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…

Cut 15 (05) “…salary increase.”

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

Cut 5 (12) “…transportation plan.”

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.

8:30 am Newscast

A dangerous morning on Interstate 10 in New Orleans East has left at least one person dead after several early morning accidents. The I-10 is shut down now in both directions as authorities say fog and smoke from that marsh fire burning nearby is causing near zero visibility.

(TIX)Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers contributed to the effort to flood out a wetland fire in New Orleans East… five 8 inch portable pumps. They’re on loan to try and drown out the smoldering fire that’s been causing problems for weeks.
Wildfires and drought have affected Louisiana’s bottom line when it comes to the $10 Billion dollar a year timber industry. Here’s Colleen Crain.

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Amendment 2 on the November 18th ballot would allow money allotted to inactive special funds to be transferred into the state’s general budget. President of the Public Affairs Research Council Steven Procopio says the amendment focuses on six inactive funds…

Cut 13 (10) “…the constitution.”
State Transportation officials want your input on the state’s infrastructure and transportation plans. And they’re making it easy through a new website,latransportationplan-dot-la-dot-gov

DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallet says the user-friendly portal features straightforward navigation and gives individuals the opportunity to provide their thoughts on future projects…

Cut 5 (12) “…transportation plan.”

7:30 am Newscast

Interstate 10 is closed in both directions this morning from Highway 11 to I-510 after at least four accidents this morning due to poor visibility. At least one person is reported dead. Officials say early morning fog and smoke from that marsh fire burning in New Orleans East is causing near zero visibility on the I-10. That’s between Irish Bayou and Michoud.

In other news, State Transportation is making it easier for Louisianans to give input on infrastructure and transportation projects through a new website.  Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says latransportationplan-dot-la-dot-gov details the state’s transportation plan and infrastructure landscape through 2055.

Cut 4 (11) “…mega projects.”

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The Timber Industry generates $10 Billion per year for Louisiana’s economy. That’s according to Robbie Hutchins, a forester with the LSU Ag Center who says the wildfires that have engulfed more than 50,000 acres of Louisiana forests, have cost the state millions…

Cut 10 (09) “…in 2023.”

Good news for Acadiana as Infinity Valve and Supply has announced it will expand in Youngsville, bringing more than 200 jobs with it. Mayor Ken Ritter Ritter says the state’s incentive package played a significant role in bringing the expansion to fruition and he believes it’s a good use of state funds.

6:30 am Newscast

DOTD unveils a new website to get public input on the state transportation plan. Here’s Teiko Fox.

Cut 1 (34) “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

More than 200 jobs are coming to Acadiana as Infinity Valve & Supply is set to expand. Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter says it’s a huge win for the city.

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It’s a ten billion dollar industry in Louisiana but the recent wildfires have hit the timber industry hard, costing the state millions of dollars. That’s according to Robbie Hutchins, a forester with the LSU Ag Center, who says the costs go beyond just logging. He says the timber industry employs about 45-thousand people and is indirectly responsible for 40 thousand more jobs.

Cut 11 (12) “…the mills.” 

The Army Corps of Engineers is contributing to the an effort to flood out a wetland fire in New Orleans East in the form of five 8 inch portable pumps. They’re on loan to try and drown out the smoldering fire that’s been producing blankets of foul-smelling smoke across the area for three weeks now. If there’s any other good news at this point, Fire officials there say the fire is mostly contained and doesn’t appear to be spreading.

9:30 Newscast

One of the state senate races on the October 18th ballot has two current representatives, who aren’t term-limited, in the runoff. Colleen Crain has more….

Cut 2 (31) “…I’m Colleen Crain.”

Also on the ballot November 18th, Amendment 1 which seeks to clarify language on how a governor can convene a veto session if, for example, a special session is underway. Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Steven Procopio… Cut 10 (10) “…readjourn.”

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The third round of grants of up to $10 thousand for the Louisiana Fortify Home Program opens today at noon. The LFHP began with enough funding to award three thousand grants. Donelon says homeowners must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the grant including… Cut 5 (12) “…hazard zone.”

Grants will be awarded to eligible homeowners on a first-come first-served basis. To apply, visit www.ldi.la.gov.

 State Police in Shreveport are investigating an officer involved shooting that left a man dead. Authorities say it happened just after nine during a routine traffic stop. We’re told the person behind the wheel fled and as a result the Shreveport officer fired shots, hitting the man. He was taken to a local hospital where he where he later died.

8:30 Newscast

The Louisiana Fortify Homes Program will open its third round grands of up to $10 thousand to replace roofs to fortified standards begins today at noon. Teiko Foxx has more…

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State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis, announced over the weekend he will retire January 8th. During his tenure, Davis advocated for policy changes and worked to gain the trust of the public.Davis will retire the same day Republican governor elect Jeff Landry is set to take office.

