State police say a motorcyclist was killed Wednesday evening in a multi-vehicle crash on LA 413 in West Baton Rouge Parish. Authorities say 58-year-old Pleasant Rushing was driving on LA-413 south of US 190 when he ran into a car making a left turn into a private driveway. Rushing was ejected from his motorcycle, and while he was lying in the roadway, he was hit by another vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.
Louisiana veterans will be honored at a wreath-laying ceremony today at the Veterans Memorial Park. Brooke Thorington has more…
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A new state law requires vape products to be registered with A-T-C in order to be legally sold. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is publishing a list on Friday of vape products that retailers can sell. Agency Commissioner Ernest Legier says for a vape product to be on the registry, it must receive FDA approval.
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FDA approved a new type two diabetes drug called Zepbound for chronic weight management. Director of Bariatric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. Catherine Hudson says the cost may put the drug out of reach for many people given only a small amount of insurance providers are willing to cover weight loss medication.
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Iberia Parish Assessor and Former Louisiana Speaker of the House Taylor Barras was named as Governor-elect Jeff Landry’s Commissioner of Administration. Brooke Thorington has more.
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LSU women’s basketball team landed the Bayou State’s top high school prospect Jada Richard. Richard is a 5-6 guard out of Lafayette Christian Academy. She has won three straight state championships across three divisions. Richard was also the District 4 – 4A MVP averaging 28 points, five assists, four steals, and five rebounds per game.
LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels is making significant improvements after receiving a head injury in the Alabama game. LSU Coach Brian Kelly says Daniels missed Tuesday’s practice but worked out this morning. Kelly says he’s still unsure who will start as quarterback in Saturday’s game against the Florida Gators…
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Nicholls State University hosted an event to highlight the university’s groundbreaking for its Coastal Center and concluded with a ribbon cutting for a new athletic practice facility. University spokesperson Jared David says the center will also house an educational outreach section geared towards primary and secondary students…
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David says a state investment of $45 million helped pay for the construction of the coastal center, the athletic practice facility, and a new College of Nursing building.
Governor-elect Jeff Landry has named former Louisiana Speaker of the House Taylor Barras as his Commissioner of Administration. Barras, Assessor of Iberia Parish, will replace outgoing Commissioner Jay Dardenne. Landry says it makes sense to have someone with legislative experience in the vital role of commissioner.
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Landry also selected Patrick Goldsmith as deputy commissioner of administration.
Nicholls State University spokesperson Jared David says they have broken ground on a new state-of-the-art Coastal Center and cut the ribbon on a new athletic practice facility. David says having a coastal center at the epicenter of coastal erosion along the Atchafalaya River is significant.
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LSU Tigers Football Coach Brian Kelly says Quarterback Jayden Daniels is improving after taking a hit in the head in the Alabama game on Saturday. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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The Country Music Awards airs live tonight from Nashville and a handful of Louisianans are up for multiple awards. Lainey Wilson of Baskin is nominated in nine categories. Making her the most nominated artist at the CMA’s for a second year. Kix Brooks and Jordan Davis of Shreveport are also nominated for multiple awards.
Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow has introduced the Drought Assistance Improvement Act. Letlow says the goal of the legislation is to speed up the process for the distribution of disaster relief payments for producers impacted by several weeks of dry weather. Letlow is hopeful the legislation will move quickly, especially since Congressman Mike Johnson is the new Speaker of the House.
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The Drought Assistance Act will alter drought lengths in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, and expand language in the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.
Judge Shelly Dick of the U-S Middle District of Louisiana has determined the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is violating inmates’ constitutional rights by ignoring the medical needs of prisoners. Attorney Samantha Bosalavage of the Promise of Justice Initiative…
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The Louisiana Department of Corrections disagrees with the ruling and they plan to appeal.
The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance is wrapping up its third annual virtual apprenticeship expo for high school students and post-secondary attendees. An estimated 90 percent of apprentices retain employment after completing a registered apprenticeship program with an average salary of $80 thousand. Director of Student Engagement LaVonya Malveaux hopes attendees learn that apprenticeship could be an optional career pathway to their future.
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Louisiana Tech University has officially launched Tech Online, a new initiative that serves and benefits distance learners and graduate professionals. Tech Online provides the same Louisiana Tech University programs that are nationally ranked. Current program offerings include undergraduate and graduate degree programs, continuing education options, and professional certifications. Visit online.latech.edu.
In an effort to provide relief to farmers after record-breaking drought conditions, Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow has introduced the Drought Assistance Improvement Act. The legislation would cut the time in half that farmers can apply for assistance during dry conditions.
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Letlow is hopeful the legislation will move quickly through the House.
The third annual virtual apprenticeship expo for Louisiana high school students and post-secondary attendees hosted by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance is underway. Employer Engagement Coordinator Tonya Evans…
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Several school districts will be attending the virtual expo. Students will participate in breakout sessions to engage with employers in the healthcare, cyber security, and chemical industries.
The Kentwood home Pop Star, Brittney Spears grew up in is now up for sale. Colleen Crain has more…
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State Fire Marshal deputies are investigating a house fire that tragically killed an elderly man in St. Mary Parish Monday. Authorities say the fire that originated at a home in the block of East Bollard jumped to a mobile home next door. The three people inside the home were able to escape but a disabled man was trapped despite efforts by his daughter to get him out. The five people inside the mobile home were able to escape unharmed.
