7:30 LRN Newscast January 1

Unusually frigid temperatures will blanket the state this week. High temperatures will be in the 30s today and tomorrow. Donald Jones, with the National Weather Service, says it’ll also be a gusty start to the year making it feel even colder outside.

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Temperatures bottomed in the 20’s state wide, with even colder overnight lows expected early Tuesday morning.

Many are turning to additional sources of heat with the extended cold snap.  State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says there has been an increase in fire fatalities in the state in the last couple of weeks. Browning says under no circumstances should a kitchen stove be used…

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A man is under arrest after state troopers say he killed a bicyclist, then drove away from the scene. State Police say 29-year-old Juan Lujan of Luling was arrested Saturday. Troopers said 60-year-old Michael Atkinson was riding a bike on the shoulder of highway 90 in New Orleans near the edge of the roadway when he was hit from behind by an SUV that drifted onto the shoulder. Atkinson died at the scene.

The Citrus Bowl pits LSU against Notre Dame.  Jeff Palermo has a look at what it will take to get a Tiger win…

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