3:30 LRN Newscast Jan 4

Governor John Bel Edwards touted his accomplishments during a farewell address last night. Edwards says he entered office with a historic budget deficit, but now the state enjoys surpluses that resulted in investments into teacher pay, higher education and roads. He believes the state is better off than it was eight years…

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Edwards will be joining the New Orleans-based law firm Fishman Haygood. Senior partner Kerry Miller says Edwards, who was an accomplished attorney before his political career, will mesh well with their firm.

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Miller says in his new role as special counsel, Edwards will focus on renewable energy.

If you’re looking for a healthy eating plan as part of your New Year resolutions, the DASH diet has been ranked number two overall, according to U.S. News and World Report. Teiko Foxx has more.

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If you’re using the diabetes medication Ozempic the FDA is looking into reports of hair loss, suicidal thoughts and aspiration linked to the medication. Off-label the drug is widely popular for weight loss. The FDA evaluating the need for regulatory action on the medication

 

 

12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 4

Governor John Bel Edwards touted his accomplishments during a farewell address last night in his hometown of Amite. Edwards says he entered office with a historic budget deficit, but now the state enjoys surpluses that resulted in investments into teacher pay, higher education and roads. He believes the state is better off than it was eight years…

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The next chapter in Edwards’ career will be written at the New Orleans law firm of Fishman Haygood. Senior partner Kerry Miller says Edwards will be able to continue to focus on the economic and environmental benefits of green energy via their firm.

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As governor, Edwards announced more than $50 billion in renewable energy projects for the Bayou State.

House Speaker and Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is urging President Biden and Senate Democrats to enforce policies along the U-S Mexico border. Johnson and House Republicans visited the Southern Border on Wednesday, and he says the situation is bad…

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Johnson made the remarks at a press conference in Eagle Pass, Texas.

U.S. News and World Report once again ranks LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s DASH Diet as the second-best diet overall of 2024. Pennington Dietician Cathy Champagne says their eating plan is proven to help those with heart disease.

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The full diet is available online at Pennington Biomedical Center’s website.

4:30 LRN Newscast Jan 3

Governor-Elect Jeff Landry has named the leaders for the Department of Natural Resources, Homeland Security, and Workforce Commission. Jeff Palermo has the details…

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Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise has officially endorsed former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential race. The House Majority leader says quote “American families and workers deserve a president who will stand up for them and their safety,”

House Speaker and Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is urging President Biden and Senate Democrats to enforce policies along the U-S Mexico border. Johnson and House Republicans visited the Southern Border and he says the situation is bad…

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Johnson made the remarks today at a press conference in Eagle Pass, Texas.

A major shakeup within the LSU football coaching staff went down today as LSU Coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Matt House, along with three other assistant coaches. Tiger Rag Editor Todd Horne expects Kelly to act quickly in hiring their replacements…

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Defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey, safeties coach Kerry Cooks, and cornerbacks coach Robert Steeples were also let go today.

3:30 LRN Newscast Jan 3

After a poor season on defense, LSU football coach Brian Kelly has fired his defensive coordinator and three other assistants. Jeff Palermo has the story….

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In Lake Charles Police have issued an arrest warrant for manslaughter for Summer Buxton after the death of her two-year-old child Kenyan Jay Buxton in May. The child’s father 20-year-old Adrian Higgins was arrested in connection with the child’s death and also faces manslaughter charges now. The child was found in a Lake Charles hotel room unresponsive and illicit drugs were also in the room.

Open enrollment for Louisiana Medicaid health insurance ends January 15th. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana healthcare economist Michael Bertaut says individuals with an income between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for tax credits that can lower their monthly premium for a Marketplace health insurance plan.

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To enroll, visit Health-Care-dot-gov.

Governor John Bel Edwards will give his farewell address this evening, and the two-term governor is expected to highlight his achievements in office. The 56th governor will give his address from his hometown of Amite. This will be his final event as governor and governor-elect Jeff Landry will be sworn-in on Monday.

1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 3

Governor-Elect Jeff Landry has named the leaders for the Department of Natural Resources, Homeland Security, and Workforce Commission. Jeff Palermo has the details…

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And outgoing Governor John Bel Edwards will deliver his farewell address tonight. Reflecting on his two terms that included multiple natural disasters and the pandemic. He will make his remarks from his hometown of Amite at 6:30.

If you received a cost of living raise you could find yourself in a higher tax bracket when you file your 2024 taxes next year. Shreveport CPA Hardy Foreman says for example a married couple with a joint income of more than $94,300 their tax bracket jumps from 22 percent to 24 percent.

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Federal tax brackets have not been adjusted for inflation in more than four years.

Around 200-thousand people in Louisiana lost their Medicaid health insurance last year as part of the nationwide disenrollment process. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana healthcare economist Michael Bertaut (BURR-toe) suggests calling an agent to help find the right plan for your medical needs.

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10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 3

Governor John Bel Edwards will give his farewell remarks tonight from his hometown of Amite. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Edwards will highlight his achievements which he believes is a smart move politically if the Democrat wants to run again in 2027.

