09:30 Newscast February 19, 2015

Budget cuts will result in 14 museums under the control of the Secretary of State to reduce the number of days they are open. Scott Carwile has the story…

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The state department of Revenue announces that tax refunds will begin being issued the week of March 2nd. This is one week later than originally planned. Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says this delay is due to the recent increase and still unfolding developments centered around fraudulent tax returns filed across the country.

The US Department of Health and Human Services announces over 184-thousand Louisianans signed up for insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. That’s up from 102,000 last year. Marketplace Director and CEO Kevin Counihan says says they know open enrollment next year will be bigger and better than it was this year…

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Counihan says when you see big enrollment numbers like these it means that people are starting to realize that the products and services being offered through HealthCare.gov are quality.

A doctoral candidate in LSU’s College of Engineering believes drones can be an effective way to control mosquito-borne diseases. Charles Malveaux says the ideal system would use two drones: one to survey the area and another to treat the area…

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He says mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria and West Nile, could be prevented with technology like this.