5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 23

Legislation to lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be considered an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says an increase in crime including deadly shootings, home invasions and carjackings was the motivation for the bill. She says the state has suffered enough and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis says from 2017-2020 the number of juvenile crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700 and putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to a House committee for more discussion.

The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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In a unanimous vote, the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System has named Dr. Martin Lemelle as the next president of Grambling State University. Lemelle is an alum of Grambling and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Grambling. He will serve as Grambling’s 11th president.

12:30 LRN Newscast Feb 23

Legislation to lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be considered an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says an increase in crime including deadly shootings, home invasions and carjackings was the motivation for the bill. She says the state has suffered enough and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

 

New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis says from 2017-2020 the number of juvenile crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700 and putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to a House committee for more discussion.

A bill to double the minimum prison sentence for carjackings receives full passage in the House. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel was questioned by New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard if the state can handle an influx of prisoners with new laws passed in the crime special session.

Cut 7 (12) “…to jail.”  

The bill passed on an 89-15 vote and heads to a Senate committee for debate.

And a Baton Rouge judge has ruled against a temporary restraining order filed on behalf of advocacy groups who say limiting public input on laws debated in the crime special session is unlawful.

 

AM LRN Newscall Feb 23

Due to last year’s severe drought, Governor Landry sent a letter to the USDA requesting critical aid for Louisiana’s crawfish industry. Teiko Foxx spoke with a crawfish farmer about much-needed assistance…

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

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The Promise Justice Initiative has filed for a temporary restraining order against the legislature because public input on the crime special session bills has been limited. Brooke Thorington explains.

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 A bill allowing concealed carry by Louisiana adults without a permit is headed to the house after passing the senate 28-10 Thursday. Colleen Crain has the story…

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Governor Landry has sent a letter to USDA requesting they provide much-needed federal assistance for Louisiana’s crawfish industry which is struggling to harvest mudbugs this year because of last summer’s drought. Chairman of Crawfish Promotion and Research Board David Savoy says help is needed for farmers who have invested thousands of dollars and have not seen great results.

Cut 4 (10) “…electric bills.”

Louisiana State University’s Agriculture Center estimated the potential losses to be nearly $140 million due to the combined drought and freeze. While crawfish production is expected to pick up, Savoy says the severity of this year’s loss in crawfish production will continue to impact farmers.

Cut 5 (10) “…little production.” 

Savoy says farmers lost a third of its acres and it’s going to take efforts by the USDA to help the crawfish industry bounce back. He says crawfish production will be an ongoing issue for the next three to four years because…

Cut 6 (11) “…seed that.”

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The Promise Justice Initiative has filed for a temporary restraining order against the legislature because public input on bills has been limited to an hour in committee meetings. A hearing will be held today, and Erica Navalance with PJI says lawmakers are trying to rush through sweeping monumental changes to our laws…

Cut 7 (09) “…represent.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday Navalance says during the House Criminal Justice Committee meetings the public was allowed only one hour to speak, and individuals were limited to three minutes for comment.

Cut 8 (13) “…all of us.” 

Navalance says the state constitution demands a process that allows for full and meaningful participation by the public, whether they are for, against, or neutral on the topic.

Cut 9 (10)  “…make laws.”

The hearing is scheduled for 9 am in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge today. PJI and Voice of The Experienced (VOTE) filed the restraining order against the legislature.

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No, they are not giant mosquitoes. But Louisianans are seeing an abundance of large mosquito like insects known as crane flies stirring in the Bayou State. Assistant Professor in Urban Entomology at LSU Ag Center Dr. Aaron Ashbrook says the long-winged insect may be a nuisance but they play an important role in our ecosystem.

Cut 10 (13) “…the environment.”

Ashbrook says the Bayou State typically sees large emergences of crane flies, known as mosquito hawks, in February and March. Most adults are typically attracted to light and water. He says the adult insect mate, lay eggs, and only live a week or two.

Cut 11 (12) “…are dying.” 

