4:30 LRN Newscast April 9

House Democrats release their Come Back Stronger Louisiana agenda for the upcoming legislative session. House Democratic Caucus Chair Representative Sam Jenkins says they want to see federal funds from COVID relief awarded to frontline workers in the form of hazard pay.

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Prison reform advocates want to change the state constitution’s “slavery exception” that allows for practically unpaid forced labor of inmates. Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana Curtis Davis, who spent 25 years at Angola, says prisoners are paid pennies for their work.

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If passed a constitutional amendment could be added to the fall 2022 ballot. The session begins on Monday.

The state’s COVID test percent positivity rate was only 2.3 percent this week, the lowest since the pandemic began. Despite this good news State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter is concerned the more deadly and contagious UK variant could cause us problems.

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The CDC estimates a minimum of 13 percent of Louisiana COVID cases is UK variant.

And with UK variant cases rising Senator John Kennedy asks all residents to go get a vaccine. He says he’s not much of a singer, but he is proudly vaccinated because the vaccine works…

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The state launched a COVID Vaccine Hotline to answer questions and book appointments for vaccines at 1-855-453-0774.

3:30 LRN Newscast April 9

House Democrats release their Come Back Stronger Louisiana agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Don Molino has more

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Volunteers are searching the Mississippi River for missing LSU freshman Kori Gauthier whose car was found abandoned and then involved in a crash on the Mississippi River bridge early Wednesday morning.  A dive team and the Cajun Navy are assisting police in the search for19-year old Gauthier.

Prison reform advocates pursue changes to the way prison labor is handled, targeting a provision of the state constitution called the “slavery exception” that relates to the nearly unpaid forced labor of Louisiana inmates. Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana Curtis Davis, who spent 25 years at Angola, is working to change that.He says as a society, we also don’t understand the mental trauma that forced servitude has on prisoners.

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If passed a constitutional amendment could be added to the fall 2022 ballot.

COVID numbers continue to stay low in Louisiana despite spikes in other parts of the country driven by new variants. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says percent positivity this week was only 2.3 percent, the lowest since the pandemic began.

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PM LRN Newscall April 9

House Democrats release their Come Back Stronger Louisiana agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Don Molino has more.

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There’s a clause in the state constitution that allows prisoners to be treated as slaves, but legislation has been filed to change that.  Brooke Thorington explains.

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Senator John Kenney calls on all Louisiana residents to get vaccinated. He says he can’t sing very well but he has taken the vaccine and it works.

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If you’re interested in getting vaccinated call the COVID Hotline at 855-453-0774 for a local appointment.

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After finishing his rendition of Born Free Kennedy closed with a message to Louisianans…

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Over 28 percent of Louisianans have received at least one dose of a vaccine so far.

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COVID numbers continue to stay low in Louisiana despite spikes in other parts of the country driven by new viral variants.

State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says percent positivity this week was only 2.3 percent, the lowest since the pandemic began, and only 301 people are in Louisiana hospitals with COVID symptoms…

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Despite this good news Kanter is concerned the more deadly and contagious UK variant could cause us problems. The CDC estimates a minimum of 13 percent of Louisiana COVID cases is UK variant.

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But our 13.4 percent of UK variant cases is much better than the rest of the county. The nationwide average is 27.2 percent, Florida is at 34.5 percent, Texas is at 25.2 percent.

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Kanter also warns the CDC variant tracking data has a several-week lag time and that unverified but likely accurate data suggests the nationwide share of UK variant is now above half of all new cases.

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House Democrats release their Come Back Stronger Louisiana agenda for the upcoming legislative session. House Democratic Caucus Chair Representative Sam Jenkins says assisting those who’ve lost employment as a result of the pandemic is a priority.

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Jenkins says investing in education to grow the state’s economy is also on their agenda. He says that begins with pay raises for educators and makes good on a promise to increase salaries towards the southern regional average.

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The House Democratic Caucus also plans to address criminal justice reform. Jenkins says the caucus will file follow-up legislation for those impacted by non-unanimous jury verdicts and how to review those cases.

Jenkins says they also want to see federal funds from COVID relief awarded to frontline workers in the form of hazard pay.

