12:30 LRN Newscast June 9

The Justice Department formally announces its civil investigation of the Louisiana State Police. Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division says they will focus on two main issues.

Cut 10 (18) ” …of color.” 

The civil investigation is separate from the criminal investigation surrounding the death of Black motorist Ronald Greene.

A recent survey of Floridians by Triple-A indicates that many people could be discouraged from evacuating for a hurricane threat due to the high price of gas. Mike Steele, communications director with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says the state is taking those concerns into consideration as it puts its systems for this hurricane season in place.

Cut 6  (12) “…in their planning.” 

The legislative session produced a banner year for higher education funding. Jeff Palermo has the story…..

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11:40 LRN Sportscast June 9

There are plenty of unsettled questions about the 2022 LSU football team, but one player on the roster seems like a sure thing. Kayshon Boutte is expected to be THE next great LSU wide receiver and is already projected as a top 10 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. In 16 career games, Boutte has 83 catches for 1244 yards and 14 touchdowns but is coming off of two ankle surgeries and returns to a new coaching staff and offensive scheme. In a conversation with Tiger Rag Radio, Boutte said he’s excited about how Brian Kelly plans to utilize his skills.

Cut 16 (12) “…amount of ways.”

The Boston Celtics took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals after beating the Golden State Warriors 116-100 in Game 3. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points to lead the Celtics. Game 4 is Friday night.

LSU Baseball finished 40-22 this season, 17-13 in the SEC. The Tigers’ regular season and conference wins reached their highest totals since 2019. LSU great and college baseball broadcaster Ben McDonald gave his assessment of year one of the Jay Johnson era.

Cut 18 (20) “…and then some.”

LSU outfielder Dylan Crews and first baseman Tre Morgan have been invited to join the U-S Collegiate national team this summer. Training camp begins June 30 in North Carolina.

Vegas is already putting together its prop bets for the 2022 NFL season and Saints quarterback Jameis Winston can be found on a number of boards. Right now, Winston is getting 40-1 odds to lead the league in passing this season. Tom Brady leads the way at 7-1.

LRN AM Newscall June 9

A bill awaiting Governor Edwards’ signature will allow truckers to begin pulling tandem trailers again on Louisiana roadways. Kevin Gallagher has more on that…:

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Another COVID vaccine could be available soon in the US if the FDA decides to follow the advice of its advisory panel. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A proposed option for the foreign language requirement for TOPS could mean a new career pathway for students. David Grubb has more…

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Big rigs pulling tandem trailers will be seen again on Louisiana roadways. Norco state Senator Gary smith says his bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature. Smith says the bill creates a new tandem load permit; allowing trucks to haul two 20-foot trailers. He says it addresses a statewide shortage of truck drivers and wear & tear on the highways…:

Cut 4 (11)  “…weight per axle.”

Smith says under his bill, DOTD will issue the permits, which will only be allowed for travel on designated highways. Interstates do not apply, because they are federally regulated. He says the bill actually has a “sunset” of four years; meaning it has to be revisited down the road…:

Cut 5 (13) “…the trucking out there.”

Smith says, under the bill, such tandem loads would still have to be under the state’s 37-thousand-pounds-per-axle limit. He says it’s hoped this can help with supply chain issues plaguing the state…:

Cut 6 (12)  “…it needs to go.”

Under state law, log trucks only are allowed a higher weight limit; 40-thousand-pounds-per-axle.

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The FDA advisory committee is recommending that the FDA give full approval to another COVID vaccine. LSU Health New Orleans Chair of Genetics Doctor Lucio Miele says the Novavax offering is similar to the more traditional vaccines we are used to, like flu and hepatitis.

Cut 7 (12) “…for decades.”

Miele says while the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use RNA extractions so your own body will make the protein, the Novavax vaccine consists of two shots that deliver a small amount of the COVID spike protein so your immune system will respond and build antibodies.

Cut 8 (07)  “…and purified.”

Miele says it’s best to have as many different vaccines as possible that use different technologies to combat a virus that he says is here to stay.

