1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

The family of a Slidell mother believed to have been decapitated in New Orleans is demanding that the man suspected of killing her be held without bail. Julia Dardar’s dismembered body was found in a freezer and local artist Benjamin Beale has been charged. Julia’s estranged husband Micah Dardar spoke on the steps of New Orleans City Hall…

Cut 9 (06) “…demonic”

Beale’s bond is currently at one point four million dollars.

Chair of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans Dr. Lucio Miele says if you’ve been exposed to COVID you should wait five days to be tested. If you test negative with a rapid or home test, he says you need to test again days later.

Cut 5 (11) “…two-thirds of the time.”

The website COVIDtests.gov for individuals to order free home tests is now live

Louisiana now has tallied more than 1-million total COVID cases since the beginning of the pandemic with one million 25-thousand 748. Today more than 29-thousand new COVID are reported, which includes weekend cases and those from the holiday. 2,183 COVID patients are in Louisiana hospitals and 58 fatalities have been reported also.

U-S Senate Democratic candidate Gary Chambers, who is one of two announced challengers to Republican John Kennedy released a campaign ad today that shows him smoking marijuana. Advocate Reporter Tyler Bridges says it’s a bold move by Chambers to show him smoking marijuana in a campaign ad…

Cut 7 (07) “…the race.” 

Chambers says the goal of the ad is to destigmatize the drug and support legalization and decriminalization. Democrat Luke Mixon has also announced his candidacy.

12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

The estranged husband of a Slidell woman who was dismembered and her body parts kept in a freezer is calling on the justice system to keep the accused killer behind bars on no bail. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (33) …I’m Jeff Palermo”  

Louisiana reaches a grim COVID milestone of more than 1-million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic with one million 25-thousand 748. Today more than 29-thousand new COVID are reported, which includes weekend cases and those from the holiday. 2,183 COVID patients are in Louisiana hospitals.

Dr. Lucio Miele, Chair of the Department of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans says you are more likely to get a false negative with a home rapid test, so it’s best to test again in a few days. Miele says a PCR test is more accurate, but it takes several days to receive results. He says having both speed and sensitivity is a difficult combination in a test.

Cut 4 (08) “…not possible.”

Miele says if you get a positive result from a home test you have COVID.

U-S Senate Democratic candidate Gary Chambers, who is one of two announced challengers to Republican John Kennedy released a campaign ad today that shows him smoking marijuana. Chambers says the goal of the ad is to destigmatize the drug and support legalization and decriminalization.

 Cut 6 (12) “…just like me” 

Luke Mixon is the other democrat who’s announced his candidacy.

11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

Physicians are advising if you are experiencing COVID symptoms to assume you have the virus and stay home. It might not be COVID but Dr. Lucio Miele, chair of the Department of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans says if you test negative with a home test, you’re not out of the woods just yet.

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A PCR test is more accurate, but it takes several days to receive results.

U-S Senator John Kennedy announces he has 11-million dollars in campaign cash on hand as he seeks re-election this year. Kennedy’s campaign says the state’s junior senator has raised 18-million dollars and ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley…
cut 15 (09) “…your next re-election”

State lawmakers can begin filing legislation that will be heard in the session that begins in March. La-Politics-dot-com Publisher Jeremy Alford says after two consecutive years of destructive hurricanes and homeowners wrestling with their insurance providers over claims, Republican lawmakers are pushing insurance reform…
Cut 6 (12) “…governor.”

Louisiana staple Tony Chachere’s is introducing new Cajun chili mixes. Spokesperson Celeste Chachere says when they were brainstorming for new product ideas, they decided to pull from one of her great-grandfather’s favorite chili recipes.

Cut 10 (11) “…2.5 ounce box.”

The new chili mixes come in Mild and Original.

10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

Plans are afoot to bring broadband Internet to the state’s most remote areas, via the GUMBO Fund grant program Kevin Gallagher has more…:

Cut 2 (34) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.” 

 

U-S Senate Democratic candidate Gary Chambers, who is one of two announced challengers to Republican John Kennedy, launched a campaign ad today that shows him smoking marijuana. Chambers says the goal of the ad is to destigmatize the drug and support legalization and decriminalization.

