12:30 LRN Newscast Feb 10

37-year-old Jane Irvin has been arrested in connection with the Quawan Charles case, Charles is the St. Mary Parish 15-year-old who was found in a wooded area of Iberia Parish last November. Irvin was reportedly the last person to be seen with Charles. Iberia Sheriff Tommy Romero says immediately after the arrest he spoke with the parents of Charles.

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Irvin’s bond has been set at 400-thousand dollars.

Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott expects the Legislature will seek to reform the way the state collects sales taxes when the legislative session begins in April. Scott says a task force has been working to bring the state’s sales tax collection system in line with the rest of the country.

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Senator Bill Cassidy’s reversal on the question of whether it is constitutional to impeach a President who is out of office came as a surprise to many. Matt Doyle has the story.

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11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 10

ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says Senator Bill Cassidy’s vote calling the impeachment of former President Trump constitutional was a surprising move. The vote was a reversal on the issue for the Senator and triggered strong condemnation from the state GOP.

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Cassidy defended the vote, saying the Trump legal team did a terrible job Tuesday while the House managers presenting Democrat’s case were well prepared.

An arrest has been made in the Quawan Charles case. The St. Mary Parish 15-year-old was found in a wooded area of Iberia Parish last November. Iberia Sheriff Tommy Romero says they’ve arrested 37-year-old Janet Irvin. He says based on numerous interviews, forensic evidence, and their autopsy report they arrested Irvin in Lafayette Parish…

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Governor Edwards extended the current modified phase two restrictions for another three weeks. Edwards says he’s concerned that the good progress we have made could be undone by the rapidly spreading UK variant which is 50 percent more infectious, and 30 percent more deadly.

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The Blackthorn Political Action Committee calls on Congressman Clay Higgins to resign. Blackthorn organizer Ken Miller says their ad features soundbites from Higgins’ fire-lit rant that went viral in which Higgins claims to have inside data to support Trump won the November 2020 election. Miller says Higgin’s behavior is unacceptable.

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Higgins issued a statement saying he will no respond to the false attack ads.

 

10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 10

An arrest has been made in the Quawan Charles case. The St. Mary Parish 15-year-old who was found in a wooded area of Iberia Parish last November. Iberia Sheriff Tommy Romero says they arrested one of the last people to see Charles alive, 37-year-old Janet Irvin.

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Irvin’s exact role in Charles’s death is not known.

The House and Senate Natural Resources Committees are holding a joint meeting at the State Capitol today discussing the impacts and possible responses to President Biden’s executive orders halting new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and waters. Chair of the Senate Committee, Vermillion Parish Senator Bob Hensgens says the meeting allows local officials to explain personally how it impacts the state.

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Governor John Bel Edwards extends the current modified Phase Two for another three weeks, but indicates he is open to relaxing restriction once that order ends. Edwards says the state has made some good progress in pushing back the virus over the last month, but the baseline numbers that guide his policymaking remain too high to relax restrictions just yet.

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A Blackthorn PAC ad is calling for Congressman Clay Higgins to resign. In the ad, it refers to Higgins as a domestic terrorist and says he has blood on his hands after the January 6th riot. Blackthorn organizer Ken Miller says Higgins’s must answer for his extreme rhetoric.

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Higgins responded by saying he’s not concerned with the false attacks.

 

AM LRN Newscall Feb 10

The state GOP blasts Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote in support of the constitutionality of the Trump impeachment trial. Matt Doyle has the story.

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The house and senate natural resources committees are holding a joint meeting to address the Biden Administration’s executive orders concerning the oil and gas industry in the state at 9:30 this morning.  Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana will remain under current modified Phase Two public health restrictions for the next three weeks. Matt Doyle has the story.

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US Senator Bill Cassidy was one of only six Republicans to vote in favor of the constitutionality of President Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday.

Cassidy, who had previously voted against the trial’s constitutionality, says he was swayed by strong arguments from the Democrats’ legal team.

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Fellow Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, who says he will vote to acquit the President for the second time, voted to dismiss the trial on constitutional grounds saying you can’t impeach a President who is out of office.

Cassidy also blasted the President’s defense team, who were roundly criticized for their performance Tuesday.

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Cassidy further adds that anyone interested in the thought process behind his vote should just watch video of yesterday’s proceedings.

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The Louisiana State Republican Party issued a statement hammering Cassidy for the vote saying “The Republican Party of Louisiana is profoundly disappointed by Senator Cassidy’s vote. We feel that an impeachment trial of a private citizen is not only an unconstitutional act but also an attack on the very foundation of American democracy.”

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The storming of the Capitol last month has motivated a Lafayette businessman to form a political action committee called Blackthorn to bring awareness to what he feels are Congressman Clay Higgins’ extreme right views and calls for his resignation. Ken Miller says his PAC will post anti-Higgins ads in hopes of changing the mindset in the Third Congressional District.

