5:30 LRN Newscast

LSU All-American forward Angel Reese returned to the court last night after a two-week hiatus scoring 19 points and nine rebounds last night as the Lady Tigers defeated Virginia Tech 82-64. Reese says it felt good to be back.

Cut 3 (11) “….with them.”

For unknown reasons, Reese missed a home game against Texas Southern. She also missed games at SLU and two contests in the Cayman Island Classic. Reese also made 9 of 16 free throws

Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is now offering eligible Louisiana residents an “Autism Spectrum Disorder” or a “Needs Accommodation” sticker for their vehicle for free. Spokesperson Matthew Boudreaux says the decal will indicate to law enforcement that an individual has a disability.

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Customers must provide a statement from a qualified health professional verifying their diagnosis

If you’re looking for the perfect festival to get you in the holiday spirit and knock out some of your shopping, you need to head to downtown Alexandria. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A ruling is expected next week on Caddo Sheriff candidate John Nickelson lawsuit challenging election results after a judge has allowed attorneys more time to file briefs to argue the case. Nickelson’s request for another runoff election in response to his allegations of voting irregularities after a recount still had him losing by one vote against Caddo Sheriff-Elect Henry Whitehorn.

9:30 LRN Newscast December 1

This year’s drought and historic wildfires have cost the state over 1.7 Billion Dollars. Dr. Kurt Guidry with the LSU Ag Center says the economic impact on some agricultural industries is not included in the figure. For the livestock industry, Guidry says it’s more than just the necessary sale of cattle…

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Nearly 50 thousand people intentionally committed suicide last year reaching a record high in the country. LSU Health New Orleans Chair of Psychiatry Dr. Rahn Bailey…

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The CDC says the country’s gun suicide rate increased by almost two percent compared to 2021.

New Orleans Representative Matthew Willard will lead the House Democratic Caucus when the legislature meets next month for a special redistricting session. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A ruling is expected next week on Caddo Sheriff candidate John Nickelson lawsuit challenging election results after a judge has allowed attorneys more time to file briefs to argue the case. Nickelson’s request for another runoff election in response to his allegations of voting irregularities after a recount still had him losing by one vote against Caddo Sheriff-Elect Henry Whitehorn.

4:30 LRN Newscast November 30

State lawmakers have extra time to redraw the election map to include two majority-minority districts to comply with the Voting Rights Act. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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51-year-old Willard Purkel Jr. and his son 27-year-old Colby Purkel of Covington have been arrested for their involvement in the January 6 breach of the U-S Capitol in 2021 that disrupted a congressional session to confirm the 2020 election results. Both face felony charges of civil disorder and several misdemeanors.

Next year, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain will ask lawmakers to approve 43 million dollars for new firefighting equipment and personnel after the worst wildfire season on record. He says his wish list of equipment includes air tankers.

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Strain says crews from other states would bring their forestry bulldozers and other special equipment.

LRN Meteorologist John Wetherbee says rain will blanket the Bayou State today as a wet weather pattern begins. He says flash flooding in central and southwest Louisiana is possible…

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Southwest Louisiana is also under a slight risk for severe weather.

9:30 LRN Newscast November 29

Governor-Elect Jeff Landry will announce State Police appointments and other Safety and Security Appointments during a press conference today in New Orleans. LA Politics Dot Com Publisher Jeremy Alford says there’s a reason for that…

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Alford says Landry has been open about his opinion of the issues he sees in the state’s largest city. Alford believes Landry will make his plans clear…

Tickets to see Rock legends The Rolling Stones at the 2024 New Orleans Jazz Festival go on sale today at 1 pm and Louisiana residents get the satisfaction of purchasing tickets first. After being rebooked several times, Festival producer Quint Davis says the Stones will play on Thursday, May 2nd.

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There will be a limited number of one-day tickets and Louisianans can purchase up to six tickets. To purchase tickets, visit N-O-Jazz-Fest dot com.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s working with lawmakers to pass the Disaster Mitigation legislation which would help reduce the impact of future storms on the Bayou State and elsewhere in the country.

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He says it’s part of his broader commitment to make sure Louisiana is as prepared as possible for future natural disasters.

Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary Tonya Joiner says they have made 91 percent progress toward their goals for the Fiscal Year 2023.  She says the objective is to concentrate on specific health issues for the year including improving early childhood nutrition.

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5:30 LRN Newscast November 28

The family of 73-year-old Linda Frickey, who was killed last year in a violent carjacking in New Orleans, feels a guilty verdict for 18-year-old John Honore will finally help bring closure. Her sister-in-law, Kathy Richard hopes Honore will remember the horrific crime for the rest of his life.

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Honore’s sentencing is set for January.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy has introduced the Lowering Costs For Caregivers Act to make it more affordable for adult children to support aging parent’s medical expenses by lowering costs for caregivers.

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Today is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of giving to non-profit organizations. The Humane Society of Louisiana is in need of your help. Director Jeff Dorson…

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Dorson says the society does not receive any type of federal funding but relies on contributions from the public. To donate, visit www.humanela.org.

A mystery respiratory disease among dogs that starts with a cough that can last for weeks, runny eyes, and sneezing is raising concern among animal doctors. New Orleans veterinarian Dr. Claire Guichard says your dog has to come in contact with another to catch it.

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No cases have been reported in the Bayou State but there have been cases in Florida and Georgia.

