AM LRN Newscall Tuesday March 31

The four announced candidates for governor will discuss issues impacting small businesses in a forum hosted by National Federation of Independent Business. Jeff Palermo has more…

CUT 1 (27) “reporting”


A Lafayette legislator proposes a bill that would require state high school students to pass a test equal to the civics portion of the US Naturalization Test. Scott Carwile reports…

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Supporters for Common Core in Louisiana public schools have won a legal battle. Jeff Palermo has more…

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Today the National Federation of Independent Business, along with the Louisiana Restaurant Association and the Louisiana Retailers Association, will host a panel discussion featuring the four announced candidates for governor. Louisiana NFIB Director Dawn Starns expects a good crowd to listen to what these candidates have to say…

cut 4  (08)  “business in mind”

The 90-minute forum will take place in Baton Rouge. Starns expects the candidates to address several issues regarding small business…

Cut 5  (09)  “incentive programs”

Starns says this is a great opportunity for small business owners to make an informed decision on who they will support in this year’s governor’s race…

Cut 6 (08)  “of our economy”


A Lafayette legislator proposes a bill that would require state high school students to pass a test equal to the civics portion of the US Naturalization Test. Senator Page Cortez says 92-percent of immigrants pass the naturalization test, while studies have shown that less than 4-percent of US born high school students are capable of getting a passing grade…

CUT 7 (10)  “natural born citizens”

He says there is a concern nationally that that naturalized citizens know more about our government than natural-born citizens. Cortez says his bill ultimately make this test a requirement for graduation…

Cut 8  (08)  “pass civics” 

Cortez says this is part of a national movement called the “Civics Initiation Initiative” that hopes to have this implemented in all 50 states by 2017. He says there’s more to this than just smarten up kids in civics class…

Cut 9 (06)  “public service”  (2x)


A Bossier Parish man’s bond is set at three-million dollars and he faces up to 120 years in prison if convicted on child pornography charges. State Police trooper Matt Harris says during a search of 60-year-old Robert Childs’ home they found cameras that were recording houses in the neighborhood where children lived

Cut 10 (08) “to a DVR”

Harris says state police had a warrant to search Childs’ home after an IP address located inside his house was found to be downloading child pornography. He says once inside, agents located strategically placed  cameras

cut 11 (10) “were recording”

Harris says child pornography was also being downloaded at the time of the search. Childs was charged with 300 counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of distribution of child porn. He says Childs faces up to 120 years in prison if convicted on these charges

cut 12 (06)  “number one priority”


A state judge throws out a lawsuit that sought to remove Common Core from Louisiana’s public schools. Judge Tim Kelley says he dismissed the suit, because it should have been filed within two years after BESE approved Common Core in 2010. State Education Superintendent John White applauds the decision

Cut 13 (09)  “five years ago”

White says he’s glad the courts dismissed an attempt to force teachers back to the drawing board when there’s solid education standards already in place.

Cut 14 (10) “Thursday morning quarterbacking”

Seventeen lawmakers filed the lawsuit, which is backed by Governor Bobby Jindal. Lake Charles Representative Brett Geymann says they plan to appeal. Geymann disagrees with Judge Kelley’s ruling, because the adoption of Common Core was done illegally and without public comment….

Cut 15  (08)  “first place”

Despite Judge Kelley’s ruling, Geymann says they’ll continue efforts to eliminate Common Core through the courts and the upcoming legislative session…

Cut 16  (06)  “have that removed”

PM LRN Newscall Monday March 30

The Louisiana Democratic Party endorses Amite Representative John Bel Edwards as its candidate in Louisiana’s governor’s race. Jeff Palermo reports…

CUT 1 (24) “reporting”


The National Wildlife Federation releases a report that finds dolphins along Louisiana’s coast dying in large numbers and sea turtles having trouble nesting. Jeff Palermo has more…

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries continues its investigation into a fatal boat wreck on the Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish. The incident claimed the life of 41-year-old Terry O’ Keefe Junior of Folsum and his 31-year-old girlfriend Jonie Morgan still has not been found. L-D-W-F spokesperson Adam Einck says their 14 foot aluminum vessel capsized on Saturday near lock number 3…

CUT 3 (07)  “went into water”

Einck says there were three children on the boat, who survived because they wore life jackets. He says a 16-year-old came upon the scene and tried to drag two of the children and the mother to safety

CUT 4 (08)  “she went under”

The youngest person on the boat was a four-year-old girl. Einck says it appears at this time she was stuck under the vessel….

