LRN PM Newscall June 16 *Updated Copy for Cut 8*

Lawmakers are debating over Congressional Maps in Senate Governmental Affairs after a court-imposed deadline of June 20th remains in effect for a map with two majority-Black districts. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Shreveport Police and the FBI are asking for help in the search for those responsible for the death of Shamia Little. David Grubb has more…

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Lawmakers are discussing two Congressional maps in Senate Governmental Affairs this morning, in an effort to meet the June 20th court-imposed deadline. In discussions over Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields’ map, Slidell Senator, and committee chair Sharon Hewitt, who also has a map up for discussion, criticized Fields’ map with two Black-majority districts because it spilt a community in her own district.

Cut 3 (15) “…your plan.”

Jared Evans, with the Legal Defense Fund, endorsed Fields’ Congressional map.

Cut 4  (10) “…called for”

Fields’ map differs from the current enacted map that was approved by the majority-Republican legislature earlier this year. Hewitt believes the current map meets the guidelines set forth by the Voting Rights Act with only one majority Black district.

Cut 5  (12) “…and state law”

With a third of the state’s population Black, Fields says the Congressional map should reflect and allow for proper representation of minorities. He argued that the current map approved by the majority Republican legislature is not fair.

Cut 6  (10) “…not right.” 

US Judge Shelly Dick denied a request from Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder for a deadline extension to redraw the current congressional map. The deadline of June 20th remains in effect.

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At around 2:20 Thursday morning, five juveniles escaped from the Bridge City Center for Youth. The Office of Juvenile Justice went into an immediate lockdown and notified law enforcement. OJJ spokesperson Nicolette Gordon says law enforcement was able to apprehend some of the suspects shortly after the escape…

Cut 7 (08) “…at-large.” 

Gordon says three of the juveniles were caught around 8:30 this morning, and Thursday afternoon the 17-year-old was apprehended, while the 16-year-old remains at large. The BCCY has established a temporary command center to assist in collecting and distributing information to aid in their capture.

Cut 8 (11) “…Information Database.” 

Authorities are unable to release greater detail about the escapees due to their ages. Law enforcement has received full information on both.

At this time, just how the juveniles were able to get out of the facility remains unknown. Gordon says that staff is trained to remain aware of potential escape attempts, and there are numerous mitigation efforts at these facilities. However….

Cut 9 (10) “…chance that we get.”

If you have information that could help, OJJ asks that you call your local law enforcement or the command center at 504-401-3359.

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Today the FBI announced that it is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of any individuals responsible for the homicide of Shamia Little. The 17-year-old was found deceased about 11 months ago near a park in Shreveport from a single gunshot wound. Special Agent Doug Williams spoke to the media…

Cut 10 (13) ” …the Little family.” 

Shamia Little was last seen alive the night of July 6, 2021, and since that time finding credible information or witnesses has been a problem for both the Shreveport Police and the FBI. Williams says that maybe the reward will provide motivation for someone to come forward.

Cut 11 (11)  “…leads for us.” 

Shreveport Police Chief Wayne Smith says his team has exhausted every lead and that no new information has been brought to law enforcement since last year. Smith pleaded with the public to do everything that they can as well.

Cut 12 (10) “…please help us.”  

Crimes Stoppers is offering an additional three thousand dollars for information. If you have information related to the homicide of Shamia Little, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit tips-dot-fbi-gov.

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A crime & corruption watchdog group calls for review of a Tangipahoa Parish case wherein a rape victim was ordered to pay child support to her alleged attacker. Metropolitan Crime Commission director Rafael Goyeneche says the victim was just 16 when the attack occurred, and the man she accuses found out she’d had a child five years later…:

Cut 13 (11) “…proved his paternity.”

Crysta Abelseth (pronounced: ABLE-seth), who is now 32, maintains the sexual contact with John Barnes sixteen years ago was not consensual. Barnes discovered he had a child with Abelseth in 2011, and a DNA test confirmed he was the father. Goyeneche says she did lodge a complaint, albeit years after the alleged crime…:

Cut 14 (12)  “…hasn’t been investigated.” 

This year, Tangipahoa Parish Judge Jeff Cashe gave Barnes full custody of the now-16-year-old daughter and ordered Abelseth to pay him child support. Those court records are sealed. Goyeneche says Barnes could be guilty of rape, but – if he is the confirmed father of a child by a then-16-year-old – he should be investigated at least for Canal Knowledge of a Juvenile; not rewarded with child support…:

Cut 15 (13) “…should take place.” 

