7:30 LRN Newscast

The state’s three abortion clinics are not expected to open their doors today following Friday’s historic ruling by the U-S Supreme Court that reverses Roe versus Wade, giving power to the states to outlaw abortion.

Co-founder of the advocacy group Louisiana Lift says the inability to have an abortion in Louisiana will have rippling effects. Brooke Thorington has more
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Governor Edwards is in self-isolation. He announced on Friday that he tested positive for COVID, but is not experiencing any symptoms.

Governor Edwards has signed a bill into law that would allow adopted individuals to obtain a copy of their birth certificate once they reach the age of 24. Rosepine Representative Charles Owen is the author of the legislation that changes a 1977 law that kept adoptees in the dark about the their first days of life…
cut 14 (12) “….it was wrong”
Opponents of the legislation expressed concern that women might not want to give their child up for adoption, if they know their biological child could reach out to them 24 years later.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is in Alaska for the Aerospace States Association annual meeting. The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans East is owned by NASA and Nungesser says the conference will discuss workforce development, public-private partnerships in aerospace and optimal use of aerospace facilities…
cut 12 (07) “…part in this”
The Michoud facility has been producing blades for wind farms.

6:30 LRN Newscast

The co-founder of Lift Louisiana, an advocacy group for the health and wellbeing of women, says the reversal of Roe vs Wade will heavily impact those who don’t have the means to travel to states that permit abortions. And Michelle Erenberg says state lawmakers have done nothing to assist those individuals either.
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Governor Edwards it’s critical Louisiana funds services to support women, children and families throughout their lives.

Governor Edwards has signed House Bill 450 into law, which will allow adopted people obtain copies of their original birth certificates once they reach the age of 24….
cut 13 (09) “…since 1977″
Rosepine Representative Charles Owen’s bill passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly after extensive discussion.

Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser is in Alaska for the annual meeting of the Aerospace States Association….
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

The tropics are active. A tropical wave off of Louisiana’s southeastern coast will produce showers and thunderstorms as it heads towards the Texas-Mexico border. The National Hurricane Center is also monitoring two systems in the Atlantic.

10:30 LRN newscast

Emotions are running high after yesterday’s historic ruling from the U-S Supreme Court that overturned Roe versus Wade, which leaves it up to the states to determine if it should be legal. As a result of a trigger law in place in Louisiana, the state’s three abortion clinics closed yesterday, canceling hundreds of appointments. New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman says she worries for the future of young women…
cut 9 (09) “…moving to”
Abortion rights advocates say yesterday’s ruling reduces women’s healthcare options, Gene Mills the President of the Louisiana Family Forum feels differently…
cut 8 (12) “…in Louisiana”

For the past 45 years, Louisiana adults over the age of 24 have been denied access to their original birth certificates, but that ends on Aug. 1. David Grubb has the story…
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Governor Edwards is self-isolating this weekend as the 55-year-old has tested positive for COVID. Edwards says he’s not experiencing any symptoms and believes he’s feeling good because he’s vaccinated and twice boosted. The governor urges everyone to stay up to date with their COVID vaccinations.

9:30 LRN Newscast June 25

The US Supreme Court reversal on abortion is an emotional one on both sides of the issue. Brooke Thorington has Louisiana reaction…
cut 1 (35) “…I’m Brooke Thorington”

High temperatures around 100-degrees again today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a dome of hot dry air over Louisiana is keeping skies clear…
cut 14 (09) “…cool things down”

LSU President William Tate is touting a $27-million dollar donation from Shell USA, the largest gift from a for-profit partner in the university’s history. Tate says the funds will establish the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation, which will discover innovative methods to fuel the nation.
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Shell says the investment can create the next generation of energy leaders and help build a net-zero emissions United States.

Walmart employees who receive medical coverage in Louisiana now have access to doula services. Doula Program Lead for Walmart Nancy Jester says last year they launched a pilot program in Georgia and due to its success, they’ve expanded the benefit in three other states including Louisiana.
Cut 7 (09) “…birthing mothers.”
Doulas provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support to mothers before, during, and after childbirth.

8:30 LRN newscast

Emotions are running high after yesterday’s historic ruling from the U-S Supreme Court that overturned Roe versus Wade, which leaves it up to the states to determine if it should be legal. As a result of a trigger law in place in Louisiana, the state’s three abortion clinics closed yesterday, canceling hundreds of appointments. New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman says she worries for the future of young women…
cut 9 (09) “…moving to”
Pro choicers say yesterday’s ruling reduces women’s healthcare options, Gene Mills the President of the Louisiana Family Forum feels differently…
cut 8 (12) “…in Louisiana”

Shell is investing 27-million dollars in LSU and the money will go towards establishing the Institute for Energy Innovation. The Institute will conduct research into providing reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy. LSU President William Tate says it’s the university’s largest gift ever from a for-profit corporation
cut 12 (11) “….really big time”
Shell says the investment will help develop lower-carbon energies and technologies.

Triple-digit high temperatures are expected across most of Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says rain chances will increase on Monday, which should provide a break from this record setting heat…
cut 15 (13) “….we see every summer”

5:30 LRN Newscast June 24

The constitutional right to have an abortion in the United States was reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States Friday morning. The decision was expected after a brief overturning Roe v Wade was leaked last month. President of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills says Louisianan’s trigger laws essentially closes the state’s three abortion clinics.
Cut 6 (12) “…post Roe Louisiana.”
New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman say the ruling is a major setback for women’s rights and will have devastating consequences.
Cut 7 (12) “…our country.”
A statement from the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom says they are ready to keep up the fight for abortion access and do whatever it takes to get people the care they need.

