12:30 LRN Newscast

Republican U.S. Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana is calling on Americans not to make assumptions about why a 20-year-old gunman attempted to assassinate former president Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania last Saturday. Kennedy urges the public not to jump to conclusions on a motive.

cut 10 (12) “…broken wing.”

 
Trump has announced Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as his running mate for the 2024 presidential election. Once a critic of Trump, Vance has become a strong supporter and advocate for the former president’s policies. Louisiana State Treasurer John Fleming says the assassination attempt likely didn’t influence Trump’s VP choice.

cut 14 (09) “…this morning.”

 
Republican megadonor Lane Grigsby is still pushing for a state constitutional convention to be held this year so that lawmakers can approve the proposed changes in November. Grigsby believes certain fiscal matters should be taken out of the constitution to provide lawmakers more flexibility in spending state tax dollars…

cut 16 (12) “….the building.”

 

Louisiana State Police wants YOU to vote for them in the 2024 American Association of State Troopers Best-Looking Cruiser Contest. All 50 states submitted a photo of their cruiser for the contest. The top 13 will be featured in the 2025 AAST wall calendar, and the top-voted cruiser will be on the cover. LSP Sgt. Ross Brennan…

cut 8 (12) “…with this calendar.”

 

11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU football Coach Brian Kelly said at SEC Media Days that the keys to the offense have been handed to Garrett Nussmeier to lead what is hoped to be an explosive offense. Nussmeier could have easily entered the transfer portal as he waited his turn for the last two seasons behind Jayden Daniels. But the Lake Charles native says he chose LSU for a reason after his high school playing career ended in Texas…
Cut 18 (17) “…always right.”

Grambling quarterback Myles Crawley has been named SWAC Offensive Preseason Player of the Year. He threw for 23-hundred yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Southern defensive lineman Ckelby Givens has been named defensive player of year. Southern and Grambling are picked to finish in the middle of the SWAC Western Division behind Alcorn and Prairie View.

The U-L Lafayette athletics director Bryan Maggard has agreed to a contract extension through June 30th 2019. Maggard has been with the Cajuns since 2017 and during that time the school has won 21 Sun Belt Conference, bowl game and NCAA regional championships in mens and women’s sports. U-L Lafayette is also in the middle of a 65-million dollar renovation project of its football stadium.

Two LSU pitchers were selected by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball draft. Right-hander Thatcher Hurd went in the third round to the Bronx Bombers and in the sixth round, New York took left-hander Griffen Herring, raising the possibility Herring will not return to LSU.

Power hitting first baseman Jared Jones has yet to be drafted, raising the chances he returns to LSU and shortstop Michael Braswell says he is returning to LSU.

The Chicago White Sox selected Louisiana Tech outfielder Cole McConnell in the tenth round after hitting .378 for the Bulldogs last season. The Chicago Cubs drafted Nicholls first baseman Edgar Alvarez.

 

11:30 LRN Newscast

Donald Trump has announced Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as his running mate for the 2024 presidential election. Once a critic of Trump, Vance has since become a strong supporter and advocate of the former president’s policies. Louisiana State Treasurer John Fleming…

cut 12 (11) “…very, very satisfactory.”

Vance’s strong defense of Trump in media appearances likely helped solidify him as the VP pick.

 
A new report from Bankrate found more than one-third of U.S. workers say they’re living paycheck to paycheck. Bankrate analyst Sarah Foster says the study focused on workers because they’re the group most impacted by the inflated cost of living.

cut 3 (07) “…the present.”

Workers in the southern U.S. were most likely to report living paycheck to paycheck.

 

Governor Jeff Landry has designated this week as Rural Road Safety Awareness Week. Greg Fischer with the Louisiana Highway Safety Committee says rural roads are deceptively dangerous, as more than 62% of fatal crashes in Louisiana in 2022 were on rural roads. Factors in rural road fatalities include excessive speed, drinking and not wearing a seatbelt.

cut 8 (09) “…crashes.”

