4:30 LRN Newscast Feb 25

During his weekly COVID update, Governor Edwards urged residents to donate blood after many hospitals are noting a shortage of blood supply. He also announced that he’s budgeted for a small pay raise for teachers and support staff in the state.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is encouraging people to report damage sustained during last week’s winter weather in hopes of receiving federal funding by going to damage.la.gov You can also report it via text or by dialing 211. GOHSEP spokesperson Mike Steele says that this survey is important in determining what type of damage Louisiana residents are dealing with.

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Louisiana’s U-S Senators voted against the nomination of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as the country’s new Energy Secretary as they continue to push back on President Biden’s executive order against new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Biden told Granholm that oil and gas will still be produced, it will just happen in other countries… Senator Bill Cassidy responded

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Granholm was confirmed 64-35

Research data of the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine appears as if the third offering will be given emergency use authorization from the FDA. LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Professor Dr. Fred Lopez says data indicates the J & J vaccine is 66 percent effective.

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State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says it’s possible the state could receive the third vaccine as early as next week.

3:30 LRN Newscast Feb 25

This afternoon State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter said if the Johnson and Johnson vaccine receives emergency use approval from the FDA the state could begin receiving the J& J vaccine as early as next week. LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Professor Dr. Fred Lopez says this one-dose vaccine is showing positive results.

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During Governor Edwards briefing this afternoon he along with Dr. Kanter made a plea for those able to donate blood to give the gift of life as several hospitals are noting blood shortages. Dr. Kanter also shared that his wife is expecting and will be getting her first COVID vaccine tomorrow, in an effort to encourage other pregnant women to be vaccinated now that they are eligible for the vaccine in Louisiana.

Louisiana’s U-S Senators voted against the nomination of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as the country’s new Energy Secretary. Granholm told the Senate Energy committee that incentives for companies looking to produce green energy can help create thousands of jobs to offset the ones lost as the country moves away from fossil fuel production…

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During the hearing, Bill Cassidy said learning that President Joe Biden’s plans to move away from fossil fuels to green energy is a job killer.

An LSU study shows since the Clean Water Act’s passage in 192 the Mississippi River has seen a vast improvement in water quality. Coastal Sciences Professor Eugene Turner says before the 70s there was so much waste,  that waterways like the Mississippi River had become highly toxic…

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1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 25

LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Professor Dr. Fred Lopez says the data on the Johnson and Johnson offering in the fight against COVID looks promising. While the other two vaccines are two doses the J & J vaccine is one dose. Lopez says it looks just as good as the others.

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The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is encouraging people to report any property damage sustained during the winter weather last week in hopes of receiving federal funding by going to damage.la.gov and you can also report it via text or by dialing 211. GOHSEP spokesperson Mike Steele explains what type of information they’re looking for.

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An LSU study broke down the impacts of the Clean Water Act on the Mississippi River’s water quality nearly 50 years after its enactment. Matt Doyle has the story.

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The state reports 779 new COVID-19 cases today and 33 new fatalities from the virus. More than 332-thousand have completed their two-dose vaccines in Louisiana and 679 people are currently hospitalized in the state with COVID. Governor Edwards will hold a briefing today at 2:30.

11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 25

More data is being released about Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine as they hope to become the third option seeking FDA emergency use approval in the COVID pandemic. LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Professor Dr. Fred Lopez says this one-dose vaccine is hopeful.

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Congressman Clay Higgins issued a challenge to the Biden Administration to operate without the use of any oil and gas energy or petroleum-based products. In doing so Higgins wants to bring attention to the importance of the industry that is a staple of Louisiana’s economy.

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The President is pushing for a 100-percent carbon-free energy sector by 2025.

