LRN Newscast 17:30 February 18

Over 184-thousand Louisiana residents enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace that was set up by the Affordable Care Act. The open enrollment deadline was Sunday. Marketplace director Kevin Counihan hopes open enrollment next year will be bigger and better than it was this year…
cut 9 (09) “…certainly does”

Crawfish processors say new federal guidelines regarding guest worker wages could cause a big hike in the price of the mudbugs. Louisiana’s crawfish industry depends heavily on legal foreign workers to perform jobs they can’t fill locally. Lafayette restaurant owner and crawfish processor Frank Randol says the federal government mandates those workers now be paid $12.35 an hour…:
CUT 3 (08) “wholesale level”

The Union Parish Sheriff’s Office says a Bernice woman is under arrest after leaving her eight-month old son on a relative’s doorstep. Sheriff Dusty Gates says they received a call from the child’s father reporting that the baby was left outside a relative’s residence in Bernice…:
CUT 12 (12) “30 degrees”
The infant’s mother, 23-year-old Keondra Ferguson, is charged with criminal child abandonment.

A hard freeze warning is in effect for northern Tangipahoa, St. Helena St. Tammany and Washington parishes for midnight tonight until eight o’ clock tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service says temperatures could drop into the mid-20s in this part of the state. We could see low temps fall into the low 20s in northeast Louisiana.