AM Newscall March 5th, 2015

How to prepare your children for the springing forward this Sunday with the time change. Emelie Gunn has more….

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A report released this week by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera suggests that Louisiana can increase revenues by increasing oyster lease rates. Eric Gill reports…

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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet today and one of them items on the agenda is the question of what to do about Common Core Opt-Outs. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Sleep experts have some tips for parents on ways to prepare their children for losing an hour of sleep this weekend as we spring forward. Mother of six, Laura Swartz with Healthy Happy Sleep says plan on  keeping sleep patterns the same after the time has changed.

cut 4  (14)  “…go about it. “

Swartz says give yourself permission to relax about this change since parents tend to over think the process. She says starting today wake up your kids 15 minutes earlier than usual.

Cut 5  (11)  “of seven”

Swartz says the rhythms of daily life will regulate your childrens new sleep schedule. She says the change will be easy for naturally early risers but most parents will know if they’re children are sensitive to changes in their routine.

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A report released this week by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera suggests that Louisiana can increase revenues by increasing oyster lease rates. The audit report recommends almost tripling the lease rate, from $2 and acre to $5.20. Sal Sunseri is with P&J Oysters in New Orleans…

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Louisiana has the second lowest oyster lease rates among the top six states that produce Eastern Oysters. Sunseri says oyster farmers have continuously put back in the building of infrastructure to further strengthen the industry. He says the oyster industry is not a subsidized farming industry like many industries in agriculture…

Cut 8  (12)  “get subsidized” 

Sunseri says a reasonable rate increase would be acceptable, but what is proposed is just too great. He says this proposed rate increase will effect more than just the consumer…

Cut 9 (06)  “lose farmers”

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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet today and one of them items on the agenda is the question of what to do about Common Core Opt-Outs. Some families who oppose the education standards have said they won’t let their child take the PARCC test. BESE member Jane Smith seeks to delay consequences for schools who have students who opt out…:

Cut 10 (13) “performance score”

Smith says students who opt-out of taking the Common Core test won’t be punished but it’s the school that would get a zero for that student towards its performance score. She says parents not letting their kids take the PARCC test is a variable that punishes the school but that they can’t control…:

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Smith says BESE needs a least a year to figure out a compromise when it comes to Common Core because clearly there issues as students opt-out of the tests because their parents don’t think it’s appropriate…:

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The New Orleans Saints have released running back Pierre Thomas from the team. The 30-year-old will save the Black and Gold $1.735 million dollars against the salary cap. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says it’s a heart breaking move, but not really a surprise…:

Cut 13 (09)  “a year too late”

New Orleans needs to continue to move or lay-off some players by March 10th to get below the salary cap. Detillier says Thomas, who’s spent all of his 8 seasons with the team, gave New Orleans the screen game back like no one since Dalton Hilliard. He says what the Saints will really miss is his pass protection skills…:

Cut 14 (07) “with one team”

Thomas complied 3,745 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns on 187 carries for New Orleans. He was a key component in the Saints Super Bowl win. Detillier says you could argue Thomas was the best undrafted free agent in the Sean Payton era. He says the fans love him and he’s very active with the community and quick to speak to the media, but this is about winning games…:

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With just two regular season games left, the ULM men’s basketball team is in a three way tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference. The Warhawks host Georgia State tonight, one of the three teams they are tied with at the top of the standings. ULM Coach Keith Richard likes the position his squad is in….

Cut 16  (20)  “we have an opportunity”

ULM lost to Georgia State by 20 points in the Sun Belt opener back on December 30th. But Coach Richard says his team is much better on offense then they were a couple of months ago….

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Richard likes the challenge in front of his team….

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The Ragin Cajuns are playing as well as anyone in the Sun Belt as they host Arkansas Little Rock tonight. U-L Lafayette has won four in a row and Coach Bob Marlin credits improved play on the defensive end of the court….

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PM Newscall March 4th, 2015

 

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for parishes north of I-20, ahead of a strong cold front that will move through the state this evening. Eric Gill has more…

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The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s office says a man is dead after officers responded to reports that the suspect was shooting a gun into the air in the middle of the street. Michelle Southern reports.

