07:30 Newscast September 16th, 2014

Area Development has ranked Louisiana as the sixth best state to conduct business. Scott Carwile has the story…:
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Deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office need the public’s help in locating a vehicle that hit and killed a man in Albany over the weekend. They say they found 27-year-old Cleveland Mareal Barnes, Jr. of Tickfaw, La. in the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies believe Barnes was run over by a vehicle that left the scene. Officials say there is no description of a vehicle or a suspect. Please contact authorities if you have information on this incident.

The recent indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has opened a nationwide discussion on disciplining children with corporal punishment. State Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier says corporal punishment is considered legal in Louisiana within reason…:
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She says there is nothing in Louisiana law that explicitly says what you can or cannot do when it comes to disciplining your child.

A group which leans Democrat has asked for an investigation into a $100,000 alleged transfer of funds from US Senator David Vitter’s federal campaign account to a PAC which supports his candidacy for governor. The American Democracy Legal Fund announced the complaint is filed with the Louisiana ethics board.

06:30 Newscast September 16th, 2014

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bethany couple after they delayed seeking medical treatment for a toddler with a head injury. Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says detectives responded to a call from a local hospital and found a 15-month-old girl suffering from severe bruising and swelling of her head…:
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She says 27-year old Jeffrey Noble and 26-year-old Stephanie File-Malone were charged with cruelty to a juvenile because they didn’t seek medical attention for about 48 hours.

A hearing is scheduled today where a judge is expected to rule whether or not to issue an injunction against the enforcement of the last-minute retirement raise that legislators gave state police superintendent Mike Edmonson and another trooper. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor filed a lawsuit challenging the change saying the process lawmakers used violates the constitution.

According to State Farm, the number of vehicle-deer collisions are on the rise in Louisiana. Spokesman Gary Stephenson says there was a nearly six-percent increase in these accidents here…:
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He urges motorists to take caution at night especially during the last quarter of the year as the cold weather and hunting season keeps herds on the move.

Police in Tallulah say they are investigating an accidental shooting death of a child. Reports indicate a 3-year-old boy fired a gun striking himself. The Madison Parish Sheriff’s office is assisting in the investigation. More on this as it develops.

17:30 Newscast September 15, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirms that the brain-eating ameba, Naegleria Fowleri, has now been found in a water system in Sabine Parish. Office of Public Health Medical Director, Takiesha Davis, says while the ameba is potentially dangerous, it doesn’t make water unusable…

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She says a chlorine burn has been ordered for that water supply in Sabine Parish.

State Police say a 53-year-old Gonzales man was killed yesterday when a tree limb came crashing down on him while riding his Harley Davidson in Livingston Parish. Trooper Jared Sandifer says Travis Lessard and his 52-year-old brother, Joseph, were transported to local hospitals after they were hit by the tree limb…

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Travis Lessard was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Two Shreveport police officers are on routine paid administrative leave after they were involved in a shooting of an armed robbery suspect. Corporal Marcus Hines says the incident happened Saturday night and the person who was shot has been identified as 26-year old Anthony Thomas of Shreveport…

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He says Thomas’ gunshot wound is considered non-life threatening, but he faces numerous criminal charges.

PayScale-dot-com ranks Louisiana Tech number one in the state in early- and mid-career salaries for graduates. The report says Tech graduates, early in their career, earn an average of over $49,000 per year. University spokesman Dave Guerin feels this ranking is a real testament of the faculty at Tech…

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Mid-career salaries for Tech graduates, who have at least 10 years of experience in their field, average over $86,000 per year.

LRN Newscast 15:30 09-15-14

The brain eating amoeba has made another appearance in Louisiana. The same one that was discovered in St. John the Baptist Parish has showed up in a Sabine Parish water system. But the DHH Office Public Health Medical Director Takiesha Davis says the main reason the amoeba is being discovered more often is because they are looking for it now…

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Davis says a water supply burn has been ordered for that water system.

