7:30 LRN Newscast

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he is running for re-election this year, but is looking at possibly representing another district. His district has been changed substantially and is now a majority minority district and if he seeks to continue to represent the sixth district, he’ll face a challenge from Democratic Black state Senator Cleo Fields. LSU political science professor Robert Hogan…
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Graves could look to challenge fellow Republicans Julia Letlow in the 5th district or Clay Higgins in the third district.

President Biden has signed the F-A-A Reauthorization Bill. Graves played a major role in crafting this legislation that will look to add thousands of new air traffic controllers in an effort to reduce travel delays…
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The bill also has $25-million dollars for funding to update runways and terminals in an effort to improve the customer experience.

Governor Jeff Landry has appointed Dustin Yates, as the Interim Mayor of the state’s newest City of St. George, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Jeanne Burns has more.
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There was a welcome home celebration in Ruston for the Louisiana Tech baseball team as they returned from Virginia after sweeping Liberty as Conference USA regular season champions. They will play Middle Tennessee on Wednesday in the Conference USA Tournament, which will be held in Ruston.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

By sweeping Ole Miss, the LSU baseball team finished with a 13-and-17 SEC record and will look ot add to its NCAA Tournament resume by advancing in the SEC Tournament. The Tigers will play Georgia tomorrow morning in the opening game of the SEC Tourney. Coach Jay Johnson’s team finished the SEC by winning four of its last five series, which he say is a great accomplishment…
cut 17 (17) “…probably do that”

Louisiana Tech finished strong to win its first regular season conference title since 1992 as the Bulldogs swept Liberty in Virginia to secure the number one seed in the Conference USA Tournament, which will be held in Ruston. Tech will face Middle Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon.

The LSU softball team is headed to the Super Regionals after blanking Southern Illinois nine to nothing in five innings to win the Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers tied a season high with three home runs and put the game out of a reach with a five run second inning. Coach Beth Tornia…
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LSU will now head out west to battle Stanford in a super regional series that will begin Friday night.

U-L Lafayette’s softball season is over as they lost to Baylor in the championship game of the Lafayette Regional as the Bears beat the Cajuns four to three. The Cajuns finish the season with a 45-19 record.

6:30 LRN Newscast

There are two weeks left in the legislative session and one of the major bills that has yet to be decided is the measure that calls for a Constitutional Convention. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the bill is still awaiting a discussion in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee…
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Republican megadonor Lane Grigsby has recommended the governor should scrap the idea of having Jeff Landry picking 27 delegates for the proposed convention.

Governor Landry has appointed Dustin Yates as the mayor of the state’s newest city. St. George. The state Supreme Court has ruled for the incorporation of St. George, after 54-percent of voters living in the proposed city’s limits in East Baton Rouge voted to have their own city. National headlines have painted this as an attempt by whites to create their own majority city, but Yates says this is about controlling their own tax dollars…
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President Biden has signed the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves had a major part in crafting the legislation. He says it’s good news for Louisiana travelers. One focus of the bill is to improve the overall experience for airline customers. Graves says that means everything from the baggage claim to air traffic control.
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One new provision is airlines must issue an automatic refund in cases when a flight is canceled or there is a long delay.

Congressman Graves says he plans to run for re-election, but he hasn’t committed if it will be the sixth District, his current seat that was reapportioned as the state’s second majority-Black district. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says Graves could run against fellow Republican Julia Letlow in the fifth district…
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LRN AM Newscall May 20

Governor Jeff Landry has appointed Dustin Yates, as the Interim Mayor of the newest City of St. George. Jeanne Burns has more.

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President Biden has signed legislation designed to improve air travel.  Sean Richardson spoke with Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves who helped write the bill that is designed to improve the flying experience.

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It’s conference tournament time in college baseball. Jeff Palermo looks at how Louisiana teams stand a week before the NCAA Regional pairings are announced…

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Governor Jeff Landry appoints Dustin Yates Interim Mayor for the City of Sta George. Yates says getting the call came as a surprise.

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The Governor also appointed Police Chief, Todd Morris but still needs to appoint the remaining members of the council. Yates says until then he’s got plenty of work in front of him.

