8:30 LRN Newscast

A federal judge in New Orleans rules the state can move juvenile offenders from a detention center in Jefferson Parish to the state penitentiary at Angola. The judge determined it does not violate federal law, but activists and attorneys plan to appeal. The Edwards administration came up with the plan for numerous riots and escapes at the Bride City Center for Youth.

In a first of its kind of collaboration at LA Tech, aviation students will have access to training from United Airlines. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”  

 

To help elementary school students stay on grade level, State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley proposes a required summer school session for kindergarten through fourth-grade students who aren’t reading on grade level. Brumley says these students were impacted the most during the pandemic

Cut 4 (11)  “…next grade.”

Less than half of those in K-3rd grade read on grade level.

 

State Police are holding child safety seat education and inspection events statewide today. To find one near you, check for Buckle Up Louisiana on Facebook. Trooper James Anderson says experts will inspect your child seat for safety and compliance, but if you’re not set right you won’t be in trouble..:

CUT 13  (09)        “…while supplies last.”

Events are scheduled today – from 9 until noon – at a location in each State Troop. Again check out Buckle Up Louisiana on Facebook for a location near you.

4:45 LRN Sportscast July 5

LSU outfielder Dylan Crews and first baseman Tre Morgan have been named to the 26-man US Collegiate National Team Roster, as announced by USA Baseball on Tuesday.

Team USA will be in the Netherlands from July 8-15 to compete in the Haarlem Baseball Week tournament at Pim Mulier Stadium. Typically held every other year since 1972, this will be the first tournament since 2018, as the 2020 contest was canceled due to the pandemic.

LSU is one of only five schools with two players on the team, along with Florida State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. The team’s manager is Mike Bianco, who just led the rebels to the College World Series title. Former LSU utility man Drew Bianco will serve as the team’s bullpen coach.

After securing three commitments on Monday for the 2023 class, LSU football has added one for the 2024 class, with the announcement of three-star Jonesboro linebacker Xavier Atkins. Atkins made his announcement one day after de-committing from Missouri. Atkins is joined by four-star safety Maurice Williams out of Texas in the Class of 2024.

The WWE will be in Bossier City this weekend for the first time in four years as Saturday Night’s Main Event invades the Brookshire Grocery Arena. While the closest most fans will get to their favorite WWE superstars is by watching them on television, Wrestler and manager Montel Vontavious Porter, better known as MVP, says there is nothing like the experience of seeing an event live and in person.

Cut 17 (19) “…treat themselves to.”

Tickets are still on sale. The lineup features a US Championship match between AJ Styles and Theory as well stars like Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins.

Grambling State announced that women’s volleyball coach Chelsey Lucas has been terminated after an internal review of the program. Lucas was hired in February and had yet to coach a single game, but had drawn intense criticism after releasing nearly the entire team shortly after her arrival.

12:30 LRN Newscast July 5

After 27 months the Louisiana National Guard has officially ended its pandemic response operations. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (32) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Compared to the rest of the nation, Louisiana’s economy is in the midst of a steep decline. Numbers indicate that 46 of 50 states are seeing a waning in economic activity, but Louisiana has seen some of the worst numbers. University of Louisiana at Lafayette economist Gary Wagner said that in the decade prior to the pandemic Louisiana had the slowest growing economy in the entire nation.

Cut 9 (12) “…on average.”

With the 2022 midterm elections closing in, could a GOP wave be forming? JMC Analytics pollster and political analyst John Couvillon (COO-vee-yon) says the GOP is galvanized against the Biden administration and its policies. He says independent voters just want to have competence in office, hence the bleeding of no-party votes away from the Democrats…:

Cut 12 (09) “…again in 2024.”

11:40 LRN Sportscast July 5

LSU football had a big day on the recruiting trail, landing three players on Monday and bringing their 2023 class to 11 total members.

The Tigers secured commitments from 4-star defensive linemen Dashawn Womack and Darron Reed as well as three-star cornerback Ashton Stamps, giving them five commitments over the past week. Since July 1, LSU has also added highly-ranked edge rushers Jaxon Howard and Joshua Mickens, who both announced their intentions to play for the Purple and Gold this past weekend.

Coach Brian Kelly has faced some criticism in assembling the 15th-ranked class in the nation so far, with just two of the 11 players committed to the Tigers from the state of Louisiana.

The Pelicans open Summer League play on Saturday. Pels assistant Jarron Collins says first-rounder Dyson Daniels has been impressive in early workouts and looks forward to seeing what he can do in game action.

Cut 21 (16) “…going forward.”

World Wrestling Entertainment returns to Bossier City for the first time in four years as Saturday Night’s Main Event invades the Brookshire Grocery Arena this weekend. After going through a long stretch where they couldn’t perform in front of fans during the pandemic, WWE star and manager Montel Porter says the wrestlers are glad for the opportunity to feed off of the energy of a crowd and put smiles on people’s faces…

Cut 18 (18) “…to entertain them.”

Tickets are still on sale.

The Birmingham Stallions claimed the first USFL championship with a 33-30 win over the Philadelphia Stars at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio on Sunday. Birmingham finished the season 11-1.

