1:30 LRN Newscast May 06

At the Capitol, a bill to ban physically punishing kids in public schools failed to pass the House by only two votes. During debate, Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says he supports the bill because a principal in Rapides Parish faces charges for a spanking that allegedly got out of hand…:

CUT 07(09)      “…state now.”

Opponents say it should be up to school districts to decide; not the state. The bill got 51 “yea” votes, but needed 53 to pass. Under House rules it can be brought up again for another vote before the session adjourns.

Something new for parents to worry about; illegal drugs that look like Flintstone vitamins. Police in Jeanerette says that’s what they found during their recent “Operation Take Back” drug sting; ecstasy tablets that could easily pass for kid’ vitamins – especially to your kid. Officers also seized nine guns, crack cocaine, meth, weed and drug paraphernalia.


Southeastern Louisiana University campus police arrested a 19-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, who allegedly abducted and raped a student at gunpoint Thursday morning. SLU Police Chief Michael Beckner says Demetris Harris was trolling campus before he abducted his victim from a parking lot on the edge of campus. He says the victim’s description plus good surveillance video of Harris’s car led to an arrest within four hours..:

CUT 05(06)      “…apartment complex.”

What does Mom want for Mother’s day? Well, a new medical study suggest it may be some extra sleep. United Healthcare-Louisiana CMO Dr. Kevin Stephens, says maturing women sleep less every year and that can affect their physical health. He says letting Mom sleep in can actually help her quite a lot…:

CUT 10(11)      “…and your appetite.”

So let Mom sleep as late as she wants Sunday, then make breakfast.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 05

A sheriff’s deputy seriously wounded during a rampage on law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge in 2016 has passed away at the age of 47. Jeff Palermo has more…:

CUT 01(33)      “…Jeff Palermo.”

At the Capitol, a bill that would stiffen penalties for carjackers who seriously injure their victims moves out a House committee and towards a vote of the full chamber. The bill would impose no less than ten years in prison, with no parole or sentence suspension. A 73-year-old new Orleans woman was dragged to death when teens carjacked her in March.


Campus Police at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond say they’ve made an arrest in this morning’s abduction and sexual attack on a female SLU student. The girl was abducted at gunpoint, assaulted and then released. SLU Police say a suspect is now in custody, but haven’t released his name.

Governor John Bel Edwards received his second COVID booster shot last night, making that four shots total. The state health department reported over 500 new cases today, but hospitalizations remain low at 62. LDH also reports four more COVID-related deaths. Edwards says the state has recorded over 17-thousand COVID fatalities…:

CUT 13(07)      “…had none.”

The CDC says if you are 50 or older, get your next booster, if your last one was at least 4 months ago.

3:30 LRN Newscast May 05

You’ve probably noticed that gasoline prices – after dipping down for a few weeks – are rising again. The statewide average price of regular gas is now $3.91. What’s behind the latest spike? Louisiana AAA’s Don Redman says OPEC being stingey, the Ukraine War and other domestic factors like reduced demand. He says relief is NOT in sight…:

CUT 05  (11)        “…any time soon.”

Governor John Bel Edwards received his second COVID booster shot last night, which was his fourth COVID vaccine shot overall. Edwards is encouraging Louisiana residents to be up to date on their shots…:

Cut 12  (14)      “…wanes faster.”

The CDC says if you’re 50 or older, get a second COVID-19 booster IF the first booster was at least four months ago.


Corporal Nick Tullier, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy shot multiple times in an ambush targeting law officers in July 2016, has died at the age of 47. EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says he’s heartbroken over the passing of a true hero..:

CUT 06(10)      “…place now.”

Three LEOs were killed that day, Tullier and two others were wounded, but his injuries were the most severe. After being given hours to live, he fought on for nearly six years.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning is retiring, after 14 years in that job. He is the state’s longest-serving fire marshal. Browning is credited with starting an Urban Search and Rescue program involving firefighters from around the state that are deployed when a disaster strikes…:

CUT 11(10)      “…a problem.”

Browning will take a job heading the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

2:30 LRN Newscast May 05

A Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy, who was severely injured in a 2016 ambush shooting that killed three cops and injured three more, has passed away. 47-year-old Deputy Nick Tullier was shot three times by gunman Gavin Long, who was in turn shot and killed by LEOs. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says Tullier beat all odds in surviving the shooting. He says doctors initially only gave him hours to live…:

CUT 08  (11)        “…the strength.”

