LRN PM Newscall February 23

The full House approves legislation that increases the penalties for convicted carjackers. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Louisiana House has approved a measure that expands the methods to carry out a death penalty and also puts penalties in place for releasing information on drugs used for a lethal injection. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says putting juveniles in adult court and correctional systems is not the answer.

Cut 3 (13) “…these facilities.”  

The bill would Repeal the Raise the Age Act approved in 2017. It’s resulted in many 17 year old offenders being charged as juveniles for crime. West Monroe Republican Senator Jay Morris says having 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice facilities is not working.

Cut 4 (10) “…corrections officer.”

Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud says an increase in crime including deadly shootings, home invasions and carjackings was the motivation behind the bill. She says the state has suffered from high crime rate and the current system for juvenile offenders is broken.

Cut 5 (12) “…not working.”

Duplessis points from 2017-2020 the number of under 18 crimes decreased from 6400 to 3700. He says putting juveniles in adult jails isn’t going to solve the problem.

Cut 6  (10) “…begin with.” 

The measure heads to the House for more discussion.


A bill to double the minimum prison sentence for carjackings receives full passage in the House. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel was questioned by New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard if the state can handle an influx of prisoners with new laws passed in the crime special session.

Cut 7 (12) “…to jail.”  

The bill would raise the minimum prison sentence from two to five years and for carjackings that result in serious injury from 10 to 20 years. Williard asked Schlegel if doubling the sentences would reduce the number of carjackings.

Cut 8 (12) “…our laws.” 

New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry questioned if judges asked for the minimum sentences to be raised and if the bill takes away their discretion. In Schlegel’s bill judges can sentence one five to 20 years for carjacking and 20 to 30 years if bodily injury is involved.

Cut 9 (10) “…we’ll go.” 

The bill passed on an 89-15 vote and heads to a Senate committee for debate.


Early Literacy Matters ranks Louisiana for its comprehensive literacy policy for kindergarten through third grade students. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Jenna Chaisson says the state was recognized for implementing a universal reading screener for students having trouble reading.

Cut 10 (13) “…reading plan.”

Education Recovery Scorecard found Louisiana is one of only three states where average reading achievement in 2023 was above levels in 2019.

Chaisson points out the most impactful policy requires kindergarten through third grade teachers and school leaders to undergo a science of reading training. She says getting rid of the three-cuing systems has also provided positive results.

Cut 11 (11) “…been eliminated.”

Chaisson says the state is leading the way with common sense reading reforms including parental notification of students with reading difficulties. She says kindergarten through third grade students are at critical ages when it comes to learning how to read.

Cut 12 (11)  “…later grades.”  


The Louisiana House has approved legislation that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s measure would give the state the option to use the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death row inmate…

Cut 13 (12) “…ultimate decision.”  

The House voted 71 to 29 in favor of the legislation and heads to the Senate for further debate.

Democrats oppose the bill. Marrero Representative Kyle Green filed a bill last year to abolish the death penalty and questions Muscarello about whether the death penalty would actually reduce homicides…

Cut  14 (14) “..that commitment”

Louisiana has not executed anyone since 2010. The state can not get the drugs to perform a lethal injection.

Muscarello’s bill also provides penalties for anyone that would publicize where the state obtained the drugs for an execution….

Cut 15 (10) “…novel concept”

LRN PM Newscall

According to The Board of Regents 2023 report, Louisiana’s high school dual enrollment participation increased for a third consecutive year. Teiko Foxx explains…

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Governor Jeff Landry has removed a job creation requirement for manufacturers to receive a significant property tax break. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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For the third straight year, the number of Louisiana high school students taking college courses while in high school has increased. More than 32 thousand students enrolled in courses at colleges during 2022-2023, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed says more students and families are seeking early pathways to success.

Cut 3 (09) “…high school.”  

The Board of Regents 2023 report reveals participation in career and technical fields increased to a level exceeding pre-pandemic enrollments.

Nearly 60 percent of high school seniors graduate with early college experience. She says minority student participation has increased over three years by seven percentage points.

Cut 4 (09) “…the board.”

Hunter-Reed says they are committed to dual enrollment opportunities for all students. She points out a virtual instruction program is accessible to students in underpopulated parts of the state.

Cut 5 (07) “…larger school.”

To access more information on dual enrollment for high school students, visit


LSU men’s basketball took down another Top 25-ranked team last night as the Tigers rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat 17th-ranked Kentucky 75-74 on a buzzer-beating shot by Tyrell Ward. Coach Matt McMahon says it’s a great character win…

Cut 6  (12) “…get it done.” 

