7:30 LRN Newscast Jan 19

The Biden Administration will push to implement a federal minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour, up from the current federal minimum of 7.25 an hour. Louisiana is one of five states to not raise its minimum above the federal. Louisiana Budget Project head Jan Moller says the minimum hasn’t increased in 12 years and we’re past due for 15 dollars an hour…

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Moller says the increase to 15 dollars an hour will result in a raise for roughly half of all Louisiana workers if you account for the pay bump that would likely occur for people at or just over 15 now. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry opposes the increase. VP of Governmental Relations Jim Patterson says it would result in lost jobs.

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It is likely the increase would be phased in over a number of years, but an exact timeline has not yet been revealed.

LSU Board of Supervisors member Collis Temple Junior says the university should look at ending its relationship with Rouses Supermarkets because of co-owner Donald Rouse’s attendance at the pro-Trump in DC on January 6th.  Donald Rouse said he attended the rally to protest election results but was at his hotel room when the Capitol was stormed. Temple says he’s concerned about the image of a business executive from a major advertiser being at that rally…

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The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has completed repair work and upgrades to one and a quarter-mile of levee and beach in Grand Isle that was destroyed last year by hurricanes. CPRA Chairman Chip Kline….

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6:30 LRN Newscast Jan 19

Governor John Bel Edwards will be attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris tomorrow. Edwards issued a statement that he renews his commitment to his fellow Louisianans and Americans to continue to work with the White House and new President and Vice President to improve our state and nation.  The event begins tomorrow morning at 10:30.

President-elect Joe Biden says he will push Congress to increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. Matt Doyle has reactions from advocates from both sides of the issue…

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Republicans are asking Senate Democrats to cancel President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, citing the fact it isn’t set to happen until after Trump leaves office. House Minority Whip and Metairie Congressman Steve Scalise voted against impeachment in the House and says the trial would be a distraction…

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LSU Board of Supervisors member Collis Temple Junior says the university should look at ending its relationship with Rouses Supermarkets because of co-owner Donald Rouse’s participation in a pro-Trump rally before the riot on the U-S Capitol. Temple says Rouses presence at the rally reflects poorly on LSU…

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It’s unclear if LSU will end its business relationship with the grocery store chain.

1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

174 Louisiana National Guard soldiers and airmen have been sent to Washington D.C. to help bolster security for President-elect Joe Biden’s Wednesday inauguration. Sargent Denis Ricou says they are there at the request of the National Guard Bureau to augment the D.C. National Guard’s forces…

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Ricou says the Guard flew out of Alexandria airport Saturday and they are scheduled to return Thursday, assuming nothing happens between now and then.

State Senator Troy Carter receives an endorsement from outgoing Congressman Cedric Richmond as his replacement in the 2nd congressional district. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos as for voter turnout in the election don’t expect to see large crowds.

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State Senator Karen Carter Peterson has announced her candidacy. Louisiana received 308 million dollars for rental assistance as part of a new round of COVID relief passed in late December. Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center spokesperson Maxwell Ciardullo says it’s a good start, but not enough…

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Quarterback Drew Brees 20-year Pro Football Hall of Fame career most likely ended last night with Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win over the Saints in the NFL playoffs. In the past few years, the 42-year-old QB has contemplated retirement but Brees but keeps coming back, trying to win that second Super Bowl. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says the skills are no longer there to get the job done in the playoffs…

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12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

State Senator Troy Carter, the second person to announce their run for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District receives an endorsement from outgoing Congressman Cedric Richmond. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos says there was talk of several people running to succeed Richmond but at the moment it appears as if it’s a two-person race for the 2nd Congressional District.

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Last week Georgia’s Stacey Abrams endorsed Senator Karen Carter Peterson’s campaign.

Lieutenant General Russel Honore has been appointed to oversee the investigation of Capitol Security LSU Communications Professor Bob Mann says the investigation requires the combined efforts of several law enforcement agencies and Honore’s experience with both political parties makes him ideal for the job.

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No official announcement yet from Quarterback Drew Brees, but many believe he’s played his last game in the NFL. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

State Senator Troy Carter, the second person to announce their run for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, receives an endorsement from Congressman Cedric Richmond. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos says Richmond’s backing to fill his seat is significant.

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Last week Georgia’s Stacey Abrams endorsed Senator Karen Carter Peterson’s campaign.

Quarterback Drew Brees 20-year Pro Football Hall of Fame career most likely ended last night with Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win over the Saints. Brees has been contemplating retirement after the last couple of seasons and once again plans to think it over again.

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Last night he threw just one TD pass and he was intercepted three times.

The incoming Biden Administration proposes a 1.9 trillion-dollar COVID relief and economic stimulus plan. The plan includes a call for an increase in the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, and an end to the tipped minimum wage. Republican Congressman and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise says it would end up sending a lot of jobs to China.

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Lieutenant General Russel Honore has been appointed to oversee the investigation of Capitol Security after protestors stormed the building on January 6th. LSU Communications Professor Bob Mann says Honoree retired from the Army in 2008 and his retirement will assist with the investigation.

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Honore a Louisiana native, oversaw the Joint Task Force after Katrina.

9:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

The incoming Biden Administration has proposed its first priority for the Democratic-controlled Congress, a 1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief and economic stimulus plan. The plan also includes a 1,400 dollar stimulus check. Republican Congressman and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise says the big-spending so soon after December’s COVID bill unnecessary.