A New Orleans woman is behind bars; accused of the beating death of her 2-year-old son. NOPD says little Gaylan Ferrand was brought to a hospital a week ago with serious injuries, but died a short time later. The coroner ruled it a homicide from multiple blunt force injuries. 25-year-old Dianne Ferrand was taken into custody this morning for 2nd degree murder.


Butch Browning is retiring as the state’s fire marshal, and will become the new executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Michelle Southern has more…:

CUT 02(31)      “…Michelle Southern.”

Campus Police at Southeastern University in Hammond say a female student was abducted at gunpoint on campus this morning. The victim says she was taken to a nearby area and sexually assaulted, then let go. Officers are seeking a Black male, about 5’7” with knotted or plaited hair – driving a white Suburban.

1:30 LRN Newscast May 05

A Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy that was seriously wounded during an ambush on cops in 2016 has died. Jeff Palermo has that…:

CUT 01(33)          “…Jeff Palermo.”

Tullier was 47 years old.

A tornado watch is in effect for parishes in northwestern Louisiana until 6 tonight. A system of strong showers and thunderstorms is moving across the ArkLaTex, with the possibility of spawning twisters. Stay alert to local radio for updates or possible warnings. Again, the tornado watch expires at 6.


New Iberia Police arrest a woman, after she admitted to being high on drugs when she left her 3-year-old child – alone and barefoot – at a public park. Cops found the toddler and took it into their care. The mom, Fredricka Hughes, was found six hours later. Both her kids are now in state custody.

After going down for a few weeks, gasoline prices are rising again. The statewide average for regular gas is $3.91. Louisiana AAA fuel expert Don Redman says reduced demand for fuel – as we all adjust to paying more – is a big part of the surge. He says we should get used to this … probably through summer…:

CUT 04  (09)        “…will shake out.”

Imagine sleeping in your bed and suddenly being awakened by an intruder in your home, slashing at you with a knife. Donaldsonville resident Elizabeth Street is recovering from multiple cuts, after fighting off her attacker, Peggy Valentine – a women she knew. Valentine is charged with attempted murder and home invasion.

5:30 LRN Newscast May 04

A bill to prohibit transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in Louisiana cleared another legislative hurdle. In support of the proposal, the panel heard from retired women’s soccer player Anne Metz, who said her career ended when she was blindsided during a game by a biological male competing as a woman…:

Cut 11  (11)      “…my head.”

The bill now goes to the House floor for final passage. The same bill was passed last year, but vetoed by the Governor. A veto override attempt failed.

A bill banning use of a handheld cellphone while driving failed to pass the full House. Bill sponsor Mike Huval, of Breaux Bridge, had this exchange with Amite Rep. Robby Carter, who was concerned not everyone has or can afford hands-free tech…:

CUT 03(11)      “…not use your hands”

The bill got more “yeas” than “nays”, but fell shy of the 53 votes needed to pass.


A House committee approves a bill that would allow law enforcement to charge a mother who has an abortion with murder and also charge those who assist with terminating a pregnancy. Jeff Palermo has more…:

CUT 01(31)      “…Jeff Palermo.”

The House Committee on Criminal Justice also approved a bill creating the crime of theft of a vehicle’s catalytic converter or engine control module. Another bill moved forward increases the criminal penalties for committing a carjacking. Both those crimes are happening with alarming frequency. The same committee rejected a bill that would have allowed earlier parole for certain inmates who meet criteria for good behavior and time served. That bill appears dead for the session.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 04

As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, Governor John Bel Edwards, his staff, and several other officials held a press conference to signal the state’s ramp up with hurricane season less than a month away. Edwards says that state agencies will do everything that they can to ensure a strong storm response, but we all must do our part as well…:

CUT 07(12)      “…natural disaster.”

For help in putting your plan together and up-to-date information throughout hurricane season, visit getagameplan.org.

A bill seeking to ban using a handheld cellphone while driving fails to pass on the House floor. Among those opposed to the measure was Plaquemine Rep. Chad Brown, who questions how cops can reliably tell your holding your cellphone, as opposed to something else…:

CUT 05(09)      “…that’s my point.”

The bill fell short of the 53 votes needed to pass.