McMahon says taking better care of the basketball led to the second half rally…

Cut 7 (13) “…three times.”  

Ward scored the winning bucket on a tip-in as he took a pass from Jordan Wright who was falling out of bounds along the baseline. McMahon says it was an amazing ending

Cut 8 (10) “…buzzer.” 

LSU is now 6-7 in the SEC after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked South Carolina and Kentucky.


Governor Jeff Landry signs an executive order that keeps a big property tax break in place for manufacturers, but it removes the job creation requirement that was added during the Edwards’ administration. Landry says the job creation requirement only created bureaucratic red tape

Cut 9 (05) “…into Louisiana.” 

But the faith-based group, Together Louisiana, says the change to the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program is just a gift for corporations. They say local governments will lose millions in tax revenue for a tax break that will not lead to more jobs. But Landry says removing the job requirement is about capital investment…

Cut 10 (08) “…retaining jobs.”

Landry is keeping a change made by former Governor John Bel Edwards that businesses have to pay at least 20-percent of the taxes owed for the first ten years and then 100-percent after ten years. The current governor says the tax exemption only needs approval from one government entity in a parish, instead of multiple…

Cut 11 (10) “…in Louisiana”


There are three bills sponsored by Kenner Republican Debbie Villio that will gut the 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiatives and drastically reduce a prisoner’s opportunity for early release. In House Criminal Justice, Villio advocated for House Bill 9 that eliminates parole eligibility for crimes committed after August 1st of this year.

Cut 12 (13)  “…a difference.”  

Former Gretna Representative Joe Marino attended the House Criminal Justice Committee hearing on the bill to speak against it. He says the 2017 reforms are beginning to work but the main hurdle is that prisoners in parish jails are not provided rehabilitative services to reduce recidivism. He says eliminating parole and forcing prisoners to serve 85% of their sentence…

Cut 13 (13) “…to want.”  

Marino says there’s proven that data showing rehab programs work and that severely limiting one’s opportunity for parole doesn’t….

Cut  14 (14) “..the smartest.”

The bill passed in committee on a 9-5 vote and heads to the House floor.

LRN PM Newscall February 21

For the first time in the company’s history, Entergy Louisiana has reached a new milestone in its commitment to using sustainable energy solutions. Teiko Foxx has more…

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Legislation that would allow prosecutors to charge 17-year-olds accused of a felony as an adult is receiving support from state senators. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Entergy Louisiana announces its renewable power is exceeding coal in energy production for the first time. Director of Resource Planning Laura Beauchamp says this is a significant milestone for the company.

Cut 3 (12) “…five years.”  

Data from the company’s 2023 power generation report shows renewable energy production totaled one point one million megawatt hours. Beauchamp points out solar energy reduces carbon emissions and offers many benefits.

Cut 4 (13) “…in Louisiana.”

Beauchamp says the company has approximately 230 megawatts of renewable resources including the Capital Region Solar facility, which began delivering power to the grid in October 2020. She says they’re proud to transition towards cleaner energy sources while delivering reliable and affordable power.

Cut 5 (10) “…in Louisiana.”


A bill that would Repeal the Age Act that went into effect in 2019 is making its way through the legislative process. The legislation approved in 2017 raised the age to 18 at which a person charged with a felony can be charged as a adult. But lawmakers want to lower the age back down to 17. It has the support of prosecutors. Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle

Cut 6  (08) “…for that” 

Current law does allow prosecutors to charge a 17-year-old as an adult in cases when a violent crime is committed. But 17-year-olds who commit lesser crimes go through the juvenile justice system. But University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Matthew Green says existing law should stay in place…

Cut 7 (10) “…state”  

But state lawmakers are hearing from law enforcement and prosecutors that crimes involving 17-year-olds is on the rise. Lake Charles Senator Jeremy Stine says having 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system is not working…

Cut 8 (11) “…ridiculous” 


Lawmakers debated the privacy portion of a bill to protect the names and drug manufacturers involved in the executions of death row inmates. In House Governmental Affairs, Mandeville Representative Christopher Kim Carver asked Hammond Representative Nick Muscarello about his legislation.

Cut 9 (12) “…novel content.” 

New Orleans Democrat Candace Newell fears protecting the identities of those involved with an execution goes against “truth and transparency,” however she also believes those who are merely doing their jobs should not be threatened.

Cut 10 (14) “…not going to do that.”

