7:30 am Newscast

If you have an old Google account, make sure to log in this week. Colleen Crain has the details…

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Black Friday sales show online holiday shopping increased by seven percent this year.. But LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says more shoppers still enjoy the hands-on shopping experience.

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Republican John Nickelson, a candidate for Caddo Parish Sheriff, has filed a lawsuit seeking a new runoff election against Democrat Henry Whitehorn, who won after a recount by one vote. Political Analyst Scott Hughes says a district court judge is set to hear the case Thursday and a ruling could be made the next day.

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After a bad loss on the road to Atlanta, the hot seat is getting warmer for Saints Coach Dennis Allen. New Orleans is 5-and-6 on the season and fans are expecting more and they would like to see more emotion from Allen, especially after the team plays poorly

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6:30 am Newscast

It took three and a half hours, but an Orleans Parish jury has convicted the teenager who dragged a woman to her death in New Orleans in March of 2022, of second degree murder.  18 year old John Honore is facing mandatory life in prison for car-jacking 74 year old Linda Frickey and dragging her seven hundred feet.  Official sentencing is set for January 12th.

Black Friday sales show online holiday shopping increased by seven percent over last year. Holiday shoppers spent nearly $10 billion in online sales in the U-S on Black Friday. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says holiday shopping is starting to normalize following post Pandemic surge in shopping.

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If you have an old Google account you want to keep, Haggai Davis of Tech Gumbo Podcast says you need to log in by the end of this week…

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After losing to Southern Illinois 35-0 on Saturday the Nicholls State football team got stranded in the airport for 22 hours. Brooke Thorington has more.

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11:30 am Newscast

You still have a chance to receive up to a 10-thousand dollar grant that can be used to fortify your roof against hurricane or wind damage beginning on Monday. Teiko Foxx has more…

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The LSU football tigers take on the Texas Aggies today at eleven.  A win for Coach Brian Kelly’s team puts them one step closer to a second straight ten win season.  Kickoff is set for 11.

It’s Small Business Saturday and experts want you to know that when you shop locally, Sixty-seven cents of every dollar stays in the community. In fact Dawn McVea, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business says Small Business Saturday brought in seventeen point nine billion dollars last year and since then local businesses have grown after becoming more competitive with online retailers during the pandemic.

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You may recall, supply chain issues were pretty common during the pandemic. And many wonder if that’s still an issue. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice …

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The NRF says the average person will spend $875 on gifts, decorations, food, and other seasonal items this year. That’s up $42 from last year.

 

10:30 am Newscast

Today is Small Business Saturday and it’s good news for retailers who’ve faced a tough year. Inflation and labor shortages have been especially tough. But Dawn McVea, state director of the the National Federation of Independent Business says that means you’re more likely to see business owners while you’re shopping this year and can expect great deals…

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Of course, Inflation plays a big role as to how much individuals will spend on the holidays and LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says one survey shows consumers plan to spend more this year than last but not on as many gifts…

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You may pay a little more for your fresh Christmas tree this year, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one in Louisiana.  That’s according to LSU AgCenter research associate Joe Nehlig.  Many have been worried after the drought and a particular fungus that made things worse for some growers. But Nehlig grows more than 500 Carolina Sapphire trees near Bogalusa, and says they were more resistant to the fungus.

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The Saints will visit their biggest rival tomorrow when they take on the Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans is 5-and-5 and thankfully in first place in the NFC South. Atlanta and Tampa Bay are one game back at 4-and-6. Defensive end Cam Jordan says they understand the importance of this game…

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9:30 am Newscast

Louisiana Fortify Homes Program will open its fourth round of grants Monday at noon. 750 grants will be awarded to all homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says interested homeowners should register at LDI dot LA dot GOV slash FORTIFYHOMES.

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Black Friday is behind us, and today is Small Business Saturday. State director of the the National Federation of Independent Business Dawn McVea says while Small Business Saturday about helping small businesses get into the red, in large part, it’s really more about community.

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Good news for retailers this year. The National Retail Federation says many consumers are not waiting late in the year to find bargains for Christmas. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says it’s a win-win.

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It was a hot and extremely dry this summer, but that shouldn’t keep you from finding the perfect fresh Christmas tree. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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8:30 a.m. Newscast

Black Friday gets all of the attention nationally but Small Business Saturday is important too. Colleen Crain has more

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Despite the hot and extremely dry summer, there are enough fresh Christmas trees to go around. LSU AgCenter research associate Joe Nehlig says there is a little bit of a shortage, but nothing to worry about…

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It’s Bayou classic Weekend as the Southern Jags and Grambling tigers are set to kickoff at one this afternoon. Before that they’ll also have a family fitness fun walk, a Special Olympics Flag Football game, and a fan festival with a dance party and music.  Bayou classic producer nd director Dottie Belletto says they are kicking it up a notch for their 50th anniversary.

