4:45 LRN Sportscast June 13

The New Orleans Saints have wrapped up OTAs with minicamp ready to begin on Tuesday. Jameis Winston is the unquestioned starter under center this year, and he will be backed up by veteran Andy Dalton. Dalton says he’s enjoying his role and believes Winston is primed for a big year.

Cut 18 (19) “…watch him work.”

New Orleans-dot-football’s Nick Underhill reports that the Saints are hosting veteran running back David Johnson today. The 30-year-old Johnson appeared in 13 games last season for the Houston Texans, rushing for 228 yards on 67 attempts

And kicker Wil Lutz has been cleared to resume kicking duties after 11 months, he announced on Instagram today.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Dolphins were prepared to offer former Saints coach Sean Payton a five-year/$100-million contract but were denied the opportunity to interview the coach by the franchise in January. Any team attempting to hire Payton prior to the conclusion of the 2023 season will have to provide compensation to the Saints via trade.

Three SEC teams are heading to the College World Series, but not top-seeded Tennessee. Notre Dame upset the Volunteers seven to three in the deciding third game of their super-regional. The Fighting Irish are headed to the College World Series for the first time since 2002 when Paul Mainieri was their head coach.

Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Texas A-and-M will make the trip to Omaha as two other Super Regionals are being settled today. With Oregon State and Auburn finishing up one series and Stanford taking on UConn in the other.

The LSU pitching staff adds another member to its ranks. Creighton right-hander Dylan Tebrake, a 2-time Big East Pitcher of the Year, has announced that he will be transferring to Baton Rouge. Tebrake went 8-2 with a 2.71 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 93 innings for the Blue Jays last season.

11:40 LRN Sportscast June 13

Three SEC teams are heading to the College World Series, but not top-seeded Tennessee. Notre Dame pulled off the big upset on Rocky Top defeating the Volunteers seven to three in the deciding third game of the super-regional. The Fighting Irish are headed to the College World Series for the first time since 2002 when Paul Mainieri was their head coach.

Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Texas A-and-M are making the trip to Omaha. The Rebels swept Southern Miss without allowing a run in two games in Hattiesburg. The Razorbacks defeated the Tar Heels in North Carolina and the Aggies beat Louisville.

Two other Super Regionals will be settled today. With Oregon State and Auburn finishing up one series and Stanford taking on UConn in a decisive game three in the other.

The LSU pitching staff adds another member to its ranks. Creighton right-hander Dylan Tebrake, a 2-time Big East Pitcher of the Year, has announced that he will be transferring to Baton Rouge. Tebrake went 8-2 with a 2.71 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 93 innings for the Blue Jays last season. He has a career record of 21-5 and a 2.80 ERA, including 16-2 over the past two seasons.

The New Orleans Saints have wrapped up OTAs with minicamp ready to begin on Tuesday. Rookie tackle Trevor Penning is expected to be an impact player this season after being taken with the 19th overall pick. He says right now his focus is on learning the subtle differences between the college and pro games.

Cut 16 (14) “…good technique.”

New Orleans does have a team in the playoffs, the USFL playoffs. The Breakers forced four turnovers in a 17-6 win over the Tampa Bay Bandits to improve to 6-3 and clinch second place in the South Division. They will face the Birmingham Stallions in the semifinals on Saturday, June 25, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

After taking the weekend off, the NBA Finals resume tonight with Game 5 in San Francisco. The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are tied at two games apiece. Tip-off is at 8 pm.

LRN AM Newscall June 13

Record high inflation and gas prices are prompting many businesses to consider remote work options. Brooke Thorington has more

Cut 1 (34) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Will the cost of gas keep more Americans from hitting the road this summer? David Grubb has the story…

Cut 2 (35) “…I’m David Grubb.” 

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Now that the legislature has adjourned, more are voicing their desire to run for office in Louisiana’s 2023 statewide elections. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

Cut 3 (38) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.” 

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With no relief in sight for gas prices, some workplaces could return to virtual work options that were implemented during the pandemic. University of New Orleans business professor Mark Rosa says it’s a simple decision for those businesses that already have the technology in place.

Cut 4 (07)  “…return to it.”