CUT 5 (09)  “to shore”


The Louisiana Democratic Party endorses Amite Representative John Bel Edwards as its candidate in Louisiana’s governor’s race. It is believed that this move will deter other major Democratic candidates from jumping into the race. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat thinks this shows that Edwards is the Democrats last, best hope for governor…

CUT 6 (10)  “where he is”

Pinsonat says this is a sign that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has told people privately that he will not run for the governor’s seat. Pinsonat says the party’s endorsement, on top of others Edwards has received, puts him in a good position…

CUT 7 (08)  “the runoff”

Pinsonat says this is a good endorsement for Edwards, but it is a mixed bag. He says Louisiana voters haven’t been kind to Democrats in recent statewide elections…

CUT 8 (10)  “Democrats in Louisiana”


The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an early morning fatal fire in Caddo Parish that claimed the lives of a husband and wife. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says firefighters found the mobile home fully engulfed in flames when they arrived shortly after 2AM…

CUT 9 (11)  “unsuccessfully”

53-year-old Richard Fowler and his wife, 54-year-old Wanda Fowler were pronounced dead at the scene. Browning says the investigation is in its initial stages and information is limited…

cut 10 (10) “quickly escape”

Investigators were informed by relatives that the couple were heavy smokers who suffered from COPD. Browning says they have found no indications of foul play in this fire. He says investigators did find the remains of smoke alarms in the trailer…

cut 11 (11)  “know right now”


A report from the National Wildlife Federation provides evidence that sea turtles, dolphins, fish and birds are still suffering from the BP oill spill that occurred nearly five years ago. Lead author of the report, Ryan Fikes, says the number of Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nests have declined on average since 2010….

cut 12 (10)  “poor health”

The National Wildlife Federation report looked at how 20 types of wildlife are faring in the wake of the spill. Fikes says the exposure to oil has been shown to cause abnormal development in many species of fish and dolphins on the Louisiana coast were found dead at four times the historic rates in 2014.

cut 13 (06)  “deep water horizon”

Fikes says comprehensive modeling estimates that 12-percent of the brown pelicans and 32-percent of the laughing gulls in the northern gulf died as a result of the oil spill

cut 14 (09)  “laughing gulls”

LRN AM Newscall Monday March 30

A proposal to be sponsored by New Orleans Representative Walt Leger would use Gulf oil spill money for possible long-term financing for Louisiana colleges. Eric Gill has more…

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An 8th grade student from Buckeye High School has started an online petition to change the uniform policy in Rapides Parish. Jeff Palermo reports…:

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The state’s workforce commission says Louisiana set an employment record for the month of February. Scott Carwile has the story…

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A proposal to be sponsored by New Orleans Representative Walt Leger would use Gulf oil spill money for possible long-term financing for Louisiana colleges. Leger feels a trust fund should be set up for colleges from recovery money received from the 2010 disaster…

cut 4  (07)  “for higher education”

The state is expected to receive billions of dollars from BP to pay for economic damage caused by the spill. Legislators have already dedicated the first $1 billion of that money. Leger’s proposal would target money above that. He says his proposal would fund higher education moving forward…

Cut 5  (08)  “funding in place”

The state Board of Regents have thrown their support behind Leger’s proposal. Leger says there is no time table on when the BP issue will be resolved, but is confident that the state will be successful…

Cut 6 (06)  “investing in our students”


An 8th grade student from Buckeye High School in Deville has started an online petition to change the uniform policy in Rapides Parish. Currently they are essentially only allowed to wear navy or khaki bottoms and white collared shirts. 14-year-old Brandon Richardson feels the current dress code is far too restrictive…:

CUT 7 (05)  “still exists”

The petition states that students should not be told what to wear everyday because they are not able to express themselves. School leaders assert the current policy exists so that students can be easily identified on field trips. But Richardson feels if everyone looks alike it could cause problems in crisis situations…:

Cut 8  (07)  “at that school” 

Others who support the dress code that’s in place say it puts all students on level playing fields, but Richardson says when it comes to clothing, bullying still exists with uniforms. He says they would like to see the policy changed to one more similar to Rapides’ current “out of uniform” day rules…:

Cut 9 (07)  “about what you wear”


The state department of agriculture and forestry will put traps out to track the invasive asian bug called the Emerald Ash Borer. The beetle was discovered recently in Webster Parish and it kills ash trees. Commissioner Mike Strain says the traps will be placed in high risk areas along the interstate, welcome centers and the Mississippi River delta

Cut 10 (09) “emerald ash borer is”

Strain says the beetle, which is difficult to eradicate, is often transported into an area by infested firewood

cut 11 (07) “you buy it”

Strain says they want to keep this insect from attacking the thousands of Ash trees in the Atchafalaya Basin, the Mississippi River delta and urban areas as well. He says the traps are large, purple sticky boxes that hang from trees…

cut 12 (09)  “eradication”


The Louisiana Workforce Commission says Louisiana private employers have added 26-thousand jobs over the year based on February employment numbers. The commission’s executive director Curt Eysink says this type of growth with the state’s labor force should continue

