8:30 LRN Newscast January 2nd

After a fairly dry New Year’s Day, rain chances increase today and flash flood watches are posted for a large portion of the state. It includes Lake Charles, Alexandria and Monroe. We are coming off a wet December and Chris Nuttall says this wet weather pattern was expected…
cut 14 (08) “….a wetter winter”
Some areas of central Louisiana could see four to six inches of rain over the next couple of days.

All felony convictions require a unanimous jury decision, as the unanimous juries constitutional amendment that passed in November is now in effect. It’s the end of a Jim Crowe era law that made Louisiana one of only two states that did not require unanimous decisions in those cases. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says it’s a positive change.
Cut 7 (08) “…the process”

A major story in 2019 will be the governor’s race. Democrat John Bel Edwards is up for re-election and there’s two announced Republican challengers, Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it’s unclear who will be Edwards’ biggest challenger
Cut 10 (12) “…election day.”
The gubernatorial primary is October 12th.

With the new year comes the tradition of new year’s resolutions. But many of the goals don’t withstand the test of time. Assistant Secretary for the state Office of Public Health, Alex Billioux says choose goals you can commit to out of desire.
Cut 4 (06) “…you should do.”
Billioux recommends putting together a highly detailed plan of action to make sure that your goals fit into your daily routine.