11:30 LRN Newscast Apr 5

A Legislative Auditor’s report finds that approximately 98-thousand individuals received $405 million in unemployment benefits and it appears they were not eligible in Louisiana from the end of March until the end of 2020.  Auditor Chris Magee says they found the error by using the program Wage Data.

Cut 3 (12)  “…benefits.”  

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says filings rose more than two-hundred thousand percent from pre-pandemic levels which led to a backlog of paperwork and oversite.

56-percent of parents of school-age children think their child learned less over the past year according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson…

Cut 7 (08)  “…as much.”

The 2021 legislative session begins next week there’s a bill that seeks to raise the state’s gasoline tax by ten cents and then increase the fuel tax by two cents every other year. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg the tax can pay for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, and widening I-20 in Monroe…

Cut 14 (10) “…infrastructure.”

But there’s not much support for raising the gasoline tax.

Legislation has been filed that would allow anyone 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun on their person without needing a permit. West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says the bill is like the one filed in the House by Oil City Representative Danny McCormick, the big difference being McCormick’s bill sets the age limit at 18 instead of 21.

Cut 11 (09) “…passed.”

10:30 LRN Newscast April 5

56- percent of parents of school-age children think their child learned less over the past year and despite that 77-percent do not blame the school system, that’s according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson says responses in Louisiana mirror national data.

Cut 9 (09) “…for that.”

Some lawmakers are looking at the three-point-two billion dollars the state is receiving from the federal American Rescue Act to pay for better roads. But Governor Edwards says replenishing the state’s empty unemployment trust fund is his top priority…

Cut 4 (07)“…fund.”

Edwards says if we don’t replenish the fund by September the automatic employer tax increases will hamper our economic recovery
There will be a bill heard in the upcoming legislative session that seeks to increase the state’s gasoline tax to improve roads and bridges. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg is proposing an increase the state’s gasoline tax by ten cents and then it would increase by two cents every other year until 2033. Freiberg says electric and hybrid vehicle owners would also pay annual fees…

Cut 15 (06)“…the cost.”

The bill is expected to face stiff opposition.

And a bill has been filed that would allow anyone 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun on their person without needing a permit. West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says passing this legislation would make Louisiana the 19th state to adopt a “Constitutional Carry” law.

Cut 10 (09) “…dangerous.”

Opponents say a concealed carry permit requires classes that teaches vital safety lessons.

10:30 LRN Newscast April 3

Oil City Representative Danny McCormick introduces legislation that will make employers civilly liable if they force an employee to take a vaccine and that employee suffers health impacts. It also holds companies liable if they force you to be vaccinated to use their services, for example, to fly on a plane or buy groceries, and you get sick…

Cut 10 (10) “….with them.” 

A CDC real-world study shows those who get vaccinated are highly unlikely to carry and transmit COVID. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says 4,000 first responders and medical professionals were tracked after receiving two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna, and the results showed a 90 percent reduction in the chances of you getting infected.

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The LSU Vet School receives an 11-million-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new cancer research facility. LSU Professor Rhonda Cardin wrote the grant application and says the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence will produce 3D cancer cells that will mirror the kinds you find inside cancer victims.

Cut 14 (09) “…development.” 

The center will support cancer research projects at both LSU and Southern University.

AccuWeather predicts 16 to 20 named storms and 7 to 10 hurricanes next hurricane season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this season is shaping up like three other previous seasons… 1996, 2001, and 2012. Referred to as analog years.

Cut 8 (08) “…happens.”

9:30 LRN Newscast April 3

A CDC real-world study of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines shows they reduce the risk of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infection by 90 percent once you complete your series. The key finding confirms that people who’ve been fully vaccinated are highly unlikely to get sick or even spread COVID-19. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter…

Cut 3 (09)  “…Louisiana.”  

The LSU Vet School receives an 11-million-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new cancer research facility. LSU Professor Rhonda Cardin wrote the grant application and says the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, is a major step forward for the university.

Cut 12 (07)   “…before.” 

The center will support cancer research projects at both LSU and Southern University.

The 2021 hurricane forecast from AccuWeather predicts another above-average season for tropical activity in the Atlantic. Taylor Sharp has more.

Cut 2 (30) …I’m Taylor Sharp.”  

The Senate Select Committee on Women and Children have asked LSU athletic director Scott Woodward, football coach Ed Orgeron, executive deputy AD Verge Ausberry, Senior Associate AD Miriam Segar and some current and former Board of Supervisors members to their Thursday meeting to discuss the previous mishandling of sexual misconduct cases. No word if Coach O will attend.

