8:30 a.m. LRN News 11/16/2020

A study published in the journal Nature says climate change is causing hurricanes to retain their strength longer. Brooke Thorington has more.
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Governor Edwards says he’s concerned about the recent spike in COVID cases and indicated that if it were to continue the state may have to move back to Phase Two or more.
Edwards says unlike the first wave of cases in the spring if we were to begin running out of hospital capacity we couldn’t just send patients out of state right now.
Cut 11 (11) “…available.”

Civil rights activists and the ACLU demand an independent investigation into the death of a 15-year-old African American teen who was found dead in an Iberia Parish sugar cane field.
An Iberia Parish Coroner’s report concluded that Quawan “Bobby” Charles drowned and that damage to his face was caused by wildlife, but ACLU of Louisiana head Alanah Odoms believes it may have been a hate crime.
Charles’ parents have expressed serious concern with the lack of transparency and the slow pace of the investigation. Odoms says the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department has provided little information to the family…
Cut 5 (08) “…life.”

Charles’ body has been sent to an independent forensics lab in Texas. A report from that lab is expected soon.
The Saints fell behind 10-0, lost quarterback Drew Brees to a rib injury, but still ended up beating San Francisco 27-13 for their sixth straight win. Brees took a big hit in the first half and that drew a roughing the quarterback penalty. He did not play in the second half

7:30 A.M. LRN News 11/16/2020

The family of a teenager who was found dead in Iberia Parish after being reported missing under mysterious circumstances is calling for an independent investigation into what happened. Matt Doyle has the story.
Cut 1 (29) “…I’m Matt Doyle.”

An article in the journal Nature claims hurricanes are keeping their staying power longer once they make landfall, thus more inland destruction. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the study showed the average length of time it took a storm to weaken to two-thirds of its landfall strength in the 1960s was about 17-hours.
Cut 8 (04) “…same extent.”
Governor Edwards says he’s concerned about the recent spike in COVID cases and indicated that if it were to continue the state may have to move back to Phase Two or more.
The US has shattered total new daily case records throughout November, leading to new restrictions and lockdowns elsewhere in the country. Edwards says he hopes that’s not needed here…
Cut 10 (11) “…die.”
The Saints fell behind 10-0, lost quarterback Drew Brees to a rib injury, but still ended up beating San Francisco 27-13 for their sixth straight win. Brees took a big hit in the first half and that drew a roughing the quarterback penalty. He did not play in the second half. Coach Sean Payton
Cut 13 (12) “….made the switch

6:30 LRN News 11/16/2020

Civil rights activists and the ACLU demand an independent investigation into the death of a 15-year-old Black Male who was found dead in an Iberia Parish sugar cane field.
An Iberia Parish Coroner’s report concluded that Quawan “Bobby” Charles drowned and that damage to his face was caused by wildlife, but ACLU of Louisiana head Alanah Odoms believes it may have been a hate crime.
Cut 4 (12) “…going on.”

An article in the journal Nature claims hurricanes are keeping their staying power longer once they make landfall, thus more inland destruction. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we know once storms make landfall, they are cut off from their energy source of warm water.
Cut 7 (11) “…much longer.”

After months of relative calm Louisiana appears to be facing a third wave of COVID. Matt Doyle has more.
Cut 3 (30) “…I’m Matt Doyle”

10:30 AM LRN Newscast Nov 14

Civil rights activists and the ACLU demand an independent investigation into the death of a 15-year-old Black boy who was found dead in an Iberia Parish sugar cane field. An Iberia Parish Coroner’s report concluded that Quawan “Bobby” Charles drowned and that damage to his face was caused by wildlife, but ACLU of Louisiana head Alanah Odoms believes it may have been a hate crime.

Cut 4 (12) “..going.”

Charles’ body has been sent to an independent forensics’ lab in Texas. A report from that lab is expected soon.

