5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 03

Senator John Kennedy wants Louisiana to develop a new methodology to grade public schools. Kennedy says 70-percent of the state’s high schools have received A and B grades, but in reality, we know many of these schools do not deserve such a high rating…:

CUT 04(11)      “…new system.”

A Louisiana National Guard unit held a deployment ceremony at New Orleans’ World War II Museum Friday morning, before they head to the Middle East on a classified mission. Lt. Colonel Ira Jones is Battalion Commander of the 3-6-7-3 Support Maintenance Company. He says they’ll be out-of-country for quite a while…:

CUT 08(07)      “their families.”

The 3-6-7-3 does maintenance of military vehicles and equipment. Where they’re going is classified.

 

In Baton Rouge, the special session on the state’s insurance crisis has ended with the Senate passing the $45-million Insure Louisiana Incentive Fund package. The measure reached final passage by a 37-to-1 vote and goes to the Governor.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll want to head for Thibodaux to attend a festival dedicated to the state’s favorite pastry, the King Cake…:

CUT 02(32)      “…Thorington…”

4:30 LRN Newscast Feb 03

State lawmakers have approved legislation that sets up a 45-million dollar incentive fund that will be used to bring more insurance companies to Louisiana that will offer homeowners coverage at much lower rates than the state’s last-resort insurer, Louisiana Citizens. The bill passed on a 37-to-1 vote in the Senate on Friday. Bossier City Senator Barrow Peacock was the lone no vote; questioning why ANY insurance company would go for it…:

CUT 13(10)      “…hurricane season starts.”

That bill goes to the Governor for his signature. Lawmakers says they’ll have other solutions to the insurance crisis ready when they reconvene in April.

Police in Shreveport seek a man they say sexually assaulted a juvenile. A warrant for First Degree Rape is out for 31-year-old Shawn Betters, and they ask anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact SPD right away. If convicted, Betters would face life behind bars.

 

A Louisiana National Guard unit is preparing to deploy to the Middle East, on a classified support mission. More from Jeff Palermo…:

CUT 01(31)      “…Palermo.”

Dog lovers may want to visit Baton Rouge Sunday for the annual Krewe of Mutts Carnival Parade. This year’s theme is Jurassic Bark, and organizers encourage participants to dress their pooch up in Mardi Gras dinosaur regalia. The event starts at 10 am in downtown Baton Rouge and benefits pet adoption programs.

3:30 LRN Newscast Feb 03

At the State Capitol, the Senate has voted approval of the plan to use $45-milion in surplus revenue to incent new private property insurance companies to come to Louisiana and ease financial stress on homeowners struggling to pay the much-higher cost of the state’s last-resort insurer, Louisiana Citizens. Senate Insurance Chairman Kirk Talbot says the goal is to reduce the number of Citizens Property Insurance policyholders who face a 63-percent rate hike this year..:

CUT 12(07)      “…need it.”

Former Southern University baseball coach Roger Cador is being inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Cador led the Southern Jaguars through 33 seasons; including 2 HBCU National Championships, 4 SWAC titles, 11 NCAA tournament appearances and a win/loss record of 913-597-1. Cador retired in 2017.

 

The Louisiana National Guard held a deployment ceremony Friday in New Orleans, as they prepare to head for the Middle East. The “3-6-7-3″ Support Maintenance Company is a combat support unit; tasked with keeping military vehicles and material in working order. Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Ira Jones says their role is of utmost importance…:

CUT 07(08)      “…their mission is.”

The unit’s destination is classified. The “3-6-7-3” should return home in about a year.

If you love King Cake, a trip to Thibodaux is in order for the city’s inaugural Bayou King Cake Festival. Mayor Kevin Clement says it’s good family fun and all to benefit the Lafourche Parish Education Foundation…:

CUT 11(11)      “…quite remarkable.”

It starts tomorrow in Thibodaux.

