LRN PM Newscall May 12

A legislative effort to stop a rule requiring students 16 and older from needing to show proof of a COVID vaccine in order to attend is defeated in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A study from the National Oceanic at Atmospheric Administration says there’s a potential link in the decline of air pollution to the increase in the number of hurricanes. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (33) …I’m Brooke Thorington.”  

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Students 16 and older will likely be required to show proof of a COVID vaccination to attend school this fall. A House resolution preventing that rule from going into effect was rejected by a Senate committee. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau voted against the effort to block the rule because parents can submit a written exemption…

Cut 3 (08) “…clearly is.”

House and Welfare Chairman Larry Bagley says most parents are not aware of the opt-out provisions.  Louisiana Solicitor General Elizabeth Murrill testified in favor of Bagley’s resolution and she says L-D-H is not doing the state a good service by pressing this vaccine on children…

Cut 4  (12) “…indefinitely.”

Murrill says her son ended up in the ICU with myocarditis after receiving a second Pfizer COVID vaccine. Numerous people testified that schools should not have the COVID vaccine on the list of required shots. But Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow, who lost her husband to COVID in December of 2020, feels differently…

Cut 5  (09) “..differently.”

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted against Bagley’s resolution on a four to three vote.

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Congresswoman Julia Letlow has been chosen to fill an empty seat on the House Committee on Appropriations. The committee is responsible for funding the Federal government’s vital programs. Letlow says it’s an honor to be chosen for such a powerful committee and to help the Bayou State.

Cut 6  (08) “…needs.” 

Letlow says the committee seat will help her fulfill campaign promises for her district, which include increasing broadband access to rural areas of the state and supporting the needs of Louisiana farmers.

Cut 7 (09) “…right now.” 

Letlow, a former teacher, says the appointment will allow her the ability to see that education is properly funded. While teaching she says she’s witnessed firsthand how education can take someone from poverty to prosperity.

Cut 8 (11) “…school choice.” 

Letlow is the first Louisianan to serve on House Appropriations since 2013.

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A NOAA study says there’s a potential link in the decline of air pollution to the increase in the number of hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim says efforts in North America and Europe to improve the environment have shown a surge in Atlantic hurricanes.

Cut 9 (12) “…really interesting.”

Keim says the logic behind these findings is due to particulate pollution. He says pollution blocks out the sun’s rays and off of the heavily polluted Asian coast it leads to cooler sea surface temperatures and as a result fewer typhoons. But in contrast closer to home…

Cut 10 (11) ” …in hurricanes.” 

Environmental efforts in the US have decreased pollution by about 50-percent which Keim says has created a much cleaner and more transparent atmosphere allowing the sun to heat sea surface temperatures.

Cut 11 (10)  “…decades.” 

While Keim expects the research to be heavily scrutinized and says there’s a tradeoff by having a cleaner environment which helps reduce lung disease and environmental cancers.

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A bill that would let Louisiana colleges and boosters of their athletic programs pay student-athletes as part of name, image and likeness deals continues to advance through the Louisiana legislator. Marrero Senator Patrick Connick is the author of the proposal and got the bill through the House Education Committee

Cut 12 (06) “…,state law.”  

The head of LSU’s NIL department Taylor Jacobs says the intent of this legislation is not to allow a booster organization to pay a student-athlete as a recruiting inducement

Cut 13 ( 08) “…image & likeness deal.”

The NCAA says it will begin to enforce what is known as pay for play payment arrangements, which have been used to get recruits to sign at a school. The NCAA says it will begin enforcing these type of arrangements and UL System President Jim Hightower says this legislation is not in violation of NCAA policy…

Cut 14 (12)  “…a student athlete bill.”

LRN AM Newscall May 12

The full House is set to debate a bill that would consider an abortion an act of murder and send mothers who have one to prison. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

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Due to a nationwide shortage of infant formula, the Louisiana Department of Health issues advice for parents. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (35) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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LDH takes a major step forward in addressing the state’s opioid crisis with expanded treatment services. David Grubb has the story…

Cut 3 (35) “…I’m David Grubb.” 

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A bill that would consider an abortion an act of murder is scheduled for debate today on the House floor. House Bill 813 would punish women who have the procedures, and doctors who perform them, with prison time. Oil City Republican Rep. Danny McCormick says his bill seeks to put abortion on the same level as infanticide…:

Cut 4 (10)  “…that’s my goal.”

McCormick’s bill is scheduled for full House debate today. He says his bill is not about putting doctors and mothers in jail…:

Cut 5 (07) “…protection of the child.”

Speaking Wednesday to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club, Governor John Bel Edwards said he doesn’t often come out on a bill before lawmakers have had their votes, but he worries HB813 won’t survive any possible legal challenge…:

Cut 6 (13)  “…with that bill.”

The governor indicates he’d use the veto pen, should McCormick’s bill reach final passage.

Cut 7 (07) “…off my desk.”

McCormick’s HB813 is scheduled for House floor debate today.

