430 PM LRN News

The 4 PM shows Tropical Storm Ida’s track shifting a bit east with landfall expected west of Morgan City sometime Sunday afternoon. Projections put the system at a category two hurricane when it hits land. State Climatologist Barry Keim says he expects Ida to develop rapidly once it gets into the Gulf on Saturday…

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No evacuation orders have been issued so far but that could be on the table should the system further strengthen in the warm gulf waters. Governor Edwards says either way some sheltering will likely be needed, a concerning problem with the state in the middle of the 4th COVID surge.

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The AP releases shocking body camera footage from a 2019 traffic stop in Monroe where a State Police Trooper repeatedly bludgeons a Black man while he seemingly was complying with officers during an arrest. 46-year-old Aaron Bowman had multiple broken bones and a nasty gash on his head as a result, but Trooper Jacob Brown defended the beating calling it “pain compliance”. Bowman’s Attorney Donecia Banks-Miley says that’s “bull”.

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Video and audio captured from the incident do not appear to show Bowman resisting as he is held down by several troopers.

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230 PM LRN News

The cone of uncertainty for Tropical Depression Nine has narrowed with the likely landing spot somewhere along the Louisiana coast. The system looks like it could be as strong as category three by landfall and once it forms it will either be named Ida or Julian.

Landfall is likely to be sometime late Sunday or early Monday and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell says you don’t have a lot of time to prepare so much sure you visit get-a-game-plan-dot-org when you get some time today…

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If a major storm hits Louisiana’s coast early next week. Shelters will likely be needed. Governor Edwards says this presents another challenge with a high rate of COVID transmission…

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Grusome body camera footage of a State Trooper beating a Black man in Monroe during a 2019 traffic stop was released by the AP. 46-year-old Aaron Bowman is seen being beat about 18 times with a metal flashlight during a traffic stop where police allege he committed a minor traffic violation then resisted arrest. Bowman’s Attorney Donecia Banks-Miley says her client has been continually harassed by local law enforcement due to the color of his skin…

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23-year old Davonta (Dah-von-tah) Verret was arrested in Mississippi this morning for the shooting death of 8-year old Treyce (Trace) Bryant of Houma last March.  Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman says once it was confirmed they had Verret in custody the arrest was emotional.

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530 PM LRN News

A high schooler and infant less than one years old were both reported to have died of COVID today. 14-year-old Baker football player and high school Freshman Patrick Sanders’ death shocked the community and has resulted in the quarantining of the entire football team. 12 children are now reported by the state health department to have died of COVID since the start of the pandemic.

The now dominant and more infectious Delta variant has health officials praying for the day when the FDA gives emergency use authorization to vaccinations for kids younger than 12. One of those is Children’s Hospital New Orleans Physician in Chief Dr. Mark Kline who says Pfizer is likely to ask for authorization in October…

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110 total OVID-related deaths were reported by LDH today.  

President of the Louisiana Restaurant Association says a majority of those eligible to receive assistance from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund did not…

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The Louisiana SPCA reports their shelters are at capacity with pets that need to be adopted. Spokesperson Alicia Vial says from now until September 19th they’ve cut their adoption fee to 25 dollars for all cats over six months old and large dogs…

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230 PM LRN News

The state health department reports a child under the age of one has died from COVID-19. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Physician in Chief at Children’s Hospital New Orleans Dr. Mark Kline says Pfizer will likely ask for vaccine approval for kids five and older in October…

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President of the Louisiana Restaurant Association Stan Harris says 62 percent of state restaurants that applied for Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants did not receive any money. Harris says this federal failure has many owners strongly considering closing up shop…

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Harris says originally restaurants asked Congress for $120 billion but only received $28.6-billion. Louisiana requested a billion of that but only 393 million ultimately was handed out.

A tropical disturbance in the south-central Caribbean has an 80 percent chance of developing over the next five days. The system is expected to move towards the Yucatan peninsula and enter the Gulf of Mexico Saturday night. The models are all over the place right now, showing landfall anywhere from Louisiana to the Texas/Mexico border sometime Monday or Tuesday.  

130 PM LRN News

Full FDA authorization was given to Pfizer’s vaccine for those 16 and older, and those still 12 and up and get the shot under the EUA but it looks like kids under 12 won’t be eligible for several months. Physician in Chief at Children’s Hospital New Orleans Dr. Mark Kline says clinical trials in children are ongoing.

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Two Caddo Parish high schoolers were arrested for threatening school shootings yesterday, both of them caught before anything could happen due to their social media posts. One student posted a direct threat on Snapchat while another took a picture of him brining a loaded gun to campus on Instragram. Caddo Parish Sheriffs Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says one of those social media companies was the one to tip-off authorities.

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President of the Louisiana Restaurant Association says a majority of those eligible to receive assistance from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund did not. Brooke Thorington has more

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The state continues to register a very slow decline in COVID-related hospitalizations today. We’re down 12 from Tuesday and six percent week to week, but still far above any point set before the 4th wave began in July. 110 new COVID deaths were also reported today, making that two days in a row over 100.  

