LRN PM Newscall

To track and detect cases of Chronic Wasting Disease among deer the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking hunters to submit samples for testing. Don Molino has more.

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Louisiana State Police Officers will undergo additional training as part of the ABLE Project. Jeff Palermo explains.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking deer hunters in the control areas of Franklin, Madison, and Tensas parishes to submit samples to test for Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD. Deer Program Manager with the LDWF Jonathan Bordelon says there is a list of locations on their website and at each location signage and instructions on how to submit a sample.

Cut 3 (08) “…later time.” 

CWD is fatal to deer and the department is hoping to track the disease by having hunters submit samples. Bordelon says there’s been no association of the disease with humans, but out of an abundance of caution the CDC recommends not to consume deer that are positive for CWD.

Cut 4 (12) “…those parishes.” 

Bordelon says an infected deer may exhibit signs of weight loss, excessive thirst, incoordination, and lack of fear of people. He says a few cases of CWD have been detected in Tensas Parish.

Cut 5 (10) “…Mississippi positives.” 

Hunters statewide can also submit samples, contact your local LDWF field office for the nearest testing site.

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The Ark-La-Miss Fair returns to Monroe today after a two-year COVID pause. Mike Shields is with the West Monroe Civitan Club. He says there will be rides and carnival games, plus delicious local food.

Cut 6 (08)  “…family entertainment .” 

Shields says the food booths come from local non-profits and are important sources of money for them—and for the Civitan Club. He says the organization has given between $25,000 and $50,000 back to the community.

Cut 7 (04) “…two years.”

Also, there will be a special needs day where Shields says thousands of local children are given the red carpet treatment including free rides, free soft drinks and popcorn, and special pampering for the children from older kids.

Cut 8 (11)  “..its marvelous.”

The Ark-La-Miss Fair opens today and will run through October 9th on the grounds of the Monroe Civic Center. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 2-11.

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It’s likely Saints back-up Andy Dalton will start at quarterback on Sunday when New Orleans takes on Minnesota in London. Regular starter Jameis Winston is listed as doubtful on the injury report after not practicing this week because of back and ankle injuries. Dalton says he’s ready…

Cut 9 (10)  “…out there.”

Dalton will not have Michael Thomas as a weapon in the passing game as Thomas has been ruled out with a toe injury.  Also, receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Alvin Kamara are questionable. Dalton says the biggest thing for the offense is to be efficient…

Cut 10 (10) “…anything less.” 

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LSU plays its first SEC away game of the season on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers. Senior wide receiver Jaray Jenkins says he’s looking forward to getting tested on the road…

Cut 11 (08)  “..what they are going to bring.”

LSU is an eight-point favorite and kick-off is at 6 PM.

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Louisiana State Police joins the national training program known as The ABLE Project. ABLE stands for Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement and LSP Lt. Bryan Lee says they’ve joined a select group of more than 200 other law enforcement agencies with the specialized training.

Cut 12 (11) “…from happening.”

Lee says the evidence-based and field-tested ABLE training gives officers guidance on how to intervene and deter the use of excessive force.

Cut 13 (09) “… intervened upon.” 

In most cases of excessive force, Lee says there are usually bystanders, and the training helps them to recognize when it’s taking place and the best way to intercede. Lee says they want to enable officers to step up and stop actions that can cause harm to an individual and the community.

Cut 14 (12)  “…wellness issues.” 

LSP officers will receive eight hours of ABLE Project training over the coming months.

LRN PM Newscall September 29

The Wall Street Journal reports the rise in interest rates has caused lumber prices to fall to pre-pandemic levels. Industry experts say the housing market is already feeling the effects. Marsanne Golsby reports.

Cut 1 (29)  “…I’m Marsanne Golsby.”

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The United Cajun Navy is assisting with rescue efforts after Hurricane Ian devastated portions of the Florida west coast. Brooke Thorington has more

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The Wall Street Journal says lumber prices have fallen to their lowest levels in more than two years, bringing prices back to pre-pandemic levels. Alexandria-based Roy O. Martin is the largest private landowner in the south, with more than half a million acres of timber. Chief Operating Officer Scott Poole says higher interest rates affects home affordability and the demand for building products.

Cut 3 (07) “…economics101″ 

Poole says he and others in the industry were surprised by the surge in demand during the early days of the pandemic—but they didn’t expect it to last indefinitely.

Cut 4 (:12) “…describe it.” 

Poole says the housing industry is always a barometer for the rest of the economy. However, his nearly 100 year old company, headquartered in Alexandria is growing.

Cut 5 (07) “…single day.” 

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The United Cajun Navy says Hurricane Ian is comparable to Katrina. Spokesperson Brian Trascher says overnight they assisted with more than two dozen rescues in the Ft. Myers area and their work is far from over.

Cut 6 (09)  “…that we can get.” 

