12:30 PM Newscast

Minimum wage increases go into effect today in 24 states, but Louisiana is not one of them.  Most of the rest of the country has embraced increases, including our neighbors in Arkansas. The new more heavily conservative Legislature appears unlikely to support any raises, but Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller is optimistic…

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Louisiana’s current minimum wage is 7.25 an hour, the federal rate.

A storm system is churning in the Gulf of Mexico that will ultimately bring rain to the state in what should be a soggy few days.  By late tonight and into tomorrow morning, a warm front will begin moving in from the south, pushing in the storm system.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says later on into Thursday and then into Friday, a cold front will then sweep across the state.

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Georgia takes on Baylor tonight in the Superdome for the Sugar Bowl, with kickoff set for 7:45 PM.

The matchup between number five and number seven has seen ticket prices drop as low as the single digits. Sugar Bowl Chief Executive Officer Jeff Hundley says there’s no way to sugar coat it; attendance will be lower than usual…

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He adds the game is also overshadowed by the National Championship game between LSU and Clemson just a week later at the same location.

About a quarter of Louisiana SNAP recipients will see a decrease in their benefits as a result of a Social Security cost of living benefit increase.  DCFS Secretary for Family Support Sammy Guillory says the good news is those SNAP recipients are still coming out ahead this year when you balance SSI increases against their SNAP benefit decreases…

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