5:30 Newscast February 2nd, 2015

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose in Louisiana for the second week in a row according to Gasbuddy-dot-com. Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says this might be the end of the four-month-long drop in prices at the pump:
CUT 9 (07) “a week ago”
He says wholesale prices have increased by more than 20 cents a gallon, and those increases will, eventually, get passed on to consumers.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office says a teacher is under arrest accused of having sex with an underage student. They say 28-year-old Donald Gene Parker III apparently found out about the complaint against him and went to the home of the victim to beg them not to have him arrested. Detectives searched his home and found plenty of evidence to arrest him. Parker’s charges include pornography involving juveniles and indecent behavior with juveniles.

New Iberia’s Cajun Groundhog Day event ended with everyone in attendance expecting a long pleasant spring. Daily Iberian Publisher Will Chapman says when the prognosticating nutria, Pierre C. Shadeaux, emerged from his home, he did not see his shadow…:
CUT 3 (07) “heat and humidity”
He says Louisiana is more concerned about spring and summer so we don’t have to worry about the forecast of Punxsutawney Phil who by the way DID see his shadow today.

What did you think of the child-accidental death Nationwide commercial during the Super Bowl last night? It’s not being received very well by football fans. LSU Mass Communications professor Jensen Moore says that audience wants to see Payton Manning singing the cute Nationwide jingle, not a child dying…:
CUT 13 (09) “that they wanted”
Nationwide issued a statement saying the ad was intended to bring awareness to the problem of preventable injuries and deaths among children.