LRN AM Newscall for Monday April 27

The $22.9 million makeover of the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria begins today after numerous delays. Eric Gill reports…

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A bill to increase the state’s tax on cigarettes by $1.18 is expected to be debated today in the House Ways and Means Committee. Jeff Palermo has a preview…

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For homeowners looking at purchasing solar panels to reduce their utility costs. Jeff Palermo reports the attorney general’s office says do your homework first…

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The $22.9 million makeover of the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria begins today after numerous delays. The project is finally getting underway after voters approved a bond issue to renovate the facility two-and-a-half years ago. Rapides Police Jury President Richard Billings says everyone’s excited these changes are finally being made…

cut 4  (10) “what we want”

He says the coliseum last held an event over a year ago. Billings says, when complete, the venue will be practically brand new with renovations happening both outside and inside the building…

Cut 5  (10)  “for entertainers”

The renovations are expected to take 20 to 22 months to complete. Billings says he can’t wait for people to visit the new facility when construction is complete. He says renovations, so to speak, won’t stop with the building itself…

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Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott will be laid to rest today after his sudden death last week in a Baton Rouge hotel while on business at the Capitol. Preliminary findings reveal the 67-year-old died of previously diagnosed heart disease. Pete Adams is the Executive Director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association…:

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Caddo District Court proceedings are suspended today in honor of Scott’s funeral at the Broadmoor Baptist Church. Adams says Scott was the kind of person who was kind to everyone and didn’t have a mean bone in his body..:

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Scott was found by two employees in his office at the Lod Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU after he didn’t show up for breakfast. A special election for a new Caddo DA is expected to happen in conjunction with this fall’s gubernatorial race. The first assistant is currently the acting DA. Adams says Charles was a true leader in their organization.:

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The House Ways and Means Committee will consider this morning a bill that will raise the state’s cigarette tax from 36-cents per pack to $1.54 per pack, which is the national average. Stasha Rhodes, with the American Heart Association in Louisiana, says the measure has an excellent chance at passing, because of the state’s massive budget shortfall…

Cut 10 (06) “possible solution”

Rhodes says not only will an increase in the cigarette tax help the state’s budget situation now, it will result in fewer people smoking, which should result in cost savings in the future…

cut 11 (11) “15.4 million dollars”

The state is facing a one-point-six billion dollar budget shortfall. Rhodes says the cigarette tax increase under consideration today would generate 223-million dollars in new revenue for the state, which is why they think it has an excellent chance at passing…

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The Louisiana Attorney General’s office urges consumers to research the costs and benefits of solar panels before purchasing them. The director of the public protection division of the state’s A-G’s office, Sam Pleasant, says homeowners can be attracted by a promise of reduced energy costs from solar power systems, but sometimes there are some significant up front costs

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Pleasant says Attorney General Buddy Caldwell recommends that potential solar panel buyers should get at least three written proposals or price quotes and speak with people who have first-hand experience in purchasing them….

Cut 14 (10) “recoup savings”

Pleasant says they issued this alert now, because warmer weather prompts many consumers to look at ways to save money on utility bills. She says you can contact your utility provider to see if they’ll perform an energy efficiency audit of your home, which can determine if it’s even worth getting solar panels

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The Pelicans season is over after getting swept by Golden State in their four-game playoff series. Even though New Orleans didn’t win a game in the postseason, Anthony Davis showed he’s one of the top players in the league. Davis had 36 points and 11 rebounds in the series finale…

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Head Coacn Monty Williams believes Davis’ first experience in the playoffs will only fuel him to become a better player…

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LRN PM Newscall April 24

The LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection with a double homicide. Eric Gill reports…

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Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Olympic Gold medalist and reality TV star, will reportedly confirm to the world tonight that he is transgender. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection with a double homicide. 37-year-old Randy Eugene Waits has been arrested for the deaths of 19-year-old Kylie Duncan and 76-year-old Irma Cotton. Sheriff Scott Franklin says the incident took place Wednesday morning…

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Cotton was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Duncan was also shot in the head and her throat was cut. Franklin says there appears to be a connection between the suspect and one of the victims…

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He says Cotton was an innocent bystander and not the intended target. Waits was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail on two counts of first degree murder. Franklin wants to assure people that this is not a serial killer or mass murder situation…

