10:30 am Newscast

Your Thanksgiving Turkey will cost you 16 percent less this year. But the cost of other foods has nearly doubled. That’s according to Ag Commissioner Mike Strain, who says Strain says the price of everything from flour to canned corn to butter and cranberry sauce is higher

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Louisiana’s new V-A-P-E Directory is out. It contains nearly 400 products are authorized to be sold in Louisiana. But popular disposable vapes like Elf Bars did not make the cut. Covington Representative Paul Hollis, who pushed for the vape legislation, says that’s a good thing…

Cut 4 (12) “..to children.”

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell is visiting Kenya for UN Meetings, meanwhile back home, she’s facing ethics charges. Colleen Crain has the story…

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Some good news out of St. John Parish. Interstate 55 is expected to reopen in both directions next week. I-55 north has been closed for nearly three weeks…that after 168 car pile up that left seven people dead.

9:30 am Newscast

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has released a list of of approved vape and alternative nicotine products. It’s the result of legislation sponsored by Covington Representative Paul Hollis. Hollis says this registry is going to make sure that these products are as safe as they possibly can be…

Cut 3 (07) “….whatsoever”

A federal appeals court orders Louisiana’s Legislature to approve a new Congressional district map with two majority minority districts by January 15th. A tall order in a short amount of time under any circumstances. But the new legislature won’t be sworn in until January 8th. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says redistricting is a difficult process and freshmen lawmakers will need to get caught up to speed quickly…

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The Saints leave for Minnesota today to take on the Vikings tomorrow, but will wide receiver Michael Thomas make the trip? Thomas was reportedly arrested in Kenner last night. Thomas allegedly slapped a phone out of another person’s hand. The Saints say they are aware of the incident and gathering more information.

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell is in Kenya right now as she’s hit with ethics charges for those 15 flight upgrades over a 2 year period costing the city almost $29,000. Cantrell paid the city back the $28,856 about a year ago. LaPolitics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford speculated on the timing of the Ethics Board’s actions…

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Cantrell has said that her upgrades to first class were a matter of safety not luxury.  She could face a $10,000 fine or a censure from the Board.

8:30 am Newscast

A big development in the lawsuit against Louisiana’s current Congressional District map. A panel of the U-S Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is ordering state legislators to draw a new Congressional map by January 15th. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this is a difficult assignment as a new legislature is sworn in on January 8th….

Cut 13 (11) “…so many implications”

With less than two weeks to go before Turkey Day, State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the cost for the main staple of your Thanksgiving meal is 16-percent less than last year, but other foods have nearly doubled.

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The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has released a list of vape products that can be legally sold. Jeff Palermo has the story….

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Interstate 55—in St. John Parish is expected to reopen in both directions next week, barring any weather delays. A full closure of I-55 southbound is planned for tomorrow though, beginning at 6:30 a.m.  Of course I-55 north has been closed for nearly three weeks after that massive deadly crash involving 168 vehicles.

9:30 am Newscast

The family of slain Northwestern State football player Ronnie Caldwell has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and the apartment complex where he was shot. That was just three days after Caldwell told his parents that his roommate had threatened him with a gun. Attorney Johnathan Cox says they want to know if Campus Advantage ran a background check on the roommate

Cut 14 (05) “…wasn’t done.”

State offices are closed today in honor of Veteran’s Day. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is holding several ceremonies. And because it’s important to continue to raise awareness about veterans and their sacrifices, LDVA Spokesperson Brandee Patrick is encouraging servicemen and women to remain active.

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Rain is headed Louisiana’s way this weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says highs in north Louisiana will be in the 60s and in the 70s for the southern half.

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For his part, LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly has his focus on Florida’s transfer quarterback Graham Mertz this Saturday as the Gators QB has thrown for nearly 2,500 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only 2 interceptions. Kelly says he recruited Mertz out of high school…

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8:30 am Newscast

Beginning in January, 70,000 state employees will be eligible for paid parental leave. Classified Civil Service employees were granted the paid leave by a civil service rule approved in September and approved by the governor Monday. Thursday’s executive order takes effect in January and covers the eligible unclassified state employees

Cut 9 (06)  “…one year.”The state Board of Ethics has charged Mayor LaToya Cantrell with violating state ethics law by improperly taking 15 first class flights over two years. Cantrell came under fire after The Times-Picayune reported she had spent nearly $29,000 taxpayer dollars on those upgraded flights. The Ethics Board charged Cantrell under a state law that prohibits public officials from receiving anything of value for their official duties

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The family of Ronnie Caldwell has filed a wrongful death suit against Northwestern State and the apartment complex where he lived and was gunned down. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Rain is on the way for many in Louisiana this weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a cold front moving through today will bring us clouds, rain, and cooler temperatures. And the front is expected to stall along the coastline…

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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.