5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 6

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office will prosecute more cases in New Orleans as a result of a new agreement with Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams. Liz Murrill says the A-G’s office already has five prosecutors handling cases out of New Orleans and they will now take on more cases…

Cut 13 (12)  “..Attorney General’s Office”

Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Patrick McMath says a daylong meeting with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana officials about its proposed sale to Indiana-based Elevance Health produced a ton of unanswered questions. McMath is concerned it will lead to higher costs for policyholders despite the president and CEO of BCBS Louisiana telling them otherwise…

Cut 10 (08) “…increase”

Las Vegas hosts its First Super Bowl this Sunday. New Orleans hosted its first Super Bowl in 1970 at old Tulane Stadium. The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation CEO Jay Cicero says next year they’ll be remembering the ten previous Super Bowls held in the city and they expect it will be a great event…

Cut 8 (10) “…Super Bowl here.” 

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests global warming has prompted the need for an additional Saffir-Simpson scale storm category. LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says the jury is still out…

Cut 5 (11) “…it’s necessary.”  

Keim notes Pacific storms are routinely stronger because there’s less land to weaken their intensity.

11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 6

Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Patrick McMath says a daylong meeting with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana about its proposed sale to Indiana-based Elevance Health produced a ton of unanswered questions. McMath says the sale will create a foundation to address poverty and health inequities, but there are a lot of unknowns.

Cut 9 (11) “…incredibly vague”

Due to the growing intensity of storms, there’s talk of adding a Category 6 for hurricanes. A Cat 6 would be defined as wind speeds of more than 192 miles per hour. But LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says considering the last one that even came close in the Atlantic was Hurricane Allen in 1980 at 190 miles per hour, there’s no need.

Cut 3 (07) “…this category.”  

With the shortage of truck drivers, there are initiatives underway to recruit more women to the profession, but Executive Director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association Renee Amar says there are legitimate safety concerns for female drivers with the lack of truck parking. Because truckers are limited by the number of driving hours, looking for a safe area to pull off the road is problematic.

Cut 6 (07) “…for them.”

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and will be stepping away from royal duties. LSU History Professor Meredith Veldman says she does admire that the King has opted to go public with his health concerns and notes that it is harder however to keep such information private upon the advent of social media.

Cut 15 (11) “…about it.”

The kind of cancer King Charles has been diagnosed with has not been made public.

 

10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 6

Eleven months after McNeese State signed basketball coach Will Wade to its second largest contract ever at $1.175 million for five years he’s been signed to a new five-year contract at $700,000 annually. The Cowboys will have a noon presser today on the contract extension.

Port of New Orleans cruise passenger numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels with one point two million passenger movements. Teiko Foxx has more.

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Due to the shortage of truck drivers, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association is encouraging more women to join the workforce with the initiative “Women in Motion.” Executive Director of LMTA Renee Amar says while women make up 50 percent of the workforce…

Cut 4 (12) “…in driving.”

Depending on what is being hauled and how far, she says drivers can make annually anywhere from $40,0000 to $120,000.

King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and will be stepping away from royal duties as he undergoes treatment. LSU History Professor Meredith Veldman says there are mechanisms in place to fill his role as he undergoes treatment.

Cut 14 (12) “…(x2) Counsellors of State.”

 

As for the line of succession upon King Charle’s death, Prince William will become King followed by his eldest son George.

AM LRN Newscall Feb 5

To combat the ongoing truck driver shortage, there are initiatives to encourage more women to join the profession. Brooke Thorington explains…

Cut 1 (32) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Port of New Orleans cruise passenger numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels with one point two million passenger movements. Teiko Foxx has more.

Cut 2 (32)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

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The Attorney General’s Office and and Orleans Parish District Attorney sign an agreement that the two sides believe will lead to a safer Big Easy. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Jeff Palermo”

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Due to the shortage of truck drivers, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association is encouraging more women to join the workforce with the initiative “Women in Motion.” Executive Director of LMTA Renee Amar says while women make up 50 percent of the workforce…

Cut 4 (12) “…in driving.”

And while women are often blamed for being poor drivers, Amar says the opposite is true.

Cut 5 (11) “…incredible drivers.” 