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The nationwide shortage of infant formula has parents of newborns looking for options and guidance. Director of Nutrition Services at the Louisiana Department of Health Jennifer Nicklas is advising families to shop at different stores if they are having difficulty finding formula.

Cut 8 (09)  “…give up.”

A recall of formula made by Abbott at their Michigan plant along with supply chain issues has only exacerbated the formula shortage. Nicklas also suggests asking friends and family to help you search for formula and for WIC clients the list of approved formula substitutions has been expanded.

Cut 9 (08)  “…substitutions.”

For a list of substitutions and other retailers who accept SNAP benefits the Louisiana Department of Health’s website.

Nicklas acknowledges it’s a frustrating situation for parents. She says switching to another formula could cause discomfort for an infant’s digestive system for several days. Nicklas says however do not water down formula in an attempt to make it last longer. Do not attempt to make your own formula, and never…

Cut 10 (08) “…breast milk.”

Nicklas says also never purchase expired formula or products that have been punctured or damaged.

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As part of the ongoing effort to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic, the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Behavioral Health is offering extended hours and treatment services in the Northwest and Northshore regions of the state. Traci Perry, the opioid treatment authority at OBH says the goal is to get services to the areas where they’re needed most.

Cut  11 (12)  “…life-saving services.”  

Access is one of the largest barriers for people trying to break the cycle of addiction. The OBH clinics will provide comprehensive services on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis. Perry says it takes a combination of medication and evidence-based treatment to keep patients on the right track.

Cut 12 (11) “…stay in recovery.” 

Services are already available at Behavioral Health Group in Shreveport and are expected to be up and running at BayMark Programs North Shore in Hammond in June. Perry says those two regions were chosen based on data collected by the state’s prescription monitoring program, though OBH expects to expand the program in the future.

Cut 13 (11) “…be empowered.”

The program is funded by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and through the Louisiana State Opioid Response 2.0 Grant.

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A Senate bill requiring public schools to adopt policies by the end of the year regarding cameras to be installed in Louisiana special education classrooms advances from House Education.  Sandra Guichard, a mother of two special needs children says she placed a recorder on her daughter when she suspected she was being abused at school.

Cut 14 (10)  “…her face.”

The bill requires policies to be in place by December 31, 2022, for about 9,000 once funds are available. The cameras will cost an estimated $6-million.

Jennifer Carignan, President of Louisiana Save Our Schools says she’s talked with several parents of special needs children and heard horror stories of abuse in the classroom. She begged lawmakers to find funding and to hold schools accountable for installing cameras in the classroom.

Cut 15 (08)  “…to help them.”

Jody Rollins, whose son is nonverbal with severe autism, implored lawmakers to remove any obstacles school districts have to install cameras. She says it’s as if education is lawless and they are not forced to follow policies set forth by lawmakers.

Cut 16 (11)  “…good feeling.”

The bill advances to the House floor for final passage.

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The national rankings are all over the place when it comes to LSU, but D1-Baseball-dot-com has the Tigers projected as an 11-seed and hosting a regional in the upcoming NCAA tournament. Editor Kendall Rogers says though LSU is flawed he still likes the Tigers’ chances in the postseason.

Cut 17 (20) “ …stock on that.” 

Pitching remains the biggest question mark for the Tigers, as it has been since the start of the season. Though Ma’Khail Hilliard has delivered, LSU doesn’t have a consistent number two. Rogers says there are ways to work around that.

Cut 18 (20) “ …it pans out.” 

Rogers believes that one of LSU’s biggest advantages isn’t on the field. He says Coach Jay Johnson brings one of the best offensive minds in the game into the dugout every night, and he could be a difference in the postseason.

Cut 19 (19) _“…in-game adjustments.”    ___________________________________________

LRN PM Newscall May 11

The House committee looking into the fatal arrest of Ronald Greene charges former State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves with contempt for failing to turn over his personal journals. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A Monroe woman accused of killing two passengers after fleeing from police, including her own child, is now in custody. David Grubb has more…

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A bill that attempts to deter juvenile crime and foster more parental involvement is closer to final legislative passage. New Orleans Senator Jimmy Harris’ says after a juvenile offender is convicted, his bill calls for the juvenile along with their parents or caretakers to be involved in the court-approved rehabilitation and…

Cut 3 (10) “…restitution.”

Senate Bill 370 passed unanimously in the Senate and is awaiting a House vote after it advanced from the House Criminal Justice Committee. Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo says the bill is a way to decrease the recent growth of juvenile crime.

Cut 4  (11) “…trying to do.”

Harris says the New Orleans carjacking by juveniles in which the victim died after her arm was severed has prompted juvenile crime legislation. Present law allows the judge to impose school attendance, community service, medical or psychological treatment, restrict driving privileges, prohibit possession of a firearm, and monthly supervision fees if a minor is found guilty.

Cut 5  (09) “…to the child.”

