10:30 Newscast August 4, 2014

It’s been two years since the massive sinkhole in Bayou Corne happened and resident frustrations over the disaster continue. The collapsed salt dome caused the evacuation of 350 people. Scientists believe the sinkhole is stabilizing, but Director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, John Boudreaux, is skeptical. He does say it has been a while since any land has fallen into the sinkhole…

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He says a settlement in a lawsuit between Texas Brine and residents should bring some closure and help residents move on with their lives.

Tropical Storm Bertha is now Hurricane Bertha. Bertha intensified into a hurricane this morning. Bertha is the second hurricane to form this hurricane season. Hurricane Bertha is not expected to make landfall in the United States and die out in the Atlantic Ocean.

The new school year is approaching and the Department of Health and Hospitals is reminding parents to be sure your child is up-to-date on vaccinations. Michelle Southern reports…

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A University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor is conducting research to keep astronauts healthy. Dr. Ray Boudreaux’s research is focused on one of the hazards of extended space missions: bone loss. Boudreaux says his research could also be helpful to people who are bedridden for several months at a time or patients suffering from spinal chord injuries…

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He says the ultimate goal of this research is to get astronauts to Mars healthy.