8:30 LRN newscast March 27

Ralph Abraham’s gubernatorial campaign has funded a poll that shows him pulling closer to Governor Edwards and distancing himself from fellow GOP candidate Eddie Rispone. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
Voicer 2 (27) “…I’m Kevin Barnhart.”

Governor John Bel Edwards travels to Morgan City today. His office says he’ll announce a major flood protection project at the Port of Morgan City. And then this afternoon Edwards will join officials from the Ochsner Health System for an announcement at the Teche Regional Medical Center.

Louisiana received 18 dollars per person in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic last year, for a total of 82 million dollars from over 50 different revenue streams according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. Chief medical adviser Anand Parekh says the majority of those funds went to high population parishes, but…
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Washington and West Carroll Parishes are among the parishes that have the highest drug overdose death rates.

Even though it will not change the outcome of the NFC Championship game, the Saints secured a victory on Tuesday night when the NFL owners voted to expand the use of instant replay to include pass interference calls and allow for the review of a non pass interference call. Coach Sean Payton led the charge for the new rule…
cut 6 (08) “…good change”
Coaches can challenge questionable pass interference plays until the last two minutes and then it’s subject to a booth review.