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By Dave Graichen


Arctic air has moved into Louisiana bringing some of the coldest temps  the Pelican State has felt in years. Various cold-related warnings are  posted across the state from a hard freeze warning to a wind chill  advisory in northeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says  this cold weather will be here for the next couple of days.


It's January 6th; known as 12th Night, the Twelfth Day of Christmas and  also King's Day. It's also the official start of the Mardi Gras season  and time for King Cakes. This will be a long Carnival, with Fat Tuesday on March  4th.


The Saints finally have that monkey of winning a road playoff game off  their back. New Orleans went into Philadelphia on Saturday night and  beat the Eagles 26-24 in cold temperatures. Saints Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 250 yards and a touchdown. He calls it a great team win.  The Saints are now getting ready to play the Seahawks in Seattle on Saturday.


The conservative blog called the "Hayride" reports former Governor Edwin  Edwards is looking at running for the state's 6th Congressional  district. That seat is open because Bill Cassidy is running for Senate.  Edwards reportedly believes the potential field for that race is weak. When asked about running for Congress Edwards told a reporter that  he's received a lot of encouragement, but he's not commenting any  further. Now.


The  Jindal   administration   announces   it's  paying  an  outside contractor four-million dollars to help finds  ways  to  make  state government  more  efficient.  Commissioner  of Administration Kristy

Nichols  says Alvarez and Marshal will find savings  that  will  far exceed the 4-million dollar contract.


Enrollment at Louisiana public schools has increased by nearly 6,000  students. There are 713-thousand students attending K-through-12th grade  schools and that's up from 707-thousand the year before. State  department of education spokesperson Barry Landry credits the higher  enrollment total to a decrease in the state's dropout rate.


In a report to the state department of environmental quality, Axiall admits chemicals were  released into the air when its vinyl chloride plant  in Lake Charles caught on fire on December 20th. How large of a discharge is unknown.  A  total  of  27  people  were  treated for injuries as a result of the fire.


The Natchitoches Parish  Sheriff’s  office  says  they've arrested a 20-year-old  woman who allegedly stole two vehicles,  two  computers and other electronic  items  from  a  man  she  met through a social networking site. Deputies say Jamie Howard spent  the  night  at the man's  house  and  ran  off  with  his 2000 Cadillac Deville, a 2004 Chevrolet  Tahoe, and other items, after  the  victim  fell  asleep. Authorities believe more than one person participated in the crime.


State Police say charges are pending against an 87-year-old driver who  allegedly caused a fiery crash that killed a motorcyclist from Baton  Rouge. Trooper report the driver of the motorcycle was hit  from behind by a Ford F-150 pick-up truck in LaFourche Parish and killed. Authorities  the 87 year old driver of the pickup has investigators  looking at distracted driving as a factor.


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