While they have a reputation for being blood-sucking dangerous insects, Ashbrook says they are completely harmless and don’t bite. And for those who find crane flies to be a nuisance…

Cut 12 (11) “…crane flies.” 

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A bill allowing concealed carry by Louisiana adults without a permit is headed to the house after passing the senate 28-10 Thursday. Senator Blake Miguez of New Iberia sponsored the bill and says other states that passed permit-less concealed carry laws have not seen an increase in violent gun crimes…

Cut 13 (08)  “…equal footing.”

Miguez says, law enforcement is divided on the bill, but New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis shared a letter from the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police opposing the bill then questioned how permit-less conceal carry helps police…

Cut 14 (10) “…God-given right.”

West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says the Fraternal Order of Police is a labor union and doesn’t represent all law enforcement. Quoting from a letter received from Retired West Monroe Police Chief, Jeff Terrell, he says the Founders made it clear that restrictions hurt law-biding citizens…

Cut 15 (07) “…or cannot.”

Duplessis called the bill one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation to ever pass out of the Senate…

Cut 16 (07) “…community safer.” 

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Cut 17 (16) “…they will.” 

 

Cut 18 (17)  “…along the way.” 

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Cut 19 (15) “…be fun.”

 

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5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 22

There are three bills sponsored by Kenner Republican Debbie Villio that will gut the 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiatives and drastically reduce a prisoner’s opportunity for early release. In House Criminal Justice, Villio advocated for House Bill 9 that eliminates parole eligibility for crimes committed after August 1st of this year.

Cut 12 (13) “…a difference.”

Former Gretna Representative Joe Marino attended the hearing to speak against the bill. Marino says eliminating parole and forcing prisoners to serve 85% of their sentence…

Cut 13 (13) “…to want.”
The bill heads to the House floor for more debate.

Governor Jeff Landry signs an executive order that keeps a big property tax break in place for manufacturers, but it removes the job creation requirement that was added during the Edwards’ administration. Landry says the job creation requirement only created bureaucratic red tape.

Cut 9 (05) “…into Louisiana.” 

 

More than 32 thousand Louisiana high school students enrolled in college courses during the 22-23 school year, making it three years in a row dual enrollment has increased. And Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed says minority student participation has increased over three years by seven percent.

Cut 4 (09) “…the board.”

Hunter-Reed says they are committed to dual enrollment opportunities for all students. She points out a virtual instruction program is accessible to students in underpopulated parts of the state.

1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 22

Governor Jeff Landry has removed a job creation requirement for manufacturers to receive a significant property tax break. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

If you think something is wrong with your cellphone, it’s most likely not your phone, it’s the network. Multiple carriers are reporting outages. If you have wi-fi on your phone, you can make calls and receive through that versus the cell carrier. A reason for the outage has not been released.

A bill that for the most part would eliminate parole opportunities advances to the House floor. Former Gretna Representative Joe Marino attended the House Criminal Justice Committee hearing on the bill to speak against House Bill 9. Marino says there’s proven that data showing rehab programs work and that severely limiting one’s opportunity for parole doesn’t….

Cut  14 (14) “..the smartest.”

LSU men’s basketball took down another Top 25-ranked team last night as the Tigers rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat 17th-ranked Kentucky 75-74 on a buzzer-beating. Coach Matt McMahon says it was an amazing ending.

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10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 22

The legislature is set to vote today on several of Governor Jeff Landry’s crime-focused bills. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it looks like the state will soon have a much stricter criminal justice code that would give inmates fewer options to get out of jail before their sentence is up…
cut 24 (09) “…of prison.”

For the third straight year, the number of Louisiana high school students taking college courses while in high school is up. More than 32 thousand students were dually enrolled for the 22-23 school year, up 13 percent from the previous year. Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed says more students are seeking early pathways to success.

Cut 3 (09) “…high school.”  

