PM LRN Newscall Jan 12

Forecasters say an artic blast will invade the Bayou State Sunday into Wednesday. Teiko Foxx has more.

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As Louisiana prepares for the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in years. Colleen Crain has some reminders for preparing your automobile…

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The National Weather Service urges Louisianans to prepare for the coldest weather the state has seen in years by Sunday, temperatures in the low teens north of I-20. Shreveport Meteorologist Carly Kovacik says the cold front will drop temperatures across the state.

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Kovacik says snow, sleet, and freezing rain can not be ruled out for the I-20 corridor on Monday. By Tuesday morning, she says not much change in peak temperatures are expected…

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By the end of next week, temperatures will start to warm into the 50s. With winter ending in March, she says don’t put away those coats just yet.

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A basketball game turned deadly Thursday night after a shooting in the parking lot at Bogalusa High School. Acting Bogalusa Police Chief Percy Knight says it happened but before 9 pm during the game against Covington.

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Knight says after multiple gunshots the suspects fled the scene. As for a motive, investigators do not believe the shooting was random.

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Police say they do not have any suspects at this time and they are asking for the public’s help. Knight says they believe the two victims were together and the shooting happened near a car that was in a parking lot located outside of a fence near the school.

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(The deceased male victim was 14, and the 13-year-old male victim was shot in the leg)

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Pipes and pets are on our minds as frigid weather heads toward the Bayou State but we should also be preparing our autos for the freezing temperatures. Triple A Spokesperson Don Redman says to make sure you’re not stranded with a dead car battery…

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Redman says your mechanic and some auto parts stores can check your battery’s health for you.

Batteries that are 3 years old or older are at risk of failing in extreme temperatures, says Redman. Other signs of a weak battery include slow or sluggish starting and dim interior lights or headlights. Redman says a dead battery isn’t the only thing that could leave you stranded.

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Redman says don’t get caught with a flat spare. Check it out before the weather turns cold.

Redman also says it’s time to check the fluids in your vehicle. Wiper fluid should be winter-appropriate and anti-freeze is especially important. If you find it low, it’s important to remember…

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Your mechanic or auto parts store can recommend the appropriate fluids for your vehicle

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With a deep freeze in the forecast, you’ll want to be sure to protect your tropical plants. LSU Ag Center Horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard says if they are in containers move them indoors like a garage or your porch. But if those tropical plants are in the ground…

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Also during the day, Kirk-Ballard says to cover the plants with plastic, a sheet, or a frost cloth so they can trap in the heat from the day.

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These are all things you can do to protect your citrus and fig trees that are planted in the ground.

As for your other plants, she recommends using mulch as an insulator to protect your perennials.

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Kirk-Ballard says your shrubs and other trees should be able to weather the deep freeze.

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11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 12

The National Weather Service urges Louisianans to prepare for the coldest weather the state has seen in years by Sunday, bringing temperatures as low as thirteen degrees north of I-20 next week. Shreveport Meteorologist Carly Kovacik (Co-vah-check) expects temperatures to be dangerously cold in some parts of the state by Monday.

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Kovacik expects the northern part of the state will experience a hard freeze. She says snow, sleet, and freezing rain cannot be ruled out by Monday morning into Tuesday night.

In Bogalusa police are investigating a shooting that killed on student outside of Bogalusa High School’s basketball game last night. Police say both students involved were under the age of 18, they were taken to a local hospital where one died and as of this morning the other student was still being treated for injuries.

We’ve already learned that the 2024 crawfish season is going to be one of the worst ever in terms of supply and prices due to the severe drought. And now LSU Agent Crawfish Specialist Mark Shirley warns the outlook for next year isn’t promising either.

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He says the fields that don’t have crawfish this year will have to be restocked and with limited availability, it creates issues for the 2025 crop.

With the anticipated cold weather, the State Fire Marshal is encouraging you to practice space heater safety. And spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says a working smoke detector has proven to be the difference between life and death in a fire emergency.

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If you’re unable to afford a smoke detector visit Operation Save a Life at the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office website or call your local fire department.

10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 12

A 25-year-old woman attempting to sell electronics to a man who contacted her through social media became the victim of violence Thursday. Colleen Crain has the story…

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A West Monroe High School teacher has been charged with indecent behavior with a minor. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office 32-year-old Tatum Hatch allegedly had an improper relationship with one of her students and sent the victim inappropriate messages via Instagram.