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for parishes north of I-20, ahead of a strong cold front that will move through the state this evening. Gary Chatelain, with the National Weather Service in Shreveport, says rain is forecast for the area today and that could become a problem as that front descends across north Louisiana…

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The Winter Storm Warning is in effect through tomorrow morning. Chatelain says a Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect along and south of I-20. He says areas under this advisory will not be hit as hard as areas north of the interstate…

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Chatelain says this weather event should not be as severe as last week’s, especially on roadways. He says warmer ground temperatures will melt a lot of the ice on roads, but the main concern is bridges and overpasses freezing over. He says this cold front will mainly bring freezing rain to the state…

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The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s office says a man is dead after officers responded to reports that the suspect was shooting a gun into the air in the middle of the street. Captain Dawn Foret says they got several 911 calls early this morning with reports of a man who was running in the middle of the road with the weapon near the Schriever Overpass…:

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Foret says when cops responded they located 49-year-old Troy Brady sitting in the middle of the road with a shot gun near him…:

CUT 7 (08)  “unresponsive”

Foret says Brady was detained and then shortly after he became unresponsive…:(Foret says there were no obvious signs of trauma to Brady so they’ve ordered an autopsy to determine cause of death.)

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The mother of Victor White III’s child has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and a deputy in White’s death. White died from a gunshot wound while handcuffed in the backseat of the deputy’s squad car. Monroe attorney, Carol Powell Lexing, who represents White’s family, says reason for the lawsuit is simple…

CUT 9 (07)  “accountable for it”

Calls to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department have not been returned. It has been one year since White died while in custody. The Sheriff’s Department and coroner claim that White shot himself while handcuffed in the police car. White’s family disputes this claim. Powell Lexing says federal authorities are still looking into this case…

cut 10 (07) “hear from them”

The suit claims that Ackal inadequately trains deputies and tolerates the use of exessive force. It also alleges Cpl. Justin Ortis, who arrested White, beat him and failed to protect his safety while in custody. Powell Lexing says there will be an event at Southern University tonight to discuss White’s case and similar cases…

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As officials with the US Army visited the Leesville area last night to listen to the concerns of folks in the community surrounding reductions to the Vernon Parish base, people once again lined the streets in support of keeping things as is. Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese says the church venue was filled as they made the presentation to the military…:

cut 12 (10)  “and city hall”

Reese says the Army evaluators stayed until about 10:30pm and believes they understand the level of support they enjoy across the state…:

cut 13 (10)  “statewide issue”

Personnel reductions are being considered at about 30 bases across the country. Reese says they believe the visitors from the military heard loud and clear that the entire state of Louisiana does not support yet another troop reduction at Fort Polk…:

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AM Newscall March 4th, 2015

A strong cold front heading into the state could produce some winter precipitation. Jeff Palermo has more…

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State Treasurer John Kennedy sees pros and cons to Governor Bobby Jindal’s budget proposal. Scott Carwile reports…

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The Energy Department says there is a major increase in crude oil and the US is running out of room to store it. Some say this could mean another huge drop in the price we’re paying for gas at the pump in Louisiana. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Get ready for a big change in the weather. State climatologist Barry Keim says high temperatures today will be in the 70s and tomorrow they’ll be back in the 30s and 40s as a result of a strong cold front….

cut 4  (12)  “southern parts of the state”

This front has the potential to produce another round of winter precipitation. Keim says the northern half of the state could see see freezing rain during the overnight hours

Cut 5  (12)  “of the state”

Keim says enjoy the warm temperatures while you can, because the weather is about to change….

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State Treasurer John Kennedy sees pros and cons to Governor Bobby Jindal’s budget proposal. The governor has proposed scaling back certain tax credits and cut spending in other areas to address a $1.6 billion revenue shortfall. Kennedy says some of the proposed reductions in spending make sense, especially in the area of consulting contracts…

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Kennedy says the proposed budget looks to reduce the 60-percent of the deficit by repealing tax credits and 40-percent by reducing spending. However, Kennedy does question the proposal of closing all health clinics in New Orleans, which will effect about 57,000 people…

Cut 8  (12)  “us more money” 

Kennedy spoke about the budget on Louisiana Radio Network’s Jim Engster show. He says the budget’s biggest revenue increase comes with the repeal of the inventory tax credit, which would add about $525 million dollars to the state’s coffers. Kennedy says he’s not sure this was chosen wisely…

