9:30 Newscast

Early voting for the November 18th election is underway. Voter turnout for the October primary election was 36-percent and the Secretary of State’s Office is predicting voter turnout to be less than half that number this time. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says the number of mail in ballots already processed is way down…

Cut 10 (10) “…voting”

Louisiana’s own Celebration Gator will be among the attractions in the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s the third year the 60-foot-long gator will crawl the streets of New York and he’s excited to announce the two Bayou State musical artists that will also appear.

Cut 6 (10) “…the crowds.”

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Gaining an hour of sleep Sunday as standard time begins sounds like a win but sleep experts say the time shift in time can have unfavorable health effects on many people.  During standard time days become shorter. LSU Health New Orleans Public Health Expert Dr. Benjamin Springgate suggests keeping a regular sleep schedule.

Cut 5 (13) “ …a difference.”  

The southbound portion of Interstate 55 damaged by the 168-vehicle pileup that killed seven people in St. John the Baptist Parish is closed now and will reopen this afternoon at 1. Motorists are encouraged to use old US 51 as an alternate route. The northbound lanes remain closed.

8:30 Newscast

Clocks will be rolling back one hour overnight tonight. Teiko Foxx spoke with a public health expert on how the time change may take some getting used to…

Cut 1 (30)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”  

By the time your head hits the pillow for that extra hour of sleep, LSU Tiger fans will know how the number 14 purple and gold fared against the 8th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide tonight.  Kick-off is set for 6:45 in Tuscaloosa.

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Early voting for the November 18th election is underway and it will continue through Saturday November 11th. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillion says in the October primary, a sizable number of Black residents voted for Republican Jeff Landry in the governor’s race, so will that trend continue??? 

Cut 9 (08) “…in the runoff.”  

Baton Rouge Police have arrested 37-year-old Denise Law in the beating death of 66-year-old Melinda Reed. Sargent Darren Ahmed says officers responded to a call of an unresponsive female Thursday afternoon, they believe a metal walker was used as the murder weapon.

Cut 11 (10) “…her injuries.”

11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU is preparing to face off against the Crimson Tide this Saturday. A major focus for  the Tigers will be not getting burned on the deep pass. Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe is averaging 16 yards per completion which is third nationally. LSU Junior Linebacker Greg Penn has studied the Tides offense and …

Cut 18 (18) “ … great outcome.”

The Tigers will battle Alabama on Saturday with kickoff at 6:45 on CBS

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The Saints are preparing for the Chicago Bears this Sunday and a major spark in their offense this season has been the improved play of Rashid Shaheed. Shaheed’s ability to capitalize on deep balls will have to be accounted for by a Bears defense that gives up 7.3 yards per pass and 262.3 passing yards per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans battled back from a 22 point deficit yesterday in order to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 110 to 106 in Oklahoma City. A major part of the Pelicans comeback was Pelicans Shooting Guard CJ McCollum who scored 29 points, had 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. New Orleans will host the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7pm.

The Ragin Cajuns will head into November with a good chance at winning the Sun Belt West Division. U-L Lafayete is 2 and 2 in league play which matches their opponent this Saturday in Arkansas State. With a win and a Troy loss the Ragin Cajuns will be tied for the West Division lead and Head Coach Michael Desormeaux says that …

Cut 19 (22) “… off of”

The Cajuns will battle the Red Wolves on Saturday with kickoff at 2pm on ESPN+

11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU continues to prepare for its bigtime matchup against the Crimson Tide this Saturday. Coach Brian Kelly the Tigers will need to limit Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe’s ability to throw the deep ball.

Cut 19 (14) “ … impressive”

The Tigers will battle Alabama on Saturday with kickoff at 6:45 on CBS.

