5:30 LRN Newscast June 24

The constitutional right to have an abortion in the United States was reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States Friday morning. The decision was expected after a brief overturning Roe v Wade was leaked last month. President of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills says Louisianan’s trigger laws essentially closes the state’s three abortion clinics.
Cut 6 (12) “…post Roe Louisiana.”
New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman say the ruling is a major setback for women’s rights and will have devastating consequences.
Cut 7 (12) “…our country.”
A statement from the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom says they are ready to keep up the fight for abortion access and do whatever it takes to get people the care they need.

On Friday Governor John Bel Edwards announced he’s tested positive for COVID. Edwards who is fully vaccinated and up to date on the recommended booster doses says he does not have any COVID like symptoms, but he will follow CDC recommendations and isolate for five days. Edwards encouraged others to take precautions to avoid becoming infected and to stay up to date on their vaccinations amidst the sixth surge of COVID in Louisiana.

Louisiana is in an early summer heat wave of record proportions. Weather stations across the state report record-setting and record-breaking high temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says scorching weather is here for the next few days, at least…:

Cut 13 (10) “…100 and 110.”

Keim is hopeful that temperatures will return to normal next week.

10:30 LRN Newscast June 24

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe V Wade, the official announcement was made this morning after a brief was leaked on the abortion ruling in May. The high court voted to overturn the nearly 50 years of a constitutional right to an abortion. Trigger laws in Louisiana that will go into effect will ultimately close the three remaining abortion clinics in the state.

U-S Senator Bill Cassidy is one of 15 Republican Senators to vote for a gun control bill last night that passed the U-S Senate on a 65-33 vote. Kevin Gallagher spoke with Senator Cassidy prior to the vote….

Cut 1 (29) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

The legislature passed some laws to help address the ongoing teacher shortage. But President of the Council for a Better Louisiana, Barry Erwin, says one issue facing the teaching profession is the growing political mindset to vilify educators and accusations of indoctrinating children.

Cut 9 (12)  “…teaching as a profession.”

The legislature passed a $15-hundred pay raise for teachers this year.

According to WalletHub Louisiana is ranked fourth in the nation as the best state for a summer road trip. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales says the ranking looked at the most fun, scenic, and wallet-friendly road trip destinations, and when it comes to cost the Bayou State ranked second in the nation on road trips.

Cut  11 (12)  “…right now.” 

9:30 LRN Newscast June 24

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy was one of 15 Republican lawmakers to vote for a new gun control bill last night that received approval in the Senate. Cassidy says the measure includes more stringent background checks for gun buyers, and will also take steps to make schools safer…:

Cut 4 (09)  “…access to mental health.”

Louisiana Lawmakers passed several bills to help address the ongoing teacher shortage in the regular session this year. Barry Erwin President of the Council for a Better Louisiana says he’s hopeful a college scholarship program will foster more students to enter the profession.

Cut 7 (07) “…some of the bills.”

And the legislature changed measures to allow retired teachers to return to the classroom and they are still able to collect retirement.

Thanks to Metairie Representative Stephanie Hilferty, carbon monoxide detectors are required in all one or two-family homes sold or leased now. She worked with former State Fire Marshal, and current director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals, Butch Browning in crafting the legislation and both say it’s an evolutionary step for the state in making homes safer.

Cut 14 (09)  “…of the code.”

After Ida four people died from carbon monoxide poisoning and 150 were taken to the ER.

According to WalletHub Louisiana is ranked fourth in the nation as the best state for a summer road trip. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales says the ranking looked at the most fun, scenic, and wallet-friendly road trip destinations. And the Bayou State ranked first when it comes to driving laws…

Cut 12 (10) “…a state.” 

5:30 LRN Newscast June 23

Nursing homeowner Bob Dean is facing criminal charges for the 2021 evacuation of seven of his facilities to a Tangipahoa Parish warehouse during Hurricane Ida. More than a dozen patients died shortly afterward. Among the charges is cruelty to the infirm and Dean’s attorney John McLindon says his client was unable to travel to Louisiana due to the storm.

Cut 3 (07) “…a look at it.”

The Louisiana Conservative Caucus is pushing for a veto override session. Caucus Chairman and Winnfield Representative Jack McFarland says ballots will go out to lawmakers on July 1st. Lawmakers have until July 16th to decide whether they want to hold veto override session.