50 percent of the 70 and older population in Louisiana has received at least one dose of their COVID vaccine. Matt Doyle has more on the achievement of this vital milestone…

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Military Veterans who are eligible to be vaccinated can receive their dose of the COVID vaccine at the Houma Community Based Outpatient Clinic this weekend. The event is sponsored by the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. For information visit neworleans.va.gov

AM LRN Newscall Feb 24

50 percent of the 70 and older population in Louisiana has received at least one dose of their COVID vaccine. Matt Doyle has more on the achievement of this vital milestone…

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Reports by USA Today and The Advocate reveal allegations that former LSU Football coach Les Miles sexually harassed student workers during his time in Baton Rouge. Matt Doyle has more…

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To highlight the importance of the oil and gas industry a Louisiana Congressman issues a challenge to the Biden Administration.

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According to New Orleans-based data analyst, Jeff Asher over half of Louisianans 70-years-old and older are estimated to have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine so far.

Nearly 70 percent of all COVID-related deaths have come from that age group and Asher says due to this we could see a permanent, significant reduction in new COVID deaths.

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12 percent of the total population in Louisiana has been vaccinated.

Asher says the new, faster pace of vaccinations may mean we won’t experience a fourth wave of the pandemic especially given the seemingly imminent approval of Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine.

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New COVID cases and COVID-related hospitalizations have fallen by about seventy percent since the all-time peak in early January.

Authorities believe the pandemic will be under control once 70 to 80 percent of the population is vaccinated, but Asher says that’s still many months away…

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According to the Louisiana Department of Health COVID Dashboard, 60 percent of those vaccinated so far have been women.

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USA Today and The Advocate uncover allegations that former LSU Football head coach Les Miles sexually harassed student workers during his time running the program.

The allegations were detailed in a 2013 investigation ordered by LSU and conducted by an outside firm. USA Today sports writer Glenn Guilbeau says they are suing to get access to the full report, but so far…

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Miles’ attorneys say the report should remain confidential because disclosure would cause Miles to suffer “serious injury to his reputation and personal life” and “irreparable loss.”

USA Today reports LSU deemed Miles’ behavior inappropriate but the coach faced no public repercussions. Guilbeau says LSU has a history of covert behavior…

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The Advocate reports Miles offered a secret settlement to an LSU student who accused him of “hitting on her”, but Miles’ attorney said that a description of a settlement is discernibly incomplete and inaccurate.

LSU has hired a private firm to investigate about 60 different sexual misconduct cases involving the school from 2016 to 2018 and the US Department of Education is also investigating the school…

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Miles coached at LSU from 2005 until 2016 when he was fired for football-related reasons and now coaches at Kansas.

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Congressman Clay Higgins issued a challenge to the Biden Administration to operate without the use of any oil and gas energy or petroleum-based products. In doing so Higgins wants to bring attention to the importance of the industry that is a staple of Louisiana’s economy.

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Higgins says many people don’t realize that everyday products contain petroleum and restriction on the oil and gas and petroleum industry impact items beyond gasoline.

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Higgins says the oil and gas industry is the cleanest and most efficient in the US, compared to other countries, and with our dependence on products from the fossil fuel industry, bans from the Biden Administration are not logical.

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The Biden Administration says these restrictions on domestic oil and gas production are key to helping the country hit carbon neutrality by 2050, thus limiting catastrophic levels of future global temperature increase.

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Last week’s winter storm didn’t only impact the power grid and water systems in the state it also slowed down the crawfish industry. Wild Crawfish Fisherman Jody Meche says the cold temps reduced the number of crustaceans that could be harvested.

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But Meche is hopeful that the freeze was too detrimental to the crawfish population that that warmer temps will enable them to bounce back.

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Meche says crawfish are pretty resilient and he’s optimistic that the industry will rebound quickly, and we’ll have a plentiful crop and everyone can still enjoy the crawfish boils this year.

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5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 24

Utilities reported to the Public Service Commission this morning on last week’s winter storm response. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Senator Bill Cassidy responds to the State GOP’s decision to censure him over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump. Cassidy says he’s taken a lot heat for the decision, but also received a lot of support.

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It is not mandatory to send your child to kindergarten in Louisiana, but Chairman of the Senate Education Committee Senator Cleo Fields is filing legislation to change that. Fields wants children to learn sooner than later.

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Fields then wants to work towards making Pre-K mandatory.

