11:30 Newscast April 17

11:30 KFNV

U-S House Speaker Mike Johnson is adamant he is not resigning despite calls from House Republicans who are not happy with his proposals to provide aid to Israel and Ukraine. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion for Johnson to vacate the office. He says this does not help House Republicans advance their agenda…

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Suspended LSU running back Trey Holly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a felony gun charge he faces from a shooting that wounded two people in Farmerville on February 15th. Holly’s attorney Mike Small expects his client will be cleared of all charges.

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LSU Coach Brian Kelly expressed optimism earlier this month that Holly’s legal issues could be wrapped up soon. But Holly’s next court date is not until July 3rd.

State lawmakers laid out their concerns over holding a constitutional convention that would begin on May 20th, two weeks before the regular session is scheduled to end. Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham is worried his bills in the regular session will not receive final passage.

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New Orleans Representative Delisha Boyd is unclear on what changes to the constitution could be made…

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Supporters of a revised constitution want voters to vote in November on the changes made during the convention. More discussion is expected today in House Governmental Affairs.

10:30 LRN Newscast April 17

U-S House Speaker Mike Johnson is adamant he is not resigning despite calls from House Republicans who are not happy with his proposals to provide aid to Israel and Ukraine. The Republican from Bossier Parish says efforts to remove him from office are not helpful.

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Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion for him to vacate the office.

Today marks Governor Jeff Landry’s 100th day in office and from a policy perspective, La-Politics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford says the governor for the most part has gotten everything he’s asked for…

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Alford says is Landry now facing his biggest test, trying to convince lawmakers to hold a constitutional convention.

State lawmakers have begun discussions on holding a constitutional convention next month. Jeff Palermo has the story.

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The first person to sign the recall petition to remove the St. Tammany Parish Coroner Christopher Tape, is Jean Cefalu a sexual abuse survivor. Tape was accused of child sexual abuse in New Mexico but was never tried due to a technicality. Organizers must obtain more than 35-thousand signatures in 6 months.

9:30 LRN Newscast

A bill that would prohibit the state from using the gassing method known as nitrogen hypoxia as a way to carry out a death sentence is heading to the Senate floor. Colleen Crain has more.
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Governor Jeff Landry has signed emergency declarations for the severe storms and tornadoes that hit the state last week. The governor’s office says the state will provide debris removal assistance to St. Tammany, St. Landry, West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes and shelter assistance to St. Tammany.

The House Governmental Affairs Committee has begun discussions on the bill that would call for a constitutional convention so that lawmakers and delegates chosen by the governor can streamline the state’s constitution and provide better financial flexibility during tough budget times. Former state lawmaker Neil Abramson…
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The House Governmental Affairs Committee continues discussing the bill today.

Suspended LSU running back Trey Holly entered a not guilty plea in a Union Parish courtroom yesterday to the charge of illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrumentality. His next court hearing is July 3rd. Meanwhile, his defense attorney, Mike Small, has asked for the evidence against Holly. Small says he is working to resolve the criminal case against Holly sooner than later…
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8:30 am Newscast

Today marks Governor Jeff Landry’s 100th day in office. Since January Landry has had two special sessions, one that was court-ordered for redrawing the state’s congressional map that also added the party primaries election structure, and another session focusing on crime. His first regular legislative session began last month.
La-Politics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford says the governor is now facing his biggest test… trying to convince lawmakers to hold a constitutional convention.

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A bill that would ban nitrogen hypoxia gas as a death penalty method advanced out of Senate committee Tuesday at the urging of the group “Jews against Gassing”. Aaron Block with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans says the coalition’s firm position against execution by gassing is not suggesting a comparison to the atrocities committed by the Nazis but…

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Suspended LSU running back Trey Holly was in a Union Parish courtroom yesterday, pleading not guilty to the charge of illegal use of a weapon. Holly had faced a charge of second degree murder in connection to a shooting that wounded two people in Farmerville back in February, but a grand jury rejected that charge. Holley’s attorney Mike Small Small has requested to see the evidence against his client, whom he believes is not guilty.

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The LSU Tigers are struggling to find their way through this baseball season. The team has found themselves at 3 and 12 in SEC play halfway through the season and with a hard road to make the postseason tournament. Baseball America analyst Teddy Cahill says that the Tigers have two options ahead of them if they want to make the field for the NCAA tournament.

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7:30 am Newscast

A bill that would ban nitrogen hypoxia gas as a death penalty method advanced out of Senate committee Tuesday. Representatives from a coalition of Jewish organizations, Jews Against Gassing, spoke before the committee and held a rally on the Capitol Steps. Holocaust Scholar and Loyola professor, Naomi Yavneh Klos (Nay-oh-me Yav-na-close) says the group holds no opinion on the death penalty but strongly opposes the method used by Nazis…

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State lawmakers laid out their concerns over holding a constitutional convention on May 20th, two weeks before the regular session is scheduled to end. Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham is worried his bills in the regular session will not receive final passage.

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For Governor Jeff Landry’s first 100 days in office, he’s yet to take his foot off the gas…. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Suspended LSU running back Trey Holly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a felony gun charge he faces from a shooting that wounded two people in Farmerville on February 15th. Holly’s attorney Mike Small expects his client will be cleared of all charges.

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6:30 am Newscast

Today marks Governor Jeff Landry’s 100th day in office and La-Politics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford says politically this milestone signals a new power structure in the executive branch.

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Alford says the reason it looks like Landry is off to a fast start is because he campaigned for the position for years.

