2:30 PM Newscast Feb 26

New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez’s measure that would give non-felon adults the ability to legally carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training received approval from the House Criminal Justice Committee today after passing the full senate Friday.  Miguez says his legislation does not change current law, which prohibits guns near a parade route or in bars. He also says there’s evidence his legislation will help deter shootings…

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Wildfires cost Louisiana tens of millions of dollars last year and Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says a statewide burn ban is planned prompted by a weekend increase in fires.

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Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump was in Avoyelles Parish today as he’s representing Jerome Stevenson. He died while in custody at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s jail in Marksville last November. An inmate and two correction officers have been charged in his murder. Crump says he will fight for justice for the Stevenson family

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Heartbreaking news for a New Iberia family as the body of 19-year-old Sheryl Turner of New Iberia who had been missing since early January has been identified as the body found in Catahoula Parish in the Ouachita River on January 24th. A fisherman spotted her body about three miles north of Jonesville. The case is being treated as an active homicide investigation and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for Turner’s funeral expenses.

1:30 PM Newscast Feb 26

A Jefferson Parish Correctional Center prisoner escaped from the parking lot of Ochsner Westbank Sunday and drove off in a deputy’s marked car. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says 51-year-old Leon Ruffin, who’s been in custody for second-degree murder, was being transported back to the correctional center from the hospital when he escaped. Lopinto says Ruffin pepper-sprayed the deputy to gain control of the car.

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he Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office has not released many details about the November in-custody death of Jerome Stevenson. The Stevenson’s Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump says an autopsy report shows the 26-year-old died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and stomach…

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An inmate at the time, 37-year-old John Williams of Mansura, has been charged with second degree murder. Corrections deputies, 60-year-old Byron White and 61-year-old Frank Overbey also face charges.

After several wildfires sparked over the weekend a statewide burn ban will be issued. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Legislation that would give non-felon adults the ability to legally carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training continues to sail through the Legislature. The full Senate has already approved New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez’s measure and today it received approval from the House Criminal Justice Committee…

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4:30 PM Newscast Feb 23

The full House approves legislation that increases the penalties for convicted carjackers. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The senate passed legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult. The bill would Repeal the Raise the Age Act approved in 2017. It’s resulted in many 17-year-old offenders being charged as juveniles for crime. West Monroe Republican Senator Jay Morris says having 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice facilities is not working.

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The Louisiana House has approved legislation that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s measure would give the state the option to use the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death row inmate…

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The House voted 71 to 29 in favor of the legislation and heads to the Senate for further debate.

Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says the state was recognized for implementing a universal reading screener for students having trouble reading.

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3:30 PM Newscast Feb 23

Legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says an increase in crime including deadly shootings, home invasions and carjackings was the motivation behind the bill. She says the state has suffered from high crime rate and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says from 2017-2020 the number of under 18 crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700. He says putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to the House for more discussion.

The Louisiana House has approved legislation that expands the methods by which the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s bill provides penalties for anyone that would publicize where the state obtained the drugs for an execution….

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Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says the most impactful policy requires kindergarten through third grade teachers and school leaders to undergo a science of reading training. She says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

Cut 11 (11) “…been eliminated.”

2:30 PM Newscast Feb 23

The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and also puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult successfully cleared the Senate. New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says putting juveniles in adult court and correctional systems is not the answer.

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A bill that would raise the minimum prison sentence from two to five years for carjackings and from 10 to 20 years for carjackings that result in serious injury is headed to a senate committee for debate after passing the full house. New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard asked bill sponsor Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel if doubling the sentences would reduce the number of carjackings.

Cut 8 (12) “…our laws.” 

 

Louisiana is leading the way with common sense reading reforms says Department of Education says Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson. Reforms include parental notification of students with reading difficulties. She says kindergarten through third grade students are at critical ages when it comes to learning how to read.

