0830 lrn newscast december 10

One of the biggest items on a ballot Saturday for Election Day is whether to build a casino in Slidell. Gaming has been banned in St. Tammany Parish since the late 1990s. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says he expects a big turnout for that one…:
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State gaming officials have approved the casino license, but they won’t move forward if voters reject it. Polls will be open in 34 Parishes Saturday.

State Meteorologist Barry Keim says we’re seeing record breaking high temperatures today, but a cold front is moving in and there’s a potential for severe weather:
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If you’re struggling with ideas for those down-to-the-stretch Christmas purchases, reporter Dave Brannen has some recommendations from a tech expert…:
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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have just located the body of a missing boater who was lost in a double fatal boating accident on November 29th. Agents recovered 47-year-old Eric Williams of Holden from the Pearl River in Washington Parish. The other man was recovered the night of the accident which is being investigated by LDWF.


Saturday is Election Day, but not everywhere in Louisiana. Kevin Gallagher reports there are several key races to watch, though…:
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It does not feel like December 10th outside this morning, and in some cases, temperatures are about 25 degrees above normal. State Meteorologist Barry Keim it’ll be wet tomorrow before it cools off…:
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If you’re looking for a simpler way to book a hunting or fishing trip, introducing a new one-stop-shop service based in Louisiana. It’s called Mallard Bay and founder Logan Meaux, the son of Waitr founder Chris Meaux, says in the same spirit of keeping things easier on consumers, this is like an Air BnB for outfitters and sportsmen…:
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Mallard Bay packages trips to include lodging, meals, duck hunting & deer hunting, fishing and more. MallardBay.com is the website.

There are only two weeks left before Christmas and if you’re still scrambling for present ideas, gift cards are where lots of folks turn. Tech Expert Andrea Smith:
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LSU Running backs coach Kevin Faulk will reportedly not be retained on the staff of new head football coach Brian Kelly. No word on whether the Tigers all-time leading rusher will be transitioned to an off-field role.


06:45 Sportscast

LSU Football Coach Brian Kelly is reportedly not going to keep Kevin Faulk on as running backs coach for the Tigers. The Carencro native is the school’s all-time leading rusher and a 3 time Super Bowl winner.

Former Raiders and Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson is reportedly set to be hired by Grambling today.

The 40th annual LHSAA Prep Football classic beings today in the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Zachary is trying to complete an undefeated season as they face Ponchatoula in the Class 5A game on Saturday. Broncos Coach David Brewerton says the pressure has been on the team all season..:
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Ouachita Christian seeks its eighth state championship as they face Southern Lab in the Division Four-title game.

The Homer Pelicans out of Claiborne Parish will make their first appearance in a state championship football game tomorrow since 1985 when they face the Logansport Tigers in the Class 1A title game at noon. Pelicans Head Coach Richie Casey says the whole town of Homer could be in the Dome on Saturday….
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The Class 3A championship tomorrow is a matchup of district rivals as top-seeded Sterlington takes on Union Parish.

The Many Tigers are looking to repeat as Class 2A Champions when they face the Amite Warriors. Tonight the Westgate Tigers from New Iberia will play in their first-ever football championship game when they face Warren Easton.

U-High and E.D. White are playing for the Division 2 state championship tonight at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

0630 lrn newscast december 10

Temperatures across the state are already breaking records this morning…:
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State Climatologist Barry Keim says this balmy weather will be gone by Sunday with temperatures dipping into the 30s and 40s under clear skies.

Saturday is Election Day in 34 parishes with local matters, tax proposals and runoff races to decide. “LAPolitics.com” editor Jeremy Alford says one matter to watch is in Caddo Parish, where voters must decide on a $237-million bond package for investments in the water system, technology, infrastructure & public safety. He says Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins is in favor, but is facing push-back:
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Another big ballot tomorrow is in St. Tammany on whether to build a casino in Slidell.

A Louisiana-based company with Waitr roots wants to be your guide to booking your next hunting or fishing trip. Brooke Thorington has more…:
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Tickets for the April 30th Garth Brooks concert in Tiger Stadium go on sale this morning at 10am.

4:30 pm LRN Newscast Dec 09

Four men face illegal deer hunting charges after being caught night hunting for deer in Red River Parish – from a moving vehicle. But, as Adam Einck with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries explains, there’s a twist…:

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Ruh-roh…off-duty cop Javerrea Pouncy was among those arrested.

What to do about the huge hikes in costs of National Flood Insurance, under FEMA’s Risk Rating 2.0 plan? Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says it’s out of HIS hands, but what FEMA’s doing will put NFIP out of many homeowners’ reach…:

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LDWF agents have recovered the body of a drowned boater who’d been missing since November 29th from the Pearl River in Washington Parish. 47-year-old Eric Williams and a friend, 50-year-old Joe Newby both drowned while boating together on the river. Newby’s remains were found the next day. LDWF says the investigation is nearing completion.

The 40th annual LHSAA Prep Football classic starts tomorrow in the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. The lineup Friday starts with Ouachita Christian going after an 8th state title, as they face Southern Lab. The afternoon game is Many vs. Amite for the Class 2A title and the night game is the Westgate Tigers from New Iberia facing Warren Easton in the school’s first-ever football championship. Tigers Coach Ryan Antoine says his team – chock full of seniors – will have all of Iberia Parish rooting for them…:

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Kickoff is at 7pm.

3:30 pm LRN Newscast Dec 09

The Covington High student, seen on a viral video attacking & beating a disabled school teacher back in October, says she is not guilty by reason of insanity. That was 18-year-old Larriana Jackson’s plea in court Wednesday. She’s charged with felony battery on a school teacher and cruelty to the infirm. Two others are charged with posting the violent video on TikTok.