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11:40 LRN Sportscast June 16

With only three preseason games along with a revamped offensive lineup and philosophy, Jameis Winston would love to get as many reps as possible in game situations. However, just how many live snaps he takes is out of his hands, so Jameis is working on some other skills as well during minicamp.

Cut 18 (15) “…everybody again.”

Jarvis Landry continues to earn raves at Saints minicamp. Winston says that if there’s one thing he’s discovered about Landry, is that he knows how to get open.

Cut 19 (17) “…get the ball.”

The Saints have a quartet of players trying out during minicamp. Running back David Johnson, linebacker Joe Schobert, offensive lineman Senio Kelemete and kicker Alex Quevedo were all at practice on Tuesday. None have officially signed with the team. Schobert, a six-year veteran, has averaged more than 126 tackles per year over the past five seasons and could be the most intriguing invitee.

Tragic news out of Jacksonville, Florida as former Louisiana Ragin Cajun football player Brad McGuire died as a result of injuries sustained in a single-car accident Wednesday night. McGuire played multiple roles for the Cajuns from 2007-to 2011, including fullback, tight end, running back, and wide receiver, and received his degree in Biology in 2010. He was in Jacksonville to complete medical school.

LSU assistant baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald will be the next head coach at Kansas. Prior to spending last season with the Tigers, Fitzgerald was one of the top recruiters in the nation at Dallas Baptist University.

And tonight is Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics are at home facing elimination, with the Warriors up in the series 3 games to 2.

LRN AM Newscall June 16

The US House has passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which could mean up to $15 million annually for wildlife preservation in Louisiana. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Leaders in the state House and Senate will appear in a federal court seeking more time to comply with a judge’ order to redraw Louisiana’s Congressional district map. Kevin Gallagher asks a legal expert what this means…:

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With the special legislative redistricting session underway, Governor John Bel Edwards says he expects the legislature to do its duty. David Grubb has more…

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The US House of Representatives has passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which dedicates $1.4 billion annually to prevent wildlife extinction. Executive Director of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation Rebecca Triche says the legislation will greatly help supplement funding to help preserve wildlife in Louisiana.

Cut 4 (11)  “…greatest concern.”

Triche says this would mean a significant boost to help endangered wildlife and the state’s ecosystem. Current support for such preservation is funded by hunting and fishing license fees that are collected annually.

Cut 5 (09) “…recovery work.”

The bill now heads to the US Senate and in addition to bipartisan support and it also has strong support from Louisiana hunting, fishing, and wildlife groups. Triche says the bill is expected to be voted on next month.

Cut 6 (12)  “…additional funding.”

Triche says three-fourths of voters in Louisiana agree that more needs to be done to conserve land and wildlife in the state.

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State legislative leaders go before a federal judge in Baton Rouge today to request more time to redraw a rejected Congressional district map. 5th federal Circuit Court Judge Shelly Dick ordered the map redrawn because it does not reflect the state’s one-third Black voter population, by having two majority-minority districts. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino says he doesn’t see this as anything that will alter the job of lawmakers to pass that new map…:

Cut 7 (11) “…or weeks later.”

GOP House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez will appear before Judge Dick this morning to make their argument that the June 20th deadline should be extended. Ciolino says, with or without the requested extension, lawmakers are still under orders to draw a new map. He says only a reversal – on the merits of the case – by the federal appeals court will change that…:

Cut 8 (11)  “…would be off again.”

Many House & Senate Republicans feel there’s insufficient time with the six days allotted to get a map passed in both chambers. Ciolino feels, in the bigger scheme of things, today’s court appearance by legislative leaders is…:

Cut 9 (14)  “…in mid-July.”

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During his monthly appearance on “Ask the Governor” Tuesday afternoon, John Bel Edwards reiterated his support for a second majority-Black congressional district as the legislature faces a June 20th deadline to redraw the state’s congressional maps following the rejection of the previous map by a federal judge.

Cut 10 (11) “…redistricting principles.”

Though the Republican majority and its leadership have said the six-day window to redraw the map is insufficient, Edwards says major legislation has been passed in similar time frames.

Cut  11 (12)  “…was passed.” 

Even with an appeal for more time, Edwards says the legislature is in session to complete a task right now and is optimistic that all sides will come to the table in good faith.

Cut 12 (08) “…hopefully they will.” 

