6:30 PM Newscast

Northwest Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is throwing his hat in the ring to be the next Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. It’s not a position for the faint of heart. The Committee Chairman is responsible for identifying policy objectives, and then wrangling support to get those ideas off the white board and onto a bill. Johnson says he’s got the background to both build consensus, and champion conservative values.

Cut 5 (07) “those ideas”

The election for RSC chairman will take place in mid-November.

An approaching cold front is destabilizing the atmosphere, bringing thunderstorm activity for parts of southeast Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the front is expected to stall along the Louisiana coastline, keeping rain chances relatively high through Friday.

Cut 7 (08) “…rest of the work week.”


No one in the town of Palmetto in St. Landry Parish is interested in becoming the town’s police chief. The top cop and only police officer in Palmetto, David Krull, is moving and no one qualified to run to replace him. Alderman Guyton Budden says they might ask the state if they can appoint someone to be the police chief, because none of the current residents of Palmetto are interested….

Cut 14 (06) “…doing that.”

HUD has approved Governor John Bel Edwards’ request to increase reimbursements on RESTORE grants to 100 percent, which means more federal assistance for homeowners who suffered flood damage in 2016. Edwards’ Communications Director Shauna Sanford says the first people to receive their checks will be those who had already qualified, and received their 50 percent reimbursement. She says that group will have the other 50 percent on its way in the next couple of days, with homeowners who have yet to receive grant money coming after.

Cut 10 (13) “percent level”