Louisiana residents are worried about them. Some have already gotten them. I’m talking about steep increases in the cost of the National Flood Insurance coverage. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, whose office has no control over the FEMA NFIP, says one thing that troubles him is the federal agency has no model for “grandfathering” of lower rates for very low risk properties…:

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He says it may be possible to shop around a find private flood insurance cheaper than the federal market.


A multi-parish joint sheriff’s operation arrests several individuals they say were responsible for a large amount of the crystal meth being sold on the streets of Iberville, Assumption, Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parishes. Three people – two men and a woman – were taken in and over 25 pounds of drugs confiscated.

There are plenty of storylines to go around as the LHSAA prep classic kicks off tomorrow in the Caesars Superdome. Jeff Palermo has a preview…:

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2:30 pm LRN Newscast Dec 09

More displaced hospital and medical workers are suing over losing their jobs due to a COVID vaccine mandate. A group of nurses & staff fired last week from Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport have lawyered up and plan to file suit. An attorney for the group says Shriner’s actions were (quote) “egregious and lawless.”

A Coushatta cop looks to be in trouble with the law, after state wildlife agents busted up a nighttime deer hunt.  More from Dave Brannen…:

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Thibodaux Regional Health has opened its new 80-thousand square foot cancer diagnosis and treatment center. On hand for ceremonies was Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser, who says the facility will serve Lafourche and seven other nearby parishes…:

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In addition to staying open amid Hurricane Ida’s fury, the center also provided meals for storm victims and first responders.

The LHSAA Prep Football Classic starts tomorrow in the Caesar’s Superdome. Among key games, Many High’s Tigers look to repeat a Class 2A championship, as they face Amite at 3:30 Friday. Many beat Amite’s Warriors 34-30 in quarterfinals last season, and Tigers Coach Jess Curtis expects a similar outcome this year…:

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Also on tap: Ouachita Christian vs. Southern Lab at noon, and New Iberia’s Westgate faces Warren Easton in the night game.

5:30 pm LRN Newscast Dec 08

Supply chain issues continue to frustrate the country and worry people about getting those holiday gifts delivered on time. Worry not, says federal Labor Secretary Martin Walsh. He says store shelves should remain stocked and packages should get there on time. He says initiatives in the President’s Drive Safe Act should help with supply and with truckers to deliver…:

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On-the-job burnout; it’s an all too real ailment in medical terms. It even has its own billing code for treatment … and according to a 2019 study by LSU Health in New Orleans it affects more than half of all health care workers in the state. Radiologist Dr. Brad Speiler led the study and says it’s an illness that affects loads of mainstream professions too…:

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Speiler says the COVID pandemic has only made things worse.


The state Department of Health says as many as 13 new cases of the Omicron COVID variant are detected within the state. Nine cases in the New Orleans area, two in Baton Rouge and 2 in northwestern Louisiana. That brings to total Omicron cases to 17. CDC says a Pfizer booster shot will help defend against it.

LSU Quarterback Max Johnson announces he’s entering the transfer portal after spending two seasons with the Purple and Gold. Johnson’s decision comes as a surprise, after starting 11 games this past season. Assistant Tiger Rag Editor William Weathers says Johnson’s decision means Garrett Nussmeier will likely start in the upcoming bowl game…:

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LSU plays Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on January 4th.

4:30 pm LRN Newscast Dec 08

The state Supreme Court will hear the case of a Baton Rouge area pastor that refused to shut down church services during the COVID lockdown. Tony Spell is fighting criminal charges for violating Governor Edwards’ limits on gatherings in 2020. The case made national headlines; some painting Spell as a careless nut, and some depicting him as a hero putting faith over public policy. Spell alleges the governor’s order violate the right to assemble under the First Amendment. A hearing date has not been set.

We all know job burnout can be a serious problem, but it can be even worse among health care workers. So says a study by LSU Health’s Dr. Brad Speiler, who says burnout affects over 50-percent of health care professionals. He says burnout is considered an illness, with its own billing code…:

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He says COVID has only made it worse.


Tucked inside the infrastructure bill recently signed by the President, there’s a pilot program to lower the age for interstate truckers from 21 to 18.  More from Dave Brannen…:

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Who didn’t love the good old buffet at Popeye’s? It’s the end of an era as the very last Popeye’s buffet anywhere – on Pinhook Road in Lafayette – has closed for good. Blame the COVID pandemic and the closure of Popeye’s dining room to guests. Management says – even after the pandemic – it will not return.

3:30 LRN Newscast Dec 08

Deputies in Bienville Parish are working with the Human Society and local vets to rescue and help a number of animals left in starving conditions at a Lake Bistineau home. Authorities say the two persons living there were arrested and jailed, but made no arrangements to assure the 11 dogs, some lizards and a few pythons were properly cared for. The animals were in danger of starving to death. A few of them did. The residents will face 15 counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

No doubt, we are all feeling the stress from supply chain issues across the country, but here’s some comfort from your federal government: U.S. Labor Secretary Martin Walsh says the problem will most likely begin to correct itself in early 2022. He says two main issues contribute to the backlog of goods..:

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Walsh says the government has assurances that store shelves will not empty out between now and Christmas.


For the 9th year in a row, Louisiana makes a notorious list of the nation’s Top Ten Judicial Hellholes; the most litigious places with the worst civil law environments. The American Tort Reform Foundation compiles the list and for 2020 Louisiana is Number Six; down from Number Five last year. Tort reforms were passed in the 2020 legislature, but they’ll take a few years to affect the legal environment.

LSU Quarterback Max Johnson drops a stunner: he is leaving LSU! More from Jeff Palermo..:

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