There are about 20 to 25 United Cajun Navy members from the Florida chapter conducting rescue efforts and Trascher says more members are en route to assist. He says their main focus at the moment is moving individuals who’ve been flooded out of their homes to a truck stop so they can be transferred to shelters.

Cut 7 (09) “…escape this.”

Trascher says if you have friends or family members in the Ft. Myers area that need to be rescued or even a wellness check, he says to do what you can to find the coordinates of their location versus an address.

Cut 8 (11)  “…general addresses.”

In addition to rescues, Trascher says the United Cajun Navy is also doing what they can to clear roads so the National Guard and Army Corps can move in logistics teams of electricians and linemen.

To donate or for volunteer information visit UnitedCajunNavy-dot-org.

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Saints quarterback Jameis Winston did not practice again today as the team continues its preparations for Sunday’s game against the Vikings in London. Winston said on Wednesday he expected to practice today but offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael says a decision was made to keep him on the sidelines again today

Cut 9 (10)  “…are at tomorrow.”

Winston has been playing this season with several fractures in his back, he also has an ankle injury. If Winston can’t go, veteran Andy Dalton will get the start and Carmichael has confidence Dalton will do his job…

Cut 10 (08) “…this season.” 

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Republican congressional candidate Holden Hoggatt has released a political attack ad against Third District Congressman Clay Higgins. It’s a parody of his old Crime Stopper videos when Higgins worked at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. The campaign ad calls Higgins a fraud and says Higgins is wanted for impersonating a congressman. Higgins says he doesn’t pay attention to attack ads…

Cut 11 (10)  “..to represent.”

Hoggatt is one of Higgins’ seven challengers. Higgins is seeking a fourth-term and his biggest challenger appears to be Hoggatt who has most the financial resources to defeat the Republican Congressman. Higgins says he remains focused on serving southwest Louisiana…

Cut 12 (08) “..what they want.”

Higgins became well-known for his tough talking Crime Stopper videos, where he would highlight wanted suspects and predict severe consequences once they are arrested. In the Hoggatt ad, a man impersonating Higgins says the former sheriff’s deputy was last seen impersonating a Congressman…

Cut 13 (10) “… use it” 

Hoggatt’s campaign spokesperson Mary Patricia Wray says Hoggatt thought it was necessary to release the ad to educate voters about Higgins’ past…

Cut 14 (11)  “…long way..” 

LRN PM Newscall September 26

A federal judge will not halt Louisiana’s plan to move juvenile offenders from a detention center in Jefferson Parish to the state penitentiary at Angola. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Forecasters say Hurricane Ian is forecast to hit somewhere in Florida as early as Wednesday night as a major hurricane. Marsanne Golsby tells us how it might impact Louisiana.

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A federal judge will not block Louisiana’s plan to move about two-dozen troubled juvenile offenders from Bridge City Center for Youth in Jefferson Parish to the State Penitentiary at Angola. Civil rights attorneys and the parents of the children say teenagers should not be sent to Angola, but legal analyst Dane Ciolino says the state made a convincing argument to Judge Shelly Dick

Cut 3 (07) “…that facility.” 

The state is looking to reduce the population at the Bridge City Center because of numerous escapes and fights at the facility. Ciolino says housing juvenile offenders at Angola brings concerns, but Judge Dick agreed the state has to do something about the violence inside the Bridge City Center for Youth…

Cut 4 (06) “…at Angola.” 

The Edwards administration has said the transfer to of juvenile inmates to Angola is only temporary, until renovations are completed at the Jetson Center for Youth in East Baton Rouge Parish. Ciolino says Judge Dick took that into account in her ruling…

Cut 5 (08) “…better alternatives.” 

The state has not publicly set a date on when the juveniles will be transferred to Angola.

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Hurricane Ian is in the Caribbean nearing Cuba and heading towards Florida as a Category 1 hurricane. Ben Schott with NOAA says its path shows some uncertainty, but not enough to concern us in Louisiana.

Cut 6 (09)  “…Tallahassee” 

Depending on where it hits, Ian is forecast to hit somewhere in Florida as early as Wednesday night as a major hurricane. Schott says one of the biggest concerns for Florida is possible storm surges in Tampa Bay. The current forecast has the eye hitting right where the Florida peninsula meets the panhandle.

Cut 7 (08) “…this system.”

Schott says the biggest impact for south Louisiana should be breezy conditions and for southeast Louisiana….

Cut 8 (11)  “..that large”

Louisiana will have great weather this week as it will be dry with high temperatures in the low to mid 80s after a cold front moves through the state today.

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Houma police say a woman who threw her infant son off a bridge Friday is now being held on attempted murder charges. Lt. Travis Theriot says when officers arrived at the Liberty Street Bridge around 5 PM they learned that 30-year Asha Randolph threw her 18-month-old child off the bridge into Bayou Terrebonne.

Cut 9 (07)  “…him in.”

Theriot says the child was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The incident remains under investigation and a motive has not been determined.

