11:30 Newscast August 1, 2014

On the same day that smoking is banned from college campuses, drivers who throw cigarette butts out of car windows face hefty fines. Michelle Southern has that…

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It’s looking like a tough day for trains in Louisiana. A train and a car collided in Monroe this morning. No other details are available at this time. And in Baton Rouge seven train cars derailed on South Choctaw Drive causing heavy traffic delays. It is not known what substances the train cars were carrying.

One of the state’s 551 laws that go into effect today would grant an immediate divorce in domestic violence situations. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says before today, even if you had tons of evidence that you were a victim of domestic violence, you’d still have to wait 6 months to a year before you get a divorce…

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He says now if someone has reasonable proof that they’ve been abused, they will be able to divorce the abuser right away.

This week’s sales-tax holiday will be a big help to local businesses that have been struggling in this sluggish economy according to the National Federation of Independent Business Louisiana. Spokesman Todd Pack says weak sales continue to be a problem for your shops down the street…

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The Louisiana Department of revenue says the state sales-tax holiday, Friday and Saturday, applies to all consumer purchases of tangible personal property up to $2,500, other than vehicles and meals.

Researchers at Colorado State University continue to predict a below-average hurricane season this year. After the formation of Hurricane Arthur and Tropical Storm Bertha, they predict eight more named storms and three hurricanes for the remainder of the season.