7:30 LRN Newscast January 2nd

Much of Louisiana is under a flash flood watch as several inches of rain can fall across Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Monroe over the next couple of days.
Cut 13 (08) “…to northeast Louisiana.”
That’s National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Nuttall who says the highest rainfall totals could fall across central Louisiana.

Now that a new year has arrived, a unanimous jury verdict is required to convict someone of a felony crime committed after December 31, 2018. Voters approved the constitutional amendment in November. Opponents raised concerns that unanimous verdicts will make it tougher for justice to be served. But Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says…
Cut 8 (8) “…unanimous jury.”
Oregon is now the only state that allows non-unanimous jury convictions.

A major story to follow in 2019 will be Louisiana’s governor’s race. So far, two main Republican challengers have emerged as Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards seeks a second term. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Edwards’ opponents will point to the state’s economy as a reason why a change is needed…
cut 12 (07) “…still down”
Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone are the two announced Republican challengers so far.

Many of you set a New Year’s Resolution to live a healthier lifestyle in 2019. Alex Billioux, is an assistant secretary for the state Office of Public Health, and he recommends setting goals that are not too difficult…
cut 6 (08) “….can actually do”

The price for gasoline continues to fall. According to Triple-A, the statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is a $1.95. That’s about 20-cents cheaper than a month ago.