Cut 10 (10) “…off of a bridge.” 

According to witnesses, Theriot says shortly after Randolph threw her child over, she entered the water herself to recover the child. He says the outcome could have been much different if those eyewitnesses had not called 9-1-1.

Cut 11 (05)  “…his injuries.”

In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Randolph also faces child desertion and obstruction of justice charges.

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Entergy Louisiana has been approved by the state Public Service Commission to purchase power from four Louisiana solar “farms” that are in the planning and construction stages. Entergy President Phillip May says expanding into green energy sources helps fulfill a growing demand for cleaner electricity while lowering dependence on fossil fuels to generate power.

Cut 12 (13) “…electricity for growth.”  

Entergy will purchase 475 megawatts of power from plants in St. James, Washington, and Allen parishes. The PSC also approved Entergy’s “Geaux Green” option; creating a new green energy tariff.

Cut 13 (09) “…growth in the state.” 

Most of the solar farm sites are expected to begin producing power by early 2024. Entergy will buy their electricity under 20-year agreements. May says it’s a big step forward for Entergy in moving to newer, cleaner energy sources.

Cut 14 (06)  “…for a cleaner future.” 

LRN AM Newscall September 26

To help students who aren’t reading on grade level a proposal for required summer school is up for consideration. Brooke Thorington has more.

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She was the matriarch of a family of 105, including former Governor—and Lt. Governor—Kathleen Blanco. Lucille Fremin Babineaux is being laid to rest today in New Iberia. Marsanne Golsby has more on her remarkable life.

Cut 2 (30) “….I’m Marsanne Golsby.” 

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State lawmakers are discussing ways to eliminate Louisiana’s state income tax, and the latest to chime in with an idea is Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell…:

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

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In an effort to make sure young students are good readers, State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley proposes a required summer school session for kindergarten through fourth-grade students who are not reading on grade level. Brumley says test results show that less than half of Louisiana students at these grade levels are reading at their appropriate level…

Cut 4 (11)  “…next grade.”

Less than half of those in K-3rd grade read on grade level. In 2021, Brumley encouraged school systems to hold summer school with a camp-like atmosphere that offers academic classes in addition to electives like music and art. He wants to see that trend continue.

Cut 5 (06) “…of reading.”

Brumley hopes by allowing those students who lost valuable in-classroom instruction during the first two years of the pandemic can catch up. He says the summer school literacy program would sunset in two years.

Cut 6 (11)  “…loss recovery.” 

The proposal will be discussed at the October 11th BESE meeting and if approved would go into effect the next Summer 2023 and 2024.

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Funeral services will be held today in New Iberia for Lucille Fremin Babineaux, the mother of late Governor—and Lt. Governor–Kathleen Blanco. Babineaux died last week at the age of 102. Monique Boulet is Blanco’s daughter and Babineaux’s granddaughter.

Cut 7 (09) “…great ladies.”

Babineaux headed a family of 105 people. Boulet says she was sharp as a whip and active until just three weeks ago. She insisted on hosting family holidays, and she wanted her family to be together for her birthdays–because she wanted the generations to know each other.

Cut 8 (12)  “…meals together.”

Blanco died in 2019 at the age of 76 of cancer. Boulet says her grandmother took care of her daughter right up until the end.

Cut 9 (10)  “…life keeps going.”

A mass of Christian Burial will be held today (September 26th) at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Iberia.

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The Saints fell to 1 and 2 on the season as they played an error filled game in Carolina and lost to the Panthers 22-14 on Sunday. New Orleans Coach Dennis Allen points to the three turnovers and the seven penalties

Cut 10 (06) “…going to stop.”

Alvin Kamara’s fumble in the first quarter that was returned 44 yards for a touchdown set the tone for the game.

The Saints offense has struggled. Other than the fourth quarter comeback against Atlanta and the 14 points scored in the fourth quarter against the Panthers, the offense hasn’t done much. Allen was asked if he was surprised by the offense’s futility…

Cut  11 (12)  “…perform better.”

To make matters worse, the Saints wide receivers Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry and Tre’Quan Smith all left the game with injuries.

New Orleans Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 353 yards, but he threw two interceptions and the Saints were held without a point for three quarters. Allen says not all of the blame for the offense’s problems should be placed on Winston…

Cut 12 (11) “…to do.” 

The Saints head to London to face the 2-and-1 Vikings next Sunday.

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Chatter in political circles is growing about possibly ending Louisiana’s state income tax. State lawmakers have agreed to twice-monthly meetings on tax reform, and income tax is chief among the topics. Public Service Commission member Foster Campbell says it can be done simply and easily, by replacing the severance tax on oil brought out of the ground with a processing tax on oil processed or refined…:

Cut 13 (07) “…tax the 2-percent.”

Foster’s plan would replace the annual billions lost in income tax revenue by a moderate tax on oil processed within the state; domestic and imported. He says imported oil accounts for over 90-opercent of what’s processed in the state and it could be a serious revenue generator. Campbell says he’s skeptical state leaders will have the courage to make such a bold move…:

Cut 14 (11)  “…haven’t seen them do.”

