1:30 LRN Newscast June 7

Governor Landry has signed legislation that prohibits transgender individuals from using restrooms, locker rooms and sleeping quarters at public schools and jails that do not match their biological sex. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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It looks like a second Bucee’s location in Louisiana is in the works. The Lafayette Economic Development Authority has confirmed they are working to add the toothy beaver to their town. The LEDA says the deal has not yet been finalized but there is good potential.

The A&E series “Murder at the Motel” will feature the 2016 murder of 28-year-old Sonya Ortego. Chief Jared Morton of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office says Jackie Pruitt was traveling through town for a court date the following day and rented a room in the DeRidder motel for the night. Morton says his motive remains unknown.

Cut 4 (06) “…at all.” 

Pruitt was convicted of First-Degree Murder.

Looking back at a very unusual crawfish season this year, LSU Ag Center Crawfish Specialist Mark Shirley says December to February supply was down 90 percent. In May supply increased, but Shirley says it was only 40 to 50 percent compared to other Mays.

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He says crawfish farmers are hopeful about next year’s crop.

11:30 LRN Newscast June 7

For a third consecutive year, LSU’s Louisiana survey finds most residents believe the state is heading in the wrong direction.  Sean Richardson has the story.

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It looks like a second Bucee’s location in Louisiana is in the works. The one under construction in Ruston is expected to open next year and Lafayette could soon be able to add the toothy beaver to their town. According to The Advocate, the construction company that has built other Bucee’s has requested a variance with the zoning board in Lafayette.

 

Adults interested in receiving the necessary education to land a job in a high-demand field can now apply for financial assistance through the M-J Foster Promise Program. Brittany Theriot with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance says the award amount is 32-hundred dollars per year for a full-time student and students can receive a maximum of 64-hundred dollars over three years…

Cut 10 (08) “…award back.”

Visit the M-J Foster Promise Program for more information.

This Saturday and Sunday it’s Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana.And of course, fishing is a lot more fun when you don’t have to talk about the one that got away. State Wildlife Fisheries Outreach Biologist Josh Porter says chances are there’s a recently stocked pond near you.

Cut 14 (12)  “…those ponds.”

Check their website for a listing of those ponds or their Facebook page.

10:30 LRN Newscast June 7

A survey out of LSU finds 61 percent of Louisiana residents believe the state is heading in the wrong direction. The Louisiana Survey polled more than one thousand adults in March and April and only 30 percent said the state is heading in the right direction. Director of the Louisiana Survey Professor Michael Henderson says these numbers are similar to the last couple of years.

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Adults interested in receiving the necessary education to land a job in a high-demand field can now apply for financial assistance through the M-J Foster Promise Program. Brittany Theriot with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

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After almost forty years with Catholic Charities, The Louisiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program is transitioning to a new partnership. Colleen Crain has the story…

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Crawfish prices along with the temperatures are rising. According to The Crawfish App Prices are up about 20-cents a pound. That’s due to the decrease in the supply. Live crawfish average $2.94 a pound and if you can find a restaurant with crawfish still on the menu expect to pay close to $5 a pound.

AM LRN Newscall June 7

After almost forty years with Catholic Charities, The Louisiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program is transitioning to a new partnership. Colleen Crain has the story…

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For a third consecutive year, LSU’s Louisiana survey finds a majority of residents believe the state is heading in the wrong direction.  Sean Richardson has the story.

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It’s the perfect weekend to cast and line and you don’t have to have a fish license either. Brooke Thorington has more on Free Fishing Weekend.

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After almost forty years with Catholic Charities, The Louisiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program is transitioning to a new partnership after the USDA encouraged them to seek bids for providers. Feeding Louisiana with its statewide network of foodbanks will begin distributing “Senior Boxes” to eligible Louisianans 60 and over. LDH’s Director of Nutrition Services, Jennifer Nicklas…

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Catholic Charities is helping get the word out by calling all current recipients of the CSFP boxes and by providing addresses and contact information to Feeding Louisiana. Nicklas says recipients should be able to receive their commodity boxes without interruption…

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Nicklas encourages Louisiana residents 60 and over who may be eligible now to reach out to Food for Seniors at 800-522-3333. They will tell you if your household income qualifies, where the closest food site to your home is, and what the serving days and times are.