Cut 9 (10)  “…by it.”

At this time FDA is considering two adult doses of the Novavax COVID vaccine. Studies show Novavax is 90% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID.

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Monday the legislature approved a bill that will allow students seeking TOPS eligibility to substitute computer coding for foreign language credits. SB 191 was sponsored by Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt, who says it gives students who struggle with learning languages and those looking to develop workforce skills more options and follows successful models from across the nation.

Cut 10 (07) “…a language.”

Hewitt says the need for computer coding skills is there as it represents the single biggest workforce gap in the state. She says unless Louisiana starts making some aggressive changes, it might be impossible to develop enough qualified candidates to meet demand.

Cut  11 (12)  “…next five years.” 

Some lawmakers contend that with the state’s French heritage and the increase in Spanish speakers foreign languages are essential. Hewitt says she doesn’t disagree, she just wants to provide another option for students that could better serve their academic needs and give them a marketable skill at the same time.

Cut 12 (10) “…option for them.” 

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The latest report from trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund says the program will be insolvent by the year 2034. Senator Bill Cassidy says that means in 12 years there will not be enough money to pay the full benefits promised to seniors and those who will be on retirement then.

Cut 13 (05) “…cliff.”

Cassidy says this is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible and current laws regarding social security would greatly reduce monthly benefits for those collecting benefits.

Cut 14 (10)  “…an option.”

Cassidy says he has spoken with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about the concern and says she told him the current administration does not have a plan to address the issue, but they are willing to meet with Congress to devise a plan. Cassidy says he and fellow Republicans will attempt to do so.

Cut 15 (08)  “…us all.”

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There are plenty of unsettled questions about the 2022 LSU football team, but one player on the roster seems like a sure thing. Kayshon Boutte is expected to be THE next great LSU wide receiver and is already projected as a top 10 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. In 16 career games, Boutte has 83 catches for 1244 yards and 14 touchdowns but is coming off of two ankle surgeries and returns to a new coaching staff and offensive scheme. In a conversation with Tiger Rag Radio, Boutte said he’s excited about how Brian Kelly plans to utilize his skills.

Cut 16 (12)  “…amount of ways.”

Boutte wasn’t a participant in spring football due to his recovery from multiple ankle surgeries, but he kept himself involved mentally. He says he’s not certain who will be the Tigers’ quarterback this fall but was very impressed by the development of Garrett Nussmeier, who drew plenty of praise this spring.

Cut 17 (18) “ …he can do.” 

LSU Baseball finished 40-22 this season,  17-13 in the SEC. The Tigers’ regular season and conference wins reached their highest totals since 2019. LSU great and college baseball broadcaster Ben McDonald gave his assessment of year one of the Jay Johnson era.

Cut 18 (20) “ …and then some.” 

McDonald says that Johnson changed the culture of LSU baseball this season, and the future for the Tigers looks very, very bright.

Cut 19 (19) _“…transfer portal.” 

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4:45 LRN Sportscast June 8

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine says the association is still working on plans for the high school football playoffs. Bonine says that the size of the brackets won’t be determined until late August or early September. While there are still questions regarding how many teams will qualify for the playoffs and where they will go, Bonine says the association will explore every option it can to ensure the postseason is as fair as possible.

Cut 18 (10) “…make it equitable.”

Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees is hanging up the mic for the time being. The chairman of NBC sports told the Associated Press that Brees will not serve as the network’s color analyst for Notre Dame Broadcasts or serve as a studio host for their NFL coverage on Sundays. Brees reportedly wanted to spend more time with his family. And I think NBC wanted him to as well.

Tulane baseball has removed the interim tag from Jay Uhlman, naming him as the program’s 25th head coach on Tuesday. Uhlman took over for Travis Jewett on May 16 and led the Green Wave to a 3-4 record.

The Denver Broncos have entered into a sale agreement with the Walton-Penner family to sell the franchise for a record $4.65 billion, the most ever paid for a North American sports franchise. The Walton-Penner group is led by Walmart heir Rob Walton. The agreement is now subject to review by the NFL’s finance committee prior to a vote by the owners. Twenty-four yes votes are needed for approval. The deal is expected to be finalized within the next 60 to 90 days.