8:30 LRN Newscast April 3

Louisiana residents living in 337 and 504 area codes will soon have to dial 10 digits when making all phone calls. It is part of the FCC’s transition to enable 988 to be used to reach the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  For a few months, calls made with seven digits will continue to go through but will have to be placed with 10-digits on Oct. 24th going forward.

AccuWeather releases predictions for the 2021 hurricane season and we’re in store for another above-average season in the Atlantic. They are calling for 16 to 20 named storms and expect 7 to 10 to become hurricanes. Three to five of those to be major hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim…

Cut 6 (07) “…named storms.”

Keim says the already above-average water temps in the Atlantic are a factor in the higher number of storms predicted for 2021.

Oil City Representative Danny McCormick introduces legislation that will make employers civilly liable if they force an employee to take a vaccine and that employee suffers health impacts.

Cut 9 (09) “…workers comp.”

McCormick’s bill also holds companies liable if they force you to be vaccinated to use their services, for example, to fly on a plane or buy groceries.

 

PM LRN Newscall April 2

A CDC real-world study shows those who are fully vaccinated are highly unlikely to get sick if exposed to COVID-19 or spread it asymptomatically. Matt Doyle has the story.

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The 2021 hurricane forecast from AccuWeather predicts another above season for tropical activity in the Atlantic. Taylor Sharp has more.

Cut 2 (30) …I’m Taylor Sharp.”  

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A CDC real-world study of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines shows they reduce the risk of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infection by 90 percent once you complete your series.

The key finding confirms that people who’ve been fully vaccinated are highly unlikely to get sick or even spread COVID-19. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter…

Cut 3 (09)  “…Louisiana.”  

Those who only received one dose of either vaccine reduce the risk of any infection by 80 percent.

Kanter calls the study comprehensive.

Cut 4 (10) “…finished vaccination.” 

“Fully vaccinated” is considered to be two weeks after your second shot.

Kanter says it’s one thing to have strong clinical trial results, but…

Cut 5  (08)  “…things.”

Today the CDC released guidelines saying anyone fully vaccinated can travel at low risk.

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AccuWeather releases predictions for the 2021 hurricane season and we’re in store for another above-average season in the Atlantic. They are calling for 16 to 20 named storms and expect 7 to 10 to become hurricanes. Three to five of those to be major hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim…

Cut 6 (07) “…named storms.”

Keim says the already above-average water temps in the Atlantic are a factor in the higher number of storms predicted for 2021.

Cut 7 (10) “…up these hurricanes.”

Another item pointed out in the AccuWeather report, Keim says is that this season is shaping up like three other previous seasons… 1996, 2001, and 2012. Referred to as analog years.

Cut 8 (08) “…happens.”

Colorado State and NOAA have yet to release their predictions for 2021 but Keim says he expects their reports to predict an above-average season as well.

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Oil City Representative Danny McCormick introduces legislation that will make employers civilly liable if they force an employee to take a vaccine and that employee suffers health impacts.

Cut 9 (09) “…workers comp.”

McCormick’s bill also holds companies liable if they force you to be vaccinated to use their services, for example, to fly on a plane or buy groceries, and you get sick…

Cut 10 (10) “….with them.” 

McCormick says he authored the bill after constituents contacted him over concerns of forced vaccinations for COVID-19.

Cut 11 (09) “…or not.”

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The LSU Vet School receives an 11 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new cancer research facility.

LSU Professor Rhonda Cardin wrote the grant application and says COBRE, or the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, is a major step forward for the university.

Cut 12 (07)   “…before.” 

COBRE will support cancer research projects at both LSU and Southern University.

Cardin says establishing COBRE will help develop junior staff researchers and create a stronger base of homegrown research talent in the state that ranks 5th in the nation for cancer mortality.

Cut 13 (09)“…pre-clinical cancers.”

Cardin says the center will produce 3D cancer cells that will mirror the kinds you find inside cancer victims.

Cut 14 (09) “…development.” 

12:30 LRN Newscast April 2

AccuWeather releases predictions for the 2021 hurricane season and we’re in store for another above-average season in the Atlantic. They are calling for 16 to 20 named storms and expect 7 to 10 to become hurricanes. Three to five of those to be major hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Kiem…

Cut 6 (07) “…named storms.”

Already above average water temps in the Atlantic are a factor in the number of storms predicted.

Oil City Representative Danny McCormick introduces legislation that will make employers civilly liable if they force an employee to take a vaccine and that employee suffers health impacts. It also holds companies liable if they force you to be vaccinated to use their services, for example, to fly on a plane or buy groceries…

Cut 10 (10) “….with them.” 

