5:30 PM Newscast July 11

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, nicknamed Miracle Baby by Calcasieu Sheriff. Jack is held in Mississippi on a $9.1 million bond. She is fighting extradition to Louisiana.

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is joining the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent voter fraud and ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists. Joel Watson with Louisiana’s office…

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In Shreveport, the National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl and sixteen of the 19 tornadoes impacted northwest Louisiana. Sean Richardson has more.

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Forty-two Louisiana restaurants made Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards for 2024. Awards in three categories are given to restaurants with a wide, unique selection of wine. The wine selection must also pair well with the restaurant’s cuisine and appeal to all wine lovers. 3,700 restaurants across the globe earned awards. Twenty-seven of them in New Orleans, up from twenty-2 last year, six in Baton Rouge, two in Lafayette, one in Shreveport and one in Bossier City.

4:30 PM Newscast July 11

In Lafayette Parish State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy along with Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Bozeman) will tour LSU Ag Center’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel Friday. Cassidy says he looks forward to visiting the facility in St. Gabriel again because…

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The Farm Bill is up for renewal next year.

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is partnering with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent intentional and unintentional duplication of voter registration lists which could lead to individuals voting in both states. Joel Watson with the Louisiana Secretary of State says voters can be assured the office is taking painstaking measures to ensure their data is safe.

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl. Shreveport National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Berry says sixteen of the 19 tornadoes touched down in northwest Louisiana.

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3:30 PM Newscast

The National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes from Hurricane Beryl in the Ark-La-Tex and sixteen of them impacted northwest Louisiana. Shreveport National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Berry says the National Weather Service is surveying impacted areas and he expects the number of confirmed tornadoes to increase.

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Friday morning Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy will be joined by Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Bozeman) and tour LSU Ag Center’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel. Cassidy says these kinds of visits are vital when it pertains to the renewal of the Farm Bill. Cassidy says he’s always advocating for continued funding for the USDA Sugar Cane Research Facility in Houma.

Cut 10 (10) “…critical research.”

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent voter fraud and ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists. Joel Watson with the office in Louisiana says this will allow the states to share specific information.

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As insurance rates continue to climb, more and more residents are choosing to drop their homeowners’ insurance if they can. CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of Louisiana Ben Albright recommends keeping your home insured, especially in such a disaster-prone state.

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Albright says homeowners’ insurance rates were low before multiple hurricanes hit Louisiana in 2020 and 2021.

2:30 PM Newscast July 11

 

In Livingston Parish a pedestrian is dead, and Louisiana State Police are asking the public for help finding the driver of a pick-up truck who allegedly hit th woman walking on LA 447 near Andrews Road in Livingston Parish. The pickup truck’s driver reportedly did not stop and continued traveling south. The victim, Deasha Doucet, 30, of Denham Springs was then hit by another vehicle, whose driver stopped to help and report the crash. Authorities believe the pickup was a gray or silver full-size Chevrolet pickup

Friday morning Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy will be joined by Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Bozeman) to tour LSU Ag Center’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel. Cassidy says if Republicans gain the majority in the Senate, Boozman will become chair of the Senate Ag Committee.

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In Shreveport, the National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl and sixteen of the 19 tornadoes impacted northwest Louisiana. Sean Richardson has more.

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The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is joining the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent voter fraud and ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists. Joel Watson with Louisiana’s office…

Cut 8 (08)  “…this year.”

1:30 PM Newscast July 11

In Lafayette Parish State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is partnering with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent intentional and unintentional duplication of voter registration lists which could lead to individuals voting in both states. Joel Watson with the Louisiana Secretary of State says voters can be assured the office is taking painstaking measures to ensure their data is safe.

Cut 7 (10) “…data safe.”

The National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl. Shreveport National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Berry says The most severe damage was reported in rural areas, where several homes were destroyed and several people sustained injuries. A 30-year-old woman was killed by an EF 1 tornado that originated in Bossier Parish.

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Forty-two Louisiana restaurants made Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards for 2024. Awards in three categories are given to restaurants with a wide, unique selection of wine. The wine selection must also pair well with the restaurant’s cuisine and appeal to all wine lovers. 3,700 restaurants across the globe earned awards. Twenty-seven of them in New Orleans, up from twenty-2 last year, six in Baton Rouge, two in Lafayette, one in Shreveport and one in Bossier City.

4:30 PM Newscast July 9

The four-year-old child found floating in the water behind the Vinton Welcome Center Monday afternoon has been identified and his mother has been arrested in Mississippi. His one-year-old brother, being called “our miracle baby” by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Stitch Guillory was found alive crawling in a ditch near I-10. He was spotted by a trucker. Authorities say the one-year-old seemed to be okay after being examined at a hospital. The four-year-old’s body was sent to Beaumont for an autopsy. CPSO says there were no obvious signs of injuries, but the investigation continues.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced new measures to improve safety on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. This includes the installation of new speed limit signs and “your speed” feedback signs. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallett…

Cut 10 (11) “…speeding and tailgating.”