A former well-known Monroe staple passed away Monday at the age of 72. Shirley was the sole elephant at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo for 22 years after she arrived in 1977.  As requirements changed for keeping elephants in captivity, Zoo Director Tom Pearson says they opted to let Shirley retire in 1999.

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3:30 LRN Newscast Feb 24

Senator Bill Cassidy stands behind his decision to vote to find former President Donald Trump guilty of inciting an insurrection on January 6th. He was censured by the state Republican Party for the move, but Cassidy says the facts show Trump was guilty…

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At this morning’s Public Service Commission Zoom meeting providers warned that gas prices were far higher than usual in February and those prices will be passed on to customers. Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta asks that providers come up with a plan to not dump that full cost on customers next month…

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Providers also indicated that a lack of natural gas supply was the supply problems they faced last week.

Currently, it is not mandatory to send your child to kindergarten in Louisiana, but one Senator wants to change that to get more children enrolled in pre-K education. Baton Rouge Senator and Chairmen of the Senate Education Committee Cleo Fields has pre-filed legislation to make kindergarten a requirement.

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Shirley was the sole elephant at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo for 22 years passed away Monday. Zoo Director Tom Pearson says Shirley then went to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee where she able to roam. He says about 10 years ago one of her former Monroe caretakers, Solomon James, visited on her birthday.

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Shirley was 72.

1:30 LRN Newscast

Utilities reported to the Public Service Commission this morning on last week’s winter storm response. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Senator Bill Cassidy spoke with members of the members to discuss his vote to impeach President Donald Trump.  Despite some criticism, Cassidy says he’s at peace with his decision.

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It is not mandatory to send your child to kindergarten in Louisiana, but Chairman of the Senate Education Committee Senator Cleo Fields is filing legislation to change that. Researchers say birth to five years of age is critical for brain development so Fields wants children to learn sooner than later.

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Fields then wants to work towards making Pre-K mandatory.

A former well-known Monroe staple passed away Monday at the age of 72. Shirley was the sole elephant at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo for 22 years after she arrived in 1977.  As requirements changed for keeping elephants in captivity, Zoo Director Tom Pearson says they opted to let Shirley retire.

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11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 24

Utility providers went before the Public Service Commission today to explain last week’s power outages and the poor communication to customers about those outages. Entergy CEO Phillip May says Tuesday the energy grid faced significantly more demand than it had supply and they were given 30 minutes by a regulator to begin rolling blackouts.

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Regulator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, operates in 15 states throughout the center of the country and most of those were impacted by the storm.

 

Currently, it is not mandatory to send your children to kindergarten in Louisiana, but Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields wants to change that to get more children enrolled in pre-K education.

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Oil City Representative Danny McCormick introduces legislation that would allow Louisianans to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. Currently to concealed carry in Louisiana, you need to take a nine-hour course and pay a $125 fee for a five-year license. Proponents of the license argue it provides gun owners with vital training. McCormick says training is good, but the mandate is not.

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To assist the citizens of Shreveport as the city enters a second week with a collapsed water system Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder along with other lawmakers helped collect 150-thousand bottles of water.

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The storms last week paralyzed the city’s water system which serves approximately 200-thousand citizens.

10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 24

Entergy and Cleco and other utility provider officials are meeting with the Public Service Commission discussing last week’s lengthy power outages and rolling blackouts due to the historic winter weather. P-S-C member Foster Campbell says customers were understandably frustrated, while others are profiting…

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The PSC is expected to propose an investigation into the winter storm outages and allegations that natural gas providers took advantage of the situation to jack up prices.

The trend of homeschooling continues to grow across the nation and increased by 4-percent in Louisiana in the last year. President of Homeschool Louisiana Christopher Chin says he believes the pandemic and more awareness about homeschooling are responsible.

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An Oil City lawmaker proposes legislation that would do away with the need to have a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed handgun. Matt Doyle has the story.

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One Senator wants to make Kindergarten mandatory in Louisiana. Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields pre-filed the legislation this week for the upcoming session in April in an effort to improve educational outcomes for children. If the bill is approved children who turn five on or before September 30th will be required to enroll in kindergarten.