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Speaking of the Tigers, the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings are out and LSU is the highest two loss team at 14th. Tulane is the only other team in Louisiana to make the rankings at 24th. The Green wave are currently the highest ranked group of 5 team which would put them in their 2nd consecutive New Year’s Six Bowl.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia in order to face the 8 and 0 Liberty Flames. This task will not be easy, especially since Liberty is the top team in Conference USA right now in almost all offensive and defensive categories. LA Tech Head Coach Sonny Cumbie knows that the Liberty Flames are

Cut 16 (20) “… good against the pass”

The Flames along with Sam Houston State and Jacksonville State are the three opponents that the Bulldogs have to beat in order to become bowl eligible. Kickoff against the Flames will be on CBSSN at 5 pm on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 6:30 pm and Pelicans Forward Brandon Ingram will be a game time call after Ingram has been battling right knee soreness and in other news free agent running back Leonard Fournette has signed with the Buffalo Bills.

9:30 AM Newscast

A leader in the gaming industry is taking over the license of the Bossier City Diamond Jacks Casino, which closed amid the pandemic in 2020.  Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chair Ronnie Johns says Cordish will take over in the casino’s license and renovation.

cut 3 (08) “…base casino.”

Grambling State President Rick Gallot has been appointed to lead the University of Louisiana System. Here’s Jeff Palermo.

Cut 1 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo” 

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If you’re planning on traveling Interstate 55 southbound lanes, you may see contractors mobilizing equipment between Ponchatoula and LaPlace over the next two weeks. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says crews will begin repair work on the southbound lanes where Monday’s deadly 168 vehicle pileup happened, beginning this weekend.

Cut 6 (11) “…just chipped.”

After an animal hoarding situation of 53 cats was discovered in New Iberia last Saturday, the Humane Society of Louisiana is asking for contributions to cover medical expenses. HSLA Director Jeff Dorson says the cats were living in a home with deplorable conditions.

Cut 12 (11) “…their ailments.”  

 

8:30 AM Newscast

Interstate 55 southbound lanes reopened Thursday following the massive 168-vehicle pileup that killed at least eight people and injured 63. The southbound lanes will merge to one lane for a quarter of a mile near the site of Monday’s accident.  DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallet says the northbound portion of Interstate 55 is completely closed.

Cut 7 (13) “…anytime soon.” 

Grambling State President Rick Gallot will replace Doctor Jim Henderson as the President of the University of Louisiana System. Henderson is leaving his post at the U-L System to be the next president at La Tech and Gallot says he’s honored to have the opportunity to replace Henderson

Cut 9 (06) “…to this role” 

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Louisiana’s Gaming Control Board has approved the transfer of the gaming license of the abandoned Bossier City Diamond Jacks Casino to the Cordish Companies. Gaming Control Board Chair Ronnie Johns says Cordish has begun renovation on the massive 77 thousand square feet venue.

Cut 4 (11) “…by piece.”

The parents of murdered Northwestern State football player Ronnie Caldwell blame coach Brad Laird for not doing enough to protect their son. The family says Caldwell was re-located to another apartment because of mold. Ronnie’s father, Ronald Caldwell Senior, says they told Laird his son needed to be re-located again because his new roommate, who is not a student,  pulled a gun on him…

Cut 15 (11) “…is deceased”

 

11:40 LRN Sportscast

Northwestern State has made the decision to cancel the remainder of its 2023 football season and their Head Coach Brad Laird has resigned after the tragic loss of Junior Safety Ronnie Caldwell roughly two weeks ago.

According to the Natchitoches Parish Journal Podcast, NSU President Marcus Jones says that Cut 15 (09) “… his decision.”

Caldwell passed away from injuries suffered during a shooting. NSU has said that several players are struggling to play with the loss on their minds and the entire team and staff has been affected in some manner. The Southland Conference stated that Northwestern State has their unwavering support during this troubling time and the school looks to successfully move forward.

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LSU has recruited Weston Davis to become a Tiger after the offensive tackle flipped from SEC rival Texas A&M. Davis will be a great addition to the Tigers as he is a 4 star recruit that is 169th overall in the class of 2023-2024 and 12th overall for offensive tackles.

The Saints will head to Indianapolis this Sunday to play a 3 and 4 Colts team. While there are plenty of frustrations on the field for New Orleans, Chris Olave had some trouble off the field as he was ticketed for reckless driving after being caught going over 40 miles per hour over the speed limit of a road in Kenner, Louisiana on Monday. Saints quarterback Dereck Carr talked with the star receiver about the incident.

