12:30 LRN Newscast Feb 3

U-S Senator John Kennedy wants Louisiana to develop a new methodology to grade public schools. He says 70 percent of the state’s high schools have received A and B grades, but in reality, we know many of these schools do not deserve such a high grade…

Cut  4 (11)  “…new system.” 

The plan has received pushback from school boards, superintendents, principals, and teachers.

If you’re a King Cake connoisseur there’s an inaugural festival cooked up just for you on Saturday. It’s the Lafourche Education Foundation’s Bayou King Cake Festival. Thibodaux Mayor Kevin Clement says attendees can sample almost two dozen cakes and they have five tickets each to cast their vote.

Cut 9 (10) “…choice winner.” 

The event kicks off at 1:30 in downtown Thibodeaux.

Kaplan oilman and Army veteran Jeff Istre announces he’s running for Governor and will be a candidate “of the people.” Kevin Gallagher reports…:

Cut 2 (31)  “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 3

U-S Senator John Kennedy wants Louisiana to develop a new methodology to grade public schools. Kennedy points to the grades that the state’s high schools have received…

Cut 3 (07) “…they are not” 

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has discussed changing Louisiana’s accountability system, but proposed changes have faced criticism from school boards, superintendents, principals, and teachers.

Another candidate announces he will run for governor of Louisiana this fall. He is 56-year-old Jeffrey Istre, of Kaplan. He joins another independent, Lake Charles lawyer Hunter Lundy, in the race…plus four GOP candidates. Running for office requires a lot of campaign cash…

Cut 8 (11)  “…very big challenge.”

The CDC has issued an advisory to stop the use of EzriCare artificial tears. Some are contaminated with bacteria. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says they have been linked to one death and 55 patients from 12 states have suffered serious complications as a result.

Cut 11 (09)  “…this infection.”

These are over-the-counter eyedrops and so far, no cases have been reported in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun work on restoring orphaned wells. Louisiana received $25 million from the Infrastructure Act. DNR spokesperson Patrick Courreges says there are roughly 4,500 orphaned wells in the state that can pose a significant environmental risk…

Cut 14 (13)  “…concentrated brine.”

9:30 LRN Newscast Feb 3

Another candidate announces he will run for governor of Louisiana this fall. He is 56-year-old Jeffrey Istre, a resident of Kaplan, an Army veteran, and an oilfield professional. Istre says he wants to revitalize the state’s oil & gas industry, increase teacher pay again and do major reform of the teachers’ state retirement system…:

Cut 9 (10)  “…be fixed. Badly.”

The CDC has issued an alert to stop the use of EzriCare artificial eye drops. That’s E-z-r-i. Several vials have caused bacterial infections one death and in some blindness. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says to dispose of them, so no one accidentally uses them. The drops are packaged in a blue box…

Cut 12 (06) “…EzriCare.”

There have been no reported cases in Louisiana so far.

The long-awaited Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project – to help restore the state’s coast – gets the funding needed to get underway…:

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

St. Gabriel Police responded to reports of a body found in a ditch this morning. Witnesses says the body was found on Highway 74 near the railroad tracks. This is a developing story and the deceased person’s identity has not been released.

 

 

AM LRN Newscall Feb 3

The long-awaited Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project – to help restore the state’s coast – gets the funding needed to get underway…:

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

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Kaplan oilman and Army veteran Jeff Istre announces he’s running for Governor and will be a candidate “of the people.” Kevin Gallagher reports…:

Cut 2 (31)  “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

(name pronounced “EAST”)

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The CDC issues an alert to immediately discontinue the use of a popular brand of artificial tears. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 3 (32) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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Federal and state agencies have approved over $2-billion to fund the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project. State Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority executive director Bren Haase says the project has been in planning and development stages for decades…:

Cut 4 (07)  “…rather than later.”

The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion will connect the Mississippi River to the coast; distributing sediment, soil, and nutrients carried in the river along the state’s rapidly eroding coast. Haase says the majority of the funds come from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement. He says $2.26-Billion is coming Louisiana’s way to get it done…:

Cut 5 (11) “…for that project.”

