4:45 LRN Sportscast

LSU looks for its 10th win of the season tomorrow night when they visit Texas A-and-M in College Station. Kyle Field holds 102-thousand fans, but with the Aggies playing for just pride, their fans may prefer to watch this one from home. But LSU defensive end BJ Ojulari expects a difficult environment…
Cut 17 (14) “…College Station”
A-and-M is not heading to a bowl game for the first time in nearly 15 years.

19th-ranked Tulane will host the American Athletic Conference Championship next Saturday after beating 24th-ranked Cincinnati 27–24 today, ending the Bearkats’ 32-game home winning streak. Tyjae Spears rushed for 181 yards and 2 TDS.

In the World Cup….the U-S and England played to a zero-zero draw and will need to beat Iran on Tuesday to advance to the knockout stage.

The Ragin Cajuns can qualify for a bowl game with a win on Saturday against Texas State. ULM could keep Southern Miss out of a bowl game if the Warhawks can knock off the Golden Eagles. Southern is playing for a trip to the SWAC Championship game when they face Grambling in the Bayou Classic at 1 PM on Saturday.

Louisiana Tech closes out the regular season on Saturday when they host UAB. The Blazers are led by running back DeWayne McBride, who is the fifth-leading rusher in college football, with 1,441 rushing yards. Bulldogs Coach Sonny Cumbie says it will take a team effort to slow down McBride
Cut 20 (20) “…hang on”
LSU held McBride to just 34 rushing yards last week. Kick-off is at 2:30.

Also tomorrow, Southeastern hosts Idaho in a first-round FCS playoff game.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

Fifth-ranked LSU looks to finish the regular season with a ten-and-two mark when they visit Texas A-and-M tomorrow night. The Aggies are a disappointing four and seven, but Tigers defensive end Ali Gaye expects the Aggies to bring their “A” game…
Cut 16 (15) “…finish strong”
Kick-off is at 6 PM in College Station.

19th-ranked Tulane can clinch a spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship game today when they visit 24th-ranked Cincinnati. The Bearkats have won 32 straight games at home.

Soccer fans are fired up for today’s World Cup match between the United States and England. These two nations last met in the 2010 World Cup and it finished in a one-one tie. Today’s match begins at 1 PM.

An up-and-down Saints offense will face a big test Sunday when they visit San Francisco. The 49ers are the only team in the NFL that’s allowing less than 300 yards a game. New Orleans quarterback Andy Dalton says San Fran is fundamentally sound on defense
Cut 18 (14) “…they fly around the football”
Saints running back Alvin Kamara missed yesterday’s practice with an illness.

Pelicans guard C-J McCollum will miss tonight’s game in Memphis because he’s been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Tonight is the quarterfinals of the high school football playoffs. Ruston is at Denham Springs. The Yellow Jackets are in the quarters for the first time since 1985. 28th-seeded Breaux Bridge will try to keep their cinderella season alive as they host third-seeded North DeSoto.

8:30 LRN Newscast

Holiday shopping online? An LSU Cybersecurity Expert has some tips to keep your money out of the hands of scammers. Kevin Gallagher has more…:
Cut 2 (29) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

Gift cards are a popular gift this time of year. Jill Gonzales from Wallet-hub-dot-com tells us the most popular gift cards for this year…
cut 8 (13) “….Chik-fil-A”
You’ll have 30 days until Christmas Day starting tomorrow.

If you have any questions as you cook your Thanksgiving Feast, you can call the U-S-D-A Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854….
cut 24 (08) “….and English”
That number again is 1-888-674-6854. You can also chat live with a USDA expert at ask.usda.gov.

Looking for some post-Thanksgiving fun? You may want to check out the Louisiana Renaissance Festival; now in its 23rd year. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says it’s a celebration and re-creation of European culture of the Middle Ages, and loaded with fun and entertainment…:
Cut 12 (12) “…shows that go every day.”
The L.R.F. is located just minutes off I-12 near Hammond. It’s open tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday…and the first two weekends in December.

7:30 LRN Newscast

It’s Thanksgiving Day, a day to eat and be with family and friends. For many people, tomorrow is a day to shop. Jill Gonzales with the personal finance website, Wallethub-dot-com, says if you’re looking for great deals to buy a new computer or phone, Black Friday usually doesn’t provide a great value…
cut 7 (12) “…shop for”
This unfortunately is also the time of year for thieves to take advantage of shoppers by trying to steal their identity or credit card information. LSU Cybersecurity Expert Abe Baggili (BAH-gil-lee) says be sure to check credit card statements, especially if you are making online purchases…
cut 11 (10) “…a message”
Baggili says when shopping at a store in person, use your phone to make purchases so your card number is not revealed.

During the holiday season, there are thousands of American troops serving our country across the globe. There’s an organization called Troops Direct that supplies critical supplies to U-S service members. Troops Direct CEO Aaron Negherbon says they do not supply care packages, instead they deliver medical kits, GPS units, sleeping bags, helmets and even K-9 care kits…
cut 4 (11) “…government”
To make a cash donation go to Troops-direct-dot-org.

The Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond has been up and running. visitors can see live jousting, a birds of prey exhibit, play games of skill, enjoy many delicious foods and shop dozens of vendors selling hand-made works. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says this year’s festival has been a terrific success…:
Cut 13 (07) “…time you get here.”
To purchase tickets go to l-a-r-f-2022-dot-org. They will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend and the next two weekends after.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

The 5th ranked LSU football team continues preparations for Saturday’s regular season finale at Texas A-and-M. Coach Brian Kelly lays out the schedule for today…
cut 18 (12) “…Thanksgiving together”
Tomorrow, the Tigers will leave for College Station and kick-off on Saturday night is at 6 PM.

Tomorrow, 19th Tulane takes on 24th ranked Cincinnati. A spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship game is on the line. The Green Wave are also trying to secure a New Year’s Six bowl bid.

Several Saints players who missed last week’s win over the Rams returned to practice yesterday including cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who has been out since October 9th because of a abdomen injury. Mark Ingram, Marcus Davenport, James Hurst and Cam Jordan also practiced yesterday. New Orleans is at San Francisco on Sunday.

The LSU men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season last night as they fell to Kansas State 61-59 in the Cayman Islands Classic championship game. It appeared the Tigers tied the game as the buzzer went off on a Trae Hannibal lay-up. But after reviewing the play, it was determined the clock started late after LSU inbounded the ball, so the basket was waved off. The Tigers only scored 18 points in the second half.

In other action yesterday, Louisiana Tech topped Alabama A-and-M 80-75 as Terran Williams had 20 points and seventh ranked Baylor dribbled past McNeese 89-60.

Zion Williamson scored a season-high 32 points as the Pelicans defeated San Antonio 129 to 110. Coach Willie Green says Williamson had a monster performance…
cut 23 (18) “…tonight”

6:30 LRN Newscast November 24

It’s a big day in the kitchen today as Thanksgiving dinners get prepared. USDA Food safety expert Kenneth King has tips to ensure against foodborne illnesses…
cut 30 (29) “…I’m Kace Keischnick”

Tomorrow is a busy shopping day. Jill Gonzales with the personal finance website, Wallethub-dot-com says based on their research, J-C Penny, Belk and Macy’s have the best Black Friday deals…
Cut 6 (12) “…65-percent off”

The non profit group Troops Direct is asking for help to provide critical supplies to American service members around the globe. Founder Aaron Negherbon says Troops Direct is unique…
cut 3 (12) “…deployment”
For more info go to Troops-direct-dot-org.

If you are looking for a unique experience over the next few weekends, check out the Louisiana Renaissance Festival, just minutes off I-12 near Hammond. There’s live jousting, artists and entertainers that takes visitors back to the 16th century in England. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says there’s fun for the whole family and you buy tickets on their website. L-a-r-f-2022-dot-org…
cut 14 (07) “….rain or shine”
They’ll be open this week Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the first two weekends in December.

LRN AM Newscall November 25

Tomorrow is Black Friday and Jeff Palermo has the latest trends for one of the biggest shopping days of the year…

Cut 1 (32) “I’m Jeff Palermo”

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Holiday shopping online? An LSU Cybersecurity Expert has some tips to keep your money out of the hands of scammers. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

Cut 2 (29) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

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The nonprofit Troops Direct is asking for help to provide critical supplies to American service members. Aaron Negherbon (NEAR-BON) says Troops Direct is unique.

Cut 3 (12) “…deployment”

Negherbon says they do not supply care packages. They supply items such as medical kits, GPS units, sleeping bags, helmets, and even K-9 care kits.

Cut 4 (11)  “…government”

He says due to the specialized nature of what they supply, they are asking for cash donations only.  He says their overhead is only about 9 to 10 percent of their overall budget.  There are four people on staff and one is a Marine Corps veteran.

Cut 5 (08) “…possibly can”

He says the need is year-round, not just during the holidays. To donate, go to Troopsdirect.org

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Tomorrow is the one of the busiest shopping days of the year as shoppers will look for great deals to complete their Christmas shopping list. Jill Gonzales with the personal finance website, Wallethub-dot-com says based on their research, J-C Penny, Belk and Macy’s have the best Black Friday deals…

Cut 6 (12)  “…65-percent off” 

Gonzales says if you’re looking for great deals to buy a new computer or phone, Black Friday usually doesn’t provide great value…

Cut 7 (12) “…shop for”

Gonzales says if you don’t want to shop, there are always gift cards…

Cut 8 (13)  “…Chik-fil-A”

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With holiday shopping in full swing, security professionals have a few tips on how to have a safe one when making online purchases. LSU Cybersecurity Expert Abe (BAH-gil-lee) Baggili to use a credit card for those purchases versus a debit card so you can get your money back if it proves to be a scam.

Cut 9 (08)  “…shopping.”

And if the price sounds too good to be true it probably is. Knock-off websites tend to have more of a security risk, so avoid them. Baggili says to also read online reviews about the product and or vendor before you enter payment information. And also, be mindful of the wi-fi connection you’re using.

Cut 10 (08) “…you know.” 