On Friday Governor John Bel Edwards announced he’s tested positive for COVID. Edwards who is fully vaccinated and up to date on the recommended booster doses says he does not have any COVID like symptoms, but he will follow CDC recommendations and isolate for five days. Edwards encouraged others to take precautions to avoid becoming infected and to stay up to date on their vaccinations amidst the sixth surge of COVID in Louisiana.

Louisiana is in an early summer heat wave of record proportions. Weather stations across the state report record-setting and record-breaking high temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says scorching weather is here for the next few days, at least…:

Cut 13 (10) “…100 and 110.”

Keim is hopeful that temperatures will return to normal next week.

4:30 LRN Newscast June 24

Abortions are now illegal in Louisiana as a result of the U-S Supreme Court’s historic decision that overturned the Roe versus Wade ruling made nearly 50 years ago that guaranteed a women’s right to terminate their pregnancies. USA Today Network reporter Greg Hilburn says Louisiana just passed a new trigger law that now takes effect. It has no exceptions for rape of incest, but does except certain medical circumstances. Hilburn says doctors, or those who assist in an abortion, face up to 10 years in prison and if it’s a late term abortion the sentence could be as much as 15 years…:

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The state Department of Health reports 2400 new cases of COVID-19 statewide; among them Governor John Bel Edwards, who’s office announced he had the virus this afternoon. The governor gets regular routing COVID tests. We’re told he’s showing no symptoms right now and he is fully up-to-date on COVID shots & boosters.

 

With the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, and Louisiana’s new abortion ban taking effect, it seems like a good time to remind everyone about the Louisiana’s Safe Haven law, under which persons not prepared to have or care for a newborn can simply hand the child over at most any hospital or fire station. As long as the child is left in the hands of an employee and the child shows no signs it has been abused, the person surrendering custody can walk away without legal repercussions. For details on Safe Havens, visit “dcfs.louisiana.gov.”

Louisiana is in an early summer heat wave of record proportions. Weather stations across the state report record-setting and record-breaking high temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says scorching weather is here for the next few days, but worry not; it won’t go one forever…:

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3:30 LRN Newscast June 24

The state Department of Health reports 2400 new cases of COVID-19 statewide; among them Governor John Bel Edwards, whose office announced he had the virus this afternoon. The governor gets regular routing COVID tests. We’re told he’s showing no symptoms right now and he is fully up-to-date on COVID shots & boosters.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs Wade brings strong emotions from both side of the issue. Brooke Thorington reports…:

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LSU President William Tate is touting a 27-million dollar donation from Shell USA, the largest gift from a for-profit partner in the university’s history. Tate says the funds will establish the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation. Tate says Shell is the founding partner of the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation and that its commitment extends beyond the scientific mission of the institute and into the growth of Louisiana’s workforce as well…:

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Oh boy, is it hot!! Record highs are being recorded all over Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says hot, moist air from the Gulf is clashing with hot, dry air over land; bringing clear skies and unrelenting heat…:

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He says somewhat cooler temperatures are coming next week.

2:30 LRN Newscast June 24

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of the 1973 Row vs Wade decision this morning, abortions are- for the most part -now illegal in Louisiana. USA Today Network reporter Greg Hilburn says Governor Edwards just signed a new trigger bill into law this week…:

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That new trigger law does have exceptions for medical complications however.

Louisiana is in an early summer heat wave of record proportions. Weather stations across the state report record-setting and record-breaking high temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says scorching weather is here for the next few days, at least…:

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Keim says warm, wet air from the Gulf is colliding with hot, dry air over land; creating this rainless heat. He says it may be well into next week before the state sees any significant rain.

 

Deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish say a naked woman crashed her car through the wall of a local donut shop, then tried to run from cops and attacked paramedics. It happened at around 2 a.m. She finally gave up and is having her health – physical AND mental – evaluated.

LSU women’s basketball has received a verbal commitment from the top player in the nation. David Grubb has more…:

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1:30 LRN Newscast

The state’s three abortion clinics are closed this afternoon after the U-S Supreme Court released a ruling that overturns Roe Versus Wade, which makes abortions illegal in Louisiana. Greg Hilburn, who covers the State Capitol for the USA Today Network says the only real exception is to save the life of the pregnant woman
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The U-S Senate approved its first gun reform bill in decades last night and it has bipartisan support. Senator Bill Cassidy helped craft the legislation. He says it could have prevented the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas because the bill allows expansive background checks for individuals under the age of 21 trying to purchase a gun…
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Louisiana’s junior U-S Senator John Kennedy voted against the bill.

Governor John Bel Edwards signs into law a bill that requires carbon monoxide detectors in all one or two-family homes sold or leased after January 1st. It also requires any home with a generator installed to have a detector as well. Metairie Representative Stephanie Hilferty says she wrote the law after a carbon monoxide detector saved the lives of her family during Hurricane Ida.
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Hilferty worked with the State Fire Marshal’s office to help craft the bill.

LSU President William Tate is touting a $27-million dollar donation from Shell USA, the largest gift from a for-profit partner in the university’s history. Tate says the funds will establish the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation, dedicated to advancing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy.
Cut 10 (12) ” …and solutions.”