09:30 Newscast August 2, 2014

Under a law that went into effect yesterday, motorists now face hefty fines if they throw a cigarette butt from a car window. Michelle Southern reports…

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Three contenders in Louisiana’s US Senate race will share the stage today in a rare campaign moment. Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican challengers, Conressman Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness, will all speak today at the Louisiana Municipal Association convention in Baton Rouge.

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 Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. 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, which runs through today, applies to all consumer purchases of tangible personal property up to $2,500, other than vehicles and meals.

The 11th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off is being held today in New Orleans where 19 chefs from throughout the US will compete for the high honor of best seafood chef in the nation. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says this is a great opportunity to put the spotlight on Louisiana and Gulf seafood…

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Dardenne says the competition takes place at the Morial Convention Center and the public is invited. Tickets are just $10 at the door.

Business Facilities Magazine names the state of Louisiana as the number one business climate in the nation. This is the first time the Bayou State has topped a national business climate ranking.