11:30 Newscast February 27th, 2015

The Jindal Administration presented a proposed budget today that provides a starting point on how to prevent drastic cuts to health care and higher education, despite a one point six billion dollar revenue shortfall for next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says they want lawmakers to scale back a dozen refundable tax credits which would save the state 526-million dollars…:
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Even with a cap on certain tax credits, the cut to higher ed is 211-million dollars.

The Louisiana filmed movie Focus hits theaters today and according to the Motion Picture Association of America, the movie spent over $8.3 million dollars in 43 days here. The say that money went to local labor at in state businesses and on location costs.

Republican gubernatorial candidate, US Senator David Vitter, is getting the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush according to his campaign. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says this is significant, especially on top of the endorsement of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul…:
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Bush describes Vitter as an effective, conservative leader.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office says a man is under arrest accused of pranking 911 calls because he was bored. Sheriff Jason Ard says 27-year-old Brandon Kirkland allegedly called 911 dispatchers and reported that 2 masked men were entering a business in Watson to rob it…:
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Kirkland admitted he did this as a prank two times and that’s two counts of felony terrorizing.