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Lower oil prices helping motorists, hurting LA's tight budget

 Good Friday morning to you!  Britney Glaser here with a look at what's in store on today's Sunrise:

*While falling oil prices are a treat at the gas pump, they are wreaking havoc on Louisiana's already tight budget.  We'll talk about how much of the state's general fund is linked to energy production and what lower oil prices will mean for the state's budget forecast.

*Today is a big day for firefighters in Calcasieu Parish's Ward 6.  They will get a huge delivery: a custom-built truck that has been in the works for more than a year.  Hear what this will mean for the citizens of Ward 6 over the next 20 to 30 years.

*Topping international news today: memorial services across Asia are taking place to mark the 10th anniversary of the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami.  The more than 30 foot killer wave was triggered by an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia, killing more than 200,000 people. 

*Now that the shopping is done and the gifts are unwrapped, lots of people are expected to pack into movie theaters across the country.  In this morning's box office preview, we'll take a look at the latest releases for the big screen.

*When you step outside this morning, you'll notice a much warmer morning compared to Christmas day.  Meteorologist Ben Terry is tracking our rain chances heading into the weekend.


Make it a Sunrise day!


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