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The House Committee investigating the death of Ronald Greene voted to hold former State Police leader Colonel Kevin Reeves in contempt for refusing to turn over journals while he was superintendent. Houma Representative Tanner Magee says Reeves’ attorney has agreed to turn over some of the pages, but not all of the written notes

Cut 6  (10) “…contention” 

Reeves’ attorney, Lewis Unglesby, says a lot of the information contained in the journals does not have anything to do with the Greene case and investigation. But Kenner Representative Debbie Villio says it’s best they can get all of the journals without redaction

Cut 7 (11) “…should be produced” 

Magee also recommends that the House impose a civil fine of five thousand dollars against Reeves…

Cut 8 (08) “…contempt.” 

The House Governmental Affairs Committee and the full House will vote on the motion to hold Reeves in contempt. If they do, that means the state legislature can seek court action to get Reeves to turn over the journals unredacted.

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The driver in a fatal accident that took two lives, including her five-week-old child, in Monroe Monday night, has been arrested. Monroe Police Sgt. Mike Fendall says officers responded to a theft at a Walmart and it turned into a high-speed chase, which ended in a crash. When officers arrived at the scene, they found one passenger critically injured…

Cut 9 (12) “…at the hospital.”

While police tended to the injured, Candace Gill took off, leaving the scene on foot, abandoning her child in the process. Just before 11 pm on Tuesday, Monroe Police received a tip on Gill’s location. Officers headed to an apartment complex in West Monroe where Gill was arrested without incident.

Cut 10 (08) ” ….negligent injury.” 

The adult passenger who died at the scene has not yet been identified but is believed to have been Gill’s boyfriend. This isn’t the 38-year-old Gill’s first brush with the law, said Sgt. Fendall, but it has become the most tragic, with two lives now lost.

Cut 11 (09)  “…as well.” 

In a sadly ironic, twist. Gill is accused of stealing items for the child, setting the tragic chain of events in motion.

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The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote today on a bill to codify abortion rights in federal law, but it apparently lacks the needed votes to pass. Among the Republican Senate members who say they will down-vote the bill is Louisiana’s senator Bill Cassidy. He says Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pushing for a vote, but Cassidy has concerns…:

Cut 12 (10) “…,moment of birth.”  

Named the Women’s Health Protection Act, the measure would set Roe versus Wade into law, while banning some states’ restrictions on having the procedure; like waiting periods, mandatory doctor consultations and more. Cassidy – who is a medical doctor – says he cannot get past the bill allowing for pregnancies to be terminated right up to the last week…:

Cut 13 (13) “…outside the womb.”

Cassidy says he and his fellow 49 other Senate Republicans will vote to kill the bill…:

Cut 14 (12)  “…against it again.”

West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin says he will also vote against the bill. It needs 560 votes to pass and appears destined to be defeated.

LRN PM Newscall May 10

Louisiana is experiencing good fiscal times now and the Louisiana House votes for a proposal to help the next legislature deal with the loss of a temporary sales tax. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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CLECO customers might be eligible for a discount on their utility bills during the hot summer months. David Grubb has more…

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The Louisiana House backs a proposal that will phase out a temporary sales tax that’s set to expire in 2025. The tax generates over 400-million dollars in revenues a year and Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala’s bill will begin the phase-out in 2023 so the state doesn’t face a fiscal cliff in 2025…

Cut 3 (11) “…appropriate word.”

Democrats are concerned the legislation will result in budget cuts. Shreveport Representative Sam Jenkins believes the Legislature should wait until next year’s fiscal session to discuss this temporary sales tax…

Cut 4  (09) “…be cut”

Despite Jenkins’ objection, the bill passed on a 67-40 vote in the House.  Bacala says this temporary sales tax is set to expire in June 2025 and 2023 is the time to start reducing the sales tax, so budget planners face a soft landing instead of a fiscal cliff…

Cut 5  (08) “…long-term”

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Gas prices are up, and with temperatures on the rise, utility bills will be soaring throughout the summer months. To help provide some relief, CLECO is spreading the word about its Cleco Alternative Rate for Electricity discount program for eligible low-income families. Here’s spokesperson Fran Phoenix…

Cut 6  (11) “…assistance program.” 

If eligible, the discount is applied to the customer’s bills for July, August, and September. Phoenix says to receive the discount, customers must enroll before May 30 through their local community action agency.

Cut 7 (11) “…started breathing again.” 

A list of those agencies is available on the Louisiana Housing Corporation website, l-h-c-dot-la-dot-gov.

The CARE program has been in place for eight years, and more than five thousand eligible customers took advantage last year. If you meet the guidelines for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP, you automatically qualify for these savings during the hottest months of the year.

Cut 8 (08) “…that discount.” 

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Optimism among small businesses continues to decline. According to the April survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, small business owners who are expecting better conditions over the next six months decreased by one point. State Director Dawn McVea says in their 48-year history of the survey…

Cut 9 (07) “…will improve.”

