2:30 PM Newscast July 8

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

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Olivia “Livvy” Dunne says she’s not Dunne yet. In a video post to X she announced she is returning to LSU for another season with the National Champion Tigers’ Gymnastics team! Her post included clips of the Tigers and LSU and she says”there’s just something about LSU.”

Some Democratic lawmakers have called on President Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race, though they didn’t offer up any nominees. Despite Biden saying he won’t step aside, LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan thinks it would be beneficial for the Democrats to explore the possibility of having someone else run.

Cut 10 (12) “…all there.”

Shreveport artist William Joyce created Louisiana’s 2024 I Voted Stickers featuring a top hat wearing crawfish named Mark D’Ballot. Though Joyce has created and worked on several children’s books, TV shows and movies, including multiple Academy Award winners, he thinks these stickers are the most important thing he’s ever worked on because the impact is immediate and far-reaching.

Cut 5 (08)  “…what’s the downside?”

The stickers will be handed out to people who vote in the fall election.

12:30 PM Newscast July 3

Angola has been ordered to improve conditions for inmates who are required to work on the farm line. Louisiana Middle District Court Judge Brian Jackson told the the prison to quickly correct what he called “glaring deficiencies of their heat-related policies.” Promise of Justice Initiative Legal Director Colin Reingold…

Cut 9 (10) “…the farm line.”

On the 4th of July, Louisiana becomes the 29th state to allow non-felon adults to conceal carry a gun without a permit and without training. Some have expressed concerns that this law will result in more gun violence, but New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez believes his legislation will reduce the number of shootings…

cut 12 (07) “…their actions”
Miguez says Handgun Training is still being offered by Louisiana State Police.

Governor Jeff Landry announces Operation Lone Start extension that will Deploy LANG engineers to the Texas border on July 15th. Sean Richardson has the story.

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11:30 PM Newscast July 3

Governor Jeff Landry announces the extension of Operation Lone Star which will involve the deployment of Louisiana National Guard engineers on July 15th to the southern border. LANG spokesperson Lt. Col. Noel Collins says they will support Texas with border security.

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Operation Lone Star began in March when the state sent 50 Louisiana National Guard soldiers to the Texas border for 30 days at a time.

Recreational red snapper season will be weekends-only after a brief close in the season from July 7 to 12. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Director of Marine Fisheries Chris Schieble (shee-ble) says these changes are an attempt to slow an above-average catching season.

Cut 13 (08)  “…Labor Day weekend.”

 

This year in Louisiana the 4th of July marks the first day those 18 and older can conceal carry. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Filling up your gas tank for Fourth of July weekend shouldn’t look much different than it did this time last year. AAA spokesperson Nick Chabberia says the statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.05. Air travel on the other hand…

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4:30 PM Newscast July 2

The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has launched a statewide sexual assault kit tracking program as a result of a law approved in 2023. Captain Chad Guidry with the crime lab says this will make the tracking process more transparent for survivors.

Cut 9 (12) “…prosecution time.”

LSU climatologist Barry Keim says the dome of high pressure that’s helping to bake Louisiana is also keeping Hurricane Beryl from making a turn towards the northern Gulf Coast. Tomorrow, Jamacia is expected take a big hit from the Cat 4 storm and Friday Beryl is expected to make landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Keim says most of the model runs have Beryl making a final landfall near the Texas-Mexico border…

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Congressman Troy Carter is upset the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has granted Denka Performance Elastomer a two-year extension to reduce emissions. Sean Richardson has more.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has cited six fishermen for illegally catching 120 red snapper of which 97 were undersized in Plaquemines Parish. The men face thousands of dollars in fines. LDWF Captain Tim Fox says 33-year-old Encarnacion Lopez of Chalmette and five illegal immigrants were issued citations.

Cut 3 (12) “…fishing that day.”

3:30 PM Newscast July 2

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has cited six fishermen for illegally catching 120 red snapper of which 97 were undersized in Plaquemines Parish. Captain Tim Fox says 33-year-old Encarnacion Lopez of Chalmette and five illegal immigrants were issued citations. He emphasizes the importance of following fishing rules to protect marine ecosystems and ensure the long-term viability of fish species.

Cut 5 (05)  “…state alike.”

 

Congressman Troy Carter says the two-year extension Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has granted Denka Performance Elastomer in St. John Parish; to reduce emissions undermines efforts to protect the health of nearby communities and he reaffirmed his commitment to working with the EPA and community advocates to improve air quality in affected areas

Cut 8 (06)  “…for justice.”

 

The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab now has a statewide tracking program for sexual assault kits. Captain Chad Guidry with the crime lab says this will make the tracking process more transparent for survivors. For assault survivors, a portal on the LSP website allows users to put a kit number into to see where it is. For law enforcement, the portal shows where the kit is and which departments have already handled it. Guidry says Personal information is protected.

