, says one reason for that is the increased need for medical services.
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Nelson says the shortages are most pronounced in rural areas.

And we’ve also seen a decline in duck hunters since the 1970s. That’s according to a report from the Delta Waterfowl. Luke Laborde with the LSU School of Natural Resources says they have research that indicates youth are less interested in the great outdoors….:
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Laborde says Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are doing what they can to get more people interested in duck hunting.