7:30 LRN Newscast

CNN is reporting Kamala Harris has the support of enough Democratic delegates to win the party’s nomination for president. President Joe Biden endorsed Harris when he decided not to run for re-election and much of the Democratic Party is now rallying behind her. But north Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell believes there should be more of a competition for the Democratic nomination…
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Four people are dead, including two children, as a result of a head-on crash yesterday morning on U-S 61 near I-310 in St. Charles Parish. State Police Trooper Jacob Pucheu says a third child is critically injured…
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The two children who died are eight-year-old Benjamin Alexis the Third and five-year-old Charles Alexis from Chalmette. Pucheu says they should have been in booster seats.

Former nursing home owner Bob Dean has pleaded no contest to 15 felony counts for the disastrous mismanagement of his facilities during Hurricane Ida. Sean Richardson has more.
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According to a report from the Public Affairs Research Council, about 867-thousand low income residents each month receive food stamps and 45-percent of those recipients are children. That means one out of every five people in Louisiana relies on food stamps.

6:30 LRN Newscast

Public Service Commissioner, Foster Campbell, isn’t immediately ready to hand the Democratic Presidential nomination to President Biden’s choice, Vice President Kamala Harris. Colleen Crain has the story.
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The Louisiana Legislature has hired Boston Consulting Group to perform a comprehensive assessment of the Louisiana Department of Transportation. Earlier this year, Governor Landry issued an executive order mandating the optimization of DOTD’s operations.

A driver heading the wrong way on U-S 61 in St. Rose near I-310 resulted in a head-on crash that killed four people, including two children, eight-year-old Benjamin Alexis the Third and five-year-old Charles Alexis of Chalmette. State Police Trooper Jacob Pucheu says the children were wearing seatbelts, but they should have been in a booster seat…
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The fatal wreck happened yesterday morning before six AM. Impairment on behalf of both drivers is unknown at this time.

Former nursing home owner Bob Dean has avoided jail time after pleading no contest to 15 counts related to his failed evacuation plan of nursing home residents to a warehouse in Tangipahoa Parish during Hurricane Ida in 2021. Dean was sentenced to three years probation, Attorney General Liz Murrill expressed disappointment Dean was not sent to prison for several years. Legal analyst Franz Borghardt says Dean did not show criminal intent, even though several elderly people died as a result of his plan…
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AM LRN Newscall July 23

Former nursing home owner Bob Dean has pleaded no contest to 15 felony counts for the disastrous mismanagement of his facilities during Hurricane Ida.   Sean Richardson has more.

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New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman who was diagnosed with breast cancer last month, says it was a self-exam that detected malignancy. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Public Service Commissioner, Foster Campbell isn’t immediately ready to hand the Democratic Presidential nomination to President Biden’s choice, Vice President Kamala Harris. Colleen Crain has the story.

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Two adults and two children were killed in a two-car crash Monday morning on U-S 61 near I-310 in St. Charles Parish. 33-year-old Mathieu Christophe of Laplace was struck head-on by 38-year-old Benjamin Alexis of Chalmette driving in the wrong direction. Trooper Jacob Pucheu (pee-shoo)…

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Christophe, Alexis, and his two sons, 8-year-old Benjamin Alexis III and 5-year-old Charles Alexis both from Chalmette were killed in the crash. One child is in critical condition.  Christophe and Alexis were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Pucheu says the children in the car were wearing seatbelts but were not properly restrained in a child car seat or booster seat.

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Every Louisiana State Police Troop is a nationally recognized Child Seat Fitting Station. Contact your local office if you have any questions or would like to ensure your seat is installed correctly.

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70-year-old Bob Dean, a former nursing home owner, pleaded no contest on Monday to 15 criminal counts for the disastrous evacuation of residents from his facilities during Hurricane Ida in 2021. Dean has avoided jail time as a Tangipahoa Parish judge sentenced him to three years’ probation. Legal Analyst Franz Borghardt…

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As Hurricane Ida was racing towards southeast Louisiana Dean decided to send more than 800 residents from seven of his nursing homes to a warehouse not equipped to house that many people. Multiple people died, and coroners deemed five of the deaths were storm-related.

