06:30 LRN Newscast July 30th

A formerly fringe position has taken off as a new Democratic norm in Louisiana. Matt Doyle has more.
Cut 3 (32) “I’m Matt Doyle”

There’s research out there that claims vaping is a smoking cessation aid. But Tobacco treatment specialist, Angel Lopez, with Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, recommends other options….
cut 9 (05) “….Chantix or Willbutrin”
GfK Global’s Knowledge Panel found thta 90-percent of smokers who vaped at the beginning of their study, were still smoking a year later.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has uncovered what they believe is a dog fighting operation, following a lengthy investigation. The initial tips from the public began to surface in April, but Capt. Tommy Carnline says it wasn’t until recently that the agency received the intel they needed to make the discovery.
Cut 10 (09) “…pin down an area.”
Sherman Lane Nash Junior was arrested and later released on a 13-thousand dollar bond.

No arrests yet in Saturday night’s fatal shooting outside of a strip mall in New Orleans where three people were killed and seven injured. Authorities say they are looking for two shooters in what police are calling a gang related mass shooting.