It’s the fourth consecutive month that optimism has declined among independent business owners. McVea says the driving factor for the net negative 50-percent outlook for the future is record inflation.

Cut 10 (07) ” ….operating right now.” 

McVea says ongoing supply chain issues, rising fuel costs, and inflation continue to compound earnings among small business owners. She says 70-percent of independent businesses have had to raise prices.

Cut 11 (10)  “…on record.” 

Another reason small businesses are having to increase prices, McVea says is due to having to pay more in wages. And 93-percent of those surveyed report few or no qualified applicants for positions they were trying to fill.

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Senator Bill Cassidy introduces a bill to reauthorize the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 that provides crucial programs to improve the nation’s mental health infrastructure. Cassidy says current legislation is set to expire in September and the new bill also focuses on mental health programs for children.

Cut 12 (10) “…support children.”  

Cassidy says the 2022 Reauthorization Act not only provides mental health services for children in schools but also for those who find themselves in juvenile detention centers. He says some teens are denied services while they await sentencing.

Cut 13 (10) “…might be.”

Since the Reform Act of 2016, Cassidy says the pandemic has only worsened the mental health of Americans of all ages, particularly children with school closings and disruptions in academic and social development.

Cut 14 (10)  “…a stretch.”

Cassidy and Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Murphy introduced the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 and again joined forces for the Reauthorization Act of 2022.

LRN PM Newscall May 9

Louisiana lawmakers will have more money to spend as the state continues to report better than expected revenues. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A Wildlife and Fisheries agent rescues nine from a capsized boat this weekend and saves the life of a young girl…David Grubb has the story.

Cut 2 (35)…I’m David Grubb.”  

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The Revenue Estimating Conference increased income projections for this fiscal year by 350-million dollars today, giving state lawmakers additional money to spend. Economists are reporting better-than-expected tax collections from sales and personal income taxes. Chief legislative economist Deborah Vivien

Cut 3 (10) “…approaching it.”

The Revenue Estimating Conference is also increasing revenues for the fiscal year that starts July 1st by more than 100 million dollars. Viven expects spending will drop off in 2023

Cut 4  (09) “…economic influences.”

Administration economist Manfred Dix says the state is having a good year when it comes to better than expected revenues. He wonders if it could last beyond this calendar year…

Cut 5  (11) “…fiscal year”

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Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sgt. Stephen Rhodes was patrolling the beach at Grand Isle Saturday when he noticed a boat taking on water before capsizing. After getting help from some nearby beachgoers, Rhodes sprang into action said spokesperson Adam Einck…

Cut 6  (12) “…still in the water.” 

Rhodes was able to find and resuscitate the girl, and she was transported to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Saturday afternoon, while patrolling along the beach at Grand Isle, Sgt. Stephen Rhodes saw a boat capsizing. Rhodes was able to get eight people into his patrol vessel when he was told a young girl was still missing. LDWF spokesman Adam Einck says Rhodes then dove into the water to locate the girl.

Cut 7 (11) “…started breathing again.” 

Once everyone was on board, Sgt. Rhodes brought the people to the Bridgeside Marina. EMS crews were standing by, and they were able to stabilize the girl before airlifting her to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. She is expected to make a full recovery. Einck says Rhodes did everything right, but couldn’t have been the hero without assistance from people nearby.

Cut 8 (08) “…as well.” 

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The statewide average for a regular gallon of gasoline has reached four dollars again. Triple-A fuel analyst Don Redman says prices at the pump have jumped 13-cents since last Monday to reflect last week’s ten-percent increase in crude oil prices

Cut 9 (09) “…crude.”

After hitting a record high of $4.15 a gallon on March 11th, gas prices went down to about $3.85. But they shot up last week and Redman says four-dollar a gallon gasoline is not going away…

Cut 10 (09) ” ….near term” 

OPEC is not ready to boost the production of crude oil because China is weighing down the demand because of COVID lockdowns in that country. Redman says AAA expects oil prices to remain above 105-dollars a barrel as the supply remains tight and could get tighter later this summer

Cut 11 (10)  “…prices.” 

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One of Louisiana’s strongest pro-life lobbies comes out AGAINST a bill that would make having or performing an abortion punishable with prison time. Caddo Parish Representative Danny McCormick’s bill would define a procedure to terminate a pregnancy as murder. Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills says it’s unneeded because the state already has a trigger bill that will render abortions illegal, should the Supreme Court overturn Roe versus Wade…:

Cut 12 (10) “…favorable Dobbs opinion.”  

Last week’s leaked Justice Alito opinion draft references the case of Dobbs versus Jackson Women’s Health, of Jackson Mississippi, and indicates a majority of justices support upholding it and returning control of abortion law to the states. Mill says McCormick’s bill has some “language problems” and needlessly punishes the mother…:

Cut 13 (11) “…trying to accomplish.”