Cut 19 (19) “ … so games.”

The game will kickoff on Fox at noon.

The NFC South is now up for grabs as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 3 an 4 on the season when they lost to the Buffalo Bills 24 to 18 on Thursday night. The Atlanta Falcons currently lead the NFC South with a 4 and 3 record. If the Saints win this Sunday and the Falcons lose to the Titans, then the Saints will be tied with Atlanta for leading the division.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

The Saints visit the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a matchup of 3 and 4 teams. Wide receiver Chris Olave is practicing with the team after being caught going more than 40 miles per hour over the speed limit on a Kenner street on Monday. Head Coach Dennis Allen says they talked about it

Cut 19 (17) “ … (x2) slow down”

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LSU has a bye week this weekend and it allows some much needed rest for the Tigers. After having no issues with the Army Black Knights in a 62-0 win, the Tigers will now be able to focus completely on the November 4th matchup versus Alabama, especially in a struggling and beat up LSU secondary. Andre Sam and Major Burns are projected to start at safety, but Sage Ryan is the only lock at corner.

The Pelicans tipped off a new season last night with a 111 to 104 win over Memphis. CJ McCollum led the way with 24 points and Zion Williamson had 23. Head Coach Willie Green liked the ball movement

Cut 28 (18) “ … off of a win”

The Pelicans will host  Knicks in their home opener on Saturday with tipoff at 6:00 pm.

In other basketball news, LSU’s Head Coach Matt McMahon and hopeful star Jalen Cook are still waiting on any news from the NCAA on his eligibility. Since Cook transferred from LSU to Tulane and then back to LSU, under the new NCAA transfer laws he has to sit out the season unless he can get a waiver from the NCAA which would clear him to play.

 

11:30 am Newscast

Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson has announced he will throw his hat in the ring to become the next US Speaker of the House. The 51 year old evangelical Christian lawyer is vice-chair of the House Republican Conference now. He and any other candidates will make their pitch before that Conference in a closed door meeting on Monday

Car-jackings are down by 44% in New Orleans since the end of August, compared to the same time last year. That’s according to a report by the Metropolitan Crime Commission. But the issue is front and center since Orleans DA Jason Williams and his mother barely escaped a carjacking on Monday. Williams says it’s true, progress has been made, but everyone must continue to be on guard.

Cut 5 (10) “ ..being vigilant.”  

Neither Williams not his mother was injured in the incident on Monday.

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Louisiana continues to post historic unemployment numbers. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo”  

Big night in Death Valley as LSU hosts the Black Knights of Army for the first time. Army comes into Tiger Stadium with a two-and-four record. Kelly says the option offense they run is not easy to defend…

Cut 12 (10) “..their focused”  

 

 

10:30 am Newscast

Orleans Parish D-A Jason Williams…thankful he and his 78 year old mother escaped a carjacking attempt unharmed on Monday. When it happened, the DA says his thoughts went to Linda Frickey and his greatest concern was his mother.

Cut 4 (13) “…Ms. Frickey.”

73-year-old Linda Frickey was caught in the seatbelt and dragged for a block as carjackers drove off in her vehicle last year.

Police in Walker have made two arrests in the death of a 60 year old woman who was reported missing two weeks ago. Sarah Santini’s body was found Thursday off a highway in Livingston Parish. Authorities made the arrests about 24 hours later.

Cut 8 (12) “… State Police.”

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Good news regarding unemployment in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the number of unemployed people looking for a job, but can’t find one, is a record low 67-thousand people. LWC Chief Economist Emily Dipalma says he only metro area to lose jobs in September was Lafayette. But she says most metro areas saw a positive swing.

Cut  14 (10) “around 800″

Today marks the first time LSU will host a U.S. Service Academy School in Tiger Stadium. Kick off between the Tigers and Army is set for 6:30 and LSU Coach Brian Kelly says his team has the ultimate respect for the Black Knights…

Cut 11 (10) “…our country”

Right now, Kelly is college football’s active leader for wins. A win tonight for the Tigers would give him his 300th victory.