 

U.S. Senator John Kennedy reports he raised just over $3-million for his re-election campaign, during the last months of 2021. That brings his total campaign funds to a little over $18-million, with about $11-million cash on-hand. U.L.-Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says $11-million cash on-hand is a huge sum of money to have, when facing what he calls “a token Democrat.”

Cut 14 (07)  “…his re-election bid.”

 

So far, only two democrats have announced their intentions to run, Luke Mixon and Gary Chambers

Louisiana staple Tony Chachere’s is introducing new Cajun chili mixes. Spokesperson Celeste Chachere says they are based on her great-grandfather’s favorite chili recipe and there are two versions mild and original, and are created with fresh herbs and spices.

Cut  11 (10)  “…smoked sausage.”  

 

5:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

A Dr. Martin Luther King exhibit is traveling this month and next through the University of Louisiana system campuses. The “Carrying on the Dream” exhibit is on display today and tomorrow on the campus of Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La Tech spokesperson Tonya Oaks Smith says they are fortunate to host the display today.

Cut 3 (08) “…and moving.”

Governor John Bel Edwards sent his message to Louisiana in honor of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s national holiday this morning. The governor focused his words on continuing the fight for equality, specifically within our criminal justice system.

 Cut 6 (12) “…change happen” 

Edwards cited the recent pardon of Homer Plessy as an example of Louisianans working together to right a historic wrong.

Power has finally been restored to the coastal town of Grand Isle four and half months after Hurricane Ida. Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle says the electricity has arrived just in time for the cold weather and credits Entergy for its non-stop efforts…

Cut 9 (06) “…the island”

Camardelle says after Ida’s landfall state agencies and Entergy worked together to put most of the power infrastructure underground

A fatal hit and run crash Sunday night in Lafayette placed investigators in danger when a woman drove through barricades surrounding the crime scene. Lafayette PD Sgt Robin Green says police were on the scene of a pedestrian hit and run when Dominique Mills almost hit officers. Green urges motorists to pay attention.

Cut 14 (10)  “…when driving.” 

Mills was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and operating while intoxicated.

12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

A Dr. Martin Luther King exhibit is traveling this month and next through the University of Louisiana system campuses. Today the “Carrying on the Dream” exhibit is at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La Tech Spokesperson Tonya Oaks Smith says if aren’t able to make it to La Tech’s campus…

Cut 4 (10) “…to ULL.”

Smith says it’s appropriate for all ages.

Governor John Bel Edwards sent his message to Louisiana in honor of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s national holiday this morning. The governor focused his words on continuing the fight for equality, specifically within our criminal justice system.

 Cut 6 (12) “…change happen” 

Power has finally been restored to the coastal town of Grand Isle. Mayor David Camardelle says after Ida made landfall state agencies and Entergy worked together to put most of the power infrastructure underground, which could have a huge impact when the next hurricane comes…

Cut 10 (10)  “ the marsh

New research from LSU and the University of Florida compared shark attacks and the lunar phases and there appears to be a connection. LSU Associate Professor Steve Midway says however he still advises against swimming in shark-infested waters no matter what phase of the moon.

Cut 15 (12)  “…to shark attacks.”

More attacks tend to occur closer to a full moon.

 

11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

A Dr. Martin Luther King exhibit is traveling this month and next through the University of Louisiana system campuses. The “Carrying on the Dream” exhibit is on display today and tomorrow on the campus of Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La Tech Spokesperson Tonya Oaks Smith says they are fortunate to host the display today.

Cut 3 (08) “…and moving.”

The 1966 Cadillac hearse that carried King’s body to his funeral almost 54 years ago in Memphis.

Power has finally been restored to the coastal town of Grand Isle four and half months after Hurricane Ida. Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle says the electricity has arrived just in time for the cold weather and credits Entergy for its non-stop efforts…

Cut 9 (05) “…the island”

After Ida’s landfall state agencies and Entergy worked together to put most of the power infrastructure underground.

