5:30 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.  Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the timing to have the regulatory framework in place is important to ensure growers are ready for the planting season between mid-April and early May.
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As part of the process, applicants have to undergo a background check.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is in effect across the state as we enter the final weekend of the Carnival season. The campaign is a statewide effort and Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says law enforcement has earmarked funding to increase patrols during this time period.
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In 2018- the latest year of stats, two people were killed and 66 injured in alcohol-related crashes 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 two legislative resolutions asked the board to explore how to expand legal education in north Louisiana.

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The decision comes just weeks after the board struck down the idea of a dental school 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 says it’s perfect for a more laid back carnival experience.
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The festivities wrap up at the Huckleberry Brewing Company at 4PM Sunday with food trucks and live music running throughout the evening.