Governor Jeff Landry is pushing for closed primary elections. Voters would have to be registered with a political party to vote in that party’s primary. Landry believes if voters want their vote to county they should register with the party of their choice.

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While redrawing the state’s congressional districts at the special session lawmakers could also debate changing to closed primary elections.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office issues a call to action for home heating safety following a fatal house fire in Washington Parish. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires.

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Firefighters responded to a house fire in Mt. Hermon Tuesday where the 82-year-old bedridden homeowner was trapped inside.

AM LRN Newscall Jan 12

Governor Jeff Landry believes Louisiana should have closed primary elections and he’s asking lawmakers to debate it in the special session Brooke Thorington has more.

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 The state’s first deadly house fire of 2024 in Washington Parish prompts heating safety warnings from the State Fire Marshal. Teiko Foxx has more…

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 A 25-year-old woman attempting to sell electronics to a man who contacted her through social media became the victim of violence Thursday. Colleen Crain has the story…

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Governor Jeff Landry believes shifting to a closed-party primary election system is at the core of making fundamental changes to advance the Bayou State. Landry says other states do it and he defended his stance on the Moon Griffon Show.

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The state has closed party primaries for the president and did for Congress in 2008 and 2010. Landry, who was elected to Congress in 2010 says now it’s a problem because our representation in DC could be decided as late as December.

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But Senator Bill Cassidy says it hasn’t hindered the state’s current congressional clout whatsoever.

In a closed primary election, voters would have to be registered with a political party to vote in that particular primary. Landry believes if voters want to vote in either for example the Republican or Democratic primaries then they register with the party.

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While redrawing the state’s congressional districts at the special session lawmakers could also debate changing to closed primary elections.

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The State Fire Marshal’s Office issues a call to action for home heating safety following a fatal house fire in Washington Parish. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires.

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Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 38 thousand block of Bill Simmons Road in Mt. Hermon Tuesday where the 82-year-old bedridden homeowner was trapped inside.

Rodrigue says common heating-related causes of fires are preventable. If your home doesn’t have adequate heating and you plan to use a space heater, she suggests plugging it into a wall outlet…

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Space heaters should also be placed three to five feet away from anything that can catch fire easily. And if using open flames like candles, or fireplaces to stay warm, put them out before going to sleep and never leave them unattended.

Rodrigue urges you to practice space heater safety. She says a working smoke detector has proven to be the difference between life and death in a fire emergency.

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If you need a smoke detector, visit Operation Save a Life at the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office website or call your local fire department.

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A violent morning Thursday in St. Bernard Parish ended with the death of the alleged perpetrator after he attacked a 25-year-old woman in Violet and fled in her car. St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann…

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The alleged attacker has been identified as 27-year-old Deiondre Brock. Authorities are still collecting information, but Sheriff Pohlmann says the victim had not met Brock before today …

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After authorities responded to the victim’s report, they identified the vehicle and attempted to stop Brock unsuccessfully several times. A pursuit ended in a three-vehicle crash in New Orleans on the Claiborne Ave Bridge. Pohlmann says deputies approached the vehicle on the bridge…

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Brock died at the scene.

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A statewide search is underway for this year’s Longest Married Couple in Louisiana award. Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills says he wants to showcase couples who’ve been married 70 years or more.

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Ira and Margery Milan of New Orleans won the title in 2023 as they’ve been married for 81 years.

Mills says every year the stories behind the winner’s longevity provide some truths that people need to learn.

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Mills says they get a lot of entries and every year the contest is highly competitive.

Since the forum began the Marriage Hall of Fame, one of the longest-married couples honored in Louisiana was 86 years.  Mills says in addition to being featured in the Hall of Fame the top ten nominees also receive prizes.

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To nominate yourself, or a loved one, visit the Family Forum’s website to submit your story. The deadline for nominations is February 7th.

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5:30 LRN Newscast Jan 11

Talk of Louisiana changing from an open-party primary election to a closed one is being met with controversy. Some believe because politically unaffiliated voters wouldn’t be allowed to vote in a primary they aren’t represented.  But a longtime political advisor to Governor Jeff Landry, Brent Littlefield says otherwise…

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Legislation to change to a closed-party primary could be introduced at next week’s special session.

