530PM LRN News

Law enforcement deaths are down 18 percent in 2019 according to theThe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund who says 128 officers died in the line of duty over the past year. CEO Marcia Ferranto says there were four officer deaths in Louisiana

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Shreveport police officer Chateri Payne, Mandeville Police Captain Vincent Liberto, Baton Rouge Police Officer Shane Totty, and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Whitstine died while on duty this year.

The N-F-L Network reports LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady is being eyed for an offensive coordinator job in the NFL if Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale gets a job as a head coach. LSU Coach Ed Orgeron remains confident Brady will stay in Baton Rouge…

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Fireworks will light up the night sky for the New Year, and the State Fire Marshal would prefer you not do the lighting yourself, and instead head to a public display. If you chose to shoot off in your own backyard, spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says make sure they are legal to light in your area. If they are, Rodrigue says buy from a licensed vendor.

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The Louisiana DOTD had a busy 2019 as the department invested just over $1 billion into nearly 330 infrastructure projects on 942 miles of roadway. Back in June, 49-year-old sign specialist Johnny Cole was killed after being struck by an 18-wheeler near Ruston.  DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett says as a result DOTD is rolling out new safety measures in response.

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