11:30 AM LRN Newscast

President Joe Biden held a press conference last night to dispel rumors about alleged cognitive decline, but whether he accomplished that is debatable. Some Democratic lawmakers are calling for Biden to step aside and let someone younger run after a dismal presidential debate performance left many wondering if Biden is suffering from some sort of memory-related illness. While  LSU Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Hogan says yesterday’s press conference went well for Biden…
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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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Steve Gleason was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award Thursday night at the ESPYs and the audience also honored him with a momentous standing ovation. As he presented Gleason with the award, former teammate Drew Brees told the audience it would be a lie to say life for Gleason hasn’t been difficult since he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
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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. As a youth pastor, Jackson says he wants to ensure young people continue to have the freedoms he had growing up, like the freedom of speech and the freedom to preach the gospel.
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2:30 LRN Newscast

The Democratic National Convention will be held next month, and Louisiana will have 53 delegates present. According to one of them, he believes the vast majority will support President Biden.

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A temporary alternate child abuse hotline number has been set up due to Hurricane Beryl-related technical issues preventing AT&T phones from reaching regular toll-free numbers across Louisiana. The alternate number for reporting child abuse or neglect is 206-792-7510.

 

The National Weather Service in Shreveport issued a record 67 tornado warnings across the ArkLaTex Monday due to the impact of Hurricane Beryl. NWS Meteorologist Ryan Knapp…

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Of the 67 tornado warnings, 18 included central Louisiana parishes.
Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill says her criminal division has started an investigation into the ankle monitoring contract with the Juvenile Court system in New Orleans. It’s in response to a Fox 8 TV report that said a 15-year-old, who allegedly fatally shot New Orleans tour guide Kristie Thibodaux, was wearing a deactivated court-ordered ankle monitor…

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Kevin Nunez is accused of killing Thibodeaux as she sat in her car near Jackson Square on June 30th. Nunez is one of three teens arrested and charged in the 43-year-old’s death.

4:30 LRN Newscast

Even though Louisiana residents who are non-felons and 18 and older can now carry a concealed handgun without a permit, State Police say there are multiple benefits to having one. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Two men were killed in a head-on crash on Louisiana Highway 29 in Avoyelles Parish early Thursday morning. State police say neither 63-year-old Shepard Roy, Jr. of Bunkie nor 75-year-old Robert Johnson of Breaux Bridge were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash and impairment is a suspected factor.

 

23-year-old Colby Stokes of Washington Parish has been charged with the murder of his grandparents, Beverly and Carley Stokes. Stokes was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of 2nd-degree murder after allegedly shooting the pair in their home in Mount Hermon on July 3rd. Washington Parish Sheriff Jason Smith says Stokes went to a neighbor’s home afterwards and told them what happened. Authorities then responded to a 911 call from the neighbor. Smith says Carley was dead at the scene and Beverly died at a local hospital.

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The I-20 major rehabilitation project in Bossier City has reached a significant milestone with the pouring of concrete for new travel lanes. DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan…

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5:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry has announced the extension of Operation Lone Star and will deploy more Louisiana National Guard engineers to the southern border on July 15th. LANG spokesperson Lt. Col. Noel Collins says this reflects the state’s commitment to collaborating with Texas in addressing border security issues and highlights the growing scope of the operation.

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Hurricane Beryl remains a Category 4 as it barrels towards Jamaica and Central America. Newly appointed state climatologist Jay Grymes says Beryl is expected to turn towards the Gulf early next week, but tells Louisianans not to worry.

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Beryl is expected to hit the Texas-Mexico border as a tropical storm on Monday.

 

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

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The State Department of Corrections says the work conducted on the farm line falls under constitutional and industrial standards, and they plan to appeal the ruling.

 
Fourth of July means BBQs and fireworks but it’s not always a great time for pets. LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Communications Manager Ginger Gutner says if you know your pet will be anxious because of fireworks, contact your vet to discuss what you can do to help alleviate that…

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PM LRN Newscall June 28

Thursday night’s presidential debate was a memorable one. Mel Bridges has the details from Tulane Associate Professor of Political Science Brian Brox.

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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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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 about what was expected from him…

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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.

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Ultimately, Brox thinks this debate is only likely to swing undecided voters, and he stresses there’s plenty of time between now and the election for Biden’s campaign to recover. Plus, he says, this debate was more style than substance.

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The next presidential debate will be in September.

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Congressman Troy Carter introduces bipartisan legislation with Congressman Clay Higgins to protect Americans from contaminated seafood. He says far too often foreign products that fail inspections are not destroyed and make it back into the food chain. The bill empowers the FDA to close the loophole and destroy imports that are…

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He says the bill protects consumers and the state’s seafood industry. Carter says the cheaper imports cut into the profits of Louisiana Seafood farmers who are following the safety guidelines.

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Carter says this bipartisan bill demonstrates while he and Higgins might not agree philosophically on everything…

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Carter says the bill would better protect consumers from contamination and Louisiana’s seafood industry.

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New Orleans Democrat Representative Mandie Landry posted her thoughts about the presidential debate on social media. She says said even though she couldn’t watch it on TV and get the full impact she did watch it on her cellphone.

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Because of the extreme differences in the personalities of President Biden and former President Trump, Landry says she wasn’t surprised how they came across. She believes Biden…

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Amid talk that the Democratic Party could opt to choose another nominee instead of Biden, Landry still believes the current administration is the better option.

