1:30 PM Newscast

Louisiana has seen the statewide average for gas prices remain steady for the last few weeks, holding around $2.22 a gallon. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says gas inventories are starting to build, mitigating a holiday spike.
Cut 4 (08) “…the prices upward.”
Redman expects more price drops on the horizon, but it won’t be in time to be beneficial to the estimated 12 million motorists of the Gulf States region for the holiday weekend.
It was three years ago today that LSU announced Ed Orgeron would be the next head coach of the Fighting Tigers. There were many who were skeptical Orgeron would lead LSU back to the SEC Championship game, but Football analyst Mike Detillier says Coach O knew that if they opened up the offense and got a great quarterback it could happen. He says bringing Joe Burrow on was critical
Cut 7 (06) “…players do.”

Toy shopping is top of mind for many ahead of the holiday.  Known as the Toy Guy, Chris Byrne says there is a shift in the way parents are buying toys as to not overwhelm them with too many toys.

Cut 9 (12) “…again and again.”

Byrne says the best time to buy is when you see the toy you need so you don’t have to stress about finding the item later.

Officials say ticket sales for Saturday’s Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling State are ahead of where they were last year and they expect a sell-out when the two schools take the field Saturday afternoon in the Superdome. Grambling President Rick Gallot says demand for tickets is high

Cut 12 (08) “…600 level” 

Bayou Classic organizers also expect the Battle of the Bands show on Friday night will also sell out.