6:30 LRN March 4

The Louisiana Department of Health is concerned about people catching more than just beads as the flu virus is widespread in the state.   Assistant state health officer, Doctor Joseph Kanter, says the latest numbers indicate that 11.8% of healthcare visits are for flu-like symptoms.

Cut 7 (04) “is only 4%.”


Kanter encourages those celebrating Fat Tuesday to take extra precautions in avoiding the spread of the virus.

The man accused of fatally shooting LSU Basketball player Wayde Sims is seeking a reduction in his bail of 350,000 dollars. This comes from a brief from 20-year-old Dyteon Simpson, who claims he’s “totally remorseful”. So, is that likely to result in a lower bail that Simpson could potentially post?

Cut 10 (12) “…change it.”


That’s legal analyst Franz Borghardt who says such changes, historically, are incredibly rare.

Louisiana is joining a pilot program that will give those seeking addiction treatment the ability to see the “ratings” of a treatment facility on a range of different services they provide. Department of Health Communications Director Bob Johannessen says Shatterproof will fill in prospective patients on the facility’s capabilities, compared to their needs.

Cut 13 (11) “…they need.”


The Office of Behavioral Health will work with Shatterproof to determine the ratings. The pilot program will last two years.