8:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Landry is expected to sign this week a package of bills approved from the crime special session. One of the bills increases the penalties for those who package fentanly to make it attractive for minors. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel authored the bill that calls for a 25 to 99-year prison sentence for a person convicted of designing fentanyl so it looks like candy…
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A three-month long regular session begins next week. There will be another attempt by legislators to make it illegal for local governments to use red light or speed cameras as a way to issue traffic tickets. Supporters of the ticket writing cameras say it leads to safer driving habits, but Shreveport Senator Alan Seabaugh says there’s no evidence to support they do…
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Seabaugh says he’s received positive feedback from other legislators about his bill.

Artificial Intelligence technology continues to advance and a lawmaker concerned about possible misuse has proposed a bill to address it. Colleen Crain has more…
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That’s the U-L Lafayette softball team celebrating after recording the final out that ended Oklahoma’s NCAA record 71-game winning streak. The Cajuns defeated the Sooners seven to five in ten innings. The win for the Cajuns leaves LSU as the nation’s only softball team still undefeated.

7:30 LRN Newscast

Stronger penalties are coming for carjackers. It’s the result of legislation authored by Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel and approved in the recently completed crime special session. Schlegel says if a carjacking results in serious injury to the victim, the minimum sentence starts at 20 years…
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Governor Jeff Landry is expected to sign the bill this week.

The C-D-C says a person who tests positive for Covid no longer has to isolate for five days. A person can return to work or school once they start feeling better and have been fever-free for 24 hours. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease Specialist Doctor Fred Lopez says the guidelines are welcome news, but COVID can still lead to serious illness…
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A bill to prohibit the use of traffic cameras for speed enforcement by local governments has been filed for the upcoming regular session. Brooke Thorington has more.
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Authorities are looking for a 64-year-old driver who drove into Bayou Lafourche in Assumption Parish early Saturday morning. A passenger in the vehicle swam to safety and last saw the driver, Gilbert Bunch of White Castle, near the vehicle prior to it becoming fully submerged. Bunch was not in the vehicle after it was pulled out of the water.

6:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry is expected to sign the bills this week approved in the crime special session, including the legislation that will result in longer prison sentences for car jackers and fentanyl dealers.
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A prayer vigil and anti-violence rally was held in Carencro yesterday in response to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Jaylon Joiner. Lafayette Parish Sheriff deputies say Joiner was gunned down after he got off a school bus near Carencro Middle School. No arrests have been made.

Now that the special session is over, it’s time to look ahead to the regular session which begins a week from today. Shreveport Senator Alan Seabaugh has filed legislation to prohibit the installation and use of red light and speed cameras by local governments. The Republican says such devices present a guilty until proven innocent approach..
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Seabaugh says the cameras are also not routinely calibrated.

Marrero Senator Patrick Connick has filed a bill to make it illegal to use artificial intelligence to portray someone in false light. Connick’s proposed legislation says a person could face up to six months in prison and fines up to 750-dollars for distributing misleading synthetic media…
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Synthetic media includes video or voice recordings generated by algorithms that appear to be a record of actual events.

11:30 am Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry is calling the crime special session a great success, Democrats says it failed to address the root causes of crime. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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State Fire Marshall deputies are investigating a couple of deadly housefires that happened yesterday. The first happened was a mobile home fire in Desoto parish yesterday morning around four. The second fatal fire happened in Claiborne Parish around 11:30. Fire officials are still investigating, but say neither home had working smoke detectors.

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The CDC says you no longer need to isolate for five days if you have COVID. The new guidelines advise you still stay home if you’re sick, but you can return to work or school if you are feeling better and have been fever-free for 24 hours. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says the CDC still encourages you to play it safe for five days, especially if those around you at work or school are vulnerable to the virus or have family members who are.

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While the new guidelines are welcome news Lopez says COVID still presents a significant threat and remains highly contagious.

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If you are among the more vulnerable populations, Lopez recommends staying up to date on your booters and along with vaccinations for other respiratory illnesses.

10:30 am Newscast

The CDC says you no longer need to isolate for five days if you have COVID. The new guidelines advise you still stay home if you’re sick, but you can return to work or school if you are feeling better and have been fever-free for 24 hours. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says this mirrors other respiratory illnesses like flu and RSV.

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Governor Jeff Landry is speaking out on the success of the special session on crime. Lawmakers approved several tough on crime measures, including expanding the methods used to carry out executions, lowering the age one can be charged with a felony from 18 to 17 years old, and toughening up restrictions on parole and probation.

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The first U.S. manufacturing plant for Japanese Chemical Company UBE, which makes components for electric vehicle batteries, is coming to with a direct investment of half a BILLION dollars.  President of Jefferson Parish Economic Development Jerry Bologna says the synergy from Cornerstone Energy Park played a vital role in UBE’s decision to choose Jefferson Parish. He says they also liked the logistics the area provides…

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The project intends to bolster the domestic battery components supply chain and reduce the current reliance on Asian imports. Bologna says the plant in Jefferson Parish will manufacture key elements for EV batteries.

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Louisiana offered a competitive incentives package that includes workforce development in order to secure the project.

9:30 am Newscast

Big news for Jefferson Parish, Japanese Chemical Company UBE to construct the first US facility to manufacture key components for electrical vehicle car batteries there. Brooke Thorington has more.