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Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Olympic Gold medalist, is going to reportedly confirm to the world tonight that he is transgender. ABC will air an exclusive two-hour special with Diane Sawyer at 8pm. Matthew Patterson of Equality Louisiana says the 65-year-old Jenner is being amazingly courageous…:

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So far, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been publicly silent about his reported transition despite swirls of media frenzy. Patterson says after the interview airs, he hopes Jenner can live his life the way he wants to. He says discrimination against transgender people is unfortunately quite pervasive and severe…:

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There are also rumors circulating which indicate there will be a reality show to document Jenner’s journey. Patterson says he hopes this story will be educational and spur more acceptance among the public. He also hopes Jenner’s very public story will be an inspiration for other transgender people…:

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Ochsner Health System in New Orleans announces they are the first hospital in the country to use the new Apple Watch to manage patients suffering from chronic diseases. The Ochsner Hypertension Digital Medicine Program uses the watch to track patients who are struggling to control their blood pressure. Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Dr. Richard Milani…

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With the Apple Watch, patients can receive medication reminders, feedback from clinicians, activity tracking, and exercise reminders. Milani says about 40-percent of patients with chronic disease want a medication reminder…

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Milani says the fact that the watch is on your wrist, it will provide individuals with nudges and feedback in a timely fashion. He says the first seven weeks of the program have been very successful. Milani says over 40-percent of patients have their hypertension under control, compared to a usual care group of only one-percent…

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reports that there was a slight decline in the number of fatal motorcycle crashes in 2014. Eighty motorcycle riders were killed last year, a seven percent drop from 2013. The commission’s deputy director, Ken Trull, says they hope to reduce that number even more in 2015, but they need help from all motorists….

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Trull says helmets are helping to reduce motorcycle deaths. He says an observational study in 2014 found that 100-percent of motorcyclists wore a helmet…

cut 13 (08)  “turn signals”

Trull says a factor in motorcycle fatalities is impaired driving as one-third of Louisiana’s 2014 motorcycle deaths involved alcohol. He says motorcyclists should never ride impaired or distracted and try to make yourself more visible

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**Time Correction** AM Newscall, April 24th, 2015

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gets underway today. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign runs through April 30. Jeff Palermo has more…

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A bill by Gonzales state Representative Eddie Lambert would set a limit on the size of live crawfish that would be sold to people or restaurants. Scott Carwile reports…

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The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gets underway today. The lineup this first weekend includes headliners Keith Urban tonight, The Who tomorrow and Sunday it’s Jimmy Buffett on the Acura Stage. Festival producer Quint Davis says he’s excited about the music as usual, but he knows festers can’t get enough of the delicious Louisiana food…:

cut 4  (09) “when it’s open”

Other huge artists performing this weekend are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Irma Thomas, Ryan Adams, John Legend, Wilco, Jimmy Cliff, Wayne Toups and more. Davis says festival also offers gourmet food in a field on a paper plate for $10 and under…:

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There are chances for rain in the forecast for New Orleans mostly today and tomorrow, but Davis says that doesn’t stop the good times from rolling. He says last year’s Jazzfest was attend by over 400,000 people…:

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission begins their “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign today in an effort to get more pickup drivers to use their seat belts. Executive Director Lt. Col. John LeBlanc says even though Louisiana’s seat belt compliance rate rose to a record 84-percent in 2014, pickup truck drivers lag behind…

CUT 7 (06)  “been the lowest”

LeBlanc says less than 79-percent of pickup truck drivers are using seat belts, which is the lowest rate for all vehicles. He says because of a pickup’s tendency to roll over, it’s especially important for people to be restrained inside a truck…

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The campaign runs through April 30. LeBlanc says you can expect to see increased patrols to make sure you are buckled up, no matter what kind of vehicle you’re in. He says buckling up in a front seat passenger car is the best way to reduce your risk to fatal injury…

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A bill by Gonzales state Representative Eddie Lambert would set a limit on the size of live crawfish that would be sold to people or restaurants. The measure would make it illegal for vendors, farmers, and harvesters to sell crawfish that are smaller than three and a half inches for people to eat. Lambert says he’s heard complaints about small crawfish from both wholesalers and consumers…