LSU men’s basketball took down another Top 25-ranked team last night as the Tigers rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat 17th-ranked Kentucky 75-74 on the buzzer-beating shot by Tyrell Ward. Coach Matt McMahon says it’s a great character win…

Cut 6  (13) “…get it done” 

LSU is now 6-7 in the SEC after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked South Carolina and Kentucky.

Stonewall State Representative Larry Bagley’s proposal to eliminate the state’s vehicle inspection sticker will be debated in the upcoming regular session. He says his measure has become a favorite among Louisianans.

Cut 7 (11) “…taken away.”

4:30 LRN Newscast Feb 21

A bill to Repeal the Age Act that went into effect in 2019 is making its way through the legislature. The bill approved in 2017 raised the age to 18 when a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult. But lawmakers want to lower it back to 17. It has the support of prosecutors. Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle

Cut 6  (08) “…for that” 

Lawmakers debated the privacy portion of a bill to protect the names and drug manufacturers involved in the executions of death row inmates. In House Governmental Affairs, Hammond Representative Nick Muscarello says the state can’t get the drugs needed because the manufacturers receive threats so he’s sponsoring the bill.

Cut 9 (12) “…novel content.” 

The bill passed on a 12 to 5 vote and heads to the House floor.

For the first time in the company’s history, Entergy Louisiana has reached a new milestone in its commitment to using sustainable energy solutions. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting two cases of measles in the Greater New Orleans area. A press release from LDH says the two individuals recently returned from a trip out of state and that more information will be provided when they’ve gathered more information about the two cases.

1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 20

At the crime special session in Baton Rouge, the first item to receive approval by the House Criminal Justice Committee is a measure that increases penalties for carjacking. Under the bill, a person convicted of a carjacking that results in serious bodily harm will get 20 to 30 years. Katie Hunter Lowrey with the Promise of Justice Initiative spoke against it…

Cut 11 (10) “…detention centers”

But bill author Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel says a carjacking cost the life of a 73-year-old grandmother during a brutal carjacking in 2022.

Legislation to concealed carry without a permit will also be debated in the session. But New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche says you must pass a test to get your driver’s license and carrying a gun shouldn’t be any different.

Cut 4 (09) “…no training.”

 

Legal analyst Tim Meche says it was a bad move for LSU running back Trey Holly to give a statement on social media on the shooting that took place in Farmerville. The shooting injured two people and Holly posted he was at home at the time of the shooting that happened outside of his apartment.

Cut 9 (13) “…go together.” 

Holly is one of three people charged with attempted second-degree murder.

A piglet has been saved after being tossed around like a football during Marid Gras. Humane Society of Louisiana Director Jeff Dorson says a bystander spotted three men throwing what he assumed was a football—until he heard squeals. Dorson says they are raising money online to help the piglet.

Cut 7 (09) “…$1300.”  

The pig will also raise awareness about animal abuse at the state legislature.

 

10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 20

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In his opening remarks on the crime special session Governor Landry says he’s received criticisms about leniency in sentencing. He says currently up to 70-percent of a sentence may be removed for good time which requires no effort of the inmate to participate in educational, job training or rehabilitation services…

Cut 8 (06) “…for jail.” 

Landry also says he wants to restart executions of death row inmates.

The Black Legislative Caucus says while they too are also committed to addressing crime, but they were not involved in drafting legislation for the session. New Orleans Representative Matthew Willard says while the governor refers to victims of crime…
Cut 13 (10) “…communities safer.”

Williard says legislation proposed in the session only looks at reactive measures nothing to prevent crime.

It’s the second day of the special session and RESET Louisiana urges lawmakers to make thoughtful decisions on crime instead of backpedaling on reform. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

In Benton the FBI is investigating a suspicious letter that was found at a church with ties to US Speaker Mike Johnson. Cypress Baptist church is also listed as the business address of counseling services owned by his wife Kelly Johnson. The letter contained white powder and the first test showed it was non-toxic more testing is being performed.

