9:30 LRN Newscast January 29

The Advocate is reporting Governor Jeff Landry wants to restart executions of death row inmates. Jeanne Burns has more…

Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Jeanne Burns.”

State police is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened Saturday morning in Avoyelles Parish. Authorities say officers responded to a home where a male was damaging property and making bomb threats to his neighbors. When officers arrived, the male went to his home and barricaded himself inside. During communication with officers, the suspect exited the home with a firearm and gunfire was exchanged. No officers were injured.

The race for the Presidential Republican nomination is down to two candidates – Former President Donald Trump and Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley. LSU The Shreveport Political Science Professor Jeff Sadow doesn’t believe Haley can overcome Trump’s lead.

Cut 13 (10)  “…to say the least.”

Sadow says many Americans would prefer the Democrat and Republican choices be candidates other than President Biden or former President Trump, but he says that fact isn’t likely to help an independent or third-party candidate…

Victoria Edwards book, “The Life and Times of a Governor’s Daughter,” gives details on her life as the daughter of Louisiana’s 50th Governor, Edwin Edwards. Edwards says she felt motivated to tell her story.

Cut 7 (11) “…the book.”

To purchase a copy of the book email thelifeandtimes70@gmail.com

12:30 LRN Newscast January 26

President Biden is pausing the approval process for new liquefied Natural Gas terminals to examine its impact on energy costs, energy security and the environment. Economist Loren Scott says the U-S ships LNG to Europe so they don’t have to count on Russia for natural gas. He says if U-S limits what they supply to Europe, they’ll be forced to use coal plants for heating, which is bad for the environment.

Cut 5 (12) “…of state government.” 

Louisiana Bucket Brigade director Anne Rolfes says gas export terminals are also bad for the seafood industry…

Cut 6  (11) “…oysters.” 

Scott disagrees that LNG plants are harmful to the seafood industry.

Former Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick Senior passed away Thursday. He was the longest-serving DA in New Orleans from 1973 to 2003.  But Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says Connick had some ups and downs in his legal career and even faced federal charges himself.

Cut 10 (12) “…evidence.”

Connick was also the father of crooner Harry Connick, Junior. He was 97.

Boise Cascade Wood Products plans to expand and modernize its Oakdale facility in Allen Parish. Vice President Mike Brown says the $75 million dollar expansion of the Oakdale facility will increase veneer production by 30 percent. He says upgrading machines and technology will also increase efficiency.

Cut 8 (11) “…new dryer.” 

 

11:40 LRN Sportscast

The LSU Lady Tigers lost a thrilling game in the PMAC yesterday to No. 1 ranked South Carolina. The Gamecocks dominated the 4th quarter when All-American Angel Reese got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out. LSU Head Coach Kim Mulkey says that her team battled til the final buzzer no matter who was on the court, but South Carolina was just tougher.

Cut 21 (12) “… just toughness.”

LSU will visit Mississippi State on Monday.

Former LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte has been arrested on charges of conducting thousands of illegal bets through FanDuel when he was only 20 years old. The legal age is 21 and Boutte was able to make these bets under an alias name and birthday and placed bets while he was still at LSU.

And due to a power outage at the Cajundome, the Ragin Cajuns men’s basketball team will battle the Arkansas State Red Wolves today at 4 pm and their game against Texas State has been moved to Sunday at noon.

The LA Tech Bulldogs are on a four game win streak after defeating UTEP yesterday 68 to 54. The game featured an elite defensive performance by the Bulldogs who held the miners scoreless for a 6 minute span in the first half. ULM is now on a two game win streak as the Warhawks defeated the South Alabama Jaguars 80 to 66 yesterday and ULM Forward Makai Willis had 21 points.

LSU baseball’s opening day at the Box is just three weeks away from today. The Tigers will look to start the journey to repeat as national champions against VMI and Senior Catcher Hayden Travinski says that LSU’s projected Friday Night starter, Thatcher Hurd, is primed to have an exciting season this year, after some growing pains last year.

Cut 19 (12) “… to get to work.”

The Tigers will host VMI in the Box at 2 pm on February 16th.

10:30 LRN Newscast January 26

Former LSU football wide receiver Kayshon Boutte was arrested for allegedly making illegal sports bets while he was still with the Tigers, including wagers placed on his own team’s games. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns…

Cut 4 (08) “…who it is.”

