AM LRN Newscall July 18

The Louisiana Department of Health has launched the State Health Improvement Plan, or SHIP, to ensure they’re meeting the health goals of the state. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (32) “…I’m Mel Bridges.”

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The Republican National Convention will culminate this evening with their Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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An alligator attacked a 9-year-old boy when he and his family were swimming in Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday. Sean Richardson has more.

Cut 3 (34) “…I’m Sean Richardson.” 

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The Louisiana Department of Health has launched the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), which surveyed six thousand Louisianans to determine four priority areas for improving health. Robert Hines with LDH says SHIP is a roadmap that will lead to action in the future.

Cut 4 (11) “…handle on.”

The four priority areas of SHIP are behavioral health, community safety, maternal and child health, and chronic disease. Hines says these areas were identified due to community input, and he wants SHIP to serve as a reminder to community members that…

Cut 5 (08) “…like to see.”

Hines says the only way SHIP can keep serving the community is through community input, and encourages residents to get involved with SHIP by joining a work group for a priority area via the website.

Cut 6 (10) “…year after year.”

You can track how well SHIP goals are being met at LouisianaSHIP.com.

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump will address delegates at the Republican National Convention this evening, just days after an assassination attempt on his life. When asked what we can expect from Trump’s speech, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson said…

Cut 7 (10) “…forward to that.”

Johnson addressed delegates Tuesday evening at the convention where the evening’s theme was Make America Safe Again. After Saturday’s tragic events in Pennsylvania that also claimed the life of one attendee, and seriously injured two others, Johnson says this convention is emotional.

Cut 8 (08) “…we’re about.”

The Benton, Louisiana native says he told Trump that he could become the most consequential president in the nation’s history because Republicans will have to fix every metric of public policy.

Cut 9 (11)  “…man on the earth.

Trump’s speech will be the culmination of the four-day convention in Milwaukee.

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A 9-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator while swimming in Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday. The boy was with his family near the mouth of Bayou St. John around dusk when the alligator bit him on the leg. His father quickly intervened, managing to free the boy from the alligator’s grip. LSU Ag Center Alligator Specialist Mark Shirley…

Cut 10 (06) “…find an alligator.”

Emergency services were called immediately, and the boy was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he underwent surgery. Authorities have since closed the area for swimming and are working with LDWF to locate and capture the alligator. This incident has raised concerns about safety in areas where humans and wildlife habitats overlap.

Cut 11 (11) “…in Louisiana.”

Shirley reminds the public to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings while swimming in natural bodies of water, especially during peak alligator activity periods.

Cut 12 (11) “…late in the evening.”

The boy’s condition is stable and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

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Former congressman and Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields wants to return to DC and this time, represent the newly drawn 6th Congressional District. The district was modified to favor a minority candidate. Fields says he believes in the Voting Rights Act and that the state should have a second majority-minority district because a third of Louisiana’s population is Black.

Cut 13 (10)  “… included.”

Former Opelousas lawmaker, Republican Elbert Guillory says he’s running because he believes the government has stopped protecting Americans, specifically those in the 6th district which stretches from Caddo to East Baton Rouge Parish.

Guillory says the education system is a disaster and crime is negatively impacting everyone in the state.

Cut 14 (06)  “…law enforcement.”

Also running is newcomer Quentin Anthony Anderson who’s registered as a Democrat.

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Because Congressman Clay Higgins is attending the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez filed on his behalf. Higgins is seeking a fifth term in DC. Miguez says Higgins is a great asset to southwest Louisiana.

Cut 15 (12)  “…energy producers.”

Miguez says Higgins has the support of former President Trump, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, and Governor Landry.  Miquez says Higgins wants to continue his work on behalf of residents in the state’s 3rd Congressional district.

Cut 16 (08) “…affordable again.” 

As of Wednesday evening, Higgins will be challenged by another Republican, and two Democrats on the November 5th ballot.

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U-L Lafayette Athletics Director Dr. Bryan Maggard has signed a contract extension through June 2029. Maggard, who joined the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2017, says his challenge for the future is navigating NIL deals.

Cut 17 (19) “…do that.”