 

Voting has begun for the 2024 American Association of State Troopers Best-Looking Cruiser Contest. This year, Louisiana’s submission features a state police cruiser at the LARC Acadian Village in Lafayette. Sgt. Ross Brennan with LSP says the village was chosen because it has…

cut 6 (12) “…state police patrol units.”

10:30 LRN Newscast July 16

Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says they will seek the death penalty against Danial Callihan, the man charged in the death of a Loranger women and her four-year-old daughter. 36-year-old Callihan is accused of killing 35-year-old Callie Brunett, kidnapping her daughters, and taking them to Mississippi. It was in Mississippi where the younger daughter was believed to be suffocated.  He also faces charges in Mississippi along with his accomplice 32-year-old Victoria Cox.  Callihan is being held in Louisiana and is awaiting trial.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has named Ohio Senator J-D Vance as his running mate. He’s only 39 years old. But Republican Louisiana State Treasurer John Fleming believes his youth will only help the Republican Party…

Cut 13 (12)  “…working people.”
Louisiana Republican U-S Senator John Kennedy is calling on Americans not to make assumptions about what led to the security failures that allowed Thomas Matthew Crooks to get a clean shot at Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. Kennedy asks for patience as authorities attempt to gain answers…

Cut 11 (14) “…get the facts.”

The FBI is the lead agency investigating the assassination attempt.

A wind turbine and its components from Ireland, have arrived at Avondale Global Gateway in Jefferson Parish. The onshore turbine will be installed at the Port Fourchon Coastal Wetlands Park. Jeff Keever with Avondale says the turbine will do more than just provide renewable energy…

Cut 5 (10) “…Gulf of Mexico.”

9:30 LRN Newscast

The Republican National Convention continues today in Milwaukee. The big story yesterday was President Trump’s first public appearance since Saturday’s assassination attempt and Trump has picked Ohio Senator J-D Vance as his running mate. Louisiana State Treasurer John Fleming says it’s an excellent pick and he does not think the assassination attempt influenced Trump’s V-P choice…
cut 14 (09) “….this morning”

Republican megadonor Lane Grigsby is still pushing for a constitutional convention to be held this year so that lawmakers can approve the proposed changes in November. Grigsby believes certain fiscal matters should be taken out of the constitution to provide lawmakers more flexibility in spending state tax dollars…
cut 16 (12) “….the building”

Louisiana’s first wind turbine and its components have arrived at Avondale Global Gateway in Jefferson Parish from Ireland. Jeff Keever with Avondale says this turbine represents exciting new things for Louisiana that have already started even though the turbine isn’t up and running yet.
Cut 4 (11) “…Gulf of Mexico.”
The turbine will be installed by Gulf Wind Technology early next year at the Port Fourchon Coastal Wetlands Park.

Governor Jeff Landry has proclaimed this week as Rural Road Safety Awareness Week. According to 2022 data, 62-percent of fatal crashes in Louisiana were on rural roads. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Greg Fischer says the open road gives some people the need to speed…
cut 9 (11) “….behind your vehicle”

8:30 LRN Newscast

GOP megadonor Lane Grigsby made his case to the media on why state lawmakers should hold a constitutional convention so proposed changes can be on the fall ballot. Brooke Thorington has more.
Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has chosen Ohio Senator JD Vance as his running mate. Vance, once a critic of Trump, has become a strong supporter of his policies. Louisiana State Treasure John Fleming…
Cut 12 (11) “…very, very satisfactory.”

A wind turbine and its components have arrived at Avondale Global Gateway in Jefferson Parish from Ireland. The onshore turbine will be installed at the Port Fourchon Coastal Wetlands Park. Jeff Keever with Avondale Global Gateway says once there, the turbine will do more than just provide renewable energy…
cut 5 (10) “….Gulf of Mexico”
Keever hopes this is the first of many turbines along Louisiana’s coast.