Amar says however there are legitimate safety concerns for female drivers. She says the U-S Department of Transportation is trying to address dedicated areas for truck parking. Amar says because truckers are limited by the number of hours, looking for a safe area to pull off the road is problematic.

Cut 6 (07) “…for them.”

Depending on what is being hauled and how far it is driven, Amar says truck drivers can make annually anywhere from $40,0000 to $120,000.

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The Port of New Orleans has rebounded since the pandemic with nearly one point two million cruise passenger movements last year. Spokesperson Kimberly Curth says cruises are back and better than ever.

Cut 7 (12) “…they could.”

Port NOLA set a passenger record in March 2023 for oceangoing and river cruises, topping pre-pandemic levels with more than 155 passenger movements and 39 cruise vessel calls.

Curth says 73 percent of cruise guests travel from out of state and spend one to two days in the Crescent City before or after their cruise. She says the cruise market is a vital economic cruise engine that generates more than 125 million each year.

Cut 8 (12) “…our attractions.” 

Carnival Cruise Line homeports two year-round vessels from Port NOLA. Disney Cruise Line also returned to the Big Easy. Royal Caribbean returns with a new vessel in November 2024.

Curth says New Orleans is one of the most popular pre and post-cruise destinations in the country. She says it’s a competitive marketplace but…

Cut 9 (06)  “…this market.”

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Governor Jeff Landry said he’ll talk with state legislative leaders about sending Louisiana National Guard troops to the Lone Star state to boost border patrols. Landry visited the southern border with other Republican governors on Sunday. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says state leaders are getting involved in a hot-button issue on Capitol Hill…

Cut 10 (09) “…attention too.”

Hogan says it’s unclear what effect Louisiana National Guard soldiers can have on improving border security…

Cut 11 (11) “…anything else” 

Hogan says immigration will be a huge campaign talking point in the 2024 presidential race and he says Republicans are constantly making the point the Biden Administration is mishandling the border…

Cut 12 (10) “…problems.” 

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King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and will be stepping away from royal duties as he undergoes treatment. Even though few details about his cancer were released LSU History Professor Meredith Veldman says it’s notable they went public with his diagnosis.

Cut 13 (09)  “…modern life.”

The monarch was recently hospitalized for an enlarged prostate that was ruled benign and it was during that time that another issue of concern was found and he was diagnosed with cancer.

Even though the King’s role in the United Kingdom’s society is more ceremonial in modern times versus political, Veldman says there are mechanisms in place to fill his role as he undergoes treatment.

Cut 14 (12) “…(x2) Counsellors of State.”

As for the line of succession upon King Charle’s death, Prince William will become King followed by his eldest son George.

Veldman says she does admire that the King has opted to go public with his health concerns and notes that it is harder however to keep such information private upon the advent of social media.

Cut 15 (11) “…about it.”

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022, and King Charles III was officially crowned on May 6, 2023.

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Sophomore catcher Brady Neal is back behind the plate after a back injury forced him to miss the second half of the season last year. Neal says he tried to stay involved as much as he could last year…

Cut 16 (23) “…to the park.” 

Neal will share catching duties with Alex Milazzo and Hayden Travinski. LSU’s pitching staff has to replace Paul Skenes, Ty Floyd, and Riley Cooper. Neal says this year’s pitching staff is just as good and there are a lot of options…

Cut 17 (12) “…in the pen.” 

Left-hander Justin Loer could be the closer for the Tigers. The transfer from Xavier recorded seven saves for the Musketeers last season. Loer says he feeds off the pressure…

Cut 18 (18)  “…mound here.” 

 

Cut 19 (13) “…came from it” 

 

Cut 20 (20) “…on winning”

 

1:30 LRN Newscast Jan 2

Governor Jeff Landry would like to send Louisiana National Guard troops to the southern border. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (33)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo” 

Baskin, Louisiana native Lainey Wilson won her first Grammy last night for Best Country Album of the Year.

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A man and woman were fatally shot in the front yard of their home following the Krewe of Hercules parade in Houma Friday. Lieutenant Blake Tabor with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office says the victims were returning home from the parade when gunfire erupted, just before midnight.

Cut 7 (08) “…violence personally.” 

He says the victims were found by family members.