A study finds the last two hurricane seasons caused 579-million dollars in damages to the Louisiana fishing industry. Michelle Southern has the story…

Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Michelle Southern” 

Snow flurries were seen in south Louisiana yesterday, but it will be sunny and warmer today. Another cold front arrives on Wednesday, bringing us another round of cold weather for the end of the workweek.

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Day, state and federal offices are closed and there are many events scheduled today to honor the civil rights leader.

10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

Louisiana is expected to surpass one million COVID cases since the start of the pandemic this week. The state is experiencing its fifth surge of cases with the Omicron variant and State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter wishes he can provide an answer on when the peak will arrive, but there’s no good modeling to predict this…
cut 12 (10) “…I’ve seen”

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the last two hurricanes season produced 579-million dollars in damages to the state’s fishing industry. LDWF biologist administrator Jason Froeba says the total amount of damages to infrastructure was 304-million and Ida accounted for 70-percent of that.

Cut 8 (10) “…fishing industry members.”

Patients are complaining the cost of legal medical cannabis makes it inaccessible. Is it time to further expand medical marijuana laws?

Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

Friends and family members of the Hammond man who died last week after being crushed in a garbage truck are questioning his death. Police say 42-year-old Jermaine Watts sought shelter and fell asleep in a dumpster, but those who knew Watts say his home was just six blocks away and he was known to keep clean and use sanitizers regularly. An autopsy has yet to be completed.

9:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

Louisiana is expected to pass the one-million mark in total COVID cases this week. Many are hoping the peak of the Omicron surge is near. Children younger than 18 represent 27-percent of all COVID cases reported on Friday and State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter says that’s a possible sign the peak could be near

Cut 10 (11) “…prior surges.”

Some are complaining the price of medical marijuana in its smokable form is too high. For example, up to $480 per ounce. Gretna Representative Joe Marino, Chair of the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission, says the high price is due to the limited supply from two growing operations.

Cut 5 (13) “…where it can be sold?”

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the hurricanes in 2020 and 2021 produced 579-million dollars in damages to the state’s fishing industry. LDWF biologist administrator Jason Froeba says a comprehensive study looked at monetary losses for infrastructure which includes vessels and revenue…

Cut 7 (07) “…that nature.”

The total amount of damages from the hurricanes to infrastructure was 304-million.

You can impress your friends during Shark Week and tell them shark attacks could be related to lunar phases. Research from LSU and the University of Florida compared attacks with the lunar phases and LSU Associate Professor Steve Midway says the moon’s influence is not from illumination because the vast majority of attacks take place during the day.

Cut 14 (08)  “…magnetic fields.”

9:30 LRN Newscast Jan 15

Get your winter coat ready because the temps are going to drop after rain enters the state and hold on to your hat also because it’s going to be windy too. State Climatologist, Barry Keim areas north of I-20 could experience a wintery mix of precipitation overnight.  Keim says the wind chill will make it feel even colder on Sunday and you’ll continue to need that extra blanket for a few more nights because the cold temps continue.

Cut  11 (10)  “…behind that.”

 

A helicopter crash in Lafourche Parish Friday morning killed two people on board. A spokesperson for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office says a caller reported seeing a helicopter go down on the west side of the parish near the edge of the levee system in Larose around 10 am. Search crews spent hours circling an area south of Larose and spotted the wreckage. Officials are working to notify next of kin.

Thanks to the recently passed federal Infrastructure Bill, Louisiana will get a billion dollars over 5 years to repair or rebuild a significant amount of the state’s crumbling bridges. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says the state will spend about 200-million of the one billion this year and they’ve released a list of bridge projects.

CUT 13(11)      “…this year.”

Bridges in Caddo, Ouachita St. Mary Parish – all expected to get some attention in the coming year.

Fans of Betty White are giving the beloved actress a true Mardi Gras send-off tomorrow. Retired New Orleans realtor, Santa T Claus says attendees are encouraged to bring their well-behaved four-legged friend and a pet toy to donate.

Cut 5 (09) “…to California.”

 

The parade begins at 4pm at the corner of Bourbon and Canal.