12:30 LRN Newscast July 4

Governor Jeff Landry has announced Jay Grymes as the first State Climatologist to serve under GOHSEP. Mel Bridges has more.

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The first major hurricane of the season Beryl continues to move west-northwest and is forecast to cross the Yucatan Peninsula Friday morning then enter the Gulf of Mexico. Beryl is the first of the predicted four to seven major hurricanes of the season. The highest number of major storms NOAA has ever predicted.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries releases its 2024-25 hunting regulations pamphlet online. LDWF Administrator Tommy Tuma says the pamphlet also defines the gear hunters can use during the season and Wildlife Management rules and regulations.

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Printed copies will be available in August.

Before you attempt to host your own fireworks show, President of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association Tracey Normand says first be sure you aren’t violating any local ordinance. And after you’ve lit your last firecracker, he says you need to properly clean up to avoid an encore light show

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According to the Consumer Protection Agency on average 200 people will go to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th

AM LRN Newscast July 4

It wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks and the President of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association has a few safety tips if you decide to put on your own light show.

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Governor Jeff Landry has announced Jay Grymes as the first State Climatologist to serve under GOHSEP. Mel Bridges has more.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries releases its 2024-25 hunting regulations pamphlet online at the LDWF website. The pamphlet contains hunting rules, regulations, and season dates. LDWF Administrator Tommy Tuma…

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Tuma says the pamphlet also defines the gear hunters can use during the season and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) rules and regulations.

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Printed copies of the pamphlets will be available in August at LDWF offices and at vendors where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

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This season’s pamphlet also has the season schedule for the state’s ten deer hunting areas.

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Before you attempt to host your own fireworks show, President of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association Tracey Normand says first be sure you aren’t violating any local ordinances. He says drinking and driving isn’t a good idea; drinking and something explosive is a worse idea.

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The Gonzales Fire Chief says to set off fireworks at least 200 feet away from structures, vehicles, and trash and never to allow children to light or handle fireworks. And make sure you have either a fire extinguisher or water nearby.

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And after you’ve lit your last firecracker, Normand says it’s imperative to clean up afterward to avoid an encore light show

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According to the Consumer Protection Agency on average 200 people will go to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

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Jay Grymes will be the first State Climatologist under GOHSEP. Governor Jeff Landry says though the position existed prior, it was always independent from state government, so implementing a state climatologist under GOHSEP was a priority for him since day one.

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Grymes comes into the role with over 30 years of experience, including serving as state climatologist from 1991 to 2003. Grymes says he’s looking forward to being state climatologist again, this time in a partnership between GOHSEP and LSU, where he currently teaches.

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GOHSEP Director Jacques Thibodeaux says his department welcomes Grymes’ help in determining what weather events are approaching and how to prepare for them, as well as having a single, official voice from the state government on climate and weather.

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Grymes will continue teaching at LSU while serving as state climatologist.

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The 30th Anniversary of the Essence Festival of Culture is underway in the Big Easy and Kelly Schulz with New Orleans & Company says the four-day event is a 4th of July tradition. She says the economic impact for the city and state is as much as $316 million.

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The headliners this year are Usher and Janet Jackson. Schulz says the event also draws celebrities, influencers, and corporate leaders. She says it’s more than musical performances, it’s all about empowering future leaders.

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And in honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary, Schulz says the July/August issue of Essence magazine is a love letter to New Orleans.

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She says Essence is devoting $45,000 to support local schools and organizations across New Orleans.  Vice President Kamala Harris is also attending the festival for a third year.

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10:30 LRN Newscast July 3

Angola has been ordered to improve the conditions for inmates who are required to work farm labor at the state penitentiary. A Louisiana Middle District Court Judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff Tuesday ordering the prison to quickly correct what he called glaring deficiencies of their heat-related policies.

The University Medical Center New Orleans has launched its Healthy Brain Aging Initiative to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Mel Bridges has more.

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Beginning tomorrow non-felons over the age of 18 can carry a concealed handgun without a permit in Louisiana. New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez who authored the legislation says it’s a historic moment in Louisiana.

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He says all the same restrictions, obligations, and responsibilities under constitutional carry still apply as they do with a concealed carry permit.
Recreational red snapper season will be weekends-only after a brief close in the season from July 7 to 12. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Director of Marine Fisheries Chris Schieble (shee-ble) there have been

similar pauses in the past couple of years and he urges anglers to remember this is nothing new or drastic.

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The season runs until Labor Day.

AM LRN Newscall July 3

Nearly 71 million Americans are expected to travel during the Fourth of July holiday marking the highest travel volume for this period on record according to AAA.  Sean Richardson has more. 

