06:30 Newscast December 29, 2014

According to the latest Southern Media and Opinion Research poll, likely voters in Louisiana don’t have an answer for how the legislature should fill a $1.4 billion dollar budget hole next year. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the numbers show people don’t want to see any more cuts to higher education, but they also don’t want taxes raised…

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Pinsonat says it’s going to take the next Governor to come up with with a program that combines a few taxes here, a few cuts there…then get out and try to sell the plan to voters.

The 2014 year in weather will go down as the year of the polar vortex. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this polar vortex produced four rounds of mixed precipitation here…:

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He says this large pocket of very cold air has been around for a while but it was really brought to life this year in Louisiana.

This time of year in Louisiana sees an increase of deer spotted on roadways and state officials are urging motorists to use extreme caution to avoid deer collisions. State Farm spokesman Gary Stephenson says a collision with a deer could be costly and even deadly. He says Louisiana had about 9800 deer-auto collisions in the past year ending July 1…

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He says there was about $38 million in damage from deer-auto collisions in the past year.