A CDC real-world study shows those who are fully vaccinated are highly unlikely to get sick if exposed to COVID-19 or spread it asymptomatically. Matt Doyle has the story.

Cut 1 (29) “ …I’m Matt Doyle” 

 

11:30 LRN Newscast April 2

A CDC real-world study of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines shows they reduce the risk of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infection by 90 percent once you complete your series. The key finding confirms that people who’ve been fully vaccinated are highly unlikely to get sick or even spread COVID-19. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter…

Cut 3 (10)  “…Louisiana”  

Those who only received one dose of either vaccine reduce the risk of any infection by 80 percent.

Oil City Representative Danny McCormick introduces legislation that will make employers civilly liable if they force an employee to take a vaccine and that employee suffers health impacts.

Cut 9 (09) “…workers comp.”

McCormick’s bill also holds companies liable if they force you to be vaccinated to use their services.

Lake Charles City Councilman Craig Marks says Congressman Clay Higgins is not addressing the needs of southwest Louisiana residents impacted by two hurricanes last season. Marks feels if Higgins would take a more active role that it would bring attention and funding to the area and speed recovery efforts.

Cut 11 (08) “…see it.”

A representative for Higgins says the congressman visited the area two weeks after the hurricane.

It’s one of the biggest crawfish weekends of the year, but LSU AgCenter Crawfish specialist Mark Shirley says he’s not sure if there’s enough to go around this weekend. He says the winter storms during February delayed the growth and harvesting of the state’s favorite crustacean for about a month.

Cut 5 (08)“…of crawfish.”

But Shirley says in the weeks to come there will be plenty of crawfish to go around.

10:30 LRN Newscast Apr 2

32 percent of Louisianans say they will never take a COVID vaccine according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey. LSU Public Policy Lab Director Mike Henderson says when you break down the numbers the one group most likely to refuse vaccination is white Republicans.

Cut 13 (09) “…views”

A separate poll by the Louisiana Public Health Institute found Blacks and white women were most likely to have vaccine hesitancy.

Lake Charles City Councilman Craig Marks says he’s frustrated and feels that Congressman Clay Higgins is not addressing the needs of southwest Louisiana residents impacted by two hurricanes last season.

Cut 10 (10) “…funding.”

A representative for Higgins says the congressman visited the area two weeks after the hurricane.

Only 47 percent of Americans say they’re a member of a church, and according to Gallup, it’s the first time the number has ever dipped below half. It’s a 23-point drop since 2000 and only 36 percent of Millennials report being members of a church. LSU Religious Studies Professor Michael Pasquier expects membership numbers will continue to decline.

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Church membership peaked in the Gallup poll back in the late 40s.

It’s one of the biggest crawfish weekends of the year, but LSU AgCenter Crawfish specialist Mark Shirley says he’s not sure if there’s enough to go around for everybody this weekend.

Cut 4 (09)“…find one.”

Shirley says but between the farms and wild production, we should have a good number of crawfish for the next few months ahead.

9:30 A.M. LRN News 04/02/21

It’s one of the biggest crawfish weekends of the year, but LSU AgCenter Crawfish specialist Mark Shirley says he’s not sure if there’s enough to go around for everybody this weekend.
Pricewise Shirley says a bag of crawfish is a bit higher than it has been in the past.
Cut 6 (11) “…next weekend.”
Shirley says but between the farms and wild production, we should have a good number of crawfish for the next few months ahead.
Only 47 percent of Americans say they’re a member of a church, and according to Gallup, it’s the first time the number has ever dipped below half.
LSU Religious Studies Professor Michael Pasquier expects membership numbers will continue to decline.
Only 60 percent of those who say they have a religious affiliation also report being members of a church. Pasquier says that’s a 13 point drop since 2000.
Cut 9 (11) “…affiliations.”
Lake Charles City Councilman Craig Marks says he’s frustrated and feels that Congressman Clay Higgins is not addressing the needs of southwest Louisiana residents impacted by two hurricanes last season.
Despite the change in administration Marks says the devastation in southwest Louisiana speaks for itself and they need Higgins to be an advocate for the area.
Cut 12 (12) “…process.”
A representative for Higgins says the congressman visited the area two weeks after the hurricane.
32 percent of Louisianans say they will never take a COVID vaccine according to the 2021 Louisiana Survey.
LSU Public Policy Lab Director Mike Henderson says
A combined 58 percent say they have either been vaccinated or plan on it. He says for the rest of the state it could take some convincing…
Cut 15 (11)“…safe.”