Cut 11 (12) ” …survivor’s side.”

 

LSU climatologist Barry Keim says this dome of high pressure that’s helping to bake Louisiana is also keeping Hurricane Beryl from making a turn towards the Gulf Coast but the Cat 4 is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Jamaica tomorrow. A landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is expected Friday.

cut  13 (07) “…problem here.” 

2:30 PM Newscast July 2

Most of the state is under a excessive heat warning today, but LSU climatologist Barry Keim says this dome of high pressure that’s helping to bake Louisiana is also keeping Hurricane Beryl from making a turn towards the Gulf Coast…

Cut 12 (11) “… hope not.” 

Congressman Troy Carter is upset the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has granted Denka Performance Elastomer, a chemical plant in St. John Parish, a two-year extension to reduce emissions. Originally they had until October 15th to cut 98-percent of its chloroprene emissions. But Denka says it’s an unrealistic timeline and will result in the plant closing. Carter says the health of the area residents should be the top priority…

Cut 7 (10) “…anti-violator move..”

Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has launched a statewide sexual assault kit tracking program. Mel Bridges has the details.

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Police have arrested three teenagers in connection with the murder of 43-year-old Kristie Thibodeaux in the French Quarter early Sunday morning. NOPD says 17-year-old Jerben Albarec, 19-year-old Joshua Aviala-Bonifacio, and a 15-year-old boy were booked on charges of second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Around 4:40 Sunday morning Police responded to reports of a shooting at the intersection of Royal and St. Peter. Kristie Thibodeaux of Slidell was found seated in a vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The arrests were the result of the collaborative efforts of NOPD, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and FBI.

 

LRN AM Newscall July 2

Thanks to a new law that goes into effect next year more Louisianans will be able to have weight loss surgery covered by their insurance. Brooke Thorington explains.

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The Denka plant in Reserve, Louisiana, has received an extension from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to meet the EPA’s new emissions standards. Sean Richardson has more.

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Two adults and an 8-year-old child were found dead in a home near Albany Monday morning in what appears to be a murder/suicide. Colleen Crain has the story

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Beginning next year more Louisianans will be eligible for insurance coverage for bariatric surgery. Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow has been pushing for the change so more people can qualify for coverage for what she calls life-changing.

Cut 4 (08) “…Louisiana’s life.”

Barrow says obesity costs the state $32 billion annually in health-related costs and work productivity losses. Out-of-pocket costs for the surgery range between $15,000 and $,25,000.

Former New Orleans Senator Diana Bajoie began the initiative two decades ago for insurance coverage and Barrow has since led the charge.

Barrow says a pilot test was conducted among 300 state employees who are medically qualified to show the benefits of the surgery and how it reduced other obesity medical related issues. She says the pilot’s success helped justify the legislation.

Cut 5 (09) “…to everyone.”

For state employees, the law does not change, and the state cap of 300 patients annually for the surgery.

Barrow says Louisiana is among the last states in the country to receive insurance coverage for the surgery.

A patient who was part of the pilot program Barrow says approached her in the grocery store and shared with her how dramatically her life has improved because of the surgery.

Cut 6 (12) “…all of that.”

Barrow says in the future she plans to introduce legislation for more health insurance providers in the state to cover medications that have been proven to help with weight loss.

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Baton Rouge Senator Rick Edmonds’ new DWI bill, approved during a special session, aims to significantly reform Louisiana’s approach to driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses. The law lowers the blood alcohol content from 0.20 to 0.15, which aligns Louisiana with most other states.

Cut 7 (10) “…other states.”

The aim is to reduce the state’s high rate of repeat DWI offenders.

Key requirements include the immediate reinstatement of driving privileges for DWI offenders who install electronic monitoring devices in their vehicles, eliminating the previous 30-45 day waiting period.

Cut 8 (08) “…driver’s license.”

The bill also introduces compliance-based removal for electronic monitoring devices, requiring offenders to demonstrate consistent sober driving before the devices can be removed.

The legislation has garnered broad support from various organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Edmonds says the changes are expected to reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Louisiana

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In 2021, the Louisiana Driving Commission reported that 40% of vehicle crashes were alcohol-related.

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The Denka plant in Reserve has received an extension from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to meet the EPA’s new emissions standards for chloroprene, a carcinogenic chemical used in neoprene production. Denka claims the initial 90-day compliance period is too short to achieve the necessary reductions without risking a shutdown of the facility, which employs around 250 people. DEQ Secretary Aurelia S. Giacometto…

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The EPA filed a complaint against Denka, citing the plant’s emissions as a substantial public health risk, particularly due to the increased cancer risk. Giacometto says…

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While activists view the EPA’s strict deadlines as a victory for public health, Denka has criticized the new regulations as politically motivated and based on flawed science, warning of economic repercussions if the plant is forced to shut down.