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The Energy Department says there is a major increase in crude oil and the US is running out of room to store it. Some say this could mean another huge drop in the price we’re paying for gas at the pump in Louisiana. David Dismukes, the director for the Center for Energy Studies at LSU, says refineries are in a transition period right now but it won’t last long..:

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Dismukes says once again while this will be welcome news for the consumer, the low oil prices will not be good for the service side of the industry oil and gas industry…:

cut 11 (10) “less jobs”

Dismukes says refineries and consumers will be the main beneficiaries so it may end up not having such a major effect on the economy in Louisiana:

cut 12 (10)  “impacts are going to be felt”

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Agents with the state office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control say a Ruston woman is under arrest accused of selling booze out of her personal residence. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert says 21-year-old Bryanna Jackson was taking money for cocktails at her apartment…:

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Hebert says undercover agents went in one evening and were able to purchase two mixed drinks from the suspect. He says they discovered the illegal activity was going on from ads the woman was posting online…:

Cut 14 (12) “easy on us”

Jackson was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and charged with operating without a local or state high content permit. A man in central Louisiana was arrested for apparently operating a bar out of his house last week and Hebert says these illegal actions are not necessary…:

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The LSU men’s basketball team plays its final home game of the year tonight as they host the Tennessee Volunteers at six pm in the Maravich Center. These two teams met in Knoxville on Valentine’s Day and it was all LSU as they won by 18 points. LSU forward Jarell Martin expects a tougher game this time around

Cut 16  (10)  “hard fought battle”

The Volunteers bring a five-game losing streak to Baton Rouge. LSU guard Keith Hornsby says despite Tennessee’s struggles they can’t look past them

Cut 17 (09)  “battle of course”

LSU has won its last three and they are ten and six in league play. Hornsby says they are trying to close out the regular season on a strong note

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PM Newscall March 3rd

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The state Department of Revenue announces that state tax refunds are now being issued. Eric Gill reports…

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The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate the inventory tax credit will hurt the state’s economy. Jeff Palermo has more…

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The Shreveport Police Department says they are looking for a suspect following an overnight fatal home invasion. Corporal Marcus Hines say officers were called to the scene at around one AM…

(At this point officers believe a resident in the home fatally shot one of the suspects, the other fled.)

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There were  children inside the home at the time of the shooting, but they  were not injured . Hines says they believe the two men entered the home wearing masks and one of them was armed with a semi-automatic rifle…:

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Hines says evidence seized during a search of the residence suggest illegal narcotics may have been a motivating factor in the attempted robbery…:

(Officers have arrested two people living inside the home, because of illegal drugs inside the home.)

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The state Department of Revenue announces that state tax refunds are now being issued. The department had said that it would not issue refunds until March 2nd, but actually began last Friday. Spokeswoman Kizzy Payton says the delay was due to the increase of the filing of fraudulent tax returns across the nation…

CUT 6 (08)  “taxpayer’s accounts”

She says the department issued additional security measures so they would more easily detect suspicious activity around taxpayer’s accounts. Payton says the department strives to make sure they are not handing out tax refunds to people who do not deserve them…

CUT 7 (08)  “anti-fraud initiative”

Payton says some may have already received their refund, depending on the method of payment they chose. She says, thus far, over 763,000 tax returns have been filed and about 244,000 have been processed. But Payton says that’s just the beginning…

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The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry plans to fight Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposal to repeal the inventory tax credit. Such a move would save the state an estimated $380 million which could be used for health care and higher education. But LABI Vice President, Jim Patterson, says a repeal of this tax credit would be devastating to business across the state…

CUT 9 (09)  “to our economy”

Patterson says the vast majority of states do not have inventory taxes, so if the refund went away, jobs could leave as well…

cut 10 (08) “such a tax”

Patterson says businesses could decide to shift inventories to states that do not have such a tax and those warehouse jobs would be lost. He says Louisiana is one of only 13 states that have an inventory tax on the books. Patterson says if the inventory tax credit is repealed, then business will have to make up that money somewhere…

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The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 14-year-old student from H.L. Bourgeois High in Gray is under arrest accused of calling in 2 bomb threats to the school. Captain Dawn Foret says last Tuesday and yesterday there were two separate bomb threats they were emailed to the school’s principal…:

cut 12 (10)  “could resume”

Foret says they began an investigation and were able to track the email address that the suspect had sent both threats from to the H.L. Bourgeois student…:(The suspect is charged with two counts of False Communication of a Bomb Threat. Foret says it does not appear the teen had any access to items that would let him carry out his threats.)

