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Gas pipeline rupture evacuates residents

State police are reporting a gas pipeline rupture in the northern part of East Baton Rouge. Police say a Florida Gas pipeline blew apart near Pride, LA around 2:15 this morning. People in the area describe the sound as similar to a jet engine. WAFB's Jim Shannon will have more.

The fifth person in the fatal crash near New Orleans has been identified by LSU.

"A circus" That's what many people called last week's school board meeting. So tonight, the NAACP is hosting its own town hall meeting.  The direction of the East Baton Rouge school system is the topic of discussion.

Walker reports business is booming for retailers and we'll check to see what the town's economy's doing.

WAFB's Donna Britt reports 'A Profile in Black History, the first black equipment manager for LSU Football.' Herman Lang's story on 9News at 6.

Stocks are finishing higher as investors shake off their worries about Greece. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 73 points to close at 12,874. It was the first day of trading after the Greek parliament agreed to spending cuts required for another bailout. They made the cuts despite rioting and fires in Athens. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose nine points to 1,352. The Nasdaq composite rose almost 28 points to 2,931.

Our weather will once again warm up (in the 70s!) as we move through the week - our next cool front will push through late Wednesday/early Thursday allowing for scattered showers and storms to redevelop.

Check out WAFB's 90-minute news block beginning at 5 pm. with CBS News at 5:30; then Donna Britt and George Sells with more news at 6, including a comprehensive sports report. All from Louisiana's News Channel.

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