Attorney General Liz Murrell expressed disappointment Dean did not get at least five years in jail. Borghardt says Judge Brian Abels’ reasoning could be because these were gross negligent crimes and didn’t show criminal intent…

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Borghardt says Dean’s age could also be a factor in the sentence…

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Dean has also been ordered to pay 358-thousand dollars in restitution to the Louisiana Department of Health and one million dollars in civil fines to the Department of Justice.

Dean pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of Cruelty to the infirmed, five counts of Medicaid fraud, and two counts of Obstruction of Justice

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New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last month, says fortunately it was caught early and she’s undergoing treatment. Even though she has annual mammograms, Freeman says she found a lump just after the session ended and quickly contacted her primary care physician and gynecologist.

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She says a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis and has already undergone her first round of chemotherapy.  Freeman says the treatment regime for the type of breast cancer she has is chemo, surgery, and then radiation.

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While she expects to be in treatment for 10 months to a year, Freeman said she will continue to work as much as possible and represent her district. When she’s unable to attend neighborhood and committee meetings her legislative assistant will keep her updated.

Freeman encourages women to have routine mammograms and do monthly self-exams. Because it was detected early, she’s optimistic about her treatment plan. She says it’s important to be an advocate for your care and when you find a lump or notice a change in your breast you talk to your doctor to rule anything out.

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While many Louisiana Democrats have thrown their support behind Vice President Kamala Harris to be the Democratic Presidential nominee, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell isn’t immediately convinced she’s the best candidate.

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President Joe Biden endorsed Harris when he decided to remove himself from the race, but Campbell says, like former President Obama and former Speaker Pelosi, he believes candidates should compete for the nomination…

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Campbell says there are several good candidates he would like to see compete for the Democratic nomination including the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, and …

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Campbell says, if Harris gets the nomination, he will support her.

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Saints players report for training camp in Irvine, California today, but it’s unsure whether star running back Alvin Kamara will be present after the 28-year-old left the last day of mandatory minicamp amid a contract dispute. The Advocate’s Luke Johnson says it wouldn’t make sense for Kamara not to play this season, but he may not be on the practice field when camp kicks off Wednesday…

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A key position battle throughout camp will be on the offensive line which expects to see three new starters with former All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk expected to miss the season. First-round pick Taliese Fuaga should have the left tackle spot secured, and Johnson says the team likes last year’s fourth-round pick Nick Saldiveri at left guard. Most of the pressure will fall on 2022 first-rounder Trevor Penning who lost the starting left tackle spot last offseason…

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The Saints defense under Dennis Allen has rarely been a concern, but with aging stars and holes in the defensive front, Johnson has his doubts. Allen’s group performed to standard last season thanks to their ability to turn the ball over and get stops on third down- two stats without much year-to-year consistency. Johnson’s learned to trust Allen but he’s yet to be convinced…

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The Saints kick off the preseason on August 10 against the Cardinals

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Nicholls was picked to repeat as Southland Conference champs in the preseason media poll. The Colonels went a perfect 7-and-0 in conference play last season and just edged out Incarnate Word in this year’s poll. Head Coach Tim Rebowe says his team is ready to live up to their lofty expectations…

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Southeastern was picked third in the nine-team conference following a disappointing 3-and-8 season last year. The Lions were Southland co-champions in 2022 and field an experienced team this season. Lions coach Frank Scelfo says player loyalty is an important part of the Southeastern program…

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McNeese was picked to finish 6th in the conference and Northwestern State finished last in the poll.

 

 

5:30 LRN Newscast July 22

A traffic accident in St. Charles Parish killed four people, two children, two adults, and a child is in critical condition. It happened around 6 this morning. Troopers say the initial investigation revealed 33-year-old Mathieu Christophe of Laplace was driving south on US 61 near the I-310 overpass and 38-year-old Benjamin Alexis II of Chalmette was driving north in the southbound lane and the vehicles struck head-on. Both drivers were pronounced dead on the scene. Alexis’ two sons, ages 8 and 5 were also killed.

