10:30 LRN Newscast Oct 27

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to make landfall near southeast Louisiana on Wednesday night as a category 1 hurricane.  Residents in the area are bracing for impact as Louisiana will be hit by yet another storm.  John Rahaim is the Director of Emergency Preparedness for St. Bernard parish and he says that what is really putting citizens on edge is the fact that this storm will hit at night.

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St. Bernard is not the only parish preparing for the storm, Lieutenant Brennan Matherne with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office says that Lafourche parish is expecting significant winds to be the biggest impact from this storm.

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Due to the expected high winds, Lt. Matherne advises residents to tie down any loose furniture

The parents of 31-year old Trayford Pellerin, the black man who was shot by police August 21st, are suing Lafayette Police for damages related to his death. Also named in the suit is Lafayette Consolidated Government and 10 police officers. Family attorney Chase Trichell says the family is not being properly informed about what happened the day Pellerin was fatally shot.

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According to a report by the Louisiana Budget Project, the state saw a 28 percent increase in uninsured children between 2018 and 2019. LBP Policy Director Stacey Roussel says many of the children who are going without insurance qualify for a range of federal and state programs.

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LBP says 50,000 Louisiana children went into the pandemic without health insurance.

LRN AM Newscall Oct 27

AM NEWSCALL

Governor Edwards files a lawsuit defending his public health emergency orders against a legislative petition that seeks to terminate the emergency declaration. Matt Doyle has the story.

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 It’s the last day of early voting in Louisiana and despite record turnout and COVID mitigation efforts poll workers are getting rave reviews. Brooke Thorington explains.

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Louisiana had 11,000 more uninsured children in 2019 than it had in 2018, a 28 percent increase. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Governor Edwards files a lawsuit defending his authority to issue and enforce public health restrictions against a legislative petition signed by the State House that claims to have stripped him of those powers.

Edwards says the Louisiana Constitution does not allow for one chamber of the Legislature to terminate a public health emergency issued by the Governor.

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The Governor also adds that the statute the petition filers rely upon requires them to consult with state health officials before filing the petition, a step Edwards says they did not take.

Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says Attorney General Jeff Landry is prepared to defend the petition in court…

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65 GOP lawmakers in the House signed the petition Friday. The Senate President says a similar petition was not floated in the Upper Chamber due to concerns that they did not have data supporting a repeal.

The Speaker hopes the petition will force Edwards to the table to negotiate over giving lawmakers more of a say-so in pandemic policy. Edwards calls it dangerous politics.

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But Schexnayder says the current restrictions are hampering our economic recovery and damaging more than just the service industry…

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Many Republicans support ending the statewide blanket COVID restrictions and instead having the decisions made at a parish level.

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It’s the last day of early voting in the Bayou State and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin expects another busy day with as many as 80 thousand voters expected to cast their ballot. Due to the pandemic, three extra days and longer hours were added to the early voting period. At the end of this extended version of early voting Ardoin, predicts as many as 950-thousand Louisianans will have performed their civic duty.

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Despite COVID mitigation efforts and record-breaking turnout, the average wait time to vote is approximately 25 mins. Ardoin says poll workers are doing an amazing job.

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Ardoin says with approximately 200-thousand absentee ballots and three-quarters of a million in-person early voters, poll workers are ready for a well-deserved break.

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The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 30th at 4:30 pm and the ballot must be returned by November 2nd at 4:30 pm.

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The parents of 31-year old Trayford Pellerin, the black man who was shot by police August 21st, are suing Lafayette Police for damages related to his death. Also named in the suit is Lafayette Consolidated Government and 10 police officers. Family attorney Ronald Haley says they want justice and change.

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Haley says the lawsuit is the first step the Pellerin family has taken to get answers.

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Pellerin was fatally shot by police who responded to a disturbance involving a man with a knife at north Lafayette gas station that night. Pellerin was in the parking lot and after a taser was used, he walked away.

Family attorney Chase Trichell says the family is not being properly informed about what happened the day Pellerin was fatally shot.

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According to a report by the Louisiana Budget Project, the state saw a 28 percent increase in uninsured children between 2018 and 2019.

LBP Policy Director Stacey Roussel says 50,000 Louisiana children went into the pandemic without health insurance, and that number is expected to rise for the 2020 report.

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2019’s number of 50,000 total uninsured kids was up 11,000 from 2018.

Roussel says the data doesn’t explain why but does show the biggest losses in insured rates were from children in low-income families, families using public healthcare programs, and…

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Louisiana’s child uninsured rate rose to 4.4 percent in 2019, still below the national average of 5.7 percent.

Roussel says many of the children who are going without insurance qualify for a range of federal and state programs.

