17:30 07-24-14

The National Weather Service in Shreveport says that bad storm that blew through northwest Louisiana last night left thousands without power and claimed the life of one person. Senior Meteorologist Jason Hansford says they saw 60-70 mile an hour winds which downed numerous trees and power lines…:

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Even though those numbers have gotten lower, SWEPCO now says several thousand people in the Shreveport area could be in the dark until Sunday.

The efforts of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to hire a law firm to legally challenge the governor’s decision to scrap Common Core is receiving some push-back from the Jindal administration. Commissioner of Adminstration Kristy Nichols says the law firm cannot represent any party that is harmful to the state.
Over 60-thousand Louisiana residents who purchased insurance through the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act are facing a rate increase in the double digits. Jeff Palermo has the story…:
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The oil and gas industry needs more workers in the Gulf to keep up with demand, and the existing workers planning to retire in the next 10 years. So, higher education leaders, state officials and the oil industry have formed a long-term partnership to come up with solutions to meet with those workforce needs. Louisiana Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association President Chris John…:

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He’s says it’s important since deep water exploration and production is expected to increase in the Gulf.