LRN PM Newscall July 1

It appears that Zion Williamson will be nesting with the Pelicans for a few more years. David Grubb has the details…

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Beginning today you’ll pay less for feminine products and diapers thanks to the pink tax exemption. Brooke Thorington explains.

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says extra officers will be on  the highways this fourth of July weekend to detect and stop impaired drivers. Spokesperson Mark Lambert says if you plan on drinking to celebrate America’s birthday, let someone else drive

Cut 3 (04) “…to drive.”

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says based on data from LSU 100 people were injured and six people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during last year’s Independence Day holiday. Lambert says one of the biggest travel threats to families is an impaired driver

Cut 4  (11) “…judgement”

Lambert says also reminds revelers that even some legal prescription drugs can impair your judgement…

Cut 5  (12) “…not as good”

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The Pelicans and star forward Zion Williamson have reportedly reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension that will keep Williamson in New Orleans for the next six years. The deal could be worth up to $231 million. Fox Sports’ Rob Parker says it was a no-brainer for both sides.

Cut 6 (11) ” …match made in heaven.” 

Williamson’s deal reportedly contains protections for both the team and the player. Zion has played in just 85 of a possible 226 games over his career so far, and Parker says that even with his injury history, the Pelicans’ potential reward is worth the risk of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.

Cut 7 (10) “…gotta sign him.” 

The NBA’s free agency frenzy has begun, though while other teams are overhauling their rosters the Pelicans are adding Williamson to a core that pushed the Phoenix Suns to six games in the playoffs. The Western Conference is always stacked, but Parker believes the Pels are poised for another postseason run.

Cut 8 (08) “…that talented.”

Williamson’s extension can’t be officially announced until July 6.

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Beginning today you’ll no longer pay state sales tax on feminine products along with diapers. It’s called the “Pink Tax” exemption and it’s a result of New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman’s legislation from the 2021 legislative session. She says it’s a tax emption that will help women in Louisiana.

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The “Pink Tax” exemption includes diapers for both children and adults.

In Louisiana you do not pay state sales tax on food or medicine because they are necessities and Freeman says the “Pink Tax” exemption makes sense because feminine products and diapers are also essential. The New Orleans Democrat said the “Pink Tax” impacts all women regardless of their pollical affiliation.

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The “Pink Tax” exemption has been debated in the legislature since 2017 and in 2020 Freeman was successful in having legislation to allow municipalities the choice to remove the “Pink Tax” and now the sales tax has been removed.

Freeman proposed legislation this year for schools to provide feminine products for students which ultimately failed but she plans to refile the bill next year.

Cut 11 (08)  “…poverty issue.” 

In honor of the “Pink Tax” exemption, for the month of July, the Jr. League of New Orleans is collecting diapers and feminine products to assist low-income families.

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28-year-old Brian Allen of Alexandria is facing second-degree murder charges for allegedly providing fentanyl that led to an overdose death in Pineville. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Tommy Carnline says over the past several months, detectives have been investigating overdose related deaths

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Allen has also been charged with criminal conspiracy and possession and distribution of a C-D-S-two, which is fentanyl. Carnline says Sheriff Mark Wood has made it a priority to arrest drug dealers responsible for overdose deaths…

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Carnline says they are having some success in linking overdose deaths with the person who provided the deadly drug

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1:30 LRN newscast

Beginning today you’ll pay less for feminine products and diapers thanks to the pink tax exemption. Brooke Thorington explains.
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Cooking out for the 4th of July will cost 17-percent more than last year. Louisiana Farm Bureau spokesperson Avery Davidson….
cut 29 (09) “…on average”
But Davidson says the cost for strawberries, sliced cheese and potato chips is lower.

28-year-old Brian Allen of Alexandria is facing second-degree murder charges for allegedly providing fentanyl that led to an overdose death in Pineville. Rapides Paris Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Tommy Carnline says over the past several months, detectives have been investigating overdose related deaths
Cut 12 (08) “…made the connection”
Allen has also been charged with criminal conspiracy and possession and distribution of a C-D-S-two, which is fentanyl.

The Pelicans and star forward Zion Williamson have reportedly reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension that will keep Williamson in New Orleans for the next six years. The deal could be worth up to $231 million. Fox Sports’ Rob Parker says it’s a no-brainer for both sides.
Cut 6 (11) ” …match made in heaven.”

12:30 LRN Newscast

Now that Governor Edwards is done signing and vetoing bills, will lawmakers seek to override any of his vetoes? Kevin Gallagher has more…:
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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents are participating in Operation Dry Water. LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck says it’s their annual enforcement of state waterways looking for impaired operators…
Cut 10 (07) “…on the waterways.”

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says extra officers will be on the highways this fourth of July weekend to detect and stop impaired drivers. Spokesperson Mark Lambert says if you plan on drinking to celebrate America’s birthday, let someone else drive…
cut 3 (04) “….to drive”
Lambert says 100 people were injured and six people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during last year’s Independence Day holiday.