Campbell says Texas, Florida & Tennessee are outpacing Louisiana in business, revenue and population growth, and what they have in common is no income tax. He says, if lawmakers push it through and send a Constitutional Amendment to voters, the income tax will end and the state can move forward. He urges Governor John Bel Edwards to be a leader in the effort…:

Cut 15 (10)  “…on a straight path.”

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The LSU Tigers put together a dominating performance on Saturday night as the Bayou Bengals beat New Mexico 38-0. The Tigers held the Lobos to two first downs and 88 total yards. Coach Brian Kelly on his defense has improved since week 1…

Cut 16 (20)  “…week 1″ 

The offense also performed well on Saturday. Jayden Daniels was 24 of 29 for 279 yards and Garrett Nussmeier was 9 of 10 for 135 yards. Malik Nabers and Jack Bech each caught six passes and Brian Thomas had a 57 yard touchdown catch. Kelly says it was an efficient performance…

Cut 17 (17) “…efficiency” 

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ULM is off to a 1-0 start in Sun Belt play and that one victory is a big one as the Warhawks rallied from a 17-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Ragin Cajuns 21-17. Quarterback Chandler Rogers had a touchdown run to spark the rally….

Cut 18 (17) “…the past”  

It’s ULM’s first win over the Cajuns since 2017 and the first in Monroe since 2004.

The Cajuns offense failed to score in the second half. Their last eight possessions ended with two bad snaps on a field goal attempt, an interception and six punts.  Coach Michael Desormeaux’s team is now 2-and-2…

Cut 19 (11) “…win football games.”

This goes down as a signature win for second-year coach Terry Bowden. His teams at Malone Stadium are now 6-and-2 when trailing at halftime, but this victory means a little more…

Cut 20 (18) “ …win that game” 

LRN PM Newscall September 23

A hurricane could be in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, but Louisiana is not in the cross hairs. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 1 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo”

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In a first of its kind of collaboration at LA Tech, aviation students will have access to training from United Airlines. Brooke Thorington has more.

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

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One of the state’s most popular outdoor events is back.  Paused for two years during the pandemic, Louisiana’s National Hunting and Fishing Day returns tomorrow to four locations around the state. Trey Iles is with the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Cut 3 (05) “…find outdoors.” 

Events will be held at Department of Wildlife and Fisheries locations in Haughton, Monroe, Woodworth, and Baton Rouge.

Each location’s events vary but all include outdoor exhibits, as well as hunting and fishing opportunities.

Cut 4 (10) “…rifle demonstrations.” 

Iles says each location will have free food and live animal demonstrations. There’s also an emphasis on introducing kids to fishing.

Cut 5 (04) “…to anyone.” 

Each location has events in the morning and wrap up midday. In Monroe and Haughton they begin at 9 am. In Baton Rouge and Woodworth they start at 8 am.

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Tropical Depression Number Nine in the Caribbean Sea is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the system is expected to strengthen over the weekend and enter the southeastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday  after it crosses western Cuba as a hurricane.

Cut 6 (11)  “…change a bit” 

Right now, it doesn’t appear as if Louisiana will be impacted by the storm that would be named either Hermine or Ian. But Keim says three-to-five-day forecasts tend to get altered.

Cut 7 (06) “…nothing changes.”

LRN meteorologist John Wetherbee says the National Hurricane Center is predicting this system will develop into a major hurricane…

Cut 8 (06)  “…lightly”

The Tropical Depression has sustained winds at 35 mph and once it reaches 39 mph it will reach Tropical Storm status.

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Louisiana Tech is preparing the college for takeoff with an aviation partnership with United Airlines. Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Karl Puljak (pull-yak) says in addition to training aviation students it also assists with career opportunities

Cut 9 (10)  “…their profession.”

The partnership is a first of its kind for the university and Puljak says their aviation students will benefit immensely and be able to take flight with state-of-the-art technology.

Cut 10 (08) “…in Denver, Colorado.” 

There’s a great demand for qualified pilots and Puljak says the partnership helps United fill job vacancies and it also opens the door for students who are underrepresented in the industry.

Cut 11 (04)  “…of do.”

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State Police are taking part in the National Seat Check Saturday safety event, for parents of kids still small enough to need a child seat or booster. Sgt. James Anderson says an event is scheduled for each of the State Police troops statewide, and people will be on hand to see if your vehicle’s current equipment is safe…:

Cut 12 (10) “…appropriate restraint.”  

Events will happen at well-known areas in each LSP Troop area. Anderson says it’s a good opportunity to see if your family vehicle is properly outfit for the little ones, and – if it’s not – you won’t be in any trouble…:

Cut 13 (09) “…while supplies last.” 

