09:30 Newscast December 29, 2014

The latest Southern Media and Opinion Research poll shows voters in Louisiana don’t really know how the legislature should fill a $1.4 billion dollar budget shortfall next year. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says there does seem to be interest in cutting out certain tax incentives in order to help balance the budget…

cut 9 (06) “tax the other person”

He 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.

Louisiana normally sees an increase of deer on roadways this time of year and state officials are urging motorists to be careful to avoid deer collisions. State Farm spokesman Gary Stephenson says motorists should use common sense when driving this time of year to avoid a deer-auto collision…

cut 15 (12) “things to remember”

He says the Bayou State had about 9800 deer-auto collisions in the past year.

State Climatologist Barry Keim recaps the 2014 year in Louisiana weather. Michelle Southern reports…

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State Police say a Galliano teen is dead after a vehicle he was in struck a tree in Lafourche Parish. Authorities say 19-year-old Colby Callais was driving a vehicle when he missed a curve and traveled off the roadway hitting a tree on the passenger side of the vehicle. A passenger, 18-year-old Evan Danos, was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. Authorities say both were wearing seat belts and impairment is not suspected.