AM LRN Newscall Feb 29

A St. Martin Parish woman is asking for any clues in hopes of finding her husband who went missing five months ago. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Krewe of Freret is taking a bold step to make plastic beads a thing of the past. Brooke Thorington explains.

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The Louisiana Legislature has approved legislation to repeal the Raise the Age Law. Jeff Palermo reports it means 17-year-olds charged with felonies will go through the adult justice system…

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Five months ago, 58-year-old Bill Daspit vanished, and his wife Lara (pronounced Laura) Daspit has put up billboards in Lafayette in hopes of finding him. She says he was last seen on video the evening of September 10th after wrecking his motorcycle near their home in the small town of Coteau Holmes in St. Martin Parish

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Coteau Homles is approximately seven miles east of St. Martinville.

Daspit says her husband wears thick sunglasses due to his glaucoma and they were found alongside his helmet and motorcycle in a ditch about 100 yards from their home. She says people who know him won’t recognize him without them.

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She says detectives have very few leads and if you know anything to call the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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Daspit is described as a 5-foot, 10-inches tall, white male with brown hair weighing 218 pounds. You can see a photo along with information on how to contact authorities and Lara Daspit on our website at LouisianaRadioNetwork-dot-com.

Lead Detective Gabrielle Nelson at St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office 337-394-3071

Lara Vergenal Daspit 337-654-8160

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The Krewe of Freret is taking the bold step and prohibiting plastic beads from being thrown by members of their organization in the future. Freret Captain Bobby Hjortsberg (J is silent) says many of the plastic beads contain toxins, they end up in trees and wreak havoc on New Orleans’ drainage system.

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Hjortsberg says the co-ed and diverse organization had been thinking about doing away with plastic beads for some time, but because their Krewe is only thirteen years old, they didn’t want to necessarily rock the boat.

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He says the feedback to do away with beads has been extremely positive and Freret along with other krewes in New Orleans have been focusing on more sustainable throws like socks, luggage tags, masks, and hats. Hjortsberg says even local bead vendors are jumping on the trend and expanding their options.

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In 2018 along a five-block stretch of St. Charles Avenue, 46 tons of plastic beads were retrieved from the catch basins.

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Heading to the governor’s desk is a bill that would put 17-year-olds who commit felonies in the adult criminal justice system. The legislation repeals a law that went into effect in 2019 that currently has 17-year-olds who commit non-violent crimes prosecuted as juveniles. But Bossier City Representative Raymond Crews says 17-year-olds are becoming more violent

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The bill passed on a 74-26 vote. Marksville Representative Daryl Deshotel says juvenile detention facilities has been plagued with problems since  17-year-olds have been added to the population. He knows because he as one in his district…

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The 26 no votes came from Democrats. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle says the legislation will not provide any help for a 17-year-old who could use some rehabilitation…

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LaPlace Representative Sylvia Taylor is also a practicing attorney and doesn’t like the idea of sending 17-year-olds to an adult prison…

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The Senate has sent a bill to the governor’s desk that would increase the penalties for a drug dealer convicted of packaging fentanyl so it would appeal to children. A person convicted of this proposed law would face to 25 to 99 years in prison. West Monroe Senator Jay Morris hopes this legislation will save a young person’s life

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Under current law, a person faces at least five years in prison for distributing a small amount of fentanyl. Morris says drug dealers are making fentanyl pills in the shape of animals…

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The legislation received unanimous approval in the Senate.

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The ninth-ranked LSU women’s basketball team is at Georgia tonight. It’s the final week of the regular season as the Lady Tigers have two more games left before the SEC Tournament. Angel Reese and Hailey Van Lith have one more year of eligibility, but Coach Kim Mulkey expects this will be their final year at LSU…

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Mulkey says Reese wanted to play two years at LSU after transferring in from Maryland and Van Lith wanted to spend one season at LSU. Van Lith is coming off a season-high 26-point performance against Tennessee. Van Lith has had an up-and-down season as she’s been learning to play point guard. Mulkey says Van Lith’s struggles were expected…

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5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 28

Legislation to allow permit less carry in Louisiana is the first bill in the crime special session to receive final legislative approval. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The wife of Leon Ruffin, the murder suspect who pepper sprayed a deputy while being transported back to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center from a hospital, Sunday has been arrested on charges that she helped in his escape. 52-year-old Shelita Ruffin of Westwego is being held without bail, her husband was found Tuesday afternoon at a New Orleans hotel room.

