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Louisiana lawmakers look at pros, cons of legalizing pot

Louisiana legislators passed a law in 1991 that makes it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana, but it's against the law for patients to fill it. Louisiana legislators passed a law in 1991 that makes it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana, but it's against the law for patients to fill it.
US Sen. David Vitter, R-LA US Sen. David Vitter, R-LA
Flooding along Red Chute near Haughton threatened homes in 2009. Now there are plans to raise the levy. Flooding along Red Chute near Haughton threatened homes in 2009. Now there are plans to raise the levy.
Country music entertainer Toby Keith has announced plans to open his very first bar and grill by the end of this year, and it will be right here in the ArkLaTex. Country music entertainer Toby Keith has announced plans to open his very first bar and grill by the end of this year, and it will be right here in the ArkLaTex.
4 stolen dogs recovered, 2 to go... 4 stolen dogs recovered, 2 to go...

A committee of Louisiana lawmakers is entertaining the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical use. Tune in at 5 to hear why one lawmaker is asking for a study on the possibility, and how the idea is already seeing some opposition.

At 5, hear what Louisiana State Police have to say about the idea.

Also making headlines across Louisiana today is Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter's announcement that he will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race. Click here for reaction from the other candidates already in the race.

We're also hearing from our Republican representative in Congress. Rep. John Fleming will join us in the studio to answer our questions on everything from long-term unemployment benefits to how defense spending cuts could affect the mission at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Plus, we've got stories on water woes from Shreveport to Mooringsport. From the downside of living downhill from a leak to the smelly problem blamed on salvinia on Caddo Lake.

In Bossier Parish, $6M plans to raise the Red Chute levee are moving forward. It's all in hopes of preventing the kind of flooding that was seen in 2009, when the bayou reached levels not seen in 2 decades and threatened homes. We have the details on who's footing the bill for the flood prevention plan.

We also have two stories you don't want to miss out of Texarkana, where police are looking for a man posing as a police officer attempting to lure local realtors into danger. We also have an update on the search for dogs stolen from the local shelter last week, allegedly by a couple of teenagers.

If you're a fan of Toby Keith, you'll want to tune in at 6. We have the details on plans to bring the country star's very first bar and grill to the ArkLaTex.

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~ Pat


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