Another option to reduce gas usage for commuters is a four-day work week. Rosa says some workplaces could be even more flexible…

Cut 5 (10) “…many places.”

However, there are some professions that don’t allow an individual to work from home, for example, a bank teller or a construction worker. Rosa says high gas prices might also impact filling essential and front-line worker positions.

Cut 6 (08)  “…in fuel.”

Rosa says some employers could be faced with increasing wages in an effort to keep employees.

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Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and millions of people will be traveling the highways en route to their vacation destinations. Triple-A spokesman Don Redman says record fuel prices are a major concern, but so far it doesn’t look like people are deciding to stay home.

Cut 7 (11) “…start drawing back.”

After the pandemic kept the country cooped up the last couple of years, Redman says Americans want to get out. However, they may modify their plans.

Cut 8 (10)  “…staying as long.”

In order to still enjoy some time away from home, Redman says that many people will have to make some tough travel choices due to the prices at the pump.

Cut 9 (12)  “…quite significant.”

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Record high inflation is also impacting animal shelters across the country and more and more animals are being surrendered or even abandoned because their owners can no longer afford to care for them. Jeff Dorson with the Louisiana Humane Society says some pet owners feel they have no other choice.

Cut 10 (07) “…no space.”

Dorson says shelters in Louisiana are always overpopulated because the spay and neuter rate is extremely low. In the past out-of-state shelters have helped reduce the burden but with gas prices, they can’t afford to transport animals to shelters in other states.

Cut  11 (10)  “…of many.” 

If you are in a situation where you might have to give up your pet, Dorson says first spay or neuter your pet, so you won’t have an additional mouth to feed, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Cut 12 (12) “…with them.” 

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Now that the 2022 Legislative Session is over, more persons are voicing plans to run for statewide office in 2023. “LAPolitics.com” publisher Jeremy Alford says possible (or probable) candidates for Governor are Attorney General Jeff Landry, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and state Treasurer John Schroder. Alford says another possible contender is former Louisiana Western District U.S. Attorney Donald Washington, a Black Republican…:

Cut 13 (11) “…as U.S. Attorney.”

With Schroder considering running for Governor next year, Baton Rouge state Representative Scott McKnight has announced he’ll run for State Treasurer, to replace Schroder. Alford says many candidates see Treasurer as a good entry level to statewide office, and a stepping stone to bigger, better things…:

Cut 14 (13)  “…a U.S. Senate seat.”

Today at Baton Rouge Press Club, Louisiana 3rd Judicial District Attorney John Belton is expected to officially announce he will run for Attorney General, to replace Jeff Landry who is expected to run for Governor in 2023. Belton is currently prosecuting the high-profile case of the 2019 roadside death of Ronald Greene while in State Police custody. Alford says there are other contenders for the A.G. job…:

Cut 15 (09)  “…looking to run.”

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The New Orleans Saints have wrapped up OTAs with minicamp ready to begin on Tuesday. Rookie tackle Trevor Penning is expected to be an impact player this season after being taken with the 19th overall pick. He says right now his focus is on learning the subtle differences between the college and pro games.

Cut 16 (14)  “…good technique.”

Of course, the Saints underwent some major changes in the offseason. One mainstay though is right tackle Ryan Ramczyk. The All-Pro says after injuries slowed the offense last season, he expects to go back to putting up points this season.

Cut 17 (13) “ …this year.” 

Jameis Winston is the unquestioned starter under center this year, and he will be backed up by veteran Andy Dalton. Dalton says he’s enjoying his role and believes Winston is primed for a big year.

Cut 18 (19) “ …watch him work.” 

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9:30 LRN Newscast June 11

The 5th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked an order from a federal judge that called for state lawmakers to redraw a Congressional district map with two majority-minority districts. House Governmental Affairs Chairman John Stefanski played a major role in drawing a Congressional map with one Black majority district and is pleased with the appellate court’s action…

Cut 9 (10) “…exercised”

Friday afternoon, Governor John Bel Edwards sent a letter to both the Senate President and Speaker of the House saying it is still too early to cancel the session and that he will not do so unless the stay is still in place as of 4 pm on this coming Tuesday, June 14.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says four arrest warrants have been issued in connection with the fatal shooting of an 80-year-old grandmother at a high school graduation ceremony on Xavier University’s campus on May 31st. Ferguson says the shooting was the result of two juveniles arguing and then adult members getting involved with the dispute and trying to settle it with guns…

It’s the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Free Fishing Weekend. LDWF Biologist Danica Williams says it’s the one weekend where a fishing license is not required. And in preparation for the free weekend, Williams says they have stocked 17 ponds across the state with ample catfish to improve your odds when casting a line.