 

11:30 LRN Newscast November 27

LSU is promoting Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Over 900 voters will receive a ballot today to vote for the prestigious award. LSU Sports Information Department Michael Bonnette has unveiled thatkidjayden dot com, a website that informs voters of all of his accomplishments.

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Daniels will find out next Monday if he’s a finalist and the award is given out on December ninth.

We should know soon who will be the next Sheriff of Caddo Parish as the clock ticks down to the noon deadline. Republican John Nickelson demanded a recount after losing to Democrat Henry Whitehorn head of the Louisiana State Police by one point. Caddo Parish Clerk of Court Mike Spence…

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A winner will be certified at noon today at the Caddo Parish Courthouse in downtown Shreveport. If a tie occurs after the recount, there will be another election held Dec. 10.

It’s Cyber Monday and shoppers are browsing the web for great deals on holiday gifts. Carmen Million with the Better Business Bureau says shoppers should avoid non-secure sites and when making an online purchase it’s best to use your credit card.

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Million also advises that you read the fine print and understand return policies before you complete your purchase.

According to a Louisiana Fish Fry Products survey of more than 2,000 people across the country eight out of ten respondents crave fried chick at least once a month or more. Vice President of Marketing Caroline Gray…

Cut 6 (10) “…too expensive.”

The survey was conducted prior to the launch of their products to cook fried chicken at home. Gray says 60 percent of respondents cook fried chicken at home and they’re helping fill the void with their fried chicken tenders, wings, and sandwiches.

9:30 LRN Newscast November 27

The Louisiana Fortify Homes program will award 750 more grants of up to $10 thousand to all homeowners to replace their roofs to withstand extreme winds during a fourth round today at noon. This round is open to all homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon…

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Grant funds are paid directly to contractors. To apply, visit the Department of Insurance webpage.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette economist Doctor Gary Wagner says there’s been continuous job growth and the state’s economy is moving forward. But Wagner expects the Houma-Thibodeaux area will continue to struggle, because of two major factors…

Cut 5 (10) “…recover from that.”

Wagner is predicting Louisiana will gain another 30-thousand jobs over the next 12 months.

Ballots for the Heisman Trophy go out today and LSU plans to blitz voters with information on why Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels should get college football’s most prestigious award. Jeanne Burns has more…

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ULM Director of Athletics John Hartwell has fired head forward coach Terry Bowden after three seasons with the football program. The Warhawks went 2 and 10 this year. ULM went 5 and 19 in the Sun Belt Conference during those three seasons.

11:30 LRN Newscast November 24

According to the National Retail Federation, many consumers are not waiting late in the year to find holiday shopping deals. More retailers are offering big deals in the summer and early fall. Despite inflation, LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says one survey indicates consumers plan to spend more this year than last but not on as many gifts…

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The average person will spend $875 this year according to NRF. That’s up $42 from last year.

Tomorrow is Shop Small Saturday.  Dawn McVea, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business says Small Business Saturday is about supporting local businesses and helping the community…

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Last year, Small Business Saturday brought in seventeen point nine billion dollars for small businesses across the country.

Consumers have been concerned about the availability of Christmas trees this year with the state’s drought over the summer. But LSU AgCenter research associate Joe Nehlig says there is a slight shortage, but there are enough fresh Christmas trees to go around. He says many tree farmers irrigated this summer to minimize crop losses….

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Southern Jaguars and Grambling Tigers will face off in the Proctor & Gamble – 50th Annual Bayou Classic on Saturday but there’s plenty going on today including Business at the Bayou, a Black Small Business Showcase at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. And tonight, it’s the traditional Battle of the Bands and Step Show at the Superdome. Bayou Classic producer and Director Dottie Belletto says it’s supersized this year…

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10:30 LRN Newscast November 24

With giant retailers like Amazon offering Prime Days in July and October to motivate consumers, the National Retail Federation says many consumers are not waiting until Black Friday to find bargains for Christmas gifts. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice…

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Rice says even artificial tree retailers are having Christmas in July sales, and online giant Amazon has Prime Days in July and October to motivate consumers.

After Black Friday, shoppers looking to support local small businesses will be on the lookout for deals tomorrow. Unlike shopping at large national stores, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business Dawn McVea, says consumers can expect a more personal experience on Shop Small Saturday and great deals…

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McVea also says, that when you shop locally Sixty-Seven Cents out of every dollar stays in the community.

It was hot and extremely dry this summer, but that shouldn’t keep you from finding the perfect fresh Christmas tree. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Louisiana ranks as one of the least wasteful states in the country when it comes to how much food is thrown away during the holidays according to a study by Cherry Digital. The study shows Louisianans waste $855 worth of food every year compared to the national average of $907. South Carolina is the most wasteful state averaging $13 hundred each year.

5:30 LRN Newscast November 22

The statewide burn ban that went into effect August 7th has been lifted according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the cooler temperatures that have settled in for the fall dramatically reduce the chances of a wildfire erupting…

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Rodrigue encourages residents to remain vigilant when conducting outdoor burns. Also, know what you can and cannot burn.

State Police are reminding motorists to buckle up and travel safely. Sergeant James Anderson…

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Additional law enforcement will be on the roadway looking for impaired drivers and anyone not wearing seat belts.

The National Retail Federation is predicting as much as a four-percent growth in revenues this year from holiday shoppers. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana “Celebration Gator” float will crawl down the streets of New York for a third appearance in the 97th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade tomorrow. The 60-foot-long alligator float will blow confetti out of its mouth and wag its tail along the parade route. Amanda Shaw and Alex Smith are set to perform this year.