Haase says private contractors will do the work, and that means a large number of jobs associated with the project. He says the idea is to undo what decades of technology and engineering on canals and levees have done to the coastline…:

Cut 6 (08)  “… a good portion of it.” 

Haase says work on the project should ramp up by mid-year and last about 5 years to complete.

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Another candidate announces he will run for governor of Louisiana this fall. He is 56-year-old Jeffrey Istre (pronounced EAST), a resident of Kaplan, an Army veteran, and an oilfield professional. Istre has never held political office, and is running as an independent and says the choice of either a republican or a democrat is a lot of the reason why Louisiana is in shape it’s in…:

Cut 7 (07) “…really OF the people.”

Istre joins another independent, Lake Charles lawyer Hunter Lundy, in the race…plus GOP candidates Jeff Landry, John Schroder, Sharon Hewitt, and Richard Nelson. No democrats have yet announced a run. Istre understands running for office requires a lot of campaign cash. Will he be able to raise enough funds to compete…?

Cut 8 (11)  “…very big challenge.”

Istre says his priorities if elected, would be working to fight poverty in Louisiana; especially for the state’s 16 percent “working poor.” He says he wants to revitalize the state’s oil & gas industry, increase teacher pay again and do major reform of the teachers’ state retirement system…:

Cut 9 (10)  “…be fixed. Badly.”

Find him online at “facebook.com.JeffIstreforGovernor”

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If you use artificial tears for dry eyes you need to check the brand name and if they are made by EzriCare, stop using them immediately. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the CDC issued an alert after someone died of a bacterial infection linked to its use.

Cut 10 (11)  “…artificial tears.”

Kanter says these are not prescription eyedrops they are over the counter and Ezri is spelled E-z-r-i.

There have been no reported cases in Louisiana, but it’s still recommended to dispose of EzriCare eyedrops.

Kanter says in addition to one death, a total of 55 patients from 12 states suffered serious complications as a result of using EzriCare eye drops.

Cut 11 (09)  “…this infection.”

If you show any signs of eye infection Kanter says to seek medical care.

If you do find these eyedrops in your medicine cabinet Kanter says to dispose of them so no one accidentally uses them. He says the drops are packaged in a blue box…

Cut 12 (06) “…EzriCare.”

The use of artificial tears is very common for individuals with allergies and/or dry eyes.

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The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun work on restoring orphaned wells across the state. Louisiana received $25 million as part of the Infrastructure Law Funding in October of 2022. After contractors were selected work began in mid-January, and 22 well sites have been plugged since then. DNR spokesperson Patrick Courreges says the goal is to use the funding as efficiently as possible…

Cut 13 (14)  “….back either.”

The DNR is still ramping up operations with seven crews operating now and ten more to become available in the next month. There are roughly 4,500 orphaned well sites in Louisiana, and Courreges says they can pose a significant environmental risk…

Cut 14 (13)  “…concentrated brine.”

More than 3,100 of all the state’s orphaned well sites are located in the Office of Conservation’s Shreveport and Monroe districts. Courreges hopes contractors can work at double the normal rate and restore 400-500 sites before the funding deadline in October of this year. Courreges says much of the work is being done in north Louisiana…

Cut 15 (13)  “…most part.”

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The Saints were able to trade back into the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft after sending their 10th overall selection to the Eagles last year. New Orleans now has the 29th overall pick after the deal to send Sean Payton to Denver. Saints analyst Mike Detillier says the quarterback position needs to be the top priority this offseason, bringing in a veteran and addressing it in the draft…

Cut  16 (17)  “…situation first.” 

The Saints are known for their early-round picks of linemen, picking an offensive or defensive lineman in the first round in 7 of the last 8 drafts. Detillier says defensive tackle is a spot that needs to be looked at specifically as David Onyemata and Kentavius Street both become free agents. Another position group he says needs to be bolstered is Alvin Kamara who’s facing a suspension after being arrested for battery at last year’s Pro Bowl. The Bears are looking to trade the number one overall pick, but with so many needs Detillier says New Orleans will need as many picks as possible…

Cut 17 (16) “…minimum wage.” 

