4:30 PM Newscast

Louisiana is one of nine states reporting a high activity level for flu-like illnesses. That’s according to CDC’s latest U-S Influenza Surveillance report. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Diseases specialist, Doctor Fred Lopez, encourages Louisiana residents to get the flu shot now

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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 64-year-old Texas man is in the Rapides Parish detention center accused of scamming a victim out of over $60,000 over the course of several months.  The scammer convinced the victim, he would be given a million dollars, but needed assistance paying US taxes and fees from Nigeria.  Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. Tommy Carnline says the scammer claimed to be a retired FBI agent.

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Southeastern Louisiana University is asking area residents to donate their Christmas trees for wetland restoration.This marks the 24th straight year Southeastern has conducted its recycled tree program, and it’s estimated that 40,000 trees have been deployed since then. Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station manager Rob Moreau says Middendorf’s Restaurant in Manchac has an offer for donors…

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For directions to drop off sites and available drop off times visit the southeastern.edu

Parts of Caddo Parish have received nearly twice as much rainfall in December as they normally do, leading to concerns the saturated ground could prevent flood waters from draining in a timely fashion. South Caddo and Wallace Lake will likely see the biggest impacts from deluge, with the Lake at risk of hitting a flood stage that would flood access roadways, and require cattle to be moved to higher ground. Authorities are monitoring the situation.