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A survey out of LSU finds 61 percent of Louisiana residents believe the state is heading in the wrong direction. The Louisiana Survey polled more than one thousand adults in March and April and only 30 percent said the state is heading in the right direction. Director of the Louisiana Survey Professor Michael Henderson says these numbers are similar to the last couple of years.

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Henderson says this is the second consecutive year that 61 percent of the respondents said the state is heading in the wrong direction…

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Twenty-eight percent of the respondents told the Louisiana survey that crime is the biggest problem in the state, up from 19 percent last year. However, 36 percent of the respondents have confidence that the state government can address their concerns, which is eight percentage points from last year…

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Adults interested in receiving the necessary education to land a job in a high-demand field can now apply for financial assistance through the M-J Foster Promise Program. Brittany Theriot with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance says the award amount is 32-hundred dollars per year for a full-time student and students can receive a maximum of 64-hundred dollars over three years…

Cut 10 (08) “…award back.”

The grant dollars can be used at any Louisiana Community and Technical College school, plus LSU-Shreveport and LSU Eunice.

Theriot says the MJ Foster Program provides financial support for eligible adult students who are earning credentials that align with high-demand jobs…

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This is the third year of the M-J Foster Program and Theriot says last year they had more than ten thousand applicants

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Visit the M-J Foster Promise Program for more information.

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It’s time to grab those fishing poles and cast a line. This Saturday and Sunday it’s Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana. State Wildlife Fisheries Outreach Biologist Josh Porter says you don’t have to have a fishing license this weekend.

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And of course, fishing is a lot more fun when you don’t have to talk about the one that got away. Porter says chances are there’s a recently stocked pond near you.

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For a listing of the 17 ponds they stock, you can visit their website and click on events and education…

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Or you can visit LWDF’s “Get out and Fish” Facebook page for more information and catch photos.

After this weekend, adults 18 and older will be required to have a fishing license. And new anglers can find fishing education courses on LWDF’s website.

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5:30 LRN Newscast June 6

After being hit by a vessel early Thursday morning DOTD says the Grosse Tete bridge in Iberville will be closed for a significant amount of time. The drawbridge on La Highway 77, is closed to both vehicular and marine traffic. The bridge has a daily average use of up to 1,500 vehicles.

Lake Charles remains the Youth Sports Capital of Louisiana after they secured hosting rights with LHSAA for an additional two years.  Sean Richardson has more.

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Lawmakers have repealed a law to put cameras on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. St. Martin Parish Sheriff Becket Breaux says when monies are collected from speeding fines issued by law enforcement, they help fund things like the Indigent Defense Board and Crimestoppers. When a speed camera issues a fine those monies aren’t distributed to other agencies…

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Today is “Secure Your Load for Road Safety Day.” Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Greg Fischer says it’s important for motorists to properly secure items to prevent them from becoming potentially lethal traffic hazards. And before you hitch that boat to your vehicle, secure loose objects.

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4:30 LRN Newscast June 6

Lawmakers have repealed a bill to put speed cameras on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. In 2022 St. Martin Parish Sheriff Becket Breaux responded by putting more deputies on the bridge who wrote 7,000 tickets and reduced crashes by 25-percent. He says speeding is not the main cause of crashes its motorists driving slower in the left lane, distracted drivers…

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Today is “Secure Your Load for Road Safety Day.” Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Greg Fischer says not doing so can turn them into  traffic hazards.

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And he reminds you to secure items in your boat before you tow them on the roadways.

Lake Charles has secured hosting rights for Boys Basketball, swimming, softball and baseball championships for an additional two years and solidified southwest Louisiana as the premiere high school sports destination of the state. Erick Zartler at Visit Lake Charles says it’s a huge economic impact to the region.

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Over the course of the year around 45 to 50 thousand people head to Lake Charles for high school championship events

There’s been talk about building a new 400-million-dollar arena on the LSU campus. But where will it go? The Advocate is reporting based on emails they’ve obtained through a public records request, the LSU golf course next to Alex Box Stadium is the location that’s looked at the most. The Tiger Athletic Foundation is looking to partner with a private developer to build the arena.