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The State Fire Marshal’s Office says  a 73-year-old woman died in a house fire in Opelousas today. Fire Marshal Butch Browning says St. Landry Parish firefighters responded to a wood frame dwelling around 4am which they found fully engulfed in flames. He says the 73 year old victim, Mary Ann Sam, was also located…

cut 14 (09)  “that’s been done”

They are still working to determine the cause of the blaze. Browning says they know the woman was living alone in the home and the fire was discovered by someone who was driving by…:

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AM Newscall March 3rd, 2015

As the military, once again, looks to reduce the number of troops at the Fort Polk Army base, the Army is holding a meeting tonight to listen to concerns about the potential effects a troop reduction could have on the area. Eric Gill reports…

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It looks like north Louisiana is in for yet another winter weather event Wednesday night into Thursday. Jeff Palermo reports…:

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A new study suggests people who sleep longer face a greater risk of having a stroke. Michelle Southern reports.

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As the military, once again, looks to reduce the number of troops at the Fort Polk Army base, the Army is holding a meeting tonight to listen to concerns about the potential effects a troop reduction could have on the area. Fort Polk Progress Chairman, Michael Reese, says the listening session is the final event in their evaluation process. He says they will host three events in Leesville, Lake Charles, and Alexandria…

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Reese says these events will show the Army the breadth of support Fort Polk enjoys and will be something unique they won’t see at other installations. The military is considering troop reductions at 30 bases nationwide. He says Fort Polk faced a reduction last year and the base only lost around 250 troops…

Cut 5  (11)  “currently provide”

Reese says attendence at these events is very key and critical to there mission of avoiding massive troop reductions at Fort Polk. He says if you can attend one of the three events, your presence could speak volumes to the Army…

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Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo says Governor Jindal’s proposed budget is about 200-million dollars short of what’s needed to fully fund the state’s public college and universities. Rallo says if the funding situation doesn’t change, campus leaders will have to make some tough decisions

CUT 7 (11)  “faculty members”

The state’s budget problems have raised concerns that one possible solution is to close college campuses. But Rallo says the state will not see the kind of savings some might expect by shutting down a school

Cut 8  (10)  “go away” 

He says higher education leaders are looking at various options to improve their funding situation, one idea that’s been thrown on the white board is to privatize some public universities

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A new study suggests people who sleep longer face a greater risk of having a stroke. Researchers followed patients for 10 years and found that someone 63 or older who sleeps more than eight hours a day is 46 percent likelier to suffer a stroke in the next decade than adults who sleep for 6-8 hours. Dr. Caroline Barton is an assistant professor of neurology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine…:

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Barton says you can’t diagnose a stroke before it happens but studies like this help give doctors clues as to what might be causing them. She says stability of sleep as a trait is very important…:

cut 11 (09) “slept normally”

The findings were published in the journal Neurology. Barton says the study also noted that if someone had a significant change in their sleeping habits it was a bad sign…:

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It looks like north Louisiana is in for yet another winter weather event Wednesday night into Thursday. Meteorologist Davyon Hill with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says a cold front is moving through late this evening into tomorrow bringing some rain along with it and a massive temperature drop behind it…:

Cut 13 (10)  “edge of it”

Hill says this line of a possible wintry mix is from Natchitoches to Monroe and northwest of that…:

Cut 14 (07) “early Thursday morning”

Hill says central Louisiana could get some freezing rain and as you go north the risk for sleet and possibly some snow gets higher. He says this could once again hamper traffic conditions…:

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LSU sophomore guard Tim Quarterman is the SEC player of the week. Quarterman had a triple-double on over the weekend, the first one in LSU’s history since Shaquille O’ Neal did it in 1992. Quarterman had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Ole Miss on Saturday and he didn’t know he was close to accomplishing the feat…

Cut 16  (16)  “Pistol Pete”

Quarterman is the third player in LSU history to record a triple-double, Shaquille O’ Neal and Pete Maravich are the other two. Quarterman says his mother is really proud of what he did…

Cut 17 (14)  “it was just special”

