4:30 PM Newscast

The rules and regulations for the state’s industrial hemp program are now finalized and the first license for industrial hemp has been issued.  As part of the process, applicants have to undergo a background check.  Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the rules are guided by federal law.
Cut 4 (12) “…that is hallucinogenic.”
The planting season is between mid-April and early May.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is in effect across the state as we enter the final weekend of the Carnival season. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says the number of impaired drivers on the road increases at this time compared to other parts of the year but…
Cut 10 (10) “…the message”
In 2018- the latest year of stats, two people were killed and 66 injured in alcohol-related crashed in Louisiana from the Friday before Mardi Gras through Fat Tuesday.

A study commissioned by Louisiana’s Board of Regents indicates there is a lack of evidence to warrant the establishment of a law school in Shreveport.  Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says the hurdle is people are just not choosing to locate in the Shreveport-Bossier area.  There were a number of scenarios offered from the report showing how to address that issue.
Cut 7 (10) “…ideas or suggestions.”
Reed says a deeper analysis around academic and educational training needs is needed in the area.
Mardi Gras isn’t only going down in south Louisiana, CenLa residents are being treated to Alexandria festivities starting tonight and rolling through Sunday afternoon. Saturday is dedicated to the Children’s Parade, and Alexandria Convention and Visitor’s Bureau spokesperson Anne Savage…
Cut 14 (07) “…is”
The festivities wrap up at the Huckleberry Brewing Company at 4PM Sunday with food trucks and live music running throughout the evening.