17:30 LRN Newscast August 24

Hurricane Harvey is intensifying as it moves towards the Texas coast for landfall on Friday night or early Saturday morning. Eric Blake, with the National Hurricane Center, says Louisiana faces the potential for 6 to 15 inches of rain, the heaviest in southwest Louisiana. He says as of right now Texas will get the worst of it.
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The official forecast track has Harvey heading towards Louisiana after spending the weekend along the Texas coast. Governor John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana National Guard has over a half million sandbags available and agencies are prepping for water rescues…
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The state Department of Education is seeking to train 500 teachers to become mentors for aspiring educators. Emelie Gunn has more…
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Baton Rouge Police have charged a 20-year-old Ponchatoula man with negligent homicide for fatally shooting a 19-year-old Hammond girl as they were driving down Florida Boulevard on Tuesday. Authorities say James Seymore was playing with a hand gun, when it off, striking Briana Hornsby, who died at a local hospital.