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is looking to honor Youth Hunter of the Year. The award will recognize a boy and girl hunter 15 years of age or younger and the deadline to apply is Wednesday. Jimmy Fredrick with LWF says applicants are asked to write a short essay about a hunting trip in 2023.

Cut 4 (12) “…or 15 years old.”

To apply visit LAwildlifeFED-dot-org

11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 5

The backlog of road and bridge projects in Louisiana has grown to 19-billion dollars.

Cut 2 (32)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

Baskin, Louisiana native Lainey Wilson won Best Country Album of the Year at the Grammy’s last night. She mentioned her hometown and how farmers are the best storytellers.

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The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is looking to honor Youth Hunter of the Year. The award will recognize a boy and girl hunter 15 years of age or younger and the deadline to apply is Wednesday. Jimmy Fredrick with LWF says they want to hear the story of a hunting trip that took place last year from the perspective of the hunter.

Cut 3 (10) “…might be.”  

To apply visit LAwildlifeFED-dot-org

 

GOHSEP has implemented a change to help parishes and local governments receive an extra ten percent of eligible reimbursement. Going forward they will give will 90-percent versus 80-percent. Director Jacques Thibodeaux all the legal, regulatory, and advisory requirements set by FEMA are still met.

Cut 12 (11) “…on GOHSEP’s part.” 

 

PM LRN Newscall Feb 2

With heavy rainfall anticipated many parade times have been changed or canceled. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (30)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is helping fund local law enforcement with Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over to keep impaired drivers off the road this Mardi Gras season. Teiko Foxx has more.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.” 

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Parade times have been either moved or canceled due to the threat of heavy rain this weekend. Slidell National Weather Service Meteorologist Danielle Manning says rain chances will begin to increase in northwest Louisiana Friday evening and filter to the southeast by Saturday morning.

Cut 3 (13) “…for Sunday.”  

Before you leave the house to catch some beads you’ll want to check to see if your intended parade time has been altered and Manning says don’t forget to take your raincoat with you.

Cut 4 (11) “… Saturday night.”

Manning says there is a slight risk of excessive rainfall so some areas may experience some localized flooding mainly across southern Louisiana on Saturday. And there’s a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms across the immediate coast.

Cut 5 (06) “…to expect.”  

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46-year-old Jefferey Dixon of Bunkie faces attempted murder and arson charges in connection with a house fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says when the Bunkie Fire Department responded to a house fire Tuesday evening, they found the back porch engulfed in flames and one of the residents safely outside.

Cut 6  (06) “…set fire.” 

Shortly after, Dixon was quickly apprehended nearby and in addition to Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Aggravated Arson, he also faces Violation of a Protective Order and Simple Burglary charges.

And while few details were released about the victim, Rodrigue says there is an association between the victim and the suspect. She says the resident in the home stated they heard a sound, smelled smoke, and found the porch in flames.

Cut 7 (08) “…unnerving.” 

Rodrigue says it was a cooperative effort that put Dixon behind bars the same night the blaze was set.

Cut 8 (07) “…so quickly.” 

Dixon was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail Tuesday evening.

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While parade goers are snagging necklaces this Mardi Gras season, Louisiana law enforcement officers are stepping up patrol to catch impaired drivers during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign through February 13. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Spokesperson Greg Fischer says too many people are getting hurt and killed in accidents involving impaired drivers during Mardi Gras season.

Cut 9 (11) “…Mardi Gras.”

During the 2022 Mardi Gras holiday, 11 people were killed and 120 people were hurt in crashes that involved a driver who had been drinking, according to the Center for Analytics and Research in Transportation.

Fischer says Mardi Gras is one of the deadliest times to be on the roads due to the number of impaired drivers. And it’s not just alcohol.

Cut 10 (09) “…all distractions.”

And while most of the attention is on New Orleans, there were no accidents reported in the Crescent City in 2022. But there were fatal accidents in Acadia, Ascension, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, St. Charles, Tangipahoa, and Webster Parishes during carnival season in 2022.

Fischer says there’s a responsible way to celebrate safely. He says make plans for a sober driver.

Cut 11 (13) “…just wait.”

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Cut 12 (09)  “…the election.”  

Cut 13 (12) “…pocket.” 

