2:30 PM Newscast July 16

Underaged Gambling charges against Former LSU football standout Kayshon have been dropped. Boutte was accused of placing bets using a fictitious name while he was under the age of 21. In a statement the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s office commended the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division for their investigation. The statement said while evidence shows Boutte placed bets underage, no one was financially injured, Boutte did not financially profit, and He did not bet against himself or his team.

The Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association (LADA) recently released its 2023 Economic Impact Report. President and CEO of LADA Coulter McMahen says the independent dealer model is especially important to local communities, which is illustrated in the over 18 million dollars in charitable donations given in 2023.

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A new report from Bankrate found 34% of U.S. workers are living paycheck to paycheck. Mel Bridges has more.

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Voting has begun for the 2024 American Association of State Troopers Best-Looking Cruiser Contest. This year, Louisiana’s submission features a state police cruiser at the LARC Acadian Village in Lafayette. Sgt. Ross Brennan with LSP says the village was chosen because it’s a…

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9:30 AM Newscast July 15

There was an assassination attempt of former president Donald at his rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. Mel Bridges has more.

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Both Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are calling for unity among Americans in the wake of the shooting. Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy says no matter the issue, violence is never the answer.

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With the rising summer temperatures, Louisiana drivers begin seeing road buckling. Louisiana DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says unfortunately, it can happen suddenly and unexpectedly and there’s no way to prevent road buckles. If you encounter one while driving, she recommends reporting it to your regional DOTD as soon as it’s safe to do so.

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You can report road buckles or any road problems at dotd.la.gov. 

 

LSU kicks off SEC Football Media Days in Dallas today with Head Coach Brian Kelly. Tiger Rag editor, Todd Horne says Linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. was a freshman All-American in 2022 but took a step back with the rest of the defense last year. He began the season as an inside linebacker before being moved back outside, but Horne trusts new Defensive Coordinator Blake Baker to develop him as an off-ball linebacker…

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8:30 AM Newscast July 15

A motive in the assassination attempt of Former President Trump Saturday is still not known. Fortunately, the former president was able to leave his rally safely to receive medical attention after a bullet struck him in the ear. Two attendees were critically injured, and one man is dead. The twenty-year-old shooter was outside the rally on a rooftop and was killed by counter snipers. Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana…

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Both Trump and Biden called for unity among Americans in the wake of the assassination attempt. Some of Trump’s opponents have suggested he may use the tragedy to garner votes. LSU Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Hogan…

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SEC Media Days begin in Dallas today with LSU’s Brian Kelly set to kick things off. Tiger Rag editor Todd Horne expects confidence from the Tigers. Kace Kieschnick has more…

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As the temperature continues to climb, motorists may encounter road buckling. Louisiana DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says it can happen suddenly and unexpectedly, but shouldn’t be danger if you’re paying attention and driving safely. She says even if you’ve never seen a road buckle before…

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You can report road buckles or any road problems at  dotd.la.gov. 

7:30 AM Newscast July 15

Former President Trump was the target of an assassination attempt at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday. The shot taken at the former president hit him in the ear. Two attendees are critically injured, and one man who reportedly threw himself in front of his family to shield them is dead. The twenty-year-old shooter was outside the rally on a nearby rooftop and was killed by counter snipers. Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana had this to say

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LSU Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Hogan says it’s not yet clear how the assassination attempt might impact the presidential election. He says most Americans have preset, hardened notions of Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.

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Drivers may notice more road buckles on concrete roads as the summer continues, but it’s nothing to be afraid of if you’re driving safely. Sean Richardson has the story.

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SEC Football Media Days kicks off in Dallas today with LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly. Tiger Rag editor Todd Horne says Kelly is confident in the talented arm of quarterback Garrett Nussmeier. Horne says tight end Mason Taylor is set for a big year in all phases of the offense.

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6:30 AM Newscast July 15

There was an assassination attempt of former president Donald at his rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. Mel Bridges has more.

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Both Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are calling for unity among Americans in the wake of the shooting. Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy says no matter the issue, violence is never the answer.

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As the temperature continues to climb, motorists may encounter a disruption known as road buckling. Louisiana DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says road buckling is a normal thing that happens to concrete roads in heat. Debris and moisture fall into the joints of concrete roads over time, and when it gets hot…

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LSU kicks off SEC Football Media Days in Dallas today with Head Coach Brian Kelly. The Tigers will look to improve on last year’s 10-and-3 season but will have to do so without Heisman winning quarterback and leading rusher Jayden Daniels. Tiger Rag editor Todd Horne says he expects Kelly to replace Daniels’ production with an established traditional run game…

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10:30 AM Newscast July 12

To a thunderous standing ovation, Steve Gleason was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award Thursday night at the ESPYs. Former teammate Drew Brees presented Gleason with the award and Gleason’s son held it beside him during his acceptance speech.

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Gleason who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011 and since has established the Team Gleason foundation that helps others with the incurable disease live life as full as possible.

State Treasurer John Fleming has been overseeing the state coffers for six months now and says in that short time his small office, with a staff of 71 people, has produced some impressive results. For example, in January he says the Unclaimed Property Division had a backlog of 2,500 claims.

