7:30 am Newscast

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the Death of 21 year old Ronnie Caldwell against Northwestern State and the owners of The Quad apartments where the football player was gunned down on October 12th. Attorney Johnathan Cox says Caldwell and his parents asked for help and failure to act resulted in his death.

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State offices are closed today in honor of Veteran’s Day. And while the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is holding numerous ceremonies, spokesperson Brandee Patrick says there are several ways to honor vets any day of the year like visiting a veterans home.

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Governor John Bel Edwards is active in his last 2 months in office. His latest executive order grants paid parental leave for state employees. Colleen Crain has more…

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A man sentenced in Lafourche Parish will spend nearly two decades in jail for scamming Hurricane Ida victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Authorities say Clark Lee of Breaux Bridge pled guilty to four counts of contractor fraud. Under the plea agreement, Lee must pay more than $700 thousand in restitution to the victims.

6:30 am Newscast

 Attorneys representing the family of Ronnie Caldwell say they are seeking justice and accountability. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Northwestern State and the owners of The Quad apartments where the football player was gunned down on October 12th. Attorney Helen Daniel…

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Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order Thursday and come January, 70,000 state employees will be eligible for paid parental leave.

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Classified Civil Service employees were granted the paid leave by a civil service rule approved in September and approved by Edwards Monday.

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Government offices are closed today in honor of Veterans Day. Brooke Thorington has more from the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Government may be closed today but you still have one more day left to early vote for the November 18th election. You can cast your ballot tomorrow between 8:30 am and 6 pm.  The election itself is next Saturday.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

The Saints are currently riding a 2 game win streak going into their game against the Vikings this Sunday. New Orleans running back Keandre Miller did not practice this week with an ankle injury and defensive end Isaiah Foskey did not practive as well due to a quadricep injury. Former LSU star receiver Justin Jefferson has started to practice this week, but is not expected to start for the Vikings against the Saints. The Saints will play the Vikings on Sunday at noon on Fox.

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Southern Miss is just 2 and 7 this season as they face a 5 and 4 ULL Ragin Cajuns team that is focused on becoming bowl eligible this week. On the defensive side of the ball, USM running back Frank Gore Junior will be trouble for the Ragin Cajuns defense. And on the offensive side of the ball, ULL Head Coach Michael Desormeaux knows that becoming bowl eligible will be a little bit of a challenge this week with their change at quarterback.

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The LSU Tigers are ranked nineteenth as they head into an important matchup against the Florida Gators this Saturday. LSU offensive guard Garrett Dellinger believes that the Bayou Bengals are more motivated to play now than ever before.

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The Tigers and Gators will battle on Saturday at 6:30pm with kickoff on the SEC Network.

The LSU Lady Tigers who are coming off of a shocking loss to the Colorado Buffaloes will have their home opener tonight against Queens in what should be an easy rebound game for the Tigers. Head Coach Kim Mulkey coached the Tigers to a national championship last year that will be honored tonight in the PMAC.

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Before the game at 7, the 2022 National Championship team will receive their championship rings and the 2022 national championship banner will be raised inside the PMAC.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

The Saints are currently riding a 2 game win streak going into their game against the Vikings this Sunday, but in order to win New Orleans Head Coach Dennis Allen says that the Saints need to improve the play of their defensive line. According to Allen the Saints defensive line can no longer allow the quarterback to run the ball and lose one-on-one matchups if they want to beat a Vikings offensive line that has played well up to unto this point. The Saints will play the Vikings on Sunday at noon on Fox.

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Southern Miss is just 2 and 7 this season as they face a 5 and 4 ULL Ragin Cajuns team that is focused on becoming bowl eligible this week. ULL Head Coach Michael Desormeaux knows that becoming bowl eligible won’t be easy as his defense faces a huge run threat on Saturday.

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The Cajuns will face Frank Gore Junior who has rushed for nearly a 1,000 yards this season as well as 378 yards and three touchdowns in the Golden Eagles last two games.

The LSU Tigers are ranked nineteenth as they head into an important matchup against the Florida Gators this Saturday. Tigers Quarterback Jayden Daniels did not practice Wednesday, but is now listed as eligible for the Florida matchup this Saturday. LSU offensive guard Garrett Dellinger believes that the Bayou Bengals are more motivated to play now than ever before.

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The Tigers and Gators will battle on Saturday at 6:30pm with kickoff on the SEC Network.

The short handed New Orleans Pelicans are on a 3 losing streak as a 122 to 101 loss to the Timberwolves has put them at 4 and 4 on the year and third in the Southwest standings behind Dallas and Houston. In other basketball news, the LSU Lady Tigers will have their home opener tonight against Queens where before the game at 7, the 2022 National Championship team will be honored and the 2022 national championship banner will be raised inside the PMAC.

 

9:30 LRN Newscast Nov 9

Governor-elect Jeff Landry has been criticized for forming an exploratory committee on the city of New Orleans that doesn’t include city leaders. He says right now the committee is solely focused on identifying concerns and they plan to meet with city leaders when they have solutions.

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The Republican promised to address rising crime which has been plaguing the Crescent City.