Cut 10 (10) “you can’t tell”

There would be an allowance of up to five percent of undersized crawfish in each sack. He says crawfish is a multi-million dollar industry that basically has no standards. Lambert says for the crawfish meat industry, these undersized crawfish are just not economically viable…

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He says this would damage the crawfish meat industry. First offense punishment would be a fine of up to $350 with possible jail time of up to 60 days. The bill will be heard in the House Natural Resources Committee. Lambert says one problem with crawfish is that they are difficult to grade…

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The Department of Health and Hospitals is issuing early reminders about the importance of taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from West Nile. They believe this will be a big mosquito season because of all the rain we’ve gotten in April. DHH State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says get rid of all standing water…:

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Ratard says standing water serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may be infected with West Nile. He says the virus typically doesn’t pop up in humans until July, but it’s good to start preparing your home now…:

Cut 14 (06) “keep the door closed”

In 2014, Louisiana reported 61 cases of West Nile and Ratard says residents who are at least 65 years old are at higher risk for complications but everyone is at risk for infection. He says when you’re outside, make sure you wear mosquito repellent containing DEET…:

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AM Newscall, April 24th, 2015

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gets underway today. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign runs through April 30. Jeff Palermo has more…

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A bill by Gonzales state Representative Eddie Lambert would set a limit on the size of live crawfish that would be sold to people or restaurants. Scott Carwile reports…

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The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gets underway today. The lineup this first weekend includes headliners Keith Urban tonight, The Who tomorrow and Sunday it’s Jimmy Buffett on the Acura Stage. Festival producer Quint Davis says he’s excited about the music as usual, but he knows festers can’t get enough of the delicious Louisiana food…:

cut 4  (09) “when it’s open”

Other huge artists performing this weekend are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Irma Thomas, Ryan Adams, John Legend, Wilco, Jimmy Cliff, Wayne Toups and more. Davis says festival also offers gourmet food in a field on a paper plate for $10 and under…:

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There are chances for rain in the forecast for New Orleans mostly today and tomorrow, but Davis says that doesn’t stop the good times from rolling. He says last year’s Jazzfest was attend by over 400,000 people…:

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission begins their “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign today in an effort to get more pickup drivers to use their seat belts. Executive Director Lt. Col. John LeBlanc says even though Louisiana’s seat belt compliance rate rose to a record 84-percent in 2014, pickup truck drivers lag behind…

CUT 7 (06)  “been the lowest”

LeBlanc says less than 79-percent of pickup truck drivers are using seat belts, which is the lowest rate for all vehicles. He says because of a pickup’s tendency to roll over, it’s especially important for people to be restrained inside a truck…

Cut 8  (10)  “compliance rate up” 

The campaign runs through April 30. LeBlanc says you can expect to see increased patrols to make sure you are buckled up, no matter what kind of vehicle you’re in. He says buckling up in a front seat passenger car is the best way to reduce your risk to fatal injury…

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A bill by Gonzales state Representative Eddie Lambert would set a limit on the size of live crawfish that would be sold to people or restaurants. The measure would make it illegal for vendors, farmers, and harvesters to sell crawfish that are smaller than three and a half inches for people to eat. Lambert says he’s heard complaints about small crawfish from both wholesalers and consumers…

Cut 10 (10) “you can’t tell”

There would be an allowance of up to five percent of undersized crawfish in each sack. He says crawfish is a multi-million dollar industry that basically has no standards. Lambert says for the crawfish meat industry, these undersized crawfish are just not economically viable…

cut 11 (05) “180 crawfish”

He says this would damage the crawfish meat industry. First offense punishment would be a fine of up to $350 with possible jail time of up to 60 days. The bill will be heard in the House Natural Resources Committee. Lambert says one problem with crawfish is that they are difficult to grade…

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The Department of Health and Hospitals is issuing early reminders about the importance of taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from West Nile. They believe this will be a big mosquito season because of all the rain we’ve gotten in April. DHH State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says get rid of all standing water…:

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Ratard says standing water serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may be infected with West Nile. He says the virus typically doesn’t pop up in humans until July, but it’s good to start preparing your home now…:

Cut 14 (06) “keep the door closed”

In 2014, Louisiana reported 61 cases of West Nile and Ratard says residents who are at least 65 years old are at higher risk for complications but everyone is at risk for infection. He says when you’re outside, make sure you wear mosquito repellent containing DEET…:

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PM LRN Newscall April 23rd

Strong storms moved through northeast Louisiana on Wednesday causing widespread damage throughout the region. Michelle Southern reports.