Baggili says to also never reveal too much personal information when making purchases, or in general to avoid identity theft.  And be sure to check your credit card statements that you use to make online purchases…

Cut 11 (10)  “…a message.”

Another safety tip Baggili says when shopping at a store in person, is to use your phone to make purchases so your card number is not revealed.

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Looking for some post-Thanksgiving fun? You may want to check out the Louisiana Renaissance Festival; now in its 23rd year. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says it’s a celebration and re-creation of European culture of the Middle Ages, and loaded with fun and entertainment…:

Cut 12 (12) “…shows that go every day.”

The L.R.F. is located just minutes off I-12 near Hammond. It’s open tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday…and will be open for two more weekends after that. Visitors can see live jousting, a birds of prey exhibit, sing along with minstrels and pirates, play games of skill, enjoy many delicious foods and shop dozens of vendors selling hand-made works. Brumfield says this year’s festival has been a terrific success…:

Cut 13 (07) “…time you get here.”

The Louisiana Renaissance Festival is good fun for the whole family. There is stuff for children and things more geared for adults. Brumfield says it’s smart to buy your tickets online before you leave the house. Do that at “larf2022.org/tickets”…:

Cut 14 (07)  “…rain or shine.”

Rain is predicted to end Friday, so don’t let that stop you. The Louisiana Renaissance Festival closes for the year December 11th.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

Texas A-and-M does not have much to play for when the Tigers visit the Aggies on Saturday. But last week Aggies wide receiver Jalen Preston said he’s looking forward to ruining LSU’s chances of getting into the college football playoff. LSU Coach Brian Kelly says he’s not paying attention to the possible bulletin board material…
Cut 19 (25) “…on that”
LSU will practice in the morning tomorrow, then have Thanksgiving dinner as a team in the afternoon. On Friday, it’s off to College Station for Saturday night’s game at Texas A&M.

ULM will welcome Southern Miss to Malone Stadium for the final regular season game of the year on Saturday. The Golden Eagles are on a three-game losing streak, but one win away from becoming bowl eligible. Coach Terry Bowden says he’s impressed with Southern Miss and how they do not give away points…
Cut 17 (15) “…well coached”
Kick-off is at 4 PM.

The 49th annual Bayou Classic is Saturday. Grambling State, who has a losing record, is playing for bragging rights, but a win for Southern and they will play in the SWAC Championship game against Jackson State. First year Jaguars coach Eric Dooley was a wide receiver at Grambling and knows the rivalry well…
Cut 15 (12) “.opposite shirts..”
Kick off Saturday is at 1 PM.

1:30 LRN Newscast

Shreveport authorities say two women accessed USAA bank accounts of veterans to steal up to a million dollars in an identity theft scheme
Cut 1(30) “…I’m Marsanne Golsby”

In Baton Rouge, police have charged 21-year-old Adam Carter with manslaughter in the shooting death of his 64-year-old father, Ronnie Carter. BRPD Sergeant L’ Jean McKneeley says the two were arguing when the son grabbed a gun…
cut 8 (10) “…before Thanksgiving”

Kitchens will be busy across the state tomorrow as the chef in your family makes that turkey or other signature item for Thanskgiving Day. If you are cooking a turkey, the USDA does not recommend stuffing your turkey as it can lead to cross-contamination and take longer to cook. USDA Expert Kenneth King says you still can still stuff your turkey, as long as you take extra caution…
cut 13 (09) “…165″

The 49th annual Bayou Classic is Saturday. Grambling State, who has a losing record, is playing for bragging rights, but a win for Southern and they will play in the SWAC Championship game against Jackson State. First year Jaguars coach Eric Dooley was a wide receiver at Grambling and knows the rivalry well…
Cut 15 (12) “.opposite shirts..”
Kick off Saturday is at 1 PM.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU has moved up two spots in the latest College Football Playoff ranking to number five. Despite having two losses, the Tigers are one spot ahead of U-S-C, who has one loss on the season. C-F-P Committee Chairman Boo Corrigan says LSU’s strength of schedule is better than U-S-C’s and the Trojans have not been as good on defense as LSU.

LSU is preparing for its regular season finale on Saturday at Texas A-and-M. Aggies Coach Jimbo Fisher says he’s impressed with Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels…
cut 20 (17) “…critical moments”

College basketball, LSU defeated Akron 73-58 and will play Kansas State in the Cayman Islands Classic, while the Ragin Cajuns knocked off SMU 76-72 in O-T.

ULM closes out the season on Saturday by hosting Southern Miss at Malone Stadium. The Warhawks are four and seven and Coach Terry Bowden says a win on Saturday will give them one more victory than they had last season…
Cut 16 (20) “…football game ever.”
The Golden Eagles will come to Monroe on a three-game losing streak, but one win away from bowl eligibility.

Louisiana Tech also wrapping up the season at home by hosting UAB. Senior offensive lineman Joshua Mote says it’s tough knowing that this is his last game at Joe Aillet Stadium…
cut 29 (12) “….lessons here”
Kick-off between Tech and UAB is at 2:30 PM.