5:30 PM Newscast

Saints Owner Gayle Benson vowed to make changes to the NFL rulebook after the team felt they were denied a chance at playing for a Super Bowl, because of a non-pass interference call. Coach Sean Payton arrived at the NFL owners meeting earlier this week, lobbying others to allow instant replay look at pass interference calls…

Cut 7 (08) “…good about that”
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.

State Fire Marshal investigators are on the case of a mobile home fire that left two children dead in the Franklinton area. Shortly after midnight, firefighters were dispatched to the home. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says deputies are conducting their investigation into the origin and cause of the fire.

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Seven people have been arrested in an alleged U-Haul insurance fraud scheme that authorities say was led by 42-year-old Hayward Howard and 28-year-old Jasmine Howard. The team allegedly staged two wrecks in Orleans Parish and then filed claims against Howard’s U-Haul purchased short term insurance. So why pick U-Hauls for insurance fraud?  State Police Trooper Monroe Dillon says it’s possible the hustle may not have resulted in Howard’s premiums increasing.

Cut 13 (10) “…with this.”

20-year-old Elias Smallsreed is locked up following a multi-parish police pursuit on I-10 yesterday that ended in Baton Rouge when the suspect crashed into several cars. State Police spokesperson Taylor Scrantz says the wild episode started when a trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on Smallsreed’s vehicle but ended with him catching a litany of charges.

Cut 11 (13)   “…other traffic charges.”