8:30 Newscast October 28,2017

We’re already off to a super cold weekend and this is only the start. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’ll be in the 30s this morning in north Louisiana, and highs in the 50s throughout the state.
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He says we can expect lower than normal temperatures for trick or treating. The last time temperatures were this cold in north Louisiana was in mid-March.

A survey from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission finds that pick-up truck drivers and riders are not buckling up at the same rate as those in cars or SUVs. Commission executive director Katara Williams says they are working to stop this alarming trend.
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Seat belt compliance for those riding in a pick up truck is 82-percent, while those in vehicles is 89-percent.


It’s National Prescription Drug Take Back day and State Police want to raise awareness about the potential for drug abuse by providing a way to dispose of unwanted medication safely. Trooper Bryan Lee says these drugs are commonly taken from people they know.
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Anyone looking to throw away unwanted pills can drop them off between 10 am and 2 pm at any State Police Troop location.

Today is the 14th annual Louisiana Book Festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser expects a great crowd as the weather is likely to stay nice and cool. He says the event is free and there is food and music, along with many great books about the Bayou State.
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The festival beings in about 30-thousand people to the State Library and Capital.