At least one person is dead after 13 vehicles were involved in four different crashes on Interstate 10 near the Michoud exit in New Orleans due to a smoke and marsh fire mix. The marsh fire that’s created the smoky conditions is on remote private property that’s difficult to access and there’s no fire hydrant service. National Weather Service Meteorologist Christopher Bannan…
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Eight people were injured and taken to local hospitals. Seven motorists were killed on I-55 in St. John the Baptist Parish on October 23rd in a similar super fog event
A bill to provide rural communities with grants to upgrade their police and fire departments is being co-authored by Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow. Letlow says many rural facilities built in the 1980s are starting to deteriorate and they are unable to adequately fund any upgrades.
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The grants would be distributed through the Department of Justice and FEMA. $250 million will be allotted annually for the grant program over a three-year period.
Cleco residential and commercial customers can receive rebates for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargers. Richard Biedenharn Manager of Cleco’s EV Program…
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The residential rebates are for Level 2 EV chargers. Rebates for commercial customers range from $1,000 to $3,500.
Centenary College in Shreveport’s $50 million capital campaign to improve the college facilities and programs ahead of its 200th anniversary in 2025 is underway. Spokesperson Kate Pedrotty says $10 million will support new academic and co-curricular programs. She says the return of football will boost recruitment for the university.
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The college has already raised $37 million of the $50 million campaign goal.
The LSU Tigers will face a rearing Florida team this Saturday. After coming off a tough loss to the Crimson Tide, the Tigers will look to focus their attention on a gator team that has lost to Arkansas for the first time ever in Gainesville. None will be more focused on these gators than quarterback Garret Nussmeir who may get the start on Saturday according to LSU head coach Brian Kelly and who is embracing the potential opportunity
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The 19th-ranked Tigers will host Florida on Saturday night.
The LSU women’s basketball team will take the court for the first time since their historic national championship win last year in a neutral game in Las Vegas. The game will tip off tonight at 6:30 pm on TNT and they will face the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes whose last opponent last year was the Iowa Hawkeyes and in which the game posted a much different result for those same Colorado Buffaloes.
Saints athlete Taysom Hill passed a historic mark this Sunday as his 10th receiving touchdown has allowed him to be in rare air as an NFL player to have 10 passing, rushing, and receiving touchdowns. When questioned on the accomplishment, Hill is staying humble and putting the Saints first.
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Hill joins Hall of Famers Frank Gifford as the latest players in NFL history to accomplish this feat. The Saints will travel to the Vikings and kickoff is at noon on Fox.
The New Orleans Pelicans will take on the reigning NBA champion Denver Nuggets tonight, but a major part of the Pelicans offense in Shooting Guard CJ McCollum will not be available after a small lung collapse in his right lung. McCollum scored 13 points and 6 assists against the Hawks on Saturday. New Orleans and Denver will tip off tonight at 8pm.
LSU head coach Brian Kelly answered questions about quarterback Jayden Daniels’ health and if he thinks officials missed a targeting call Saturday. Brooke Thorington has more…
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State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Shreveport Sunday morning. Authorities say around 8:45 a.m. a Shreveport Police Officer initiated a traffic stop in the 2700 block of Marquette Avenue. The traffic stop led to a foot chase where the male driver produced a handgun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck. The suspect died at a local trauma center. No officers were injured.
Southeastern Louisiana University marked the construction of a new state-of-the-art broadcast media center to be named Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning American and Southeastern University Alum. President William Wainwright says the $40 million dollar project is being paid for through state Capital Outlay funds and a sizeable donation from Roberts.
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Construction is expected to be completed early next year.
According to Triple-A, The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.97, that’s down by 30 cents compared to a month ago. When Israel moved into Gaza, the price of crude went up to about $95 a gallon before it started retreating. Triple A Fuel Analyst Don Redman says barring any disruptions, he expects the average price in Louisiana to remain below $3.00 a gallon this holiday season.
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If you missed out on the first two rounds of the Louisiana Fortify Home Program, you still have a chance to get up to $10,000 to fortify your roofs against hurricane damage. The third round of the application period will open at noon today. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says 750 slots will be available for homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis.
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To apply, visit ldi.la.gov.
Two Democrats from the Louisiana House of Representatives, Cedric Glover and Sam Jenkins, will compete against each other to represent State Senate District 39. LSU Shreveport Political Science Professor Jeff Sadow says the outcome may be influenced by the candidate voted out in the primary…
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Confusion over how to address a veto override session while in the midst of a legislative session has prompted Constitutional Amendment 1 on the November 18th ballot. Brooke Thorington reports it happened last year when lawmakers were in a regular session and the governor vetoed the legislature’s drawing of a Congressional map…
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And don’t forget, you can vote early this week for the November 18th election today through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Friday which is Veterans Day.
The third round of grants of up to $10 thousand for the Louisiana Fortify Home Program opens today at noon. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says upgrading to fortified roof standards is beneficial for policyholders who are paying high premiums.
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Grants will be awarded to eligible homeowners on a first-come first-served basis. To apply, visit www.ldi.la.gov.
Former Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Sam Jenkins are in a run-off for the State Senate Seat vacated by term-limited, Greg Tarver. Greg Tarver has endorsed Jenkins. LSU Shreveport Political Science Professor, Jeff Sadow…
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Constitutional Amendment One on the November 18th ballot seeks to clarify what happens when legislators call for an override veto session, but they are already in a regular or special session. Public Affairs Research Council President Steven Procopio…
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And with a predicted voter turnout of only fifteen percent for the November 18th election, the fate of the four constitutional amendments is anybody’s guess For a PAR guide on the four amendments visit PARLouisiana-dot-org.
There will be no SEC West Championship for LSU this season as the Tigers scored just one touchdown in the second half in a 42-28 loss to Alabama. Coach Brian Kelly says the Tigers did a lot of good things, but you have to play at a higher level than good in order to win in Tuscaloosa…
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