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In an op-ed piece found in today’s New York Times, Governor Jindal says he’s not backing down from supporting a controversial religious liberty bill. Jeff Palermo has more…

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Many areas in northeast Louisiana are in recovery mode today after strong storms moved through the region Wednesday. Authorities say homes and businesses were damaged by heavy winds and at least three people were injured. Executive Director of Ouachita Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Neal Brown…:

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Brown says the storm produced straight line winds and hail and got worse as it moved through the Sterlington area and into Union, Richland and Morehouse parishes…:

CUT 4 (12)  “alot of hail”

Entergy reported thousands of customers were without power most of the morning and into the afternoon. Brown says Sterlington Middle sustained roof damage and classes were cancelled for today but they hope to open back up tomorrow. He says there were no reports of funnel clouds but high winds downed power lines, trees and blocked roads…:

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Governor Bobby Jindal has an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times that explains his support for the religious liberty bill that will be debated in the Louisiana legislature. Some companies are concerned about the legislation. But U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Jindal lets the world know their opinions won’t deter him…

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Jindal also says in the op-ed column that he continues to have the view a marriage is between one man and one woman. Cross says it appears the governor is once again trying to raise his profile in a crowded republican presidential field…

CUT 7 (09) “dramatic ways”

Cross says there are some in Louisiana that will applaud the governor’s stance against gay marriage and religious liberty, but others would rather see him devote more time to state specific issues…

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The Youngsville Police Department says a male youth softball coach is facing charges for allegedly punching an opposing female softball coach and breaking her nose. Chief Rickey Boudreaux says it was a highly contested game between two teams with the Lafayette City-Parish Parks and Recreation. He says after it was over words were allegedly exchanged then three players jumped on an opposing player…:

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Boudreaux says the suspect in this case is a complete low life and the sports organization indicates there is no place for violence in youth recreation sports. He says the players and the coach in this case let their emotions rise above common sense…:

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Boudreaux says since the victim’s nose was broken in multiple places she will have to see a specialist to repair the injury..:

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At a gubernatorial candidate forum in Baton Rouge today, all four candidates were asked what should be done about the state’s current fiscal crisis. Legislators are currently working to resolve a $1.6 billion dollar budget deficit for next fiscal year. Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle says the state’s tax code is outdated and needs to be totally redone…

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The forum was put on by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. Republican Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says one short term fix for the budget crisis is for legislators to increase the cigarette tax…

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Democratic Amite state Representative John Bel Edwards says Louisiana should reduce or eliminate tax credits that aren’t producing a the desired benefit. Edwards says tax credits are tax expenditures…

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Republican US Senator David Vitter appeared by recorded video as he is in Washington, DC for a Senate vote. He says, if elected, he would immediately call a special legislative session focused on spending and tax reform and nothing would be off limits…

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AM Newscall, April 23, 2015

A benefit lunch/dinner will be held today for St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Burt Hazeltine today. Eric Gill has more…

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Cops says a now ex-teacher from Lake Charles Academy is under arrest amid allegations of sexual misconduct with one of her juvenile students. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A bill that attempts to rein in the cost of the TOPS scholarship program received approval from the Senate Education Committee. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Burt Hazeltine has been released from the hospital and the sheriff’s office will host a benefit lunch/dinner for him today in Destrehan. Hazeltine was shot last week while directing traffic in a school zone in Paradis. Captain Pat Yoes says they’re holding this fundraiser because Hazeltine has a long road ahead toward recovery…

cut 4  (06) “lessen that burden”

The fundraiser will happen at the Shriner’s Hall in Destrehan from 11AM til 8PM. Yoes says plates are just $10 and you will have three different menu options to choose from. He says all of the proceeds from the benefit will go to Hazeltine and his family to help with expenses while he is out of work…

Cut 5  (07)  “full duty”

Yoes says Hazeltine is very fortunate to have survived the shooting in what law enforcement officials have described as an ambush. He says Hazeltine is doing remarkably well as he begins the road to recovery…