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will publish a list tomorrow of vape products that retailers can sell and the Louisiana Convenience and Vape Association has filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the ban of certain vape products, on the grounds it’s unconstitutional, But ATC Commissioner Ernest Legier disagrees…

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Today at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, Veterans Affairs will hold burial honors for 23 unclaimed veterans. Like all veterans, Spokesperson Brandee Patrick says they too deserve a dignified burial.

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This afternoon there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at the State Capitol.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Zepbound, a new type two diabetes drug for weight management. Director of Bariatric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. Catherine Hudson says like other diabetic medications it’s administered by injection.

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Side effects include vomiting and digestive issues.

 

 

8:30 am Newscast

The Food and Drug Administration approved Zepbound, a new type two diabetes drug for chronic weight management by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lily. Director of Bariatric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. Catherine Hudson says more than 22 percent average weight loss was seen in obese patients. However…

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There will be a special Veteran’s Day ceremony this afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Park, near the State Capitol. LDVA spokesperson Brandee Patrick says Secretary Col Joey Strickland and Governor John Bel Edwards will place wreaths to represent each branch of the military as well as those who are Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

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The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is planning to release a list of vape products on Friday that can be legally sold. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A University of Louisiana Monroe professor was arrested yesterday for allegedly wire-tapping the offices of a professor and graduate student. 48 year old Chad Allen Lewing of West Monroe was charged with two counts of wire-tapping and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.

7:30 am Newscast

This afternoon the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will host a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to the State Capitol. LDVA spokesperson Brandee Patrick says Secretary Col Joey Strickland has been working with the governor to revitalize the park.

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The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is planning to publish a list on Friday of vape products that retailers can sell from here on out. A new state law requires vape products to be registered with A-T-C and be approved by the FDA to be legally sold. Agency Commissioner Ernest Legier says the law is an attempt to look out for the well-being of its citizens, especially younger people…

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Governor-elect Jeff Landry is under fire for a transition committee focused on New Orleans that doesn’t include city leaders. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana’s own Lainey Wilson wasthe standout winner at the 2023 CMA Awards last night in Nashville. Wilson won in five categories, which ties the one-year record, first set by Johnny Cash in 1969. Wilson’s wins also set a one-year record for a female artist….and set the stage for multiple Grammy nominations, which are set to be announced tomorrow.

6:30 AM Newscast

Governor-elect Jeff Landry has been criticized for forming an exploratory committee on the city of New Orleans that doesn’t include city leaders. He says right now the committee is solely focused on identifying concerns.

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A new state law requires vape products to be registered with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control in order to be legally sold. The list of products that made the cut will be released tomorrow. Agency Commissioner Ernest Legier says for a vape product to be on the registry, it must receive FDA approval…

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Governor John Bel Edwards along with LDVA Secretary Col Joey Strickland will honor veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony today. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Louisiana Pardon has denied clemency hearings for several people on death row, including one of the longest-serving Inmates on death row. James Copeland, who was convicted of raping and killing an 11 year old boy in Livingston parish in 1979 was denied a clemency hearing yesterday. In all, five inmates were denied clemency hearings at a board meeting yesterday.

 

11:40 LRN Sportscast

The Saints are starting to find their rhythm on offense this season and New Orleans Saints offensive tackle James Hurst says in order to improve their run game, which is averaging 3.6 yards per carry 4th worst in the league, the Saints need to improve their blocking past the primary level.

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The Saints will play the Vikings on Sunday at noon on Fox.

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The Pelicans will face off against a seven and a half point favorite Timberwolves tonight. Minnesota is riding a 3 game winning streak and New Orleans Shooting Guard CJ McCollum, who leads the team in assists, is still out due to a lung injury. LSU product Naz Reid will play for the Timberwolves and he is averaging nearly 16 points a game this season.

The LSU Tigers are ranked nineteenth in the latest version of the College Football Playoff Rankings. The Tigers dropped from the 14th spot with the loss to Alabama on Saturday, but all three of their losses this season are to top ten teams. LSU Quarterback Jayden Daniels did not practice yesterday and is still listed as day to day with the Florida matchup this Saturday quickly approaching. LSU will play Florida this Saturday at 6:30 pm on the SEC Network.

ULM is currently two and seven on the year, but the Warhawks are not done with their season just yet as the team has no quit in them according to ULM Head Coach Terry Bowden.

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The Warhawks will face Troy at 1 pm on ESPN+ this Saturday

10:30 LRN Newscast Nov 7

It’s a ten billion dollar industry in Louisiana but the recent wildfires have hit the timber industry hard, costing landowners millions in losses. LSU Ag Center Forester Robbie Hutching says the costs go beyond logging. The industry employs about 45-thousand people and is indirectly responsible for 40 thousand more jobs.

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Amendment 3 on the ballot would allow local governing authorities the ability to provide an ad valorem tax exemption of up to $25,000 for qualified first responders. President of the Public Affairs Research Council Steven Procopio says proponents believe the tax exemption would be a recruiting and retention incentive…

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State Transportation officials want your input on the state’s infrastructure and transportation plans. You can do so via a new website,latransportationplan-dot-la-dot-gov DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallet gives examples of some of those projects

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More than 200 jobs are coming to the Acadiana region with the announced expansion of Infinity Valve & Supply. Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter says the expansion will allow Infinity to provide oil and gas companies with more environmentally friendly alternatives to current practices.

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Infinity Valve & Supply is investing $1.1 million in the expansion.