Cut 10 (12) ” …the community.”

Today marks 50 years since the signing of Title IX, which expanded athletic opportunities for girls and women across the country. Minden native, Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, who is now commissioner of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, says she greatly benefited from the expansion when she was a student and she looks forward to an even brighter future for the next generation.

Cut 8 (10) “…part of life.” 

It’s National Hydration Day. Louisiana Department of Health’s Regional Medical Director for the Greater New Orleans area, Doctor Shantel Hebert-Magee says we need to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and while there are some who don’t like the taste of water, but there are ways to improve the taste…

Cut 14 (10)  “…provide flavor” 

With the current heat wave health officials are encouraging you to monitor your hydration.

12:30 LRN Newscast June 23

Nursing homeowner Bob Dean is facing criminal charges for the 2021 evacuation of seven of his facilities to a Tangipahoa Parish warehouse during Hurricane Ida. More than a dozen patients died shortly afterward. Dean attorney John McLindon says his client posted bond and has returned to his home in Georgia, but his client has been ordered to return to Louisiana for court.

Cut 4  (08) “…court appearance.”

Dean is also facing civil lawsuits and his attorney has told the courts he’s suffering from dementia and legal analyst Tim Meche says that could be a factor in criminal court too…

AM cut 14 (07) “…be a factor”

In addition to eight felony counts of cruelty to the infirm, Dean is also charged with five counts of Medicaid Fraud and two counts of obstruction of justice.

The Louisiana Conservative Caucus, which is 42 members in the state House, is pushing for a veto override session. Governor Edwards vetoed 22 bills from the 2022 regular session and Caucus Chairman and Winnfield Representative Jack McFarland says there are several different proposals the governor rejected, which has lawmakers calling for a veto override session…

Cut 9 (08) “…education bills”

Lawmakers have until July 16th to decide whether they want to hold a veto override session.

To reduce the burden of high prices at the pump for Americans President Biden is asking congress to remove federal taxes on gas and diesel for 90 days. Republican Congressman Mike Johnson says it’s a desperate political attempt to help Democrats in the mid-term elections and he’s ignoring the long-term solution.

Cut  11 (06)  “…half baked idea.” 

10:30 LRN Newscast June 23

In an effort to reduce the burden of high gas prices on Americans, President Biden is asking Congress for a temporary gas holiday, by suspending the federal gas and diesel taxes for three months. Louisiana Congressman and Democrat Troy Carter says he supports the President’s proposal, but also believes the administration should look at long-term solutions to lower prices.

Cut 10 (09) “…produce fuel.”
Representative Mike Johnson doesn’t believe the suspension of the federal gas tax will be effective…

Cut 13 (11) “…single American.”
Analysts say Biden’s proposal would save motorists about four-percent on a gallon of gasoline.

It’s expected to be the highest power usage on record in Louisiana this week due to the heat wave and David Freese with Entergy says to keep your thermostat on 78 to avoid a large bill. Freese also suggests closing your curtains and blinds and vents in unoccupied rooms and only use fans when a person is in the room.

Cut 8 (08)  “…utility bills.”

Over 15-hundred farmers, ranchers, and their families are in New Orleans for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual meeting. Louisiana Farm Bureau spokesperson Avery Davidson says several political heavyweights are also scheduled to speak.

Cut 6 (13)  “…and they vote.”
Davidson says what should be included in the 2023 Farm Bill is one of the top items on their business agenda.

9:30 LRN Newscast June 23

To help Americans at the pump, President Biden is asking congress for a temporary gas holiday, by removing federal gas taxes for 90 days. Republican Congressman Mike Johnson says Biden’s attempt to lower gas prices temporarily is a desperate political attempt to help Democrats in the mid-term elections and he’s ignoring the long-term solution.

Cut  11 (06)  “…half baked idea.” 

Johnson also fears the temporary removal of the federal gas tax will increase demand without increasing supply.

Democratic congressman Troy Carter says he plans to vote in favor of the proposal, and he believes the temporary removal of the 18.4 cents federal tax on gas and the 24.4 cents on a gallon of diesel will help, but the administration needs to think long-term.

Cut 12 (08) “…the pump.” 

State Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office announces the arrest of Bob Dean, the owner of seven Louisiana nursing homes, who ordered residents evacuated for Hurricane Ida to unfit conditions in a Tangipahoa Parish warehouse. Dean faces a number of felonies and Legal analyst Tim Meche says this looks bad for 68-year-old Dean…:

Cut 15 (09)  “…almost a life sentence.”

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is holding its 100th Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration this weekend in New Orleans. Communications director Avery Davidson says members will focus on the 2023 Farm Bill as the agriculture industry continues to deal with the high costs of fuel and the scarcity of fertilizer.

Cut 5 (11) “…in that debate.”

5:30 LRN Newscast June 22

Governor Edwards has signed legislation that requires every nursing home in the state to have an emergency preparedness plan approved by the state department of health. Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds says the previous says law required nursing homes to have an emergency preparedness plan, but it did not require approval from L-D-H….

Cut 13 (06) “…the inspection.”

Baltimore Ravens linebacker and Zachery native 26-year old Jaylon Ferguson was found dead at his home last night. Ferguson’s West Feliciana high school coach Robb Odom says in a short time Ferguson left a strong legacy.

Cut 11 (10)  “…a better person.” 

Ferguson is survived by his fiancé and three children. A cause of death has not been listed and an autopsy is pending.

In a collaborative effort over a two-week period, the Central Louisiana Violent Crime Abatement Team made just under 200 arrests after a very successful detail. Master Trooper Casey Wallace says several of law enforcement agencies worked together to identify and apprehend a number of criminals.

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Louisiana has received more than $100 million in federal housing assistance to assist over 20-thousand residents with past rent dating back as far as April 2020. Gina Campo, Deputy Executive Director with the Office of Community Development  says for more info visit LA COVID housing – dot com

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11:30 LRN Newscast June 22

Governor Edwards has signed legislation requiring every nursing home in the state to have an emergency preparedness plan approved by the department of health. Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds says it’s in response to last year’s botched evacuation involving seven nursing homes owned by Bob Dean…

Cut 12 (11) “…happen again.”  

Over 800 nursing home residents were evacuated to a warehouse in Tangipahoa Parish prior to Hurricane Ida and more than a dozen died as a result.

Health officials say Louisiana is experiencing its sixth surge of COVID. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says even though the dashboard Tuesday indicated close to 29 hundred new cases he says the number is misleading because home tests are not required to be reported to the department.

Cut 7 AM (09) “…right now.”

 

In a collaborative effort over a two-week period the Central Louisiana Violent Crime Abatement Team made just under 200 arrests after a very successful detail. Master Trooper Casey Wallace says several of law enforcement agencies worked together to identify and apprehend a number of criminals.

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Louisiana has received more than $100 million in federal housing assistance to assist over 20-thousand residents with past rent dating back as far as April 2020. Gina Campo, Deputy Executive Director with the Office of Community Development for more info visit LA COVID housing – dot com

Cut 4  (07) “…people as possible.”

 

10:30 LRN Newscast June 22

Louisiana has received more than $100 million in federal housing assistance to assist over 20-thousand residents with past rent dating back as far as April 2020. Gina Campo, Deputy Executive Director with the Office of Community Development says the program will assist those who are in danger of being evicted.

Cut 3 (10) “…guidelines.”

The website is laCOVIDhousing.com

Health officials say Louisiana is experiencing its sixth surge of COVID. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says this surge differs from previous ones because we aren’t seeing an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.

Cut 9 (08)  “…blip right now.”

Kanter says of those hospitalized with COVID, 63 percent are not fully vaccinated, and 87 percent have not been vaccinated nor boosted.

New Orleans Representative Candace Newell’s CROWN Act is officially law. The law prohibits intentional discrimination based on hairstyles. Research shows 80 percent of Black women have endured some type of discrimination based on their hair in the workplace. Newell says the law sends a strong message.

Cut 10 (12) “…your character.”

Law enforcement officials say we are in the midst of the 100 Deadliest Days of summer. Trooper Christian Reed says from Memorial Day to Labor Day there’s a 15 percent increase in traffic fatalities among drivers ages 16 to 19. Reed says no law enforcement officer ever wants to tell a parent about the death of their child.

Cut 15 (11)  “…tragic happens.”