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The University Medical Center New Orleans has launched its Healthy Brain Aging Initiative to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Mel Bridges has more.

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This year in Louisiana the 4th of July marks the first day those 18 and older can conceal carry. Brooke Thorington has more.

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AAA predicts that nearly 71 million Americans will travel during the Fourth of July holiday marking the highest travel volume for this period on record. This figure includes road trips, air travel, and other forms of transportation. Road trips are expected to be especially popular.  AAA spokesperson Nick Chabberia…

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Chabberia says that the pandemic shutdown is not on people’s minds and they are not putting trips off anymore and with lower gas prices compared to last year, people are finding ways to travel this Fourth of July…

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Air travel is also seeing significant demand despite high ticket prices, with bookings remaining strong.

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AAA recommends using traffic apps and checking local Department of Transportation notifications. The best travel times are projected to be before noon on July 3 and July 4 to avoid peak congestion.

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The University Medical Center New Orleans has launched its Healthy Brain Aging Initiative. Dr. Demetrius Maraganore (mare-a-gan-or-ee) with the Tulane Department of Neurology says the initiative will help reduce the number of people living with Alzheimer’s in the U.S., which is predicted to triple by 2050.

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The initiative has three centers — Alzheimer’s prevention, memory disorders and movement disorders — that focus on prevention, treatment, support and research. Maraganore says the centers are helpful for those at risk of cognitive decline too, as the centers can help answer several important questions such as…

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Though the initiative’s focus is improving cognitive health in aging patients in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, the program is available to anyone anywhere, whether they know they’re at risk of cognitive decline or not. Maraganore says the program is especially useful for those with Alzheimer’s, as they can…

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More information can be found under the About tab on the UMCNO website.

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Beginning tomorrow non-felons over the age of 18 can carry a concealed handgun without a permit in Louisiana. New Iberia Senator Blake Miquez who authored the legislation says it’s a historic moment in Louisiana.

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Miquez, a world champion competitive pistol shooter, says all the same restrictions, obligations, and responsibilities under constitutional carry still apply as they do with a concealed carry permit.

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Miquez says you can find those rules and regulations at LSP.org and other gun safety tips. Miquez says the new law, which goes into effect on Independence Day, empowers law-abiding citizens with the right to defend themselves.

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If you aren’t trained in how to use a firearm, Miguez urges you to take a course for your own safety and the safety of others. You can find more information on LSP’s website. Louisiana will become the 29th state to allow permitless carry. 

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Recreational red snapper season will be weekends-only after a brief close in the season from July 7 to 12. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Director of Marine Fisheries Chris Schieble (shee-ble) says these changes are an attempt to slow an above-average catching season.

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55% of allocated red snapper have been caught since the season opened on April 15th. Schieble says LDWF is empowered to close the red snapper season mid-season like this, but they only do it to make sure anglers have enough to catch.

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The current bag limit of four per person and size limit of 16 inches minimum won’t change. Schieble says LDWF has had similar pauses in the red snapper season over the past couple of years and urges anglers to remember this is nothing new or drastic.

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Red snapper season runs until Labor Day, which is Monday, September 2nd.

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5:30 LRN Newscast July 2

Yes, it’s hot out there but LSU climatologist Barry Keim says this dome of high pressure is helping keep Hurricane Beryl from making a turn towards Louisiana.

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The State Police Crime Lab launches a statewide sexual assault kit tracking program. Mel Bridges has the details.

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State Wildlife has cited six fishermen for illegally catching 120 red snapper of which 97 were undersized in Plaquemines Parish. Captain Tim Fox says Red snapper fishing is tightly regulated to ensure sustainable populations, and each angler is allowed to only catch four a day and the fish must be over 16 inches.

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The men face thousands of dollars in fines.

 

Congressman Troy Carter is upset the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has granted Denka, a chemical plant in St. John Parish, a two-year extension to reduce chloroprene emissions by 98-percent. Originally, they had until October 15thbut Denka says it’s an unrealistic timeline and will result in the plant closing. Carter says the health of the area residents should be the top priority…

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1:30 LRN Newscast July 2

Congressman Troy Carter is upset the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has granted the Denka chemical plant in St. John Parish, a two-year extension to reduce emissions. Sean Richardson has more.

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A fire broke out at the BioLab Plant in Westlake this morning, prompting a shelter in place. The fire has since been contained and the blaze is under investigation. State DEQ issued a news release that air monitors have not detected unsafe chlorine levels.