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The state Department of Transportation wants to hear how motorists feel the I-10 through Baton Rouge should be improved. They’ve created a survey you can take online at i10br.com as part of a study to determine the feasibility of any enhancements it could make to the congested area from West Baton Rouge to the I-10/12 split. DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallett…:

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Mallett says they will be gathering your answers through the end of May…:

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Mallett says they are going to compile all of the information and hold a series of public meetings in August and provide some concepts based on what was gathered. He says this study is about finding out what will help traffic, safety and enhance the corridor…:

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Cops says a now ex-teacher from Lake Charles Academy is under arrest amid allegations of sexual misconduct with one of her juvenile students. Lake Charles Deputy Chief Mark Kraus says they received a complaint from the mother of the victim that 35-year-old Sommer Nicole Odom of Iowa had inappropriate contact with her juvenile son on several occasions…:

Cut 10 (11) “support the allegation”

Kraus says Odom is charged with 3 counts of oral sexual battery, 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and 1 count of sexual battery. The suspect’s bond was set at $120,000 which was posted. Kraus says more charges could be coming but right now they have enough evidence to turn over to the DA…:

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Two bills that attempt to address gender inequality when it comes to pay failed to get approval from the House Labor Committee. Natchitoches Representative Kenny Cox says Louisiana has the worst gender pay gap in the nation at 66 percent. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says employees are hard enough to find and this legislation would be a strain on business owners like himself…:

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Harris feels the data is skewed when it comes to saying Louisiana is 51st in the nation for gender pay equality because we have a different workforce here. Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater says laws like this would open up floodgates of litigation…:

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Despite opposition from Governor Bobby Jindal, the Senate Education committee approves legislation designed to control the cost of the TOPS scholarship program. The bill’s author, Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue, says as tuition costs rise, so does the cost for TOPS and something needs to be done to preserve the program…

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TOPS is expected to cost the state over 250-million dollars this year and nearly 400-million dollars by fiscal year 2018-19. Donahue’s bill sets a baseline on how much the state will spend on TOPS and it will not automatically increase with the rise in tuition…

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But Jindal’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Stafford Palmieri, says Donahue’s bill breaks a promise Louisiana made to TOPS recipients that the state would fully pay their tuition…

(Donahue’s bill heads to the Senate floor for more discussion.) 

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The number one ranked baseball team in the country meets the second ranked team in the country tonight in Baton Rouge as the Tigers host Texas A-and-M. Coach Paul Mainieri admits this isn’t your normal three-game series.

Cut 17 (20)  “three days”

Jared Poche will start on the mound for the Tigers tonight. Mainieri says he went with Poche instead freshman phenom Alex Lange, because Lange had recent arm trouble and Poche has more experience…

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Texas A&M has the lowest team ERA in the SEC and they’ve hit the most home runs in the league. Mainieri says the Aggies also have several veteran players…

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PM LRN Newscall April 22nd

New employment numbers show Louisiana’s labor force continues to grow while the state’s unemployment rate dropped for a third month in a row. Eric Gill reports…

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The House Education Committee approves legislation to give public colleges and universities more authority to raise tuition and fees. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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New employment numbers show Louisiana’s labor force continues to grow while the state’s unemployment rate dropped for a third month in a row. Louisiana’s unemployment rate currently sits at six-point-six-percent. Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director, Curt Eysink, says the unemployment rate dropped because hiring is catching up with the growth in the labor force…

CUT 3 (10)  “find a job”

Data shows that there were almost 2 million nonfarm jobs in Louisiana, the highest March on record. Eysink is hopeful the state’s job market will continue to improve…

CUT 4 (10)  “the job growth”

Eysink says the drop in oil prices has caused some decline in employment in the oil and gas industry. But, he says overall, the state is weathering that storm pretty well…

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Legislation that would give public colleges the authority to raise tuition and fees without legislative approval advanced out of the House Education Committee today. Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater says this legislation is needed because state funding for universities has been on the decline since 2008

CUT 6 (08)  “some point”

Broadwater says he would rather see more state dollars go into higher education, but that hasn’t been the trend lately, so it’s time give colleges more autonomy to raise fees…

CUT 7 (10) “as a shell”