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An early morning fire at an apartment complex in Shreveport caused quite a scare this morning. It happened around three am. According to reports, everyone was evacuated and Shreveport Firefighters were able to put out the blaze. So far there are no details on whether anyone was injured.

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Governor Jeff Landry is pleased with what state lawmakers were able to accomplish in the special session on crime. They approved measures that take a tough on crime approach.  But House Democratic Causus Chairman Matthew Willard says the bills they passed will make Louisiana’s prison population explode, meaning higher costs for taxpayers.

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All eyes are on Iowa’s Caitlyn Clark this weekend as she is 18 points away from surpassing LSU legend Pete Marvaich’s Division one career scoring record. Maravich scored 3,667 points in three years at LSU, without a three-point line.  Clark is in her fourth season at Iowa, averages 28 points a game. Pistol Pete’s son Jaeson Maravich says apples to oranges comparison….

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8:30 am Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry’s special session on crime is over and the legislature approved quite a few measures….expanding methods used to carry out executions, lowering the age one can be charged with a felony from 18 to 17 years old, restrictions on parole and probation and permitless conceal carry. Governor Landry says what was accomplished will make the state safer.

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But House Democratic Caucus Chairman Matthew Willard says the special session failed to address the root causes of crime. He says the lock them up and throw away the key approach does not work…

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Governor Landry is expected to sign the bills next week.

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The first U.S. manufacturing plant for Japanese Chemical Company UBE, which makes components for electric vehicle batteries, will be in Jefferson Parish.  President of Jefferson Parish Economic Development Jerry Bologna says it’s a significant foreign direct investment of $500 million to the community.

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Iowa women’s basketball player Cailtin Clark is 18 points away from surpassing LSU legend Pete Marvaich’s Division one career scoring record of 3,667 points. Clark could pass Pistol Pete when the Hawkeyes host Ohio State on Sunday. Maravich’ s eldest son, Jaeson Maravich, doesn’t see it as Clark breaking his dad’s record….

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5:30 PM Newscast

Among the bills that passed the special session on crime is one allowing non-felon adults to conceal carry firearms without a permit. Owner of Concealed Carry NOLA, Dave Newman says it’s important for gun owners to know the law. People are charged with crimes and it’s not as simple as saying you were in fear for your life…

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Pistol Pete Maravich scored 3,667 points from 1967 to 1970 at LSU, without a three-point line and averaged 44 points a game. Iowa women’s basketball player Cailtin Clark is 18 points away from surpassing LSU legend. She is in her fourth season at Iowa and averages 28 points a game. Jaeson Maravich says it’s an apples to oranges comparison….

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Big news for Jefferson Parish, Japanese Chemical Company UBE to construct the first US facility to manufacture key components for electrical vehicle car batteries there. Brooke Thorington has more.

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And in Rapids parish, a new Amazon distribution center will be constructed in the town of Boyce. President and CEO of Central Louisiana Jim Clinton says while many companies tend to set up distribution hubs along Interstates 10 and 20, they are beginning to see breakthroughs in the past year with Lowes and now Amazon for Central Louisiana. Louisiana Central along with the Boyce Chamber of Commerce will share hiring information for Amazon on their website and social media pages when it becomes available.

4:30 PM Newscast March 1

Governor Jeff Landry is calling the crime special session a great success, Democrats says it failed to address the root causes of crime. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Governor Landry is expected to sign the bill allowing non-felon adults to carry a concealed firearm without a permit which means training required to receive those permits will no longer be required. Owner of Concealed Carry NOLA, Dave Newman says that training is important to keep yourself and others safe and he says it needs to happen under pressure.

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Iowa women’s basketball player Cailtin Clark is 18 points away from surpassing LSU legend Pete Marvaich’s Division one career scoring record of 3,667 points. Though he says the comparison to his father’s record is apples to oranges, Jaeson Maravich is also very complimentary of Caitlin’s game and her style reminds him a lot of his Dad’s…

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The first U.S. manufacturing plant for Japanese Chemical Company UBE, which makes electric vehicle batteries, will be in Jefferson Parish.  President of Jefferson Parish Economic Development Jerry Bologna says it’s a significant foreign direct investment of $500 million to the community.

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3:30 PM Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry says the crime special session produced legislation that will make the state safer

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The Legislature approved measures to expand methods used to carry out executions, lowering the age one can be charged with a felony from 18 to 17 years old, restrictions on parole and probation and permit-less conceal carry. Landry says he appreciates the legislators who passed these bills

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Matthew Willard says the bills passed will explode Louisiana’s prison population and produce higher costs for taxpayers

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Governor Jeff Landry is expected to sign these bills next week.

The first U.S. manufacturing plant for Japanese Chemical Company UBE, which makes components for electric vehicle batteries, will be in Jefferson Parish. The project intends to bolster the domestic battery components supply chain and reduce the current reliance on Asian imports. President of Jefferson Parish Economic Development Jerry Bologna says the plant in Jefferson Parish will manufacture key elements for EV batteries.

Cut 5 (12) “…those batteries.”

To secure the project Louisiana offered a competitive incentives package that includes workforce development.

Iowa women’s basketball player Cailtin Clark is 18 points away from surpassing LSU legend Pete Marvaich’s Division one career scoring record of 3,667 points. Clark could pass Pistol Pete when the Hawkeyes host Ohio State on Sunday. Maravich’ s eldest son, Jaeson Maravich, doesn’t see it as Clark breaking his dad’s record….

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