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Hometown hero Alyson Habetz was introduced today as U-L Lafayette’s new head softball coach. Habetz had a Hall of Fame playing career as a Cajuns softball player and after a 25-year run as an assistant coach at Alabama, she’s back home at her alma mater

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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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Former head coach Gerry Glasco’s decision to leave the program for Texas Tech led to 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. Habetz says she spoke to those players about staying at U-L

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11:30 LRN Newscast

The first presidential debate of the 2024 campaign season was last night. Tulane Associate Professor of Political Science Brian Brox says while former President Trump delivered about what was expected from him, President Biden, who was looking to dispel rumors about his poor mental abilities, had much worse stage presence.

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Congressman Troy Carter introduces bipartisan legislation with Congressman Clay Higgins to protect Americans from contaminated seafood. He says far too often foreign products that fail inspections are not destroyed and make it back into the food chain. The bill empowers the FDA to close the loophole and destroy imports that are…

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Former New Orleans Saints Safety Steve Gleason who founded Team Gleason after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011 is being honored with the 2024 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS. Colleen Crain has more.

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LSU fans who donated to the College World Series Jell-o Shot Challenge helped the Tigers place third in the overall competition money-wise this year even though they weren’t in Omaha. Mike Manning with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank says Because Louisiana is number one in childhood and senior food insecurity…

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5:30 LRN Newscast

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

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Governor Jeff Landry appoints Dr. Ralph Abraham as the state’s first Surgeon General, who says he intends to focus on mental health.

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

 
LSU fans who donated to the College World Series Jell-o Shot Challenge helped the Tigers place third in the overall competition money-wise this year even though they weren’t in Omaha. Mike Manning with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank says LSU fans donated almost 93-hundred dollars.

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Ascension Parish deputies are investigating the murder of a Gonzales woman and have arrested her husband, 50-year-old Sean Morris. Morris is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Brenda Morris. Col. Donald Cappello says Ascension Parish is 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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You can also call the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence hotline for help at 1-888-411-1333.

4:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry appoints Dr. Ralph Abraham as the state’s first Surgeon General. Abraham says Louisiana spends on average the same per patient as other states do per county…

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Ascension Parish deputies have arrested 50-year-old Sean Morris in the investigation into his wife’s murder. Col. Donald Capello with the APSO says they received multiple 9-1-1 calls of shots being fired last night and when they arrived, they found 44-year-old Brenda Morris dead. Sean has been charged with second-degree murder and Capello says he’s no stranger to law enforcement.

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Tonight is the first debate for the 2024 presidential election season and political strategist James Carville believes President Biden and former President Trump need to tell the audience three things about themselves — including two new things —, two new things about their opponent and, above all, stay focused.

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The debate airs on CNN at 8 PM.

 
Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason will receive the 2024 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs. Gleason, who played for the Saints from 2000 to 2008, was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that eventually robs a person of breathing, talking or moving, in 2011. Gleason and his wife Michel founded the nonprofit Team Gleason following his diagnosis to improve life for others living with ALS. This year’s ESPYS will air live on Thursday, July 11 at 7 PM.

1:30 LRN Newscast

Former President Donald Trump will be in New Orleans today for a fundraiser hosted by two of Louisiana’s biggest Republican donors, Boysie Bollinger and Joe Canizaro. Bollinger says Trump is confident he will win Louisiana like he did in 2020, so he’s stopping by to raise campaign funds, not to campaign.
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Beginning January 1st, teachers must undergo a criminal background check with the state to receive certification. If a certified teacher is convicted of a crime, like violence or harm against children, after they are employed, Arthur Joffrion (Joe-free-on) with the Louisiana Department of Education says the Louisiana State Police, who conduct the background checks, would notify the department and the teacher’s employer, which would automatically keep a certified teacher out of the classroom.
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The new policy is a result of legislation passed in 2023.

 
Cleco customers will see a rate increase next month of around five dollars, which will jump to 13 dollars in October. Spokesperson Fran Phoenix says the rise is necessary to curb inflation and increased operating and maintenance costs. However, PSC Davante Lewis, who voted against the increase, says Cleco recently lost a contract selling power to another Louisiana power company…
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Former LSU sprinter Sha’Carri Richarson is heading to the Paris Olympics as a favorite to win a Gold Medal after a 10.71 second sprint in the 100-meters at the U.S. track trials in Oregon. Richardson is one of the biggest track stars in the world, and her one-month suspension for testing positive for cannabis was a huge story in 2021. Richardson says she never stopped believing in herself.
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12:30 LRN Newscast

As Louisiana’s Ten Commandments law is making national headlines it also faces litigation. Brooke Thorington has more.
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The Louisiana National Guard wrapped up its third rotation to support Operation Lone Star. Louisiana provided three rotations of roughly 50 National Guard Soldiers who spent 90 days straight assisting Texas in reducing illegal border crossings along sections of the Texas-Mexico border.

 

 

Baton Rouge Representative Dixon McMakin is calling for an overhaul of Louisiana’s AMBER Alert system after Police records showed it took 3 hours to issue an alert after Erin and Jalie Brunett were reported missing last week. McMakin says part of the rework would make sure alert requests always go through to a real person.

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Six-year-old Jalie was found alive in Mississippi but four-year-old Erin was killed by their kidnapper.

 
Governor Landry has signed legislation giving the Louisiana Workforce Commission the responsibility of spearheading state workforce changes and solutions. LWC Secretary Susana Schowen (sh-ow as in ouch-en) says Senate Bill 293…
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