09:30 LRN Newscast, September 22nd

The restaurant where Allie Rice worked is helping collect reward money for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot and killed her last Friday. Co-Owner of The Shed, Chez Ciccone, says there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support from the community who wants to help. He says it will take a village to end the rise in crime in Baton Rouge….:
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Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Crimestoppers.

A federal judge rules that the U.S. Government may NOT require masks and/or COVID shots for teachers, staff and volunteers with Project Head Start. The suit was brought by a school teacher and represented by the Liberty Justice Center and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, whose general counsel Sarah Harbison says the case against the government wasn’t just about compliance…:
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New Orleans experienced a major uptick in crimes this year with over 200 homicides, now locals are wondering if it will affect tourism. Whitney Thomas has more…:
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The NCAA Committee on infractions is set to announce its ruling on the LSU investigation today at noon. In March, the school was accused of violations by the NCAA including lack of institutional control and failure to monitor the conduct of its men’s basketball and football programs over an 8 year period.

08:30 LRN Newscast, September 22nd

A Baton Rouge restaurant has collected more than $30,000 in reward money for information that leads to a conviction for the murder of 21 year old LSU Senior Allie Rice. Rice was gunned down in Baton Rouge early last Friday while she was stopped for a train. One of the owners of The Shed BBQ, Chez Ciccone (chuh-coney) says they hope the reward is up to 50k by tomorrow…:
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If you know anything please contact Crimestoppers.

Crime in New Orleans has also been off the charts and on his monthly call in radio show when asked how it’s been impacting tourism, Governor John Bel Edwards says travel to the Crescent City is up…:
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He says getting more cops on the streets is the focus on fixing the problem.

A federal judge rules the US government may no longer require COVID shots or masks of teachers, staff or volunteers with Project Head Start. Kevin Gallagher has the story…:
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We may see record high temperatures here on this first day of fall with highs expected to be in the mid to upper 90s or even higher north of I-10. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it won’t be this bad Saturday and Sunday…:
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07:30 LRN Newscast, September 22nd

A federal judge has struck down the US Government mandate that required teachers and children in public preschools to wear masks and be vaccinated. The suit was brought by a school teacher and represented by the Liberty Justice Center and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. General counsel Sarah Harbison says the plaintiff is vindicated…:
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U.S. Circuit Court Judge Terry Doughty issued a permanent injunction preventing the feds from enforcing their mask and shot mandates on Head Start in Louisiana and 23 other states.

It certainly will not feel like the first day of Fall today as temperatures across the state are slated to be in the upper 90s and even triple digits north of I-10. State Climatologist Barry Keim..:
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He says next week highs should be back into the 80s.

A reward of $30,000 is being offered to help find those responsible for the shooting death of LSU student Allie Rice. Brooke Thorington has more…:
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Crime in New Orleans has been awful also and Governor John Bel Edwards says more cops are needed…
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06:45 LRN Sportscast, September 22nd

Saints Quarterback Jameis Winston was limited at practice yesterday due to his ongoing back injuries. When asked by the media about it, he said his focus is on executing and winning games. He threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter against the Buccaneers last Sunday, including a costly pick-six, which he says was extremely frustrating…:
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The Saints face the Panthers on Sunday at noon. Carolina has lost 9 games in a row.

LSU and New Mexico will meet for the first time on the football field this Saturday, and getting sophomore wideout Jack Bech is a goal for the Tigers. The Lafayette native only has two catches in three games, after leading the team in receptions with 43 catches for 489 yards and three touchdowns last season.

U-L Lafayette’s nation-leading 15-game win streak came to an end last weekend in a loss to Rice, but coach Michael Desormeaux is glad the pressure has been taken off his team and is looking forward to bouncing back this weekend against conference rival ULM. He says ULM has had to face Texas and Alabama so far and look better on film than their record shows…:
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ULM starting offensive tackle Stacey Wilkins has been suspended from the team until further notice after he was arrested and charged with domestic battery.

Other state games this weekend to watch are Louisiana Tech at South Alabama, Jacksonville State at Nicholls State, Mississippi College at McNeese, Lamar at Northwestern State and UIW at Southeastern.

06:30 LRN Newscast, September 22nd

There is now a $30,000 reward being offered up for information on the deadly shooting of an LSU Senior in Baton Rouge last Friday. Allie Rice worked at The Shed BBQ, and Chez Ciccone (chuh-coney) is one of the owners there…:
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If you have any tips about the case call Crimestoppers or Baton Rouge Police.

Today is the first day of fall, but its unseasonably hot. Temperatures will get into the upper 90s today, and triple digits north of I-10. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the hot weather will stick around through the weekend…:
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A front is expected to come in next week dropping high temperatures back into the 80s.

New Orleans has experienced astronomical crime rates this year with over 200 people murdered. Asked on his monthly call-in radio show if this was impacting tourism, Governor John Bel Edwards says travel to the Crescent City is actually up…
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He says they are focusing on getting more law enforcement officers on the streets.

State Police have placed a lieutenant on leave following a sex crime investigation in South Dakota. LSP says 44-year-old Kirk Thibodeaux is charged with Hiring for Sexual Activity.

09:30 LRN Newscast, September 13th

The U.S Marshals Office Eastern District of Louisiana New Orleans announces operation “Summer Knights” has led to the recovery of fourteen missing endangered teens, and 8 arrests. Brian Fair, a senior inspector says they couldn’t have done this deliberate operation alone…:
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He says some of the children were suspected victims of human trafficking.