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Cut  14 (12) “…and determine.”

Cut 15 (11) “…her decision”

Cut  16 (07)   “…California bayou boy”

11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 2

46-year-old Jefferey Dixon of Bunkie faces attempted murder and arson charges in connection with a house fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says when the Bunkie Fire Department responded to a house fire Tuesday evening, they found the back porch engulfed in flames and one of the residents safely outside.

Cut 6  (06) “…set fire.” 

Shortly after, Dixon was quickly apprehended nearby and he also faces Violation of a Protective Order and Simple Burglary charges.

Louisiana’s Special Legislative session on crime will begin in about two weeks and Governor Landry has been speaking to lawmakers about possibly expanding the death penalty. Landry failing to carry out that sentence goes further than fighting crime…

Cut 24 (09) “…we do.” 

The state’s last death row execution was in 2010.

A lawsuit challenging the most recent congressional map has been filed on behalf of twelve plaintiffs who identify themselves as non-African American voters. Monroe attorney Paul Hurd says the map resembles one that was deemed unconstitutional in the 90s and says his clients filed the suit to put voters in communities of interest back together.

Cut 15 (13) …in Louisiana. “

State Transportation and Calcasieu Bridge Partners have reached a new agreement on a public-private partnership to construct a new Interstate-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. DOTD Secretary Joe Donahue says expenses related to right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, wetland impact mitigation, and others the state is responsible for have been significantly lowered.

Cut 11 (13) “…25 percent.” 

 

 

AM LRN Newscall Feb 2

Fifteen Mardi Gras horses will be up for adoption after carnival season. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (34) “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

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Lawmakers are about 2 weeks from the governor’s special session on crime and Governor Landry is expected to push for expanding Louisiana’s death penalty. Colleen Crain has more.

Cut 2 (32)  “…I’m Colleen Crain.”

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Twelve plaintiffs are named in a lawsuit against the most recently passed congressional map, claiming it racially segregates voters and separates communities of interests. Brooke Thorington explains.

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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The Humane Society of Louisiana plans to make sure the good times keep rolling for more than a dozen Mardi Gras parade horses looking to be adopted following the end of carnival season. President Jeff Dorson says it helps save horses who are brought into the area to accommodate equine demand during Mardi Gras.

Cut 4 (12) “…terrible ending.”

HSLA partners with Cascade Stables which brings in horses to meet the demand of Mardi Gras krewes. The program has saved over 90 horses from potentially being sent to slaughter.

Dorson says the adoption fee usually runs from $650 to $850. He says the program has had 100 percent success since 2017 and he hopes to find homes for more horses.

Cut 5 (11) “…stable now.” 

Every year the horses’ names are based on a theme and this year is spices. So expect to adopt nutmeg, poppy, honey, rosemary, pumpkin, and other spice names.

Dorson says they’ve got photos, bios, information about each horse’s personality, and which parade they trotted in on a Facebook page. And to make sure all horses are placed in good homes…

Cut 6 (12) “…adoption fee.”

You can find more information on their Facebook page at Humane Society of Louisiana’s Mardi Gras Horses Adoption Program.

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Louisiana’s Special Legislative session on crime will begin in about two weeks and Governor Landry has been speaking to lawmakers about possibly expanding the death penalty. The state’s last death row execution was in 2010. Landry says Louisiana is obligated to the victims…

Cut 7 (11) “…should receive.”

Landry says it takes a unanimous jury of 12 to convict someone of a capital crime and then the jury must come back with a 2nd unanimous decision for a death penalty sentence. He says failing to carry out that sentence goes further than fighting crime…

Cut 8 (09) “…we do.” 

When asked about expanding the death penalty to include specific methods like gas, hanging, and firing squad Landry didn’t comment on the methods themselves but said others are finding ways…

Cut 9 (09)  “…to death.”

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State Transportation and Calcasieu Bridge Partners have reached a new agreement on a public-private partnership to construct a new Interstate-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles. DOTD Secretary Joe Donahue says tolls charged to motorists have also decreased from the original plan.

Cut 10 (11) “…before.”

Governor Landry touted the project had been renegotiated and costs have been reduced by more than 20 percent. Donahue explains expenses related to right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, wetland impact mitigation, and others that the state is responsible for have been lowered.