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The ads feature soundbites from Higgins’ fire-lit rant that went viral in which the congressman claimed to have inside data to support Trump won the November 2020 election. Miller says Higgin’s behavior is unacceptable.

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The Blackthorn ad refers to Higgins as a domestic terrorist and says he has blood on his hands after the January 6th riot which claimed the life of a Capitol police officer and seriously injured other officers. Miller says Higgins’s must answer for his seditionist rhetoric.

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Higgins issued a response to the ads saying quote “I’m not concerned with the targeted lies and false attacks coming from left-wing organizations. I’m a Constitutionalist. I work for the We, the People. I’ll continue to do so. Socialist lies mean zero to me.”

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The House and Senate Natural Resources Committees are holding a joint meeting at the State Capitol this morning to discuss the impacts and possible responses to President Biden’s executive orders halting new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and waters, including the Gulf of Mexico. Chair of the Senate Committee, Vermillion Parish Senator Bob Hensgens says several people are expected to speak.

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Hensgens says his goal for the meeting it to have local officials explain personally how the executive orders will impact the state.

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In addition to hearing from those to be impacted by the Executive Orders, Hensgens wants to hear from Governor Edwards, one of the few democratic southern governors, how his administration plans to address the issue.

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The meeting is set for 9:30 in the House Chamber this morning.

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Governor John Bel Edwards extends the current modified Phase Two for another three weeks but indicates he is open to relaxing restriction once that order ends.

Edwards says the state has made some good progress in pushing back the virus over the last month, but the baseline numbers that guide his policymaking remain too high to relax restrictions just yet.

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The state has crossed a threshold this week in the fight against COVID, more people have been vaccinated than have tested positive.

Edwards says he’s concerned that the good progress we have made could be undone by the rapidly spreading UK variant which is 50 more infectious, and 30 percent more deadly.

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CDC models show the UK variant doubling in prevalence every ten days.

Edwards says if folks continue to mask up and socially distance he’s bullish on the possibility of lowering restrictions in three weeks.

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The LSU basketball team will take on Mississippi State on the road tonight at 8 p.m. The Tigers have struggled lately, losing four of their last five games. March is right around the corner and the team is trying to build its NCAA Tournament resume. Coach Will Wade says every game from here on out is important.

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LSU is second in the SEC in scoring at 82 points per game, but Wade says some of his players need to impact the game in other ways besides scoring.

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It’s unclear whether Darius Days will return for the game after injuring his ankle against Texas Tech.  The team might also be without another big man as Shareef O’Neal continues to battle a foot injury.  Wade says his status for the game is up in the air.

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4:30 LRN Newscast Feb 9

Gov. John Bel Edwards says he will extend the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions for another 21 days. The current public health order was scheduled to expire tomorrow. Edwards extended the order as health officials worry new strains of the virus could cause another spike in cases and hospitalizations and super spreader events of people celebrating carnival season despite the warning not to participate in large gatherings.

Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial began today with Democrats pushing to make the case he incited a mob to attack the US Capitol on January 6th. Louisiana Senator John Kennedy announced he will be voting against convicting President Trump. Senator Bill Cassidy says he hasn’t made a decision yet.

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All of the state’s Republican Congressional Delegation voted against articles of impeachment in the House.

31-year-old Julianna Goodson of Bernice is facing attempted manslaughter and aggravated arson charges after allegedly setting her boyfriend’s bed on fire with him in it Saturday morning. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the two had been arguing prior.

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The homeowner was able to escape once he realized the bed was on fire.

Beginning in July Shreveport Regional Airport will start offering non-stop flights to Los Angeles through Allegiant for a limited time. Spokesperson Mark Crawford says they announced this at about 2 AM this morning and have already been getting social media posts from Shreveport natives who are living in southern California…

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Flights begin on July 2nd and run through August 16th.

3:30 LRN Newscast Feb 9

Governor Edwards received his COVID vaccination this afternoon during his weekly COVID briefing today. The number of first doses of the COVID vaccine administered now exceeds the number of people who have tested positive for the virus. The state reports 448-thousand first doses have been administered in the state.Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin was also vaccinated this afternoon.

State Police has announced the arrest of four Troopers in the Monroe area for using excessive force. Jeff Palermo has more…

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31-year-old Julianna Goodson of Bernice faces attempted manslaughter and aggravated arson charges after allegedly setting her boyfriend’s bed on fire with him in Saturday morning.  State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the two reportedly were arguing the night before.  Rodrigue says it’s always better to cool down during an argument, so you won’t make a rash decision.

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Investigators did not indicate what the argument was about.