Governor Jeff Landry proclaimed this week as Rural Road Safety Awareness Week. 530 fatal crashes in Louisiana occurred on rural roads in 2022, more than 62-percent of all fatal crashes. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Greg Fischer says factors in rural roads fatalities include excessive speed, drinking and not wearing a seatbelt…
cut 8 (09) “….crashes’

7:30 LRN Newscast

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has picked a former critic of his as his GOP running mate. Sean Richardson has more on vice president nominee and Ohio Senator J.D. Vance…
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Sean Richardson.”

Louisiana U-S Senator John Kennedy is calling on Americans not to make assumptions about why a 20-year-old gunman attempted to assassinate Trump at a campaign rally.
Cut 10 (12) “…broken wing.”

Avondale Global Gateway in Jefferson Parish is preparing to install the state’s first wind turbine at the Port Fourchon Coastal Wetlands Park. Jeff Keever with Avondale Global Gateway says Louisiana is uniquely positioned to work with wind energy projects since so much of the workforce is already familiar with energy production.
Cut 6 (10) “…United States.”
The turbine will be installed and tested early next year.

Governor Jeff Landry has designated this week as Rural Road Safety Awareness Week. Greg Fischer with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says urban areas see more minor crashes, while rural roads see more fatalities…
Cut 7 (10) “…are dangerous.”
More than 62% of fatal crashes in Louisiana in 2022 were on rural roads.

6:30 LRN Newscast

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has named Ohio SEnator J-D Vance as his running mate. Vance gained fame in 2016 with the publication of his memoir “Hillbilly Elegy.” The former Marine and Yale graduate was elected to the Senate in 2022. He’s only 39-years-old. But Republican state Treasurer John Fleming believes his youth is the foundation for the future of the Republican Party…
cut 13 (12) “….working people”

Republican megadonor Lane Grigsby, who’s appealing to Louisiana lawmakers to hold a Constitutional Convention so the changes could appear on the fall ballot, made his case at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. He says the state’s constitution is broken.
Cut 15 (12) “…authority.”

Louisiana’s first wind turbine and its components have arrived in the state after a transatlantic trip from Ireland. Mel Bridges has more.
Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Mel Bridges.”

The tropics remain quiet. The National Hurricane Center is not expecting any tropical activity for the next week.

AM LRN Newscall July 16

Louisiana’s first wind turbine and its components have arrived in the state after a transatlantic trip from Ireland. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Mel Bridges.”

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Ohio Senator J.D. Vance is Trump’s running mate for the 2024 Presidential Election at the Republican National Convention on Monday. Sean Richardson has more.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Sean Richardson.” 

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Republican proponent of revising the state constitution Lane Grisby made his case to the media; to hold a convention ASAP so proposed changes can be on the fall ballot. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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Louisiana’s first wind turbine and its components have arrived at Avondale Global Gateway from Ireland. Jeff Keever with Avondale says this turbine represents exciting new things for Louisiana that have already started even though the turbine isn’t up and running yet.

Cut 4 (11) “…Gulf of Mexico.”

The turbine will be installed by Gulf Wind Technology at the Port Fourchon Coastal Wetlands Park. Keever says once there, the turbine will do more than just provide renewable energy.

Cut 5 (10) “…Gulf of Mexico.”

Keever hopes this turbine is the first of many in the state. He says Louisiana is uniquely positioned to work with wind energy projects since so much of the workforce is already familiar with on- and offshore energy.

Cut 6 (10) “…United States.”

The turbine will be installed and tested early next year.

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Governor Jeff Landry has designated this week as Rural Road Safety Awareness Week. Greg Fischer with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says rural roads are deceptively dangerous. More minor crashes, such as fender-benders, happen in cities…

Cut 7 (10) “…are dangerous.”

More than 62% of fatal crashes in Louisiana in 2022 were on rural roads. Fischer says factors in rural road fatalities include excessive speed, drinking and not wearing a seatbelt.

Cut 8 (09) “…crashes.”

Fischer says rural road fatalities are preventable with safe driving. He says it’s imperative you don’t drive distracted, wear your seatbelt, and go the speed limit when on a rural road.

Cut 9 (11)  “…behind your vehicle.