Events are scheduled Saturday – from 9 until noon – in Baton Rouge, Metairie, Houma, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Monroe, Shreveport, Covington and Crowley. He says finding the one nearest you is as easy as visiting Facebook…:

Cut 14 (06)  “…all over the state.” 

Search Buckle Up Louisiana on Facebook.

LRN AM Newscall September 22

A reward of $30,000 is being offered to help find those responsible for the shooting death of LSU student Allie Rice. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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A federal judge rules the federal government may no longer require COVID shots or masks of teachers, staff or volunteers with Project Head Start. Kevin Gallagher has the story…:

Cut 2 (29) “….I’m Kevin Gallagher.” 

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New Orleans experienced a major uptick in crimes this year with over 200 homicides, now locals are wondering if it will affect tourism. Whitney Thomas has more…

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The restaurant where Allie Rice worked is helping collect reward money for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who gunned the LSU student down last Friday. One of the owners of The Shed, Chez Ciccone says the reward is up to $30,000 and he thinks it will make a difference.

Cut 4 (08)  “…people know.”

Allie Rice worked at The Shed alongside two of her brothers. Ciccone says the restaurant pitched in $10,000 dollars initially and other businesses have also donated to the reward. He says they hope to have $50,000 by Friday, which would be one week after the LSU senior was killed in her car on Government St. in Baton Rouge.

Cut 5 (07) “…did this.”

Ciccone says there’s been an overwhelming outpour of condolences and offers to help in any way they can since Allie was killed. He urges the community to work together to help end the uptick in crime in Baton Rouge.

Cut 6 (06)  “…off the street.” 

For more information on how to donate to the reward, you can visit The Shed’s Facebook page. If you have any tips about the case call Crimestoppers or Baton Rouge Police.

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A federal judge rules that the U.S. Government may NOT require masks and/or COVID shots for teachers, staff and volunteers with Project Head Start. The suit was brought by a school teacher and represented by the Liberty Justice Center and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, whose general counsel Sarah Harbison says the plaintiff is vindicated…:

Cut 7 (08) “…aren’t having it.”

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Terry Doughty issued a permanent injunction preventing the feds from enforcing their mask and shot mandates on Head Start in Louisiana and 23 other states. Harbison says the case against the government wasn’t just about compliance…:

Cut 8 (06)  “…to do so.”

Harbison says the federal government can appeal the ruling, but other COVID mandates have also been reversed and they’ll likely lose on appeal in this case. President Biden recently publicly proclaimed the COVID pandemic “over” so why would the feds persist in the mask and shot mandates…?

Cut 9 (07)  “…and medical decisions.”

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Today is the first day of fall, but its unseasonally hot. Temperatures will get into the upper 90s today, and triple digits north of I-10. State Climatologist Barry Kiem says the hot weather will stick around through the weekend.

Cut 10 (09) “…some locations.”

A front is expected to come in next week dropping high temperatures back into the 80s. The humidity is also expected to drop. Keim says even though the calendar says fall summer is hanging on. 

Cut  11 (06)  “…still here.” 

But Keim says we’ll get a little break over the weekend

Cut 12 (06) “…incredibly hot..” 

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New Orleans has experienced astronomical crime rates this year with over 200 people murdered. A concerned local asked Governor John Bel Edwards on his monthly call-in radio program if this is impacting tourism.

Edwards says numbers indicate that tourism is actually up in Crescent City.

Cut 13 (13) “…our economy.”

Edwards says he believes the increase in crime isn’t keeping tourists away.  

Cut 14 (09)  “…that either..”

Edwards says getting more police officers will make a difference.

Cut 15 (08)  “… retain them.”

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Saints quarterback Jamies Winston is still struggling with ongoing back injuries that may continue to hinder him throughout the rest of the season. Winston suffered four fractures in his back in week one against the Falcons but he isn’t focusing on the pain.

Cut 16 (09)  “…than that.” 

Winston threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter against the Buccaneers last Sunday, including a costly pick-six. Winston doesn’t want his injuries to act as an excuse for his performance and takes accountability for the late-game mistakes.

Cut 17 (17) “…the middle.” 

Rookie wide receiver Chris Olave had five receptions for 80 yards in the loss but was targeted thirteen times including multiple deep shots of which only one connected. Winston praised the rookie’s route-running ability and maturity and says he needs to be more accurate on those throws down the field.

Cut 18 (14) “…in the game.” 

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U-L Lafayette’s nation-leading 15-game win streak came to an end last weekend in a loss to Rice, but coach Michael Desormeaux is glad the pressure has been taken off his team and is looking forward to bouncing back this weekend.

Cut 19 (13) “…forward here.”

The Cajuns next game will be against conference rivals ULM on Saturday. The Warhawks have had the unenviable challenge of facing off against two top programs in Texas and Alabama to start their season, but Desormeaux says the Warhawks are better than their record or even film may show.

Cut 20 (20) “ …physical one.” 

