1:30 LRN Newscast January 3rd

A steady rain continues to fall across an already saturated Louisiana today. National Weather Service Lake Charles Senior Forecaster Kent Kuyper says the rain, which could be heavy at times, will come to an end later today or early tomorrow morning…
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Calcacsieu Parish officials are concerned about possible flooding in the Starks and Vinton area. In Natchitoches Parish, Lake Sibley is overflowing and Cane River Lake is closed due to high levels.

Louisiana is one of nine states reporting a high activity level for flu-like illnesses. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Diseases specialist, Doctor Fred Lopez, says doctors are also treating cases of strep throat and various respiratory viruses…
cut 8 (08) “…type of infections”
The CDC says 4.5 percent of the hospital visits in Louisiana during the Christmas week were because of the flu or flu-like illnesses.

A Monroe Police officer and two suspects were shot early this morning at Super 8 Motel on Highway 165 in Monroe. State Police says officers went to the motel to check on a disturbance complaint and when they arrived shots were fired. Authorities say the three people shot suffered non-life threatening injuries and two subjects have been arrested.

A 64-year-old scam artist from Texas is behind bars after he allegedly convinced his victim to pay him over $60,000 so he can pay US taxes and fees in Nigeria. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
Cut 1 (33) “I’m Kevin Barnhart”