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The session begins on Monday.

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Prison reform advocates pursue changes to the way prison labor is handled, targeting a provision of the state constitution called the “slavery exception” that relates to the nearly unpaid forced labor of Louisiana inmates. Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana Curtis Davis, who spent 25 years at Angola, is working to change that. He says prisoners are paid pennies for their work.

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Jenkins received $12,000 from prison labor during his sentence.

Legislation has been filed to remove the slavery exception for prisoners in Louisiana.

Davis says the 13th Amendment didn’t end slavery it codified it with a loophole allowing prison slave labor. He says if you refuse to work guards can use force against you.

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In addition to being treated like slaves while incarcerated Davis says as a society, we also don’t understand the mental trauma that forced servitude has on prisoners.

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If passed a constitutional amendment could be added to the fall 2022 ballot.

10:30 LRN Newscast April 9

Governor Edwards reiterated his support for LSU’s decision not to fire anyone in the wake of the Husch Blackwell report detailing widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct cases. Edwards says it’s clear that a number of former LSU employees should’ve been fired back in 2013 through 15, but those employees aren’t at LSU anymore…

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LSU Board of Supervisors member Lee Mallett is calling for the university to cut ties with legal counsel Taylor Porter. He says their advice to a small group of university leaders to keep the board in the dark about the alleged sexual misconduct of former coach Les Miles, is the core of the school’s coverup.

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The Baton Rouge law firm of Taylor Porter has represented the university for 80 years.

The state launches a vaccine hotline that can help schedule COVID vaccine appointments for residents at nearby providers. The hotline can also connect residents with health care experts who can answer questions about the vaccines.  State health officer Dr. Joe Kanter says we’ve approached the point where those who want to get vaccinated can do so easily.

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The 2021 Louisiana Survey asks residents about the extent of racial discrimination in six different situations like at work; applying for loans; voting; medical treatment and dealing with the police. Policy Lab Research Director Mike Henderson says overall 55-percent of white Louisianans feel Blacks are treated equally.

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781 Louisianans were interviewed from January until March of this year.

9:30 A.M. LRN News 04/09/2021

LSU Board of Supervisors member Lee Mallett is calling for the university to cut ties with legal counsel Taylor Porter. He says their advice to a small group of university leaders to keep the board in the dark about the alleged sexual misconduct of former coach Les Miles, is the core of the school’s coverup.
Mallett says the board recognizes that it is now their responsibility to fix it. He says they are committed to doing so for the school and their family.
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The Baton Rouge law firm of Taylor Porter has represented the university for 80 years.
The state launches a vaccine hotline that can help schedule COVID vaccine appointments for residents at nearby providers.
State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says
The only bad news: due to a quality control error at a Baltimore vaccine production plant the nationwide supply of Johnson and Johnson will be low for quite a few weeks.
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Governor Edwards reiterated his support for LSU’s decision not to fire anyone in the wake of the Husch Blackwell report detailing widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct cases.
LSU recently barred all employees from testifying before a Select committee dedicated to investigating the school’s failure to handle those cases. Edwards didn’t disagree with the school’s decision…
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The 2021 Louisiana Survey asks residents about the extent of racial discrimination in six different situations like at work; applying for loans; voting; medical treatment and dealing with the police. Policy Lab Research Director Mike Henderson says of the multiple situations questioned in the survey the one area where both whites and Blacks agree is the discriminatory treatment of blacks by police.
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8:30 LRN News 04/09/2021

A COVID vaccine hotline is now online in Louisiana offering residents a one-stop-shop for appointment booking. Matt Doyle has more.
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LSU Board of Supervisors member Lee Mallett is calling for the university to cut ties with legal counsel Taylor Porter.
Amid the scandal Mallet feels the current board is being wrongly accused. He says they had no knowledge, but they are committed to correct the ongoing culture at LSU.
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Governor Edwards reiterated his support for LSU’s decision not to fire anyone in the wake of the Husch Blackwell report detailing widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct cases.
A growing chorus is calling for Athletic Administrator Verge Ausburry to be fired for his mishandling of those cases, but Edwards says the failure was systemic, not individual…
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The 2021 Louisiana Survey asks residents about the extent of racial discrimination in six different situations like at work; applying for loans; voting; medical treatment and dealing with the police. Policy Lab Research Director Mike Henderson says overall 55-percent of white Louisianans feel Blacks are treated equally.
However, when Black Louisianans were asked the same questions, Henderson says a very large majority of respondents feel they are treated less fairly than whites.
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7:30 LRN News 04/09/2021