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards was taken to a Baton Rouge hospital Friday afternoon by paramedics because of breathing problems. Edwards biographer, Leo Honeycutt says the 93-year old former governor tested negative for COVID and pneumonia and was admitted overnight for observation.

A new poll shows a tight race for the 2nd Congressional District should Congressman Cedric Richmond leave his seat to join the Biden administration. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu leads in the poll, followed by City Councilwoman Helena Moreno and State Senators Troy Carter, Cleo Fields, and Karen Carter Peterson…

Cut 13 (07) “…too soon.”

As the LSU football team deals with COVID. Tigers Athletic Director Woodward says there is only a small number of players who have tested positive, but many more are in quarantine. He says none of the players who have tested positive, have experienced a serious illness.

Cut 5  (14) “…vulnerable.” 

LSU was scheduled to play Alabama today, Woodward is hopeful it can be rescheduled for December.

9:30 LRN Newscast Nov 14

The family of a teenager who was found dead in Iberia Parish after being reported missing under mysterious circumstances is calling for an independent investigation into what happened. Matt Doyle has the story.

Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Matt Doyle.”

Ryan Thompson, the attorney for LSU wide receiver Koy Moore says Baton Rouge Police bodycam video matches his client’s accusations of police harassment. A statement from the Baton Rouge Police Union however says the video will vindicate the officers and the only rights that have been violated are the officers’ due process.

COVID numbers released the state Friday were startling, 35-hundred, the highest the state has seen since the start of the pandemic.  News of a 90-percent effectiveness rate on a vaccine was released earlier this week, but the vaccine has yet to be approved and distributed. Governor John Bel Edwards says it will be sometime before the vaccine can make a difference.

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The LSU Tigers were scheduled to host Alabama today, however, Tigers are sidelined due to COVID. Athletic Director Scott Woodward says LSU could possibly move the Ole Miss game to December 19th to play Alabama on December 5th.

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Woodward says only a small number of players have tested positive but many more are in quarantine.

8:30 LRN Newscast Nov 14

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards was taken to a Baton Rouge hospital Friday afternoon by paramedics because of breathing problems. Edwards biographer, Leo Honeycutt says the 93-year old former governor tested negative for COVID and pneumonia and was admitted overnight for observation.

Instead of hosting number one ranked Alabama, Tiger Stadium will be empty today as a COVID-19 outbreak has sidelined the team. Jeff Palermo has the story

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Woodward says LSU could possibly move the Ole Miss game to December 19th in order to play Alabama on December 5th.

COVID numbers released Friday for Louisiana are startling, 35-hundred, the highest the state has seen since the start of the pandemic in March.  Governor John Bel Edwards says they show an alarming trend two weeks after Halloween and the House Petition to overturn coronavirus restrictions in the state.

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A new poll shows a tight race for the 2nd Congressional District should Congressman Cedric Richmond leave his seat to join the Biden administration. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says it’s only a matter of time before we find out what job Richmond, a close ally of President-elect Biden, will work next…

Cut 12 (10) “…coming” 

The 2nd District is the state’s majority-minority district, and it covers New Orleans and communities along the Mississippi River into north Baton Rouge.

1:30 LRN Newscast Nov 13

Today’s COVID numbers for Louisiana are startling, 35-hundred, the highest the state has seen since the start of the pandemic in March.  News of a 90-percent effectiveness rate on a vaccine was released Monday, but the vaccine has yet to be approved and distributed. Governor John Bel Edwards says it will be sometime before the vaccine can make a difference.

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A poll is out showing there would be a tight race for the 2nd Congressional District should Congressman Cedric Richmond leave his seat to join the Biden administration. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says it’s only a matter of time before we find out the job Richmond takes.

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LSU, LA Tech and ULM will not play this weekend due to COVID-19 issues.  LSU has already lost one home game this year when the matchup against Missouri was moved to Columbia due to Hurricane Delta.  LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward says the school can’t afford to lose another home game because the university will miss out on millions of dollars.