With the exception of wide receiver Chris Olave, the Saints’ recent first-round picks have been somewhat disappointing. Marcus Davenport, who will be a free agent this year, Cesar Ruiz, Payton Turner, and Trevor Penning have all struggled with injuries to start their careers, and even though they’ve shown promise at times, have not panned out how the front office and fans may have hoped. Detillier says that the most important thing for the Saints is making sure they make the right choice…

Cut 18 (19) “…defensive line.” 

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LSU has already named Air Force transfer Paul Skenes as the Friday night starter on the mound. Skenes headlined the Tiger’s top-ranked transfer class and is MLB Pipeline’s 4th-ranked draft prospect. Pitching Coach Wes Johnson says Skenes is an elite-level player…

Cut 19 (20) “…comes out.”

LSU made a splash this offseason when they hired Johnson away from the Minnesota Twins. He made history when he became the first pitching coach to go straight from the collegiate level to the MLB. Johnson said if he did come back to the college level it would have to be for a historic program and a loyal fan base…

Cut 20 (17)  “…national title.” 

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5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 2

District 1 Congressman and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise led colleagues in passing a bill requiring federal workers to return to the office. It’s dubbed the “SHOW UP Act”; an acronym for Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems. On the House floor, Scalise tells members the government should be held to the same standard as taxpayers…:

Cut 3 (09) “…get the job done.” 

The bill passed in the House, and it remains to be seen if the Senate will debate the bill.

A Hahnville man gets 8 years in prison for a July 4, 2020, boating accident that killed a woman. State Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck says 25-year-old Kevin Comardelle was found to be intoxicated while operating the boat. 36-year-old Audrey Higgins of Luling was killed in the collision.

Cut 7 (09)  “…of the vessel.” 

Thirty-one-year-old Louis Foret of Morgan City has received a life sentence after admitting to fatally shooting a Thibodaux man multiple times two years ago. Lafourche Parish District Attorney spokesperson David Melancon says Foret entered the guilty plea as his trial was set to begin.

Cut 12 (10) “…pleading guilty”

He says Chance Benoit was the victim.

A 13-hundred dollar reward is being offered for the safe return of a 3-month-old Shar Pei puppy that was stolen Monday from a UNO student. Louisiana Humane Society Director Jeff Dorson says Scott Elston’s artwork and electronics were also stolen from the home, but his main concern is his puppy, Toby.

Cut 11 (09)  “…Shar Pei.”

You’re asked to call the Humane Society if you have any information about the puppy.

2:30 LRN Newscast Feb 2

Congressman and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise led colleagues in passing a bill requiring federal workers to return to the office. It’s dubbed the “SHOW UP Act”; an acronym for Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems He says the federal government shouldn’t be operating in lockdown mode anymore. He cites the Veterans Administration as an example of the so-called “unproductive problems.”

Cut  4 (12)  “…that hurts people.” 

The bill heads to the Senate.

25-year-old Kevin Comardelle of Hahnville was sentenced to 8 years after the boat he was operating on July 4th ran into another and killed 36-year-old Audrey Higgins. State Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says Comardelle was intoxicated.

Cut 8 (04)  “…prevented.” 

Four other passengers suffered significant injuries.

Thirty-one-year-old Louis Foret of Morgan City has received a life sentence after admitting to fatally shooting a Thibodaux man multiple times two years ago. Lafourche Parish District Attorney spokesperson David Melancon says Foret shot and killed his friend Chance Benoit.

Cut 14 (11)   “..hung up the phone.”

After a Shar Pei puppy was stolen from a Lakeview home in New Orleans Monday, a $1300 reward is being offered for its safe return. Humane Society of Louisiana Director Jeff Dorson says when UNO student Scott Elston arrived at his home, artwork and electronics had been stolen along with his beloved puppy Toby.

Cut 10 (11) “…they’re doing.” 

You’re asked to contact the Humane Society of Louisiana if you have any information about the puppy.

 

10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 2

The Louisiana House has approved a bill that puts 45-million dollars to an incentive fund for insurance companies to provide homeowners coverage. It 90-8 vote. Baton Rouge Representative Edmond Jordan voted against it.

