8:30 am Newscast

The Food and Drug Administration approved Zepbound, a new type two diabetes drug for chronic weight management by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lily. Director of Bariatric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. Catherine Hudson says more than 22 percent average weight loss was seen in obese patients. However…

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There will be a special Veteran’s Day ceremony this afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Park, near the State Capitol. LDVA spokesperson Brandee Patrick says Secretary Col Joey Strickland and Governor John Bel Edwards will place wreaths to represent each branch of the military as well as those who are Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

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The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is planning to release a list of vape products on Friday that can be legally sold. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A University of Louisiana Monroe professor was arrested yesterday for allegedly wire-tapping the offices of a professor and graduate student. 48 year old Chad Allen Lewing of West Monroe was charged with two counts of wire-tapping and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.

7:30 am Newscast

This afternoon the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will host a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to the State Capitol. LDVA spokesperson Brandee Patrick says Secretary Col Joey Strickland has been working with the governor to revitalize the park.

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The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is planning to publish a list on Friday of vape products that retailers can sell from here on out. A new state law requires vape products to be registered with A-T-C and be approved by the FDA to be legally sold. Agency Commissioner Ernest Legier says the law is an attempt to look out for the well-being of its citizens, especially younger people…

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Governor-elect Jeff Landry is under fire for a transition committee focused on New Orleans that doesn’t include city leaders. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana’s own Lainey Wilson wasthe standout winner at the 2023 CMA Awards last night in Nashville. Wilson won in five categories, which ties the one-year record, first set by Johnny Cash in 1969. Wilson’s wins also set a one-year record for a female artist….and set the stage for multiple Grammy nominations, which are set to be announced tomorrow.

6:30 AM Newscast

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.

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A new state law requires vape products to be registered with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control in order to be legally sold. The list of products that made the cut will be released tomorrow. Agency Commissioner Ernest Legier says for a vape product to be on the registry, it must receive FDA approval…

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Governor John Bel Edwards along with LDVA Secretary Col Joey Strickland will honor veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony today. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Louisiana Pardon has denied clemency hearings for several people on death row, including one of the longest-serving Inmates on death row. James Copeland, who was convicted of raping and killing an 11 year old boy in Livingston parish in 1979 was denied a clemency hearing yesterday. In all, five inmates were denied clemency hearings at a board meeting yesterday.

 

11:40 LRN Sportscast

The Saints are starting to find their rhythm on offense this season and New Orleans Saints offensive tackle James Hurst says in order to improve their run game, which is averaging 3.6 yards per carry 4th worst in the league, the Saints need to improve their blocking past the primary level.

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The Saints will play the Vikings on Sunday at noon on Fox.

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The Pelicans will face off against a seven and a half point favorite Timberwolves tonight. Minnesota is riding a 3 game winning streak and New Orleans Shooting Guard CJ McCollum, who leads the team in assists, is still out due to a lung injury. LSU product Naz Reid will play for the Timberwolves and he is averaging nearly 16 points a game this season.

The LSU Tigers are ranked nineteenth in the latest version of the College Football Playoff Rankings. The Tigers dropped from the 14th spot with the loss to Alabama on Saturday, but all three of their losses this season are to top ten teams. LSU Quarterback Jayden Daniels did not practice yesterday and is still listed as day to day with the Florida matchup this Saturday quickly approaching. LSU will play Florida this Saturday at 6:30 pm on the SEC Network.

ULM is currently two and seven on the year, but the Warhawks are not done with their season just yet as the team has no quit in them according to ULM Head Coach Terry Bowden.

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The Warhawks will face Troy at 1 pm on ESPN+ this Saturday

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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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….

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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.

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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.

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