The extension comes a few weeks after Ragin’ Cajun softball legend Alyson Habetz was brought on as head coach. Maggard believes head coaches are the most important hires that athletic directors can make, and he’s more than pleased with the coaches he’s assembled.

Cut 18 (17)  “…competitive seasons.”

Maggard says he’s overseeing about $20 million in capital projects, including a new football stadium. That, combined with NIL and TV deals, means fundraising will be a crucial part of the Ragin’ Cajun’s future. Maggard encourages fans to support however they feel comfortable, whether that’s buying a ticket, donating to athletics or anything in-between.

Cut 19 (13) “…every month, right?” 

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Cut 20 (07) “…physical.”

5:30 LRN Newscall

Two candidates with the most name recognition officially qualified for the newly drawn 6th congressional district. Democrat Cleo Fields and Republican Elbert Guillory.

Cut 2 (00)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from speeding cameras. The law allows drivers to appeal tickets from traffic cameras by proving there were outside issues involved, like if someone else was driving their car or if there were hazardous conditions. Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey says now if you get a ticket from a traffic camera….

Cut 4 (12) “…if you don’t pay.”

Cathey says anyone who needs help appealing a ticket can reach out to him on Facebook.

At last night’s Republican National Convention, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish discussed what a Trump administration and a Republican controlled House will mean for education. He says they want to give parents more options in helping their children get a quality education…

Cut 10 (13) “…and where.”

Ohio Senator J.D. Vance is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight after being picked as former president Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential race.  Vance is the first millennial to be on a major party ticket, which Speaker of the House Mike Johnson thinks Vance should boost the campaign’s appeal in middle America because…

Cut 7 (10) “…this election cycle.”

4:30 LRN Newscast

A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from automated enforcement, like speeding cameras. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (32) …I’m Mel Bridges.”

Ohio Senator J.D. Vance is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight after being picked as former president Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential race. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson says Vance was a great V-P pick and has a lot of things going for him.

Cut 6 (08) “…in Congress.”

Vance is the first millennial to be on a major party ticket.

Two of the candidates that qualified for the newly drawn 6th congressional district today are no strangers to politics. Democrat Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields, who served two terms in Congress in the 90s, and Republican Elbert Guillory who represented Opelousas in the state legislature.

Fields says there are parts of the district that haven’t used infrastructure funds to expand things like broadband. He says local governments don’t know how to access those dollars and he can help.

Cut  14 (11) “…to them.” 

Guillory says in two years a lot of damage could be done in Congress. He referenced a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to vote in federal elections.

Cut 15 (10) “…stop it.”

Congressman Garret Graves who currently represents the 6th district opted not to run for re-election because the district was redrawn at a disadvantage to him another term.

3:30 LRN Newscast

Two candidates with the most name recognition officially qualified for the newly drawn 6th congressional district. Democrat Cleo Fields and Republican Elbert Guillory.

Cut 2 (00)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from speeding cameras. Those in favor of automated enforcement say traffic cameras keep the roads safer, but Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey points out that police are still able to pull drivers over for speeding. Cathey says, automated enforcement can’t stop human and drug trafficking.

Cut 5 (06)  “…45 days later.”

Cathey says anyone who needs help appealing a ticket can reach out to him on Facebook.

Ohio Senator J.D. Vance is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight after being picked as former president Donald Trump’s running mate. Once a critic of Trump, Vance has since become a champion of the former president’s policies. Additionally, Vance’s rise from a poor family in Ohio to a veteran, lawyer and senator puts him in touch with working-class Americans, which Speaker of the House Mike Johnson sees as a help to the Trump campaign.

Cut 8 (09)  “…and they do.”

At last night’s Republican National Convention, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish spoke…

Cut 9 (11) “…once for all.”

Scalise also discussed what a Trump administration and a Republican controlled House will mean for education. He says they want to give parents more options in helping their children get a quality education.

PM LRN Newscall July 17

A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from automated enforcement, like speeding cameras. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (32) …I’m Mel Bridges.”