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The 14th-ranked LSU Tigers close out the regular season on Saturday by hosting Texas A&M. The unranked Texas Aggies come into Death Valley with a seven and four record.  Coach Brian Kelly’s team is 8-and-3 and a win today and a victory in a bowl game, gets them to their goal of 10 wins….

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Kick off is set for eleven a.m.

11:30 am Newscast

Beginning today, extra law enforcement will be patrolling Louisiana’s roadways, looking to make sure you’re buckled up. During Thanksgiving weekend last year, there were 10 fatalities and more than 100 accidents with serious injuries. LHSC spokesman Greg Fisher says the state’s passenger safety law requires everyone in a vehicle to be properly restrained. He says a ticket is better than a tragedy.

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The campaign runs through next Saturday.

Despite the rain this week, the latest drought monitor indicates 99 percent of the Bayou State is still in severe drought. State climatologist Barry Keim..

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Three statewide races will be decided Saturday in the run-off for Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer as Louisiana heads to the polls. There’s also a pretty contentious run-off in Shreveport-Bossier city though. It’s a senate race between two current state representatives, Democrats Cedric Glover, and Sam Jenkins. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it’s just too close to call…

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Tonight’s the final night game of the year in Tiger Stadium as LSU hosts Georgia State. The Panthers are 6-4 on the season and on a three-game losing streak. They have some good skill position players. Georgia State quarterback Dustin Grainger is a three-year starter for the Panthers and he’s thrown for nearly two-thousand yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Georgia State’s running back Marcus Carroll is the third leading rusher in F-B-S, with 1,206 yards. But the Panthers have struggled on defense. Kick-off is set for 7.

10:30 am Newscast

 

For many, the holiday season has already begun. If you’ll be on the roads, be mindful that the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Click It or Ticket campaign is underway and runs through the Thanksgiving weekend. Spokesperson Greg Fischer says state troopers and local law enforcement will be on the lookout to see if drivers are buckled up…

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Despite all the rain we’ve seen this week, the latest draught monitor sows 99 percent of the Bayou State is still in severe drought…with 40 percent less rainfall than usual for this time of year. More rain is in the forecast for next week…so what will that mean?

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Voters in Louisiana are headed to the polls today and experts say voter turnout could be lower than the dismal 36 percent we saw in the October primary. For areas with legislative or local races in the run-off, Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat does voter turnout will be higher, like the mayor’s race in Lafayette. Incumbent Josh Guillory is in a heated race with the daughter of former Governor Kathleen Blanco. Monique Blanco Boulet…

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Polls are open to eight p.m. For poll locations and a sample ballot use your GeauxVote app.

The seventh ranked LSU Lady Tigers went on the road last night and defeated Southeastern Louisiana 73-50. But the big story centered around Angel Reese, who was not at the game. The All-American did not make the trip after getting benched for the second half of Tuesday’s game. Coach Kim Mulkey said afterwards that Reese is part of their team and they hope to see her sooner than later.

9:30 am Newscast

Louisiana Radio Network.  I’m Jeanne Burns

We’ve seen a lot of rain this week, but 99 percent of Louisiana still remains under severe drought.  Since August 1st State Climatologist Barry Keim says Louisiana has received 6-point-four inches of rain, but 15-point-seven inches would be considered normal for that time period.

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But Keim says there’s some hope for the state. We’ll see a warm front followed by a cold front that will produce widespread rain once again.

During Thanksgiving weekend last year, there were 10 fatalities and more than 100 accidents with serious injuries.  It’s why the state’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign, underway now, is so important as 15-percent of people in Louisiana go unbuckled. Spokesperson Greg Fischer

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It’s election day and we’ll find out who will be Louisiana’s Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. Brooke Thorington has more on the predictions.

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Governor elect Jeff Landry is questioning whether Louisiana can afford a new policy that allows state workers who welcome a new child to receive six weeks of paid leave. Landry says he’s asked for the financial details of this new policy….

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8:30 am Newscast

It’s election day.  And three statewide races will be decided in the run-off.  After tonight, Louisianans will know who will be their next Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. After a voter turnout of only 36 percent in the October primary, political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it could be even lower for the runoff. He says Republicans are favored to win all three.

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 Governor-elect Jeff Landry has concerns about the potential cost of Louisiana’s new policy that allows state workers who welcome a new child to receive six weeks of paid leave. The state has 70-thousand employees and the benefit begins January 1st. Landry questions whether the state can afford it…

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Beginning tomorrow, extra law enforcement will be patrolling the roads, looking to make sure you’re buckled up. Teiko Foxx has details on the “Click it or Ticket” campaign…

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 Despite the rain this week, the latest drought monitor indicates 99 percent of the Bayou State is still in severe drought. State climatologist Barry Keim..

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