Cut 4 (04) “…go fishing.”

Even though a license is not required to fish in Louisiana this Saturday and Sunday, fishing regulations remain in effect regarding size, season, catch limits, and gear restrictions. For a list of those 17 fishing sites visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.

A Lafayette man has been arrested for the impersonation of a police officer, among other charges. 57-year-old Brad Schexnayder was driving recklessly before he suddenly came to a stop in front of an 18-wheeler and stepped out of his vehicle. He then allegedly identified himself as an officer, assaulted the driver, and fled the scene. Schexnayder was tracked to his home in Youngsville, taken into custody and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges of impersonation of a police officer, simple battery, and reckless operation of a vehicle

8:30 LRN Newscast June 11

Republican legislative leaders say next week’s special session to redraw a Congressional district map should be canceled as a result of a stay issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

Friday afternoon, Governor John Bel Edwards sent a letter to both the Senate President and Speaker of the House saying it is still too early to cancel the session and that he will not do so unless the stay is still in place as of 4 pm on this coming Tuesday, June 14.

It’s the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Free Fishing Weekend. LDWF Biologist Danica Williams says it’s the one weekend where a fishing license is not required. She says the annual event is ideal for residents who have yet to enjoy one of the state’s favorite pastimes.

Cut 3 (07) “…in Louisiana.”

For a list of 17 fishing sites visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.

A Lafayette man has been arrested for the impersonation of a police officer, among other charges. Senior Corporal Matthew Benoit of the Lafayette Police says 57-year-old Brad Schexnayder was driving recklessly on Northeast Evangeline Thruway before he suddenly came to a stop in front of an 18-wheeler and stepped out of his vehicle…

Cut 6 (12) “…fled the scene.”

Schexnayder was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges of impersonation of a police officer, simple battery, and reckless operation of a vehicle.

7:30 LRN Sportscast June 11

The opening day of the NCAA Super Regionals brought plenty of excitement, as underdogs won two of the first four games on Friday. Oklahoma beat fourth-seeded Virginia Tech 5-4, and in a shocker, Notre Dame topped number one Tennessee 8-6. In other games, East Carolina took down Texas 13-7, and Texas A&M downed Louisville 5-4.

Those series continue today, while four more get started. North Carolina and Arkansas, Southern Miss and Ole Miss, Auburn and Oregon State, and UConn and Stanford open their best-of-three sets Saturday as we get closer to the College World Series.

The NBA Finals are all squared at two games apiece. Steph Curry scored 43 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 win over the Boston Celtics. Boston led 94-90 with 5 minutes to play but was outscored 17-3 down the stretch. Curry had 10 of those 17 points. Game 5 is back in San Francisco on Monday night.

It’s a great weekend to “go fish,” and I’m not talking about the card game.  Brooke Thorington explains.

Cut 1 (35) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram is out for the next 6-8 weeks following surgery on his right pinky finger. He averaged just under 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists this past season for the Pels.

1:30 LRN Newscast June 10

Republican legislative leaders say next week’s special session to redraw a Congressional district map should be canceled as a result of a stay issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

Kirt Guerin, the warden of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, is suspended from his duties pending an investigation following his arrest for DWI involving the use of prescribed pain medication. State police arrested Guerin on Memorial Day after he had sustained minor injuries in a one-car crash while on his way to work.

It’s the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Free Fishing Weekend. LDWF Biologist Danica Williams says it’s the perfect opportunity for avid anglers to share their love of the sport with individuals who don’t have a fishing license and hopefully they’ll choose to take up the hobby as a result.

Cut 5 (10) “…to fish.”

For a list of 17 fishing sites visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.