Two 18-year-olds were killed in a head-on crash in Lafourche Parish involving an underage immigrant driver, who authorities say was impaired. State Police Trooper Ross Brennan says 18-year-old Axel Flores-Cordova of Honduras slammed head-on into a vehicle on Highway 3090 near the Fourchon area

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President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the President’s race doesn’t change Republican Governor Jeff Landry’s mind on who will be the next president. Landry remains confident it will be GOP nominee Donald Trump. Landry told the Moon Griffon Show it doesn’t matter who the Democrats nominate…

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Louisiana’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Presidential nominee. Delegate and PSC Commissioner Davante Lewis says the Trump campaign message against Biden’s age and ability to carry out the job no longer works to the GOP’s advantage with Biden out of the race.

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The Convention will be held in Chicago next month.

 

4:30 LRN Newscast July 22

Two 18-year-olds were killed in a head-on crash in Lafourche Parish involving an underage immigrant driver, who authorities say was impaired. State Police Trooper Ross Brennan says 18-year-old Axel Flores-Cordova of Honduras slammed head-on into a vehicle near the Fourchon area and faces multiple charges…

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The crash happened shortly after 1 AM and claimed the lives of 18-year-old Rylan Oncale of Raceland and 18-year-old Taliyah Crochet of Houma.

A motorcycle accident in Livingston Parish this afternoon claimed the life of an Independence man. State Police say 64-year-old Tommy Moseley’s cycle ran off the road, hit a culvert, and went into a ditch on LA 441 near Herman Hutchinson Road in Holden. Troopers say he was not wearing a helmet when the crash happened.

Louisiana’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Presidential nominee. State Democratic Party chairman Randal Gaines says a vote was taken virtually on Sunday night. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry says President Biden and his family have sacrificed so much in the last few years and she’s glad he was the one to choose to step down as the party’s nominee.

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Southland Industrial Coating is investing $13-million dollars to construct a new fireproofing facility in St Landry Parish. Chief Strategy Officer Randy Ross says the project is expected to break ground in the coming weeks adding to the continued expansion of Southland to the Louisiana economy…

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3:30 PM Newscast July 22

Louisiana’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Presidential nominee and PSC Commissioner Davante Lewis says Biden looked at the campaign to see if he could deliver for the American people and concluded it was in the best interest to step aside.

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The Democratic National Convention will be held in Chicago August 19-22. The next Presidential debate is scheduled for September 10th.

Republican Governor Jeff Landry was a guest on the Moon Griffon show and said Mr. Biden’s policies over the last four years have failed America and he says whoever ends up as the Democratic nominee never did anything about rising inflation or the increase of illegal immigrants across the southern border

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An LSU defensive back is facing video voyeurism charges. Jeff Palermo has the details…

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Southland Industrial Coating is investing $13-million dollars to construct a new fireproofing facility in the St Landry Parish town of Washington. Chief Strategy Officer Randy Ross says the project will bring 120 new direct jobs to the Acadian Region, with more than $53,000 in salaries and 178 indirect new jobs.

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2:30 PM Newscast July 22

Former Louisiana nursing home owner Bob Dean will avoid jail time, after pleading no contest to eight counts of cruelty to the infirm, five counts of Medicaid fraud, and two counts of obstruction of justice. He was charged after sending 843 nursing home patients to a warehouse in Tangipahoa Parish during Hurricane Ida. The conditions there led to the deaths of several elderly individuals. Judge Brian Abels sentenced Dean to twenty years deferred with three years of probation. In a statement, Attorney General Liz Murrill said they asked that Dean be sentenced to a minimum of 5 years in prison and not be given only probation. And though she respects the judge has discretion, she still believes Dean should serve time in prison.