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Gron Fuels is considering constructing a 9.2 billion dollar renewable fuel complex in the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the West Baton Rouge-based port is perfectly situated on the Mississippi River and already is built to handle the kinds of advanced logistics necessary to transport the complex’s product.

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11:30 AM LRN Newscast Nov 13

Three college football games in the state of Louisiana have been canceled as LSU, LA-Tech, andULM have all postponed their games this weekend due to Covid-19 concerns.  LSU was supposed to play Alabama this week and even though neither team has a bye week left, Athletic Director Scott Woodward says LSU could possibly move the Ole Miss game to December 19th in order to play Alabama on December 5th.

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Gron Fuels is considering constructing a 9.2 billion dollar renewable fuel complex in the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the facility would produce clean-burning fuels and would utilize one of Louisiana’s cash crops.

Cut 6 (08) “…diesel”

The leftover soybean husks from the process could then be turned into cattle feed.

Fall 2021 Tulane University will be more affordable and accessible for low income and middle-income Louisiana families. The Louisiana Promise initiative will allow students whose families make less than $100,000 to attend debt-free. Tulane President Michael Fitts says the future of Tulane and Louisiana are inextricably linked and the Louisiana Promise initiative is an investment both.

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The Mayor of Shreveport, Adrian Perkins, will feature on tonight’s episode of the long-running CBS hit Undercover Boss. Perkins goes undercover and around town working shifts and mingling with city employees. He says the toughest gig he worked was at the fire department.

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Undercover Boss will air tonight at 8 PM on CBS

10:30 LRN Newscast Nov 13

Attorney General Jeff Landry plans to appeal a ruling made Thursday by a state judge declaring a law unconstitutional that led to House Republicans signing a petition ordering Governor John Bel Edwards to cancel his coronavirus restrictions. Judge William Morvant ruled the law unconstitutional because it does not involve both chambers of the legislature. The governor’s executive counsel Matthew Block says the petition posed a public health threat…

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Fall 2021 Tulane University will soon be more affordable and accessible for low and middle-income Louisiana families. The Louisiana Promise initiative will allow students whose families make less than $100,000 to attend debt-free. Tulane President Michael Fitts says only 11-percent of their undergraduate students are from the Bayou State.

Cut 11 (04) “…Louisiana.”

The Mayor of Shreveport, Adrian Perkins, will feature on tonight’s episode of the long-running CBS hit Undercover Boss. Perkins goes undercover and around town working shifts and mingling with city employees. Perkins says the show is going to be a lot of fun and pretty humorous, but it comes with a good message.

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Undercover Boss will air tonight at 8 PM on CBS

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says more than 60 glamping sites will be available at eight Louisiana State Parks. With glamping, you get a pre-set sturdy canvas tent on a wooden deck platform, queen size bed, heater, a picnic table, grill, and solar shower. Nungesser says the budget-friendly activity is available for December bookings beginning today…
cut 9 (07) “…pretty incredible”
Go to state parks website for more info.

4:30 PM LRN Newscast Nov 12

Governor John Bel Edwards wins a legal battle as a state judge rejects an effort by Republicans in the Louisiana House to cancel his emergency coronavirus orders. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Department of Health reported 2,173 new COVID-19 cases today. Case numbers were not released yesterday due to the holiday. The state also reported 34 additional fatalities.

A Baton Rouge physician is charged with simple battery stemming from an incident involving a Southern University female-athlete on Monday afternoon near the LSU Lakes. Baton Rouge Police spokesperson Sergeant L’Jean McKneely says 54-year old Shane McKinney came in for questioning after a photograph of McKinney, given to police by a witness was circulated and identified him as a suspect.

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A number of coronavirus vaccines look like they’re nearing completion and state officials are game-planning how to make sure you can get one as soon as they are available. State Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says the first people to get a vaccine will be frontline healthcare workers who have contact with COVID patients.

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