The bill would allow for criminal and civil penalties against those who reveal the identities of those involved with an execution. New Orleans Democrat Rep. Delisha Boyd reiterated a goal for truth and transparency in government and made the point that bullies should be held liable for their actions.

Cut 11 (10) “…as well.”

The bill passed in House Criminal Justice Tuesday and passed favorably in House Governmental Affairs on a 12-5 vote today and advances to the House Floor.

LRN AM Newscall February 21

Louisiana has lost more than two thousand farmers over the last five years. Teiko Foxx explains…

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A bill to expand ways to execute death row inmates in Louisiana advances from House Criminal Justice. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A bill allowing non-felon adults in Louisiana to carry a concealed gun without a permit is headed to the Senate floor after passing the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Colleen Crain has the story…

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Why are farmers leaving the Bayou State in herds? More than two thousand farmers have left the state between 2017 and 2022, according to USDA Census. Neil Melancon with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation says this is driven by fewer but larger farms. He says smaller farms are finding it impossible to remain economically viable.

Cut 4 (12) “…single season.”

There were eight million acres of farmland in 2017, compared to 7.97 million in 2022.

Melancon says family farms help drive the economy, but rice farming has been very difficult over the last decade. He says the average age of a farmer is 59 and they age out of the industry, which has a ripple effect…

Cut 5 (12) “…depends on.” 

Melancon says a drop in farmers statewide means education and awareness decreases.

Cut 6 (12) “…to day.”


A bill to expand methods used to carry out the death penalty and to provide protections for those involved, like drug companies that provide the ingredients used for lethal injection, passed in House Criminal Justice Tuesday. Bill sponsor Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello was asked by Pineville Representative Mike Johnson why the state has difficulty carrying out death sentences.

Cut 7 (12) “…the fight.”

The last death row inmate executed in Louisiana was in 2010.

The bill would allow Louisiana to return to the use of the electric chair and add other lethal methods, for example, nitrogen gas was recently used to execute an inmate in Alabama. A letter read on behalf of Louisiana nurse anesthetist Johnathan Grandon urged lawmakers to vote against it.

Cut 8 (11) “…the process.” 

The use of the electric chair in Louisiana was previously revoked because it was deemed cruel and unusual punishment.

Muscarello says many assume House Bill 6 is about allowing the death penalty to proceed in Louisiana. He says it’s a common misconception because it’s already legal and he reiterated that with Johnson.

Cut 9 (09)  “…absolutely not.”

A statement was read on behalf of Brett Malone, the son of Mary Ann Shaver Malone who was murdered in 2000 urged lawmakers to reject adding additional methods of execution.

Cut 10 (06) “…are barbaric.”

Malone’s letter said he wanted his family’s legacy to be one of mercy and he wanted the state to forgo executing his mother’s murderer.

In committee, the bill was amended to provide counseling for those involved in carrying out an execution. The bill passed unopposed and advances to the House floor.


A bill allowing non-felon adults in Louisiana to carry a concealed gun without a permit is headed to the Senate floor after nearly unanimously passing the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Committee Chairman Jay Morris of Monroe doesn’t believe criminals are going to be more of a problem if law-abiding adults are allowed to carry without a permit.

Cut 11 (07) “…the problem.” 

Morris says criminals don’t abide by laws and this bill is not meant for them.

Cut 12 (06) “…right now.” 

NOPD Deputy Superintendent Lawrence Dupris spoke to the committee saying gun crimes spiked in other states after similar legislation passed.

Cut 13 (09)  “…law’s passage.”

The only vote opposing the permit-less concealed carry bill came from Regina Barrow, the lone Democrat on the committee.


Sherbin – the crawfish becomes the eight-crustacean granted freedom by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser as crawfish season ramps up. For the last eight years on the first Tuesday after Mardi Gras, the state officially pardons one crustacean to celebrate the mudbug season. Nungesser says this puts Louisiana in the national spotlight and highlights the industry’s importance.

Cut 14 (08) “…this year.”

The pardoned crawfish will enjoy the rest of her days at Bayou Teche in Beaux Bridge. Nungesser points out this year’s shortage of the tasty mudbugs has made it difficult for farmers and fishermen.

Cut 15 (10) “…tough season.”

In keeping with the tradition, Barry Toups, owner of Crawfish Haven and Mrs. Rose’s Bed and Breakfast in Kaplan, caught and selected the guest of honor for his reprieve.