McCormick’s bill, HB813, has cleared a House committee and is scheduled for floor debate Thursday. Mills says Louisiana Family Forum does not support the bill and feels the U.S. Supreme Court WILL toss “Roe” soon. He says when that happens, the state and private sector need to be ready to step up for expectant mothers…:

Cut 14 (14)  “…or chemical abortions.”

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LRN AM Newscall May 9

Ochsner Baton Rouge becomes the first hospital in the region to utilize what could be a breakthrough in pacemaker technology. Here’s David Grubb…

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New data from the state Department of Health indicates fewer pregnant women are needing cesarean sections for the delivery of their babies. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.” 

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The state’s anti-abortion leading group has come out in opposition of a bill that will make abortion illegal in Louisiana and charge women with murder if they terminate a pregnancy. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Ochsner Clinic started Louisiana’s first regional cardiac electrophysiology program in the mid-80s. Now, the clinic adds to its resume as a leader in the field by completing the region’s first heart pacemaker procedure utilizing the WiSE CRT System. Here’s Dr. Freddy Abi-Samra…

Cut 4 (09)  “…through the veins.”

The system is a leadless device that corrects the heart’s rhythm without having to attach wires to the heart’s muscles. Dr. Abi-Samra says the technology benefits those who aren’t a match for the standard procedure.

Cut 5 (09) “…use this technology.”

The WiSE CRT System is a complement to standard pacemakers, not a replacement. Dr. Abi-Samra says the ultimate goal is to perform one procedure to avoid having to do something far more invasive later on.

Cut 6 (11)  “…for transplant.”

For more information visit Ochsner-dot-org.

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The state Department of Health reports fewer women in Louisiana are having to resort to a cesarean section delivery of their babies. Numbers from the calendar year 2021, compiled by the LDH Safe Births Initiative, show c-sections fell to 28.5-percent of all deliveries; down from 33-percent the year before. Medical Director Dr. Veronica Gillespie-Bell says this data bucks a national trend…:

Cut 7 (13) “…without maternal benefit.”

LDH says cesarean births are often life-saving procedures, however they should be the exception and not the rule. Dr. Gillespie-Bell says until recently doctors would make the call on performing C-sections based on old recommended medical standards for pregnancy and birth…:

Cut 8 (10)  “…at six centimeters.”

Gillespie-Bell says waiting until a woman is more dilated increases the ability to have a normal, natural delivery. She says not all doctors are practicing this yet, but the lower numbers of C-sections performed indicates new standards are taking hold…:

Cut 9 (08)  “…newer recommendations..”

She says it’s hoped we’ll see even lower numbers of cesarean births in the future. _______________________________________

The state’s top anti-abortion group has announced its opposition to a House bill that would charge a pregnant mother with murder if she has an abortion. Louisiana Right to Life executive director Benjamin Clapper says the legislation is inconsistent with one of their long-standing policies

Cut 10 (06) “…as a criminal”

Oil City Representative Danny McCormick’s measure would make abortions illegal in Louisiana and also charge anyone involved in the abortion with a homicide. It’s scheduled for a House floor debate on Thursday. Clapper says House Bill 813 is also not needed because of a 2006 law that will ban abortions once the Supreme Court overturns Roe versus Wade

Cut  11 (12)  “…from abortion.”  

McCormick told the USA Today Network that if you believe abortion is murder then we must call it that. But Clapper says abortion-vulnerable women should not be treated as criminals

Cut 12 (10) “…the abortion” 

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Get for a week of unusually high temperatures across the state. Meteorologist John Wetherbee says it is going to be a scorcher.

Cut 13 (08) “…lot of records.”

After some cool breezes and rain this past week, the weather takes an abrupt change of course. Wetherbee suggests staying indoors, staying hydrated, and checking on neighbors who may not have air-conditioning.

Cut 14 (10)  “…heat smart.”

The hot weather plans to stick around through the week with temperatures settling in the 90s into the weekend. But relief is coming if we can make it there, says Wetherbee.

Cut 15 (08)  “…ten days.”

LRN PM Newscall May 6

A bill to ban corporal punishment in public schools fails to pass in the Louisiana House by two votes. Michelle Southern has the story…

Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Michelle Southern.”

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Thinking about bringing Mom breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day? A new study suggests it might be better to skip the scrambled eggs and instead, let Mom sleep in. David Grubb has more…

Cut 2 (35)…I’m David Grubb.”  

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Southeastern Louisiana University Police arrested a 19-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, who allegedly abducted and raped a student at gunpoint. S-L-U Police Chief Michael Beckner says Demetris Harris was trolling campus before he abducted his victim from a parking lot on the edge of campus…

Cut 3 (08) “…random attack.”

Harris was arrested yesterday afternoon at an apartment in Hammond. Beckner says they believe he just moved to the area with a  relative. The suspect is not a student.

Beckner says the attack took place yesterday morning after the student pulled into a campus parking lot…

Cut 4  (06) “…gunpoint.”

Beckner says through the help of surveillance video they released a picture of the suspect’s vehicle and their license plate number. He says they made an arrest four hours after receiving a report about a sexual assault on campus…

Cut 5  (06) “…apartment complex.”