Many lawmakers are not comfortable with the idea of allowing colleges and universities to raise tuition and fees. Thibodaux Representative Dee Richard says it’s already too costly for some people to attend a four-year university…

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Homer Representative Patrick Jefferson says he’d rather see state funding for higher education increase rather than tuition and fees, but so far a funding source involving state dollars has yet to emerge

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Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott died in his sleep last night in Baton Rouge while in town to meet with lawmakers at the Capitol. Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody announced the news in the House Education Committee this morning after he and Haughton Representative Henry Burns had just found out. He said they saw Scott Tuesday.

cut 10 (08) “for his family please”

LSU police say Scott was staying at the Lod Cook Hotel on campus. Captain Corey Lalonde says they were called to Scott’s room around 8:15 this morning…:

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Scott was 67 according to public records. Lalonde says by all indications this was just an extremely tragic sudden death…:

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Now that Blue Bell has pulled all of its product off of supermarket shelves due to the potential they could be contaminated with Listeria, what can we expect next from the company? Tulane Business Professor, Mark Rosa, says, unfortunately, we’ve seen this type of situation before…

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Federal health officials say three people have died and five others have fallen ill from bacteria that may have come from Blue Bell products. A company spokesperson says they are focusing on cleanup and working to make sure they have a safe product. Rosa says, after all this negative attention, Blue Bell faces a huge undertaking in regaining their reputation and customers…

cut 14 (10) “herculean effort”

A Blue Bell spokesperson says the company could start shipping product to stores again in the next couple of weeks. Rosa says this is something that will stick in the minds of customers…

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AM LRN Newscall for Wed April 22nd

Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton’s bill that would provide equal pay for women is set for a hearing today in the House Labor Committee. Scott Carwile reports…

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The House Criminal Justice Committee advanced the so-called revenge porn bill Tuesday without objection. Michelle Southern reports..:

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The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office says they’ve arrested a teacher from Christian Life Academy for allegedly having sex with a student two years ago. Jeff Palermo reports…:

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Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton’s bill that that would provide equal pay for women gets a hearing today in the House Labor Committee. Norton says this bill is necessary since the number of single parent households are on the rise. She says this measure would help these women provide for their families…

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Some critics of Norton’s legislation say that this measure would duplicate existing federal law. Norton says laws regarding equal pay for women may be on the books, but they are not being enforced…

Cut 5  (09)  “at a dollar”

Norton filed similar legislation last year that failed to pass. According to recent Census data, Louisiana women are paid about two-thirds of what men are paid, the largest gender pay gap in the nation. Norton says she’ll fight for as long as it takes to ensure equal pay for women in Louisiana…

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The House Criminal Justice Committee advanced the so-called revenge porn bill Tuesday without objection. The legislation by Kenner Representative Julie Stokes would make it illegal for someone 17 and older to share a sexual picture of a person without their consent, usually online. She says the measure would make it a crime to cause someone harm or emotional distress in this manner…:

CUT 7 (09)  “the image”

HB 489 now heads to the full House for further consideration. Stokes says there are already laws about this for minors but she thinks something needs to be put in place for young adults…:

Cut 8  (14)  “without consent” 

The offense would be punishable up to a $10,000 fine and/or two years in prison. Stokes says because technology has enabled most young adults to have phones on them with cameras all the time, this form of harassment has become a common problem…:

Cut 9 (08)  “prolific”

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The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office says they’ve arrested a teacher from Christian Life Academy for allegedly having sex with a student two years ago. Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says they received the complaint from the mother of the victim…:

Cut 10 (10) “at her residence”

Hicks says when they brought 27-year-old Amber Anderson in for questioning, she admitted to the relationship and was booked with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. She says the mother did not know what the teacher was doing with her son at the time…:

cut 11 (10) “just recently”

Hicks says it’s always a shame when they have to work crimes that involve juveniles…:

cut 12 (06)   “and responsibility”

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Smoking is no longer permitted in bars, casinos and most public places in New Orleans as the Big Easy’s new smoke free ordinance went into effect at midnight. Founding Dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, Doctor Elizabeth Fontham (FON-them), says it should have a positive effect on tourism

Cut 13 (07)  “of the smoking”