When the Saints play the Minnesota Vikings in the dome Sunday, there will be a recognizable name on the playing field. Less than a week after he was charged with child abuse, star running back Adrian Peterson is cleared to play. The Vikings’ owners say they want to let the legal process play out before any other playing decisions are made.
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Louisiana ranks 12th in the nation for having the rudest drivers. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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A freak accident of a falling tree limb yesterday has killed one motorcycle rider and severely injured another in Livingston Parish on Highway 22.

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That’s State Trooper Jared Sandifer who says the dead man is identified as 53 year-old Travis Lessard of Gonzales. His brother Joseph Lessard of Maurepas suffered serious injuries.

LRN Newscast 14:30 09-15-14

More brain-eating amoeba has been found in a Louisiana water system; this time in Sabine Parish. Eric Gill has more…
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A Chevron natural gas pipeline accident has killed one contract worker and injured two others while performing maintanance work on Saturday. The Department of Environmental Quality report that the incident happened offshore in southeast Louisiana, and that the gas flow inside the line has been shut-off pending an investigation and repair work.

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State Police say a South Louisiana man was killed yesterday when a tree limb came crashing down on him while he was on a motorcycle. Trooper Jared Sandifer says 53-year-old Travis Lessard of Gonzales and his brother were riding on Highway 22 in Livingston Parish…

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The injured brother is identified as 52 year-old Joseph Lessard of Maurepas.
Louisiana Tech is sitting atop a very desirable list for colleges, as PayScale.com have named the Ruston School number one in the state for early- and mid-career salaries for graduates. University spokesman Dave Guerin says Tech also shows a very strong return on investment…

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13:30 Newscast September 15, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announce testing confirms that the brain-eating ameba, Naegleria Fowleri, has been found in a water system in Sabine Parish. The ameba was also discovered in St. John the Baptist Parish last month. Office of Public Health Medical Director, Takiesha Davis, says while the ameba is potentially dangerous, it doesn’t make the water unusable…

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Davis says the department’s new ameba sampling program is in its third stage and they are finding this ameba now because they are looking for it.

PayScale-dot-com ranks Louisiana Tech number one in the state in early- and mid-career salaries for graduates. The report says Tech graduates, early in their career, earn an average of over $49,000 per year. University spokesman Dave Guerin feels this ranking is a real testiment of the faculty at Tech…

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Two Shreveport police officers have been put on routine paid administrative leave after they were involved in a shooting of an armed robbery suspect. Corporal Marcus Hines says the incident happened Saturday night and the person who was shot has been identified as 26-year-old Anthony Thomas of Shreveport who faces numerous criminal charges…

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Hines says Thomas’ gunshot wound is considered non-life threatening.

State Police say a Gonzales man was killed yesterday when a tree limb came crashing down on him while on his Harley Davidson. Trooper Jared Sandifer says 53-year-old Travis Lessard and his 52-year-old brother, Joseph Lessard of Maurepas, were transported to local hospitals after they were hit by the tree limb…

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Sandifer says they are not sure what caused the tree limb to fall.

12:30 Newscast September 15, 2014

Louisiana ranks 12th in the country for having the rudest drivers in the nation. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Attorneys for the state Department of Corrections are asking a federal appellate court to reverse a judge’s ruling that said conditions on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola are unconstitutional during the summer. Judge Brian Jackson says the state must install a cooling system that will keep heat indexes from going over 88 degrees.

Two Shreveport police officers have been put on routine paid administrative leave after they were involved in a shooting of an armed robbery suspect. Corporal Marcus Hines says the incident happened Saturday night and the person who was shot has been identified as 26-year-old Anthony Thomas of Shreveport…

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Hines says Thomas’ gunshot wound is considered non-life threatening, but he faces numerous criminal charges.

A Tallulah woman faces more than 30 felony counts related to a tax fraud scheme. Investigators say Chetoria Tyler submitted fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of clients of her tax preparation business resulting in more than $60,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. Tyler is the 33rd person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s Office.