Quarterman is averaging 12 points and five rebounds a game this season, after averaging only two and a half points a game last year. The Georgia native says positive conservations he had with Coach Johnny Jones during the offseason gave him the confidence he can have a big impact on this year’s team

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PM Newscall March 2nd, 2015

A straw poll conducted at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference showed Governor Bobby Jindal finishing in 12th place among Republican presidential hopefuls. Eric Gill reports…

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Slidell Police has arrested a Baton Rouge man after he threw his young daughter to the ground while fleeing officers during a shoplifting attempt. Eric Gill has more…

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LSU and its former defensive coordinator John Chavis are in a legal battle. The two sides filed lawsuits against each other. LSU claims Chavis owes a 400-thousand dollar contractual buyout for accepting a job with Texas A-and-M. Legal analyst Tim Meche says where the case will be heard, Texas or Baton Rouge, needs to be settled first…

CUT 3 (11)  “is over”

Chavis filed the first lawsuit in Texas, claiming he took the proper steps when he left LSU to avoid paying a 400-thousand buyout. LSU counter sued, seeking to dismiss Chavis’ suit and have the case heard in Baton Rouge. Meche says having the home court advantage is critical in this case

CUT 4 (10)  “Texas judge and jury”

Meche believes this case will be settled out of court, because it’s in the best interest of the LSU and A-and-M football programs not to have Chavis or Tigers Head Coach Les Miles go through a deposition…

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A straw poll conducted at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference showed Governor Bobby Jindal finishing in 12th place among Republican presidential hopefuls. Jindal received less than one percent of the ballots in that poll. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says this group has not had a good record in predicting presidential nominees…

CUT 6 (07)  “not that person”

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the poll, followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Cross doesn’t think the results of this straw poll will discourage Jindal’s presidential aspirations…

CUT 7 (06)  “hang it up”

Cross says Jindal is not necessarily looking to gain the Republican nomination for this presidential election. He says the governor is looking to get his name out there and becoming one of the players in the Republican Party for future presidential races…

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The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office says the wife of a doctor who admitted to shooting and killing her husband during an argument has not been charged in his death. 65-year-old Wayne Breen was shot early Sunday morning at the couple’s Folsom-area home. Legal analyst Doug Sunseri says in cases like this the DA will often let a grand jury make the next move:

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Dr.Breen was an obstetrician/gynecologist.  Detectives are working to determine if the shooting was justified. Kacie Breen called 911 around 3am and said she and her husband got into a fight and she ended up shooting him according to cops. Sunseri says the DA will likely let grand jurors decide what happens next…:

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Deputies say the couple had a history of domestic issues, including reported physical violence committed by Mr. Breen.  In 2012, Mrs. Breen obtained a restraining order against him; that order has since expired. Sunseri says the DA has a couple of options…:

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Slidell Police has arrested a Baton Rouge man after he threw his young daughter to the ground while fleeing officers during a shoplifting attempt. Detective Daniel Seuzeneau says officers responded to a call that 24-year-old Lamar Causey was attempting to steal cologne and perfume from a cosmetics store…

cut 12 (08)  “hit her head”

As officers approached, Causey threw his 17-month-old daughter to the ground, causing her to hit her head. One officer stopped and cared for the child, while the other officer chased Causey down and apprehended him. Seuzeneau says the incident was truly shocking for everyone involved…

cut 13 (10)  “a toy doll”

The little girl was transported to a local hospital for her injuries. She was released to family members and will make a full recovery. Police recovered 14 bottles of stolen cologne and perfume on Causey valued at almost $1,200. Seuzeneau says Causey was booked into the Slidell City Jail… (Causey is charged with theft of goods over $1000, cruelty to juveniles, child desertion, resisting an officer by flight on foot, public intimidation, and possession of schedule II drugs.)

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AM Newscall Monday March 2, 2015

NBC’s hit show “The Voice” begins its second week of the new season tonight and Louisiana already has ties to three contestants who made it through the blind auditions. Michelle Southern reporting.