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Two Powerful Democratic Representatives in the Louisiana House are in a run off for a State Senate Seat.  Neither former Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Sam Jenkins is term limited in the house and

LSU Shreveport Political Science Professor Jeff Sadow says that makes this run for senate a risk, but the seat is open.

Cut 8 (05) “…years.” 

Constitutional Amendment one on the November 18th ballot seeks to clarify what happens when legislators call for an override veto session, while in a regular or special session. The situation came up in 2022. Lawmakers were in a regular session, but called for a veto session to override the governor’s veto of the Congressional map.

Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Steven Procopio saysthat’s when they realized there was no rule on how to handle it.

Cut 11 (09) “…be in.” 

 

7:30 Newscast

One of the state senate races on the October 18th ballot has two current representatives, who aren’t term-limited, in the runoff. Colleen Crain has more….

Cut 2 (31) “…I’m Colleen Crain.”

Also on the ballot November 18th, Amendment 1 which seeks to clarify language on how a governor can convene a veto session if, for example, a special session is underway. Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Steven Procopio… Cut 10 (10) “…readjourn.”

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The third round of grants of up to $10 thousand for the Louisiana Fortify Home Program opens today at noon. The LFHP began with enough funding to award three thousand grants. Donelon says homeowners must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the grant including… Cut 5 (12) “…hazard zone.”

Grants will be awarded to eligible homeowners on a first-come first-served basis. 

 State Police in Shreveport are investigating an officer involved shooting that left a man dead. Authorities say it happened just after nine during a routine traffic stop. We’re told the person behind the wheel fled and as a result the Shreveport officer fired shots, hitting the man. He was taken to a local hospital where he where he later died.

6:30 am Newscast

6:30 Newscast

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the third round of grants of up to $10 thousand for the Louisiana Fortify Home Program opens today at noon. Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon says 750 grants will be available for all homeowners statewide at l-d-i- dot-la-dot-gov

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Two Powerful Democratic Representatives in the Louisiana House are in a run off for the State Senate. Former Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Sam Jenkins are ideologically similar, according to LSU Shreveport Political Science Professor, Jeff Sadow, but he says the outcome may be influenced by the candidate voted out in the primary…

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Confusion over how to address a veto override session while in the midst of a legislative session has prompted  Constitutional Amendment 1 on the November 18th ballot. Brooke Thorington reports it happened last year when lawmakers were in a regular session and the governor vetoed the legislature’s drawing of a Congressional map…

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

And don’t forget, you can vote early this week for the November 18th election. You can you’re your ballot today through Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. except on Friday. Offices will be closed then in observance of Veterans Day.

11:30 am Newscast

Baton Rouge Police have arrested 37-year-old Denise Law in the beating death of 66-year-old Melinda Reed. Authorities believe a metal walker was used as the murder weapon. While the investigation remains open, Sargent Darren Ahmed says it remains to be determined if mental illness played a role.

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In New Orleans a son is facing first degree murder charges after Jefferson Parish Investigators say he shot a man who was running away from his father’s SUV. Authorities say John Thomas the second was dropping off his father when they noticed someone rummaging through his vehicle. Surveillance video shows Batiste ran when confronted, seconds later the video shows a muzzle flash from inside the younger Thomas’ car. Batiste died at the scene.

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Days will continue to get shorter with sunset scheduled for 4:40 p.m. when daylight saving time ends on tomorrow morning at two. LSU Health New Orleans Public Health Expert Dr. Benhamin Springgate says not everyone is affected by the time change in the same way.

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Early voting for the November 18th election is underway and continues through next Saturday.  Voter turnout for the October primary election was 36-percent and election officials expect it to be less than half that for this election. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says the number of mail in ballots supports that.

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There are three statewide races on the November 18th ballot.

 

10:30 Newscast

Daylight saving time ends tomorrow morning at two and sleep experts say the annual shift in time can have adverse health effects on many people.  LSU Health New Orleans Public Health Expert Dr. Benjamin Springgate…

Cut 3 (11) “…worst mood.”

Something else that may affect your mood is the outcome of tonight’s big game in Tuscaloosa.

Here’s Jeff Palermo.

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Louisiana Celebration Gator is making its third straight appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. The float has highlighted state tourism and encouraged an estimated 2.4 billion people to visit the Bayou State for the last two years. Secretary of State Billy Nungesser believes the gator has been a good return on investment.

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Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw from Mandeville and Alexandria country singer Alex Smith will entertain the Parade crowd.

And in case you hadn’t heard, Arena Football is coming to Lake Charles. The Area Football League announced the revival of the Louisiana Voodoo Franchise. The team last played as the New Orleans Voodoo in 2015. The Voodoo will begin play in Lake Charles next year.