LRN PM Newscall September 20

In his first TV campaign ad, Democrat Luke Mixon addresses the abortion issue. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (33)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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It’s been a calm hurricane season so far, but that might change. The National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the Caribbean this week. Marsanne Golsby has more.

Cut 2 (30) “I’m Marsanne Golsby.”  

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Luke Mixon releases his first TV ad for U.S Senate. In it, the pro-life Democrat says he supports codifying Roe v. Wade because Republican-backed abortion bans force rape victims to give birth. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says the message is a political risk in such a conservative state

Cut 3 (08) “…more difficult.” 

The Mixon campaign says it’s spending six figures on the TV ad in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Monroe. Stockley says running an ad in September is significant, it indicates his campaign has the financial backing to do so and he needs to boost his name recognition.

Cut 4 (07) “…than nothing.” 

Incumbent Republican Senator John Kennedy has unveiled his second TV campaign ad highlighting his votes to cut taxes, increase paychecks, fight crime and stand up to China. Stockley says he expects Kennedy will not stray far from how he won his first senatorial campaign.

Cut 5 (09) “…of months.” 

The other major Democrats in the race, Gary Chambers and Syrita Steib, have yet to release TV ads.

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. National experts on the subject are sounding the alarm. Amy Wimpley Knight is president of the Children’s Hospital Association. She says the most recent numbers show a 31 percent increase in hospital admissions for children and teens—AND a frightening increase in suicide rates.

Cut 6 (07)  “…alarming statistic.” 

Knight says research shows that half of mental health conditions begin before the age of 14 and go unaddressed for 11 years or more. She says adult homelessness, addiction, and incarceration can be traced to childhood mental health issues.

Cut 7 (10) “…attention to.”

She says there is a nationwide shortage of mental health care professionals, but not every child needs expensive treatment.

Cut 8 (07)  “…for kids.”

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy is co-author of a bill to reauthorize the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program for Children. The program supports mental health care teams diagnose, treat, and refer children who need help.

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The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical wave that’s moving towards the Caribbean and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next few days. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s very early, but forecast models show this potential storm getting into the Gulf of Mexico next week…

Cut 9 (09)  “…stout storm”

Keim says forecast models become more reliable once the storm actually forms. He says they will know more in about a week.

Cut 10 (09) “…towards the tropics” 

If this tropical wave develops into a named storm, it will be called Hermine.

So far there have been six named storms this year and no major threats in the Gulf of Mexico. Keim says the statistical peak of the hurricane season was last Saturday, so we are not out of the woods yet…

Cut 11 (09)  “…relates to Louisiana”

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Senator Bill Cassidy says a new report shows the veteran suicide rate fell nearly 10-percent from 2018 to 2020. Cassidy says veteran suicide is still too high, but they are making progress. Cassidy says the Senate recently passed his Solid Start Act, which would strengthen a V-A program that regularly contacts new veterans

Cut 12 (11) “.. .a taste of summer”  

Cassidy says most suicides’ among veterans occurs within six months after getting out of the service. He says the Solid Start ACT requires the VA to contact every veteran three times by phone in the first year after leave active duty…

Cut 13 (11) “…may need to do” 

According to the report, in 2020, there were 6,146 veteran suicide deaths, down from 343 in 2019. Cassidy says veterans in crisis should dial 9-8-8. and then press 1 to be connected with the Veterans Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

LRN PM Newscall September 19

Experts say the pandemic is far from over in nursing homes nationwide, including in Louisiana. Marsanne Golsby has more.

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Roundabouts, you either love them or hate them, but DOTD says once you’re used to them chances are you’ll appreciate them. Brooke Thorington has more.

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If you have a loved one in a nursing home, this information should concern you. New data from the AARP shows that COVID-19 still has a deadly grip on the nation’s nursing homes. Deaths and cases from residents and staff nationwide have risen for the fourth consecutive month.

Andrew Muhl is director of advocacy for AARP Louisiana.

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Muhl says during a four-week stretch over July and August, 46 Louisiana nursing home patients died from COVID after only recording five deaths during the previous four weeks.

The AARP is urging those with loved ones in nursing homes to contact the facilities’ staff and ask key questions about COVID in that home.

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Muhl says that information should be communicated to their residents’ loved ones on a regular basis. And while experts say the pandemic has receded in most of the population, Muhl says it’s a different world inside nursing homes.

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Muhl says the rates of resident and staff cases have increased nine-fold nationwide over the last four months. He says he is concerned about high staff turnover and possible shortages of staff.

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When Louisiana roadways begin to experience significant congestion among the options to keep the flow of traffic continuous is a roundabout. While roundabouts are the norm in Europe and New England, DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallett says they are a successful alternative here also, even though there’s usually resistance at first.

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Since 2003, 174 roundabouts have been constructed in Louisiana.

Mallett says according to a survey they conducted after the Sorrento roundabout, 85% say there are fewer wrecks, 88% say traffic flows better and 90% say they’d like to see another one in their community.

