12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 10

LSU Ag Center Crawfish Specialist Mark Shirley warns that 2024 will be one of the worst mudbug seasons on record as far as prices and supply are concerned. He says it’s so dire farmers are averaging one to two mudbugs a trap.

Cut 3 (13) “…(x2) just not there.”

Republican U-S Senator Bill Cassidy is not a fan of Governor Landry’s proposal to change from an open primary election to a closed party primary. A pollster says it could cost the state an additional 90 million dollars a year. Cassidy says the state has bigger priorities to fund…

Cut 6 (11) “…coastal restoration.” 

Amazon has selected Monroe as the site for its next distribution center. Teiko Foxx has more…

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11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 10

A poll of 650 likely voters shows fifty-six percent are not interested in changing the way primary elections are held in the Bayou State. Governor Jeff Landry wants lawmakers to consider a closed-party primary. Pollster John Couvillon believes it’s an issue of party purity…

Cut 6 (12) “…in anymore.”

Outgoing BESE president Holly Boffy says she’s disappointed the governor immediately overturned the graduation appeal process for seniors who fail the LEAP exam. She encourages the public to reach out to their legislators and to sign a petition at excellgrad-dot-org…

Cut 14 (11) “…options in life.” .

A study conducted by Tulane Professor Toni Weiss says Mardi Gras contributes nearly 900 million dollars to New Orleans’ economy. Teiko Foxx has more…

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Amazon plans to open a 56,000-square-foot distribution facility in Monroe.  Mayor Friday Ellis says construction is scheduled to being in the coming weeks and hourly wages for potential employees will range from $17 to $28 an hour.

 

 

12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 9

Governor Landry overturns the appeals process for high school seniors who fail the LEAP exam. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says if the governor hadn’t issued the executive order, he believes incoming BESE members would have reversed the process…

Cut 10 (12) “…requirements.” 

And during the special redistricting session, lawmakers will debate changing from open to closed primary elections. Senate President Cameron Henry says a closed primary election would end the December run-off in Congressional races, which hurts newly elected U.S. Representatives and Senators when it comes to seniority…

Cut 5 (10) “…which is huge” 

A statewide poll of 650 likely voters finds auto and home insurance rates are the number one issue for Louisianans. Teiko Foxx has more…

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11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 9

Among Governor Landry’s first actions in office was overturning the appeals process for high school seniors who fail the LEAP exam. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says Landry mentioned early on that he was against this particular proposal for waving those graduation requirements…

Cut 9 (08) “…in office.” 

Library visits in Louisiana were up more than 20-percent in 2022 and State Librarian Meg Placke says they were busy answering 2.5 million reference questions online and in person the same year. She invites even more visitors to research what’s going on at their local library…

Cut 12 (11) “…just books.” 

54-percent of Louisianans are library card holders…

One of Jeff Landry’s first acts as governor is calling lawmakers to the state capitol for a redistricting session. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Houma Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving two men from Alabama. The incident happened around 1:30 Saturday morning at a sports bar. Police say Christopher Boutwell of Theodore shot the victim Marvin Reed of Mobile multiple times. Both are 39 years old. Boutwell is charged with second degree murder.

10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 9

Governor Jeff Landry has issued the call for a redistricting special session to redraw the Congressional and Supreme Court maps. Senate President Cameron Henry says they’ll also debate moving to a closed primary…

Cut 4 (08) “…cost of it.”

The session will begin Monday and has until January 23rd to wrap up.

A JMC Analytics poll reveals 26 percent of Louisianans believe the cost of homeowner and car insurance is the biggest issue in the Bayou State. Pollster John Couvillon says residents are paying attention to what lawmakers are going to do about insurance rates.

Cut 6 (07) “…insurance commissioner.” 

On average, homeowners in the Bayou State pay about two thousand dollars every year for insurance – that’s 700 dollars more than the national average.

Lambda Legal, a civil rights defense organization that focuses on LGBTQ rights is suing the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners over the ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan says the ban sets a precedent that could reach far beyond the transgender community.

Cut 14 (07) “…all in Louisiana.” 

He says the law is unconstitutional.

Library usage in the Bayou State increased 21 percent from 2021 to 2022. State Librarian Meg Placke says Louisianan’s 334 public libraries are much more than just books. In 2022 they provided close to 75-thousand programs, in-person and virtual events for the community that recorded more than two million attendees.

Cut 11 (12) “…and needed.” 

 

 

1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 8

Possible severe thunderstorms, hail, and flash flooding is expected for southeastern Louisiana this afternoon through early tomorrow morning. Teiko Foxx has more…

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In DC, former New Orleans Mayor and Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu is stepping down as the White House infrastructure coordinator to co-chair President Biden’s re-election campaign. Landrieu joined the White House as a senior advisor to the President in November of 2021.

Eunice Republican Phillip Devillier was elected today as Louisiana’s new Speaker of the House. Devillier was elected to the House in 2015 and his district includes parts of Acadia, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes. Devillier’s acceptance speech hit on a theme Governor Jeff Landry touched on during his inauguration speech and that’s unity….

Cut 9 (09) “… are coming” 

In the upper chamber, Metairie Republican Cameron Henry was elected Senate President.