A bill that would ban the gassing method known as nitrogen hypoxia as a method the state can use in death penalty executions advanced out of a Senate committee yesterday. Senator Katrina Jackson Andrews filed the bill on behalf of the Jewish community.

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State lawmakers have begun discussions on holding a constitutional convention next month. Jeff Palermo has the story.

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The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Officeannounced Tuesday the arrest of a man they say stalked his estranged wife for a year and eventually killed her. 49 year old David Hernandez is facing second degree murder charges in the death of 45 year old Lisa Hernandez who was found unresponsive March 20th. Deputies believe David Hernandez staged a burglary to cover up the crime.

 

5:30 LRN Newscast April 16 and Legislative Report

Wednesday marks Governor Jeff Landry’s 100th day in office and La-Politics.com Published Jeremy Alford says politically this milestone signals a new power structure in the state’s executive branch…

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A bill to ban gassing, also known as nitrogen hypoxia as a method to carry out the death penalty advances out of Senate Judiciary C. Senator Katrina Jackson-Andrews filed the bill on behalf of the Jewish community because it’s triggering for Jewish people…

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The bill heads to the Senate floor.

State lawmakers laid out their concerns over holding a constitutional convention on May 20th, two weeks before the regular legislative session is scheduled to end. Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham is worried the bills that he has going through the process during the regular session will not receive final passage.

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Supporters of the convention want to remove items out of the constitution and put them into state law to give legislators more financial flexibility.

Former state lawmaker Neil Abramson told legislators during budget deficits, health care and higher education take the deep cuts.

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More discussion is expected Wednesday in House Governmental Affairs.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

The New Orleans Pelicans will face the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in the first NBA postseason play-in game. The Pelicans ended the regular season in a 124 to 108 loss at home on Sunday to this same Lakers team, despite the return of Small Forward Brandon Ingram from a knee injury. Pelicans Head Coach Willie Green expects Ingram to play a major role in the playoffs.

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The Pelicans will host the Lakers tonight with tip off at 6:30.

LSU’s Angel Reese was drafted by the Chicago Sky with the seventh overall pick in last night’s WNBA draft. As the WNBA season kicks off next month, Reese says that she can’t wait to be in Chicago.

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The Chicago Sky will take on the Minnesota Lynx in their first preseason game on May 4th.

LSU baseball will try to bounce back from getting swept by Tennessee over the weekend when they face UNO tonight at 6:30 pm. The Privateers are hitting .298 as a team and post a 5.83 team ERA.

The UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns baseball team is now ranked 14th by D-1 baseball after sweeping Marshall over the weekend and increasing their SunBelt win streak to 14 games. UL-Lafayette head coach Matt Deggs says that his guys play the game the right way.

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UL-Lafayette will take on Southeastern tonight at 6 pm.

LSU football will look to boost its defensive line through adding defensive tackles in the spring transfer portal that opened today. The Tigers also received a commitment from Alexandria Senior High running back J-T Lindsey.

And LSU softball will host UL-Lafayette in a battle of top 25 teams tonight with first pitch at 6 pm.

 

4:30 LRN Newscast April 16

A bizarre break-in at Jennings High School, on Monday caused classes to be cancelled. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says 37-year-old Dillion Champagne is in custody, but Semmes says he can’t imagine the fear that the two employees experienced when Champagne confronted them with a gun and stole the keys to one of the employees’ cars.

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A recall petition has been officially filed to remove St. Tammany Parish Coroner Christopher Tape on the grounds he’s unfit for office. Dillard University Political Science Professor Robert Collins says obtaining enough voter signatures, in this case it’s 35,000, is an expensive undertaking and challenging.

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Tape was charged with six counts of child sexual assault in New Mexico but was never tried on a technicality.

LSU star Angel Reese is now a member of the Chicago Sky. Chicago selected Reese as the seventh overall pick in the WNBA draft. Reese led LSU to its first national championship in women’s basketball in 2023 and this past season she was named the SEC Player of the Year. The All-American could have returned to LSU for one more season, but Reese says she’s ready for a new challenge…
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The W-N-B-A begins its season next month.

And former ULLM head football coach Terry Bowden is headed to Delhi Charter School. He’s accepted an assistant coach and teacher position. 67-year-old Bowden was let go from ULM in November after three seasons and a 10-26 overall record.

3:30 PM Newscast April 16

A recall petition has been filed to remove St. Tammany Parish Coroner Christopher Tape who was charged with six counts of child sexual assault in New Mexico but never tried on a technicality. Dillard University Political Science Professor Robert Collins says recalls are extremely difficult and rarely successful. He says the most efficient way to obtain enough signatures, in this case, at least 35,000, is to mail voters affidavits, have them sign them, and return them in a postage-paid envelope.
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The House Governmental Affairs Committee began discussion today on holding a constitutional convention. Supporters of a constitutional convention say they want to move items to state law so legislators can have more flexibility during difficult budget times. Covington Representative Mark Wright believes holding a convention is a great idea. Any changes to the constitution would need voter approval in November…
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The committee is planning to discuss the idea more tomorrow.
LSU star player Angel Reese is heading to Chicago to play for the Sky. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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A bizarre break-in at Jennings High School Monday. Police say 37-year-old Dillion Champagne stole two vehicles, and held two employees at gunpoint, fortunately, no one was hurt. Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes says After a 12-hour multi-law enforcement manhunt, Champagne was located thanks to a tip that he was seen on Highway 97 about a mile from the school.
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