3:30 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 was charged with kidnapping and transporting minors for the purpose of criminal sexual activity in federal court today in New Orleans. Callihan and his accused accomplice, Victori Cox were charged earlier this month in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Congressman Troy Carter introduces bipartisan legislation with Congressman Clay Higgins to protect Americans from contaminated seafood. He says foreign products that fail inspections are not destroyed but make it into the food supply. This bill empowers the FDA to destroy imports that are…

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Tulane Associate Professor of Political Science Brian Brox sized up Thursday night’s presidential debate. Mel Bridges has the details.

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New Orleans Democrat Representative Mandie Landry posted her thoughts about the presidential debate on social media. She says the differences in the personalities of President Biden and former President Trump showed and she wasn’t surprised how they came across. She believes Biden…

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2:30 PM Newscast June 28

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 thinks this debate is only likely to swing undecided voters, and he says, this debate was more style than substance.

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

 

New Orleans Democrat Representative Mandie Landry weighed in on social media with her thoughts about the presidential debate and amid talk that the Democratic Party could opt to choose another nominee instead of Biden, she still believes the current administration is the better option.

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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 was introduced today as U-L Lafayette’s new head softball coach. Habetz helped lead the Cajuns to the Women’s College World Series in 1993 and won a national championship in 2012 as Alabama’s associate head coach. She takes over a program that’s dominated the Sun Belt Conference but has not been to the W-C-W-S since 2014…

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3:30 PM Newscast June 27

A Caddo Parish Jury convicted 45-year-old Charlene Henderson guilty of Second-Degree murder Wednesday in the 2022 death of her husband, Larry Clark. Henderson took the stand in her own defense saying she feared for her life when she shot Clark, covered his body with carpet and doused it with gasoline before sending a photo of the scene to a family member. The Jury deliberated for 2 hours before coming back with a guilty verdict.

Ascension Parish deputies are investigating the murder of a Gonzales woman and have arrested her husband 50-year-old Sean Morris. Col Donald Cappello with the APSO says they received multiple 9-1-1 calls of shots being fired around 7:30 last night and when they arrived, they found 44-year-old-Brenda Morris deceased.

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Morris has been charged with second-degree murder.

Former Congressman Ralph Abraham has been named the state’s first Surgeon General and says he wants to focus first on mental health.  Sean Richardson has the story.

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The first debate for the 2024 presidential election airs on CNN tonight and political strategist James Carville says the MAGA voting base won’t be enough to help Trump return to the White House. He says in state primaries there are still Republicans voting for Niki Haley.

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2:30 PM Newscast June 27

Ascension Parish deputies are investigating the murder of a Gonzales woman and have arrested her husband 50-year-old Sean Morris. His is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Brenda Morris that occurred Wednesday night. Col Donald Cappello says Ascension Parish is fairly blessed with a low crime rate but sadly this is the second domestic homicide they’ve investigated in the last few weeks.

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Governor Jeff Landry’s line-item vetos total four point five million dollars from non-profits. The biggest cuts are one million dollars from Catholic Charities of Acadiana that provides emergency homeless shelter operations for eight parishes, $500,000 from Teach for America that serves high needs schools and $1,000,000 from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Ralph Abraham has been appointed the state’s first Surgeon General and says he wants to change policies that have been holding the state back from providing better healthcare. Currently, there are 1.7 million Louisianans enrolled in Medicaid and Abraham says the goal at LDH is to give citizens help so they can continue to work and have healthcare…

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Tonight’s the first presidential debate for the 2024 election but the candidates are the same from 2020. Brooke Thorington has more from political strategist James Carville.

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1:30 PM Newscast June 27

50-year-old Sean Morris of Gonzales has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, 44-year-old-Brenda Morris who was found deceased last night after several calls to 9-1-1 reported shots fired around 7:30. APSO Col Donald Cappello says Morris is no stranger to law enforcement.

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A Caddo Parish Jury convicted 45-year-old Charlene Henderson guilty of Second Degree murder in the 2022 death of her husband, Larry Clark Wednesday. Henderson took the stand in her own defense saying she feared for her life when she shot Clark, covered his body with carpet and doused it with gasoline before sending a photo of the scene to a family member. The Jury deliberated for 2 hours before coming back with a guilty verdict.

Newly appointed State Surgeon General, Dr. Ralph Abraham says mental health will be first on his list to tackle. Floods, hurricanes, and the pandemic have raised stress levels and Abraham says

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Ultimately, Abraham says he wants to change policies that have been holding the state back from providing better healthcare.

Tonight is the first debate for the 2024 presidential election and political strategist James Carville believes President Biden and former President Trump will have to bring new information to sway any decided and undecided voters

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The debate airs on CNN tonight at 8 PM.