A Lafayette man has been arrested for the impersonation of a police officer, among other charges. Senior Corporal Matthew Benoit of the Lafayette Police says 57-year-old Brad Schexnayder was driving recklessly on Northeast Evangeline Thruway before he suddenly came to a stop in front of an 18-wheeler and stepped out of his vehicle…

Cut 6 (12) “…fled the scene.”

If convicted Schexnayder faces up to a $1000 fine and potentially two years in jail.

11:40 LRN Sportscast June 10

The NCAA Super Regionals begin today with four best-of-three series. Notre Dame visits number one Tennessee, Texas faces East Carolina, Louisville battles Texas A&M, and Oklahoma visits Virginia Tech. The SEC leads all conferences with 5 teams remaining in the 16-team field, with the ACC right behind with 4.

The Sun Belt has announced Lamson Park in Lafayette will host next year’s conference softball tournament while Louisiana Tech will host the 2023 Conference USA softball championship.

Nicholls State and head men’s basketball coach Austin Claunch have reached agreement on a two-year extension pending board approval. In four seasons with the Colonels, Claunch is 74-46 and led the team to Southland Conference titles in 2021 and 2022.

The NBA Finals resume tonight with a critical Game 4. The Boston Celtics lead the Golden State Warriors two games to one after their 116-100 victory on Tuesday. The Warriors are 5-0 in the playoffs following a loss, a streak they extended by winning game two of the series. Tip-off is at 8 pm.

Devery Henderson and Fred McAfee are the latest players to be inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Henderson, an Opelousas native, played 8 seasons with the Saints and was a member of the 2009 Super Bowl Champs.

Cut 16 (18) “…it all worked out.”

Drafted in 1991, McAfee spent 10 seasons wearing the Black and Gold, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2002. Today, he serves as the team’s VP of Player Engagement.

Cut 17 (19) “…I thank you.”

The induction ceremony will take place this October.

LRN AM Newscall June 10

The Louisiana Association of Business & Industry says they’re mostly happy with what the legislature has sent to the Governor’s desk this year. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

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Food banks are also feeling the pinch with record inflation and gas prices. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (33) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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New details in the triple homicide that took the lives of three Bastrop teens. David Grubb has the story…

Cut 3 (39) “…I’m David Grubb.” 

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The state’s largest business lobby says lawmakers passed some very good bills for the state’s business environment. Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI) CEO Stephen Waguespack says they’re happy with two bills passed to establish Education Savings Accounts for students will special needs and kids who’re struggling with reading skills. Waguespack says our state ranks 48th in education and less than half of our students can read at grade level, and a solution is the ESA’s…:

Cut 4 (13)  “…or other services.”

Waguespack says he hopes the Governor will sign those bills.

Other bills passed will promote better literacy outcomes for K-12 students. Waguespack is also happy the legislature made good use of billions in federal dollars to address road and bridge needs. He says there is always a temptation for lawmakers to use big windfalls of one-time money on recurring expenditures…:

Cut 5 (09) “…unemployment trust funds.”

LABI applauds investments in workforce development, bills to create more transparency and modernization of the state’s courts and judicial system. Waguespack says LABI regrets that one bill they deemed critical FAILED passage…:

Cut 6 (11)  “…failed at the ballot.”

Waguespack says centralized sales tax collection agencies are the norm nationwide, and it’s the only system that is fair to small businesses.

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As the country continues to face record inflation, food banks continue to meet unprecedented demand. Natasha Curley with Second Harvest in Louisiana says demand has been nonstop since COVID. With three devastating hurricanes and now the economy, demand has only increased.

Cut 7 (07) “…also helps.”

In addition to national partners, Curley says there are many individuals who continue to donate and they are extremely grateful for their assistance.

Curley says in the summer months there’s an added stress for food banks as kids who normally receive free, or reduced-cost meals are no longer in school,

Cut 8 (08)  “…more kids.”

And while gas prices continue to rise, Curley says it’s only added another strain for non-profits.

Cut 9 (08)  “…transportations”

If you need food assistance, you can call 2-1-1 to direct you to the closest food bank.