The majority of delegates from the Louisiana Democratic Party have endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to be the party’s nominee for President. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Two 18-year-olds were killed in a head-on crash in Lafourche Parish involving an underage immigrant driver, who authorities say was impaired. State Police Trooper Ross Brennan says 18-year-old Axel Flores-Cordova of Honduras slammed head-on into a vehicle on Highway 3090 near the Fourchon area

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Southland Industrial Coating is investing $13-million dollars to construct a new fireproofing facility in the St Landry Parish town of Washington.  Southland Industrial Coatings galvanizes, metalizes, sandblasts, paints, and fireproofs steel poles used in the utility, transportation, and renewable energy industries. Chief Strategy Officer Randy Ross…

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1:30 LRN Newscast July 22

An LSU defensive back is facing video voyeurism charges. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Louisiana nursing homeowner Bob Dean will avoid jail time, after pleading no contest to eight counts of cruelty to the infirm, five counts of Medicaid fraud, and two counts of obstruction of justice. Dean was charged after sending 843 nursing home patients to a warehouse in Tangipahoa Parish during Hurricane Ida. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and his 20-year-prison sentence was deferred.

President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the President’s race doesn’t change Republican Governor Jeff Landry’s mind on who will be the next president. Landry remains confident it will be GOP nominee Donald Trump. Landry told the Moon Griffon Show it doesn’t matter who the Democrats nominate…

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Louisiana’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Presidential nominee. Delegate and PSC Commissioner Davante Lewis says the Trump campaign message against Biden’s age and ability to carry out the job no longer works to the GOP’s advantage with Biden out of the race.

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The Convention will be held in Chicago next month.

12:30 LRN Newscast

Louisiana’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Presidential nominee. That’s according to state Democratic Party chairman Randal Gaines, who says a vote was taken virtually on Sunday night. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry is one of the delegates
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Governor Jeff Landry was a guest on the Moon Griffon show today and said Mr. Biden’s policies over the last four years have failed America and he says whoever ends up as the Democratic nominee never did anything about the rising inflation or the increase of illegal immigrants across the southern border…
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An 18-year-old immigrant is behind bars after he allegedly drove impaired and smashed into another vehicle head-on killing two 18-year-olds inside that vehicle. The crashed occurred early Sunday morning in Lafourche Parish. Rylan Oncale of Raceland and Taliyah Crochet of Houma died as a result of injuries from the wreck. State Police Trooper Ross Brennan says 18-year-old Axel Flores-Cordova’s blood alcohol concentration was nearly seven times over the underage legal limit…
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Brennan did not have information on if Flores-Cordova was in the United States legally. He’s from Honduras, but now in the Lafourche Parish detention center.

LSU cornerback Javien Toviano was arrested yesterday on charges of video voyeurism. East Baton Rouge Sheriff deputies accuse the 19-year-old of having sex with a woman and recording it without her consent with a hidden camera. The team has suspended Toviano indefinitely.

11:30 LRN Newscast

President Biden has dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee. House Speaker Mike Johnson says Republicans may sue if Democrats go through with a plan to replace Biden with Harris, because the states voted for the president as nominee during the primaries and caucuses. LSU political science professor Robert Hogan…
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New Orleans Representative and Democrat Mandie Landry says Biden and his family have sacrificed so much in the last few years and she’s glad he was the one to choose to step down as the party’s nominee.
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Louisiana Revenue Secretary Richard Nelson is pushing Governor Jeff Landry to hold a special session next month on tax reform. Nelson would like to see the state’s income tax rate reduced…
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Nelson says state can offset the loss of that revenue from a lower income tax by eliminating several different sales tax exemptions.

Two 18-year-olds were killed in a head-on crash in Lafourche Parish involving an underage immigrant driver, who authorities say was impaired. State Police Trooper Ross Brennan says 18-year-old Axel Flores-Cordova of Honduras slammed head on into a vehicle near the Fourchon area. Flores-Cordova faces multiple charges…
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The crash happened shortly after 1 AM and it claimed the lives of 18-year-old Rylan Oncale of Raceland and 18-year-old Taliyah Crochet of Houma.