This crawfish season is among the most questionable in the Bayou State after the oppressive heat and drought of 2023. LSU AgCenter Crawfish Specialist Todd Fontenot says many rice and crawfish farmers made adjustments by irrigating.

Cut 7 (11) “…as big as an effect.” 

He says to expect a later season due to the drought.

12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 8

Severe weather is expected to impact the southern half of Louisiana for the next several hours. National Weather Service Meteorologist Christopher Bannan says there’s potential for damaging winds and tornadoes and a tornado watch is likely for areas east of Interstate 55.

Cut 4 (11) “…strong tornadoes.”

Bannon says three to five inches of rain are predicted and for some areas, it could be as high as eight inches.

This crawfish season is among the most questionable in the Bayou State after the oppressive heat and drought of 2023. LSU AgCenter Crawfish Specialist Todd Fontenot says conditions have made it extremely difficult for the state’s favorite crustacean crop to thrive.

Cut 6 (08) “…this time.” 

Crawfish normally lay eggs in August but the drought dried out those areas where they normally retreat to reproduce.

On Sunday Republican Jeff Landry was ceremonially sworn in as the state’s 57th Governor. During his speech, he said residents want a government to reflect their values and the most important voice in a child’s education should be their parents…

Cut 11 (11) “…mothers back.” 

Due to anticipated severe weather today he was sworn in yesterday but officially became governor at noon today.

LSU has a new defensive coordinator; Blake Baker will take over defensive play-calling duties after two successful seasons at Missouri. Tiger Rag Editor Todd Horne says Baker quickly emerged as the top candidate after the firing of Matt House….

Cut 16 (15) “…and Louisiana” 

 

5:30 LRN Newscast Jan 5

Six students from Neville High School in Monroe were involved in a tragic accident where their deer camp caught on fire Friday morning. A 15-year-old is dead. The incident happened in Jefferson County, Mississippi and Sheriff James Bailey says the five other teenagers were sent to Mississippi hospitals with burns and cuts from trying to escape.

Cut 10 (11) “..five injuries.”

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

A new governor and Louisiana Legislature will be sworn in on Monday. Republicans will be in control of both the executive and legislative branches. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin on what that means for the first regular session that begins in March…

Cut 12 (12)  “…vetoed.”  

2023 was not the best year for real estate with rising interest rates after an unprecedented hot market during the height of the pandemic. But Louisiana Realtors CEO Norman Morris believes things will improve with mortgage rates expected to settle in between five and six percent.

Cut 3 (10) “…buyers and sellers.”

Morris says the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage right now is 6.75%.

If you are a king cake connoisseur, get ready to find the baby. The season officially kicks off Saturday and Co-Owner Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans David Haydel says they’ve been busy with sales and shipping out orders nationwide.

Cut 6 (13) “….on Friday.” 

They’ve been shipping orders as far away as the Vatican also.

 

1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 5

A 15-year-old Neville High School student from Monroe is dead and five of his classmates are injured after their deer camp caught on fire early this morning. The incident happened in Jefferson County, Mississippi, and Sheriff James Bailey says his deputies were among the first on the scene…

Cut 9 (11) “… burning camp.” 

He says the injured teen received cuts and burns while trying to escape. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Governor-elect Jeff Landry has named former assistant attorney general Terrance “Joe” Donahue to be the next Transportation Secretary. And Landry has also named Conrad Appel, Judy Armstrong, and Simone Champagne to serve as BESE members. Landry will be sworn in on Monday as the state’s 57th governor.

Word that mortgage rates are decreasing is encouraging news for the real estate market. And Louisiana Realtors CEO Norman Morris is hopeful lawmakers will pass legislation to help homeowners and potential buyers with their property insurance premiums.

Cut 4 (07) “…in 2024.”

He says the rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage today is 6.75%.

King Cake season kicks off tomorrow. Co-Owner of New Orleans Haydel Bakery David Haydel says they are busy baking a variety of different flavored King Cakes but when it comes to the most popular…

Cut 7 (12) “…the tradition.” 

In addition to selling King Cakes locally he says they also ship cakes across the country. Mardi Gras is Tuesday February 13th.

11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 5

Governor John Bel Edwards’ two terms in office ends Monday, ULM political science professor Pearson Cross says in 2020 the Democrat from Tangipahoa Parish had to impose Covid restrictions that many Republicans thought went too far…

Cut 5 (09) “…of course.”

During his eight years, Cross says Edwards also navigated multiple natural disasters and civil unrest in 2016 following the Baton Rouge police shooting of Alton Sterling.

If you’re a king cake connoisseur, get ready to find the baby. One of the tastiest seasons in the Bayou State is upon us – King cake season begins tomorrow. Co-Owner of New Orleans Haydel Bakery David Haydel says they’ve been busy between local sales and shipping out orders nationwide.

Cut 6 (13) “….on Friday.” 

Louisiana’s longest-serving Insurance Commissioner, Jim Donelon, will leave office on Monday. Jeff Palermo has more on the 79-year-old who is retiring from politics…

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The Thibodeaux Police Department has issued a statement in response to the officer-involved fatal shooting of a loose dog on Christmas Day. TPD says it was justified because the dog bit the officer. You can read the full statement at LouisianaRadioNetwork-dot-com