Parts of Northwest Louisiana may have noticed the earth move this morning. An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8 centered near Hall Summit in Red River Parish struck just before 9:00. While not a very large one. Some area residents took to social media to comment on their homes shaking as a result.

There’s a crawfish crisis ongoing because of last year’s drought. LSU Ag Center crawfish specialist Mark Shirley is predicting this could be the worst season ever. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he’s spoken to a few farmers who have pressed pause on fishing…

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Strain says they’ll have a better idea in three weeks on how bad the season could be.

Nick Saban is heading into retirement after winning seven national championships, six of them at Alabama and one at LSU in 2003. Former LSU quarterback Marcus Randall played for Saban and there’s a reason why he’s considered the greatest college football coach of all time.

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1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 11

Alabama coach Nick Saban is retiring. Marcus Randall who was Saban’s starting quarterback at LSU says if the legendary coach had stayed in Baton Rouge instead of going to the NFL, the Tigers would have had a football dynasty…

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Saban won seven national championships in his collegiate coaching career, and one of those was at LSU.

Sports betting has been legal in Louisiana for just over 2 years and has had a relatively smooth implementation. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns says, In the 2-year period around Five Billion Dollars in Bets have been placed and that means revenue for the Bayou State…

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Talk of Louisiana changing from an open-party primary election to a closed one is being met with controversy. Some believe politically unaffiliated voters wouldn’t be allowed to vote in a primary and thus not represented.  But a longtime political advisor to Governor Jeff Landry, Brent Littlefield says otherwise…

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Legislation to change to a closed-party primary could be introduced at next week’s special session.

LSU Ag Center crawfish specialist Mark Shirley is predicting this could be the worst mudbug season ever after the drought. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he’s spoken to a few farmers who have pressed pause on fishing…

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Strain says the next few weeks will tell us just how bad the season will be.

12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 11

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is calling it quits, he announced his retirement yesterday. Former LSU quarterback and Baton Rouge native Marcus Randall says Saban’s legacy in football is unmatched.

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Saban won seven national titles in his collegiate coaching career, and one of those at LSU in 2003.

JMC Analytics and Polling estimates a change to a closed-party primary election versus the open primary process would cost the state an extra $90 million annually. But Brent Littlefield, longtime political advisor to Governor Jeff Landry says that figure is exaggerated…

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Legislation for closed-party primary elections will be introduced in next week’s special session.

 

Louisiana will get a real taste of winter at the start of next week. LRN meteorologist Bill Jacquemin has the latest…

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11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 11

Nick Saban is heading into retirement after winning seven national championships, six of them at Alabama and one at LSU in 2003. Former LSU quarterback Marcus Randall played for Saban and there’s a reason why he’s considered the greatest college football coach of all time.

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Since sports betting has been legal in the Bayou State, Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns says around five billion dollars in bets have been placed but not all sports are created equal…

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John says 85% to 86% of sports betting in Louisiana is done on a Mobile device.

The debate over moving to closed-party primary elections versus the current open process in Louisiana is being met with opposition. But Brent Littlefield, longtime political advisor to Governor Jeff Landry, says there’s a campaign underway to confuse lawmakers and the public about the issue.

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There have been estimates that a change would cost the state an extra $90 million annually.

Louisiana Congressman and House Speaker Mike Johnson had a phone call with President Biden yesterday as House Republicans try to reach an agreement with Democrats on stronger immigration policies at the southern border. Johnson says since Biden took office there have been more than seven million illegal encounters recorded at the southern border….

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AM LRN Newscast Jan 11

A major storm front and freezing temperatures will hit the Bayou State beginning tonight into next week. Teiko Foxx has more…

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As another government shutdown looms, House Speaker Mike Johnson and Republicans are insisting on tougher border policies. Brooke Thorington has more…

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LSU hires one of the better defensive line coaches in college football. Brooke Thorington has the story…

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Severe weather conditions are expected to impact the Bayou State starting today through tomorrow morning. National Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist Gary Chatelain says this front primarily for Arkansas and Oklahoma will graze the northwestern region of the Bayou State.

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The forecast puts the portion of Louisiana between the northern portion of I-49 and I-20 corridor in the slight risk category for severe weather in the early morning hours of Friday.