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More details are now available regarding the triple homicide in Bastrop that took the lives of three teens on Wednesday night. After receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls about shots fired, Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s deputies mobilized. Chief Deputy Jeremy Mardis says a retired reserve deputy was the first to reach the scene.

Cut 10 (12) “…laying in the street.”

Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third died from his injuries at Morehouse General Hospital. Authorities were able to locate a fourth victim who escaped unharmed. Mardis says that the young man laid out the horrible sequence of events for law enforcement…

Cut  11 (11)  “…ambush style.” 

Based on witness statements and surveillance video from the area, sheriffs identified 18-year-old Errigan Rainwater and Jaquarius Givens as suspects. Under questioning, both admitted to firing the fatal shots into the victims. A third suspect, 38-year-old John Rabun, was also arrested. Mardis says the Bastrop community has been rocked by the tragedy.

Cut 12 (10) “…shock and outrage.” 

Rainwater and Givens have been charged with three counts of First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder. Rabun was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly removing shell casings from the crime scene.

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Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement in response to the federal civil investigation of the Louisiana State Police. Edwards says he along with LSP Superintendent Col Lamar Davis will cooperate fully with the investigation. Kristen Clarke, US Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division says they are grateful for their cooperation.

Cut 13 (12) “…expeditiously.”

US Attorney General Ronald Gathe for the Middle District of Louisiana says the federal civil investigation is imperative to restore public confidence in law enforcement.

Cut 14 (08)  “…and police.”

Clarke says they will perform ride-alongs with officers as part of the investigation and they are also seeking input from the public concerning civil rights violations. She says cooperation from LSP leaders will assist in their thorough investigation.

Cut 15 (06)  “…timely manner.”

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Opelousas native and LSU standout Devery Henderson was announced as one of three members of the 2022 class to be inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Henderson played eight seasons in New Orleans, leading the NFL in yards per reception in 2006 and 2008. His best season came as a member of the 2009 Super Bowl champions when he caught 50 passes for 804 yards.

Cut 16 (18)  “…it all worked out.”

Joining Henderson is former special teams ace “Fast Freddie” McAfee. Drafted in 1991, McAfee spent 10 of his 16 NFL seasons wearing the Black and Gold, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2002. Today, McAfee serves as the team’s VP of Player Engagement.

Cut 17 (19) “ …I thank you.” 

Longtime assistant trainer Kevin Mangum will be inducted as well. He received the Joe Gemelli Award for his outstanding contributions to the team. The induction ceremony will take place this October.

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The Saints were back on the practice field today as they prepare to wrap up their third and final set of OTAs tomorrow. One player who has not been practicing is wideout Michael Thomas, who was last seen sprinting at the team’s facility on social media Wednesday. Thomas will likely miss minicamp as well as he recovers from ankle surgery. Coach Dennis Allen gave an update on his progress…

Cut 18 (19) “ …process play out.” 

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It was a return to form in Lafayette as the Ragin’ Cajuns made it back to the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time since 2016 this season. UL had been an annual participant for two decades before this extended absence. Coach Matt Deggs says that the foundation has been laid to bring back the glory days.

Cut 19 (17) _“…a championship program.” 

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4:45 LRN Sportscast June 9

Fred McAfee and Devery Henderson were announced as the latest inductees into the New Orleans Saints Hall of fame this afternoon. McAfee spent 10 of his 16 NFL seasons with the Saints and was a special teams star, earning a selection to the 2002 Pro Bowl…

Cut 21 (17) “…a great ride.”

Henderson, an Opelousas native, and LSU star spent 8 seasons with the Saints, helping them win the Super Bowl in 2009.

Cut 22 (12) “…grateful of it.”

Their induction ceremony will be held during the upcoming season.

LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte is still on the way back from offseason ankle surgery, though he’s excited about the upcoming season. He says he’s not sure who’ll be throwing him the ball, but was very impressed by the development of Garrett Nussmeier, who drew plenty of praise this spring.

Cut 17 (18) “…he can do.”

LSU’s baseball season came to a disappointing end on Monday. However, Tigers legend Ben McDonald says that Coach Jay Johnson changed the culture this year, and the future for the Tigers looks very, very bright.

Cut 19 (19) “…transfer portal.”