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Two candidates with the most name recognition officially qualified for the newly drawn 6th congressional district. Democrat Cleo Fields and Republican Elbert Guillory.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from speeding cameras. Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey said he wrote the law after complaints from his constituents, including a call from local sheriffs in north Louisiana…

Cut 3 (12) “…the things gone.”

The law allows drivers to appeal tickets from traffic cameras by proving there were outside issues involved, like if someone else was driving their car or if there were hazardous conditions. Additionally, Cathey says now if you get a ticket from a traffic camera….

Cut 4 (12) “…if you don’t pay.”

Those in favor of automated enforcement say traffic cameras keep the roads safer, but Cathey points out that police are still able to pull drivers over for speeding. Additionally, Cathey says, automated enforcement can’t stop human and drug trafficking.

Cut 5 (06)  “…45 days later.”

Cathey says anyone who needs help appealing a ticket can reach out to him on Facebook.

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Ohio Senator J.D. Vance is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight after being picked as former President Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential race. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson says Vance was a great V-P pick and has a lot of things going for him.

Cut 6 (08) “…in Congress.”

Vance is the first millennial to be on a major party ticket, which Johnson thinks will help the Trump campaign appeal to younger voters. Plus, Johnson says Vance should boost the campaign’s appeal in middle America because…

Cut 7 (10) “…this election cycle.”

Once a critic of Trump, Vance has since become a champion of the former president’s policies. Additionally, Vance’s rise from a poor family in Ohio to a veteran, lawyer, and Senator puts him in touch with working-class Americans, which Johnson sees as a help to the Trump campaign.

Cut 8 (09)  “…and they do.”

Vice President Kamala Harris says Vance will only be loyal to Trump and not the country by serving as a rubber stamp for Trump’s extreme agenda.

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At last night’s Republican National Convention, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish spoke…

Cut 9 (11) “…once for all.”

Scalise also discussed what a Trump administration and a Republican-controlled House will mean for education. He says they want to give parents more options in helping their children get a quality education…

Cut 10 (13) “…and where.”

Tighter immigration laws and policies are a main push for Republicans. Scalise says keeping illegal immigrants out of the country is a main priority…

Cut 11 (14) ” ..(cheering).”

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Two candidates who qualified for the newly drawn 6th congressional district today are no strangers to politics. Democrat Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields, who served two terms in Congress in the 90s, and Republican Elbert Guillory who represented Opelousas in the state legislature.

The 61-year-old Fields says even though the current congressional map with a second majority-minority district is being challenged it won’t distract him from doing his job.

Cut 12 (12) “…work better.”

80-year-old Guillory says the 6th District congressional lines were severely gerrymandered and he believes the district will be modified but in the meantime, it deserves to be properly represented.

Cut  13 (10) “…we have.” 

Fields says there are parts of the district that haven’t used infrastructure funds to expand things like broadband. He says local governments don’t know how to access those dollars and he can help.

Cut  14 (11) “…to them.” 

Guillory says in two years a lot of damage could be done in Congress. He referenced a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to vote in federal elections.

Cut 15 (10) “…stop it.”

Congressman Garret Graves who currently represents the 6th district opted not to run for re-election because the district was redrawn at a disadvantage to him another term.

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Cut  16 (10)   “…Thursday.”

 

2:30 LRN Newscast

A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from speeding cameras. Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey said he wrote the law after complaints from his constituents, including a call from local sheriffs in north Louisiana…

Cut 3 (12) “…the things gone.”

Ohio Senator J.D. Vance is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight after being picked as former president Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential race. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson says Vance should boost the campaign’s appeal in middle America because…

Cut 7 (10) “…this election cycle.”

At last night’s Republican National Convention, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish says spoke on the need for tighter immigration laws and policies are a main push for Republicans. Scalise says keeping illegal immigrants out of the country is a main priority…

Cut 11 (14) ” ..(cheering).”

Republican Elbert Guillory who represented Opelousas in the state legislature, qualified for the newly drawn 6th congressional district today. 80-year-old Guillory says the 6th District congressional lines were severely gerrymandered and he believes the district will be modified but in the meantime, it deserves to be properly represented.

Cut  13 (10) “…we have.” 

