11:30 LRN Newscast august 1

The National Flood Insurance Program, which writes flood insurance policies for 500-thousand Louisiana residents, has been extended for four months as a result of a favorable vote in the US Senate. It was set to expire before midnight last night. Senator John Kennedy is frustrated Congress will not approve a reformed version of the NFIP..
cut 6 (09) “….the Senate”
Tweleve Senators voted against extending the the N-F-I-P for four months.

And starting this afternoon, you can place sports bets at two Mississippi casinos, Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike in Tunica. Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association, Larry Gregory, says they expect to see Louisiana license plates in their parking garages….
cut 12 (09) “…in sports then”
The state legislature failed to approve legislation in this year’s legislative session to permit sports betting at Louisiana casinos. The issue is expected to be discussed again next year.

Starting today, switch blades are legal to own in Louisiana. The devices have been banned for decades. If it comes as a surprise to you, you’re not alone, it was a surprise to bill sponsor Covington Representative Mark Wright. Wright says he looked into the background of the ban, and found it was rooted in a funny bit of six-decade-old hysteria.
Cut 3 (09) “dangerous weapons”
He says while switchblades may be legal, you can’t conceal it from officers during a traffic stop.

We are getting closer to the peak of the hurricane season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the latest long-range forecasts have predicted a near normal season, but that doesn’t mean Louisiana will not see any storms…
cut 8 (10) “…quiet years”
A look at the tropics today, shows nothing is expected to develop this week.