10:30 LRN Newscast

The budget lawmakers sent to the governor’s desk contains 84-million dollars for early childhood education. David Grubb has the details on how it can pay off…
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Today is the final day of the college baseball regular season and several Louisiana teams are looking to finish strong. LSU, U-L Lafayette, La Tech, ULM, UNO, Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese all won. The McNeese softball team defeated Notre Dame 11 to 1 in NCAA Regional action, while the Lady Tigers and Cajuns lost.

The baby formula shortage is causing headaches for many families and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding answers. Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow had a chance to question FDA Commissioner Robert Califf during a Congressional hearing…
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And the U-S Air Force is bringing in baby formula from other countries this weekend and into next week.

Afternoon thunderstorms are expected to pop up today. LRN Meteorologist John Wetherbee says there’s also a cold front coming
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Rain chances go even up more tomorrow and we get a break from the heat.

9:30 LRN Newscast

State higher education leaders are giving the “thumbs up” to the state budget passed last week at the Capitol. University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson says lawmakers did ‘amazing work” on crafting a budget that fully funds schools under his banner. He says there were a lot of fiscal resources available to legislators, but when you have a lot of available resources…:
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The budget still needs the governor’s signature.

Meanwhile, on capitol hill, Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow had the opportunity to question FDA Commissioner Robert Califf about the nationwide baby formula shortage…
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The Biden administration has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed up the production of infant formula.

The Senate Education Committee approves a House-backed measure that would hold back third-graders from advancing to the fourth grade if they score poorly multiple times on a literacy test…
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Authorities in Hammond say they continue to search for others who were involved in Thursday night’s shooting on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus that injured four. Detectives say it was gang-related. So far 20-year-old Trent Thomas of Hammond was arrested. The people injured were on campus for Hammond High’s graduation ceremonies suffered non-life-threatening injuries

8:30 LRN Newscast May 21

A House-approved bill that would hold back third-graders who score in the bottom tier in state reading assessments continues to move through the Legislature. The Senate Education Committee approved Mandeville Representative Richard Nelson’s bill and an amendment was added that would give a student three tries to pass a literacy test before it’s determined the student must repeat the third grade….
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An estimated 45-hundred students could be held back and the legislation would go into effect for the 2023-24 school year.

There’s a chance for rain today and rain chances are even higher tomorrow as a result of a cold front. LRN meteorologist John Wetherbee…
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The good news is the rain will bring an end to the 90-degree temperatures we’ve been seeing. .

Authorities believe the shooting that took place on Southeastern Louisiana’s campus on Thursday night was gang-related. Three people were shot. The victims were innocent bystanders. Hammond Police Cheif Edwin Bergeron says they’ve arrested 20-year-old Trent Thomas of Hammond…
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None of the injuries sustained in the shooting are considered life-threatening.

Two arrests made in a 7-year-old murder & kidnapping case in Terrebonne Parish. 56-year-old Pamela Johnson was murdered in 2015. Sheriff Tim Soignet says his office worked hard to find Johnson’s killers, as they thought about her nieces who were kidnapped on December 1 2015 and found in a car registered to Johnson….
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33-year-old George Earl Robinson Jr. and 40-year-old Shannon Robinson have been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

7:30 LRN Sportscast

The LSU baseball team picked up its 16th win in SEC play last night with an eight to three victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Dylan Crews hit two more home runs to push his total for the season to 20. For the series, he’s 6 for 8 at the plate with three homers and seven RBIs. The Tigers will go for the series sweep this afternoon at 1 PM. This is LSU’s first series victory in Nashville since 2005.

Louisiana Tech also had an eight to three victory as the Bulldogs won in Charlotte. That’s Tech’s 19th Conference USA win. The rubber game of the series is at 10 AM.

ULM gave up five runs in the first inning, but came back to Arkansas State 13 to seven. The win secured a spot for the Warhawks in next week’s Sun Belt Tournament Conference Championship in Montgomery, Alabama. The Ragin Cajuns will be the four seed in that tournament after beating Little Rock 10 to 4. Carson Roccaforte went four for four and drove in his Sun Belt leading 64th run.