1:30 LRN Newscast

Two of the candidates that qualified today for the newly drawn 6th congressional district are no stranger to politics. Democrat Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields served two terms in Congress in the 90s, and Republican Elbert Guillory represented Opelousas in the state legislature.
61-year-old Fields says even though the current congressional map with a second majority-minority district is being challenged, he won’t be distracted from his job.

cut 12 (12) “…work better.”

80-year-old Guillory says the 6th district congressional lines were severely gerrymandered and he believes it will be modified. In the meantime, he says, the district deserves to be properly represented.

cut 13 (10) “…we have.”

 

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish spoke at the Republican National Convention last night. Since tighter immigration laws and policies are a main push for Republicans, Scalise says keeping illegal immigrants out of the country is a top priority.

cut 11 (14) “…(cheering).”

 

A new state law from Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from speeding cameras. The law lets drivers appeal tickets from cameras by proving there were outside issues involved, like if someone else was driving their car or if there were hazardous conditions. Additionally, Cathey says now if you get a ticket from a traffic camera….

cut 4 (12) “…if you don’t pay.”

12:30 LRN Newscast

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise had the opportunity last night to speak in front of the Republican Party National Convention. Scalise hit on many of the big G-O-P issues like increasing domestic energy production, protecting the southern border and providing more options to parents when it comes to educating their children…
cut 10 (13) “….and where”
Donald Trump’s running mate will headline the third night of the Republican convention as the Ohio Senator is expected to speak. U-S House Speaker Mike Johnson says Vance is a great choice and has a lot of things going for him…
cut 6 (08) “….in Congress”
Vice President Kamala Harris says Vance will only be loyal to Trump and not the country by serving as a rubber stamp for Trump’s extreme agenda.

A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from automated enforcement, like speeding cameras. Mel Bridges has more.
Cut 1 (32) …I’m Mel Bridges.”

11:30 LRN Newscast

At last night’s Republican National Convention, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish spoke….
cut 9 (11) “…once and for all”
House Speaker Mike Johnson from Benton also spoke and his message was about making America Safe Again in wake of Saturday’s attempted assassination of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

A status conference hearing scheduled for today in suspended LSU running back Trey Holly’s criminal case has been pushed back to September. Holly’s attorney, Mike Small, says he and the prosecutor requested the change because they are still in the process of receiving evidence from the February shooting that injured two people in Union Parish…
cut 6 (08) “….that stage’
Holly has pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrumentality.

A new state law makes it easier to appeal traffic citations from speeding cameras. Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey said he wrote the law because of complaints that speeding camera companies were giving drivers tickets without input from local police.
Cut 3 (12) “…the handheld devices.”
The law allows drivers to appeal tickets from traffic cameras by proving there were outside issues involved, like if someone else was driving their car or if there were hazardous conditions.

A nine-year-old boy is recovering after he was attacked by an alligator in Lake Pontchartrain. The New Orleans Fire Department says the scary incident happened Sunday while the child was swimming with his family. The boy sustained laceration and puncture wounds. Fire officials credit the child’s father for acting quickly to fend off the six-foot alligator.

10:30 LRN Newscast

Homeland Security’s inspector general announces an investigation into the Secret Service’s security at the Trump rally that ended with an assassination attempt. Brooke Thorington has more from House Speaker Mike Johnson….
cut 2 (25) “….I’m Brooke Thorington”

The University of Louisiana System is expected to name Jimmy Genovese as the next president of Northwestern State. A formal vote will occur tomorrow. Genovese currently serves as a judge on the Louisiana Supreme Court. The 74-year-old is Northwestern State grad and Governor Landry has pushed for him to get the job.

Qualifying for the fall elections are underway. All six of Louisiana’s congressional seats are up for election and there’s an open seat on the Public Service Commission. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says being a P-S-C member is a coveted political job…
cut 9 (08) “….political well known”
Qualifying runs through Friday afternoon.

The underage gambling charges against former LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte have been dropped. He was arrested in January. The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s office says Boutte has completed a gambling awareness program and executed a self-ban. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says Boutte’s case will be a lesson learned for LSU and the NCAA, as they need to monitor college athletes when it comes to sports wagering.
Cut 14 (09) “…said and done.”