LSU Heisman Trophy quarterback Jayden Daniels will not work out at the NFL Draft combine in Indianapolis this week. WWL Radio football analyst Mike Detillier says it’s not a big deal that Daniels does not throw, he says the physical exam and interviews with NFL teams are more important…

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The piglet that was tossed around like a football after a Mardi Gras parade received a full pardon from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser today and “Earl the Pig Long” has been officially adopted by East Baton Rouge Representative Lauren Ventrella. And even though the piglet was assured a cruelty-free remainder of his life, Nungesser and Ventrella hinted at possible career options for Earl.

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4:30 LRN Newscast Feb 28

Louisiana adults who are not felons will soon be allowed to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training as a result of a bill given final legislative approval by the House today. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says criminals are walking around with concealed guns so law-abiding citizens should legally have the same opportunity…

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New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry expressed concern about numerous individuals possessing a gun in large crowds.

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The House approved the bill on 75-28 vote. Governor Jeff Landry plans to sign it and it will go into effect on July 4th.

Former LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels reportedly met with the Saints at the NFL draft combine. Daniels could be the number two overall pick, but the Saints have the 14th selection in the first round. WWL Radio Saints analyst Mike Detillier says Saints executives like to speak with the top players in the draft…

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And the piglet that was tossed around like a football after a Mardi Gras parade received a full pardon from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser at the state capitol today. “Earl the Pig Long” has been officially adopted by East Baton Rouge Representative Lauren Ventrella. Nungesser says Earl will now reside at Ventrella’s family farm.

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3:30 LRN Newscast

Louisiana adults who are not felons will soon have the ability to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training as a result of a bill given final legislative approval by the House today. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says crime is a major problem and this legislation will give law abiding residents a chance to defend themselves
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For Louisiana adults to conceal carry, they have to get a permit, which requires training. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle does not like the idea of thousands of people possessing a gun without adequate training…
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The House approved the bill on 75-28 vote. Governor Jeff Landry plans to sign it and it will go into effect on July 4th.

The piglet that was tossed around like a football near a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade received a full pardon from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser today and “Earl the Pig Long” has been officially adopted by East Baton Rouge Representative Lauren Ventrella….
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The Tiger Athletic Foundation is discussing building a new arena on campus that would host sporting events as well as music concerts and other entertainment activities. Lady Tigers basketball coach Kim Mulkey has said in the past it’s time to replace the 52-year-old Maravich Center and is glad there’s conversation…
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Projected price tag is at least 300-million dollars.

2:30 LRN Newscast

A bill that would allow non felon adults to conceal a handgun without a permit or training is heading to the governor’s desk. The full House gave final legislative approval to the measure today. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry expressed concern about numerous individuals possessing guns in large crowds…
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Supporters of the legislation say permitless carry will give law abiding adults a chance to defend themselves.

LSU Heisman Trophy quarterback Jayden Daniels will not work out at the NFL Draft combine in Indianapolis this week. WWL Radio football analyst Mike Detillier says it’s not a big deal that Daniels does not throw, he says the physical exam and interviews with NFL teams are more important…
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The LHSAA has stripped Opelousas High School of its first football state title, which they won last December. The Association says Opelousas used an ineligible player in the Division Two non-select state championship game and during the 2023 season. The school plans to appeal the ruling next month.

The piglet tossed around like a football at a Mardi Gras parade has a new home and made Louisiana history today. Brooke Thorington has more.
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1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 28

Legislation to allow permitless carry in Louisiana is the first bill in the crime special session to receive final legislative approval. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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And there are reports that serious negotiations are in the works to bring the beloved Beaver Buc-ee to Lafayette. That Bucee’s to be constructed along I-10 would be the second in Louisiana, a store near Ruston is scheduled to open next year.

A record number of 124 wildfires were reported in Louisiana, Friday to Monday. State Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says if you plan to burn any brush piles anywhere in Louisiana with the current conditions, do not leave them unattended.

