06:30 Newscast, October 30th, 2017

Changes to the state’s sentencing laws go into effect Wednesday, and some 14-hundred non-violent offenders will be released from jail. It’s part of the governor’s effort to lower Louisiana’s highest-in-the-world incarceration rate. State Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says most of the prisoners that will be let go this week were already nearing release.:
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He says lowering the incarceration rate is estimated to save the state 262-million-dollars over ten years.

LSU AgCenter building science instructor, Bill Robinson, says he’s found an effective way to repair flooded homes faster. He says wet proofing would use paperless drywall which is more water resistant…:
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He says the downside is that this method would cost about 25 percent more to repair.

Halloween is a time for celebration, but State Fire Marshal Butch Browning reminds the public some costumes and decorations are highly flammable. He says nearly half of all home fires during Halloween are a result of decorations too close to a heat source…:
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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are over 10-thousand fires in America each year in the days leading up to and following Halloween.

I-10 East remains closed at I-49 in Lafayette, as authorities continue to work the site of a deadly crash involving four 18-wheelers. State Police say it happened between Grosse Tete and LA 415 in Iberville Parish, and two people died. Drivers should use I-49 and US 190 as an alternate route. I-10 West remains open.