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Injured LSU quarterback Myles Brennan has returned to practice. Coach Ed Orgeron says there is a chance he could play Saturday against Auburn

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Brennan reportedly tore a stomach muscle in the loss to Missouri on October 10th and missed last Saturday’s win over South Carolina.

Orgeron also announced on Monday that starting left tackle Dare Rosenthal has been suspended indefinitely. He did not give a timeline on when Rosenthal will return. Coach O says Cam Wire will continue to start at left tackle and he’s impressed with the former East Ascension star

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LSU rushed for a season-high 276 yards in the win over South Carolina. Tyrion Davis Price had 135 yards and John Emery had 88 yards rushing. Orgeron says the plan was for both running backs to get a lot of carries

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5:30 LRN Newscast Oct 26

A Hurricane Watch is in now effect from Morgan City to the

Mississippi/Alabama border, as Hurricane Zeta moves towards the Gulf of Mexico. State Climatologist Bary Keim says It will be the fifth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana in 2020 and Zeta ties a record for most named storms in a season with 27 which was set in 2005

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Governor Edwards files a lawsuit seeking to challenge a legislative petition filed Friday that overturns his public health emergency and COVID restrictions on businessesAttorney General Jeff Landry says if the state penalizes you or tries to shut you down for not following the Governor’s orders…

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A bizarre killing spree in LaPalce Sunday claims the life of two females and injures siblings of the suspect. St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Trege says 23- year old Oscar Urisa allegedly attacked and killed his 31-year old girlfriend and her 15-year old sister with a machete.

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If Constitutional Amendment Six on the November ballot passes it would allow homeowners with higher incomes to qualify for the property tax assessment freeze. Robert Travis Scott of the Public Affairs Research Council says this proposed constitutional change should be attractive for those 65 and older and whose income falls in between the current levels…
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3:30 LRN Newscast Oct 26

Zeta is upgraded to a Hurricane and approaching the Yucatan Peninsula. With winds at 80 miles per hour and a current northwestern track, Zeta is expected to turn north Tuesday and travel faster northward and take a northeastward path. Zeta is expected to approach the southeast Louisiana coastline.

Attorney General Jeff Landry says the signing of a legislative petition clearly states the Governor no longer has any authority to enforce his COVID public health emergency orders. Matt Doyle has the story.

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A bizarre killing spree with a knife happened in LaPlace Sunday that resulted in the deaths of two individuals and serious injuries to the suspect’s sister. St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Trege says 23- year old Oscar Urisa attacked and killed his 31-year old girlfriend and her 15-year old sister, and also stabbed his 17-year old sister and 15-year old brother. Trege says it’s the most vicious crime he’s investigated.

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Passage of Amendment Six on the November ballot would allow homeowners 65 and older with an annual income of up to $100 thousand to qualify for a property tax assessment freeze. Currently, you must make less than $77 thousand. Public Affairs Research Council President, Robert Travis Scott says opponents feel the change would impact local government revenue.

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1:30 LRN Newscast Oct 26

A bizarre killing spree in LaPlace Sunday claims the life of two females and injures siblings of the suspect. St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Trege says 23- year old Oscar Urisa allegedly attacked and killed his 31-year old girlfriend and her 15-year old sister, and also stabbed his brother and sister with a machete. Trege says the suspect went into his bedroom, then immerged wearing a mask and yielding two knives into the living room.

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Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to enter the southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning as a hurricane, and most likely make landfall in southeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Zeta ties a record for most named storms in a season with 27 which was set in 2005.

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Attorney General Jeff Landry says the Governor’s public health emergency has been terminated for seven days and he now has no authority to enforce COVID restrictions, after the House signed a petition Friday overturning restriction. Landry says while no business must abide by the Governor’s public health restrictions, they can maintain policies such as a mask mandate should they so choose…

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The Edwards administration disputes the legitimacy of the petition and says Phase Three restrictions are still in place.

Passage of Amendment Six on the November ballot would allow senior citizens with an annual income of up $100-thousand to qualify for a property tax assessment freeze. Public Affairs Research Council President, Robert Travis Scott, says Amendment 6 should be attractive to senior voters.

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12:30 LRN Newscast Oct 26th

Attorney General Jeff Landry says the Governor’s public health emergency has been terminated for seven days and he now has no authority to enforce COVID restrictions. After the House signed a petition Friday overturning the order many businesses began operating without restrictions. Landry says if the state penalizes you or tries to shut you down…

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The Edwards administration disputes that claim and says all Phase Three restrictions are still in place. The issue is almost certain to end up in court.

A bizarre killing spree in LaPalce Sunday claims the life of two females and injures siblings of the suspect. St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Trege says 23- year old Oscar Urisa allegedly attacked and killed his 31-year old girlfriend and her 15-year old sister with a machete.