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St. George will be the 5th largest city in Louisiana and the transition of services and tax dollars will be a huge task.

For many St. George was seen as an attempt to create a majority white city, separate from EBR. Yates says it’s a very emotional issue and people on both sides have very passionate opinions on the issue, but race wasn’t the reason.

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Yates is serving his 19th year with the St. George Fire Department where he has held the position of Firefighter, Lieutenant, and Chief Administrative Officer.

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President Joe Biden has signed the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves had a major part in crafting the legislation. He says it’s good news for Louisiana travelers. One focus of the bill is to improve the overall experience for airline customers. Graves says that means everything from the baggage claim to air traffic control.

Cut 7 (11) “..experience for the family.”

The bill has consumer protections in place that would offer the option for customers to get paid in cash instead of airline credits and that would be at the discretion of the customer..

Cut 8 (10) “…major delays or inconveniences.” 

One cause of those delays is not enough air traffic controllers to manage flights.  Graves says this bill also addresses that and looks to recruit and hire more Air Traffic Controllers and reduce the bottleneck of delays around the county.

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The bill also has $24.9 million for funding the Airport Improvement Program to update not just runways but terminals and overall customer experience.

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Congressman Garret Graves says he plans to run for re-election, but he hasn’t committed if it will be sixth District, his current seat that was reapportioned as the state’s second majority-Black district. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says Graves could run against fellow Republican Julia Letlow in District 5…

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Democratic State Senator Cleo Fields has already announced he’ll run for the sixth district and Hogan says if Graves chooses to run against him, it will be extremely competitive…

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Graves posted on social media “Because of the absurdity of the map, we are looking through these districts to determine where we can best represent the interests and the priorities of the people of Louisiana for the next two years until a reasonable map is restored.”

If Graves chooses to run against Fields versus another incumbent Republican, Hogan believes the GOP will be more likely to support him.

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Qualifying is July 17th – 19th for the November 5th election.

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Two weeks are left in the legislative session and one of the biggest issues left undecided is whether lawmakers will pass a bill that will result in a Constitutional Convention in August. Details on how the convention will be held have yet to be decided. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

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Pinsonat says Landry’s agenda on what will be revised in the constitution has not been made public and procedural matters, like will the proposed changes have to have a two-thirds majority before it’s placed on the ballot for voters to decide.

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As for Landry’s first regular legislative session, Pinsonat says the governor for the most part is getting what he wanted.

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The session ends June 3rd.

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The LSU baseball team ended the regular season by sweeping Ole Miss to finish the season 13-and-17 in the SEC. Many believe the Tigers needed 13 wins in league play to have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Coach Jay Johnson says there’s no doubt in his mind that LSU should play in a regional…

Cut 16 (12) “….no brainer.” 

LSU can add to its resume on Tuesday morning when they face Georgia in the SEC Tournament in a single-elimination game. Johnson’s team finished the SEC by winning four of its last five series, which he believes is a great accomplishment…

Cut 17 (17) “…probably do that.”

7:30 LRN sportscast

The LSU baseball team went into the final series of the regular season needing a sweep and they are one win away from accomplishing that goal after beating Ole Miss four to two. Starting pitcher Luke Holman was outstanding as he struck out nine and left-hander Griffin Herring picked up the save for the second consecutive game as he pitched two scoreless innings. Herring says he was prepared to pitch again after getting the final outs on Thursday…
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LSU will try for the sweep this afternoon. Game three is at one pm.

Louisiana Tech clinched the number one seed in next week’s Conference USA Tournament in Ruston by sweeping a doubleheader from Liberty. The Bulldogs defeated the Flames 12 to 8 in game one, ten to one in game two and they are 41-15 on the season.
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The Ragin Cajuns wrap up the regular season today at two pm against South Alabama after splitting a double header with the Jaguars, winning the first six to five, but losing the second game ten to nothing. U-L Lafayette will be looking for its 40th win of the year today.

Nicholls can clinch a share of the Southland Conference regular season title today if they can complete a sweep of McNeese today. The Colonels clobbered the Cowboys ten to three yesterday.