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The farewell address is scheduled for 6:30 this evening.

Louisiana’s float in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day wins the award for best showmanship. The state has promoted tourism with floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Parade for the last three years and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says always they see a bump in visits to their website.

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If one of your resolutions is eating healthy, guess what this carnival season you can indulge in a zero-sugar, gluten-free twist of a beloved Mardi Gras tradition. Teiko Foxx has more…

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Louisiana is considered the state with the second most prevalence for mold, just behind Hawaii. A recent study shows the Bayou State per capita has the second most searched for damp-related issues. Mold can also cause health problems when it’s allowed to grow which includes allergic reactions and asthma.

4:30 LRN Newscast Jan 2

A Jefferson Parish man was fatally shot when a bullet came through his apartment window. Jeff Palermo has more…

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After weeks of waiting former Grambling President Rick Gallot has signed his contract to be the next University of Louisiana System President. The board offered him the position on October 25th but the contract was delayed after Governor-elect Jeff Landry expressed concern the board approved the appointment without his input. Gallot will oversee nine schools within the UL-system.

Opelousas police officer Savannah Butler faces two counts of negligent injury after her firearm was discharged towards her boss police chief Graig LeBlanc and his wife Crystal. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says it happened after an argument between the LeBlancs outside of Butler’s home. Guidroz says the police chief’s hand was injured when he tried to take the gun and the bullet then struck his wife in the arm. Fortunately, the injuries were not serious…

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Guidroz says they do not know why Chief LeBlanc was at Butler’s residence on December 22nd, or why his wife, who’s a Captain with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office later arrived at the home and what led to the argument.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) is urging Louisianans to make cleaning up the Bayou State one of their resolutions this year. KLB Director Susan Russell says one simple way is to keep a small trash bag in the car to collect litter.

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1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 2

Opelousas police officer Savannah Butler faces two counts of negligent injury after her firearm was discharged at police chief Graig LeBlanc and his wife Crystal. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says it happened after an argument between the LeBlancs outside of Butler’s home.

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Guidroz says they do not know why Chief LeBlanc was at Butler’s residence on December 22nd, or why his wife, who’s a Captain with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office later arrived at the home and what led to the argument.

Authorities are searching for Sammy Patrick, a Black male, who they believe could be in Concordia Parish, after he allegedly shot, killed, sexually assaulted, and then set the elderly female victim on fire in Forest, Mississippi, Saturday afternoon. He’s considered armed and extremely dangerous.

An innocent bystander was killed on New Year’s Eve near Westwego in Jefferson Parish as a woman was attempting to retrieve her stolen vehicle. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says when the owner tried to get her vehicle back, she was confronted by three male suspects in the parking lot, and at least one of the suspects fired at the vehicle’s owner…

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The Jefferson Parish coroner has identified the victim as 32-year-old Corey Washington.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) is asking residents to cut down on waste as one of their New Year’s resolutions. Director Susan Russell suggests using reusable bottles and bags and fewer single-use paper and plastic items.

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She says 43 million pieces of trash litter Louisiana roadways.

11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 2

Authorities are searching for Sammy Patrick, a Black male, who they believe could be in Concordia Parish, after he allegedly shot, killed, sexually assaulted, and then set the elderly female victim on fire in Forest, Mississippi, Saturday afternoon. You’re urged to call law enforcement if you know his whereabouts, he’s considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Pennington Biomedical health experts say New Year resolutions that involve nutrition, exercise or mental health are doable by making small steps.  Teiko Foxx has more…

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After 35 years, Jay Dardenne announces he’s retiring from politics. The former Secretary of State, Lt. Governor and current Commissioner of Administration says when he was chosen to serve with Governor John Bel Edwards, they were in for a quite surprise when Edwards was first sworn in.

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The LSU Tigers completed their mission of achieving a ten-win season as LSU rallied in the final minutes to beat Wisconsin 35-31 in the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa. Garrett Nussmeier was named the game’s MVP as he led the Tigers back from two 14-point deficits…

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LSU kicks off the 2024 season on September 1st against USC in Las Vegas.

10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 2

Morgan City Police have released the name of the woman who died after falling into the Atchafalaya River on December 26th. 49-year-old Angela Maria Clark’s body was found around midnight, after following up on a report of a person who fell into the river in the Front Street area. This is an active investigation.

The Louisiana Violent Crime Task Force has submitted a report for the next Legislature to review. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala served on the Task Force and says the report contains several broad recommendations and areas to address. He says speeding up the time between an arrest and trial has to be addressed…

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Bacala says legislation is also needed to bring real, substantial consequences to juveniles committing serious crimes.

Jay Dardenne’s 35-year political career is ending. He served as Secretary of State, Lt Governor, and is currently Commissioner of Administration. In the state senate, he helped craft several significant laws.

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If you’ve set a goal of taking better care of your health for a resolution… Pennington Biomedical Assistant Professor of Research Jacob Mey says ease into it, don’t start with a goal that involves working out 6 days a week…

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And if things get off track you can always start over again