6:30 LRN Newscast

The co-founder of Lift Louisiana, an advocacy group for the health and wellbeing of women, says the reversal of Roe vs Wade will heavily impact those who don’t have the means to travel to states that permit abortions. And Michelle Erenberg says state lawmakers have done nothing to assist those individuals either.
Cut 4 (11) “…this time.”
Governor Edwards it’s critical Louisiana funds services to support women, children and families throughout their lives.

Governor Edwards has signed House Bill 450 into law, which will allow adopted people obtain copies of their original birth certificates once they reach the age of 24….
cut 13 (09) “…since 1977″
Rosepine Representative Charles Owen’s bill passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly after extensive discussion.

Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser is in Alaska for the annual meeting of the Aerospace States Association….
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

The tropics are active. A tropical wave off of Louisiana’s southeastern coast will produce showers and thunderstorms as it heads towards the Texas-Mexico border. The National Hurricane Center is also monitoring two systems in the Atlantic.

LRN AM Newscall for June 27

Co-founder of an advocacy group for the health and wellbeing of women says the inability to have an abortion in Louisiana will have rippling effects. Brooke Thorington has more

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Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser is in Alaska for the annual meeting of the Aerospace States Association. More on that from Kevin Gallagher…:

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For the past 45 years, Louisiana adults over the age of 24 have been denied access to their original birth certificates, but that ends on Aug. 1. David Grubb has the story…

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The co-founder of Lift Louisiana, an advocacy group for the health and wellbeing of women, says the reversal of Roe vs Wade will heavily impact those who don’t have the means to travel to states that permit abortions. And Michelle Erenberg says state lawmakers have done nothing to assist those individuals either.

Cut 4 (11)  “…this time.”

Erenberg says without access to safe and legal abortions in Louisiana the state will see more women and children living in poverty.

Cut 5 (12) “…rippling impacts.”

She believes it will only worsen the state’s maternal mortality rate which is already third in the nation and lead to an increase in deaths among Black women who already suffer from pregnancy related complication four times greater than white women.

Despite the ruling Erenberg says Lift Louisiana will continue to fight for abortion access and support those who may be criminalized for self-managing their own abortions and those who help people seek abortions.

Cut 6 (07)  “…and rights.”

For more information visit LiftLouisiana.org

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Walmart employees who receive medical coverage in Louisiana now have access to doula services. Doula Program Lead for Walmart Nancy Jester says last year they launched a pilot program in Georgia and due to its success, they’ve expanded the benefit in three other states including Louisiana.

Cut 7 (09) “…birthing mothers.”

Doulas provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support to mothers before, during, and after childbirth. Jester says mothers who have used the program give it positive reviews.

Cut 8 (10)  “…their outcome.”

Louisiana is second in the nation behind Mississippi for the highest infant mortality rate.

Jester says Walmart is absolutely committed to helping their associates have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies and believes providing such a service will recruit future employees..

Cut 9 (10)  “…other employers.”

In addition to Louisiana, doula services for Walmart associates are also available in Indiana and Illinois.

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Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser is in Alaska for the annual meeting of the Aerospace States Association. Fifteen states with connections to the aerospace industry are represented at the conference, starting today at the Pacific Space Port Complex on Kodiak Island. Members of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness are also there and Nungesser says he was one of only handful of state Lt. Governors invited…:

Cut 10 (08) “…opportunities for Louisiana.”

The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is Louisiana’s contribution to the aerospace industry. Nungesser says conference attendees will discuss workforce development, public-private partnerships in aerospace and optimal uses of aerospace facilities, and how they can be applied to other endeavors…:

Cut  11 (11)  “…in their states.” 

Nungesser says discussions will also include weather & climate, wildfire fighting technology and more…plus a keynote address from NASA astronaut Harrison Schmitt. He says information exchanged should go well beyond rockets and space exploration…:

Cut 12 (07) “…play a part in this.” 

The conference starts today runs through Wednesday.

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Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 450 into law, which will allow adopted people in the state to obtain copies of their original birth certificates once they reach the age of 24. The legislation was sponsored by Rosepine Representative Charles Owen, and after lots of discussions, it passed through both houses overwhelmingly…

Cut 13 (09) “…1977.”

Since 1977, state law had required an adopted person to get an attorney, appear before a judge, and then justify the reason for needing their birth certificate. Owen says the barriers for any individual to find out about themselves were just something he had to attempt to take down.

Cut 14 (12)  “…it was wrong”

Owen says it was an incredibly difficult decision, considering the opposition he faced from groups who argued the bill would discourage women from giving babies up for adoption. To him, the legislation is about fairness and he has gotten tremendous feedback from those who now have an answer to the question, “where do I come from?”

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Under previous law, adopted people were the only Louisiana residents denied the right to access their original birth certificates. The new law goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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LSU’s Myles Brennan was one of several college quarterbacks at this weekend’s Manning Passing Academy on the campus of Nicholls State in Thibodaux. Brennan is preparing for sixth season at LSU and says he never thought his college career would take the winding road that it has…

Cut 16 (17)  “…what’s ahead.”