Cut 13 (10)  “past ten years”

The unemployment rate for February was six-point-seven percent but it’s the second straight month it has declined. Eysink says the unemployment rate rose in the second half of 2014 as the state saw a large increase in people looking for jobs

Cut 14 (05) “finding work”

Eysink credits the job growth to a growing chemical industry in Louisiana…

Cut 15  (10)  “and New Orleans”


When the polls come out later today, it’s likely the LSU Tigers will no longer be ranked number one after a wild series to the Wildcats of Kenutcky. LSU could not hold on to a three-run lead in the eighth and ended up losing to Kentucky 12-10 in 11 innings yesterday. Shortstop Alex Bregman says LSU didn’t get a lot of baseball fortune during the three-game series

Cut 16  (19)  “best weekend”

LSU had a 10-9 lead in the ninth inning, but with two outs, Wildcasts pinch hitter Riley Mahan hit an inside the park home run, when left fielder Jared Foster dove for his liner, missed it and then shortstop Alex Bregman slipped and fell while retrieving the baseball. Coach Paul Mainieri

Cut 17 (13)  “kept running”

It’s the first weekend series the Tigers have lost this year as they fall to 5-and-4 in SEC play. Mainieri says they had a chance to win all three games, if not for some strange plays…

Cut 18 (20) ” 30 years’


PM Newscall March 27th, 2015

LSU’s Acacia fraternity has been closed after a school investigation determined the group hazed new members last fall. Eric Gill has more…

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Sasol has broken ground on its ethane cracker and derivatives mega project near Westlake. Michelle Southern reports…

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Baton Rouge police say the suspect in what is being described as a vigilante killing has surrendered to authorities. 31-year-old Yovanni Anibal Ramos-Salazar is accused of the shooting death of his neighbor, 28-year-old Joel Guevara. Cpl. Don Coppola says Ramos-Salazar turned himself in, in the presence of his attorney, Thursday evening…

CUT 3 (06)  “of a weapon”

Ramos-Salazar is charged with second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Authorities believe Ramos-Salazar killed Guevara after he found out that Guevara had been accused of raping a relative. Coppola says they are happy that Ramos-Salazar is off the streets…

CUT 4 (07)  “way it did”


The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for a Rayne man accused of stealing crawfish from a crawfish plant. Spokeswoman Maxine Trahan says a dock worker called authorities after witnessing the theft…

CUT 5 (10)  “he was driving”

She says Cary Bastain fled the scene driving a white Camaro at speeds of over 100 miles-per-hour toward Vermillion and Lafayette parishes. He faces charges of simple burglary, reckless operation, and aggravated flight from an officer. Bastian is still at large and Trahan says they’re asking for the public’s help bringing him in…

CUT 6 (11)  “he’s being charged”


The 2015 LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction takes place tonight (took place Friday night) and among this year’s inductees are track Olympian Lolo Jones and SEC Associate Commissioner of Communications Herb Vincent. Celtic Studios Executive Director Patrick Mulhearn will also be inducted and he says his life continues to revolve around LSU…:

CUT 7 (11)  “obsessive with LSU”

The Alumni Association says Hall of Distinction inductees are those who have distinguished themselves through their careers, their personal civic accomplishments and their loyalty to their alma mater. Mulhearn, who is originally from Mississippi and graduated from LSU grad school in 2000, says LSU is the reason he fell in love with Louisiana…:

CUT 8 (10)  “done for me”

Vincent has worked as LSU’s Sports Information Director and former Associate Athletic Director. He’s worked under Tiger football coaches including Mike Archer, Curley Hallman, Gerry DiNardo, Nick Saban and Les miles. Vincent doesn’t have anything bad to say about Saban as it was always important to the now Alabama coach to keep LSU traditions alive..:

CUT 9 (12)  “at the time”

Also being inducted this year is Atlantic Company of America President David Suarez and VP of Research of at the University of Texas John Tinsley Oden. Vincent says he didn’t believe it when he got the call…:

cut 10 (06) “a real honor”


Sasol has broken ground on its ethane cracker and derivatives mega project near Westlake. The South African-based company expects the facility to be in operation in 2018. Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Nic Hunter says they are excited that this project is finally underway…

cut 11 (11)  “in the country”

By the time the project is complete, Sasol’s investment will total almost $9 billion. Hunter says the construction of this project will have an sudden impact on the economy in southwest Louisiana…

cut 12 (07)  “their dollars here”

The project will create more than 5,000 construction jobs and over 500 full-time positions. Hunter feels Sasol’s commitment to southwest Louisiana puts the area in a great position for future growth…

cut 13 (11)  “coming up”


Fifth District Congressman Doctor Ralph Abraham, who is family doctor in Richland Parish, had to use his medical expertise to help a former marine, who nearly passed out during a flight. Abraham says he was sitting near the young man, when he noticed a problem with a fellow passenger

cut 14 (08)  “sort to speak”

Abraham says he was able to quickly administer some first aid to the individual, who was recently discharged as a marine and flying back home to Texas…

cut 15 (08) “drink and eat”

Abraham says this is the fourth time, since he launched his Congressional campaign that he’s had to provide medical attention to a person he met in public….

cut 16 (07) “20 years”


AM Newscall, March 27th, 2015

A man from LaPlace has developed an app to keep teenagers from texting and driving. Michelle Southern reports.

