8:30 LRN Newscast January 31

Louisiana receives a failing grade on the American Lung Association’s Tobacco Control Report Card. One of the biggest reasons, Louisiana’s below average cigarette tax that sits at 1.08 cents a pack. Director of Advocacy Ashley Lyerly says if Louisiana were to double that per pack tax, the state would see a notable drop in the number of smokers…
Cut 4 (07) “…to use tobacco.”
The average national cigarette tax is 1.79 per pack.

LSU and football coach Ed Orgeron are reportedly working on a contract extension. Sources say details are still being finalized. Orgeron’s current deal runs through the 2021 season, guaranteeing Coach O $3.5 million a year. Tiger Rag editor James Moran says news of an extension isn’t shocking.
Cut 13 (10) “…weeks to come.”
Orgeron’s annual salary ranks among the bottom half in the SEC.

A Tulane study raises concerns that scientists are underestimating the rate the sea level is rising in low lying coastal zones. Matt Doyle has more.
Voicer 2 (30) “…I’m Matt Doyle”

A Houma teenager was killed last night in a two-vehicle wreck on LA 311 in Terrebonne Parish. State Police say an elderly driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit 16-year-old Benjamin Chabert’s vehicle. Chabert’s pick-up truck ran off the road and ended up submerged in a bayou. Also, two unrestrained drivers were killed last night in a two-vehicle wreck in Sabine Parish on Highway 1217. 67-year-old Joy Rains of Robeline and 48-year-old Jackie Hardy of Many were killed.