Good Wednesday morning to you! Britney Glaser here from the KPLC studio where our Sunrise crew is following several developing stories this morning:
*The ratings agency, Fitch, warns U.S. bonds may be downgraded in the near future as lawmakers struggle to come up with a plan to raise the debt ceiling. The federal government is expected to hit its limit on borrowing and lawmakers are still trying to work out a deal.
*We are getting more information about the crash on I-10 eastbound in Iowa where two 18-wheelers collided. The interstate could be shut down in the eastbound lanes near the 165 overpass until around 10:00 A.M. We know that two people had to be extricated from one 18-wheeler and have serious injuries.
*A Baton Rouge area school is getting some unwanted attention after a student captures some dramatic video of a substitute teacher. This sub goes off on a profanity-laden lecture to students. You'll hear how the principal is responding today.
*A hiring and wage freeze is in place in the town of Welsh. This was the hot topic at last night's city council meeting where much of the $300,000 deficit talk centered on traffic enforcement detail.
*Recent drops in passing scores have sparked some concerns over Louisiana's bar exam. Nearly half of state law students failed the July test. What's behind this change? That's a story we'll look into this morning.