A Natchitoches woman, accused of the 2018 burning death of her baby boy, was taken a plea deal. Prosecutors say Hannah Barker pled guilty to manslaughter of a child under 10 and conspiracy to commit child murder. She’ll serve about 30 years. Barker’s girlfriend, who actually killed the infant, has already been convicted and will be sentenced later this year.

The proposed transgender athletes ban moves forward. Already passed in the Senate and advanced out of a House committee today, the bill drew opposition from many. Here’s Louisiana Trans Advocates spokesperson Peyton Michelle…:

CUT 10(10)      “…that need attention.”

A female athlete testified FOR the bill; saying she got a concussion on the field; courtesy of a biological male competing as a woman. The bill now moves to the House floor for what could be final passage.

3:30 LRN Newscast May 04

Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval is having a hard time connecting with House colleagues on his bill to ban the use of a handheld cellphone with driving. Michelle Southern has the story…:

CUT 01(30)      “…Michelle Southern.”

Did you file your taxes using TurboTax? Intuit software has agreed to pay customers back over $141-million for misleading claims their tax service was free. Plaintiffs’ attorneys say Intuit TurboTax’s “Free. Free. Free” ad campaign was actually NOT free. If you used them, you should get your filing fee sent back to you; that’s usually around $30.


Folks are reacting to a leaked U.S. Supreme Court opinion brief indicating 5-to-4 support for overturning the 1973 Roe versus Wade abortion rights ruling. Jessica Frankel, with the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, says tossing Roe v. Wade goes against public opinion…:

CUT 12(10)      “…abortion is OK.”

A recent LSU poll found that 49-percent of Louisiana residents think abortion should be illegal, while 46-percent say the opposite. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s more concerned with the fact that an internal Supreme Court document was leaked…:

CUT 15(07)      “…institutions of government.”

At the Capitol, a bill that would make abortion a crime of murder, and punish the mother and anyone assisting, passes the House Criminal Justice Committee by a 7-to-2 vote. The bill would not require the repeal of Roe V. Wade to trigger. It moves forward to the House floor.

2:30 LRN Newscast May 04

Hurricane season is less than a month away, and the Governor says there’s no time to waste in getting prepared. David Grubb has more…:

CUT 02(35)      “…David Grubb.”

A New Orleans man arrested Tuesday near Bogalusa was found to have a dozen small baggies of cocaine hidden in his mouth and some marijuana stuck up his … bottom. Deputies stopped to help 38-year-old Isaac Sabatier with car trouble, but grew suspicious and then found the illegal drugs.


The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to overturn the landmark Roe versus Wade case based on an opinion draft leaked to the media.  Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom coordinator Jessica Frankel says for women considering an abortion, the three licensed clinics in the state are still open..:

CUT 13(11)      “…in Louisiana.”

Speaking on the leaked opinion draft and the chance of Roe v. Wade being tossed, pro-life Senator Bill Cassidy…:

CUT 14(04)      “…I support.”

At the State Capitol, a bill to ban persons born male from competing in women’s sports passes out of the House Education Committee. The vote was 7 for and 1 against. The bill moves forward to the full House for debate.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 03

The state House of Representatives approves a bill that expands the state’s medical-marijuana program. Michelle Southern has the story…:

CUT 01         (31)    “…Michelle Southern.”

Louisiana State Police have changed the missing person case involving the disappearance of 33-year-old ride share driver Ella Goodie, of Scott, to a homicide investigation. Goodie was last seen in early March. Her car was found a month later in Missouri. State Police ask anyone with knowledge of what happened to Ella to contact them.


Based on a draft opinion leaked to Politico the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn the 1973 case Roe versus Wade that legalized abortion nationwide. Such a decision would mean abortion would be illegal in Louisiana. Ben Clapper, with Louisiana Right to Life, says a 2006 bill signed by Governor Kathleen Blanco will kick in if Row V. Wade is reversed. Some say that will be a sad day for women, but Clapper says women’s health need not be threatened…:

CUT 14(12)      “…giving birth.”

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed the draft opinion leaked IS authentic.

Police in Abbeville arrest a young mother in connection with alleged abuse of her baby. The child was brought to a hospital with broken bones and head injuries and is currently in critical condition. 26-year-old Kassidy McGee is charged with cruelty to a juvenile and possession of drugs in the presence of a child. The investigation is ongoing.