5:30 PM Newscast

The Department of Corrections is celebrating the one year anniversary of the 2017 criminal justice reforms that saw Louisiana lose its title as the incarceration capital of the world. The department says the total prison population is at a 20 year low. But Outgoing President of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association Ricky Babin says he’s not exactly happy about the shortened parole periods.

Cut 5 (09)  “the best” 

LSU hits the practice field on Saturday to begin fall camp and there’s plenty of new faces on offense. Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow takes his first snaps in Purple and Gold and there’s new running backs on campus, Tae Provens and Chris Curry. Coach Ed Orgeron is excited to see them in action…

Cut 12 (10)   “yet.”


Curators with the Louisiana State Musuem opened a time capsule today found underneath a recently removed confederate monument in New Orleans. The contents of the copper box revealed Confederate money, flags, a US medal and other items.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says the discussion has already begun of starting a new time capsule to showcase what life is like in 2018.

Cut 8 (10) “…any other year before.”

Louisiana has begun its effort to extend foster care services for kids in the system up to age 21, from the current age limit of 18. The program got legislative approval and funding during the legislative season with widespread support. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says the age extension will end up changing a lot of kids lives for the better.

Cut 9 (11)  “the state.”