LRN Newscast 16:30 REVISED 02-18-15

A survey of Louisiana public school teachers finds that 78-percent of them believe the annual standardized tests are excessive…
CUT 2 (30) “reporting”

The Secretary of State’s Office is bracing for a $930 thousand dollar mid-year budget reduction. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says this one is the largest to hit historical sites. He says there will be dozens of layoffs, and hours of operation reductions are planned, as many museums and the Old State Capitol cut back.
The Department of Labor’s required $5 an hour pay increase for guest workers will probably cause a big rise in the price of crawfish. Legal foreign workers perform jobs crawfish processors cannot fill locally, and that pay raise could mean more consumer cost. Lafayette restaurant owner and crawfish processor, Frank Randol, says the feds caught them off-guard…
CUT 5 (10) Q: “changed the game”

A brother and sister are dead after being shot at the Sugar Shack in New Roads early this morning. Point Coupee Sheriff’s Office Captain Steven Juge says the incident happened around 12:30 am…
CUT 9 (08) “parking lot”
The victims are 38-year-old Seneca Williams and 41-year-old Lichelle Williams. The suspect is 31-year-old Jamie Croom, who remains at large.