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As the Louisiana filmed blockbuster “Focus” opened over the weekend, a group of lawmakers is looking at ways we can improve the film tax credits in the state. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A south Louisiana lawmaker believes a student should not be punished if he or she opts out from taking the Common Core exam. Scott Carwile has the story…

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NBC’s hit show “The Voice” begins its second week of the new season tonight and Louisiana already has ties to three contestants who made it through the blind auditions. 22-year-old Rob Taylor, who was raised in Baton Rouge and now lives in Donaldsonville, gets to move on to the battle rounds which take place next month. Taylor says he never thought he would get such an opportunity…:

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The Voice’s blind auditions continue tonight at 7. Taylor says when he graduated high school he was offered a partial scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, but he chose to stay home to care for his mother who was sick. He says his biggest musical influence is his grandmother…:

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Also vying to win a recording contract this season is Tonya Boyd-Cannon who’s from Jackson, Mississippi but currently lives in Chalmette. And Meghan Linsey who’s from The Big Easy but currently lives in Nashville. Taylor says one of the things that influences him the most musically from Louisiana is that styles here are so eclectic…:

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As the Louisiana filmed blockbuster “Focus” opened over the weekend, a group of lawmakers is looking at ways we can improve the state’s film tax credits. Some have argued that the movie credits here are corrupt and too generous. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell, who is working on reform legislation, says he fully supports the program but it has major issues.:

CUT 7 (12)  “who are paying for it”

Economic impact numbers revealed Focus filmed here for 43 days and spent over $8.3 million on local labor at in-state businesses and on location. Morrell says they don’t want to lose the fact that Louisiana has become an industry film leader in the country and earned the name Hollywood South. But he says there are things that must be done to restore taxpayer confidence in the film tax credit program…:

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Morrell says drafts of possible legislation will be discussed on Wednesday in a meeting with the Entertainment Industry Development Advisory Commission. He says in addition to legislators, that group also is made up of stakeholders in the industry and the goal is a “comprehensive reform” of the film tax credit program…:

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In two weeks, students will take Common Core exams and a state lawmaker has introduced a bill that will prohibit penalties if a student decided to opt out of the testing. Abbeville Representative Bob Hensgens’ bill would protect students, schools, and school systems from non-participation penalties. He says there is no law that levies penalties for not taking the tests, but that’s not what he’s hearing from school districts…

Cut 10 (09) “intended to do”

Currently students who opt-out of the testing will be given a score of zero, which will be transferred to the performance score of schools and school districts. Hensgens says the decision for a student to take these tests belong to the parent and not the government…

cut 11 (10) “in the future”

Education Superintendent John White says they will address opt-outs when they see how many students actually opt-out of the exams. Hensgens says it shouldn’t be left up to White to determine if penalties should be levied if someone decides not to take the Common Core tests…

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The Jindal administration has said they are willing to scale back 526-million dollars in tax credits for businesses, but Chairman of the republican house delegation, state Representative Lance Harris of Alexandria is disappointed the governor didn’t suggest reeling back some of the film tax credits

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As a way to help reduce cuts to higher education, The Jindal administration proposes higher fees to attend public college, but provide a tax credit to offset those costs, which would be paid for by raising the cigarette tax. But Harris doesn’t like the idea of a cigarette tax

Cut 14 (09) “right now”

The governor has highlighted 12 tax credits that could become non-refundable which would give the state more money to spend. But the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Amite representative John Bel Edwards, says legislators should look beyond those tax credits as a way to raise revenue…

Cut 15  (08)  “comprehensive job”

Edwards says he’s not a fan of Jindal’s proposal  to raise cigarette taxes and have that money pay for a tax credit for those individuals who pay higher fees at colleges

Cut 16  (10)  “Tax reform”

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ULM officials will break ground today on a new end zone building at Malone Stadium. It’s the first new athletic facility built on campus in 1983 and it will feature a new locker room, a Hall of Fame area and new coaches’ offices. Coach Todd Berry says the project has been a long time coming for the program….

Cut 17 (16)  “excited about it”

Berry says the facility will have an impact on their current players and recruiting…

Cut 18 (15) “period of time’

Today is also the first day of spring football for the Warhawks. ULM has to find a new starting quarterback. Brayle Brown is listed number one on the team’s depth chart, after completing 12 passes last year, but Berry says Brown will compete against a couple of other quarterbacks….

Cut 19 (22)   “grow up”

***Correction on AM Newscall***

Hey guys,

The last name of the woman on the Bill Cosby story is “Tucker” not “Turner.” We apologize for the error.