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The Louisiana Department of Health is advising the public to stay safe during dangerous heat. Mel Bridges has more.

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Louisiana State Parks are celebrating their 90-year anniversary with free day-use admission to all Louisiana state parks and historic sites on Saturday, July 13. The Parks have playgrounds, disc golf, and even aquarium exhibits as well as hiking, fishing, and camping, including pet-friendly cabins. Assistant Secretary of State Parks Brandon Burris says Louisianians may not know the true draw of a park that could be just a short drive away.

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9:30 AM Newscast July 12

A Metairie youth pastor believes Louisiana should become an independent nation and no longer regulated by the Federal government. Brooke Thorington has more.

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State Treasurer John Fleming has been in office for six months and he says he served as lead on a movement to block an overtake of ExxonMobil by a group that was working with the retirement system for California state employees.

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Summer heat can be dangerous and Surgeon General Dr. Ralph Abraham says the best thing you can do to beat the heat and avoid heat-related illness is to stay inside and stay hydrated. He recommends that you start drinking water or low-sugar sports drinks as soon as you wake up. If you must go outside for some time, Abraham recommends…

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Louisiana State Parks are celebrating their 90-year anniversary with free day-use admission to all Louisiana state parks and historic sites on Saturday, July 13. Assistant Secretary of State Parks Brandon Burris says in 1934 they oversaw three state parks. Today, they operate 21 state parks, 14 historic sites, and a preservation area. And he says their mission statement hasn’t changed.

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8:30 AM Newscast July 12

Metairie youth pastor Larkin Jackson launches Free Louisiana, with the goal of making Louisiana an independent country. He believes as an independent nation, Louisiana can secure freedom of religion and he fully supports the state law requiring public school classrooms to post the Ten Commandments.

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Since launching the website FreeLouisiana.org on Thursday, he says he’s gotten positive feedback.

State Treasurer John Fleming has been overseeing the state coffers for six months now and he says during the legislative session, he helped defeat a bill that would have stripped away oversite power that protects cities from getting into financial trouble. And Fleming worked with Bossier City Representative Raymond Crews to have silver and gold declared as legal tender in Louisiana.

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 Louisiana State Parks is celebrating 90 years with free admission on Saturday, July 13th. Mel Bridges has more.

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 With heat advisories often come heat-related illnesses. Surgeon General Dr. Ralph Abraham says Symptoms include cold, clammy skin, excessive sweating, exhaustion, headaches and fainting. And he says athletes and those who work outside are especially prone to heatstroke. He urges people to check in on those who might have trouble taking care of themselves.

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7:30 AM Newscast July 12

There are new charges for the mother of the 1-year-old nicknamed Miracle Baby who survived two days in a ditch along I-10 and the 4-year-old found dead in water behind the Vinton Welcome Center. Aaliyah Jack, 25, of Lake Charles arrested in Mississippi earlier this week faces a count of second-degree murder, a count of cruelty to a juvenile, and two charges of failure to report a missing child. Her 4-year-old son, Legend, was found dead Monday, then Tuesday morning a truck driver spotted her 1-year-old son, Kingtrail, climbing out of a ditch. Jack is being held in Mississippi on a $9.1 million bond. She is fighting extradition to Louisiana.

State Treasurer John Fleming has been overseeing the state coffers for six months now and says in that short time his small office, with a staff of 71 people, has produced some impressive results. For example, in January he says the Unclaimed Property Division had a backlog of 2,500 claims.

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The Louisiana Department of Health is advising the public to stay safe during dangerous heat. Mel Bridges has more.

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Metairie youth pastor Larkin Jackson launches Free Louisiana, an organization dedicated to the goal of the Bayou State becoming an independent country. He says Louisiana is constantly ranked at the bottom compared to other states and the federal government is to blame.

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He says Louisiana should be independent of states like California and New York.

6:30 AM Newscast July 12

The mother of the 1-year-old who survived two days in a ditch along I-10 and the 4-year-old found dead in water behind the Vinton Welcome Center, now faces charges of murder and child cruelty.  Aaliyah Jack, 25, of Lake Charles faces two charges of failure to report a missing child, along with a count of second-degree murder and a count of cruelty to a juvenile. Her 4-year-old son, Legend, was found dead Monday, then Tuesday morning a truck driver spotted her 1-year-old son, Kingtrail, climbing out of a ditch. Jack is held in Mississippi on a $9.1 million bond. She is fighting extradition to Louisiana.

As heat advisories and excessive heat warnings pile up across the state, so do heat-related illnesses. Surgeon General Dr. Ralph Abraham says there are several easy measures you can take to prevent dehydration, heatstroke, and other heat-related illnesses.

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A Metairie youth pastor believes Louisiana should become an independent nation and no longer regulated by the Federal government. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana State Parks are celebrating their 90-year anniversary with free day-use admission to all Louisiana state parks and historic sites on Saturday, July 13. Assistant Secretary of State Parks Brandon Burris says waving the day-use fee will help…

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