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Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to enter the southern Gulf of Mexico tomorrow morning as a hurricane and then track across the gulf with a likely landfall in southeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says after Zeta passes over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula it will move northwest, and then turn to the northeast because of an approaching cold front

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It will be the fifth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana in 2020 and the eleventh in the United States.

11:30 LRN Newscast Oct 26

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to enter the southern Gulf of Mexico tomorrow morning as a hurricane and then track across the gulf with a likely landfall in southeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the official forecast track has Zeta as a Category one storm when it makes landfall Wednesday night

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Passage of Amendment Six would allow homeowners with higher income levels to qualify for the property tax assessment freeze. Currently, if you are 65 or older and make less than $77 thousand annually your property taxes can be frozen for your homestead. Public Affairs Research Council President, Robert Travis Scott says passage would increase the annual income limit.

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Opponents say it would force local governments to be more dependent on sales tax.

Construction has officially finished on the 72 million dollar widening of Interstate Ten from Baton Rouge to Ascension Parish. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says this is a big deal for anyone driving in or out of New Orleans and will shave an estimated 15 minutes off the standard commute through the region.  

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 A Pennington Biomedical Research Center survey in April shows similar behaviors worldwide during stay at home orders. Head Researcher Dr. Emily Flannagan says the survey shows a decline in mental health and an increase in anxiety. Flannagan says as the pandemic continues healthcare providers should monitor their patient’s behavioral changes either in person or virtually.

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10:30 LRN Newscast Oct 24

Governor Edwards passionately rebuked House Republicans for signing a legislative petition Friday ordering him to end all pandemic public health orders

The petition also orders the Governor not to issue any additional public health emergency declarations for a week. Edwards never-the-less renewed Phase Three for another 30 days telling state residents that the restrictions are still in place.

Edwards appears set to challenge the petition in court…

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Attorney General Jeff Landry believes the petition is constitutional and told House Republicans he would defend it in court. On Twitter Landry said quote “What’s sad is that the Governor has no confidence in the people he serves. Louisiana citizens have the right to make their own choices about their lives.”

Forecasters say a tropical disturbance in the gulf now has a 90-percent chance of forming into a depression in the next 48-hours. The National Hurricane Center says it’s too early to tell if the system would impact Louisiana.

If you haven’t’ applied for the 250-dollar Frontline Worker Tax Credit you have a week left. Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson says they’ve received over 245-thousand applications and issued 134-thousand rebates.

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Ragin Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis threw for two touchdowns and Chris Smith returned a kickoff 100 yards and ULL used two fourth-quarter interceptions to beat UAB 24-20 last night snapping the Blazers 21-game home winning streak and LSU Freshman quarterback TJ Finley will start today for the Tigers against Caroline. Finley beat out fellow freshman Max Johnson for the start.

9:30 LRN Newscast Oct 24

Governor Edwards unloaded on the 65 House lawmakers who signed a petition Friday ordering him to end the pandemic public health emergency declaration. Matt Doyle has the story.

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The Ragin Cajuns rallied last night in Birmingham to beat UAB 24-20, snapping the Blazers 21-game home winning streak.

Amendment Five on the statewide ballot provides new options for manufacturers and local governments to schedule payments instead of property taxes for industrial expansions. Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scotts says the new formula can be used as an economic development incentive.

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Scott says assessors generally oppose the amendment.

The 250-dollar Frontline Worker Tax Credit program still has a little money left in the pot and those who qualify and still haven’t applied only have a week left to claim their cash. Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson says the deadline to apply is October 31st. Robinson says they’re still getting a steady trickle of forms sent in every day.

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Frontline workers but make under 50,000 annually to qualify.

8:30 AM LRN Newscast Oct 24

Governor Edwards passionately rebuked House Republicans for signing a legislative petition Friday ordering him to end all pandemic public health orders. Edwards says the petition’s 65 GOP signees have their heads buried in the sand and refuse to acknowledge that the pandemic is still raging on. He says 56-hundred people have died from COVID since March…

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The petition also orders the Governor not to issue any additional public health emergency declarations for a week.

Crowley Republican Representative John Stefanski argued the seven-day ban on COVID restrictions is reasonable and could demonstrate the state is ready to advance past Phase Three…

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Edwards appears set to challenge the petition in court and Attorney General Jeff told House Republicans he would defend it in court.

New Orleans Saints receiver Emmanuel Sanders has tested positive for COVID-19 and Michael Thomas did not practice Friday due to his recent hamstring injury. Neither are expected to play Sunday against Carolina. Thomas hasn’t played for the team since the season opener when he sprained his ankle.

LSU Freshman QB TJ Finley will get the start Saturday against South Carolina in place of the injured Myles Brennan Finley beat out fellow freshman Max Johnson.  Taylor Sharp has the story…

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