 

AM LRN Newscall Feb 20

It’s the second day of the special session and RESET Louisiana urges lawmakers to make thoughtful decisions on crime instead of backpedaling on reform. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

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Governor Jeff Landry laid out his blueprint on how to make Louisiana a safer state as a special session on crime is underway. Colleen Crain has the story…

Cut 2 (37)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Louisiana is in the process of answering Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s request for assistance at the southern border. Brooke Thorington explains.

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RESET Louisiana cautions the House and Senate against reversing 2017 criminal justice reforms in the crime special session. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says data shows current reforms that focus on non-violent offenders are working.

Cut 4 (11) “…go away.”

Under former Governor Edwards’ leadership, ten bills aimed at criminal justice reform were passed with bipartisan support that was credited to helping drop Louisiana’s imprisonment rate from one to two in the nation.

Erwin says the concern is that nonviolent offenders can be pulled into the same category as violent offenders in these tough-on-crime policy proposals. He says lawmakers should consider actions proven to work that reduce crime.

Cut 5 (12) “…safety opportunities.” 

During this special session, legislators will consider restricting parole eligibility and restricting and repealing good time earned for inmates.

Erwin says little evidence exists to show that imprisoning criminals with longer sentences reduces crime. He points out that if lawmakers decide to roll back reforms it could cost the state and taxpayers millions.

Cut 6 (13) “…the population.”

RESET Louisiana is a nonpartisan effort led by the Committee of 100, CABL, and PAR.

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Governor Jeff Landry tells the Louisiana Legislature that it’s time to end the criminal-minded element destroying Louisiana. On the opening day of the special session, Landry laid out his agenda for the crime-fighting special session. Early in his speech, he spoke about his desire to restart executions of death row inmates…

Cut 7 (08) “…these families”

Landry supports a bill that would shield from the public the names of drug companies that provide chemicals to carry out a lethal injection. He also wants to expand the methods for executing to include the electric chair and Nitrogen hypoxia.

Landry says he’s heard a lot of criticism from prosecutors, judges, and others about the leniency of sentencing. He says right now up to 70-percent of a sentence may be removed for good time and the good time requires no effort of the inmate to participate in educational, job training or rehabilitation services…

Cut 8 (06) “…for jail.” 

Landry also wants to see lawmakers approve a bill that results in stronger penalties for convicted carjackers. He’s calling for the minimum jail time to increase from two to five years and a minimum of 20 years if the victim is seriously hurt physically. He had this message for a person looking to carjack a vehicle…

Cut 9 (11)  “…in jail.”

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Louisiana has agreed to send National Guard troops to Texas to assist with the southern border. Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Jacques Thibodeaux says they’ve officially received the request from Governor Greg Abbott via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Cut 10 (11) “…moving forward.”

Thibodeaux says Governor Abbott’s emergency request is for military support of 50 soldiers at one time for three 30-day iterations, which is 150 guardsmen over 90 days.

Cut 11 (11) “…general support.” 

In his own law enforcement experience with the US Marshals Office in New Orleans, Thibodeaux says criminal activity often goes together with illegal immigration and an unsecured border presents a terroristic threat. He says helping Texas secure the border is vital to Louisiana and the country.

Cut 12 (06) “…contribute to.” 

Louisiana guardsmen will assist the Lone Star state with security points, roving patrols, and engineering operations along its 1,250 miles of border with Mexico.

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As Republican Governor Jeff Landry’s special session to focus on crime convenes, the House Democratic Caucus says they too are also committed to addressing crime, yet they were not involved in drafting legislation. New Orleans Representative Matthew Willard says while the governor refers to victims of crime…

Cut 13 (10)  “…communities safer.”

Williard says the Democratic Caucus, nor the Black Legislative Caucus were allowed any input in the special session. He says several aspects should be considered to adequately address crime.

Cut 14 (12) “…into society.”

Williard says due to the way the special session was called, lawmakers are not addressing the root causes of crime.

Cut 15 (10) “…in Louisiana.”

The session is scheduled to adjourn on March 6th. The regular session will convene on March 11th.

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Cut 18 (14)  “..they play”

 

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Cut 20 (20) “…all healthy.”