The longest-serving member of the LSU Board of Supervisors is calling on the school to drop the school’s law firm of Taylor Porter amid the ongoing scandal. Brooke Thorington has more
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The state launches a vaccine hotline that can help schedule COVID vaccine appointments for residents at nearby providers.
The hotline can connect residents with health care experts who can tell you more about how the vaccines are made, what makes them safe, and what makes them highly effective. State health officer Dr. Joe Kanter says we’ve approached the point where those who want to get vaccinated can do so easily and without much of a wait, which is why making getting an appointment easy is so important.
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Governor Edwards reiterated his support for LSU’s decision not to fire anyone in the wake of the Husch Blackwell report detailing widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct cases.
Edwards says it’s clear that a number of former LSU employees should’ve been fired back in 2013, 14 and 15, but those employees aren’t at LSU anymore…
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The 2021 Louisiana Survey asks residents about the extent of racial discrimination in six different situations like at work; applying for loans; voting; medical treatment and dealing with the police. Policy Lab Research Director Mike Henderson says overall 55-percent of white Louisianans feel Blacks are treated equally.
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6:30 A.M. LRN News

LSU Board of Supervisors member Lee Mallett is calling for the university to cut ties with legal counsel Taylor Porter. He says their advice to a small group of university leaders to keep the board in the dark about the alleged sexual misconduct of former coach Les Miles, is the core of the school’s coverup.
Cut 4 (09)“…about it.”
The state launches a vaccine hotline that can help schedule COVID vaccine appointments for residents at nearby providers.
State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the hotline is open 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 PM on Sundays. The number is 855-453-0774.
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Governor Edwards disagreed with calls from an all-woman Legislative committee for administrators at LSU to lose their jobs over the mishandling of sexual misconduct reports. Matt Doyle has more…
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AM LRN Newscall April 9

The longest-serving member of the LSU Board of Supervisors is calling on the school to drop the school’s law firm of Taylor Porter amid the ongoing scandal. Brooke Thorington has more

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A COVID vaccine hotline is now online in Louisiana offering residents a one-stop-shop for appointment booking. Matt Doyle has more.

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Governor Edwards disagreed with calls from an all-woman Legislative committee for administrators at LSU to lose their jobs over the mishandling of sexual misconduct reports. Matt Doyle has more…

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LSU Board of Supervisors member Lee Mallett is calling for the university to cut ties with legal counsel Taylor Porter. He says their advice to a small group of university leaders to keep the board in the dark about the alleged sexual misconduct of former coach Les Miles, is the core of the school’s coverup.

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Mallett, the longest-serving board member, says while he can’t speak for the board during that period, he does believe if all members had been informed, that those involved would have been terminated.

Amid the scandal Mallet feels the current board is being wrongly accused. He says they had no knowledge, but they are committed to correct the ongoing culture at LSU.

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Mallett says the board recognizes that it is now their responsibility to fix it. He says they are committed to doing so for the school and their family.

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The Baton Rouge law firm of Taylor Porter has represented the university for 80 years.

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The state launches a vaccine hotline that can help schedule COVID vaccine appointments for residents at nearby providers.

State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the hotline is open 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 PM on Sundays. The number is 855-453-0774.

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The hotline can connect residents with health care experts who can tell you more about how the vaccines are made, what makes them safe, and what makes them highly effective.

Kanter says we’ve approached the point where those who want to get vaccinated can do so easily and without much of a wait, which is why making getting an appointment easy is so important.

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28 percent of all Louisianans have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, 71 percent of those over the age of 65 have.

The only bad news: due to a quality control error at a Baltimore vaccine production plant the nationwide supply of Johnson and Johnson will be low for quite a few weeks.