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While many are hesitant to embrace them at first, Mallett says if you can yield and use a blinker you can adapt to a roundabout. He says when you compare them to other intersections, you’re less likely to be involved in a serious accident like being t-boned or a high-speed rear-end.

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DOTD considers roundabouts as one of the options to be evaluated when they are looking at intersections and other capacity improvements.

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The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans one-game for his role in yesterday’s fight in the Buccaneers 20-10 win over the Saints.  Evans knocked Saints cornerback Michael Thomas down to the ground during a shoving match between Thomas and Bucs running back Leonard Fournette. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas says the Bucs instigated the fight

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Fournette shoved Lattimore after an incomplete pass that resulted in the benches-clearing brawl in the fourth quarter.

This is not the first time Evans and Lattimore have been involved in some extracurricular activity. In 2017, Evans was suspended for one game for coming onto the field and shoving Lattimore in the back and Lattimore was fined 10-thousand dollars for an unnecessary roughness call on Evans in 2020. Thomas says Evans’ antics are tiring

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The NFL says Evans was walking off the field when he turned around and violently struck an unsuspecting Thomas. Saints defensive back Tyrann Mathieu says Tampa Bay is just trying to get under Lattimore’s skin…

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The first day of Fall is Thursday, but it still feels very much like summer with the heat index around 100 degrees. LRN Meteorlogist John Wetherbee says if you are outside for a long period of time, you’ll feel it…

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Wetherbee says the hottest temperatures will occur during the middle of the week…

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Wetherbee says expect temperatures over 100-degrees every day this week…

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LRN AM Newscall September 19

Queen Elizabeth is being laid to rest today in London. Among the millions of condolences is one from a Louisiana man who once threatened to sue her. Marsanne Golsby  has more.

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Hurricane Fiona is the third hurricane and sixth named storm for the 2022 Atlantic Season. As we reach the peak of the season, AccuWeather has revised its predictions for the season. Brooke Thorington has more

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For a third straight month, Louisiana posts record-low un-employment numbers. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

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Queen Elizabeth II is being laid to rest today. Did you know in 2003 Queen Elizabeth issued a formal apology for the illegal deportation of thousands of French Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755? It was Louisiana attorney Warren Perrin who demanded an apology in 1990.

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Perrin’s own ancestors were among the ten thousand men, women, and children exiled. Many of those made their way to the swamps and marshes of Southern Louisiana, but about one third died on the way. After years of wrangling, and with help from the Canadian government, Queen Elizabeth issued a formal apology.

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And even though the queen is gone now, Perrin says she is still helping new generations of Louisiana students learn about their culture and history.

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The original signed apology from the British government is in the archives of Canada. The only other signed copy–with the queen’s signature–is at the Acadian museum in Erath.

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According to WalletHub Louisiana ranks 10th in the nation with the highest rate of job resignations. But with record low unemployment in the Bayou State where are those individuals working UNO business professor Mark Rosa says many are choosing to become online content providers.

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In addition to online jobs, Rosa says he’s heard of out-of-state accounting and law firms hiring remote employees in Louisiana. For example, an accounting firm in Chicago recruiting virtual talent and paying Windy City wages.

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And while service industry jobs like wait staff and the hospitality sector continue to have staffing shortages, Rosa says with more options to work remotely that include benefits are winning out.

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Rosa says many who’ve left the productive workforce have been able to sustain themselves with remote work. Georgia ranked 1st among states with the highest resignation rate, followed by Kentucky, Tennessee, Arizona, and Wyoming.

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Hurricane Fiona is just the third hurricane and sixth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic season. AccuWeather predicted an above-average season earlier with anywhere from 16 to 20 named storms. State Climatologist Barry Keim says now AccuWeather is calling for only 12 named storms which is considered below normal.

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In the spring NOAA forecasted 14 to 21 named storms and Colorado State University predicted 19 names storms, both above-average, for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

Reasons for the revised forecast Keim says is so far, we’ve only had six named storms and we’re past the halfway point in the season. And even though a La Nina is in place along with above-average sea surface temperatures, conditions over the breeding grounds have not been favorable for the formation of storms.

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And while Keim says he’s not complaining whatsoever considering the last two seasons and their impact on Louisiana have been extremely harsh, it’s still too soon to say the Bayou State is out of the woods just yet.

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Keim says hurricanes have been known to arrive in Louisiana deep into the month of October before.

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Once again, Louisiana posts record low unemployment numbers. Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Cates says this is three months in a row of benchmark low jobless claims and/or applications…:

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August figures show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5-percent; that’s a record low number and the third consecutive month of declines. Cates says, yes, there are still a lot of unfilled jobs across the state…but the number of those applying for or collecting unemployment benefits has never been lower…:

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Cates says wages are coming up, which encourages more people to enter the workforce. She says LWC offers job assistance and even connections for on-the-job training, via its Tech Ready Louisiana program…:

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Cates says she anticipates unemployment numbers to keep falling as more Louisianans go back to work.