College football season is months away, but preseason predictions are already flowing in. Southeastern Louisiana is ranked 19th in the 2022 Athlon Sports FCS Preseason Top 25. The Lions are one of six teams to be ranked in the final FCS Top 25 in each of the past three seasons. Meanwhile, linebacker Tyler Grubbs headlines 10 Louisiana Tech players named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-Conference USA Teams. The Bulldogs begin their first season under Sonny Cumbie on Sept. 1 against Missouri.

Game three of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics is tonight as the series shifts to Boston tied at one game apiece. Game time is at 8 pm.

1:30 LRN Newscast June 8

Children who attend city-sponsored summer camps in Lafayette this week are also learning how to respond to active shooters. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (34) “…I’m Brooke Thorington”

Senator Bill Cassidy’s “No Surprises Act,” to keep patients from being caught off guard by medical bills is showing results. Cassidy says if you do receive a higher bill for services contact the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-985-3095…

Cut 13 (07) “…two-five-nine 53-hundred”

Republican lawmakers are confident the Congressional District map they approved in February is compliant with federal and state laws, despite a federal judge ordering the Legislature to redraw the map because it does not have two majority-Black congressional districts. Senate Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Sharon Hewitt…

Cut 6 (10) “…about that.”

Hewitt says the Black population is not concentrated enough to create two majority-Black districts. Governor Edwards has issued the call for a special session to begin on June 15th for legislators to redraw the Congressional district map.

Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval watched his bill that would have banned hand-held communication while operating a motor vehicle go down to defeat in the Senate. Huval has been relentless in his effort to make the state’s highways safer and says this push isn’t about taking away rights, it’s about saving lives.

Cut 9 (12) “…you’re speaking.”

11:40 LRN Sportscast June 8

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine met with the media Tuesday following the release of the listing of the state’s select and nonselect schools for the 2022-23 academic year. More than half of all schools are now listed as select and that number could still change pending appeals. Football is the biggest question on everyone’s minds, so when asked about the size and shape of this fall’s playoffs, Bonine says that the size of the brackets won’t be determined until late August or early September and that the association plans to use common sense in determining how many schools in each classification will qualify for the postseason.

Cut 17 (18) “…on a bracket.”

Schools have until June 21 to submit a written appeal

Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees is hanging up the mic for the time being. The chairman of NBC sports told the Associated Press that Brees will not serve as the network’s color analyst for Notre Dame Broadcasts or serve as a studio host for their NFL coverage on Sundays. Brees reportedly wanted to spend more time with his family. And I think NBC wanted him to as well.

Tulane baseball has removed the interim tag from Jay Uhlman, naming him as the program’s 25th head coach on Tuesday. Uhlman took over for Travis Jewett on May 16 and led the Green Wave to a 3-4 record, taking them to the semifinals of the AAC baseball tournament. Tulane also has the 25th ranked recruiting class in the nation coming in this fall according to D1Baseball-dot-com.

Football season is months away, but preseason predictions are already flowing in. Southeastern Louisiana is ranked 19th in the 2022 Athlon Sports FCS Preseason Top 25. The Lions are one of six teams to be ranked in the final FCS Top 25 in each of the past three seasons. Meanwhile, linebacker Tyler Grubbs headlines 10 Louisiana Tech players named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-Conference USA Teams. The Bulldogs begin their first season under Sonny Cumbie on Sept. 1 against Missouri.

LRN AM Newscall June 8

In an effort to avoid childhood obesity, Pennington Biomedical Research Center has created an app to help parents teach their kids proper motor skills. Brooke Thorington has more.

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State education officials are working with local districts to help make our kids safer in class. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

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A bill that would limit the release of mug shots will soon take effect. David Grubb has more…

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Helping your child get a jump on their motor skills could be as easy as using an app on your smartphone. LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center has created an app to help parents teach their children how to kick, jump, throw a ball and even play hopscotch. Dr. Amanda Staiano (Sty-ann-yo) says far too often young children are lagging proper motor skills.

