8:30 LRN Newscast January 4th

The state department of corrections is excited it’s bringing back its New Beginnings program thanks to a 750-thousand dollar federal grant. Assistant Corrections Secretary Rhett Covington says when the program was previoulsy in place, it helped reduce the recividism rate for released inmates that deal with mental illness and substance addictions…
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Corrections officials hope to keep the program running with state dollars, once the federal grant money runs out.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office has seized a 58-acre tract of land that contains the home and production studios of “Dukes of Hazzard” star and country singer John Schneider. Court records indicate Schneider is way behind on his mortgage and the sheriff’s office will put the land up for sale on January 16th.

The Dash Diet, which LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center helped create, ranks as the second best diet for 2019 according to the U.S. News and World Report. Pennington researcher Catherine Champagne says it’s been successful in lowering blood pressure and it can lead to weight loss…
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Champagne says the Dash Diet is big on fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

State Police arrest seven individuals after they allegedly staged a crash between two vehicles in an effort to collect on the insurance money. Senior Trooper Melissa Matey says six of the seven people booked into the Orleans Parish Prison are from St. Bernard Parish and the seventh person is from New Orleans…
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Matey says the Louisiana Insurance Department alerted them about the possible fraud.