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Governor Edwards reiterated his support for LSU’s decision not to fire anyone in the wake of the Husch Blackwell report detailing widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct cases.

Edwards says it’s clear that a number of former LSU employees should’ve been fired back in 2013, 14 and 15, but those employees aren’t at LSU anymore…

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A growing chorus is calling for Atheltic Administrator Verge Ausburry to be fired for his mishandling of those cases, but Edwards says the failure was systemic, not individual…

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Ausberry was suspended for 30 days as a result of the Blackwell findings but is back working at the school now.

LSU recently barred all employees from testifying before a Select committee dedicated to investigating the school’s failure to handle those cases. Edwards didn’t disagree with the school’s decision…

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LSU is being sued by Athletic Administrator Sharon Lewis who alleges there was a broad conspiracy to cover up sexual misconduct by former coach Les Miles, and that she faced retaliation for investigating allegations against Miles. LSU lawyer Winston Decuir responded to the suit saying the school will defend against the claims and that Lewis is just trying to take advantage of the ongoing situation for personal benefit.

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The 2021 Louisiana Survey asks residents about the extent of racial discrimination in six different situations like at work; applying for loans; voting; medical treatment and dealing with the police. Policy Lab Research Director Mike Henderson says overall 55-percent of white Louisianans feel Blacks are treated equally.

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However, when Black Louisianans were asked the same questions, Henderson says a very large majority of respondents feel they are treated less fairly than whites.

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Henderson says of the multiple situations questioned in the survey the one area where both whites and Blacks agree is the discriminatory treatment of blacks by police.

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Regarding if the country needs to make further changes to achieve equal rights, 84-percent of Black Louisianan say yes compared to 39-percent of whites.

781 adult residents were surveyed in the state from January 4th to March 1st.

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The 16th ranked Louisiana Tech baseball team has won three straight weekend series as they begin a four-game set tonight at Rice. The Bulldogs have won 12 of their last 14.  A big part of their success has been on offense. Coach Lane Burroughs says they are doing a good job of getting clutch hits, especially when trailing.

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Tonight’s game against the Owls will start at 6 PM.  Rice is 13-14-1 on the season and just 2-5-1 in Conference play.  Despite their record, Burroughs says Rice is a talented team.

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Fresh off a five to three win over Alabama on Wednesday, the ULM baseball team begins a three-game series tonight against Georgia Southern. The Warhawks are looking to snap a five-game losing streak in Sun Belt play. Coach Michael Federico on what he wants to see from his team in Statesboro

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LSU looks to snap a six-game losing streak in the SEC when they visit Kentucky for three games starting tonight in Lexington. Landon Marceaux is tonight’s starting pitcher for the Tigers and A-L Labas gets the ball tomorrow. Coach Paul Mainieri is holding off on naming a starter for Sunday’s series finale…

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Labas on the importance of getting an SEC victory sooner than later…

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5:30 LRN Newscast April 8

An attorney for LSU sent a statement to The Advocate regarding Associate Athletic Director Sharon Lewis’s lawsuit against the university. Winston DeCuir said the university is disappointed that a 20-year employee, who has received several promotions throughout her career, is now filing a lawsuit. Following a press conference by her attorneys, LSU believes it is an attempt to take advantage of the situation for personal benefit and they intend to defend these claims.

A New Orleans lawmaker says LSU’s decision to bar all employees from testifying under oath to a legislative committee investigating the school’s mishandling of sexual misconduct is stopping witnesses from coming forward. Representative Aimee Freeman says she has witnesses who claim either Verge Ausberry or Miriam Segar violated the terms of their recent suspensions they were given for mishandling sexual misconduct reports…

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says a family of four in Louisiana could purchase a health insurance plan for premiums as low as 163-dollars per month at health-care-dot-gov. Director of the Office of Minority Health Doctor LaShawn McIver says if you need assistance, they have a toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596

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Colorado State University predicts 17 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major ones for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Graduate Researcher Jhordanne Jones says this time last year sea surface temperatures along the east coast and Gulf of Mexico were higher than normal.

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