 

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Senate Governmental Affairs will meet at nine this morning to discuss two potential Congressional district maps. And the senate president and house speaker will be in court asking for more time. One map submitted by Baton Rouge Senator and Democrat Cleo Fields contains two majority-Black districts which would meet the stipulations handed down by a federal judge.

Cut 13 (14) “…right thing.”

The other map to be considered is by Slidell Republican Sharon Hewitt. It’s the map that passed in the redistricting session that a Federal court has rejected because it only has one majority Black district. Hewitt who also chairs the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee says the June 20th court-imposed deadline is not realistic.

Cut 14 (13)  “…public input.”

Fields called out Hewitt who believes the map with only one majority-Black district that passed in the majority Republican legislature in February is legal. Fields says Hewitt, who attended town hall meetings heard from voters across the state.

Cut 15 (12)  “…black district.”

Hewitt however feels the Congressional map that lawmakers gave final passage to during the redistricting session is lawful.

Cut 16 (12)  “…here we are.”

Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder are scheduled to appear in court today to request a deadline extension to at least June 30th.

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Another day of Saints minicamp is in the books. Jameis Winston has been setting the tone as one of the first in the building and the last to leave the practice field. Wednesday he told reporters that it’s been hard to keep himself from going all out as he continues to recover from ACL surgery, though he is staying on the program the team has for him.

Cut 17 (15) “ …trust them.” 

With only three preseason games along with a revamped offensive lineup and philosophy, Winston would love to get as many reps as possible in game situations. However, just how many live snaps he takes is out of his hands, so Jameis is working on the mental side of the game and his leadership.

Cut 18 (15) “ …everybody again.” 

Newly added receiver Jarvis Landry earned high marks during OTAs and that has continued during minicamp. Winston says that he and the former LSU standout have already started to develop a connection and that if there’s one thing he’s discovered about Landry, is that he knows how to get open.

Cut 19 (17) _“…get the ball.” 

Another player back on the field is kicker Wil Lutz, who missed all of last season with a groin injury. Lutz said it was difficult watching while the Saints struggled mightily in the kicking game, going through four different placekickers in his absence.

Cut 20 (19) “ …made it hard.” 

5:30 LRN Newscast June 15

RSV cases in children are on the rise for the second summer in a row. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The statewide average is at $4.55 for a gallon of regular gasoline, the same price as yesterday, but Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute Eric Smith says don’t expect any real relief until the fourth quarter of this year…

Cut 6 (10) “…development activity.”

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law legislation that would make property owners more aware of their hurricane, named storm, wind, and hail deductibles. Eric Holl, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Real Reform Louisiana, says this legislation is a major step forward for policyholders and provides added protection for those facing the aftermath of a storm.

Cut 11 (12) “…in that process.”

State lawmakers began a special session today called to redraw a Congressional map with two Black majority districts. Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder believes the Congressional district map they approved in February with one majority district is fair and constitutional, but they will begin hearings on Friday to debate other proposals…

Cut 12 (06) “…these bills”

The Legislative Black Caucus is supporting identical map proposals from Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields and New Orleans Representative Royce Duplessis that create two majority-Black districts. Duplessis says a federal judge has ordered the Legislature to do this…

4:45 LRN Sportscast June 15

Day two of Saints minicamp and Jameis Winston was at the podium. Winston says he is limited in some ways as he recovers from ACL surgery, though that hasn’t stopped him from sharpening his game.

Cut 21 (13) “…as possible.”

Pelicans forward Jaxson Hayes was sentenced to three years of probation, 450 hours of community service, and one year of weekly domestic violence classes after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and resisting arrest during an incident at his Los Angeles home last summer.

Three-time All-SEC point guard Khayla Pointer has been signed by the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. Pointer was the first pick of the second round in this year’s draft out of LSU but was waived by the Las Vegas Aces on May 2. Pointer finished second in the SEC in both scoring and assists last season.

Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Lane Burroughs was reportedly under consideration for the vacant jobs at Baylor, Kansas, and Tulane, but says he’s staying with the Bulldogs. Since taking over as “Top Dog,” Burroughs has a 205-111 record, including 85-41 over the last two seasons. During that time, Tech has made two NCAA tournament appearances, hosted a regional, and won its first Conference USA tournament title.

LSU assistant and recruiting coordinator Dan Fitzgerald has accepted the head coaching job at Kansas. Prior to spending last season with the Tigers, Fitzgerald was one of the top recruiters in the nation at Dallas Baptist University.