Chatelain says the arrival of a cold front over the weekend will send temperatures plummeting and bring strong northerly winds. He says an artic outbreak will also send temperatures into freezing conditions Sunday night into next week.

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Chatelain says the potential for severe and wintery weather is great. He says it could possibly be a bumpy ride and is worth preparing for.

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US House Speaker Mike Johnson spoke with President Biden Wednesday about securing the southern border to reduce the number of illegal crossings. As the Biden administration is asking for aid to Ukraine and Israel, Johnson and Republicans are insisting on tougher border policies.

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Congress must pass spending bills by the 19th to avoid a government shutdown.

Johnson says border security is their top priority in the House and since Biden took office there have been more than seven million illegal encounters recorded at the southern border.

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The Republican says there are estimates that more than 14 to 15 million illegal aliens have entered the U.S. in the last three years, including 312 suspects who are on the terrorist watch list.

The White House has proposed more funding to hire additional Border Patrol agents to reduce the number of crossings. But Johnson says they want a return to tougher policies that were in place during the Trump administration.

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Last week Johnson and other House Republicans visited the southern border to highlight the issue.

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Sports betting has been legal in Louisiana for just over 2 years and has had a relatively smooth implementation. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns says, In the 2-year period around Five Billion Dollars in Bets have been placed and that means revenue for the Bayou State…

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85%  to 86% of sports betting in Louisiana is done on a Mobile device but to place that bet, even on a mobile device, you must be in Louisiana. Johns says West Louisiana Truck stops bordering Texas see visitors coming in just to make their wager, especially during the NFL regular season.

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When it comes to sports betting, not all sports are created equal says Johns…

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The Tigers have hired one of the better defensive line coaches in college football, Bo Davis is leaving Texas for LSU. Davis was also a former assistant at Alabama and won two national titles. The former nose guard was also on LSU’s staff when they won the national title in 2003. Tiger Rag Assistant Editor William Weathers says this is a huge hire…

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During his 12 seasons as a defensive line coach in college football, he’s produced 17 all-conference selections and seven all-Americans. Weathers says Davis will help in recruiting because young d-linemen will want to play for him…

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LSU’s defensive line underperformed in 2023 as they went several through d-line coaches starting with Jamar Cain who went to the Denver Broncos. Weathers says they needed to make a solid hire for this position group…

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Nick Saban shocked the sports world on Wednesday by announcing his retirement at the age of 72. Saban won seven national championships, six at Alabama and his first was at LSU in 2003. Baton Rouge native Michael Clayton was a star receiver on that team and there’s a reason why Saban won 292 games…

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Clayton was a standout wide receiver at Christian Life High School in Baton Rouge. He remembers when Saban came to his home for the first time and he quickly decided that LSU was the school for him…

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Saban coached at LSU from 2000 to 2004 and went 48-16 during those five seasons. He built the Tigers into a national powerhouse and after a two-year stint with the Miami Dolphins he arrived at Alabama in 2007. Saban won his first national title at Alabama at 2009 and the Crimson Tide have dominated the series against LSU since 2011. Clayton has mixed emotions about his retirement…

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1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 10

LSU Ag Center Crawfish Specialist Mark Shirley warns this could be the worst crawfish season on record. He says Louisiana should have 361,000 acres of crawfish production, that’s what farmers probably would have flooded up back in the fall, but the drought hampered things severely.

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He says prices will be high and supply will be limited this year.

A new poll finds the cost of insurance is the biggest issue facing Louisiana residents. There was talk of a special session on insurance reform before the regular session starts in March, but Senate President Cameron Henry says because of the complexity of insurance laws, it would be better to wait until the regular session…

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The regular session begins March 11th and wraps on June 3rd.

Governor Landry wants lawmakers to look at changing to closed party primary election, but the transition could cost the state an extra $90 million annually. Republican U-S Senator Bill Cassidy says in 2008 and 2010 state party-run primaries were just for federal races, but it caused confusion and independent voters were upset they couldn’t vote in a closed primary…

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Louisiana’s open primary system has been around since the 1970s.

Amazon, the leading global online retailer, is opening a 56-thousand-square-foot distribution facility in Monroe. Mayor Friday Ellis says the facility will provide 200 jobs between 17 to 28 dollars per hour.

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Ellis says Amazon’s announcement will hopefully result in more economic development for the region.