The second impeachment trial of President Trump began today. For Trump to be found guilty it will take two-thirds vote of the Senate. It seems likely Trump will see more Republican defections this time around. Senator Bill Cassidy says the exact number is still up in the air.

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President Trump is not expected to testify at the trial despite requests from Democrats to do so.

 

1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 9

Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial in underway with Democrats pushing to make the case he incited a mob to attack the US Capitol on January 6th. To convict in the Senate, you need two-thirds majority support. Senator Bill Cassidy says conviction supporters are already more than halfway there…

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While Cassidy says he will listen to the evidence before deciding his vote, Senator John Kennedy announced he will be voting against convicting President Trump.

Beginning in July Shreveport Regional Airport will start offering non-stop flights to Los Angeles through Allegiant for a limited time. Spokesperson Mark Crawford says it’s an exciting because L.A. has always been one of the top ten most popular destinations out of the airport…

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L.A. is now one of four Allegiant non-stop flight options at the airport.

Four state troopers in the Monroe area have been arrested for allegedly using excessive force in two separate incidents. Troop F spokesperson Michael Reichardt says One trooper Jacob Brown, was involved in both incidents. Each trooper faces battery and malfeasance charges. Reichardt says the leader of State Police is not happy.

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The other troopers arrested are Dakota DeMoss, George Harper, and Randall Dickerson

31-year-old Julianna Goodson of Bernice is facing attempted manslaughter and aggravated arson charges after allegedly setting her boyfriend’s bed on fire with him in it Saturday morning. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the two had apparently been arguing throughout the evening.

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The investigation reveals it was then when he tried to go to sleep that Goodson set the bed on fire.

12:30 LRN Newscast Feb 9

Four state troopers have been arrested for allegedly using excessive force in two separate incidents. Troop F spokesperson Michael Reichardt one incident occurred last May following a vehicle pursuit in Franklin Parish. Reichardt says when the chase ended, the driver laid on the ground in a compliant position.

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One trooper, Jacob Brown, was involved in both incidents.  The other troopers arrested are Dakota DeMoss, George Harper, and Randall Dickerson.

31-year-old Julianna Goodson of Bernice is facing attempted manslaughter and aggravated arson charges after allegedly setting her boyfriend’s bed on fire with him in it. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the two had been arguing prior.

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Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial began today with Democrats pushing to make the case he incited a mob to attack the US Capitol on January 6th. Louisiana Senator John Kennedy announced he will be voting against convicting President Trump. Senator Bill Cassidy says he hasn’t made a decision yet.

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All of the state’s Republican Congressional Delegation voted against articles of impeachment in the House.

The state reports 1,321 new COVID-19 cases Hospitalizations decreased by 22 for a daily total of 1,122.

10:30 LRN Newscast FEb 9

Four state troopers in the Monroe area have been arrested for allegedly using excessive force in two separate incidents. Troop F spokesperson Michael Reichardt says the first incident took place during a traffic stop on I-20 in Ouachita Parish in July 2019

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The second incident occurred last May following a vehicle pursuit in Franklin Parish. 30-year-old Jacob Brown was involved in both cases.

At the next Public Service Commission meeting, the PSC plans to direct a third party to do an independent investigation into why so many Entergy customers recently saw a spike in their utility bills. One theory is the installation of new meters. P-S-C Chairman Craig Greene says it will be investigated.

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That meeting is set for February 24th.

The City of New Orleans shut down seven bars over the weekend for COVID violations as the city prepares to close all bars ahead of Mardi Gras weekend. NOLA Director of the Office of Business and External Services Peter Bowen says these business owner’s selfishness is getting people killed and damaging the city’s economy.

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Health officials are warning folks it can take several weeks after your second COVID vaccination to receive adequate levels of immunity. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are thought to be only 50 percent effective a few days after your first shot. Ochsner Regional Medical Director Dr. Aldo Russo says ten to fourteen days after your second dose is when you achieve immunity.

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4:30 LRN Newcast Feb 5

Governor John Bel Edwards says it would be irresponsible for people to gather in large groups for the carnival season. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Louisiana lawmakers plan to keep a close watch as the state accepts bids for new voting machines. The solicitation for contractors went out last week, and lawmakers are planning a joint hearing of the House and Senate elections oversight committees on Feb. 19 to dig into the details of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s effort to replace 10,000 decades-old voting machines.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says starting next Friday and running through Mardi Gras Day on February 16th, all bars indoor and outdoor will be closed and no loitering will be allowed on Bourbon Street. Cantrell says she’s trying to prevent mass gatherings that can turn into a COVID super spreader event.

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The number of confirmed UK variant COVID cases in the state has grown to five and 20 additional cases are pending verification with the CDC. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says it takes a while to get these results back.

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The CDC predicts the UK variant, which is twice as contagious, will be the dominant strain in the US by mid-March.