2:30 LRN Newscast Feb 03

The Louisiana National Guard held a deployment ceremony Friday in New Orleans, as they prepare to head for the Middle East. The 140-plus soldiers of the 3673rd Support Maintenance Company (part of the 139th Regional Support Group) – based in New Orleans -will deploy in aid of the Army’s Operation Spartan Shield. The event was at the World War II Museum in the Crescent City. Captain Mitchel Dougherty is the company Commander…:

CUT 06(08)      “…use this venue.”

The 3-6-7-3 does vehicle and equipment maintenance; keeping the machines of war running in tip-top shape. The unit’s destination is classified. Dougherty says they’ll return in about a year.

On the U.S. Senate floor, Senator John Kennedy says our state needs to overhaul school performance metrics, to assure better student outcomes. He says our schools are doing poorly overall…:

CUT 03  (07)        they are not

He says “powers that be” in education resist attempts at reforms

 

A man accused of raping LSU co-ed Madison Brooks the night she died in a traffic accident is back in jail; accused of raping a Livingston Parish girl in 2020, when she was a juvenile. Kaivon Washinton’s alleged victim was just 12 at the time. A new eyewitness has reportedly come forward to identify him.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll want to be in Thibodaux Saturday to attend a festival dedicated to the state’s favorite pastry. Brooke Thorington has the ingredients…:

CUT 02(32)      “…Thorington.”

1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 03

Senator John Kennedy wants Louisiana to develop a new methodology to grade public schools. Kennedy made his comments on the floor of the U.S. Senate. He didn’t offer any specifics on how schools should be graded, but expressed the importance of it because it’s vital to the future of Louisiana…:

CUT 05(10)      “…creating tomorrow.”

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has discussed changing Louisiana’s accountability system, but proposed changes have faced criticism from school boards, superintendents, principals, and teachers.

In Thibodaux tomorrow, the first ever King Cake Festival. Mayor Kevin Clement says a kids’ parade kicks it off at 1:30, with 5 marching bands and kids with “wagon floats”…:

CUT 10(09)      “…pretty good.”

 

A Louisiana National Guard unit is preparing to deploy to the Middle East, on a classified support mission. More from Jeff Palermo…:

CUT 01(31)      “…Palermo.”

At the Capitol, the state Senate is expected to give final approval to the $45-million Insure Louisiana Incentive Fund, to attract new private property insurers to de-populate the state’s last-resort insurer Louisiana Citizens. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says, without it, thousand could lose their homes. The special session is expected to wrap up later today.

12:30 LRN Newscast Feb 3

U-S Senator John Kennedy wants Louisiana to develop a new methodology to grade public schools. He says 70 percent of the state’s high schools have received A and B grades, but in reality, we know many of these schools do not deserve such a high grade…

Cut  4 (11)  “…new system.” 

The plan has received pushback from school boards, superintendents, principals, and teachers.

If you’re a King Cake connoisseur there’s an inaugural festival cooked up just for you on Saturday. It’s the Lafourche Education Foundation’s Bayou King Cake Festival. Thibodaux Mayor Kevin Clement says attendees can sample almost two dozen cakes and they have five tickets each to cast their vote.

Cut 9 (10) “…choice winner.” 

The event kicks off at 1:30 in downtown Thibodeaux.

Kaplan oilman and Army veteran Jeff Istre announces he’s running for Governor and will be a candidate “of the people.” Kevin Gallagher reports…:

Cut 2 (31)  “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 03

Another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to be Louisiana’s next governor. He is Jeff Istre, an Army vet and oilfield professional from Kaplan. Istre has never held political office, and is running as an independent. He says the constant choice for voters of either a republican or a democrat is a lot of the reason why Louisiana is in shape it’s in…:

CUT 07  (07)        “…really OF the people.”

Istre joins another independent, Lake Charles lawyer Hunter Lundy, in the race…plus GOP candidates Jeff Landry, John Schroder, Sharon Hewitt, and Richard Nelson. He is online, if you want to know more, at “facebook.com/JeffIstreforGovernor” Istre is spelled I-S-T-R-E.