In the NCAA Softball Tournament…Southeastern Louisiana upset Clemson in the Tuscloosa Regional six to two. It was the Lions first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. S-L-U will play Alabama at 10:30 today.

LSU and U-L Lafayette also advanced to the winner bracket. The Tigers will play Southern Illinois at noon today, while the Cajuns will battle Baylor at 2 PM.

Former LSU pitcher Paul Skenes threw six hitless innings and had eleven strikeouts in his first Major League win, a Pittsburgh nine to three victory over the Cubs.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

The LSU baseball team got another great pitching performance today and will go for the sweep tomorrow against Ole Miss Rebels. Luke Holman struck out out nine in 6.2 innings as the Tigers doubled up Ole Miss four to two. Griffin Herring got out of a one out, two runners on jam in the eighth inning and earned his sixth save. Tommy White homered. Alex Milazzo and Josh Pearson had RBI singles. The final game of the series and the regular season is tomorrow at 1 PM. A win gives LSU 13 SEC wins.

Former LSU pitcher Paul Skenes struck out 11 in six hitless innings as the Pirates blew out the Cubs today today.

Louisiana Tech blew a six run lead but beat Liberty 12 to 8 in eleven innings. Jorge Corona homered twice.

ULM won game one its best of three series with Arkansas State today, 12 to 4 was the final score.

U-L Lafayette softball blanked Princeton eight to nothing in five innings to advance to the winner’s bracket. The Cajuns will play the winner of today’s game between Baylor and Ole Miss tomorrow.

Southeastern Louisiana pulled off the upset in the Tuscaloosa Regional beating Clemson six to two. It’s the Lions first ever NCAA Tournament win. They will likely play Alabama tomorrow.

The nation’s number one prospect at wide receiver for the Class of 2025 has de-committed from LSU. Dakorian Moore from Duncanville, Texas committed to the Tigers last August, but he announced yesterday he’s re-opening his commitment. Texas, Oregon and Ohio State are other schools interested in Moore.

Saints fans have dissected the 2024 regular season schedule which came out this week. Luke Johnson covers the Saints for nola-dot-com and says based on 2023 win-loss records, the 2024 schedule is not difficult….
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And congratulations to Angel Reese. She graduated from LSU today with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Reese and the Chicago Sky play tomorrow night in Dallas.

LRN PM Newscall May 17

The Supreme Court ruled the most recent state congressional map approved by lawmakers with two majority Black districts will be the one to use in the upcoming election. Mel Bridges has more.

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The Louisiana Senate has passed the Gator Scholarship Program which would give parents the ability to receive taxpayer dollars to pay for private school tuition. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Supreme Court says the most recent congressional map approved by lawmakers with two Black majority districts will be the one used in upcoming federal elections. Louisiana Secretary of State Nancy Landry says the May 15th ruling came just in time…

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Some questioned why the Secretary of State’s office put a May 15th deadline on having a map in place when the election is not until November. Landry says it takes months to run a statewide election.

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Landry says anyone within the changed districts will know long before they cast any votes…

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Qualifying for the Congressional races is from July 17th to 19th.

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The Louisiana Senate has approved the bill that creates the Gator Scholarship Program which will provide parents public dollars to pay for private school tuition. The bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Rick Edmonds, says this is a historic moment as the legislation will give parents options on where to send their child to school..

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The E-S-A bill passed on a 24-15 vote. It still needs House approval. Opponents are concerned about the overall cost of the program which could be 500-million.

New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis voted against the legislation. He says Education Savings Accounts are an abandonment of public education and its teachers…

Cut 7 (13) “…in the program.”  

The Gator Scholarship program would replace the state’s current voucher program which provides state tax dollars to low income families to help pay for non-public school tuition. The voucher program also can help a family move their child from a C, D or F-graded school.

The Gator Scholarship program would start by offering grants to families who currently involved in the voucher program. It will eventually open up to all families. Senate President Cameron Henry says the E-S-A bill was amended so the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will determine how fast the program will grow and who will be eligible…

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A bill to ban transgender people from using school restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity passed in the Senate 29 to 10. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis asked Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, who presented it to the Senate, why it’s needed. She says because of an incident that happened at a Louisiana park restroom…

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Duplessis believes this bill is a cultural war issue meant to drum up unnecessary fear…

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Mizell, meanwhile, champions the bill as protecting women…

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The bill would also separate restrooms in prisons and domestic violence shelters. The bill awaits Governor Landry’s signature.