The embattled comedian Bill Cosby is appearing tonight at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette. There are some who aren’t happy about that due to allegations which recently surfaced accusing Cosby of sexually abusing women. Ebony Tucker, Director of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, is concerned people who still buy tickets to Cosby’s show don’t take these alleged victims seriously…:

Cut 13 (08)  “come forward”

The comedian released a statement thanking fans for love, support and trust and added he can’t wait to warm the hearts of the audience with the gift of laughter. Tucker says it’s their hope that people in the audience tonight realize that famous people also have private lives that are very different from who they portray…:

Cut 14 (06) “criminal activity”

The performance is set for 8pm. Tucker says there has been so much victim blaming surrounding the Cosby allegations that people are separating Dr. Huxabtable from someone who is capable of committing a horrible crime…:

Cut 15  (12)  “sexual assault”

PM LRN Newscall February 27

Republican gubernatorial candidate, US Senator David Vitter, is getting the endorsement of an ex-president. Michelle Southern reports…

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The Jindal administration laid out its plan today on how to cope with a one-point-six billion dollar revenue shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July first. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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This week’s wintry weather that hit Louisiana could result in a lower supply of crawfish this weekend. Mark Shirley, with the LSU AgCenter, says pond water temperatures dropped into the 40′s this week, which keeps crawfish from crawling into traps. Shirley says if you want some crawfish this weekend, you may want to get them early…

CUT 3 (09)  “be there”

He says you will be able to find crawfish this weekend, but the supply will be below normal. Unfortunately, the decrease in production will see a rise in the price of mudbugs. Shirley says you should see an improvement in the price as temperatures warm up…

CUT 4 (10)  “to springtime”

Because of the cold temperatures, you may see some smaller crawfish on your plate, but Shirley says crawfish are good, no matter what size they are. He says, although the winter weather has slowed the crawfish harvest, it hasn’t shut it down completely…

CUT 5 (08)  “Louisiana crawfish”

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Republican gubernatorial candidate, US Senator David Vitter, is getting the endorsement of an ex-president. The Vitter campaign sent an e-mail to supporters announcing the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says this is significant, especially on top of the endorsement of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul…

CUT 6 (11)  “hugely critical”

In his endorsement, Bush describes Vitter as an effective, conservative leader and urges people to contribute to his campaign. Stockley says the backing of Bush and Paul are a big boost to Vitter’s quest to become governor…

CUT 7 (09)  “on your side”

Vitter is the front runner in this year’s governor’s race, ahead of Republicans Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, and Democratic state Representative John Bel Edwards. Stockley says Vitter’s opponents will now have to step up their game…

CUT 8 (07)  “behind Vitter”

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The Jindal administration presented a proposed budget today that provides  a starting point on how to prevent drastic cuts to health care and higher education, despite a one-point-six billion revenue shortfalll for next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says they want lawmakers to scale back a dozen  refundable tax credits which would save the state 526-million dollars

CUT 9 (14)  “take in”

Even with a cap on certain tax credits, the cut in the proposed budget to higher ed is 211-million dollars. Nichols offered solutions to further reduce cuts to higher education and one includes raising the cigarette tax and using those revenues to provide families with a tax credit to help offset the costs for higher fees at public colleges..

cut 10 (07) “100 million dollars “

The potential drop in funding for health care sevices is 235-million dollars according to the proposed budget. Lawmakers who serve on the budget committees seemed like some of the ideas and Delhi Senator Franics Thompson is glad the cuts to higher ed and health care are not as bad as once feared…

cut 11 (06)  “we have”

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The Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with the homicide of a Lake Arthur man. Spokesman Christopher Ivey says deputies were dispatched to the home of 73-year-old Charles Talen, Sr. to notify him that his stolen vehicle had been found burned…

cut 12 (06)  “inside his home”

18-year-old Roderick Cawthrone, Jr. and 26-year-old Brett Hebert, both of Lake Arthur, face first degree murder charges in the death of Talen. Ivey says arrest warrants for the pair were issued yesterday afternoon… (Detectives are expecting more arrests in this investigation.)

cut 13 (07)  “to us”

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The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office says a man is under arrest accused of pranking 911 calls because he was bored. Sheriff Jason Ard says 27-year-old Brandon Kirkland allegedly called 911 dispatchers and reported that 2 masked men were entering a business in Watson to rob it…:

cut 14 (07)  “as themselves”

