10:30 LRN Newscast February 24

The full House approves legislation that increases the penalties for convicted carjackers. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Judge Beau Higginbotham denied a request for a temporary restraining order seeking to block lawmakers from considering several pieces of crime-related legislation during the ongoing crime special session. Several community groups claim lawmakers were considering the legislation too quickly and not allowing enough time for public comment.

A bill that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution was approved by the state House. Democrats oppose the bill. Marrero Representative Kyle Green filed a bill last year to abolish the death penalty and questions Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello about whether the death penalty would actually reduce homicides…

Cut  14 (14) “..that commitment”

Muscarello’s bill also provides penalties for anyone that would publicize where the state obtained the drugs for an execution…

Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

Cut 11 (11) “…been eliminated.”

 

9:30 LRN Newscast February 24

In a 30-9 vote, the senate passed legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult. The bill’s author, Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says the state has suffered from high crime rate and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

But New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis points from 2017-2020 the number of under 18 crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700. He says putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to the House for more discussion.

Legislation that would add the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death row inmate passed by the state House. Author of the bill, Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello…

 

Cut 13 (12) “…ultimate decision.”  

The House voted 71 to 29 in favor of the legislation and heads to the Senate for further debate.

A bill that would raise the minimum sentence for carjacking without a serious injury, to five years received full passage in the House. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel was questioned by New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard if the state can handle an influx of prisoners with new laws passed in the crime special session.

Cut 7 (12) “…to jail.”  

The bill passed on an 89-15 vote and heads to a Senate committee for debate.

8:30 LRN Newscast February 24

The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and also puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (35)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

Also, a bill to double the minimum prison sentence for carjackings receives full passage in the House. The bill would raise the minimum prison sentence from two to five years and for carjackings that result in serious injury from 10 to 20 years. The bill passed on an 89-15 vote and heads to a Senate committee for debate.

Legislation to lower the age from 18 to 17, at which a person charged with a felony could be considered an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says putting juveniles in adult court and correctional facilities is not the answer.

Cut 3 (13) “…these facilities.”  

The bill would Repeal the Raise the Age Act approved in 2017.

Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says Louisiana is leading the way with common sense reading reforms. She says kindergarten through third grade students are at critical ages when it comes to learning how to read.

Cut 12 (11)  “…later grades.”  

Chaisson says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

07:30 LRN Sportscast

The second-ranked LSU baseball team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday afternoon, falling to Stony Brook five to two. LSU scored two runs in the second inning and that was it as they were held to six hits. Thatcher Hurd suffered the loss as he gave up three runs. The Tigers host Northern Illinois today at 1 PM.

The Ragin Cajuns only had five hits and lost to Rice two to one. ULM also held to five hits in a two-to-nothing loss to Murray State.

Louisiana Tech moved to 5-0 with an 8-5 win over Kent State. Brody Drost and Cole McConnell each hit three-run homers.

Louisiana Tech has a new athletics director. Ryan Ivey has been chosen to lead the Tech athletics program. He’s been the A-D at Stephen F Austin since 2018 and during that time Stephen F Austin increased ticket sales by 189 percent and completed more than 30 million dollars in facility improvements. He’s also been an athletics director at Austin Peay and Texas A-and-M Commerce.
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The Pelicans lost to the Miami Heat 106 to 95 last night in a game that saw four players get ejected after a scuffle broke out following a hard foul on Zion Williamson. New Orleans lost Jose Alvardo and Naji Marshall for most of the fourth quarter. Marshall got his hands around Heat star Jimmy Butler’s neck. Butler was also ejected. The Pels scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter.

The LSU Tigers host Mississippi State tonight at 7:30. The Tigers are coming off back-to-back wins against Top 25 teams. The Bulldogs have won four straight.

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball looks for its fourth straight win tonight as they visit New Mexico State. The Bulldogs remain tied with Sam Houston for first place.

The Ragin Cajuns are at Southern Miss, while ULM hosts the Troy Trojans.

McNeese goes after its fifth straight as they host Incarnate Word and in Baton Rouge…Southern hosts Grambling as both teams share first place in the SWAC.

5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 23

Legislation to lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be considered an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says an increase in crime including deadly shootings, home invasions and carjackings was the motivation for the bill. She says the state has suffered enough and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis says from 2017-2020 the number of juvenile crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700 and putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to a House committee for more discussion.

The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (35)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

 

In a unanimous vote, the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System has named Dr. Martin Lemelle as the next president of Grambling State University. Lemelle is an alum of Grambling and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Grambling. He will serve as Grambling’s 11th president.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

The Saints have begun their annual task of getting below the salary cap and they are getting help from the NFL. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports New Orleans has restructured quarterback Derek Carr’s contract which will save them about 23-million dollars against the cap in 2024. The NFL Network says the Saints have restructured center Erik McCoy’s deal too, which frees up another seven-million dollars. And the NFL has announced the salary cap for each team next season will be 255 million dollars, 30-million dollars more than last year and ten-million dollars more than previously anticipated.

Louisiana Tech has has named Ryan Ivey as its new athletics director. He’s been at Stephen F Austin since July 2018 and helped increase ticket sales by 189-percent and completed more than 30-million dollars in facility improvements. He’s also served as an AD at Austin Peay State and Texas A-and-M Commerce and also worked in McNeese’s athletic department.

After beating Houston 127 to 105 last night for their eighth win in nine games, the Pelicans host the Miami Heat tonight. Zion Williamson had 27 points and 10 assists last night, but he’s questionable for tonight’s game with a left foot contusion. Brandon Ingram, missed last night’s game with an illness, and he’s questionable for tonight’s game.