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3:30 PM Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry signs an executive order that keeps a big property tax break in place for manufacturers, but it removes the job creation requirement Landry is keeping a change to the Industrial Tax Exemption Program made by former Governor John Bel Edwards requiring businesses pay at least 20-percent of the taxes for the first ten years and 100-percent thereafter. Landry says the tax exemption only needs approval from one government entity in a parish, instead of multiple…

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Former Gretna Representative Joe Marino attended the House Criminal Justice Committee hearing on a bill that would eliminate many of the reforms of the 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiatives. He says the 2017 reforms are beginning to work but the main hurdle is that prisoners in parish jails are not provided rehabilitative services to reduce recidivism. He says eliminating parole and forcing prisoners to serve 85% of their sentence…

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The Board of Regents is committed to dual enrollment opportunities for all students says Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed and she points out a virtual instruction program is accessible to students in underpopulated parts of the state.

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To access more information on dual enrollment for high school students, visit Ladualenrollment.com.

LSU men’s basketball rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat 17th-ranked Kentucky 75-74 last night. Coach Matt McMahon says taking better care of the basketball led to the second half rally…

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2:30 PM Newscast Feb 22

Governor Jeff Landry signs an executive order that keeps a big property tax break in place for manufacturers, but it removes the job creation. Together Louisiana, says the change to the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program is just a gift for corporations and local governments will lose millions in tax revenue. But Landry says removing the job requirement is about capital investment…

Cut 10 (08) “…retaining jobs.”

Louisiana State Police and the FACES Lab have positively identified a body found in October of last year as that of 38-year-old Ashley Beauclair of Marksville. She was found in the Blue Town Community north of Marksville and after an autopsy, authorities ruled her death a homicide. The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call them at 318-619-3980 or 318-253-4000.

According to The Board of Regents 2023 report, Louisiana’s high school dual enrollment participation increased for a third consecutive year. Teiko Foxx explains…

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LSU men’s basketball took down another Top 25-ranked team last night as the Tigers rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat 17th-ranked Kentucky 75-74 on a buzzer-beating shot by Tyrell Ward. Coach Matt McMahon…

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AM Newscall Feb 22

In his first special session on crime, Governor Landry’s legislation is met with little opposition. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Could Louisiana’s vehicle inspection stickers become a thing of the past? A state lawmaker hopes his proposal to get rid of inspection stickers passes in the upcoming regular session. Teiko Foxx has more….

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The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed two cases of measles in the Greater New Orleans area. Colleen Crain has the story…

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Today begins the fourth day of Governor Jeff Landry’s special session on crime and ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross believes the hard-nosed conservative with the help of the legislature will be able to honor his tough-on-crime campaign promises.

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After Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards’ passage of criminal justice reforms, Cross says the Landry administration is a sharp contrast from the last eight years in Louisiana. Cross says it appears the state will soon have a much stricter criminal justice code and less eligibility for the commutation of sentences.

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Cross is quick to point out that while most of the bills increase penalties and keep criminals behind bars longer, legislation to allow concealed carry without a permit can be deemed ironic.

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Among the bills progressing in the session are measures to increase the carjacking penalties and the addition of other methods to be used to carry out the death penalty.

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Stonewall State Representative Larry Bagley’s proposal to eliminate the state’s vehicle inspection sticker once again will be debated in the upcoming regular session. He says his measure has become a favorite among Louisianans.

Cut 7 (11) “…taken away.”

Under current law, Louisiana drivers are required to get an inspection every other year. Drivers can pay for a one-year inspection tag for $10 and $20 for two years.

Bagley says a driver with an expired sticker could be fined up to $124. He says it serves no purpose because law enforcement has the ability to stop you if you’re driving in an unsafe car.

Cut 8 (12) “…each year.” 

The state loses five to six million dollars a year due to illegal vehicle inspection stickers. Louisiana car owners pay a 20-dollar fee for a one-year inspection sticker and the money goes to Louisiana State Police.

With a new tax on vaping products, Bagley says there will be no loss in revenue for LSP. He says the inspection sticker is an unnecessary nuisance especially if you forget to renew.

Cut 9 (12)  “…that again.”

If approved, the measure would go into effect July 1st.

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Louisiana has two confirmed cases of measles. The Louisiana Department of Health says the two New Orleans area individuals had returned from an out of state trip when diagnosed. LSU Health Infectious Disease Dr. Fred Lopez says though the number is small it’s a wake-up call to get vaccinated if you’re not immune…

Cut 10 (10) “…has measles.”

