06:30 Newscast July 25th, 2014

State Police say a now-former Baldwin Police Officer is behind bars for allegedly impregnating a 14-year-old girl. 39-year-old Joseph Brent was under investigation for drug distribution when a minor living with the suspect and his wife gave birth. Although investigators could not prove the drug charges, DNA evidence revealed Brent fathered the 14-year-old’s child. He is charged with molestation of a Juvenile, Malfeasance in Office, Sexual battery, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.

LSU AgCenter researchers continue to look at ways to combat feral hog populations throughout the state. They are beginning to look at baits containing sodium nitrite to control the number of hogs. Animal Science researcher Glen Gentry says the first step is to find an effective dose of the chemical to eliminate the animal…:
CUT 10 (10) “with these hogs”
Gentry says research shows that 60 to 70 percent of the feral hog population needs to be removed annually just to keep the number of the hogs constant.

The annual International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is underway and thousands of people are expected descend on coastal town to enjoy the festivities. Anglers from across the area will compete to see who can catch the biggest fish in a number of categories. Property tax clerk for the town of Grand Isle, Bonnie Pizani (piz-annie), says there’s a lot more going on than just fishing…:
CUT 4 (12) “this year”
Grand Isle bills the rodeo, which runs through Saturday, as “the oldest fishing tournament in the United States”.

State health officials have confirmed the first death from West Nile virus in the state this year, and it was in Caddo Parish. They say the case involves a patient who was between 60 and 74 years of age. It’s one of 4 cases confirmed in Caddo this week. The new cases will be included in the weekly West Nile virus surveillance report today.