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A proposal to ban corporal punishment in public schools failed to pass the House by two votes. Oil City Republican Danny McCormick is among the opponents of the legislation. He says it’s a parental rights issue

Cut 6  (08) “…the bill.” 

The bill received 51 “yes” votes but it needs 53 votes to pass the House. It can come up for a vote again in the House. A similar measure failed to get House approval last year.

Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says he supports the bill because a principal in Rapides Parish is facing charges for a spanking that allegedly got out of hand

Cut 7 (09) “…state now.” 

But Stonewall Representative Larry Bagley says schools should make the decision on whether corporal punishment should be allowed, not the state…

Cut 8 (11) “..wrong signals” 

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You may be thinking about bringing Mom breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day, but a  study by the American Academy of Neurology suggests it might be better to skip the scrambled eggs and instead, let Mom sleep in. Data shows women are sleeping less and less each year. Dr. Kevin Stephens, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare-Louisiana, says a lack of sleep can have a direct impact on Mom’s mood.

Cut 9 (07) “…be angry.”

Women typically take on most of the household responsibilities, usually to their detriment. Aside from the negative impacts on the mind, a lack of sleep can do a number on your physical health as well. Dr. Stephens says more sleep means less body fat and a lower risk of diabetes or hypertension.

Cut 10 (11) ” ….and your appetite.” 

Dr. Stephens says there are no shortcuts to getting good rest. He suggests a regular sleep schedule, eliminating caffeine and alcohol before bed, and shutting off all electronic devices. Another hour or two under the covers can make a world of difference.

Cut 11 (11)  “…absolutely necessary.” 

Adults need seven or more hours of sleep each night. Children need a minimum of eight hours every night.

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Entergy says it will create its expanded customer service call center in West Monroe. The company will build out existing commercial property to accommodate 170 new customer care representatives. Entergy spokesperson Yovanka Daniel says the announcement is good news for the regional economy…:

Cut 12 (10) “…seamless and positive.”  

The additional employees will help Entergy provide faster and better customer service, and will be most helpful during disasters, as the company plays a key role in emergency response and recovery. Daniel says people seeking a good entry-level position should take note…:

Cut 13 (08) “…end of the summer.”

West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell says she’s “thrilled” with Entergy’s announcement. Governor John Bel Edwards says it “demonstrates a strong commitment to communicating with its 1-million Louisiana customers. Daniel says hiring for the expanded customer call center will begin soon, and has a tip for anyone interested in applying…:

Cut 14 (06)  “…available jobs.”

More information can be found at entergy-louisiana.com

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LRN AM Newscall May 6

With just one month left to go in the 2022 Legislative Session, what have lawmakers accomplished and what is left to do? Kevin Gallagher reports…:

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The full House has approved a measure that would require third-graders to pass a literacy test before advancing to the fourth grade. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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As college baseball’s regular season nears its end, some Louisiana teams are jockeying for postseason positions. David Grubb has the latest on who could be headed where…

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The 2022 legislative regular session ends one month from today. With just a few weeks left to go, what’s been accomplished? Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says a big achievement is lawmakers and the governor working in a bipartisan fashion to make optimal use of a huge budget surplus…:

Cut 4 (11)  “…increases in taxes.”

The state budget comes in at over $38-billion, but fully funds higher education, TOPs grants and budgets teachers and school worker pay raises. A sticking point in the spending plan is setting aside $500-million in federal disaster and pandemic money to build a new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge. Pinsonat says those opposed are mostly from poorer and more remote areas…:

Cut 5 (09) “…any kind of money.”

With a month to go, there are still some hot-button social issues to be decided; like expanding medical marijuana laws, cracking down on speeders using cameras and a controversial ban on transgender athletes competing in women’s sports. Pinsonat says the same bill passed last year and was vetoed by Governor Edwards. A veto override attempt failed. This year’s trans ban is headed for final passage, and Pinsonat says Edwards may want to consider doing something different…:

Cut 6 (09)  “…it’s gonna hurt you.”

The legislature must adjourn by 6 pm on June 6th.

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, but while many families will celebrate with their loved ones, the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs is working to help those seniors who aren’t getting the care they deserve. Program manager Ebony Thomas-Phillips says all of us can play a role in ending elder abuse.

Cut 7 (11) “…us a call.”

Though her office receives more than five thousand calls annually about incidents of elder abuse, Thomas-Phillips says the problem is still underreported. Many people may not know how to identify an abused or neglected senior, because abuse takes different forms.

Cut 8 (10)  “…sometimes abandonment.”

Thomas-Phillips says it doesn’t take much to be an elder advocate, just compassion and a phone call. All reports are anonymous and could make a major difference in someone’s life.

Cut 9 (11)  “…do the rest.”

To report suspected abuse or neglect, call the EPS hotline at 833-577-6532 or 225-342-0144.