The LSU men’s basketball team will try to stay hot as the Tigers will host Mississippi State tomorrow night. The Tigers are coming off back to back wins against Top 25 teams, while the Bulldogs have won four in a row.

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball started its three-game road trip with a 65-59 win over UTEP last night. Tomorrow night they are at New Mexico State.

ULM got a big win over the Ragin Cajuns last night 66 to 59. The Warhawks host Troy tomorrow afternoon for Senior Day. The Cajuns are at Southern Miss.

After beating Auburn last night, the Lady Tigers are at Tennessee on Sunday.

4:30 PM Newscast Feb 23

The full House approves legislation that increases the penalties for convicted carjackers. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

The senate passed legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult. The bill would Repeal the Raise the Age Act approved in 2017. It’s resulted in many 17-year-old offenders being charged as juveniles for crime. West Monroe Republican Senator Jay Morris says having 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice facilities is not working.

Cut 4 (10) “…corrections officer.”

The Louisiana House has approved legislation that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s measure would give the state the option to use the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death row inmate…

Cut 13 (12) “…ultimate decision.”  

The House voted 71 to 29 in favor of the legislation and heads to the Senate for further debate.

Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says the state was recognized for implementing a universal reading screener for students having trouble reading.

Cut 10 (13) “…reading plan.”

3:30 PM Newscast Feb 23

Legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says an increase in crime including deadly shootings, home invasions and carjackings was the motivation behind the bill. She says the state has suffered from high crime rate and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says from 2017-2020 the number of under 18 crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700. He says putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to the House for more discussion.

The Louisiana House has approved legislation that expands the methods by which the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s bill provides penalties for anyone that would publicize where the state obtained the drugs for an execution….

Cut 15 (10) “…novel concept”

Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says the most impactful policy requires kindergarten through third grade teachers and school leaders to undergo a science of reading training. She says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

Cut 11 (11) “…been eliminated.”

2:30 PM Newscast Feb 23

The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and also puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (35)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

 

Legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult successfully cleared the Senate. New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says putting juveniles in adult court and correctional systems is not the answer.

Cut 3 (13) “…these facilities.”  

 

A bill that would raise the minimum prison sentence from two to five years for carjackings and from 10 to 20 years for carjackings that result in serious injury is headed to a senate committee for debate after passing the full house. New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard asked bill sponsor Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel if doubling the sentences would reduce the number of carjackings.

Cut 8 (12) “…our laws.” 

 

Louisiana is leading the way with common sense reading reforms says Department of Education says Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson. Reforms include parental notification of students with reading difficulties. She says kindergarten through third grade students are at critical ages when it comes to learning how to read.

Cut 12 (13)  “…a difference.”  

 

LRN PM Newscall February 23

The full House approves legislation that increases the penalties for convicted carjackers. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and also puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (35)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

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Legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says putting juveniles in adult court and correctional systems is not the answer.

Cut 3 (13) “…these facilities.”  

The bill would Repeal the Raise the Age Act approved in 2017. It’s resulted in many 17 year old offenders being charged as juveniles for crime. West Monroe Republican Senator Jay Morris says having 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice facilities is not working.

Cut 4 (10) “…corrections officer.”

Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says an increase in crime including deadly shootings, home invasions and carjackings was the motivation behind the bill. She says the state has suffered from high crime rate and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

Duplessis points from 2017-2020 the number of under 18 crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700. He says putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to the House for more discussion.

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A bill to double the minimum prison sentence for carjackings receives full passage in the House. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel was questioned by New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard if the state can handle an influx of prisoners with new laws passed in the crime special session.

Cut 7 (12) “…to jail.”  

The bill would raise the minimum prison sentence from two to five years and for carjackings that result in serious injury from 10 to 20 years. Williard asked Schlegel if doubling the sentences would reduce the number of carjackings.

Cut 8 (12) “…our laws.” 

New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry questioned if judges asked for the minimum sentences to be raised and if the bill takes away their discretion. In Schlegel’s bill judges can sentence one five to 20 years for carjacking and 20 to 30 years if bodily injury is involved.

Cut 9 (10) “…we’ll go.” 

The bill passed on an 89-15 vote and heads to a Senate committee for debate.

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Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says the state was recognized for implementing a universal reading screener for students having trouble reading.

Cut 10 (13) “…reading plan.”

Education Recovery Scorecard found Louisiana is one of only three states where average reading achievement in 2023 was above levels in 2019.

Chaisson points out the most impactful policy requires kindergarten through third grade teachers and school leaders to undergo a science of reading training. She says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

Cut 11 (11) “…been eliminated.”

Chaisson says the state is leading the way with common sense reading reforms including parental notification of students with reading difficulties. She says kindergarten through third grade students are at critical ages when it comes to learning how to read.

Cut 12 (11)  “…later grades.”  

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The Louisiana House has approved legislation that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s measure would give the state the option to use the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death row inmate…

Cut 13 (12) “…ultimate decision.”  

The House voted 71 to 29 in favor of the legislation and heads to the Senate for further debate.

Democrats oppose the bill. Marrero Representative Kyle Green filed a bill last year to abolish the death penalty and questions Muscarello about whether the death penalty would actually reduce homicides…

Cut  14 (14) “..that commitment”

Louisiana has not executed anyone since 2010. The state can not get the drugs to perform a lethal injection.

Muscarello’s bill also provides penalties for anyone that would publicize where the state obtained the drugs for an execution….

Cut 15 (10) “…novel concept”