When preseason camp starts in August, Brennan will battle with Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels and redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier to be the starter in 2022. Brennan has big goals for his final season at LSU…

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Brennan admits it has been a big transition from the Ed Orgeron coaching staff to new head coach Brian Kelly…

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The nation’s top high school football recruit for the Class 2023, Newman quarterback Arch Manning, ended speculation on his college choice when he committed to Texas last week. His uncle, Peyton Manning, gave his nephew some advice…

Cut 19 (17) _“…when you know, you know.” 

Arch Manning announced his verbal commitment with a six-word Tweet on Twitter. Peyton Manning liked how Arch publicized his commitment…

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10:30 LRN newscast

Emotions are running high after yesterday’s historic ruling from the U-S Supreme Court that overturned Roe versus Wade, which leaves it up to the states to determine if it should be legal. As a result of a trigger law in place in Louisiana, the state’s three abortion clinics closed yesterday, canceling hundreds of appointments. New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman says she worries for the future of young women…
cut 9 (09) “…moving to”
Abortion rights advocates say yesterday’s ruling reduces women’s healthcare options, Gene Mills the President of the Louisiana Family Forum feels differently…
cut 8 (12) “…in Louisiana”

For the past 45 years, Louisiana adults over the age of 24 have been denied access to their original birth certificates, but that ends on Aug. 1. David Grubb has the story…
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Governor Edwards is self-isolating this weekend as the 55-year-old has tested positive for COVID. Edwards says he’s not experiencing any symptoms and believes he’s feeling good because he’s vaccinated and twice boosted. The governor urges everyone to stay up to date with their COVID vaccinations.

9:30 LRN Newscast June 25

The US Supreme Court reversal on abortion is an emotional one on both sides of the issue. Brooke Thorington has Louisiana reaction…
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High temperatures around 100-degrees again today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a dome of hot dry air over Louisiana is keeping skies clear…
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LSU President William Tate is touting a $27-million dollar donation from Shell USA, the largest gift from a for-profit partner in the university’s history. Tate says the funds will establish the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation, which will discover innovative methods to fuel the nation.
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Shell says the investment can create the next generation of energy leaders and help build a net-zero emissions United States.

Walmart employees who receive medical coverage in Louisiana now have access to doula services. Doula Program Lead for Walmart Nancy Jester says last year they launched a pilot program in Georgia and due to its success, they’ve expanded the benefit in three other states including Louisiana.
Cut 7 (09) “…birthing mothers.”
Doulas provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support to mothers before, during, and after childbirth.

8:30 LRN newscast

Emotions are running high after yesterday’s historic ruling from the U-S Supreme Court that overturned Roe versus Wade, which leaves it up to the states to determine if it should be legal. As a result of a trigger law in place in Louisiana, the state’s three abortion clinics closed yesterday, canceling hundreds of appointments. New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman says she worries for the future of young women…
cut 9 (09) “…moving to”
Pro choicers say yesterday’s ruling reduces women’s healthcare options, Gene Mills the President of the Louisiana Family Forum feels differently…
cut 8 (12) “…in Louisiana”

Shell is investing 27-million dollars in LSU and the money will go towards establishing the Institute for Energy Innovation. The Institute will conduct research into providing reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy. LSU President William Tate says it’s the university’s largest gift ever from a for-profit corporation
cut 12 (11) “….really big time”
Shell says the investment will help develop lower-carbon energies and technologies.

Triple-digit high temperatures are expected across most of Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says rain chances will increase on Monday, which should provide a break from this record setting heat…
cut 15 (13) “….we see every summer”

7:30 LRN sportscast

The College World Series Championship series begins today with Ole Miss facing Oklahoma and next year Jay Johnson wants LSU in that position. The Tigers have added two more players to next year’s roster through the transfer portal as North Carolina State’s Tommy White and Vanderbilt’s Christian Little are reportedly transferring to LSU. White set the NCAA freshman home run record by hitting 27 bombs and driving in 74 runs. He has two more years before he’s draft-eligible. Little is a right-hander from St. Louis who went 4-and-4 with a 4.65 ERA and striking out 95 in 81 innings. D-1 baseball’s Kendall Rogers says Little has the potential to be a first round pick.

And the top women’s basketball player in the Class of 2023, Parkway’s Mikaylah Williams has committed the LSU Lady Tigers.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies take place tonight in Natchitoches as the Class of 2022 is inducted. Former Ruston High and LSU Tiger Kyle Williams is one of the headliners. Williams played 13 years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. But he still remembers those preseason practices at LSU….
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Also going into the Hall of Fame is late McNeese and Ragin Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux, former LSU softball pitcher Britni Sneed Newman and Saints offensive guard Jahri Evans.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis has agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2024 that will reportedly pay him 18-million more dollars over the next three seasons.

U-I-W announces its staying in the Southland Conference. The school in San Antonio planned to join the WAC on July 1st. UIW’s decision to stay gives the Southland seven football-playing schools this fall and nine overall.

