4:30 PM Newscast

Swamp pop legend and trumpet player GG Shinn has passed away after a long illness at his home in Monroe.  He was 78. Shinn had a club in Lafayette.  Last year he performed at Festival International in Lafayette and was a regular at the annual Ponderosa Stomp music festival in New Orleans. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame executive director Michael Shepherd says Shinn was born to entertain

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It’s time to get back into the consciousness of school zones and school buses with children returning to class from summer break. That’s the message from AAA. Spokesperson Don Redman says drivers need to prepare themselves for more traffic, with kids on the roadway.

Cut 3 (11) “…on a swivel right now.”

Online Fantasy Sports legalization will be on the November 6th ballot, giving voters a chance to legalize the use of online services like Draft Kings and FanDuel in their parish. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones warned, geofencing isn’t cheap, and says there’s a worst case scenario that could end up leaving the state with a hefty fantasy sports related bill….

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe has a new four-year degree program that is the first of its kind in the state.  It’s called Unmanned Aircraft Systems Management and it’s all about drones and their use in various industries. ULM Professor Dr. Paul Karlowitz says he strongly believes the use of unmanned aerial vehicles is not a fad.

Cut 14 (13) “…prices are coming down.”

He adds the first class for the upcoming semester is already full.