10:30 Newscast December 29th, 2014

State Climatologist Barry Keim says the 2014 year in weather will be known as the year of the polar vortex. He says that mess produced four unusual rounds of mixed precipitation here even on Mardi Gras Day. He says another inception of the polar front came in the form of five summer cold fronts bringing in relief to blistering hot days. Keim says we’ve now had no hurricane activity in Louisiana for a second year in a row…:
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Keim says this year the heaviest rainfall days were May 27th and 28th with a storm total of 17.7 inches at Convent.

The American Automobile Association says gas prices continue their rapid decline. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.14 which is over 10 cents less than this time last week and exactly one dollar lower than what we were paying this time last year.

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. Eric Gill reports…:
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The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting in Violet. They say the incident happened Sunday morning and 27-year-old Broderick Parker was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The case remains under investigation. Authorities say this is the city’s first homocide in more than a year.