The world of college athletics is changing again as U-S-C and U-C-L-A are heading from the Pac-12 to the Big 10 and will begin playing in the Big 10 in 2024. NYU Sports Law professor Dan Lust says the SEC’s move to poach Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 last year certainly pushed the Big Ten to make a counter move….
cut 14 (12) “…keep pace”
Lust expects more dominoes to fall as other conferences scramble to remain viable against these two juggernauts.

10:30 LRN Newscast July 1

Ballots were sent out this week that ask state lawmakers if they want to cancel a veto session currently scheduled for June 16th. The governor vetoed over two dozen bills from the recent regular session. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says the deadline for returning ballots if they do not want a veto session is July 11th…
cut 9 (12) “….when they come in”

The world of college athletics is changing again as U-S-C and U-C-L-A are heading from the Pac-12 to the Big 10 and will begin playing in the Big 10 in 2024. NYU Sports Law professor Dan Lust says the SEC’s move to poach Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 last year certainly pushed the Big Ten to make a counter move….
ut 14 (12) “…keep pace”
Lust expects more dominoes to fall as other conferences scramble to remain viable against these two juggernauts.

Cooking out for the 4th of July will cost more this year. Brooke Thorington has more on what you can expect to pay.
ct 1 (34) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agents are conducting Operation Dry Water this Fourth of July weekend. LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck says they will arrest boat operators who are impaired…
cut 12 (10) “….already”

8:30 LRN Newscast

Ballots went out this week to state lawmakers for them to vote on cancelling a veto session. The Conservative Caucus in the House is pushing for an override veto session after the governor vetoed bills to provide more school options for students and personal liberty legislation when it comes vaccination status. But House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says there are some lawmakers who are not interested in holding a veto session….
cut 8 (07) “…them are”
It would take a majority vote in either the House or Senate to cancel the veto session, which is scheduled for July 16th.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents are participating in Operation Dry Water. LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck says it’s their annual enforcement of state waterways looking for impaired operators…
Cut 10 (07) “…on the waterways.”

Former Monroe Police officer Jared Desadier is expected to enter a guilty plea in a police brutality case today. That’s according to the attorneys for the victim, Timothy Williams, who says in April of 2020 he was kicked in the face and head after running from officers. Desadier was accused of malfeasance in office and second-degree battery.

Has the Power 5 been shrunken to the Super 2? David Grubb has the story on another major shakeup in college sports…
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7:30 LRN Newscast July 1

Now that Governor Edwards is done signing and vetoing bills, will lawmakers seek to override any of his vetoes? Kevin Gallagher has more…:
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The U-S Supreme Court has ruled that the Clean Air Act does not give the EPA broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Environmental advocates say the decision is a blow in the fight against climate change, while the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association applauds the Supreme Court’s decision saying EPA’s regulations have cost Americans at the pump.

The cost of a fourth of July cookout is 17-percent higher compared to last year according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Louisiana Farm Bureau spokesperson Avery Davidson says supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine and gas prices have made farm supplies more expensive…
cut 6 (08) “…transported”
Survey results showed the retail price for two pounds of ground beef is up 36-percent from last year.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents will take part in Operation Dry Water this Fourth of July weekend. L-D-W-F spokesperson Adam Einck says agents will be out in force patrolling state waterways for impaired boat operators…
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Einck says a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

Hold on to your hats as we are looking at another round of realignment in college athletics. In a move that caught nearly everyone by surprise, U-S-C and U-C-L-A are heading from the Pac-12 to the Big 10 and will begin playing in the Big 10 in 2024. NYU Sports Law professor and co-host of the Conduct Deterimental podcast, Dan Lust, says the SEC’s move to poach Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 last year certainly pushed the Big Ten to make a counter move….
cut 14 (12) “…keep pace”
Lust says he expects more dominoes to fall as other conferences scramble to remain viable against these two juggernauts.

LSU is scheduled to kick-off the 2024 season against USC in Las Vegas. That will be the Trojans first game as a member of the Big 10. In other football scheduling news, the Tigers are set to host Louisiana Tech again in 2025.

The Pelicans introduced two of their draft picks to the media yesterday. New Orleans was surprised when E-J Liddell was still available when they took him with the 41st pick. Liddell says his competitiveness is his greatest asset and New Orleans is the perfect fit…
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Liddell played three seasons at Ohio State and shot 37-percent from three point territory this past season.

In transfer portal news, LSU’s Drew Bianco has entered the transfer portal. Bianco has been with the Tigers for four seasons, but only had five hits this past season. Meanwhile the Ragin Cajuns are adding to their pitching staff as Charleston Southern’s Jerry Couch plans to play his senior season at U-L Lafayette. Couch was 3-and-3 with a 6.55 ERA this past season.

6:30 LRN Newscast July 1

Governor Edwards vetoed 28 bills passed by state lawmakers in the recent regular legislative session. The question is “will lawmakers convene a veto override session?” House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says ballots to cancel the veto session went out this week…:
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All it takes is a majority of lawmakers in either the House or Senate to cancel a veto session.