Doctor Fontham led the largest and most comprehensive study that looked at women, who never smoked, but had lung cancer. She says the study found that long-term exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke could increase a women’s risk of lung cancer as high as 86-percent

Cut 14 (06) “the risk became”

Fontham is a Crowley native and she’s pleased to see the Lafayette city-parish council will consider an ordinance on May fifth to ban smoking in bars and clubs there

Cut 15  (10)  “will greatly benefit”

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The Saints 2015 schedule is out and New Orleans will open the season at Arizona on September 13th and then host Tampa on September 20th in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says the schedule gets really tough when New Orleans hosts Dallas in a Sunday night game on October 4th…

Cut 16  (20)  “season long”

The Saints will play three primetime games this year, they’ve played more in previous seasons. But Detillier says that’s still a good number considering the team went 7 and 9 last year…

Cut 17 (06)  “the past”

Detillier says the final month of the season shapes up well for the Saints. They have home games against the Lions and Jaguars and visit Tampa and finish the season at Atlanta. He says that should allow New Orleans to make a strong playoff push…

Cut 18 (13) ” ten wins”‘

LRN PM Newscall April 21

We’re into week two of the legislative session and nothing has emerged from lawmakers on how to address the one-point-six billion dollar budget deficit. Eric Gill reports…

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Blue Bell Ice Cream has recalled every single one of its products everywhere on continued threats of a Listeria Bacteria. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Walker Police says a man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint at a Livingston Parish laundromat has been arrested. Captain John Sharp says the incident occurred late Sunday night. He says the victim was approached by the suspect asking if she had any spare change…

CUT 3 (10)  “the rape occurred”

He says when the victim told the suspect she had no spare change, he produced a knife and forced the victim into a bathroom where he raped her and stole money from her purse. Sharp says the laundromat has a good surveillance system and authorities were able to review the surveillance video quickly…

CUT 4 (06)  “of Walker”

40-year-old Lionel Myles of Walker was arrested and charged with aggravated rape, aggravated assault, battery, and armed robbery. Sharp says crimes like this are rare in Walker, so when it occurs, they take it very seriously…

CUT 5 (07)  “is owed that”

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We’re into week two of the legislative session and nothing has emerged from lawmakers on how to address the one-point-six billion dollar budget deficit. Jeremy Alford, publisher of la-politics-dot-com, says a key bill to remove the inventory tax credit was shelved, because there’s not enough votes to get it passed out of Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs….

CUT 6 (08)  “square one”

Alford says what makes this challenging for the legislature is Jindal’s revenue neutrality policy which they have to follow…

CUT 7 (11) “in savings”

Legislators believe if they repeal the inventory tax credit, they could offset the expected $500 million in tax savings with the same amount in tax increases. Alford says, with eight weeks left in the legislative session, no one really knows what to expect…

CUT 8 (06)  “play out”

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The reward for information about those responsible for the gruesome beheading of a goat, which was recorded with a cell phone, is now $14,000. Louisiana SPCA spokesperson Destinie Hammond says their members are disgusted by the video showing a group of young men cutting off the animal’s head with a machete type sword…:

CUT 9 (09)  “offer donations”

Hammond says the graphic video shows the culprits standing in a circle around a plastic swimming pool with a string tied around the goat’s neck before one of them beheads the animal…:

cut 10 (10) “very horrific”

Hammond says they got the video from a New Orleans University police officer, but they aren’t sure where the incident actually took place. She says if your tip leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved, the money will be paid out and you will be kept anonymous…:

cut 11 (06)  “or Crimestoppers”

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Blue Bell Ice Cream has recalled every single one of its products everywhere on continued threats of a Listeria Bacteria. Authorities now believe there are 10 listeria illnesses linked to the ice cream over the last 5 years. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says once the CDC put two and two together with these sicknesses, the company has to act..:

cut 12 (08)  “physicians know”

DHH says there have been no recorded illnesses of listeria infections in Louisiana so far. Ratard says if you have any Blue Bell ice cream in your fridge, throw it away and do not eat it. He says the people most at risk of getting an infection caused by listeria are those with low immune systems…:

cut 13 (05)  “very wrong”

The Blue Bell recall includes all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen treats. Ratard says listeria causes infections which start with high fever and if you think Blue Bell ice cream has made you sick, seek medical attention right away…:

cut 14 (10) “get sick”