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The Saints turned it over five times on Sunday as they suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Tampa Bay 20-10. Quarterback Jameis Winston was sacked six times and he threw three interceptions in the final 12 minuts as the Buccaneers scored 17 points in the fourth quarter…

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Prior to the game, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that Winston has four fractures in his back, but there’s no risk of further damage. New Orleans Coach Dennis Allen says he didn’t think the back injury hampered Winston’s play…

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The LSU Tigers won their SEC opener on Saturday night, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to rally back from a 13-point deficit to beat Mississippi State 31-16. Tigers Coach Brian Kelly likes the grit his team showed…

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LSU went up tempo towards the end of the second quarter and scored a touchdown right before halftime and they kept up that fast pace in the second half as they began to wear down the Mississippi State defense. Quarterback Jayden Daniels says they like playing up-tempo…

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LSU’s defense gave up a 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but kept the Bulldogs’ Air Raid offense in check for most of the game. They held State to 289 yards of total offense. Kelly credits the defense for following the game plan, which called for them to give the Bulldogs’ offense different looks…

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Updated LRN PM Newscall September 16

2021 saw an alarming increase in traffic fatalities and an all-time high for pedestrian deaths. Brooke Thorington has more.

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LSU and the Saints are home underdogs this weekend, which is rare for both teams not to be favorite at home. Jeff Palermo has more on the games in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and other matchups…

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972 people were killed in 2021 on Louisiana roads. That’s a 17-percent increase from 2020, according to the LSU Center for Analytics and Research in Transportation. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Spokesperson Mark Lambert says the numbers are disturbing.

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The 972 traffic deaths in 2021 are the most since 2007.  And 174 of the traffic fatalities occurred on Louisiana interstates, an alarming increase of 49 percent from 2020.

In addition to an uptick in aggressive driving crashes, Lambert says the number of impaired fatal driving crashes increased a disturbing 32 percent.

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Lambert says awareness campaigns like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket, were paused during the pandemic and he believes it had an impact on the increase in traffic fatalities.

Another alarming statistic among the 2021 numbers is an all-time high of 185 pedestrian fatalities, that’s an increase of 27 percent from 2020. Lambert says if you are walking along a roadway, even in a neighborhood always walk against traffic not with it.

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The major cause of roadway deaths and injuries in Louisiana are distracted driving, impaired driving, and aggressive driving.

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Seven Louisiana schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The winning schools are located in Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Tammany parishes. State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says it’s exciting news…

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Three Louisiana schools are recognized as “Exemplary High Performing.” They are the LSU Lab School and St. James Episcopal Day School in Baton Rouge and South Highlands Elementary Magnet School in Caddo Parish. Brumley was at South Highlands on Friday morning to celebrate the achievement with the student body…

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Four of the schools are recognized as Exemplary Growth. They are Folsom Elementary in St. Tammany, Frasch Elementary in Calcasieu, Grand Prairie in St. Landry and Myrtle Place Elementary in Lafayette. Brumley says these schools showed progress in closing achievement gaps…

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An LSU student was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds this morning in her car near Baton Rouge’s downtown area. Baton Rouge Police Sergeant L’Jean (EL-jeen) McKneely says 21-year-old Allison Rice’s vehicle was found on Government Street near railroad tracks…

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Rice was from Ascension Parish. She was a senior at LSU majoring in marketing. A Baton Rouge TV station say Rice was with friends at an establishment in the Mid City area of Baton Rouge. McKneely says their investigation is in its initial stages…

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Three children were tragically killed in a Gretna house fire this morning. Jefferson Parish Sherriff Joe Lopinto says the 3, 7, and 15-year-old victims were all from the same family.

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According to NOLA.com the 15-year female was babysitting her two younger brothers when the fire broke out. Firefighters reportedly found the 7-year-old boy inside the home at the bottom of the stairs on the first floor and the 15-year-old girl was found at the top of the stairs lying on top of her younger brother.

Lopinto says the department’s arson division is working with the Jefferson Parish Fire Services to investigate the cause of the blaze along with the State Fire Marshal’s Office. He says they do not suspect arson at this time, but the division is merely assisting and the cause of the blaze has not been determined.

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The fire was reported at 9:31 AM in the 500 block of Lynnmeade Road and Lopinto says firefighters and sheriff’s deputies were on the scene at 9:35

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LSU is 2.5 a point underdog at home in tomorrow’s SEC opener against Mississippi State. Tigers Coach Brian Kelly says there’s a lot of talk about the Bulldogs Air Raid offense, but they are also good on defense…

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The Bulldogs have only allowed 169 rushing yards in two games. LSU struggled to run the ball two weeks ago against Florida State, but running back John Emery returns on Saturday from academic suspension. The former five-star running back has not played since 2020 and Kelly says it’s good to get Emery back…

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