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The extension from the DEQ will provide Denka additional time to comply with the new standards without an immediate shutdown of operations.

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Two adults and an 8-year-old child were found dead in a home near Albany Monday morning. Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard says 49-year-old Ginny Williamson, 49-year-old Steven Williamson, and the child in their custody died in what appears to be a murder/suicide.

Cut 13 (09)  “…shot herself.”

Investigators believe the shooting occurred late Friday or early Saturday. Ard says the bodies were discovered Monday morning by a family member who then called authorities around 8:00 a.m.

Cut 14 (11)  “…crime scene.”

Ard says, LPSO had previously responded to calls at the West Bates residence for alarms and things of that nature but there was no history of calls related to violence.

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Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics Director Jay Artigues (Ar-teegs) will serve as the chair of the 2025 NCAA Division 1 Baseball Committee. The former Lions head baseball coach has been a member on the committee for the last three years…

Cut 16 (14) “…I’m really honored.” 

Artigues can be a voice for the mid-major conferences. He says several conferences are represented on the selection committee

Cut 17 (12) “…everyone involved.”

The committee is responsible for selecting, seeding, and bracketing the entire 64-team NCAA Tournament field, as well as recommending rule changes. Artigues says it’s not an easy job, but rewarding…

Cut 18 (11)  “…and as the host.”

3:30 PM Newscast July 1

Beginning next month treatments for menopause and perimenopause will be covered by insurance in Louisiana. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Hurricane Beryl is a Category 4 storm as it moves into the Caribbean. Beryl is the first hurricane in what is expected to be a very busy season. LSU climatologist Barry Keim says this early start is due to factors such as abnormally warm sea surface temperatures.

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McNeese State University has a new president. After a unanimous vote by the University of Louisiana System named Dr. Wade Rousse (rhymes with moose) as the next president of McNeese and Rousse says he could hardly sleep the night prior, as he was so excited to get to work as university president.

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And the Louisiana Farm Bureau has a new president. Ville Platte Farmer, Richard Fontenot has been elected the 13th president of LFB. Fontenot praised the staff and acknowledged the new generation of delegates who were also elected, and vowed to work together to engage and motivate members in new ways.

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2:30 PM Newscast July 1

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide and one of the victims is a juvenile. Sheriff Jason Ard says an adult male and female are also dead. They were found dead this morning at home on West Bates Road in Livingston Parish.

Hurricane Beryl, the first hurricane in what is expected to be a very busy season, is moving into the Caribbean as a Category 4 storm. LSU climatologist Barry Keim says Beryl has already set a record for the earliest Category 4 hurricane to form in a season. Most storms of this strength hurricane occur in August.

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Keim says Beryl is likely to miss Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center expects it to make landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula sometime later this week.

After a unanimous vote, Dr. Wade Rousse (rhymes with moose) will serve as the next president of McNeese State University. Jeff Palermo has more.

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Ville Platte Farmer Richard Fontenot has been elected the 13th president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau. Among the biggest issues Fontenot says the industry is facing is the lack of a current Farm Bill. He says farmers need that safety net to receive the financial lending they need to put their crops in.

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4:30 PM Newscast June 28

Daniel Callihan who confessed to killing Callie Brunett of Loranger and her 3-year-old daughter, Erin whose body was found near cages in a wooded area of Jackson, MS, and kidnapping both Erin and her sister, 6-year-old Jalie has now been charged in Federal Court. He was in a New Orleans Federal Court today and was charged with kidnapping and transporting minors for the purpose of criminal sexual activity. Callihan and his accused accomplice, Victori Cox were charged earlier this month in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The first presidential debate of the 2024 campaign season was last night, leaving Americans with a wide array of feelings about the two likely presidential nominees. Tulane Associate Professor of Political Science Brian Brox says former President Trump delivered what was expected from him…

Cut 3 (09) “…rallies.”

However, Brox says President Biden, who was looking to dispel rumors about his poor mental abilities, had much worse stage presence than Trump.

To safeguard the public from imported seafood that’s contaminated and help the state’s seafood industry, Congressman Troy Carter introduces a bill with Congressman Clay Higgins. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Hometown hero Alyson Habetz is U-L Lafayette’s new head softball coach. She was asked about several players entering the transfer portal, including Sun Belt Player of the Year Mihyia Davis, Sun Belt newcomer of the year Brooke Ellestad, Lauren Allred and catcher Victoria Valdez.

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