The LSU men’s basketball team will try to get its second straight win over a ranked opponent tonight when they host 17th-ranked Kentucky. The Wildcats average 88 points a game, third highest in college basketball. Kentucky also shoots 41 percent from three-point territory, which leads the country. Tigers Coach Matt McMahon says transition defense will be a key, because of the speed of Kentucky’s guards…

Cut 16 (20) “…transition attack” 

Fifth-year senior Antonio Reeves leads the Wildcats. The potential second-round pick averages close to 20 points a game and shoots 44 percent from three-point territory. Two of Kentucky’s top NBA prospects, Rob Dillingham and Reed Shephard come off the bench. McMahon says the players understand the challenge..

Cut 17 (19) “…to win” 

It will come down to defense and rebounding. LSU point guard Jalen Cook is questionable with a hamstring injury. But guard Trae Hannibal is playing at a high level, coming off a six-point and 12 rebound performance against South Carolina. McMahon says Hannibal has been a beast…

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LRN PM Newscall

A bill to allow concealed carry without a permit is up for debate and critics worry it could have dire consequences. Brooke Thorington explains.

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One of the first bills to make it out of a House committee at the special session is a measure to increase the penalties for carjacking. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Legislation to concealed carry without a permit in Louisiana will be debated in the crime special session. And because police are trained to look for outlines of a gun in someone’s clothing, President of the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission Rafael Goyeneche says it would prevent officers from asking for proof of a gun permit to prevent crime.

Cut 3 (11) “…passes.”  

Critics of the legislation say if you don’t require a permit, you also aren’t required to be properly trained in how to use a firearm training. Goyeneche says to drive a car you must understand the rules of the road to pass a test to get your driver’s license and that carrying a gun shouldn’t be any different.

Cut 4 (09) “…no training.”

Goyeneche says while there is some good legislation being proposed in the special crime session, he’s hoping common sense will prevail and lawmakers will not pass concealed carry without a permit in Louisiana.

Cut 5 (11) “…to public safety.”

In the House Oil City Representative Danny McCormick sponsored a bill to allow for concealed carry without a permit and in the upper chamber Erath Senator Blake Miguez has similar legislation.


A piglet is now resting comfortably after being tossed around like a football during carnival season. Humane Society of Louisiana Director Jeff Dorson says a bystander spotted three men throwing what he assumed was a ball—until he heard squeals.

Cut 6  (11) “…be treated.” 

The scared baby swine, named Piglet, was removed from the harsh environment. Shortly after, Piglet was placed in the care of HSLA. To help pay his vet care, Dorson says a video was placed on social media and piglet became an internet favorite.

Cut 7 (13) “…approaching $1400..”  

An exam by Metairie Small Animal Hospital found that the Piglet did not suffer any injuries or trauma.  Dorson says a vet tech is fostering Piglet and a person in Magnolia, Mississippi has applied to adopt him. But preparations for piglet to enjoy the comforts of his forever home is underway.

Cut 8 (12) “…keep him.” 

HSLA is planning a formal presentation of piglet to Representative Lauren Ventrella to take place on the steps of the State Capitol.


Legal analyst Tim Meche believes it was a bad move for LSU running back Trey Holly to give a statement on social media of the shooting that took place in Farmerville. The shooting injured two people. In the social media post, Holly states he was at home at the time of the shooting and the shooting occurred outside of his apartment.

Cut 9 (13) “…go together.” 

Holly is one of three people charged with attempted second-degree murder. Meche says if Holly feels he was falsely identified and he’s 100 percent innocent…

Cut 10 (11) “…going forward.”


At the crime special session in Baton Rouge, the first item to receive approval by the House Criminal Justice Committee is a measure that increases penalties for carjacking. Under the bill, a person convicted of a carjacking that results in serious bodily harm will get 20 to 30 years. Katie Hunter Lowrey with the Promise of Justice Initiative spoke against it…

Cut 11 (10) “…detention centers”

But the author of the bill Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel says  crime has a cost, it cost the life of a 73-year-old grandmother who lost her life during a brutal car jacking in 2022…

Cut 12 (09)  “..their car.”  

LRN PM Newscall February 19

Louisiana lawmakers begins a special session on crime today that will tackle a measure that would allow Louisianans 18 or older to own and carry a gun without a permit. Teiko Foxx has more…

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In a social media post, suspended LSU running back Trey Holly says he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that injured two others on February 9th. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A measure to allow people who are 18 or older to carry a concealed gun without a permit will be discussed in the special session on crime that begins today. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry believes training should be required to carry a gun.

Cut 3 (11) “…gun ownership.”  