Cut 13 (13)  “….make sense.”

Funding the Louisiana Fortify Homes Program will be debated at the regular session. The program would give homeowners grants to have their roofs updated to withstand 150-mile-per-hour winds and Winnfield Representative Jack McFarland says it would lower insurance rates.

Cut 5 (14) “…hold the roof down.”

The regular session begins April 10th.

The 2022 Louisiana Economic Development Annual Report says the state topped $20 billion in economic investment for a second consecutive year. And LED Secretary Don Pierson says their focus isn’t just on metro areas of the state.

Cut 11 (12)  “…larger companies.”

Antiques Roadshow is coming to Baton Rouge. You can register to win tickets at pbs.org forward slash antiques. Roadshow Producer Marsha Bemko says appraisers will tell participants where the two items were made, a little history about it, and their value. But when experts eye something remarkable the experience is quite different.

Cut 9 (06)  “…cameras are rolling.”

The deadline to register for tickets is March 13th and the show will be recorded on May 2nd.

5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 1

At the legislative special session today, the Louisiana House voted for a measure that creates a 45-million-dollar incentive fund that would provide grants to insurance companies who write private property policies. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder with the final vote tally

Cut 14 (12)   “..finally passed.”

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s still not ready to decide if he’s running for governor. Graves is not happy the state GOP has already endorsed Attorney General Jeff Landry in the Louisiana governor’s race. He says voters are upset a group of Republicans are trying to hand pick the next governor…

Cut 07  (08)      “…strongly encouraged.”

Graves has served in the U.S. House since 2015.

Louisiana loves beef, but the USDA’s 2023 Cattle Report predicts higher costs ahead for the popular protein. Cattle Producers of Louisiana CEO David Foster concurs with the USDA’s findings the national herd is down over 39 million head from one year ago…:

Cut 3 (10) “…were down 6 percent.” 

Foster says there are fewer beef cattle around, which drives up costs based on availability.

Ready for another big lottery jackpot drawing? Tonight’s Powerball is worth $ 653 million, with a lump-sum cash payment of $ 351 million. Louisiana Lottery’s Dustin Annison says the jackpot has rolled over 31 straight times with no winner…:

Cut 10 (08) “…Louisiana winner.” 

Tickets for tonight’s drawing will be on sale until 9 pm. The drawing is at 10.

 

1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 1

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves still has not made up his mind on running for governor.

Cut 2 (32)  “….I’m Jeff Palermo” 

Tour dates for Beyonce’s 2023 Renaissance World tour have been released and she’s saving the best for last. The final date on the tour is New Orleans at the Superdome on September 27th. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 6th.

Louisiana loves beef, but the USDA’s 2023 Cattle Report predicts higher costs ahead for the popular protein. Cattle Producers of Louisiana CEO David Foster concurs with the USDA’s findings the national herd is down over 39 million head from one year ago…:

Cut 3 (10) “…were down 6 percent.” 

Foster says there are fewer beef cattle around, which drives up costs based on availability.

There’s another big jackpot drawing tonight. Powerball is up to $653 million with a cash value of $351 million. So just what are your chances of winning? Dustin Annison with the Louisiana Lottery says the odds of hitting a jackpot are one in 292 million.

Cut 11 (11)  “…million dollars.”

 

12:30 LRN Newscast Feb 1

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves is still not ready to make a decision on whether to run for governor or not. During his weekly appearance on Mornings with Brian Haldane on Talk 107-3, Graves admits the Louisiana Republican Party’s endorsement of Attorney General Jeff Landry has led to a push for him to run for governor…

Cut 8 (12)  “…absurd” 

There’s another big jackpot drawing tonight. Powerball is up to $653 million with a cash value of $351 million. Dustin Annison with the Louisiana Lottery says this Powerball jackpot has been rolling since November 21st.

Cut 9 (05) “…right now.” 

Tickets for tonight’s drawing must be purchased by 9:00 PM.

Louisiana loves beef, but new federal data shows we can expect to pay more for the popular protein in the months ahead. Kevin Gallagher has more.

Cut 1 (33)  “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”