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Turkey season opens tomorrow and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries predicts a bumper crop for hunters. Eric Gill reports…

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Demographer Elliot Stonecipher is concerned the state is not growing fast enough to prevent the loss of another Congressional seat. Scott Carwile has more…

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A man from LaPlace has developed an app to keep teenagers from texting and driving. Mike Watson says Text Guardian is tied to the GPS device on cellular devices and parents can set to a certain speed…:(Right now Text Guardian is only available on Android devices but should be on iOS soon.)

cut 4  (06)  “deactivated”

Watson says if somebody tries to call or text a teen while Text Guardian is activated, they will get a message back right away saying that the person will get back to you when it is safe to do so. He says it’s completely free and the difference between this and some other anti-driving-and-texting apps is that Text Guardian can not be removed…:

Cut 5  (10)  “or attempted manipulation”

Watson says once the phone reaches the pre-set speed, all that works is 911, a few contacts and the navigation system. He is the owner of Jim’s Body Shop and came up with the idea of creating an app like this after dealing with so many vehicles that had been in serious crashes involving teenagers who were texting and driving…:

Cut 6 (11)  “to do something about it”


Turkey season opens tomorrow and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries predicts a bumper crop for hunters. Wild Turkey and Resident Small Game Leader, Jimmy Stafford, says there should be some carryover this season after bad weather lead to a poor hunting last year…

CUT 7 (08)  “go up some”

This year’s season is coming a few days later than normal, which Stafford says should move the birds closer to their peak of gobbling. Although more turkeys are expected to be harvested this season, Stafford says Mother Nature is always a factor…

Cut 8  (10)  “significantly improved” 

He says the Louisiana turkey population is scattered, but most gobblers can be found in the western or north-central part of the state. Stafford says if you’re looking to bag a turkey on opening day, he’s got a tip on where to look…

Cut 9 (08)  “harvest go”


Demographer Elliot Stonecipher says Louisiana could be in jeopardy of losing another Congressional seat if the state doesn’t see more growth in population. Stonecipher is making that statement based on new Census figures, which shows the state’s population has only increased two-point-six percent since 2010

Cut 10 (12) “Census happens”

Louisiana saw it’s Congressional delegation shrink from seven to six members as a result of the 2010 Census. Stonecipher says the data suggests to him that Louisiana still has an out-migration problem

cut 11 (12) “nervous about”

East Baton Rouge Parish remains the most populated parish in the state. The three fastest growing parishes in the state since 2010 are Ascension, Orleans and St. Bernard. Stonecipher says from 2013-14 Orleans Parish grew one-point-four percent…

cut 12 (10)  “positive years”


Well there was somebody in Louisiana who could have been a Powerball millionaire, but they missed their chance. The Match 5 winning ticket was sold in Minden for the September 27th drawing, but no one came forward to claim the prize by the Thursday deadline. Louisiana Lottery spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin says the $1 million will go back into winnings…:

Cut 13 (11)  “player promotions”

Chopin says by using unclaimed prizes, they’ve been able to increase prize payout over the last five years from about 59%, to about 62%…:

Cut 14 (06) “like to play more”

Chopin says it’s extremely rare for a million dollar prize to go unclaimed. She says sometimes when the jackpot gets really high, people who don’t normally play Powerball try it out and don’t realize that you don’t have to have all 6 numbers to win a prize…:

Cut 15  (07)  “prize”


The number one ranked LSU baseball team opens up a three-game series tonight against Kentucky, with first pitch set for seven P-M at the Box. The Wilcats are 2-and-4 in league play, but Tigers Coach Paul Mainieri says they are one of the better hitting teams in the conference…

Cut 16  (17)  “good ball players”

LSU is led offensively by Kade Scivicque and Andrew Stevenson, who are both hitting over .400 over the year. Right behind them is Mark Laird, who is hitting .392. Mainieri says he’s not surprised that his speedy right fielder is having a huge season…

Cut 17 (13)  “your hits”

Senior Jared Foster is also having a big season. He’s hitting .348 with five home runs after hitting just .115 last year. Mainieri made Foster the starting second baseman at the start of SEC play and has no plans of moving the former outfielder somewhere else…