Should Louisiana eliminate its state income tax. The House Ways and Means committee is meeting to discuss that today, thanks to a resolution by Mandeville Republican Rep. Richard Nelson. He proposed a tax reform package in 2021, but it was too complicated to get passed in a short fiscal only session:
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He says it won’t be easy, but it can be done.

A new report from the Heritage Foundation ranks Louisiana among the Top Ten states for “Educational Freedom.” State Education Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley says Louisiana’s Number 9 ranking is a great place to be in the first-ever such report by Heritage. He explains what it meant by Educational freedom…:
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The report comes as the Department of Education observes Celebrate Freedom Week.

The Thibodeaux Police Department is investigating the death of a 15-year-old who was shot multiple times in his back Saturday, and the shooter remains at large. They say Jarien Cole of Assumption Parish was still alive when officers made contact inside a home but died when being airlifted to New Orleans for treatment. Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region or online at crimestoppersbr.org.

08:30 LRN Newscast, September 13th

The House Ways and Means Committee meets today to discuss matters including eliminating the state income tax. Mandeville Republican Rep. Richard Nelson passed a resolution in the last session resulting in the meeting. He feels our tax structure is broken and crafting a new system won’t be easy, but can be done:
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A recent Washington Post analysis ranks Louisiana 17th in the nation in retention of college graduates. The governor’s communications director Lauren Leist says the state has created nearly 200-thousand jobs since the worst of the pandemic and many people filling those jobs are recent college grads. She says the governor will continue to diversify the economy in order to prevent the brain drain…:
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Louisiana ranks among the Top Ten states nationally for Educational Freedom…:
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The Caddo Parish Sherriff’s Office says a substitute PE teacher has been arrested for allegedly encouraging students to commit battery and bully a classmate. They say it happened at North Caddo Elementary when 24-year-old Aadrina Smith is reported to have offered to pay 5 different students 5 dollars to tackle their classmate, then sat back and watched while it happened. Smith is booked on five counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles and malfeasance in office.

07:30 LRN Newscast, September 13th

The House Ways & Means Committee meets today to discuss broad state tax reforms, including eliminating the state income tax. The meeting is the result of a resolution passed this spring by Mandeville Republican Rep. Richard Nelson. He says he hopes lawmakers can get to “the root of some fundamental problems” within the tax structure…:
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Nelson feels our tax structure is “broken” and it drives people and business away from the state.

A recent Washington Post analysis ranks Louisiana 17th in the nation in retention of college graduates. The governor’s communications director Lauren Leist says the state’s investments in higher education are paying off…:
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The ranking puts the Pelican State ahead of southern states like Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and South Carolina.

The U-S Marshal’s Service announces they recovered 14 missing children and made several arrests during their “Summer Knights” operation in New Orleans. More from Whitney Thomas…:
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A fired State Trooper charged with shooting a 19 year old in the back during a traffic stop in 2018 has pleaded guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor which keeps her out of prison in a plea deal. Kasha Domingue was indicted on charges of illegal use of a weapon and aggravated second-degree battery. A federal lawsuit alleged Domingue shot Clifton Dilley in the back leaving him paralyzed.

06:45 LRN Sportscast, September 13th

LSU football coach Brian Kelly says the Tigers need a better week of preparation to defeat Mississippi State this Saturday in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs are 2-0, with wins over Memphis and Arizona and State’s air raid offense is averaging 385 passing yards, fifth best in the nation. Kelly says his defensive players will need to execute their assignments…:
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This will be Kelly’s first SEC game, but he doesn’t feel like he’s behind the other coaches in the league when it comes to familiarity.

LSU officials say they are working on issues that spawned the massive traffic backup before and after Saturday’s game versus Southern. They say it was difficult to prepare for two fan bases from the same city coming onto campus at one time to watch the historic matchup, but, while you can still expect traffic, things should be better moving forward.

There are plenty of corrections to be made following the Saints come from behind 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans Coach Dennis Allen is not happy that the Dirty Birds rushed for 201 yards. Allen says that’s not the Black and Gold standard…:
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New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay this Sunday.

ESPN reports the New Orleans Pelicans signed Izaiah Brockington to a two way deal Monday. New Orleans’ training camp begins in two weeks and the Pels first preseason game is October 4th against the Bulls.

06:30 LRN Newscast, September 13th

The U.S Marshals Office Eastern District of Louisiana New Orleans announces operation “Summer Knights” has led to the recovery of fourteen missing endangered teens. One additional child was located, and eight arrests were made. Senior inspector Brian Fair says one suspect was associated with a 16-year-old runaway…:
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He says some of the children recovered were suspected victims of human trafficking.

A new report from the Heritage Foundation ranks Louisiana among the Top Ten states for “Educational Freedom.” State Education Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley says Louisiana’s Number 9 ranking is good, but there’s more progress to be made:
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He says educational freedom means parents are empowered to make decisions about their child’s education.

Lawmakers meet in Baton Rouge today to discuss the idea of eliminating the state income tax. More from Jeff Palermo…:
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Fans who attended the LSU/Southern game Saturday found themselves in an unusually large amount of traffic which University Officials say they are trying to fix going forward. They say some of the problems were related to the historic turnout where two fan bases from the same city were trying to get on campus at one time.