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A Vivian man has been taken into custody for his alleged participation in the January 6th raid on the Capitol. The US Department of Justice arrested Cody Connell Friday. He was taken into custody after investigators received a screenshot of Connell’s social media posts bragging about being at the Capitol and his plans to return and quote “it will be a lot worse.”

Louisiana has discovered its first case of the new, more infectious U.K. variant of the coronavirus. The new variant is about 50 percent more infectious than the dominant strain in the state right now, LSU Health New Orleans Assistant Dean of Translational Science Lucio Miele says this is one of several new branches of the virus that have been discovered in recent months. They all share one thing in common…

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Miele says the good news is that so far it looks like our vaccines protect against the new strain.

The Saints season is now over. Last night was the third matchup of the season and Tampa Bay got the better of New Orleans beating the Black and Gold 30-20 The Saints had four turnovers on the night. Coach Sean Payton says it’s hard to win postseason games when you do that.

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8:30 LRN Newscast Jan 18

Louisiana has discovered its first case of the new, more infectious U.K. variant of the coronavirus. The new variant is about 50 percent more infectious than the dominant strain in the state right now, but LSU Health New Orleans Assistant Dean of Translational Science Lucio Miele says viruses have evolutionary pressure to grow more infectious…

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The CDC warns the UK variant will likely become the dominant strain of coronavirus in the U.S. by March.

LDWF agents are investigating a double boating fatality in Caldwell Parish.  A statement from the department says it happened around midnight Saturday when 55-year-old Travis McFarlain of Pine Prairie was operating the boat. Agents say when the boat struck the dock three fifteen-year-old males were ejected. Two of the teens were killed the third was transported to a hospital.  A breathalyzer confirmed McFarlain was intoxicated.

Lieutenant General Russel Honore has been appointed to oversee the investigation of Capitol Security after protestors stormed the building on January 6th. LSU Communications Professor Bob Mann says the Louisiana native, is by far the best choice.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed Honore on Friday.

The season is over for the Saints after losing to the Bucs 30-20 last night. But was last night the end of the road for QB Drew Brees? The 42-year-old was asked if he’s retiring and he said he’s not ready to make a decision. Coach Sean Payton was asked about what Brees has meant to the organization, but the coach says he can give that answer in the future.

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Brees threw three interceptions.

7:30 LRN Newcast Jan 18

The Louisiana Department of Health reports the first confirmed case of the more infectious U.K. variant of coronavirus in the state. Matt Doyle has the story.

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The father of Congressman Garret Graves passed away over the weekend from COVID-19. A statement from Congressman Graves says John Graves passed away Saturday from complications associated with the virus. The family asks for prayers and privacy during their time of grieving.

The incoming Biden Administration has proposed its priority for the Democratic-controlled Congress, a 1.9 trillion-dollar COVID relief and economic stimulus plan. A 350-billion-dollar chunk of that would assist local and state governments who have seen their budgets battered by COVID. Republican Congressman, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise…

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Also included is a call for an increase in the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, and an end to the tipped minimum wage.

The Saints season is over, Tampa Bay got the better of New Orleans beating the Black and Gold 30-20. It also could be quarterback Drew Brees’ final game, he was asked in the postgame if this was his last, but the 42-year-old was not ready to announce a decision on Sunday night. If this was a Brees’ final game, it ends with him throwing three interceptions.

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6:30 LRN Newcast Jan 18

A joint statement from the FBI and Louisiana State Police says over the weekend, public safety officials from numerous agencies worked together to coordinate security and ensure safety for protesters and the Capitol grounds. They also stated that the peaceful assemblies and activities throughout the weekend were a testament to the intended purpose to peacefully protest.

Matt Doyle spoke with Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise about President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed 1.9 trillion-dollar economic stimulus and COVID relief plan…

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Lieutenant General Russel Honore has been appointed to oversee the investigation of Capitol Security after protestors stormed the building on January 6th. LSU Communications Professor Bob Mann says the Pointe Coupee Parish native, is by far the best choice.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi named Honore to the position on Friday calling for an immediate review of the Capitol’s security infrastructure, and interagency processes and procedures.

The Saints season is over, and a Hall of Fame career could be over too. In the third matchup of the season, Tampa Bay got the better of New Orleans beating the Black and Gold 30-20 in what could be quarterback Drew Brees’ final game. It was a difficult year for Brees and another tough home playoff loss, but he’s happy for the journey.

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Brees was asked in the postgame if this was his last game, but the 42-year-old was not ready to announce a decision on Sunday night.

6:30 LRN Newscast Jan 16

State and federal law enforcement agencies say they are prepared for this weekend’s planned demonstrations and will be monitoring the situation at the State Capitol. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Louisiana native, Lt General Russel Honore will lead the review of security at Capitol Hill following the violent riot on January 6th. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Honore’s appointment Friday and says he was chosen due to his strong experience. The Green General is also known for his command of a Joint Task Force after Katrina.

A Lafayette man has been charged for allegedly participating in last week’s riot at the U-S Capitol. 50-year-old Vaughn Gordon made his first court appearance Thursday. He faces two charges, including knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says Gordon got himself in trouble for posting pictures and there’s also video on FB of him discussing being inside Capitol with a friend.

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The Saints and Buccaneers will meet for a third time on Sunday in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game. In the two regular-season meetings, the Saints allowed just 13 points a game and they’ve intercepted Bucs Quarterback Tom Brady five times. Saints Offensive tackle Terron Armstead says they’ll stick with what they’ve done all season…

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Kickoff Sunday is at 5:30 in the Dome.