8:30 LRN Newscast January 7

Governor John Bel Edwards speaks at the Baton Rouge press club today. He’s expected to talk about his plan on giving teachers a pay raise of at least one-thousand dollars a year…
cut 15 (10) “…of the question”
That’s political analyst Bernie Pinsonat. Edwards has said increased revenues could be one way to get teacher salaries closer to the Southern Regional Average.

A recent report found that 10-point-seven million kids between the ages of 12 and 17 tried an e-cigarette, and Assistant state health officer, Doctor Joseph Kanter, says even worse, two-thirds of them were not aware that e-cigs are harmful to their health. Kanter says it took decades to crush teen smoking, and this new trend could see it come back.
Cut 11 (10) “…we’ve seen”

The I-210 bridge in Calcasieu Parish is down to one lane in both directions as a result of repair work. State transportation department spokesperson Tammy York recommends drivers find another route to avoid the area…
cut 6 (09) “…higher traffic volume”
Starting tomorrow, I-210 westbound will be closed from 9 PM until 4 AM Monday through Thursday nights.

Twenty-three-year-old Phillip Cavins is starting his term as mayor of Turkey Creek and it’s believed he’s the youngest mayor in Louisiana’s history…
cut 9 (12) “….the same time”
Cavins ran unopposed and hopes to bring more businesses to the Evangeline Parish town. He also needs to appoint a new police chief.