More fall election news: on his social media pages, former state Senator Elbert Guillory says he will run for Lt. Governor this fall. Guillory is a black conservative and a Republican. He prides himself on his ability to stand up and speak truth without fear of reprisal. Qualifying for the fall elections isn’t until August 8th. Guillory joins fellow republicans Clay Schexnayder and incumbent Billy Nungesser in that race.

 

The son of former Opelousas Police Chief Martin McClendon has been found guilty of 2 counts of 1st-degree murder. JaMarcus McClendon is convicted of shooting and killing two people in May 2017.

The long-awaited Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project – to help restore the state’s coast – gets the funding needed to get underway…:

CUT 01(32)                  “…Palermo.”

10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 3

U-S Senator John Kennedy wants Louisiana to develop a new methodology to grade public schools. Kennedy points to the grades that the state’s high schools have received…

Cut 3 (07) “…they are not” 

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has discussed changing Louisiana’s accountability system, but proposed changes have faced criticism from school boards, superintendents, principals, and teachers.

Another candidate announces he will run for governor of Louisiana this fall. He is 56-year-old Jeffrey Istre, of Kaplan. He joins another independent, Lake Charles lawyer Hunter Lundy, in the race…plus four GOP candidates. Running for office requires a lot of campaign cash…

Cut 8 (11)  “…very big challenge.”

The CDC has issued an advisory to stop the use of EzriCare artificial tears. Some are contaminated with bacteria. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says they have been linked to one death and 55 patients from 12 states have suffered serious complications as a result.

Cut 11 (09)  “…this infection.”

These are over-the-counter eyedrops and so far, no cases have been reported in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun work on restoring orphaned wells. Louisiana received $25 million from the Infrastructure Act. DNR spokesperson Patrick Courreges says there are roughly 4,500 orphaned wells in the state that can pose a significant environmental risk…

Cut 14 (13)  “…concentrated brine.”

9:30 LRN Newscast Feb 3

Another candidate announces he will run for governor of Louisiana this fall. He is 56-year-old Jeffrey Istre, a resident of Kaplan, an Army veteran, and an oilfield professional. Istre says he wants to revitalize the state’s oil & gas industry, increase teacher pay again and do major reform of the teachers’ state retirement system…:

Cut 9 (10)  “…be fixed. Badly.”

The CDC has issued an alert to stop the use of EzriCare artificial eye drops. That’s E-z-r-i. Several vials have caused bacterial infections one death and in some blindness. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says to dispose of them, so no one accidentally uses them. The drops are packaged in a blue box…

Cut 12 (06) “…EzriCare.”

There have been no reported cases in Louisiana so far.

The long-awaited Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project – to help restore the state’s coast – gets the funding needed to get underway…:

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

St. Gabriel Police responded to reports of a body found in a ditch this morning. Witnesses says the body was found on Highway 74 near the railroad tracks. This is a developing story and the deceased person’s identity has not been released.

 

 

8:30 LRN Newscast

The special legislative session at the state capitol might end today. The full Senate will vote this afternoon on legislation that would create a 45-million dollar fund to lure more insurance companies to Louisiana after several providers left the state or failed after multiple hurricanes in 2020 and 2021. The House has already approved the bill.

Kaplan oilman and Army veteran Jeff Istre announces he’s running for Governor and will be a candidate “of the people.” Kevin Gallagher reports…:
Cut 2 (31) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

The cornerstone project of the state’s Coastal Master Plan has received two-point-two billion dollars in funding. Most of the money comes from the BP Oil Spill settlement. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority executive director Bren Haase says the project will reconnect the Mississippi River with the Barartaria Basin creating as much as 21 square miles of wetlands over the next five decades…
cut 6 (08) “….a good portion of it”
Haase says work on the project should ramp up mid-year and take five years to complete.

The state Department of Natural Resources reports that 22 orphaned well sites have been restored as a result of 25-million dollars in funding from the federal infrastructure law. DNR spokesperson Patrick Courreges says they hope to maintain a strong pace of restoring these well sites through next fall…
cut 13 (14) “…back either”
There are roughly 45-hundred orphaned well sites in Louisiana.