12:30 PM Newscast June 27

Ascension Parish deputies are investigating the murder of a Gonzales woman and have arrested her husband 50-year-old Sean Morris. Col Donald Cappello with the APSO says they received multiple 9-1-1 calls of shots being fired around 7:30 last night and when they arrived, they found 44-year-old-Brenda Morris deceased.

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Morris has been charged with second-degree murder.

Governor Jeff Landry appointed Doctor Ralph Abraham to be the states first Surgeon General. Abraham says Louisiana spends on average the same as the country per patient…

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A Louisiana businessman says his insurance rates went up over 40% and he’s not sure how long he can take it. Mel Bridges has the story.

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5:30 PM Newscast June 25

Former Baton Rouge Representative Scott McKnight is running for the Public Service Commission. McKnight will seek to replace District 2 PSC Commissioner Craig Greene, who is not seeking re-election.

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McKnight served in the Louisiana House from 2020-to-2024 and unsuccessfully ran for State Treasurer last year.

Doctor Ralph Abraham has been named as the state’s first Surgeon General. Abraham was serving as Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health. Governor Jeff Landry says in his role as Surgeon General, Abraham will look to modernize Louisiana’s healthcare and policies…

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Abraham says he wants to change policies that have been holding the state back.

Wayne Warner, the principal at Chalmette High School will have to have surgery after being attacked by a man in a wheelchair. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Three Mandeville teenagers are facing charges after allegedly stealing a woman’s LGBTQ flag from her home and burning it. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Suzanne Carboni says detectives have been investigating the hate crime since Memorial Day weekend

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4:30 PM Newscast June 25

The longest-serving principal in the country is facing surgery after he was allegedly attacked by wheelchair-bound, 33-year-old Christopher Kidd. St Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlman says when Chalmette High School principal 79-year-old Wayne Warner saw Kidd pushing over trash cans Sunday night, he stopped to render aid.

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Doctor Ralph Abraham has been named as the state’s first Surgeon General. Abraham was serving as Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health. Governor Jeff Landry says this will put a doctor in charge of health policy and an executive will oversee implementation

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Abraham has been a practicing family medicine physician in Richland Parish for more than 30 years.

Former Baton Rouge Representative Scott McKnight is running for the Public Service Commission. Current district 2 commissioner Craig Greene announced he would not seek re-election. McKnight says this is a regulatory position and that means striking a balance of what is going on in the industry.

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The election will be held on November 5, 2024, with a December 7th run-off if necessary. Candidates will qualify for the election next month.

Lafayette Senator Jean-Paul Coussan and former state representative Barry Ivey from Central have also expressed interest in running.

Republican Congressman Garrett Graves, who is not seeking re-election for his seat in the U-S House, says he does not intend to run for P-S-C seat as some had speculated. Graves says he looks forward to stepping back from the growing divisiveness and polarization of political office, spending more time with normal people and reintroducing himself to friends and family.

3:30 PM Newscast June 25

A former Lafayette psychiatric nurse practitioner will spend the next five years in jail. Before he was arrested in 2022 in Alexandria for allegedly providing narcotics in exchange for sexual favors. Mark DeClouet was well-known in the field of addiction treatment. Monday in a plea deal DeClouet pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled dangerous substances by fraud, and possession of a Schedule III and Schedule II controlled dangerous substance. DeClouet pleaded not guilty to the seven original charges. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office was ordered to destroy any evidence seized during the arrest. DeClouet was ordered to surrender his professional license.

Chalmette High School principal 79-year-old Wayne Warner was allegedly attacked, robbed and pushed to the ground by a man in a wheelchair and now faces surgery. St Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlman says the alleged attacker, 33-year-old Christopher Kidd was taken into custody later that evening as he attempted to shoplift items at a nearby Winn Dixie.

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Governor Jeff Landry has named former Congressman Ralph Abraham as the state’s first surgeon general. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Three Mandeville teenagers are facing charges after allegedly stealing a woman’s LGBTQ flag from her home and burning it. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Suzanne Carboni says video evidence led to the arrest two 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old. They face several charges including theft and a hate crime.

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2:30 PM Newscast June 25

Doctor Ralph Abraham has been named as the state’s first Surgeon General. Abraham was serving as Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health. Governor Jeff Landry says this will put a doctor in charge of health policy. Abraham says he wants to change policies that have been holding the state back in providing better healthcare…

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Three Mandeville teenagers are facing charges after allegedly stealing a woman’s LGBTQ flag from her home and burning it. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Suzanne Carboni says detectives have been investigating the hate crime since Memorial Day weekend

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That video led to the arrest of two 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old.

Wayne Warner, the principal at Chalmette High School will have to have surgery after being attacked by a man in a wheelchair. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Former Baton Rouge Representative Scott McKnight is running for the Public Service Commission. McKnight will seek to replace District 2 PSC Commissioner Craig Greene, who is not seeking re-election.

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