1030PM LRN News

It’s a cold Lundi Gras and temperatures will fall into the low-to-mid 20s tomorrow morning across the northern parishes. National Weather Service forecaster Mario Valverde says forecast lows along I-10 could also dip below freezing on the morning of Fat Tuesday. He says the wind will die down and the clouds will move out, which will allow for the below freezing temperatures for a good portion of the state…
Cut 4 (06) “…of fall″
Non-violent 17-year-old offenders will now be sent through the juvenile justice system. Critics of raising the age have pointed out that the juvenile system spends more money on programs to help young offenders than would be spent on a 17-year-old in adult jail. Office of Juvenile Justice Deputy Secretary Dr. James Bueche says he hopes the state can provide them the funding to keep the program effective.
Cut 11 (11) “…moving forward”
the LSU AgCenter has rejected a proposal by the Department of Agriculture that would allow GB Sciences and LSU to begin growing medical marijuana in a large scale, permanent facility. LSU cited their concern that the Department of Ag was exceeding their authority in the agreement, and thus rejected it. Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain says he believed the grower who works with the AgCenter, GB Sciences, was ready to advance to the next phase.
Cut 7 (11) “to do.”
Multiple people are injured after a suspected impaired driver crashed his vehcile into the back of another on highway 167 at highway 696 in Vermillion Parish over the weekend. 67-year-old John Greene of Kaplan has been arrested as a result. The force of the impact pushed 39-year-old Andrew Reed’s car into the ditch, where it hit an embankment. After the incident, Greene blew a .115 BAC, which is above the legal limit.