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Inmates to receive victim cards

Prisons across the state are handing out special decks of playing cards to inmates. Each card contains pictures of murder victims. If a prisoner knows anything about the crime, they can make a tip anonymously.

Legislators consider new float-maker law

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it more difficult for parade float-makers to be sued due to injuries. They say most injuries are a result of the hectic parade atmosphere and not malfunctioning equipment.

State officials focus on emergency disaster situations

BATON ROUGE - State emergency response leaders got a lesson in teamwork Thursday. Parish officials from across the state met in the capital city for the first annual parish leadership summit. The seminar focused on how the state's leaders

Abortion bill heads to House for discussion

BATON ROUGE - A Jindal administration bill that would bar health insurance coverage for elective abortions in Louisiana is headed to the House for debate. Representative Frank Hoffmann, a Republican out of west Monroe, introduced the bill.

Law enforcement arrests 22 drug dealers

LAFAYETTE - A major investigation led to the arrest of 22 drug dealers. All dealers will face charges of either possessing or selling marijuana and cocaine. The arrests were a result of 42 warrants issued by local authorities.

Blood blank running low

LAFAYETTE - The patient blood supply has dipped to a critically low level at United Blood Services in Lafayette. Hospital officials say that a sharp decrease in donations in the past two weeks is to blame.

Ban against cameras issuing citations fails

BATON ROUGE - A proposed statewide ban against using mounted cameras to issue traffic violations died in committee Monday. However, a bill that would make it easier for drivers to contest a traffic light camera citiation is scheduled for a judici

Senator Michot proposes money saving bill

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Senator Mike Michot from Lafayette is proposing a bill which would use the power of the Mississippi river to lower electricity bills. Michot says turbines would make the Pelican state cleaner and more innovative.

Pre-K in high demand

Truman Montessori School was packed Thursday as parents rushed to enroll their kids in Pre-K. The Advertiser reports the program is one of the state's high points in education. The scores of students who were enrolled last year rose by 50%.

Forecasters predict heavy hurricane season

LAFAYETTE - Forecasters predict an above average hurricane season this year. Eight hurricanes are expected to slam the Atlantic, and forecasters at Colorado University say at least four of them will be major. The six month season starts June 1.