In 2021, the bill passed the House and Senate but Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed the measure.

Landry says with a Republican super majority in the House and Senate and a Republican in the governor’s office, the Democratic legislator does not see anything stopping this legislation this year…

Cut 4 (11) “…vetoed it.”

27 states already allow concealed carry without a license. Supporters of the legislation believe this grant the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens.

Senator Kirk Talbot believes the bill will advance this year with no pushback.

Cut 5 (08) “…pass easily.”

Session is set to begin today at 1pm at the State Capital.


On Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster this morning, DCFS Secretary David Matlock defends the state’s refusal of Summer EBT dollars that equates to $70 million in federal match from a state investment of $7 million. Matlock says this summer the state will provide 1.8 million more meals than before the pandemic to children in a congregate setting, he says that’s more ideal than adding funds to an EBT card.

Cut 6  (06) “…the child.” 

He says they need to hire 300 employees and they need a new fleet of vehicles, which are vital for child welfare caseworkers and many of the cars are 20 years old.

Matlock says DCFS is facing an internal fiscal cliff of $35 million a year and he’s done with generational poverty. He says the answer to child poverty is educational opportunities along with workforce and job development.

Cut 7 (13) “…done with it.”  

The seven-million-dollar investment required by the state for the Summer EBT program is administrative costs, that’s split between DCFS and state education.  Matlock says he’s trying to budget dollars for more child welfare caseworkers to meet the department’s main goal.

Cut 8 (06) “…caretakers.” 

The Louisiana Democratic Party issued a statement criticizing the Landry Administration’s rejection of Summer EBT which affects an estimated 594,000 children in the state. Party Chair Katie Bernhardt says it makes no sense to turn down $71 million to feed poor children.

Louisiana is one of 15 other states with Republican governors not accepting Summer EBT federal funding.


LSU running back Trey Holly, who faces three felony charges, says he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that took place in Farmerville on February ninth that injured two people. Holly released the statement on social media. His attorney Kelvin Rodgers says Holly was at home at the time of the shooting…

Cut 9 (09) “…falsely accused 

Holly is one of three people charged with attempted second degree murder that left one woman seriously injured and another man wounded.  Rodgers says Holly was at home at the time of the shooting and the shooting occurred outside of his apartment

Cut 10 (10) “…day in court”

Holly has bonded out of jail, but has been suspended indefinitely from all LSU football team activities. Rodgers says the former Union Parish star running back is cooperating fully with the authorities

Cut 11 (10) “…since day one”

In Holly’s social media post, Holly says he looks forward to proving his innocence and one day his story will be legendary.


State lawmakers have convened a 17-day special session focused on crime issues. Governor Jeff Landry told lawmakers this afternoon that he made a pledge to Louisiana residents on campaign that he would make this a safer state…

Cut 12 (12)  “..that process.”  

So far more than 30 bills have been filed for consideration. They range from execution methods, stronger penalties for carjacking and changes to probation or parole.

Landry says in 2021, Louisiana had the highest violent crime rate in the nation. And in 2022, three cities were in the top ten for most dangerous in America. He says it’s time to take back our streets

Cut 13 (14) “…deadly drugs’  

The special session must end on March 6th.

Updated LRN Newscall, changes made to copy for cuts 2 and 10

The first of three Antiques Roadshow episodes filmed in Louisiana last spring airs tonight on LPB. You’ll see an array of family heirlooms and even sports memorabilia. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (34) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”


A new Tulane University study is offering a glimpse at what the state’s coastal wetlands will be like 50 years from now if nothing is done to counter the rise in sea levels. Colleen Crain has the story…

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Louisiana lawmakers convene at 1 pm today to begin a special session that’s designed to pass legislation to reduce crime. Jeanne Burns has more…

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The wait is over for fans of Antiques Roadshow who’ve been patiently waiting to see Louisiana featured on the beloved series.  Louisiana Public Broadcasting Programming Director Jason Viso (Vee-so) says besides seeing how distinctive items from the Bayou State appraise, the LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge is also featured.

Cut 4 (06) “…many people.”

The first of three episodes filmed last May will air tonight at 7 pm, then an encore of Episode One the following Monday along with a Behind the Scenes of Antiques Roadshow special. Viso says it’s an exclusive treat for fans of the most-watched-ongoing PBS series.

Cut 5 (08) “…a real find.” 

Episode Two will air on March 11th and Episode Three on March 25th.

Viso says if you’ve never watched the show, participants bring an array of antiques, collectibles, family heirlooms, and even sports memorabilia to be appraised by experts. He says you can always count on Louisiana episodes to be colorful and unique.

