17:30 LRN Newscast October 27

Some of the coldest air we’ve seen in some time is descending on Louisiana.  A cold front is moving through which will drop temperatures to near freezing in some northern areas.  This will be just the start of what is to be a very cold weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the cold Canadian air will affect the entire state…

Cut 4  (08) “the 40s.” 

The last time temperatures were this cold were in north Louisiana was in mid-March.

A federal judge agrees with Alton Sterling protesters in a class action lawsuit against Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies. A hearing was held Friday morning involving about 80 protesters who were arrested last year. The ACLU of Louisiana filed a similar lawsuit but one that did not seek damages. Executive Director Marjorie Esman applauds the ruling…:

Cut 14 (06) “victims”

The plaintiffs will receive a combined total of about $136,00o.

A survey from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission finds Louisianans are buckling up but drivers and passengers in pickup trucks are not doing so as often. Drivers in Lake Charles and New Orleans had the highest overall seat belt usage rates at 92-percent and 90-percent. Executive Director Dr. Katara Williams says drivers and riders in pickup trucks buckle up at a rate of 82-percent compared to cars which is 89-percent.

Cut 7 (10) “the highway”

National Prescription Drug Takeback day is Saturday.  State Police are helping bring awareness to the potential for medication abuse by offering a way to get rid of unused prescriptions. The Centers for Disease Control say over 33-thousand people died in 2015 from overdoses on opioids.  Even if you can’t participate, State Police Trooper Bryan Lee says there are locations available any time. All nine State Police Troops will participate Saturday from 10am to 2pm.