6:30 LRN newscast January 4

Louisiana has received a federal grant worth 750-thousand dollars that will go towards reducing the recidivism rate for inmates that suffer from mental illness and substance abuse. Assistant Corrections Secretary Rhett Covington says the money will go towards a program called New Beginnings and it’s been successful in the past…
cut 8 (09) “…navigate things”
Covington says without help, inmates with mental illness and substance addictions almost always return to prison.

Seven people have been booked into the Orleans Justice Center for allegedly staging a motor vehicle crash and making false insurance claims for injuries and property loss. State Police Trooper Melissa Matey says a confession from one of the suspects was the big break in the case…
cut 11 (08) “…New Orleans”
The suspects face several different charges.

The Dash Diet which LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center helped developed has been ranked as the second best diet of 2019 by U.S. News and World Report. The Dash Diet calls for two to three daily servings of dairy, six to eight servings of lean meats, two to three servings of fats and oils, six to eight servings of whole grains, and eight to ten servings of fruits and veggies. Pennington researcher Catherine Champagne says fruits and vegetables are the key to this diet.
Cut 5 (09) “…certain levels.”
The number one goal of the Dash Diet is to lower blood pressure, but Champagne says if you stick with it, you’ll consume fewer calories.