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There are burn bans in effect in Beauregard, Morehouse, Union, Washington, and Calcasieu Parishes.

The piglet that was tossed around like a football after a Mardi Gras parade received a full pardon from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser today and “Earl the Pig Long” has been officially adopted by East Baton Rouge Representative Lauren Ventrella. And even though the piglet was assured a cruelty-free remainder of his life, Nungesser and Ventrella hinted at possible career options Earl could entertain.

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12:30 LRN Newscast

Louisiana adults who are not felons will soon have the ability to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training as a result of a bill given final legislative approval by the House today. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says crime is a major problem and this legislation will give law abiding residents a chance to defend themselves
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Governor Jeff Landry plans to sign it and it will go into effect on July 4th.

In Louisiana more than one in four rural hospitals are struggling financially, putting them at risk for closure. That’s according to a report from a national health care consulting firm. Tulane Professor of Health Policy and Management Mark Diana says closure isn’t the only risk…
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Chemotherapy is another service disappearing from some rural hospitals.

Legislation to place a lifetime limit of two terms as governor in Louisiana has been filed for the upcoming regular session.
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State Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says from Friday to Monday there were 124 fires in Louisiana. Strain says people are burning brush piles and they are getting out of control because of dry vegetation and high winds….
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11:30 LRN Newscast Feb 28

State officials are urging residents to be extremely cautious about lighting anything on fire after dry and windy conditions contributed to a record number of wildfires over four days. State Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says from Friday to Monday there were 124 fires in Louisiana.

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There are burn bans in Beauregard, Morehouse, Union, Washington, and Calcasieu Parishes.

Tulane Professor of Health Policy and Management Mark Diana says independent rural hospitals are at the highest risk of closing and cutting services. He says those owned by hospital systems may fare better because they benefit from the size of the system.

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More than one in four Louisiana rural hospitals are at risk of closing or having to cut services according to a report from Chartis.

 

Legislation to place a lifetime limit of two terms as governor in Louisiana has been filed for the upcoming regular session. Chalmette Republican, Representative Mike Bayham says serving as governor is one of the highest honors any civilian can have in the state.

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Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple is talking about the upcoming regular legislative session, saying he wants to cut down on the number of regulations insurance companies face in Louisiana, so more providers will want to do business here. Temple says he’ll lobby for the end of the three-year rule, which prohibits insurers from dropping a customer they’ve insured for three years…

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The regular session begins March 11th.

10:30 LRN Newscast Feb 28

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple is discussing his agenda for the upcoming regular legislative session. Temple says he’ll ask lawmakers to put more state dollars towards the popular fortified roof program, which gives homeowners in south Louisiana ten thousand dollars to strengthen their roofs.

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Legislation to place a lifetime limit of two terms as governor in Louisiana has been filed for the upcoming regular session. Chalmette Republican, Representative Mike Bayham. When asked if the legislation is to keep former Governors Bobby Jindal and John Bel Edwards from running again, Bayham says its about changing the political culture in Louisiana.

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The regular session begins March 11th.

More than one in four Louisiana rural hospitals are at risk of closing or having to cut services according to a report from Chartis, a national health care consulting firm. Colleen Crain has more…

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9:30 am Newscast

Legislation to place a lifetime limit of two terms as governor in Louisiana has been filed for the upcoming regular session. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana is at the top of another list and it’s not a good one. A new study based on FBI data shows we’re among the top states in the nation when it comes to the number of aggravated assaults. Louisiana ranked fifth on the list, behind only Tennessee, Arkansas, Alaska and New Mexico.

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Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple is making plans for the upcoming regular session. Temple wants lawmakers’ help to give insurance companies more freedom to adjust their rates and he also wants to see new guidelines for the appraisal process in an effort to reduce lawsuits. He says these measures will not immediately lower rates, but it will keep them from spiking…

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State officials are urging residents to be extremely cautious about lighting anything on fire after dry and windy conditions contributed to a record number of wildfires over four days. State Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Srain says if you plan to burn any brush piles anywhere in Louisiana with the current conditions, do not leave them unattended.

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