Another major shake up in college athletics is taking place as U-C-L-A and U-S-C are moving from the Pac-12 to the Big 10. NYU Sports Law professor Dan Lust says this probably spells the end of the so-called “Power 5.” and the Big 10 and the SEC could be the last two major conferences standing
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Cooking out for the 4th of July will cost more this year. Brooke Thorington has more on what you can expect to pay.
Cut 1 (34) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

LRN PM Newscall June 30

If you’re still experiencing problems with recovery from Hurricane Ida, GOHSEP has launched a new program. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Mosquitoes are everywhere this summer, and according to the LDH, so is West Nile Virus. Who’s at risk and what can you do to protect yourself? David Grubb has the details…

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GOHSEP launches a program to help Hurricane Ida survivors who have exhausted all their avenues in recovery but still need assistance. Spokesperson Mike Steele says the Disaster Case Management Program connects case managers to those who have unmet needs.

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The is website GetAGamePlan.org then forward slash Ida-D-C-M-P.  The Disaster Case Management Program is funded by FEMA. Steele says there’s a reason it wasn’t set up sooner as to give insurance companies time to answer claims.

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Steele says the website also has a general questionnaire about one’s recovery status which helps the state and FEMA gauge recovery as we approach the year anniversary of Ida. Steele says for example someone’s home is now livable, but their appliances were destroyed.

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Twenty-five parishes were declared federal disaster areas following Hurricane Ida.

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The Louisiana Department of Health has reported the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. State epidemiologist Theresa Sokol says the risk for West Nile is higher than normal, with 175 mosquito pools indicating the presence of the virus, compared to 13 a year ago, so preventative measures are a must.

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LDH advises doing what you can around your home to keep it mosquito-proof by eliminating standing water, keeping your gutters clean, changing the water in birdbaths regularly, and keeping your swimming pool properly cleaned. And when you are outside…

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Sokol says those who are over the age of 60 and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions carry the highest amount of risk for developing the more severe infection, West Nile Encephalitis, which can result in hospitalization and the potential for death or severe brain damage.

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For more information on West Nile and tips on how to protect yourself and your home, visit L-D-H-dot-L-A-dot-gov.

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Construction is underway on the second phase of elevating LA 1 in Lafourche Parish between the Leeville Bridge to Golden Meadow. Executive Director of the LA 1 coalition Henri Boulet says once the project is completed in 2027, vehicles who use this important corridor will travel 22-feet above sea level

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The price tag for the elevated stretch of highway is over 800-million dollars. Boulet says the project received a large amount of federal grant money as a result of 20 private industry partners providing over a million dollars in match money

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Boulet says there’s been a serious effort to elevate LA-1 for 25 years as storm surge from huricanes and tropical storms can sometimes close the highway for several days, costing the U-S millions of dollars in oil and gas production.

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The state department of transportation says over 13-hundred trucks and heavy vehicles travel the LA 1 southern corridor daily to support port activity and energy production, but it’s often closed for several days after tropical storms and hurricanes.

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Baton Rouge Police say a worker at a fast food restaurant was shot over an argument about a food order. Sergeant L’ Jean McKneely says the gunman was upset his order was given to another customer and confronted the worker in the parking lot

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McKneely says the shooting victim’s injuries are not life threatening and no arrests have been made.

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McKneely says shooting occurred at Freddy’s Frozen Custard near I-12 off of Millerville Road…

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1:30 LRN Newscast

Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as a U-S Supreme Court Justice today replacing the retiring Stephen Breyer. The nation’s highest court will determine if Louisiana’s Congressional map approved by legislators is constitutional. U-L-M Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley expects the court to rule that it does not violate the Voting Rights Act…
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The Louisiana Department of Health has reported the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. State epidemiologist Theresa Sokol says the risk for West Nile is higher than normal, with 175 mosquito pools indicating the presence of the virus, compared to just 13 a year ago…
Cut 6 (09) ” …mosquito bites.”
Sokol says eliminate standing water around your home, keeping the gutters clean and regularly change the water in birdbaths.

Baton Rouge Police say a worker at a fast food restaurant was shot over an argument about a food order. Sergeant L’ Jean McKneely says the gunman was upset his order was given to another customer and confronted the worker in the parking lot…
cut 12 (09) “…the employee”
McKNeely says the shooting victim’s injuries are not life threatening and no arrests have been made.

Work has begun on elevating LA 1 in Lafourche Parish from the Leeville Bridge to Golden Meadow. The price tag for this elevated stretch of highway is over 800-million dollars. Executive Director of the LA 1 Coalition Henri Boulet says the project received a large amount of federal grant money as a result of 20 private industry partners providing over a million dollars in match money
Cut 10 (10) “…strong application”
Boulet says there’s been a serious effort to elevate LA-1 for 25 years as storm surge from hurricanes and tropical storms can sometimes close the highway for several days, costing the U-S millions of dollars in oil and gas production.