Louisiana has declared a state of emergency as the Mississippi River approaches flood levels. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson Mike Steele says there are no major problems looming but those living in flood-prone areas should be ready for a battle of attrition this rain season
Cut 7 (10) “…long time.”
Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves has been named the top Republican on the newly reformed Climate Crisis panel. Graves joins five other Republicans on the panel that will be led by Democrat Kathy Castor of Florida. The Congressman says he’ll use his position to push back against climate change policies from non-energy producing states that would impact Louisiana’s economy.
Cut 13 (10) “…disadvantage”
Authorities suspect the plane that lost contact with the tower yesterday shortly after launching from the Shreveport Downtown Airport may be located just north of the airport in the Red River. A local company has leased a barge that is set to park near the suspected crash site and a team of commercial divers from Morgan City will be on scene for 7 pm tonight. Caddo Parish Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says so far though, they have yet to catch a glimpse of the plane…
Cut 10 (08)“…the water.”
Mardi Gras celebrations continue around the state. In Lafayette, the weekend festivities get kicked off tonight, with parades on Saturday. Executive Director of Convention and Visitors Commission Ben Berthelot says the party doesn’t stop when the parades are finished as the area offers plenty of great nightlife.
Cut 4 (09) “…Downtown Lafayette.″