AM Newscall, April 21st, 2015

This is National Infant Immunization Week and the state Department of Health and Hospitals encourages families to get their infants immunized. Eric Gill reports…

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The number of independent or no party voters is growing fast in Louisiana. Scott Carwile has the story…

Cut 2 (30) “reporting”

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According to an LSU Public Policy Polling survey done for the state’s film industry, 80% of Louisianians agree it’s good for the economy to have movies made here. Michelle Southern reports…:

Cut 3 (30) “reporting”

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This is National Infant Immunization Week and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals encourages families to get their infants immunized. DHH Immunization Medical Director, Dr. Frank Welch, says people need vaccinations across their lifespans, but this week the focus is on babies…

cut 4  (08) “focus on them”

DHH immunization programs educate parents and health care providers to protect infants and toddlers from vaccine-preventable diseases. Welch says part of National Infant Immunization Week is encouraging parents to contact their pediatrician to not only make sure their babies are protected, but protected on time…

Cut 5  (07)  “exposed to it”

Welch says vaccinations are safe, effective, and potentially life-saving. He says the goal is to have 90-percent of children immunized by 2020 and Louisiana currently sits at about 74-percent. Welch says everyone has an opinion about vaccinations, but in this case you really want an educated opinion…

Cut 6 (07)  “the community”

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Independent or “No Party” voters is the fastest growing group of registered voters in Louisiana. Schedler says “other” party registration has increased by nearly 75-hundred since last summer…

CUT 7 (12)  “seems to be growing”

Schedler says the “No Party” trend is not just happening in Louisiana…

Cut 8  (10)  “national level” 

Schedler believes the rise in independent or no party voters is the result of the constant bickering between the republican and democratic party on the national level

Cut 9 (10)  “with either group”

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According to an LSU Public Policy Polling survey done for the state’s film industry, 80% of Louisianians agree it’s good for the economy to have movies made here. The survey also found that about half of the public isn’t aware that Louisiana is No. 1 in the nation for movie production. Baton Rouge’s Celtic Studios Executive Director Patrick Mulhearn says movies mean jobs…:

Cut 10 (08) “works in the industry”

48% of those polled said they had a positive opinion of the film tax credit program. Mulhearn says while not perfect, the tax benefits are helping put money in people’s pockets..:

cut 11 (08) “for the long term”

Mulhearn says Louisiana has been nicknamed Hollywood South and he believes people like that…:

cut 12 (08)   “for everyone”

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State Police has shared a heartwarming story about their rescue of a dog who was spotted in a swamp under I-10 near I-55 in LaPlace. Trooper Melissa Matey says they were rendering assistance to a stranded motorist who told them there was a trapped dog that was in the swamp below the interstate…:

Cut 13 (09)  “Cajun Pride Swamp tours”

Matey says Captain Brandon with Cajun Pride Swamp Tours offered to help out but they realized that it wasn’t possible to get a boat to the dog’s location due to the area being heavily wooded. She says the swamp tour guide then walked about a half a mile through the swamp to get to the animal…:

Cut 14 (08) “to safety”

Matey says the dog has a severe injury to his front leg and several puncture wounds around his body. She says donations are being accepted and will go to the Jefferson SPCA for the dog’s care. You can find the GoFundMe account like on the LSP Facebook page. Matey says if you witness someone dumping animals on or near the interstate please let them know.:

Cut 15  (09)  “that person”

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An already very good basketball recruiting class for LSU gets better with the addition of Mr. Louisiana Basketball, Brandon Sampson.  The MVP in Class One-A this past season has signed his national letter of intent to play at LSU. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says it’s a big pick-up for Coach Johnny Jones…

Cut 16  (13)  “to the class”

Sampson averaged nearly 16 points a game as he led Madison Prep High School to the Class One-A Championship. Worsham says the Baton Rouge product is an excellent scorer…

Cut 17 (19)  “day one”

Sampson adds to a class that already boasts the nation’s number player in Ben Simmons, plus five-star guard Antonio Blakeney along with Arizona transfer Craig Victor. Worsham says expectations will be high for men’s basketball at LSU next season…

Cut 18 (07) ” final four”‘

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