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Organizers say they are off to a strong start in the first month of the recall effort to oust embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape. Noble-Bates Young with Family First St. Tammany says they’ve collected about 6,000 signatures but they’ll need to have 36,000 by October.

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Tape ran unopposed and a recall effort began after criminal accusations of child sexual abuse more than two decades ago in New Mexico came to light.

With festival season about to wind down, Young says they will rely heavily on business hubs to collect signatures.

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As for who will run against Tape if the recall is successful, Young says Family First St. Tammany is focused on getting enough signatures right now.

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Young says if they meet their goal it will most likely be on the Spring 2025 ballot for St. Tammany Parish voters.

12:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Senate has given approval to the creation of the Gator Scholarship Program which will provide parents public dollars to pay for private school tuition. The bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Rick Edmonds, says this is a historic moment as the legislation will give parents options on where to send their child to school…
cut 6 (11) “…of Louisiana”
The E-S-A bill passed on a 24-15 vote. It still needs House approval. Opponents are concerned about the overall cost of the program which could be 500-million.

Organizers say they are off to a strong start in the first month of the recall effort to oust embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape. Noble-Bates Young with Family First St. Tammany says they’ve collected about 6,000 signatures but they’ll need 36,000.
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Tape has said that once voters get to know his work, they’ll be pleased with his performance. He ran unopposed in the last election.

Legislation mandating the 10 Commandments be displayed in public school and college classrooms is nearing final passage. Brooke Thorington explains…
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11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU pitcher Gage Jump pitched a gem last night and the LSU Tigers won the first game of its series against Ole Miss by beating the Rebels five to one in a game that was delayed for about an hour and half by weather. Jump struck out eight hitters over six innings and gave up one run. LSU’s Luke Holman will try to duplicate that performance today.

Louisiana Tech plays a doubleheader today against Liberty to wrap up the regular season. The Bulldogs Adarius Myers drove in the go ahead run in the ninth last night as the Bulldogs defeated Liberty four to three.

The 21st ranked Ragin Cajuns could not finish their game with South Alabama last night. U-L Lafayette leads the Jaguars six to four in the sixth inning and the game will resume at 3 PM.

ULM’s baseball game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth with the Warhawks leading Arkansas State eight to four. The game will resume at 1 PM today.

Southeastern Louisiana clinched a spot in the Southland Tournament by sweeping Texas A-and-M Corpus Christi.

The highlight of the Saints 2024 schedule is Sean Payton’s return to the Superdome on October 17th. New Orleans and Payton’s Broncos will play on Thursday night football. Nola-dot-com’s Luke Johnson covers the Saints and says it’s a game the Saints should win…
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The Saints kick off the season by hosting Carolina September eight.

NCAA Softball Regional action gets underway today. At 1:30 PM, LSU hosts Jackson State and at noon U-L Lafayette hosts Princeton. The Cajuns are hosting their first Regional since 2016. Infielder Brooke Ellestad says it’s good to be home…
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9:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing a law that would require the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public classroom from kindergaten all the way through college. But is it constitutional? New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis believes its not, because it promotes Christianity over other religions…
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But supporters of the legislation say the Ten Commandments is historical and is the foundation of our legal system.

NCAA Softball Regional action gets underway today. At 1:30 PM, LSU hosts Jackson State and at noon U-L Lafayette hosts Princeton. The Cajuns are hosting their first Regional since 2016. Infielder Brooke Ellestad says it’s good to be home…
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Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has spent the week in Cuba, which is experiencing a food shortage. The Cuban government is asking not just to buy seeds and fertilizer from the US but also for assistance and expertise from US farmers to help them become more self-sustainable. Strain says America needs to have a presence in Cuba and if they don’t someone else will.
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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are participating in Safe Boating Week which gets underway tomorrow. Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents L-D-W-F senior agent Thomas Wolf says the penalties for operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated are the same as driving a vehicle…
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