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Louisiana Republican U-S Senator John Kennedy is calling on Americans not to make assumptions about why a 20-year-old gunman attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Kennedy urges the public not to jump to conclusions on a motive.

Cut 10 (12) “…broken wing.”

The FBI is taking the lead on the assassination attempt. Many Americans are asking what led to the security failures that allowed Thomas Matthew Crooks to get a clean shot at Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. Kennedy asks for patience as authorities attempt to gain answers…

Cut 11 (14) “…get the facts.”

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Donald Trump has chosen Ohio Senator JD Vance as his running mate for the 2024 presidential election. Vance, once a critic of Trump, has become a strong supporter and advocate for his policies. Louisiana State Treasure John Fleming…

Cut 12 (11) “…very, very satisfactory.”

Fleming says Vance’s age is not a concern for the ticket and thinks his youth will be the foundation for the future of the Republican party.

Cut 13 (12)  “…working people.”

Fleming says the assassination attempt on Trump likely did not influence his VP choice.

Cut 14 (09)  “…this morning.”

Vance’s strong defense of Trump in media appearances likely helped solidify his position as the V-P pick.

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Republican megadonor Lane Grigsby, who’s appealing to Louisiana lawmakers one last time to hold a Constitutional Convention so the changes could appear on the fall ballot, made his case at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. He says the state’s constitution is broken.

Cut 15 (12)  “…authority.”

Grigsby’s version of reforming the constitution would pertain to fiscal elements, like removing the homestead exemption, civil service protections, and retirement systems, and having them transferred into state law.  He says the state’s fiscal house is a mess. For example, it has a complex and uncompetitive tax code and budget process.

Cut 16 (12) “…the building.” 

He says the current constitution gives lawmakers very little ability to distribute funds among initiatives that need more funding due to the restraints in the current constitution.

The Secretary of State’s Office has stated for changes to be voted on in the fall election a convention must be completed by early September.

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LSU quarterback Garrett Nussmeier now has the keys to the car. That’s how Coach Brian Kelly explained the situation at SEC Media Days as Nussmeier finally gets his chance to lead the Tigers offense after waiting for three years for the opportunity. Nussmeier has a talented group of receivers, but they are not proven. Nuss has confidence in them

Cut 17 (17) “…those shoes.”

Nussmeier could have easily entered the transfer portal as he waited his turn for the last two seasons behind Jayden Daniels. But the Lake Charles native says he chose LSU for a reason after his high school playing career ended in Texas…

Cut 18 (17)  “…always right.”

Nussmeier is the son of former NFL quarterback Doug Nussmeier, who is an assistant for the Chargers. Garrett Nussmeier says his relationship with his Dad is a big reason why got to this point…

Cut 19 (17) “…it’s special.” 

 

Cut 20 (22) “…overcome that.”

 

 

 

 

5:30 LRN Newscast July 15

Daniel Callihan, the man accused of killing a Longer woman, kidnapping her two daughters, and killing one of them pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse Monday. He was captured in Mississippi on June 13th and confessed to the media the following day. He faces charges in Mississippi and Federal charges also.

Chalmette Representative Michael Bayham is among the attendees at the Republican National Convention this week. After Saturday’s unsuccessful assassination attempt against presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump, Bayham says it’s caused a lot of Republicans to reevaluate their priorities.

Cut 4 (10) “…civil society we have.”

This afternoon Ohio Senator J.D. Vance was announced as Trump’s running mate.

During the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump Saturday, 50-year-old Tony Hemker of Virginia was in the crowd, about 45 yards from the stage. When he heard the shots, Hemker turned to the right and saw a bullet go through a nearby overhead speaker and it fell to the ground. He says he ducked and didn’t get back up until he heard Secret Service say clear. Hemker said it won’t deter him from ever attending a Trump rally again, the experience has changed him.

Cut 8 (13)  “…never know.”

A trial date for the former LSP officer Kory York, who’s charged in the death of Black motorist Ronald Greene has been moved to October 28th  instead of late September. An attorney representing York cited the availability of a witness in the case. York was charged in 2022 in the May 2019 death of Greene.