And another champion was crowned on Coney Island, as Joey Chestnut won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for the 15th time; downing 63 franks and buns in 10 minutes.

8:30 LRN Newscast July 4

US Senator Bill Cassidy weighs in on the Congressional Hearings on the January 6th insurrection at the Nation’s Capital. Kevin Gallagher has the story…

Cut 1 (29) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

If you’re planning on popping off some fireworks today, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds to do so safely. And always make sure you have water nearby incase things get out of control. When the show is over water them down because spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says they could…

Cut 5 (11) “…your home.”

The state’s new budget went into effect on July 1st. There are concerns the state’s economy may decline because of high gas prices and inflation, but Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is optimistic the economic forecast used to produce the budget will hold up….

Cut 11 (06)  “…budget cuts.”

According to the latest data from the Louisiana Department of Health, as of June 30, more than 3000 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported. Dr. Joe Kanter says COVID is with us for the long haul, so we’ve got to get used to it. What we can do is take advantage of the tools available and make good decisions in assessing our risk for infection and be prepared for seasonal surges.

Cut 14 (13) “…high-quality mask.”

Two years since the start of the pandemic, about 95 percent of the state has either been vaccinated, had COVID, or both.

7:30 LRN Newscast July 4

The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind you to practice fireworks safety this 4th. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says never set off fireworks if you are impaired and it’s best not to allow children to handle fireworks whatsoever.

Cut 4 (12)  “…come up with.”

And always make sure you have water nearby in case things get out of control and when the show is over make sure those fireworks are watered down and no longer smoldering.

On January 6th, 2021, then-President Trump held a rally to protest the election results. A mob of supporters marched to the Capitol, entered, and vandalized the place, while trying to invade the House chamber. One person was shot by Capitol Police. Senator Bill Cassidy says he feels we can all learn a lot from what’s happening in the hearings…:

Cut 7 (07) “…concerning or not?”

A new fiscal year is underway in Louisiana which means the state’s new spending plan went into effect on July 1st. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says one of the most important earmarks was hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to improving the state’s roads and bridges. He says motorists should see an improvement…

Cut 10 (10) “…infrastructure development.”

With summer in full swing, people are out and about and COVID cases are on the rise.  Fortunately, there is some good news. Two years since the start of the pandemic, about 95 percent of the state has either been vaccinated, had COVID, or both. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the concerns are still real, but the impact isn’t nearly as severe as in the past…

Cut 13 (07) “…getting very sick.”

And the Pelicans have announced that Zion Williamson has signed an extension worth $193 million that will keep his with the Pels for the next five seasons.

6:45 LRN Sportscast July 4

On July 4th,  one sporting event takes precedent over all others…the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. The contest returns to its familiar location at Nathan’s Famous Restaurant after being forced to switch the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joey Chestnut, generally considered the greatest hot dog eater of all time, will defend his crown after a record-breaking performance in 2020, with an incredible 76 hot dogs and buns “eaten” in 10 minutes. Defending women’s champion Michelle Lesco will try to win for the second consecutive year when the women’s championship starts at 10 am CT.

Chestnut says this year he’s looking to reach 80 hot dogs. The contest airs on ESPN.

It is confirmed that Zion Williamson has signed his extension with the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson agreed to a deal that will keep him with the Pels for another five seasons. The deal has a base value of $193 million, but could be worth as much as $231 million should he make an All-NBA team, earn MVP, or Defensive Player of the Year next season.

The Pelicans are also rumored to be engaged in discussions about potentially acquiring All-NBA forward Kevin Durant. Any trade for Durant would likely have to include Brandon Ingram; leaving Pelicans fans conflicted in their desires to see the team add an all-time great or stick with the team and player they have fallen in love with over the past three seasons.

LSU football adds another commitment to its 2023 recruiting class. Joshua Mickens, a four-star edge rusher from Indianapolis, verbally committed Sunday morning to the Tigers. He is ranked as the No. 164 overall player and 18th-best pass rusher in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. His announcement comes two days after four-star edge rusher Jaxon Howard committed to LSU. The Tigers have eight recruits lined up for next year and expect more commitments to come this week.

Four-star defensive lineman Dashawn Womack, four-star defensive end Darron Reed, and three-star cornerback Ashton Stamps reveal their decisions today.

Then three-star cornerback Jeremiah Hughes announces his choice July 7.

 

6:30 LRN Newscast July 4

The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind you to practice fireworks safety this 4th. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says it’s always best to attend a public display where professionals are handling them but if you choose to do your own fireworks display, step one…make sure it’s legal to do so at your location, and step two…make sure you choose the right one.

Cut 3 (08) “…be watching.” 

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,000 injuries were caused by fireworks in 2021.

A new fiscal year is underway in Louisiana which means the state’s new spending play went into effect on July 1st. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says as a result of surplus dollars the state made a historic investment in every level of education from higher education to pre-K…

Cut 9 (10)  “…early childhood education”

Senator Bill Cassidy weighs in on Congressional hearings on the attempted insurrection at our nation’s capital on January 6, 2021. Kevin Gallagher has that…

Cut 1 (29) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

With summer in full swing, people are out and about and COVID cases are on the rise. According to the latest data from the Louisiana Department of Health, as of June 30, more than 3000 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported. Dr. Joe Kanter says it’s a statewide trend…

Cut 12 (10) “…regions of the state.” 