LSU sophomore infielder Collier Cranford announced that he will enter the transfer portal. The Zachary High product started 24 games over three seasons, with a career .158 batting average.

The first-ever matchup on the football field between Southern University and LSU will be broadcast live on national television. The game, scheduled for Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm, will air on the SEC Network, according to a release from the Southern Athletic Department.

LRN PM Newscall June 15

RSV cases in children are on the rise again, for the second summer in a row. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A second special session on redistricting began today as Republican lawmakers push back on a court order that the Legislature must redraw a Congressional map with two majority-minority districts. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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For the second summer in a row, Louisiana is seeing an increase in RSV, the respiratory virus that usually causes wintertime colds in children. Dr. Mark Klein, physician in chief at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans believes the wearing of masks during the first year of the pandemic curbed cases of RSV and most respiratory viruses in general.

Cut 3 (07) “…from it.”

Klein says the RSV surge has also been responsible for placing some children in intensive care. He says severe cases of RSV are usually limited to infants in their first year of life.

Cut 4  (07) “…heart disease”

For children who are particularly vulnerable to RSV, Klein says they do have a monoclonal antibody treatment that can be used to prevent severe disease or even death.

For adults and older children, Klein says RSV presents as a severe cold. He says however RSV is a concern for infants who are more susceptible to the virus.

Cut 5  (11) “…concerned”

Klein says the positivity rate for RSV in Louisiana was around one percent in the winter and now it’s risen to twelve percent.

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There’s a potential sign gas prices are peaking as Louisiana did not set a new record today for a statewide average gasoline price. It’s at $4.55 for a gallon of regular gasoline, the same price as yesterday. But Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute Eric Smith says don’t expect any real relief until the fourth quarter of this year…

Cut 6  (10) “…development activity.” 

Smith says the flow of gasoline around the world has also been disrupted because the United States and European Union have bans on Russian oil. Smith says even if the ban ended tomorrow, it would take a while for gas prices to moderate…

Cut 7 (07) “…pocketbook” 

Gas prices are nearly two dollars higher than a year ago. Smith says the Biden Administration’s efforts to suppress oil and gas production is the biggest contributor to the higher prices, but the price at the pump would be high today even under the Trump Administration’s energy policies

Cut 8 (11) “…that impact” 

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Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law legislation that would make property owners more aware of their hurricane, named storm, wind, and hail deductibles. Eric Holl, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Real Reform Louisiana, says many policyholders don’t even know they exist

Cut 9 (12) “…insurance useless.”

Holl says House Bill 317, which was signed into law on Tuesday, adds a greater level of transparency that should better protect policyholders from those surprise costs.

Cut 10 (12) ” …deductible is.” 

Though Holl says some of the protections presented in the bill were defeated due to opposition from the insurance industry, he believes this legislation is a major step forward for policyholders and provides added protection for those facing the aftermath of a storm.

Cut 11 (12)  “…in that process.” 

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State lawmakers began a special session today called to redraw a Congressional map with two Black majority districts. Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder believes the Congressional district map they approved in February with one majority district is fair and constitutional, but they will begin hearings on Friday to debate other proposals…

Cut 12 (06) “…these bills”  

The Black Legislative Caucus is supporting identical map proposals from Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields and New Orleans Representative Royce Duplessis that create two majority-minority districts. Duplessis says a federal judge has ordered the Legislature to do this…

Cut 13 (08) “…2nd Amendment rights.”

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee could hear Duplessis’ Congressional map proposal with two majority-black districts on Friday. H-G-A Chairman Representative John Stefanski doesn’t think there’s enough time to pass Duplessis’ proposal

Cut 14 (11)  “…unattainable” 

Stefanski also believes a federal appeals court could still rule that the map Congressional map approved by lawmakers in February with one Black majority district is legal. But Duplessis says, for now, the courts have said draw a new map….

Cut 15 (06) “…right thing” 

11:40 LRN Sportscast June 15

Running back Alvin Kamara was on the field Monday as the Saints opened minicamp. Though the two-time All-Pro has the cloud of a potential suspension over his head after an altercation at the Pro Bowl in February, Dennis Allen says he’s locked into the task at hand.

Cut 18 (15) “…this year.”

Leading the Saints on the field and in the locker room is Jameis Winston, now in year three with New Orleans.  Allen says the growth in Winston is noticeable.

Cut 19 (19) “…right now.”