1:30 LRN Newscast June 6

Two East Baton Parish deputies were injured, and a suspect was killed when authorities tried to search for drugs this morning. The EBR coroner is on the scene in north Baton Rouge near the intersection of Hollywood Street and North Foster Drive. One of the deputies was struck by gunfire but their condition is unknown.  DEA is also reportedly on the scene.

Lake Charles will remain the Youth Sports Capital of Louisiana for next two years. Sean Richardson has more.

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Lawmakers have repealed a law to put cameras on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. St. Martin Parish Sheriff Becket Breaux says when monies collected from speeding fines issued by law enforcement they help fund things like the Indigent Defense Board and Crimestoppers. When a speed camera issues a fine those monies aren’t distributed to other agencies…

Cut 5 (11)  “… goes on.”

Governor Jeff Landry has declared today as “Secure Your Load for Road Safety Day.” Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Greg Fischer says it’s important for motorists to properly secure items to prevent them from becoming traffic hazards.

Cut 9 (10) “…their loads.” 

Objects as common as two-by-four pieces of wood or a suitcase can create a lethal problem on the road

 

12:30 LRN Newscast June 6

A bill passed in the most recent legislative session repeals a law that would have put speed cameras on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. When the issue was raised in 2022 St. Martin Parish Sheriff Becket Breaux responded by putting more deputies on the bridge who wrote 7,000 tickets and reduced crashes by 25-percent. He says speeding is not the main cause of crashes it’s motorists driving slower in the left lane, distracted drivers…

Cut 4 (10) “…on the bridge.” 

He says cameras can’t detect human or drug trafficking.

DOTD has closed the Grosse Tete Bridge after it was damaged around 5:30 this morning by a vessel on the Port Allen Lock. An estimated 15-hundred cars use drawbridge, located on Highway 77 in Iberville Parish daily. The cause of the accident remains under investigation and no injuries have been reported.

It was 80 years ago today when more than 156,000 Allied ground troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, a turning point in WWII, what’s referred to as D-Day. Of the 2,500 Americans who were killed, 33 were from Louisiana. Colonel Jerome Buller with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs says this anniversary is notable because…

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Of the Louisianans killed in action 12 are buried in state, 17 in American cemeteries in France, one in England, and three were never found.

 

5:30 LRN Newscast June 5

Louisiana started sending a rotation of 50 Louisiana Army National Guardsmen to the Texas border last March to curb illegal crossings. The three-month deployment is coming to an end and Governor Landry says he is in talks with Texas Governor Greg Abbot about extending the deployment.

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Secretary of State Nancy Landry says she’s extremely pleased with the 11 bills passed in the session to improve Louisiana’s election system. Even though the Bayou State is in the ranked in top ten for election integrity by the Heritage Foundation and number one in the south by the Electoral Integrity Project

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The founder and president of Acadian Ambulance Richard Zuschlag has passed away at 76. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 1 (34)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”State Treasurer John Fleming says they’ll be mailing almost 28,000 checks to Louisianas who have unclaimed property. The total amount of those checks is $5 million. Fleming says one in six Louisiana residents has unclaimed property. Visit lacashclaim-dot org to see if you have unclaimed property.

 

2:30 LRN Newscast June 5

The founder and President of Acadian Ambulance Richard Zuschlag has passed away at 76 after a battle with cancer. In 2022, on WRKF’s Talk Louisiana, he said the company began to grow when they hired several Vietnam War veterans as medics to cover Lafayette Parish…

Cut 5 (14)  “… save lives.”

Secretary of State Nancy Landry says she’s extremely pleased with the 11 bills passed in the session to improve Louisiana’s election system. Even though the Bayou State is in the ranked in top ten for election integrity by the Heritage Foundation and number one in the south by the Electoral Integrity Project

Cut 8 (11)  “…(x2) number one.” 

Louisiana started sending a rotation of 50 Louisiana Army National Guardsmen to the Texas border last March to curb illegal crossings. The three-month deployment is coming to an end and Governor Landry says he is in talks with Texas Governor Greg Abbot about extending the deployment.

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Landry says it is important to have a presence of National Guard troops from Louisiana and they are helping to secure the border

It’s official, professional hockey is back in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Monroe Moccasins is the newest team in the Federal Prospects Hockey League. Owner Nick Perkins says he knows Louisiana is passionate about their sports teams.

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The first home game at the Monroe Civic Center is October 11th