5:30 LRN Newscast June 24

The constitutional right to have an abortion in the United States was reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States Friday morning. The decision was expected after a brief overturning Roe v Wade was leaked last month. President of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills says Louisianan’s trigger laws essentially closes the state’s three abortion clinics.
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New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman say the ruling is a major setback for women’s rights and will have devastating consequences.
Cut 7 (12) “…our country.”
A statement from the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom says they are ready to keep up the fight for abortion access and do whatever it takes to get people the care they need.

On Friday Governor John Bel Edwards announced he’s tested positive for COVID. Edwards who is fully vaccinated and up to date on the recommended booster doses says he does not have any COVID like symptoms, but he will follow CDC recommendations and isolate for five days. Edwards encouraged others to take precautions to avoid becoming infected and to stay up to date on their vaccinations amidst the sixth surge of COVID in Louisiana.

Louisiana is in an early summer heat wave of record proportions. Weather stations across the state report record-setting and record-breaking high temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says scorching weather is here for the next few days, at least…:

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Keim is hopeful that temperatures will return to normal next week.

4:40 LRN Sportscast June 24

LSU women’s basketball continues to add to a stellar recruiting class with the announcement that Bossier City’s Mikaylah Williams, the top-ranked player in the nation, has committed to the Tigers. She was last season’s state basketball Player of the Year after averaging 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals as a junior at Parkway High. Williams is the highest-rated recruit for the program since Seimone Augustus, also ranked number one, in 2002.

Not to be outdone, baseball coach Jay Johnson is about to welcome two new Tigers through the transfer portal: NC State first baseman Tommy White and Vanderbilt righty Christian Little according to D1 Baseball’s Kendall Rogers. White set the NCAA freshman home run record with 27 in 55 games last season, while batting .362 with 74 RBI. Little is a 6-4 flamethrower projected to develop into a potential major league first-rounder.

According to ESPN, Saints linebacker Demario Davis has signed a one-year extension through the 2024 season.

The New Orleans Pelicans selected 6-7 guard Dyson Daniels out of Australia with the eighth pick in last night’s NBA Draft. Daniels is known for his ability to play both ends, passing, and high basketball IQ.

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In round two the Pelicans maybe got the steal of the draft in Ohio St. forward E.J. Liddell, who was rated as a first-round talent. Liddell averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, and nearly three blocks per game for the Buckeyes last season, earning First-team All-Big Ten honors for the second time. New Orleans also drafted European big man Karlo Matkovic, though he will likely remain overseas for another year or two.

All-SEC forward Tari Eason was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 17th pick, becoming the 17th LSU player taken in the first round all time. Darius Days agreed to a summer league deal with the Spurs, and Shareef O’Neal was signed by the Lakers. Louisiana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton Jr inked a two-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

4:30 LRN Newscast June 24

Abortions are now illegal in Louisiana as a result of the U-S Supreme Court’s historic decision that overturned the Roe versus Wade ruling made nearly 50 years ago that guaranteed a women’s right to terminate their pregnancies. USA Today Network reporter Greg Hilburn says Louisiana just passed a new trigger law that now takes effect. It has no exceptions for rape of incest, but does except certain medical circumstances. Hilburn says doctors, or those who assist in an abortion, face up to 10 years in prison and if it’s a late term abortion the sentence could be as much as 15 years…:

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The state Department of Health reports 2400 new cases of COVID-19 statewide; among them Governor John Bel Edwards, who’s office announced he had the virus this afternoon. The governor gets regular routing COVID tests. We’re told he’s showing no symptoms right now and he is fully up-to-date on COVID shots & boosters.

 

With the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, and Louisiana’s new abortion ban taking effect, it seems like a good time to remind everyone about the Louisiana’s Safe Haven law, under which persons not prepared to have or care for a newborn can simply hand the child over at most any hospital or fire station. As long as the child is left in the hands of an employee and the child shows no signs it has been abused, the person surrendering custody can walk away without legal repercussions. For details on Safe Havens, visit “dcfs.louisiana.gov.”

Louisiana is in an early summer heat wave of record proportions. Weather stations across the state report record-setting and record-breaking high temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says scorching weather is here for the next few days, but worry not; it won’t go one forever…:

CUT 15(13)      “…we see every summer.”

3:30 LRN Newscast June 24

The state Department of Health reports 2400 new cases of COVID-19 statewide; among them Governor John Bel Edwards, whose office announced he had the virus this afternoon. The governor gets regular routing COVID tests. We’re told he’s showing no symptoms right now and he is fully up-to-date on COVID shots & boosters.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs Wade brings strong emotions from both side of the issue. Brooke Thorington reports…:

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LSU President William Tate is touting a 27-million dollar donation from Shell USA, the largest gift from a for-profit partner in the university’s history. Tate says the funds will establish the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation. Tate says Shell is the founding partner of the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation and that its commitment extends beyond the scientific mission of the institute and into the growth of Louisiana’s workforce as well…:

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Oh boy, is it hot!! Record highs are being recorded all over Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says hot, moist air from the Gulf is clashing with hot, dry air over land; bringing clear skies and unrelenting heat…:

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He says somewhat cooler temperatures are coming next week.