Cut 11 (11) “…25 percent.” 

The entire project has an estimated price tag of $2.1 billion. Donahue says the retained costs (right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, wetland impact mitigation, etc.) dropped from approximately $415 million to $281 million.

Cut 12 (12) “…accomodate construction.” 

Construction could begin as early as this year and is expected to be completed in approximately seven years.

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A lawsuit challenging the most recent congressional has been filed on behalf of twelve plaintiffs who identify themselves as non-African American voters. Monroe attorney Paul Hurd says like the congressional map in the 1990s that created a Z-shaped district, this map is drawn along racial lines, not communities of interests.

Cut 13 (10)  “…unconstitutional.”

The map in question was passed by the legislature in a special session last month that created a second majority-Black district that stretches the 6th congressional district from Baton Rouge to Shreveport. Hurd, who’s litigated congressional maps in Louisiana and other states before, says he hopes the unconstitutional nature of the 6th district is as apparent to the court as it is to his clients.

Cut 14 (11) “…and we will.

Hurd says his clients filed the suit to put voters in communities of interest back together.

Cut 15 (12) …anymore.“

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Cut 16 (12) “…the program.” 

Cut 17 (12) “…this year.” 

 

Cut 18 (18)  “…the season.” 

 

Cut 19 (20) “…for that” 

 

Cut 20 (16) “…process though.”

 

 

 

LRN PM Newsccall Feb 1

A GoFundMe initiative by the Homeless Coalition of Central Louisiana hopes to raise money to support those who experience homelessness. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx”

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A lawsuit has been filed against the latest congressional map approved by the state legislature that contains two majority-Black districts. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (29)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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The Homeless Coalition of Central Louisiana is asking for a handout through its GoFundMe initiative to help support the homeless population in Central Louisiana. Director Kitty Wynn says the need for support to provide for the homeless is ongoing…

Cut 3 (12) “…when available.”  

More than a thousand people experienced homelessness statewide on a single night in January 2023, according to Housing Urban Development. In Alexandria, there are more than 100 homeless individuals and in the central region, there are more than four thousand.

Wynn says it doesn’t matter how big or small the donation is. She says they help homeless people from across the country and additional funding is needed to keep their facility open.

Cut 4 (13) “…to Montana.”

Wynn says hygiene items like shampoo, soap, and lotion are always needed. She says the center offers things that many take for granted like washing laundry and showers.

Cut 5 (10) “…you anything.”  

A GoFundMe account “Help the Homeless in Central Louisiana” has been set up.

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House Speaker Mike Johnson blames President Biden and the Senate for the ongoing crisis at the Mexican border. Johnson says he’s been waiting two months to read the bipartisan Senate legislation and he hopes what he’s hearing about the bill isn’t true.

Cut 6  (15) “…the House.” 

When asked if he was trying to stall the legislation as a political favor to former President Trump this was Johnson’s response.

Cut 7 (10) “…Biden.” 

Johnson says he has spoken with Trump about the border crisis and applauded his use of executive orders to curb illegal crossing. He says Biden has reversed Trump’s orders and is responsible for the ongoing flood of illegal immigration.

Cut 8 (11) “…to us.” 

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A lawsuit challenging the state’s newest congressional map with two majority-Black districts has been filed. The map stretches the 6th congressional district from Baton Rouge to Shreveport. Lawsuits were filed against previous maps on behalf of Black voters and La-Politics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says this is an inverse of related litigation on the latest map.

Cut 9 (10) “…court order.”

Alford says politics are involved with the suit, as some of the plaintiffs are supporters of Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves.

Cut 10 (09) “…new lines.”

Alford says while it seems like the congressional map based on the 2020 Census has been back and forth, it’s nothing new, the same thing happened with the congressional map from the 1990 Census. As for the weight of the newest litigation…

Cut 11 (11) “…have to see.”

Qualifying dates for the November 5th election are June 17th through the 19th.

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Cut 12 (09)  “…the election.”  

 

Cut 13 (12) “…pocket.” 

 

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Cut  14 (12) “…and determine.”

Cut 15 (11) “…her decision”

Cut  16 (07)   “…California bayou boy”