Lopez says symptoms of measles typically appear seven to 14 days after infection and generally start with high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes, sometimes followed by white spots in the mouth and then a very red rash with very high fever. Complications could include ear infections and diarrhea and sometimes…

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Though very contagious, measles is rare in the U.S., Lopez says, because of the effectiveness of vaccines.

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If you’re not sure of your vaccination status, Lopez says, your healthcare provider can help you determine if you are immune and he says, if you need to get the vaccine later in life, that’s okay.

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45-year-old George Mosely of Oak Ridge faces numerous penalties in connection with the killing of a Black Bear and other hunting violations. Adam Einck with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries details what agents found in Mosley’s Morehouse Parish residence on February 8th.

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Enick says Mosely confessed to harvesting the bear with a bow and arrow in Richland Parish last October.

Cut 14 (12) “…2024 hunting season.”

Mosely faces more than $16,000 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken black bear, deer, and bobcat.

Cut 15 (10) “…in jail.”

LDWF agents and the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office executed the search warrant and they also found methamphetamine in the residence.

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The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team begins a three-game road trip tonight at UTEP. It’s the second meeting of the season between these two Conference USA foes. The Bulldogs won the first matchup 68-54 in Ruston. Tech Coach Talvin Hester says his team had too many careless turnovers…

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Tip-off is at 8 PM. Tech is 8-3 in CUSA, UTEP is 4-7.

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The 13th-ranked LSU Lady Tigers host Auburn tonight. Auburn upset LSU last month and Coach Kim Mulkey says they are looking forward to the rematch…

Cut 17 (16) “…they will.” 

LSU has won four in a row and Mulkey says they are peaking at the right time…

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The second-ranked LSU baseball team will host Northern Illinois today at 2 PM to begin the second weekend of the season. UCLA transfer Gage Jump will get the start. He’s expected to pitch about 40 to 50 pitches after throwing an impressive ninth inning for a save in the season opener

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The Tigers are 4-0 and designated hitter Hayden Travinski says the season is off to a good start…

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2:30 PM Newscast

Current law allows prosecutors to charge 17-year-olds as an adults in cases when a violent crime is committed. But 17-year-olds who commit lesser crimes go through the juvenile justice system. A bill that would Repeal the Age Act that raised the age to 18 is making its way through the legislative process. But University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Matthew Green says existing law should stay in place…

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A bill that would allow for criminal and civil penalties against those who reveal the identities of those involved with an execution is headed to the house floor. New Orleans Democrat Rep. Delisha Boyd reiterated a goal for truth and transparency in government and she said that bullies should be held liable for their actions.

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If you’re not registered to vote. Today is your last day to register in person if you want to participate in the presidential primary on March 23rd. If you register online at GEAUXVOTE Dot Com you have until March 2. Geaux vote is G-E-A-U-X vote. Also a reminder, you can only vote in the primary of the party of which you are registered. Libertarians, Independents and others will not be allowed to vote in the primaries. You can also change your party affiliation at GeauxVote dot com.

 

Entergy Director of Resource Planning Laura Beauchamp says Entergy has approximately 230 megawatts of renewable resources including the Capital Region Solar facility, which began delivering power to the grid in October 2020. She says they’re proud to transition towards cleaner energy sources while delivering reliable and affordable power.

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1:30 PM Newscast

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to charge 17-year-olds accused of a felony as an adult is receiving support from state senators. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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While debating the privacy portion of a bill to protect the names and drug manufacturers involved in the executions of death row inmates, New Orleans Democrat Candace Newell expressed fears that protecting the identities of those involved with an execution goes against “truth and transparency,” however she also believes those who are merely doing their jobs should not be threatened.

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Data from Entergy Louisiana’s 2023 power generation report shows renewable energy production totaled one point one million megawatt hours exceeding their coal energy production. Director of Resource Planning Laura Beauchamp points out solar energy reduces carbon emissions and offers many benefits.

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If you’re not registered to vote. Today is your last day to register in person if you want to participate in the presidential primary on March 23rd. If you register online at GEAUXVOTE Dot Com you have until March 2. Geaux vote is G-E-A-U-X vote. Also a reminder, you can only vote in the primary of the party of which you are registered. Libertarians, Independents and others will not be allowed to vote in the primaries. You can also change your party affiliation at GeauxVote dot com.