Boutte made more than $637 thousand in wagers from a fraudulent FanDuel Sportsbook account.

Rainfall in the Bayou State continues through Saturday, but crawfish lovers will still experience a limited supply of the tasty mudbug this season. LSU AgCenter Crawfish Specialist Mark Shirley says production has been below average and prices have sky-rocketed for buyers who are purchasing less this year.

Cut 8 (09) “…of year.” 

Louisiana farmers on average produce 100 to 120 million pounds of crawfish per year, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has voted to design an energy efficiency program. Commissioners Craig Greene and Foster Campbell also voted for the energy efficiency plan. Campbell believes it will lead to less energy usage for many, helping to lower customers’ bills.

Cut 14 (08) “…unnecessary energy.” 

PSC member Eric Skrmetta says utility companies already have energy efficiency programs that customers can use, so there’s no need for a third-party administration. He believes in the long run this deal will end up costing customers…

Cut 16 (11) “…the state.” 

The P-S-C will hire a third-party administrator to design and implement the program and monitor utilities for compliance and progress.

9:30 LRN Newscast January 26

The 9th-ranked LSU Lady Tigers led for most of the game, but South Carolina played with poise down the stretch and left Baton Rouge with a 76-70 victory. The Gamecocks outscored LSU 24-14 in the fourth quarter and LSU star player Angel Reese fouled out with about four minutes left. Coach Kim Mulkey says it’s a tough loss, but there’s still plenty of season left…

Cut 20 (14) “…just one game.”

Mulkey says South Carolina was the tougher team.

LSU AgCenter Crawfish Specialist Mark Shirley says rainfall this week in the Bayou State will help flush ponds but it will not increase the 2024 crawfish harvest.

Cut 7 (13) “…normal year.”

Crawfish farmers produced a below average harvest due to last summers historic drought.

On a 3-to-2 vote, the Louisiana Public Service Commission votes to create a statewide energy efficiency program. Opponents say it will lead to higher bills, but PSC member Davante Lewis says Entergy, Cleco, SWEPCO, and other utility companies regulated by the commission can tap into federal dollars to make their homes more energy efficient.

Cut 13 (10)  “…is low.”

The P-S-C will hire a third-party administrator to design and implement the program and monitor utilities for compliance and progress. PSC member Eric Skrmetta this is why he voted against this plan…

Cut 15 (08) …waste of money.“

Mike Francis of Crowley also voted no.

4:30 LRN Newscast January 25

The U-S Senate Banking Committee held a hearing this morning on reforming the National Flood Insurance Program, which has a caused a lot of financial pain for Louisiana homeowners, who have seen flood insurance premiums skyrocket. President of Greater New Orleans Inc., Michael Hecht says the legislation’s primary focus should be making insurance affordable for everyone.

Cut 7 (10) “…paying for it.” 

And the third priority Hecht told lawmakers was funding for mitigation to reduce flood risks.

LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says rain chances for the Bayou State continues into the weekend. He says parishes along the coast could see locally heavy rainfall…

Cut 10 (10) “…five inches.”

He says rainfall totals for the next 24 to 48 hours range from one to five inches.

Thousands of Louisianans including Governor Jeff Landry and other political leaders from the Bayou State are in the nation’s capitol for Washington Mardi Gras festivities. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo”

Tonight at the Maravich Center, the ninth ranked LSU Lady Tigers will look to take down top ranked South Carolina in a matchup of the last two national champions in women’s basketball. The game is sold out. Tip off is at 7 pm.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

The No. 9 LSU Lady Tigers will host the No. 1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks tonight. LSU Head Coach Kim Mulkey has not beaten South Carolina in her first two matchups as the Tigers head coach, but she says that the game has developed into an elite matchup that benefits all of women’s basketball.

Cut 15 (15) “ … women’s basketball.”

The game will tip off at 7 pm on ESPN.

In LSU Men’s Basketball news, the Tigers lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 68 to 66 in a close away game. LSU was down by 2 at the half, but battled back to take the lead late in the 2nd half, only to lose by a last second offensive surge by the Bulldogs. LSU Junior Guard Jalen Cook had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assist in the game

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LA Tech Men’s basketball is on a three game winning streak heading into tonight’s matchup against UTEP. The Bulldogs have scored 154 points in their last two games and Head Coach Talvin Hester says that his team will be tough to beat on both sides of the ball tonight.

