10:30 Newcast January 28th, 2015

More and more women are buying guns and becoming involved with firearms according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. They found gun shops saw a 74 percent increase in the number of female customers in 2013. Barret Kendrick, who is a firearms trainer in Covington, says three years ago he’d just see one or two females in a CCP class…:
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He says many of his female students come in scared of guns but end up really enjoying the training course and having fun.

Sasol announces they are going to delay a final investment decision on building a gas to liquids plant in the Lake Charles area. The South African energy giant cites the collapse in oil prices as the reason. But Sasol has already begun another project in Westlake which is an $8.1 billion dollar ethane cracker. The company says they are working on a plan to conserve money in the wake of falling oil prices.

Governor Bobby Jindal is not commenting on specifics right now regarding the looming budget cuts for higher education in Louisiana. The Governor was asked about the state’s difficult fiscal situation while in Lafayette for a groundbreaking of a new high-tech business. Jindal says they’ll do everything they can to mitigate the impact on higher education, but he’ll once again ask lawmakers to balance next year’s fiscal budget without raising taxes.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual convention is underway and the item at the top of mind is the current controversial split of the football playoffs. LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine says he wants more time to dive into issues which created the new system and work with schools on a plan that will make it more equitable for teams to win a championship…:
CUT 15 (05) “trial on”
The vote will take place on Friday.