Cut 18 (18) ” helped us’


PM LRN Newscall March 26

An 11-year-old boy has missed more than two weeks of school because his hair is too long according to Rapides Parish School Board policy. Eric Gill reports…

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The Terrebonne DA says a grand jury has cleared a deputy who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy near Houma last September. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Shreveport’s Independence Bowl finds itself, once again, without a sponsor. Duck Commander, who was the title sponsor of last year’s game, will not return as the title sponsor this year. Mayor Ollie Tyler says she is determined to help the I-Bowl foundation find a new sponsor…

CUT 3 (06)  “us economically”

Last year’s game was played under a letter of intent between Duck Commander and the Independence Bowl and not a contract. This isn’t the first time the bowl has had sponsorship issues. The 2008 game was played without a sponsor. Tyler says this game is not only important for Shreveport, but the entire area…

CUT 4 (08)  “areas benefit”

Tyler says a hotel tax, which narrowly failed last year, would provide much needed, ongoing revenue for the Independence bowl. She says the measure could be back on the ballot this fall. Tyler feels the passage of this occupancy tax will be significant in landing a new title sponsor…

CUT 5 (11)  “develop this area”


An 11-year-old boy has missed more than two weeks of school because his hair is too long according to Rapides Parish School Board policy. Ashton Bodiford’s hair falls past the middle of his back. Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman, who is not involved in this case, says it’s time for courts to recognize that students should be able to have a greater range of appearances…

CUT 6 (06)  “with the student”

Esman says courts have ruled that schools are within their rights to have appearance policies like this. Bodiford was told he could not return to school until his hair was cut to meet the requirements. His parents say the rules are unfair and discriminatory and want a policy that is equal for both genders. Esman says the 5th grader should not be penalized just because someone doesn’t like the way he looks…

CUT 7 (10)  “the victim”

Policy requires male students to keep their hair no longer than chin length in the back and no longer than three inches on top. Bodiford’s parents hope to address the issue at next month’s school board meeting. Esman says, because of previous court rulings, the family has a hard road ahead…

CUT 8 (10)  “and unfair”


The Terrebonne DA says a grand jury has cleared a deputy who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy near Houma last September. They returned a ruling of “no true bill” which means there wasn’t evidence presented that indicated Deputy Preston Norman committed a crime in the death of Cameron Tillman. Carlos Lazarus is the First Assistant DA in Terrebonne…:

CUT 9 (09)  “or another”

The FBI is also investigating this case. Family members of Tillman assert the juvenile did not have a weapon but the sheriff’s office say he was holding what looked exactly like a .45-caliber pistol. Lazarus says it was a pellet pistol…:

cut 10 (10) “you can not tell the difference”

The sheriff’s office says Norman and other deputies were responding to a call of children brandishing guns at an abandoned house where the incident took place. Lazarus says he showed the jury pictures of the weapon the juvenile was holding and a real .45-caliber pistol and said they are identical…:

cut 11 (11)  “what he should do”


One of the four Louisiana National Guard soliders, who was killed in a helicopter crash on March 10th near Pensacola, Florida, is laid to rest today in Alexandria. Chief Warrant Officer 4, David Strother, leaves behind a wife and a son, a stepdaugther and mother. Louisiana National Guard Captain Kreg Stiles says Strother was a great American and human being…

cut 12 (09)  “him justice”

Strother served in the National Guard from 1988 to 2007 and then returned in 2009 and served until his death. He had over 24-hundred flight hours, including 700 combat hours. Stiles says Strother was born to serve our country and born to fly…

cut 13 (10)  “duplicate that”

Strother was a Black Hawk pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan. His remains returned to central Louisiana last week and Captain Stiles says Strother’s family and friends have been impressed with the outpouring of support from the residents of central Louisiana…

cut 14 (10)  “completely amazing”

AM Newscall, March 26th, 2015

An American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety study shows that distraction in teen crashes is worse than previously thought. Eric Gill has more…

CUT 1 (29) “reporting”


A state legislator wants to make it a law that a designated driver be present at certain locations that sell alcohol. Scott Carwile reports…:

Cut 2 (31) “reporting”


A jury in Lafayette has found Seth Fontenot guilty of manslaughter, but not first degree murder prosecutors were seeking. Michelle Southern reports…:

Cut 3 (28) “reporting”


An American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety study shows that distraction in teen crashes is worse than previously thought. The study found that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes. AAA spokesman Don Redman says the two leading causes of distraction are other passengers and cell phones…

cut 4  (10)  “teen drivers”

Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. Redman says teen drivers and cell phones have proven to be a more dangerous combination than anyone realized…

Cut 5  (10)  “into someone”