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The Louisiana House approves a bill that would keep third graders from advancing to the fourth grade if they perform well on a literacy test. Mandeville Representative Richard Nelson says his legislation is modeled after a similar law in Mississippi, which has helped boost reading proficiency…

Cut 10 (12) “…in Mississippi”

Nelson’s bill passed on an 83-12 vote. Black Democrats in the House make up all of the no votes. They expressed concern about holding a lot of students back. But Houma Representative Beryl Amedee says multiple efforts will be made to get a third grader’s reading to level where it should before it’s determined the student must repeat third grade

Cut  11 (08)  “…will be receiving.”  

Nelson says this legislation will help more than just students who struggle with reading

Cut 12 (12) “…because of this” 

The measure heads to the Senate for more consideration.

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A recount of the recent mayoral election in Pineville confirms Rich Dupree will be the Rapides Parish city’s new leader, by a margin of only five votes. Dupree tells LRN the race, the results and the ensuing recount demand have made for a pretty wild ride…:

Cut 13 (11) “…like it did.”

Challenger James Rachal requested an official recount, because Dupree only won by five votes. Both men were there for the recount and Dupree’s election was confirmed. No stranger to Pineville city government, Dupree spent years as Chief of Staff to former Mayor Clarence Fields, whose retirement begins in June…:

Cut 14 (12)  “…for our city.”

Dupree will take office July 1st. He says he’s excited for the future of Pineville and its many businesses and industries…:

Cut 15 (09)  “…is strong.”

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D-1-baseball-dot-com has its latest projections of the 64-team NCAA tournament field. Included among them are four Louisiana schools, with D1 predicting that McNeese and Louisiana Tech joining LSU in Baton Rouge for an opening regional. The Tigers have made a climb in the rankings as of late, and managing editor Kendall Rogers says they’re in position to host for the 27th time in program history.

Cut 16 (14)  “…they’re hosting.”

LSU’s offense has lived up to its billing this season, with the Tigers averaging almost eight runs per game. But Rogers says the key to their rise has been the improvement of the pitching staff. If they can get the consistency down the stretch, they could be a problem.

Cut 17 (16) “ …good enough.” 

Louisiana Tech is looking to make it back to the postseason for the second consecutive season. At 32-15, the Bulldogs are in the RPI top 40. Rogers says Tech’s experienced roster makes them the type of team that no one will want to face in the postseason.

Cut 18 (15) “ …upward right now.” 

Over in Lafayette, the Ragin Cajuns haven’t been to the tournament since 2015. D-1 has U-L 46th in the power rankings and heading to Hattiesburg for a regional. Their 25-17 record doesn’t jump off the page, but U-L has won 11 of its last 14 games, including six straight series in the Sun Belt.

Cut 19 (15) _“…some trouble.” 

The field of 64 will be announced May 30.

LRN PM Newscall May 5

A sheriff deputy seriously wounded during a rampage on law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge in 2016 has passed away at the age of 47. Jeff Palermo has more…

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Butch Browning is retiring as the state’s fire marshal and will become the new executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Michelle Southern has more…

Cut 2 (31)…I’m Michelle Southern”  

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After taking a slight dip, gasoline prices are getting higher once again, as the average price for a gallon of regular gas is up to three dollars and ninety-one cents. AAA spokesman Don Redman says a potential ban on Russian oil by the European Union would create a real tightening of the market, and today’s oil prices reflect that concern.

Cut 3 (10) “…prices upward.”

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer is just a few weeks away. It typically signals an increase of drivers on the roads, but Redman says demand for gas is down as drivers continue to adjust their habits to deal with high fuel costs. He expects prices to remain high throughout the summer.

Cut 4  (09) “…will shake out.”

Redman says oil prices are very much driven by the news of the day. OPEC deciding not to increase production and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine are problems enough on their own, but Redman reminds Louisianans of another major factor looming on the horizon…

Cut 5  (11) “…anytime soon.”

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Corporal Nick Tullier, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy shot multiple times in an ambush targeting law officers in July 2016, has died at the age of 47. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says he’s heartbroken over the passing of a true hero

Cut 6  (10) “…place now.” 

Authorities say Tullier was shot in the head, stomach, and shoulder by a gunman from Kansas City, Missouri who killed three other officers that day. Gautreaux says Tullier and fellow deputy, Sergeant Bruce Simmons, were drinking coffee that morning when they got the call of officers down…

Cut 7 (12) “…and Bruce.” 

Simmons was wounded but returned to work a year later. But Gautreaux says Tullier says beat all odds by living for nearly six years after the shooting when he was only given hours to live…

Cut 8 (11) “…the strength” 

Tullier’s family posted on social media earlier this week that Nick had developed an infection that was worsening and he needed prayers.