In a tweet sent out Tuesday night, Louisiana Tech baseball coach Lane Burroughs says he’s not going anywhere. Burroughs was reportedly under consideration for the vacant jobs at Baylor, Kansas, and Tulane. Since taking over as “Top Dog,” Burroughs has a 205-111 record, including 85-41 over the last two seasons. During that time, Tech has made two NCAA tournament appearances, hosted a regional, and won its first Conference USA tournament title.

LSU sophomore infielder Collier Cranford announced that he will enter the transfer portal. The Zachary High product started 24 games over three seasons, with a career .158 batting average.

Three-time All-SEC point guard Khayla Pointer has been signed by the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. Pointer was the first pick of the second round in this year’s draft but was waived by the Las Vegas Aces on May 2.

Pelicans forward Jaxson Hayes was sentenced to three years of probation, 450 hours of community service, and one year of weekly domestic violence classes after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and resisting arrest during an incident at his Los Angeles home last summer.

4:45 LRN Sportscast June 14

The Saints began a mandatory three-day minicamp today with first-year head coach Dennis Allen at the helm. Host of the Locked on Saints podcast, Ross Jackson says that from rookie camp to OTAs, Allen’s approach has been well-received…

Cut 16 (13) “…..for the season”

With the first two practices open to the public, Jackson says fans can get a peek at first-round picks, wide receiver Chris Olave and left tackle Trevor Penning…

Cut 17 (20) “…..Chris Olave”

Louisiana’s new Name, Image, and Likeness legislation has been signed into law. The legislation loosens restrictions as to who can help facilitate deals for student-athletes, correcting some of the mistakes Marrero Senator Patrick Connick says the legislature made when it created its initial NIL law. States got little guidance from the N-C-A-A in what would and would not be allowed. A year later, with more info at hand, it was time for tweaking.

Cut 21 (10) “…create deals.

The final eight is set for the College World Series. First-round play begins Friday with Oklahoma taking on Texas A-and-M, followed by Notre Dame and Texas. Then on Saturday, it’s Arkansas versus Stanford with Ole Miss and Auburn closing out the night. The SEC leads the way with four teams in Omaha, all from the Western Division.

The Golden State Warriors are one win away from claiming their fourth NBA title in the last eight seasons after beating the Boston Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

11:40 LRN Sportscast June 14

The Saints open their first minicamp under Dennis Allen today and that means position battles are underway. Ross Jackson, host of the Locked on Saints podcast says there are a couple to keep an eye on…

Cut 18 (17) “…question mark there.”

There’s no disputing that Jameis Winston is the starting QB this season. Jackson says that both Winston and the Saints’ offense should benefit…

Cut 19 (19) “…to get better.”

The final eight is set for the College World Series. First-round play begins Friday with Oklahoma taking on Texas A-and-M, followed by Notre Dame and Texas. Then on Saturday, it’s Arkansas versus Stanford with Ole Miss and Auburn closing out the night. The SEC leads the way with four teams in Omaha, six if you count future members Oklahoma and Texas.

The Golden State Warriors are one win away from claiming their fourth NBA title in the last eight seasons after beating the Boston Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Andrew Wiggins collected his second straight double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds and Golden State won despite Steph Curry playing his first career playoff game without making a three-pointer, ending a streak of 132 postseason games with at least one three and 223 straight games overall. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 27 points and 10 boards in the loss. Game 6 is Wednesday night in Boston.

And Tulane catcher Bennett Lee, who batted a school-record .440 as a freshman, announced he will transfer to Wake Forest.

LRN AM Newscall June 14

Union Parish District Attorney John Belton provided an update on the federal investigation into the death of Ronald Greene. David Grubb has more…

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A group of Democratic lawmakers is asking Governor Edwards to veto the most recent abortion bill that passed in the session. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Lawmakers have to go back to the drawing board tomorrow to make a Congressional district map that’s acceptable to minorities and the courts. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

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Lincoln and Union Parish District Attorney John Belton says it’s still possible federal civil rights charges and state criminal charges could be handed down against the State Troopers involved in the fatal arrest death of motorist Ronald Greene. Belton says he recently met with officials in the Civil Rights Office in Washington, D.C who have been investigating this case for multiple years and could determine Greene’s civil rights were violated

Cut 4 (09)  “…final decision.”

Belton says justice for the family of Ronald Greene could come from his office too. He would like to present evidence from the case to a special grand jury. He says he’s anticipating getting critical investigative files from the FBI this week

Cut 5 (09) “…on Wednesday.”