Cut 16 (10) “ … creating offense.”

The game is at 6 pm on ESPN+

The Ragin Cajuns will host the Arkansas State Red Wolves tonight after going 3 and 1 in a 4 game away stretch. UL-Lafeyete has already defeated Arkansas State this season, 84 to 77 on the 13th. The ULM Warhawks will also be in action tonight as they host the South Alabama Jaguars at 7:30 tonight on ESPN+.

And LSU has hired a new offensive coordinator as Joe Sloan will take the reins from Mike Denbrock who left for Notre Dame last year. Sloan has served as the quarterbacks coach for LSU the past two seasons and Cortez Hankton will serve as co-offensive coordinator.

10:30 LRN Newscast January 25

The most anticipated regular season matchup between ninth ranked LSU women’s basketball and number one ranked South Carolina is tonight at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU is 18-2 on the season while the Gamecocks are 17-0. Coach Kim Mulkey…

Cut 15 (15) …women’s basketball.“

LSU has lost 14 straight to South Carolina. Tip-off is at 7 PM.

15 to 16 percent of Louisiana homeowners are single women — more than 2 percentage points higher than the 50-state average. And while women in the Bayou State make 75 cents for every dollar a man makes, Assurance Financial Loan Officer Charlotte Guidroz says low earners can buy if they qualify…

Cut 11 (06) “…income based” 

The Humane Society of Louisiana urges owners of unwanted domestic rabbits to contact shelters for rehoming after more than 50 abandoned rabbits have been found in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Director Jeff Dorson says owners are abandoning rabbits in public parks, but they cannot survive in the wild for long.

Cut 7 (12) “…a problem.”

Dorson says the state law has a specific statute that prohibits the abandonment of any living creature.

The annual Washington Mardi Gras is underway at the nation’s capital. Lapolitics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says the Bayou State stands out more this year politically with Mike Johnson’s sudden rise to House Speaker, a new governor, and several new legislators…

Cut 5 (12) “…of state government.” 

This year’s theme…Louisiana: the most interesting state in America.

9:30 LRN Newscast January 25

A U-S Senate Committee is holding a hearing on reforming the National Flood Insurance Program. Senator Bill Cassidy says his National Flood Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2023 bill would cap premium hikes and hopes the Senate Banking Committee will carefully review his legislation and…

Cut 6 (11) “…if you will.”

Today kicks off the 75th celebration of Washington Mardi Gras. Lapolitics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says Louisiana businesses, lobbyists and groups budget for this event every year because it’s a great place to network…

Cut 4 (12) “..just that”

Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees is serving as the king for the ball on Saturday night.

LSU Lady Tigers host South Carolina tonight at the PMAC. The Lady Tigers are 18-2 on the season while the Gamecocks are 17-0. Coach Kim Mulkey says all of the attention this game is getting shows LSU it’s getting a good return on its investment.

 

Cut 13 (13)  “…expensive.”

The Lady Tigers are defending national champs, while South Carolina won in 2022 and lost last season in the national semifinals to Iowa.

Louisiana is among the top three states when it comes to Single Women who own their own homes.  18% of mortgage applications came from single Louisiana women last year. Charlotte Guidroz, a loan officer with Assurance Financial has witnessed the growth…

Cut 10 (09) “…single women”

2:30 LRN Newscast January 24

After his congressional district was completely redrawn to favor electing a Democrat, Republican Garret Graves says he’s still running for office. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

A judge has ruled the suspect in the November stabbing attack on the Louisiana Tech campus is mentally fit to stand trial despite claims by 23-year-old Jacoby Johnson that he hears voices. Police say Johnson killed one person and injured three others. Johnson’s attorney plans to appeal the ruling.

Four people were shot during a drive-by shooting in Lafayette this morning. Lafayette Police Sergeant Robin Green says three men were standing outside of a home on Sunset Drive when shots were fired from a passing vehicle that stopped in front of the home

Cut 12 (12)  “..at the vehicle”  

Green says the conditions of all the victims are unknown. She says when officers arrived they found a man on the ground….

We’ve seen flooding rains for certain portions of our state as a half a foot of rain has fallen in some areas. National Weather Service Lake Charles meteorologist Doug Cramer says the National Weather Service is forecasting additional rainfall for the rest of the day and into tonight…

Cut 11 (12) “…of flooding.”