10:30 Newscast February 28, 2015

Republican gubernatorial candidate, US Senator David Vitter, is getting the endorsement of an ex-president. Michelle Southern reports…

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A state Attorney General’s Office investigation has lead to the arrest of a former St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s deputy on multiple charges. They say 39-year-old Michael Barber of Breaux Bridge was booked into the St. Martin Parish jail on counts of malfeasance in office, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and attempted production of child pornography. Barber was a school resource officer at St. Martinville High.

The Jindal administration has laid out a plan to close a one-point-six billion dollar budget shortfall. It doesn’t call for any tax increases, but Governor Bobby Jindal proposes the scaling back of some corporate tax credits and raising the cigarette tax, to reduce drastic cuts to higher ed and health care. Lawmakers who serve on the budget committees seemed like some of the ideas. Delhi Senator Francis Thompson…

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Lawmakers will spend the next several weeks discussing budget solutions before passing a spending plan in June.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office says a man is under arrest accused of prank calling 911 because he was bored. Sheriff Jason Ard says 27-year-old Brandon Kirkland admitted he did this as a prank two times and that’s two counts of felony terrorizing. Ard says the suspect’s story to detectives obviously didn’t fly…

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Kirkland allegedly told dispatchers that 2 masked men were entering a business in Watson to rob it.