Redman says parents should sit down with their teen drivers and talk about the dangers of using their cell phones while behind the wheel. He also suggests that parents restrict the number of passengers their teen drivers are allowed to drive around…

Cut 6 (09)  “in the vehicle”


A leak in one of the 97 igloos storing the 16 millions pounds of M6 propellant at Camp Minden in Webster Parish has resulted in the recommendation of the emergency destruction of its contents. Minden Representative Gene Reynolds says the moisture build up creates a chemical reaction the could cause the M6 to “auto-ignite”…

CUT 7 (12)  “somewhere else”

Reynolds says, as he understands it, this is an emergency procedure and the material will be removed from the igloo and transported somewhere else for disposal. As far as the disposal of the remaining M6, Reynolds says the evaluation team, lead by the Louisiana National Guard, is still reviewing the bids that were submitted…

Cut 8  (08)  “that decision” 

Reynolds says he expects an announcement on the method of disposal of the propellant any day now. He says the evaluation team has looked at many different methods other than an open burn…

Cut 9 (10)  “going forward”


A legislator wants to make it a law that a designated driver be present at certain locations that sell alcohol. Haughton Representative Henry Burns says he at least wants to get a dialogue started about the importance of having someone present who hasn’t been drinking at establishments which sell alcohol…:

Cut 10 (10) “or not”

Burns is still working on the final details, but believes that it should be illegal to sell alcohol to a designated driver. He says he’s been a DD before and knows first hand that sometimes libations get a little out of hand…:

cut 11 (11) “other people’s safety”

Burns says HB 132 defines a “designated driver” and authorizes them to be the DD for more than one person at any given time. He says at the very least the proposal would get a conversation started…:

cut 12 (10)  “not under the influence”


The Louisiana SPCA is offering a reward of 13,000 dollars for information about a gruesome 12-second video of five men beheading a goat. CEO Anna Zorilla says the men in the video are laughing and cheering as the beheading went on.

Cut 13 (10)  “behead the goat”

Zorilla says the graphic video shows the culprits standing in a circle around the plastic swimming pool, with a string tied around the goat’s neck and then one of the men beheads the goat with a sword

Cut 14 (09) “and video”

Zorilla says the video was sent to the SPCA from a New Orleans University police officer, but they are not sure if the beheading actually ocurred in the Crescent City or Louisiana

Cut 15  (08)  “what happened”


LSU’s Jarell Martin will enter the NBA draft after two seasons with the Tigers. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged nearly 17 points and 9 rebounds a game this past season and was named to the All-SEC first team. Martin believes after a solid sophomore campaign, he’s ready for the pros….

Cut 16  (17)  “mentally prepared”

LSU Coach Johnny Jones says NBA scouts like Martin’s versatility and that will help him on the next level….

Cut 17 (18)  “athleticism”


Saints Coach Sean Payton is really excited about his new weapon on offense and that’s running back CJ Spiller, who signed with New Orleans during the free agency period. Payton says Spiller was not a target for them when free agency started, but that quickly changed after watching some of his film from his games with the Bills

Cut 18 (20) ” he’s impressive’

Spiller had over 33-hundred yards rushing and caught 158 passes during five seasons in Buffalo. Payton also addressed the trade that sent Jimmy Graham to Seattle. The head coach says quarterback Drew Brees understand they had to make some changes on offense in order to improve the defense….

Cut 19 (16)   “down 10″


LRN PM Newscall March 25

Over 40 Beau Chene (SHEN) High School Students have been suspended after an investigation into a student who is accused of changing their grades. Eric Gill reports…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”


The Strawberry Festival Board and the Kiwanis Club of Ponchatoula have both apologized for the controversial 2015 poster and said they will not sell it at the event. Michelle Southern reports…:

CUT 2 (30) “reporting”


A total of 46 Beau Chene High (SHEN) School Students have been suspended after an investigation into a student who is accused of changing their grades. St. Landry school superintendent Edward Brown says a student was able to gain access to a web-based grading computer program, after obtaining a teacher’s password…

CUT 3 (10)  “grade changing”

It’s reported that the accused student would charge money or favors in exchange for changing grades. Brown says some students didn’t know their grades were being altered. He says the scheme began unraveling after one pupil became suspicious…

CUT 4 (09)  “central office”

Brown says the suspensions vary in length based on the student’s involvement, but no specifics were given. He says he’s confident they’ve caught all involved, but there’s no way to be certain. Brown says they’ll use this situation to teach students a lesson that reaches far beyond the classroom…

CUT 5 (08)  “the system”


Baton Rouge Police are looking for 31-year-old Yovanni Anibal Ramos-Salazar for the killing of a 28-year-old man who was accused of rape. Authorities say it was a vigilante killing. Corporal Don Coppola says the man who was fatally shot has been identified as 28-year-old Joel Guevara…