LRN AM Newscall July 4

Senator Bill Cassidy weighs in on Congressional hearings on the January 6th Capitol riot. Kevin Gallagher has that…:

Cut 1 (29) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

________________________________________________

Another COVID surge sweeps across the state…Here’s David Grubb with more…

Cut 2 (34) “…I’m David Grubb.” 

________________________________________________

The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind of you to practice fireworks safety this 4th. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says it’s always best to attend a public display where professionals are handling them but if you choose to do your own make sure it’s legal to do so at your location and choose an appropriate one.

Cut 3 (08) “…be watching.” 

Rodrigue says never set off fireworks if you are impaired and it’s best to not to allow children to handle fireworks whatsoever.

Cut 4 (12)  “…come up with.”

And always make sure you have water nearby incase things get out of controls and when the show is over make sure they are watered down and no longer smoldering because Rodrigue says they could…

Cut 5 (11) “…your home.”

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission 11-thousand injuries were caused by fireworks in 2021.

________________________________________________

Louisiana U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says, regardless of one’s politics, Americans should pay attention to the congressional January 6th hearings in D.C. Cassidy says it remains to be seen if former President Trump is culpable in the riot, but he feels it WAS “an attempt to harm the Constitution by interrupting the peaceful transfer of power”…:

Cut 6 (15)  “…agrees with me.”

On January 6th, 2021, President Trump held a rally at the Washington Monument to protest the election results. A mob of supporters marched to the Capitol, entered and vandalized the place, while trying to invade the House chamber. One person was shot by Capitol Police. Cassidy says he feels we can all learn a lot from what’s happening in the hearings…:

Cut 7 (07) “…concerning or not?”

And what about reports that some angry Trump supporters at the riot wanted to harm Vice President Mike Pence, who wouldn’t back Trump’s claim the election was “stolen”…?

Cut 8 (06)  “…hang Mike Pence.”

Cassidy has harbored no love for the former President and irked many Louisiana Republicans by voting to convict Trump on his impeachment by the House for Russian Collusion.

_________________________________________________

A new fiscal year is underway in Louisiana which means the state’s new spending play went into effect on July 1st. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says as a result of surplus dollars the state made a historic investment in every level of education from higher education to pre-K…

Cut 9 (10)  “…early childhood education”

Dardenne says there are also hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to improving the state’s roads and bridges. He says motorists should see an improvement…

Cut 10 (10) “…infrastructure development.”

There are concerns the state’s economy may decline because of high gas prices and inflation, but Dardenne is optimistic the economic forecast they used to produce the budget will hold up….

Cut  11 (06)  “…budget cuts.” 

___________________________________________________

With summer in full swing, people are out and about and COVID cases are on the rise. According to the latest data from the Louisiana Department of Health, more than 2200 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported, with nearly 500 patients currently hospitalized. Dr. Joe Kanter says it’s a statewide trend…

Cut 12 (10) “…regions of the state.” 

Fortunately, there is some good news. Two years since the start of the pandemic, about 95 percent of the state has either been vaccinated, had COVID, or both. Kanter says the concerns are still real, but the impact isn’t nearly as severe as in the past…

Cut 13 (07) “…getting very sick.”

Kanter says COVID is with us for the long haul, so we’ve got to get used to it. What we can do is take advantage of the tools available and make good decisions in assessing our risk for infection and be prepared for seasonal surges.

Cut 14 (13)  “…high-quality mask.”

 

________________________________________

7:30 LRN Sportscast July 2

The Pelicans and star forward Zion Williamson have reportedly reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension worth up to as much as $231 million. Zion has played in just 85 of a possible 226 games over his career so far. FOX Sports’ Rob Parker says that even with his injury history, the Pelicans’ potential reward is worth the risk.

Cut 7 (10) “…gotta sign him.”

The Pelicans haven’t made much noise at the start of free agency. Head Coach Willie Green’s team already has plenty of players who will be looking for minutes, a problem he says he’s glad to have.

Cut 16 (20) “…just keep rolling.”

Now that USC and UCLA have made the move to the Big Ten, NYU Sports Law professor Dan Lust says that he expects more dominoes to fall as other conferences scramble to remain viable against the surging juggernauts in the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference. One of the biggest could be on the national level as the notion of amateurism in collegiate athletics, which took a major hit from the emergence of NIL, will be tested by players who see billions of dollars changing hands and ask for their fair share.

Cut 15 (09) “…entitled to.”

In other conference realignment news, the Southland Conference officially welcomed Texas A-and-M-Commerce as the league’s ninth member, while the Sun Belt adds James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss.

Former Louisiana Tech star and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died last week from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, based on the results of an autopsy on the body of the 26-year-old as reported by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. Ferguson was found unresponsive in the late hours of June 21.