11:30 Newscast September 15, 2014

Senator Mary Landrieu has completed a report on the use of flights for campaign events and has admitted that over $33,000 in improperly charged flights to her Senate office are due to sloppy bookkeeping. Republican Party Executive Director, Jason Dore, says bookkeeping mistakes are no excuse…

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Landrieu says she takes full responsibility for the mistakes. The report states that Landrieu’s campaign office has reimbursed the Federal Treasury.

State Police say a south Louisiana man was killed yesterday when a tree limb came crashing down on him while on his Harley Davidson. Trooper Jared Sandifer says they are not sure what caused the tree limb to fall, killing one person and seriously injuring another….

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53-year-old Travis Lessard of Gonzales was pronounced dead at an area hospital. His brother, 52-year-old Joseph Lessard of Maurepas, remains hospitalized.

PayScale-dot-com ranks Louisiana Tech number one in the state in early- and mid-career salaries for graduates. Tech graduates, early in their career, earn an average of over $49,000 per year. Tech spokesman Dave Guerin says they are proud of this recognition…

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Median mid-career salaries for LA Tech graduates average over $86,000 per year.

Starting this week, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will host town hall meetings at three locations in Louisiana he’d like to see tapped for tourism growth. Dardenne says they’ll be in Shreveport tomorrow to get input from the community about opportunities there like the Louisiana Hayride…

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Additional meetings will be in Lafayette on October 15 and October 18 in Monroe.

10:30 Newscast September 15, 2014

The Louisiana Republican Party continues to make Senator Mary Landrieu’s chartered flights a campaign issue. Landrieu has completed a report on the use of flights for campaign events and has admitted to over $33,000 in improperly charged flights. Republican Party Executive Director Jason Dore says he’s surprised by that amount…

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The report states that Senator Landrieu’s campaign has already reimbursed the Federal Treasury for these mistakes.

The Municipal Police Employees Retirement System announces the first permanent cost of living adjustment for retirees in more than a decade. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the three percent increase at its monthly meeting. Ben Huxen, Chief Advisor to the Commissioner of Administration, says the increase will definitely be welcome by all…

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Eligible members will receive a minimum increase of $20 per month beginning November 1st.

State Police say a Gonzales man was killed when a tree limb came crashing down on him while on his Harley Davidson. Trooper Jared Sandifer says 53-year-old Travis Lessard and his brother were riding their motorcycles on Highway 22 in Livingston Parish when the accident occurred…

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Lessard was pronounced dead at an area hospital. His brother, 52-year-old Joseph Lessard of Maurepas, remains hospitalized.

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will host town hall meetings at three locations in Louisiana he’d like to see tapped for tourism growth. Tomorrow’s meeting in Shreveport will be held at the newly renovated Municipal Auditorium and October 15th he’ll be in Lafayette at Vermillionville…

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The third meeting will be in Monroe October 18th.

LRN newscast 09:30 September 15

Senator Mary Landrieu says her campaign office has reimbursed the Federal Treasury after a review of her flight records found that 33-thousand dollars in flights were improperly charged to her Senate office. Landrieu says she takes full responsiblity and a system has been put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again. But Louisiana republican party executive director Jason Dore believes there’s more information in the report and the issue is not dead…
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The state department of revenue announces the arrest of a tax preparer from Tallulah who was allegedly involved in a 60-thousand dollar tax fraud scheme. Officials say Chetoria Tyler filed tax returns that contained false claims for state child care tax credits. Tyler faces multiple charges of computer fraud, filing false public records and tax evasion.

Attorneys for the state Department of Corrections are asking a federal appellate court to reverse a judge’s ruling that said conditions on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola are unconstitutional during the summer time. Judge Brian Jackson says the state must install a cooling system that will keep heat indexes from going over 88 degrees.

Saints fans are frustrated today after a 26 to 24 loss to Cleveland yesterday. Some blame the loss on former first round pick and cornerback Patrick Robinson, who was guilty of a couple of penalties and was beat on Cleveland’s first touchdown of the game. But Coach Sean payton says it’s not fair to blame one player…
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New Orleans will host Minnesota this Sunday.