Cut 4 (06)  “…their age.”

Pennington studied 72 children, ages 3 to 5, over a 12-week period to see if the exercises on the app that parents used to interact with them improved their motor skills. Staiano says it made a difference.

Cut 5 (07) “…this app.”

Staiano says poor motor skills can lead to childhood obesity, so it’s important to teach children as early as possible.

Cut 6 (09)  “…further behind.”

Staiano says the use of the program helped children increase their motor skills by an average of 16-percent and the study is published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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After being vetoed last year, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act by Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell will go into effect this fall. Mizell believes a trans female athlete winning a collegiate swimming competition helped garner more votes in favor of the bill.

Cut 7 (09) “…needed the bill.”

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act bans trans female athletes from competing in women’s sports. And while some say the bill is discriminatory against trans athletes, Mizell without the legislation women are discriminated against in their own sports.

Cut 8 (10)  “…women’s sports.”

Governor Edwards vetoed the legislation which prompted a historic veto override session last year. After failing to override the veto Mizell tried for a second attempt and this year and when the legislation reached the governor’s desk he opted not to sign the bill and allow it to become law.

Mizell says the intent of her bill has always been to protect women’s sports not to exclude individuals.

Cut 9 (08)  “…for that”

The law goes into effect on August 1st.

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After the recent mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas…state education officials are discussing policy changes to help make Louisiana kids safer in class. State Education superintendent Cade Brumley says there have already been talks between him and about 100 education leaders from school systems statewide. He says the safety of students is Job One, and an important step is for faculty and staff to harbor trust between themselves and the student body…:

Cut 10 (10) “…to report that.”

Brumley says more focus will be made on keeping school facilities physically secure as well…:

Cut  11 (13)  “…barriers in place.” 

Brumley says school kids are more “plugged in” to what’s going on than ever before, and school officials need to find ways to reach them, so they can know about potentially violent school incidents in time to take preventive action…:

Cut 12 (07) “…let somebody know.” 

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House Bill 729, authored by New Orleans Representative Royce Duplessis makes its way to the governor’s desk. The bill will limit the release of mugshots of those accused, but not convicted, of certain nonviolent crimes. Duplessis says booking photos are highly prejudicial and once out in public, can’t be taken back. He says in most cases they serve no purpose.

Cut 13 (07) “…should do better.”

The federal government already does not release the mug shot photos of those arrested for federal crimes, and several states are either debating or implementing policies to limit the publication of mug shots. Duplessis says we need to think a bit more about due process and privacy.

Cut 14 (10)  “…broadcasters think twice.”

Duplessis’ bill originally proposed a wider scope for the ban but worked with the Louisiana Sheriffs Association and Louisiana Press Association to address their concerns for public safety and information. He says he will be watching to see how local law enforcement and news outlets do respond to the legislation.

Cut 15 (09)  “…I’m excited.”

 

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LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine met with the media Tuesday following the release of the listing of the state’s select and nonselect schools for the 2022-23 academic year. More than half of all schools are now listed as select and that number could still change pending appeals.

Cut 16 (17)  “…subject to change.”

Schools have until June 21 to submit a written appeal.

When asked about the size and shape of this fall’s high school football playoffs, Bonine says that the size of the brackets won’t be determined until late August or early September and that the association plans to use common sense in determining how many schools in each classification will qualify for the postseason.

Cut 17 (18) “ …on a bracket.” 

While there are still questions regarding how many teams will qualify for the playoffs and where they will go, Bonine says the association will explore every option it can to ensure the postseason is as fair as possible.

Cut 18 (10) “ …make it equitable.” 

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4:45 LRN Sportscast June 7

LSU’s baseball season came to an end with an 8-7 loss to Southern Miss in the final of the Hattiesburg Regional.  It was an emotional defeat for the entire team, which had fought back for dramatic wins on Friday and Saturday. But two straight heartbreaking losses had the Tigers searching for words. Coach Jay Johnson said he didn’t expect the season to end like this.