Cut 6 (09) “…our state.”

Additional footage filmed in Baton Rouge will also be featured in an Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk episode at a later date.


A new Tulane University study using data collected from hundreds of monitoring sites along Louisiana’s coast is giving researchers a glimpse at what the state’s coastal wetlands will be like 50 years from now. Tulane Geology Professor Torbjorn (Tor Be urn) Tornqvist (Torn Quist) says expect major losses if things continue as they are.

Cut 7 (08) “…by 2070.”

Tornqvist says the loss of wetlands will not only make relocation necessary for those in smaller remote areas but also force out people in more populated areas He says some areas will be almost entirely flooded toward the end of the century…

Cut 8 (09) “…again confirms.” 

Tornquist says, no matter what we do Louisiana is facing significant losses and impact on certain communities, but he claims taking action can make a difference…

Cut 9 (11)  “…manageable path.”


Louisiana lawmakers go into a special session today to pass legislation that seeks to reduce crime in Louisiana. Senate Judiciary B Chairman Mike Reese says a lot of the bills will come through his committee and he expects to see measures that will restrict parole eligibility…

Cut 10 (11) “…months later.”

Because of controversy around the state’s public defender system, the governor is seeking to establish a state public defender’s office under his authority. Reese says this will overhaul and streamline the public defense system.

Cut 11 (13) “…to be.” 

Criminal justice reforms approved in 2016 required offenders under 17 to be charged as juveniles for non-violent crimes. But Reese says with juvenile crimes on the rise, current laws are not working.

Cut 12 (13) “…under control.” 

The Session begins at 1 pm and must conclude on March 6th. 


State lawmakers begin a two-and-a-half-week session today that will address crime. Emotional debate is expected on legislation that will give the state more options to carry out a death sentence, such as the electric chair and nitrogen gas. La-Politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says different groups have differing opinions…

Cut 13 (11)  “…national attention.”

Changes to sentencing laws are expected during this session. During former Governor John Bel Edwards’ eight years, there was a smart-on-crime approach. Alford says lawmakers and lobbyist groups supported Edwards’s effort to lower the prison population, but the Landry administration brings a different approach…

Cut 14 (12) “…proposals.”

Alford says Landry got most of what he wanted in the redistricting special session, he could have more success in this session…

Cut 15 (08) “…the legislature.”


The LSU men’s basketball team came back from 16 down in the second half to beat 11th-ranked South Carolina in Columbia on Saturday 64-63. Sophomore forward Tyrell Ward had a career-high 16 points. Jordan Wright had 14 points including the game-winning free throws with five seconds left. Coach Matt McMahon is proud of his team…

Cut 16 (16) “…end” 

The loss snapped a three-game losing streak for LSU that included a hard-fought two-point loss at Florida last Tuesday. McMahon says his team deserved to win…

Cut 17 (13) “…today.” 

The Tigers are 5-7 in the SEC and host 22nd-ranked Kentucky on Wednesday night.


After an eight-day break, the 13th-ranked LSU Lady Tigers are back on the hardwood tonight as they visit Texas A-and-M. LSU is 8-3 in the SEC and in second place, while the Aggies are 5-6 in league play. Coach Kim Mulkey says it’s never easy to play on the road…

Cut 18 (14)  “..they play”

LSU has won three in a row since dropping two in a row. Last-Tear Poa has stepped up her game as she’s giving the Lady Tigers quality minutes off the bench. She started the second half in last Sunday’s come-from-behind win against Alabama, but Mulkey is not considering putting her in the starting line-up…

Cut 19 (19) “…that serve” 


After dropping two in a row, Louisiana Tech men’s basketball is back on a two-game winning streak beating FIU 75-68 to stay in a first-place tie with Sam Houston for first place in Conference USA. The Bulldogs are back on a winning streak despite missing two starters, because of injuries, Daniel Batcho and Sean Newman. Coach Talvin Hester says he can’t wait to get them back…

Cut 20 (20) “…all healthy.”

Tech begins a three-game road trip on Thursday when they visit UTEP.

LRN PM Newscall

A teacher workgroup launched by Louisiana Department of Education aims to improve conditions for teachers. Teiko Foxx has more…

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After news broke that the St. Tammany coroner-elect was accused of child sexual assault in New Mexico, parish lawmakers are calling for him to resign. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Gas prices are on the increase with the statewide average price for a gallon of regular gas in Louisiana at $2.89, that’s up seventeen cents from a month ago. GasBuddy Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan it’s not surprising for this time of year.

