13:30 Newscast December 31, 2014

National media outlets are reporting LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is leaving Baton Rouge for the same job at Texas A&M. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says it’s a big loss for a program that’s won a lot of football games over the last several years, because of their defense

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Chavis has been LSU’s defensive coordinator the last six years and made one-point-three million dollars this past season.

Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director, Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, hopes to avoid a repeat of last year where eight people were killed on Louisiana roadways during the New Year’s holiday. He says law enforcement will be out in force tonight, putting in extra effort to remove impaired drivers from the road…

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LeBlanc says all of the fatalities that occurred on state roadways during last year’s New Year’s holiday were alcohol related.

More than 56-thousand Louisiana residents have selected health insurance plans during the first month of open enrollment under what is commonly called “Obamacare.” Doctor Karen DeSalvo, with the US Department of Health and Human Services, says the 2015 open enrollment period will last until February 15th, and she urges people to get covered…

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Nearly 102-thousand people in Louisiana purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace in 2014.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 66-year-old man is facing charges after crashing his truck into a Lake Charles home last night. They say Robert E. Edens Jr. of Lake Charles lost control of his vehicle, crashed through a brick wall and then continued into the residence. Authorities say Edens admitted to deputies that he had been drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Edens is charged with first offense DWI and reckless operation.