Cut 18 (24) “…win today.”

LSU finished its first season under Johnson at 40-22.

Tyler McManus, Dylan Crews, Josh Pearson, and Cade Doughty were named to the Hattiesburg Regional All-Tournament Team.

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine met with the media Tuesday following the release of the listing of the state’s select and nonselect schools for the 2022-23 academic year. More than half of all schools are now listed as select and that number could still change pending appeals. When asked about the size and shape of this fall’s high school football playoffs, Bonine says that the size of the brackets won’t be determined until late August or early September and that the association plans to use common sense in determining how many schools in each classification will qualify for the postseason.

Dr. Catherine O’Neal, chief medical officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, is the new chief medical adviser for the Southeastern Conference. O’Neal has been working with the SEC since 2020 as part of its COVID-19 task force. She says her immediate goals are to establish a rapport with schools and identify their health priorities.

Cut 10 (12) “…conference standards.”

1:30 LRN Newscast June 7

A federal judge issues a June 20th deadline for lawmakers to submit a new Congressional Redistricting map, Governor Edwards says he’ll call for a special session. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Edwards has also decided to allow a bill that will bar transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports to become law without his signature. Edwards vetoed similar legislation last year but said it became obvious to him the bill would become law regardless of his actions.

Another bill to pass the legislative session was HB 1031, which adds an annual fee of $110 for all-electric vehicles and a $60 fee for hybrid owners to help offset the losses from gas tax collections. Transportation Secretary Sean Wilson says the feedback that he’s gotten from drivers and the auto industry has been positive so far and that the fee system will continue to develop just as the technology and the marketplace for electric and hybrid vehicles does.

Cut 10 (12) ” …tweaked over time.”

Louisiana is receiving 176-million dollars to bring reliable internet service to rural areas. Executive Director of Louisiana Broadband and Connectivity Veneeth Iyengar (Vuh-neeth Eye-IN-gar) says the money will go to the state’s new GUMBO program, a grant program for internet providers who want to bring broadband service to rural areas…

Cut 13 (12) “…internet service providers.”

4:45 LRN Sportscast June 6

After an 8-4 loss to Southern Miss on Sunday, the LSU Tigers were back on the field this afternoon facing the Golden Eagles for the Hattiesburg Regional championship. Ma’Khail Hilliard got the start for the Tigers, while Tanner Hill took the mound for Southern Miss. Coach Jay Johnson is 2-1 all-time in regional competition, leading Arizona to the College World Series in 2016 and 2021, while bowing out early in 2017.

Should the Tigers win they will face either Ole Miss, the conference rival which likely kept LSU from hosting a regional, or Arizona, Johnson’s previous employer. Either way, the stories will write themselves.

The Rebels and the Wildcats got off to a late start due to another rain delay in Coral Gables.

In other early action, Auburn advances after beating UCLA 11-4. East Carolina topped Coastal Carolina 13-4, and Louisville got past Michigan 11-9.

In other news for the Tigers, former LSU All-America linebacker Bradie James is one of 80 players to appear on the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Southeastern Louisiana’s first appearance in the NCAAs since 2017 was a brief one. The Lions fell to Auburn and UCLA in the Auburn Regional by a combined score of 35-9 and finished 30-31 this season. Their loss to Auburn was their first in seven elimination games during the postseason.

The Ragin Cajuns run in the College Station Regional did not last as long as they had hoped as U-L Lafayette was eliminated on Sunday afternoon by T-C-U. The Cajuns scored a first-inning run and that’s it in a six to one loss to the Horned Frogs. Coach Matt Deggs says his team ran out of gas…

Cut 16 (15) “…to em.”

Meanwhile over in the Austin Regional, Louisiana Tech lost to Air Force in an elimination game nine to seven. Jake Greiving hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning off of Kyle Crigger to snap a seven-seven tie. The Bulldogs finish with a 43-21 record.