09:30 Newscast February 28, 2015

The Jindal administration presented a proposed budget that provides a starting point on how to prevent drastic cuts to health care and higher education, despite a one-point-six billion 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 in the proposed budget to higher ed is 211-million dollars.

The New Orleans Police Department has arrested a 13-year-old boy accused of raping three relatives on several occasions. They say the incidents happened over the last two years. The alleged victims include two girls, ages 13 and 11, and a 7-year-old boy. The names of the victims and the suspect were not released because of their ages.

The Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with the homicide of a Lake Arthur man. Spokesman Christopher Ivey says deputies were dispatched to the home of 73-year-old Charles Talen, Sr. to notify him that his stolen vehicle had been found burned…

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18-year-old Roderick Cawthrone, Jr. and 26-year-old Brett Hebert, both of Lake Arthur, face first degree murder charges in the death of Talen. Detectives are expecting more arrests in this investigation.

Republican gubernatorial candidate, US Senator David Vitter, has received the endorsement from former President George H.W. Bush. Vitter is the front runner in this year’s governor’s race, ahead of Republicans Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, and Democratic state Representative John Bel Edwards. Stockley says Vitter’s opponents will now have to step up their game…

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Stockley says the backing of Bush and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul are a big boost to Vitter’s quest to become governor.