Kirkland admitted he did this as a prank two times and that’s two counts of felony terrorizing. Ard says the suspect’s story to detectives obviously didn’t fly…:

cut 15 (07) “prank call”

 

AM Newscall February 27th, 2015

The Jindal administration will propose a budget for next fiscal year to lawmakers that’s expected to include significant cuts to higher education and health care. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The new movie “Focus”, featuring Will Smith, hits theatres today and it’s just one of many major Louisiana shot movies to be released this year. Scott Carwile reports…

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Comedian Bill Cosby is appearing tonight at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette and not everyone is laughing. Michelle Southern reports.

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Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget for next fiscal year will be presented to lawmakers today and significant cuts to higher education and health care are expected. La-politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says during today’s joint legislative budget committee there will be discussion on how to mitigate those cuts

cut 4  (09)  “be enough”

Drastic cuts are needed as the state faces a  one-point-six billion dollar revenue shortfall. Alford says the governor opposes any tax increase to close the deficit, but Jindal is open to changing the rules for refundable tax credits to increase revenue, but the budget ax will  likely still fall hard

Cut 5  (08)  “budget hole”

Alford says once lawmakers have a chance to see the proposed budget and how bad the cuts will be, ideas will start flowing on how to deal with it….

Cut 6 (08)  “session starts”

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Cleco’s shareholders have approved the sale of the Pineville-based company, but the Public Service Commission still has to give its consent. A North American investor group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and by British Columbia Investment Corporation is seeking to purchase the utility company. PSC Commissioner Clyde Holloway says he will study this proposed merger carefully.

CUT 7 (10)  “present employees”

Holloway says their job is to take care of people who work for CLEO and its customers. He says he knows what they have now with CLEO, but they don’t know what they’d be getting with Macquarie — a company outside of the US…:

Cut 8  (09)  “and for the employee” 

Holloway says he expects a vote before the PSC during the latter part of the third quarter of this year…:

Cut 9 (07)  “their findings are”

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The new movie “Focus”, featuring Will Smith, hits theatres today and it’s just one of many major Louisiana shot movies to be released this year. Chris Stelly, Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment, says “Focus” could top the box office this weekend…

Cut 10 (09) “really well”

The streak started last weekend with the release of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″. Stelly says other Louisiana films scheduled to open this year include “Pitch Perfect 2″ in May and “Jurassic World” in June. Stelly says he’s looking forward to seeing “Get Hard” starring Will Farrell and Kevin Hart that will open next month…

cut 11 (11) “see that one”

This summer will also see the release of “Terminator Genisys” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in July and the reboot of the “Fantastic Four” franchise in August. Stelly thinks this summer is going to be a blockbuster season for films shot in Louisiana…

cut 12 (07)  “of films”

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The embattled comedian Bill Cosby is appearing tonight at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette. There are some who aren’t happy about that due to allegations which recently surfaced accusing Cosby of sexually abusing women. Ebony Turner, Director of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, is concerned people who still buy tickets to Cosby’s show don’t take these alleged victims seriously…:

Cut 13 (08)  “come forward”

The comedian released a statement thanking fans for love, support and trust and added he can’t wait to warm the hearts of the audience with the gift of laughter. Turner says it’s their hope that people in the audience tonight realize that famous people also have private lives that are very different from who they portray…:

Cut 14 (06) “criminal activity”

The performance is set for 8pm. Turner says there has been so much victim blaming surrounding the Cosby allegations that people are separating Dr. Huxabtable from someone who is capable of committing a horrible crime…:

Cut 15  (12)  “sexual assault”

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The LSU men’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to three games on Saturday when they host Ole Miss. The Rebels are led by five-foot-ten guard Stefan Moody, who is averaging 16 and a half points a game. Tigers Coach Johnny Jones Ole Miss likes to create shots for Moody by running him off screens…

Cut 16  (17)  “one look”

LSU has been led lately by Jarell Martin who is also 16.5 points a game. He’s coming off a 25-point performance against Auburn and Jones likes how the sophomore is playing

Cut 17 (19)  “vast improvement”

A win on Saturday for LSU gives them 10 conference wins. In Jones first two seasons in Baton Rouge, LSU won nine games in the league each year

Cut 18 (18) “important’

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