In the Southland Baseball Tournament, McNeese advanced to the championship round of the McNeese bracket after doubling up Nicholls eight to four. Cameron Foster struck out a career-high ten hitters in five innings of relief. The Colonels will play in an elimination game today at 1 PM in Lake Charles against U-I-W, who eliminated Northwestern State yesterday.

UNO is in the championship round in the games being played in Hammond. The Privateers held on for a 10-9 win over Texas A-and-M Corpus Christi. The Islanders will face Southeastern Louisiana in an elimination game today at 1 PM.

Southern stayed on top of the West Division in the SWAC with a 12-2 win over Alcorn, Grambling remains a game back of the Jags after outslugging Arkansas-Pine Bluff 18-13.

How about the McNeese softball team, they defeated Notre Dame 11 to 1 in a run rule win in the Evanston Regional. Kaylee Lopez drove in three rusn. The Cowgirls will face host school Northwestern at noon today.

Auburn edged the Lady Cajuns five to four in the Clemson Regional and LSU lost to San Diego State 10 to five in the Tempe Regional.

5:30 LRN Newscast May 20

The Senate Education Committee approves a House-backed measure that would hold back third-graders from advancing to the fourth grade if they score poorly multiple times on a literacy test. Michelle Southern has more…

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Seven years after a woman was killed and her two nieces kidnapped, two arrests have been made. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet says new evidence led them to make the arrests in connection with the murder of 56-year-old Pamela Johnson.

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Three people were shot Thursday night while attending Hammond High School’s graduation ceremonies, and a man has been arrested for it. Southeastern University Police Chief Michael Beckner says the event was held at SLU’s University Center…:

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Thomas is being held in the Amite jail. A fourth person was taken to the hospital due to injuries from fleeing the incident. One shooting victim remains hospitalized.

Louisiana will get a break from the recent heat as a result of a cold front that will bring cloud cover and rain. LRN Meteorologist John Wetherbee says showers and thunderstorms will develop along the coast on Saturday spreading into southeast Louisiana and there’s also a cold front coming

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4:45 LRN Sportscast

After a 13-2 win in their series opener, LSU takes on Vanderbilt in game two of their season-ending SEC series tonight at 6 pm. The Tigers have lost eight of their past nine regular-season series with the Commodores, including four straight at Vandy. That streak could come to an end tonight. The last time LSU won a series in Nashville was 2005. The Tigers are fighting for seeding in next week’s SEC tournament, where they could place anywhere from fifth to seventh.

Southern has game two of its series versus Alcorn State. The U-L Ragin Cajuns try to even things with Little Rock as Louisiana Tech tries to do the same against UNC-Charlotte. UL-Monroe goes for consecutive wins for the first time since April 24-26 as they take on Arkansas State. And Tulane tries to rebound against Memphis.

On day two of the Southland Conference baseball tournament, Northwestern State was eliminated by eighth-seeded Incarnate Word and Southeastern beat Houston Baptist. Tonight, Nicholls faces McNeese and UNO takes on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

In the opening round of the NCAA Softball tournament, UL came up just short against Auburn, losing 4-3.  The game was tied at 3 until the bottom of the sixth when Tigers first baseman Bri Ellis sent a solo shot over the center-field wall. The Cajuns will face UNC-Wilmington in an elimination game Saturday at 3:30 pm. LSU opens regional play tonight on the road for the first time since 2014. The Tigers will take on San Diego State at 7 pm in the Tempe Regional.

The LSU women’s golf team is trying to make up for last year’s disappointment when they missed out on match play at the NCAA championships by a single stroke. This year the Tigers return as SEC champions and still have Ingrid Lindbland, the SEC individual champion and the world’s number two ranked women’s amateur player, one of three players on the team ranked in the top 100.

The Boston Celtics evened up the Eastern Conference Finals at one game each after beating Miami 127-102 last night in their best-of-seven series. Tonight, Dallas will try to earn a split on the road at Golden State in game two of the Western Conference Finals.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 20

One man is in custody and more arrests are anticipated after three people were shot during Hammond High School’s Graduation Thursday night. Brooke Thorington has more…:

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A Guatemalan national who entered the U.S. illegally was arrested in Baton Rouge today on charges tied to an out-of-state child sex trafficking ring. Federal agents took 36-year-old Belter Arana Bautista without violent incident.

