LRN Newscast 17:30

New Year’s celebrations will take place across the state today. Lt. Colonel John Leblanc, director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, is reminding residents law enforcement will be out in force tonight, putting extra effort to remove impaired drivers from the road…
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Highway Safety officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year where eight people were killed on Louisiana roadways during the New Year’s holiday.

Ohio State and Alabama fans are packing the French Quarter tonight as they are in town for tomorrow night’s college football semi-final game. New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesperson Lauren Cason says having two teams with huge fan bases is great for the economy…
cut 10 (11) “…great business”
Cason adds that New Orleans has been named one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the nation.

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.

National media outlets are reporting LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is leaving Baton Rouge for the same job at Texas A&M. Tiger Rag Assistant 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

cut 12 (06) “to be filled”

Chavis has been LSU’s defensive coordinator the last six seasons.