The speed limit will be 60 mph for all vehicles, replacing the previous limits of 55 mph for trucks and trucks will still be restricted to the right lane.

Louisiana’s only Democrat in Congress, Troy Carter, says despite the bad performance in the debate, he still supports President Biden’s re-election bid.
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But Republican U-S Senator Bill Cassidy said today, Mr. Biden should step down. Cassidy, who is also a medical doctor, says patients who present similar cognitive issues, it usually continues and accelerates…
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3:30 PM Newscast July 9

Physician and Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy had some strong words about President Biden’s health and rumored cognitive issues. Cassidy was asked if he believes the 25th Amendment should be invoked…

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The 25th Amendment is invoked when a president is unable to perform their duties and the vice president becomes president.

Louisiana’s only Democratic Congressman, Troy Carter, says the President had a bad night, but Trump has had bad days too.

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The second presidential debate is scheduled for September 10th.

Tropical Storm Beryl claimed the life of a 31-year-old Benton woman Monday after a tree fell on her home. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Matt Gaydos (gay-dess) says the fatality happened in northeast Benton.

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In Desoto Parish, Mark Pierce with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s office says they also received storm damage from Beryl. He says there was notable damage in the Lula community where Beulah Baptist Church appears to be destroyed.

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Pierce says at one time yesterday he was monitoring four twisters moving through the parish.

2:30 PM Newscast July 9

Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy believes calls for President Biden to step aside as the Democratic nominee and even step down from office should be heard. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana’s only Democratic Congressman, Troy Carter, says even though the President had a bad night that doesn’t mean he’s not fit for office…

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The President sent a letter to Congressional Democrats telling them he’s firmly committed to staying in the race and beating Donald Trump.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of a child’s body found floating in the water behind the Vinton Welcome Center on Monday afternoon. The CPSO Marine Division recovered the body of an African American Child after a witness reported seeing the body. Investigators checked with local agencies in the area and in Texas but no one matching the description has been reported missing. CPSO says there were no obvious signs of injuries, but the investigation continues and the coroner with determine the cause of death.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces new measures to improve safety on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. This includes the installation of new speed limit signs and “your speed” feedback signs. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallett…

Cut 10 (11) “…speeding and tailgating.”

The speed limit will be 60 mph for all vehicles, replacing the previous limits of 55 mph for trucks. Trucks will still be restricted to the right lane.

4:30 PM Newscast July 8

A Shreveport woman whose body was found in a neighbor’s home Sunday, is believed to have been killed in a dog attack. 59-year-old Joni Hatcher had been caring from her neighbor’s dog in his absence and authorities say her injuries are consistent with an attack by an animal like a dog or dogs. Her death is under investigation and an autopsy is pending.

President Joe Biden has announced he has no plans to step aside as the Democratic presidential nominee after a lackluster debate performance. Biden says his poor showing was due to nerves and difficulty combatting former President Trump’s false claims, not a sign of any mental issues. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan believes Biden should still submit to a neurological exam to assure voters and world leaders…

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Louisiana was spared the brunt of Beryl, but the Bayou State is getting rain, and the western half of the state is under a tornado watch until 10 PM. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana’s 2024 I Voted Stickers have been unveiled, featuring a crawfish sporting a suit and top hat named Mark D’Ballot. This year’s sticker was designed by Shreveport artist William Joyce…

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3:30 PM Newscast July 8

A group of teenagers from Terrebonne Parish are accused of targeting, beating, and robbing homeless people in the French Quarter. New Orleans Police say the attacks were reported about 2:35 Sunday morning after the teens allegedly pistol-whipped the first victim in the head. A second victim was also beaten with a gun and had his backpack and bicycle stolen. The suspects then allegedly threw the man’s belongings into the Mississippi River. One victim was transported to a hospital for treatment.  Officers arrested Keith Morvant, Leland Fitch and Jaden LeBeouf, all 18, as well as a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy.

Beryl made landfall early this morning as a category 1 hurricane along the Texas coast and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. While Louisiana was spared the brunt of the storm LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says…

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The western half of the state is under a tornado watch until 10 pm.

Northwestern State University has narrowed their search for a new president to 3 finalist including Northwestern Alum, Associate Justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court District 3 James Genovese who according to NOLA DOT Com reporter Tyler Bridges is Governor Landry’s choice for the job. Genovese has reportedly ruled against some tough on crime cases and if he leaves the court for NSU, there will be an opening that could be filled by a more conservative judge.

This year’s I Voted Stickers have been unveiled and they feature a crawfish in a suit and top hat named Mark D’Ballot. Mel Bridges has more.

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