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Louisiana’s longest-serving state fire marshal is retiring. Butch Browning has accepted the position of executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals after serving 14 years as the state’s fire marshal. Browning says he’s proud of implementing higher safety standards for building and construction…

Cut 9 (11) “…very responsive agency”

State Fire Marshal Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Wallis has been named as Browning’s successor. Browning says Wallis will do a wonderful job…

Cut 10 (10) ” ….to the code” 

Browning is also credited with starting an Urban Search and Rescue program involving firefighters from around the state that are deployed when a disaster strikes…

Cut 11 (10)  “…a problem.” 

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Governor John Bel Edwards received his second COVID booster shot last night, which was his fourth COVID vaccine shot overall. Edwards is encouraging Louisiana residents to be up to date on their shots…

Cut 12 (14) “.wanes faster”  

The CDC says individuals 50 and over should receive a second COVID-19 booster if the first booter was at least four months ago.

The state health department reported over 500 new cases today, but hospitalizations remain low at 62. L-D-H also reported four more COVID deaths. Edwards says the state has reported over 17-thousand COVID fatalities….

Cut 13 (07) “…had none”

LRN AM Newscall May 5

A House committee approves a bill that would allow law enforcement to charge a mother who has an abortion with murder and also charge those who assist with the termination of the pregnancy. Jeff Palermo has more…

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Louisiana’s tourism industry apparently has made a healthy bounce back, after taking a huge hit from the COVID pandemic. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

Cut 2 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.” 

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The “Honey Badger” has come home. Tyrann Mathieu is officially a New Orleans Saint and he couldn’t be happier. David Grubb has more.

Cut 3 (34) “…I’m David Grubb.” 

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The House Criminal Justice Committee approves legislation that would make abortion a crime in Louisiana. Under Oil City Representative Danny McCormick’s proposal, the mother and those assisting in the termination of a pregnancy can be charged criminally…

Cut 4 (09)  “…not yet born.”

Executive Director of the Foundation to Abolish Abortion Bradley Pierce says medical and scientific research has determined that human life begins at the moment of fertilization.

Cut 5 (10) “…our lives.”

New Orleans Attorney Gwyneth O’Neil spoke in opposition. O’Neil called the legislation reckless and bad law. She says the way it’s written in vitro fertilization would be illegal…

Cut 6 (09)  “…negligent homicide.”

The proposed law also says any judge that attempts to overrule or void the proposed law shall be subject to impeachment or removal, which opponents say is unconstitutional. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala voted for the bill and admits the bill is probably unconstitutional, but it’s not the legislature’s responsibility to determine constitutionality…

Cut 7 (08) “…the courts”

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The state’s tourism industry appears to be recovering quickly from the COVID pandemic lockdowns and restrictions. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser oversees culture, recreation, and tourism in Louisiana, and says new data shows over 41-million people visited the Bayou State in 2021, which he feels is a good recovery from one of the worst events for tourism in recent history…:

Cut 8 (11)  “…coming out of COVID.”

Louisiana tourism hit a peak in 2019, with over 53-million visitors; whose spending generated near $2-billion in taxes for the state. He says to hit 41-million in a year while the pandemic was still technically going on is a serious accomplishment. Nungesser says, however, he wants to see visitors top 50-million again…:

Cut 9 (06)  “…in our toolbox to do that.”

Nungesser says having the “Louisiana: Feed Your Soul” float appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was a big boon to interest in visiting our state. In 2021, visits to the “LousianaTravel.com” website were up 162-percent from the previous year. Nungesser says, after two years of the pandemic, people are ready to get out and vacation again, and Louisiana is ready to welcome them…:

Cut 10 (10) “…coming back for more.”

Tourism is the state’s fourth-largest employer; supporting over a quarter-million jobs.

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River Ridge Senator Kirk Talbot’s bill that creates the crime of theft of a catalytic converter continues to move through the legislative process. The proposed law has been approved by the Senate and the House Criminal Justice Committee approved the measure too, despite objection from Chairman Joe Marino, who says it’s already illegal to steal…

Cut  11 (10)  “…are committing.”  

According to Talbot’s legislation, a person convicted of stealing a catalytic converter or engine control module that has a value over 25-thousand dollars, the offender could be sentenced to 10 to 20 years. Prairieville Representative and retired Ascension Sheriff’s deputy Tony Bacala says Louisiana needs this law…

Cut 12 (10) “…growing trend” 

Lafayette Representative Jonathan Goudeau made the motion to report the bill favorably…

Cut 13 (11) “…a problem.”

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The New Orleans Saints and safety Tyrann Mathieu made it official Wednesday, as the three-time All-Pro signed a reported three-year, $33-million contract to join the team. The “Honey Badger” says he’s still pinching himself…

Cut 14 (12)  “…take advantage of it.”

It’s been an incredible journey for the New Orleans native, who went from undiscovered gem to Heisman Finalist to being kicked off the LSU football team. Now, after nine successful seasons on and off the field, Mathieu likes who and where he is.

Cut 15 (10)  “…in my life.”

Mathieu is coming off another Pro Bowl season, and though he’s now entering his 30s, he says he still has plenty left in the tank.

Cut 16 (10)  “…some more.”

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