Cut 3 (12) “…as a result.”  

When you compare prices from a year ago, the average today is down seventeen cents from 2023.

DeHaan expects gas prices to continue to go up now that we’re reaching the typical time of year when demand goes up along with the temperatures…

Cut 4 (10) “…gas prices.”

As for the immediate forecast on gas prices, DeHaan predicts they will continue to increase as refineries make the switch to summer gas and demand increases. He says typically we see prices go up in February and the trend continues into late spring.

Cut 5 (10) “…April or May.”

Oil prices he says are not impacting the increase in gas prices as they continue to average around $76 a barrel. He says world events also do not appear to be related to the increase in gas prices, he says it’s merely seasonality.


The Louisiana Department of Education is launching, Let Teachers Teach, a teacher’s workgroup to develop possible solutions to classroom disruptions. State Superintendent Cade Brumley says teachers feel a number of distractions are taking time away from classroom instruction.

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Brumley says the workgroup will include pre-K to 12th grade teachers.  He says there’s nothing more critical to student success than an effective teacher.

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Brumley says LDOE is working with teacher committees and organizations to identify teachers for the workgroup. And he believes current Louisiana Teacher of the Year Kylie Altier…

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Teacher committees and education organizations can email their teacher recommendations  to


Local lawmakers are calling for St. Tammany coroner-elect Dr. Christopher Tape not to take office, after a WWL-TV investigation found Tape was arrested on child sexual assault charges in New Mexico in 2001. The charges were dropped because he didn’t receive a speedy trial but Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says Tape was never proven innocent either…

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Tape told WWL-TV his experience of being accused of child sexual assault makes him a good person to lead the sexual assault response team because he knows what a false accusation is like.

Tape ran unopposed and was officially elected in October. Mizell says if Tape does not resign, the Northshore delegation would support a recall petition to keep him from taking office next month.

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According to WWL-TV court records show Tape admitted to Albuquerque police in 2001 that he spanked and then rubbed the bare bottom of his girlfriend’s seven-year-old daughter. Tape told investigators he was disciplining the child and denied molesting her.

Tape reportedly has only been living in St. Tammany Parish for about a year and Mizell says she and other lawmakers were caught completely off-guard with news of his previous charges.

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WWL-TV quoted recent court records in Lafayette Parish where Tape paid an undisclosed amount in a 2022 civil settlement  young woman who worked for him at the private autopsy firm he ran there after she accused him of unwanted advances. 


The college baseball season begins tomorrow and this will be the last for legendary Louisiana Tech broadcaster Dave Nitz. His first Tech broadcast was 50 years ago in the Spring of 1974. Nitz also called football and basketball games for Tech until 2022…

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The 80-year-old Nitz grew up in West Virginia listening to major league baseball games on radio. He says baseball was always his first love…

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Nitz was inducted into the La Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. Nitz will just broadcast the home games in his final season as the Voice of Louisiana Tech baseball…

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For the second year in a row, Ira and Margery Milan, married for 82 years, are recognized by the Louisiana Family Forum as Louisiana’s Longest Married Couple. Teiko Foxx has more on the loving couple.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana has decided not to move forward with a proposed sale to Elevance Health. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A New Orleans couple is being recognized for the second year in a row, as Louisiana’s Longest Married Couple by the Louisiana Family Forum. Ira and Margery Milan of New Orleans have been married for 82 years. President Gene Mills says the Milan’s story is one of love, faith, and joy.

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Ira and Margery are both over 100 years old. Ira, a World War II veteran, served in the Philippines. The Milan’s have a large loving family including eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mills says music has been a major component of their marriage.

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In addition to the Milan’s, the Family Forum is also recognizing three couples who were married 77 years: Burl and Mary Clark of Jena, Lloyd and Audrey Schroeder of Jefferson, and Leland and Gussie Lacaze of Robeline.

Mills says it’s important to recognize couples who have long lasting marriages.

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The Milan’s will be inducted in the Marriage Hall of Fame and will be joined by the top ten runners up.


Willis Knighton Health System is celebrating its 100th birthday and marking the occasion with a new name, image, and renewed commitment to northwest Louisiana. President and CEO Jaf Fielder says the facility was originally known as the Tri-State Sanitarium in 1924. It was a small suburban hospital on the outskirts of Shreveport.

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Fielder says the word system implies a building and he says they are much more than a facility, so their new name is Willis-Knighton Health.