The state Crime Lab has launched a statewide sexual assault kit tracking program because of a law approved in 2023. LSP Captain Chad Guidry says the program is helpful not only for survivors, as it ensures they know where their kit is in the process, but for law enforcement too.

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You can find out more about the Tracking System and Survivor Portal under the Services tab at LSP.org.

State Wildlife has cited six fishermen for illegally catching 120 red snapper of which 97 were undersized in Plaquemines Parish. Captain Tim Fox says Red snapper fishing is tightly regulated to ensure sustainable populations, and each angler is allowed to only catch four a day and the fish must be over 16 inches.

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The men face thousands of dollars in fines.

5:30 LRN Newscast July 1

Two adults and an 8-year-old child were found dead in a home near Albany Monday morning. Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard says 49-year-old Ginny Williamson, 49-year-old Steven Williamson and the child in their custody died in what appears to be a murder/suicide. Ard says the bodies were discovered by a family member this morning who then called authorities around 8:00 a.m.

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Hurricane Beryl is a Category 4 storm as it moves into the Caribbean. LSU climatologist Barry Keim says Beryl is likely to miss Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center’s official forecast has Beryl hitting the Yucatan peninsula later this week, but Keim says there are a couple of models showing a turn toward the Gulf Coast.

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After a unanimous vote, Dr. Wade Rousse (rhymes with moose) will serve as the next president of McNeese State University. Jeff Palermo has more.

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Ville Platte Farmer Richard Fontenot has been elected the 13th president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau. Among the biggest issues Fontenot says the industry is facing is the lack of a current Farm Bill.

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He says farmers need that safety net to receive the financial lending they need to put their crops in

4:30 LRN Newscast Jul 1

Hurricane Beryl, the first hurricane in what is expected to be a very busy season, is Category 4 storm. LSU climatologist Barry Keim says Beryl has already set a record for the earliest Category 4 to form in a season. Most hurricanes of this strength occur in August.

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Two adults and an 8-year-old child were found dead in a home near Albany this  morning. Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard says 49-year-old Ginny Williamson, 49-year-old Steven Williamson and the child in their custody died in what appears to be a murder/suicide.

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Investigators believe the shooting happened over the weekend and they were found by a relative this morning.

After a unanimous vote by the University of Louisiana System, Dr. Wade Rousse (rhymes with moose) will serve as the next president of McNeese State University. Rousse says he wants to make sure every student knows how their time at the school will help them in the workforce. He thinks this should help curb declining enrollment.

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Ville Platte Farmer Richard Fontenot has been elected the 13th president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau. Fontenot, a rice, soybean, and crawfish farmer was elected Sunday at the organization’s 102nd convention. He says the honor is humbling.

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12:30 LRN Newscast July 1

Hurricane Beryl is a Category 4 storm as it moves into the Caribbean. LSU climatologist Barry Keim says Beryl is likely to miss Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center’s official forecast has Beryl hitting the Yucatan peninsula later this week, but Keim says there are a couple of models showing a turn towards the Gulf Coast.

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Whether Beryl threatens Louisiana or not, Keim encourages residents to start hurricane prepping if they haven’t already.

The personal finance website WalletHub has found Louisiana residents are least diligent with their credit. WalletHub’s Cassandra Happe says there is a large percentage of Louisiana adults who have collection agencies going after them for money that is past due…

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The SEC officially welcomes Texas and Oklahoma to the Southeastern Conference today, making it sixteen schools starting the 2024 season. Sean Richardson has the story.

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11:30 LRN Newscast July 1

Hurricane Beryl is a Category 4 storm as it moves into the Caribbean. Beryl is the first hurricane in what is expected to be a very busy season. LSU climatologist Barry Keim says this early start is due to factors such as abnormally warm sea surface temperatures.

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Whether Beryl threatens Louisiana or not, Keim encourages residents to start hurricane prepping if they haven’t already.

Among the new laws that go into effect today is one the Louisiana Department of Insurance says establishes a simple, clear timeline for when a claim should be paid. River Ridge Senator Kirk Talbot says the measure also gives insurance companies an additional 30 days to pay a claim following a natural disaster…

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Talbot says this legislation seeks to reduce unnecessary litigation.

Beginning August 1st both Medicaid and private insurers are required to cover for the care or treatment of menopause and perimenopause because of a new law approved by Louisiana lawmakers. New Orleans Democratic Representative Aimee Freeman says insurers opposed this new law…

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Freeman says there’s been more research on how to treat menopausal side effects and women deserve to have that coverage.

Texas and Oklahoma officially join the Southeastern Conference today. SEC Associate Commissioner Herb Vincent says one of the challenges of increasing their membership to 16 schools is football scheduling…

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