 

Louisianans – along with everyone else in America – are clamoring to find baby formula, but finding it is a REAL problem. Monroe area Congresswoman Julia Letlow wants some answers as to why and when relief may come from FDA commissioner Robert Califf. He had very few…:

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Our state will get a break from the recent heat, as a cold front will move through bringing clouds and rain. LRN Meteorologist John Wetherbee says showers and thunderstorms will develop along the coast on Saturday, spreading into southeast Louisiana…:

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He says there is a fair chance some of those showers could be severe, with possible locally heavy downpours.

3:30 LRN Newscast May 20

As the shortage of infant formula throughout the country continues, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding answers to how we got here, and when we’ll be out of this crisis. Leading the charge is District 5 Congresswoman Julia Letlow, who was quite direct in questioning FDA commissioner Robert Califf…:

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When pressed for an answer to WHEN consumer relief may come, Califf had no answers.

LRN meteorologist John Wetherbee says a cool front will move through; bringing us rain showers Saturday and Sunday…:

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The good news is the rain brings a break from the afternoon heat.

 

Lawmen in Hammond say they had a suspect in custody within a matter of minutes, for last night’s shooting at the Hammond High commencement ceremonies. 20-year-old Trent Thomas was involved in some “beef” with a juvenile male and shots were fired amongst a crowd outside the event; held at SLU’s University Center. Three people shot and hurt; a fourth injured trying to get away. Hammond Police Chief Ed Bergeron says this is a lousy memory for high school graduates…:

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Thomas is in jail. More arrests in the shootout are expected.

Two arrests made in a 7-year-old murder & kidnapping case in Terrebonne Parish. 56-year-old Pamela Johnson was murdered in 2015. Sheriff Tim Soignet says new evidence led to the persons who did that and abducted two young girls, who were later found in Houma sitting in an abandoned car…:

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2:30 LRN Newscast May 20

Three people were shot Thursday night while attending Hammond High School’s graduation ceremonies, and a man has been arrested for it. Southeastern University Police Chief Michael Beckner says 20-year-old Trent Thomas was arrested within minutes of the shooting. Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron says they do know that the shooting victims were innocent bystanders, and that more suspects than just Thomas are being sought…:

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A fourth person was injured trying to escape the gunfire. No one was killed. Bergeron says suspected gang violence was behind the shootings. He says high school seniors deserve better graduation memories than this.

A St. John Parish deputy hit and killed a pedestrian who was walking across U.S. Highway 61 in Laplace Thursday night. State Police say the area is not well-lit, and the deputy may not have seen the victim. Impairment of the officer is not suspected. The victim’s name is withheld until family are notified. The accident is under investigation.

 

The Senate Education Committee approves a House-backed measure that would hold back third graders from advancing to the fourth grade if they score poorly multiple times on a literacy test. Michelle Southern has more…:

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A Leesville woman is charged with falsely reporting a crime and with hiding drugs inside a sheriff’s patrol car. Vernon Parish deputies say Judith Smythe told them she witnessed her daughter being murdered, but she provided no evidence that had really happened. While she was detained in the patrol unit, she allegedly offloaded the dope from her person.

1:30 LRN Newscast May 20

One man is in custody and more arrests are anticipated after three people were shot during Hammond High school’s Graduation Thursday night. Brooke Thorington has more…:

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Police in Carencro say a local man who shot his own son Wednesday was trying to defend his son’s girlfriend from physical abuse. Officers say 70-year-old Cuba Valliere shot his 34-year-old son Terrence, when the latter attacked his dad with a knife. No charges have been filed against the elder Valliere as yet.

 

A House approved bill that would hold back third graders who score in the bottom tier in state reading assessments continues to move through the Legislature. Mandeville Representative Richard Nelson says the state has a literacy problem. Under his bill, if a 3rd-grader fails a literacy test on the first try, he or she would get intensive tutoring…:

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Louisiana will get a break from the recent heat as result of a cold front that will bring cloud cover and rain. LRN Meteorologist John Weatherbee says showers and thunderstorms will develop along the coast on Saturday spreading into southeast Louisiana and there’s also a cold front coming…:

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He says the whole state will be under rain showers Sunday.