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Fielder says they are keeping the WK logo because it’s one of the strongest known monikers in northwest Louisiana, but it will get a slight makeover, with a modern and sleek font.

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In 2023, Willis Knighton Health was ranked the number one hospital in the state by Newsweek magazine.


The proposed sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to Elevance Health is off. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple says his office received word last night from Blue Cross that it decided to withdraw its plan to merge with Elevance

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Temple’s office scheduled a two-day public hearing on the proposed sale, but it was canceled before it started this morning.

Temple’s approval was needed for the sale to go through. The commissioner says he received a lot of public input on the proposed transaction

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UNO Department of Economic and Finances Chair Walter Lane says there was a lot of resistance to the proposed sale because Blue Cross failed to explain why as a non-profit it’s necessary to merge with a for profit company

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This is the second time Blue Cross has decided not to move forward with a merger with Elevance. Blue Cross CEO Steve Udvarheyli (Ood-ver-high) told lawmakers he’s concerned about the future of Blue Cross, because health care costs are rising faster than the premiums it charges. Lane says it’s a legitimate concern and it’s why they need a partner

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Cupid is doing his part to stimulate the economy this Valentine’s Day. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Lenten season starts today and there should be plenty of seafood in the Bayou State for Catholics who have to ditch meat. Teiko Foxx has more…

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The Louisiana Department of Insurance holds a two-day hearing starting today on the controversial proposed sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to Elevance Health of Indiana. Brooke Thorington has more…

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Love is in the air and it’s making a dent in the economy with a record $25.8 billion expected to be spent on Valentine’s gifts this year. That’s according to the National Retail Federation and Vice President of Consumer Insights Katherine Cullen that’s the third highest among in their survey’s history.

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That’s $14.2 billion expected to be spent on significant others.

Consumers plan to spend on average $186 for Valentine’s Day this year, that’s up almost $8 more than the average spending over the last five years.

Cullen says lovers will be spending the most on jewelry or an evening out.

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And the age group that plans to celebrate more than any other age group, Cupid says it’s ages 25 to 34, or 62-percent of consumers.

And it’s not just cards, flowers, and jewelry, Cullen says about a third of consumers plan to gift an experience to their special someone.

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And the NRF says among those not celebrating Valentine’s Day, 29% still plan to mark the occasion by either treating themselves to something special or planning a get-together with other single friends or family members.


Today is the first day of Lent season for the Catholic community and that means steering clear of red meat and consuming more seafood. Owner of Harlon’s LA Fish in Kenner Harlon Pearce says the 2024 crawfish season is not going to be great in terms of supply and prices due to last years drought.

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Many Louisiana crawfish farmers produced zero crawfish, while others did not have quite an average production due to the drought.

For Catholics, tonight’s dinner is probably going to consist of some kind of seafood on a plate, and Pearce says there does not seem to be a limited supply of seafood choices such as crabs, oysters, and shrimp. He says fish is also a great choice during Lent.

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With more than 13 hundred crawfish farmers, Louisiana leads the nation in crawfish production, supplying 100 to 120 million pounds per year, according to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.

When it comes to crawfish, Pearce says give it a couple of months, there are promising signs of more crawfish that may be ready between March and May. But if you’re planning an Easter crawfish boil…

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A two-day public hearing gets underway today on the proposed sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to Elevance Health of Indiana. Several state lawmakers are concerned this could be a bad deal for Blue Cross’s one-point-nine million policyholders.  Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Patrick McMath says Elevance Health has a troubled history…

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But Elevance Health says Louisiana ranks dead last in almost every public measure in healthcare. They say the acquisition will lead to more affordable care, a better overall experience, and improved health outcomes. Elevance Health says its resources can also bring better technology. But Shreveport Senator Thomas Pressly is skeptical…

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For the sale to go through, two-thirds of 95-thousand Blue Cross policyholders must approve and it also needs Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple’s approval. McMath believes the proposed sale is not good and it needs to be stopped…

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The public can watch the hearing at the Department of Insurance’s website and L-D-I’s YouTube channel.


After the feasting and celebrating of Mardi Gras comes Ash Wednesday — the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. LSU Professor of Religious Studies, Michael Pasquier (Pass kay) says it’s the Christian holy season leading up to Easter…

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Pasquier (Pass kay) says Many people will give up something like sweets or alcohol and reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus during Lent as they anticipate celebrating His resurrection on Easter…

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While many give up things like sugar or dining out, Pasquier (Pass kay) says others will use the season of Lent to focus on others rather than their own suffering…

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