During his remarks, Belton was asked about the apparent discrepancy between his and the governor’s accounts of when he received the body cam footage taken from Lieutenant John Clary. He says that his greater concern is with the actions of LSP.

Cut 6 (11)  “…April of 2021.”

Belton has announced his candidacy for State Attorney General and says he will run without a party affiliation.

Cut 4 (09)  “…final decision.”

Belton says he is still pursuing justice for the family of Ronald Greene and that he may be able to take another step in that pursuit this week, as he anticipates the receipt of critical files related to the case from the FBI.

Cut 5 (09) “…on Wednesday.”

During his remarks, Belton was asked about the apparent discrepancy between his and the governor’s accounts of when he received the body cam footage taken from Lieutenant John Clary. He says that his greater concern is with the actions of LSP.

Cut 6 (11)  “…April of 2021.”

Belton has announced his candidacy for State Attorney General and says he will run without a party affiliation.

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A group of Democratic Louisiana lawmakers is asking Governor John Bel Edwards to veto Senate Bill 342 which outlines penalties for physicians who perform abortions. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry, who’s also an attorney, says the bill was the last opportunity to add the exception of rape and incest.

Cut 7 (11) “…and complicated.”

Landry says prior abortion laws were based on Roe v. Wade remaining in place and now with Senate Bill 342 awaiting Governor Edwards’s signature…

Cut 8 (08)  “…bad legislation.”

To date, Landry says they haven’t received a response from Edwards if he will either sign or veto the legislation, but she says she’s has received feedback from some constituents.

Cut 9 (11)  “…pushing back.”

After a document was leaked from the Supreme Court of the United States earlier this year, Roe v. Wade is expected to be officially overturned this summer.

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Natchitoches Senator Louie Bernard says he’s calling it a day at the end of his term next year. The Republican who’s served more than four decades in office, which includes police jury, clerk of court for Natchitoches Parish, and now four years in the Senate.

Cut 10 (10) “…term of office.”

Bernard says he’s making the announcement now to allow potential candidates ample time to lay the groundwork for their campaigns.

Cut  11 (11)  “…raise money.” 

Bernard says he has grandchildren in Baton Rouge and recently they lost their other grandfather who was also a dear friend. He says it was that loss that made inspired him to leave public life and spend more time with his family.

Cut 12 (08) “…issues.” 

Bernard says he will finish out his current term which ends December 31, 2023.

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Lawmakers will gather again at the State Capitol tomorrow for a short special session to redraw a Congressional district map that’s acceptable to the courts. The GOP majorities in the House & Senate pushed through a map with only one majority minority district. Blacks make up one-third of the state’s voters, so many feel two of our six districts should be Black majority. New Iberia Representative Blake Miguez says the 5th U.S. Circuit Appeals court’s ruling is a tall order…:

Cut 13 (11) “…it it’s even possible.”

A federal judge has given Louisiana until June 20th to submit a map that reflects two majority-minority districts. Miguez says that is insufficient time to put such a map through the process…:

Cut 14 (14)  “…the House and the Senate.”

Miguez says the federal judge could have allowed more time for legal objections to the existing map – passed back in February – to play out in the court system. But, he says, he and colleagues will have to go back to Baton Rouge and do the best they can…:

Cut 15 (09)  “…the next two days.”

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Another first for new Saints head coach Dennis Allen today as the team opens its mandatory minicamp. Ross Jackson, the host of the Locked On Saints podcast, says from rookie camp to OTAs, Allen’s approach has been well-received.

Cut 16 (13)  “…for the season.”

There are plenty of players to watch, with so many new additions to the roster. Jackson says a heavy dose of attention will be focused on this year’s rookie class, highlighted by dual first-rounders: wide receiver Chris Olave and left tackle Trevor Penning.

Cut 17 (20) “ …Chris Olave.” 

Last season at this time the Saints’ defensive secondary and wide receiver positions were the positional groups that had the biggest questions surrounding them. This season both look fully stocked, and Jackson says there are new position battles to monitor that will be just as intriguing.

Cut 18 (17) “ …question mark there.” 

Jameis Winston takes the field as the number one starter from Day One, a luxury he didn’t have as he battled Taysom Hill for the job last year. Jackson says that should benefit Winston and the Saints offense tremendously.

Cut 19 (19) _“…to get better.” 

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