18:30 LRN Newscast January 2

2018 is off to a very cold start. Lows this morning were in the teens to low 20s and wind chills were in the single digits in some areas. Phil Grigsby, with the National Weather Service in Slidell, says this arctic air mass is not going away.  We’ll have to wait until this weekend before the Bayou State can finally thaw out…

Cut 5  (10)  “night time hours”

A hard freeze warning is in effect tonight into tomorrow morning.

Fourth District Congressman Mike Johnson and Attorney General Jeff Landry have released the “Louisiana Student Rights Review”.   Johnson says the resource was created to answer many legal questions and to clear up misconceptions about religion on school campuses.

Cut 9 (08)  “public schools.”

Johnson says the publication is available for download at his website mike-johnson-for-louisiana-dot-com.

Was it hard for you to be motivated to return to work today after taking time off for the holidays? CEO of Mid-America Careers Nick Murphy says many fear the large backlog of work that stacked up, but he says don’t feel as though everything needs to be done right away…

Cut 7 (11) “stay dilligent.”

The arctic blast keeping Louisianans indoors is threatening this year’s crawfish harvest.  Louisiana Crawfish Promotion Board President David Savoy says the sudden freeze could end up making crawfish a hard find in time for an earlier than usual carnival season. Temperatures are set to return to winter norms next week.  He says that’s the earliest he expects fishermen to be able to start trawling again.

Cut 14 (10) “next week.”