1130 AM LRN News

Caddo Parish Sheriffs made arrests yesterday in two separate incidents where students made school shooting threats. Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says one of those arrested was 18-year-old Raybon Marter of who threatened to do a school shooting at Southwood High School on Snapchat.

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In another, unrelated event, a 15-year-old was found with a loaded gun at Woodlawn Leadership Academy after an Instagram post.

President of the Louisiana Restaurant Association Stan Harris says the industry is still struggling and eateries in the state failed to receive their fair share of funding from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

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Now that the FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer COVID vaccine LSU students will have to be vaccinated or tested for COVID.

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The AP has obtained police body camera footage of a 2019 incident in Monroe where a Black man was severely beaten by a State Trooper with a flashlight. The disturbing footage shows the officer screaming expletives at Aaron Bowman, beating Bowman with the flashlight as the man pleaded that he was not resisting.

530 PM LRN News

LSU announces fans will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test from the last 72 hours to get into Tiger Stadium this season. LSU Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Catherine O’Neal celebrated the news, saying this allows people to recapture a sense of normalcy…

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Season ticket holders who want a refund must email tickets@lsu.edu by Friday.

If you chose not to get vaccinated state leaders like Ag Commissioner Mike Strain implore you not to use Ivermectin instead. Strain says there was some evidence at one point that the anti-parasitic might be effective against COVID but those studies were retracted by reputable medical journals…

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Five puppies are now safe and sound after spending days at the bottom of a 65-foot dry well in Washington Parish. Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana Jeff Dorson says in his 33 years in the field, he’s never seen such an operation. Overall Dorson says the puppies are in great shape considering and crews kept them fed and watered throughout the three-day rescue.

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He says the five pit-bull mix puppies along with their mother will be up for adoption once they’ve been released from Mandeville Animal Hospital.

Saints QB Jameis Winston looked like starter material last night against the Jags. Winston showed great chemistry with second year receiver Marquez Callaway who grabbed two TDs. Callaway was modest about his big game…

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430 PM LRN News

Tiger Stadium adopts the same vaccination policy as the Superdome ahead of the regular season home opener in two weeks. That means fans will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to gain entry, a move celebrated by LSU Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Catherine O’Neal. O’Neal says this creates a relatively safe environment for vaccinated fans. As for the unvaccinated…

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Unvaccinated individuals must produce a negative PCR test result that was taken within 72 hours of the game.

Jameis Winston made a strong case in the Saints’ preseason win over Jacksonville that he should take the reigns as starting QB.  It was the first game he started since 2019 when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he had a near-perfect QB rating…

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A gaggle of puppies got trapped in a well in Washington Parish. Brooke Thorington has more on the three-day rescue.

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After five straight days of declining COVID-related hospitalizations the state saw a small bump in those hospitalized, along with a record day for COVID-related deaths according to the Governor’s office. 139 people are reported dead from COVID today, topping the previous high of 129 in April of 2020. 

230 PM LRN News

Tiger fans will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test from the last 72 hours to get into Tiger Stadium this season. LSU Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Catherine O’Neal says this policy creates a relatively safe environment for fully vaccinated individuals, and allows people to recapture a sense of normalcy…

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Season ticket holders who want a refund must email tickets@lsu.edu by Friday.

Saints fans had to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to get into last night’s preseason game where QB Jameis Winston showed great chemistry with second year receiver Marquez Callaway who grabbed two TDs. Callaway was modest about his big game…

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Ag Commissioner joins the growing list of state officials asking residents to avoid taking Ivermectin for COVID. Strain says there’s little to no evidence the drug is suited to take on COVID, and even worse it can have really nasty side effects, especially if taken improperly.

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Five puppies are now safe and sound after spending days at the bottom of a 65-foot dry well in Washington Parish. Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana Jeff Dorson says responders tied leashes together to form a type of webbing, enticed puppies with food into the webbing, and pulled them to safety.

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1130 AM LRN News

LSU will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter Tiger Stadium for the home opener against McNeese September 11th. LSU Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Catherine O’Neal says this added layer of protection means those who are fully vaccinated can feel pretty safe going to the game.

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O’Neal says those who are elderly or immunocompromised should not go to the game even if vaccinated.

Five puppies are now safe and sound after spending days at the bottom of a 65-foot dry well in Washington Parish. Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana Jeff Dorson says responders were forced to get creative in order to save the five pitbull mix puppies.

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BESE issued a unified response for adjourning last week’s meeting early after protestors refused to comply with mask mandates and have no plans to meet before the current mask mandate expires.  Brooke Thorington has more.

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LSU students must show proof of vaccination by September 10 and proof of full vaccination by October 15th according to an announcement by new President William Tate. Students will be able to submit proof of vaccination starting September 7th. Students who opt out of taking the vaccine must submit to periodic testing.