9:30 LRN Newscast September 1

State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson is concerned Louisiana will see less federal transportation dollars in the future, because the state budget has become so tight, it will be difficult for Louisiana to put up the matching dollars. Wilson says the state legislature had a chance to generate more revenue for Louisiana highway projects by raising the gasoline tax in 2017, but it didn’t happen
cut 10 (07) “…very difficult”
At the time, several lawmakers said residents opposed seeing the state gasoline tax go up from the current 20-cents per gallon.

Another company who was seeking to supply the state with new voting machines is asking Louisiana to do the selection process all over again. Hart InterCivic says in a letter to the state that the original bid process was flawed and lacked transparency. The Office of State Procurement has halted contract negotiations so they can review the process.

It’s the opening weekend of the college football season and The Ragin’ Cajuns are upping their sustainability on game days. UL Lafayette has removed all of the trash bins at Cajun Field, and replaced them with options for either organic composting, or bins for recycling. It’s part of the school’s ongoing sustainability efforts that started in 2014 when the Cajuns set a target of zero waste at all school events. Office of Sustainability Director Gretchen Vanicor says the program’s popularity became obvious when the volunteers began to flood in after it was announced.
Cut 14 (11) “…to volunteer”
The Cajuns game tonight is at 6:00 as they host F-C-S powerhouse Grambling State.

Also at six o’ clock, Louisiana Tech is at South Alabama. The Bulldogs have not had much success in season openers on the road as they’ve won only one away game to open a season since 2000