12:30 Newscast, January 31st, 2018


An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia, including Senator Bill Cassidy and Baton Rouge Representative Garret Graves, collided with a garbage truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. Cassidy says one of the occupants of the garbage truck died. He explains what happened…:
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Cassidy and his wife, and Graves’ office says they are all okay.

Today is the deadline for retailers to mail notices to Louisiana residents who purchased products online, but did not pay sales tax. Customers are required to include these forms so they can pay those taxes when they file this year. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesperson Byron Henderson:
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Amazon already charges sales tax at the time of purchase.

The state Department of Agriculture announces a new logo to look for if you’re interested in purchasing home grown products at the grocery store.
Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says they have overhauled their Certified logo program with a flashier, more diverse image to further highlight goods made in the Bayou State…:
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Visit ldaf.la.gov to check out the new logo.

A Jefferson Parish man imprisoned for nearly four decades is free after being cleared in a 1979 rape. 58-year-old Malcolm Alexander’s conviction and life sentence were thrown out Tuesday by a state judge in Gretna.