CUT 6 (09)  “family members”

Family members of Guevara say the rape allegations against him are false, but Coppola says they were looking to arrest him for an alleged rape that took place in January

CUT 7 (10)  “and stalking”

Ramos-Salazar was last seen driving a silver 2000 Toyota Tundra pickup with a Louisiana license plate. The shooting occurred outside of a Baton Rouge apartment complex on Sunday and Coppola says Ramos-Salazar targeted Guevara after learning of a sexual assault that occurred against one of his family members

CUT 8 (08)  “on construction”


Many people are awed by the pictures and video circling of the two elephants who helped kept an 18-wheeler from overturning yesterday on I-49 near Powhatan (Pow-Hat-Tin). There was a concern by some that this was some sort of animal abuse. But Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt Tony Moran says the animals seemed to be willing to assist…:

CUT 9 (09)  “from overturning”

Moran says these were circus elephants who were being transported from New Orleans to Dallas and after the driver became stranded, he gave a command to the elephants to help out…:

cut 10 (10) “didn’t appear to be abused”

Moran says deputies reported that at no time did the animals appear to be injured during this incident. He says the elephants were a huge help…:

cut 11 (03)  “did a great job”


The Strawberry Festival Board and the Kiwanis Club of Ponchatoula have both apologized for the controversial 2015 poster and said they will not sell it at the event. A meeting was held this morning with the NAACP and other concerned leaders who felt this year’s festival poster was racist. Pontchatoula Councilman Melvin Toomer was at that meeting…:

cut 12 (11)  “which they have done”

Toomer says the Kiwanis Club Organization, which is responsible for the poster, will not be selling it at the festival April 10th-12th — but they will continue to distribute it before that time. The club board had originally said they would not stop selling the poster but Toomer says the compromise all parties reached today made both sides happy…:

cut 13 (10)  “for everybody”

The civil rights organization also called on both boards to have a more diverse membership which they agreed to make an effort to do. Toomer says they didn’t mind that the club would continue to sell the poster before the festival because that’s “inside their house” which is less offensive than it being sold at the event…:

cut 14 (10)  “that’s your house”

AM Newscall, March 25th, 2015

LSU’s annual survey of Louisiana residents  reveals that 83-percent of Louisianians want the state’s budget deficit to be resolved through a combination of spending cuts and additional revenue. Scott Carwile reports…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”


A former Iberia Parish Sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty to striking a handcuffed man. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (27) “reporting”


The NAACP in Tangipahoa Parish is meeting with leaders in Ponchatoula today to further efforts to have the sale of the controversial Strawberry Festival poster yanked. Michelle Southern reports.

Cut 3 (30) “reporting”


The 2015 Louisiana Survey reveals that 83-percent of Louisianians want the state’s budget deficit to be resolved through a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes. LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab Director Michael Henderson says people would prefer one over the other…

cut 4  (05)  “than tax hikes”

Of those preferring a combination, 59-percent would rather see the the focus mostly on the side of spending cuts. The way the Louisiana Constitution is written, higher education and health care will take the brunt of budget cuts. Henderson says that is not what the public wants…

Cut 5  (05)  “spent on that”

Henderson says people actually want more money spent in areas of education, health care, and transportation, which puts policy makers in a bind. When it comes to raising revenue, Henderson says the public seems to behind a hike in the so-called “sin taxes”: alcohol, tobacco, and gaming…

Cut 6 (06)  “and fees”


The financial planning website lists Louisiana as the fifth worst place to retire. Bankrate’s research analyst Chris Kahn says Louisiana scores low when it comes to its crime rate, health care services and weather

CUT 7 (07)  “our rankings”

Kahn says retirees in Louisiana do not face a huge tax burden, which is good, but the state has the second highest crime rate in the nation, which does NOT make the bayou state a dream retirement spot

Cut 8  (08)  “in the country” 

Kahn says Louisiana also performed poorly in their study when it comes to well-being, which looks at how satisfied senior citizens are with their surroundings….

Cut 9 (07)  “liked it”


A former school board candidate in south Louisiana has been charged with felony sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl whom he used to coach basketball. Lawrence McLeary with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office says the juvenile told her doctor that she was assaulted by 34-year-old Philip Ziegler of Central about a year and a half ago…:

Cut 10 (10) “to report it”

McLeary says the allegation is that Ziegler had come over to the victim’s house for a bonfire and ended up staying the night. He says the juvenile contends that at some point in the night, the suspect came to her room.:

cut 11 (11) “inappropriately”

Ziegler ran for a school board office in Central in the November 4th, 2014 election but did not win. According to court documents, the victim claims she had to hit Ziegler several times with a baseball bat in order to stop his advances before the suspect walked out of her room saying, “This isn’t worth it.” McLeary says sexual battery is the charge…:

cut 12 (04)  “and his age”


The Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP Branch is meeting this morning with the Mayor of Ponchatoula and other leaders to discuss the controversial Strawberry Festival poster. They believe the painting is racist and want the Kiwanas Club to stop selling it. Christina Rusca is a former member of the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club. She believes they will keep the poster…:

Cut 13 (09)  “stick to their guns, yes”

In a prepared statement, Mayor Bob Zabbia says because negative feelings about the poster go against the purpose of the Strawberry Festival, which has brought the community together for decades, he would recommend that Kiwanis reevaluate their decision to sell the poster. Rusca says there have been racist overtones in the Kiwanis Club for a long time…:

Cut 14 (09) “that conversation”

Rusca says when she was on the Kiwanis club board, she presented an idea that there should be more cultural diversity among their leaders when you’re dealing with something the size of the strawberry festival. She says that thought was not at all popular…:

Cut 15  (09)  “and it’s always been that way”


U-L-M men’s basketball will host Vermont tonight at seven P-M in the semifinals of the C-B-I tournament. The Warhawks started the tournament by beating Eastern Michigan and then rallying on the road to defeat Mercer by 20. ULM Athletics Director Brian Wickstrom this postseason run has brought excitement to the campus…

Cut 16  (13)  “for our program”

ULM starts one senior in its starting line-up and Wickstrom hopes this postseason run will result in a NCAA Tournament berth next season

Cut 17 (15)  “extra games”

______________________________________’s Jeff Goodman reports that LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey is leaning towards entering the NBA draft. Mickey was a first-team ALL SEC selection this past season as he led the league in rebounding and he’s also the top shot blocker in the country. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says it’s not a surprise to hear this news…

Cut 18 (13) ” weren’t great’

Mickey averaged 15 points and nearly 10 rebounds a game this season, but Worsham believes the six-foot-eight forward from Dallas could use another year of college basketball

Cut 19 (13)   “game more”


PM Newscall, March 24th, 2015

A study released by the state department of economic development finds that the state’s film tax credit program cost the state 171-million dollars last fiscal year. Jeff Palermo has the story…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”


Republican Congressman Charles Boustany announces that a contract has been awarded to build a new VA clinic in Lafayette. Eric Gill reports…

CUT 2 (29) “reporting”


A Franklin Parish woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree cruelty to a juvenile after causing her 20-month-old daughter to fall out of her moving car last June. District Attorney Mack Lancaster says he’s satisfied with the sentence handed down to 24-year-old LaSasha Allen of Winnsboro…

CUT 3 (10)  “appropriate sentence”

The child sustained multiple injuries, including a broken arm and skull fracture. Lancaster says there is no doubt in his mind that Allen intentionally tried to hurt her daughter…

CUT 4 (06)  “fall out”

Lancaster says Allen placed her daughter in an unrestrained position and opened the car door while rounding a curve, allowing her daughter to fall out. He says Allen has shown no remorse for what she did to her daughter…

CUT 5 (05)  “somewhat silently”


Republican Congressman Charles Boustany announces that a contract has been awarded to build a new VA clinic in Lafayette. Last year, Boustany passed legislation authorizing the construction of new clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles. Boustany says this is a great day for Lafayette veterans…

CUT 6 (11)  “long overdue”

The Lafayette clinic will be built on Ambassador Caffery Parkway and is expected to be completed 18 months after construction begins. Boustany says this clinic is something veterans in the Acadiana region have been waiting too long for…

CUT 7 (07)  “of this clinic”

However, Boustany says there is still no word from the VA on the construction of a new clinic in Lake Charles. He says the VA is dragging its feet on this and that’s not acceptable…

CUT 8 (08)  “on construction”


A study examining the state’s film tax credit program finds that it created nearly 13-thousand jobs in Louisiana, but cost the state 171-million dollars last fiscal year. LSU Economist Loren Scott conducted the study for the state department of economic development and he says the film tax credit program costs more than it brings in

CUT 9 (10)  “film industry”

Reforming the state’s film tax credit program is expected to be a major topic in the upcoming legislative session. Some lawmakers will point to the number of jobs it has created, but Scott says is it worth the 171-million dollar negative impact on the budget

cut 10 (05) “jobs as well”

Scott says even though the state’s film tax credit program produced nearly 13-thousand jobs last fiscal year, that doesn’t mean the jobs produced actually benefited Louisiana…

cut 11 (09)  “be spent”


The Department of Health and Hospitals says Louisiana has cut the rate of Tuberculosis cases by more than half from 2010 to 2014. DHH TB Control Program Director Charles DeGraw says that puts us 12 percent below the national case rate…:

cut 12 (10)  “at that point”

DeGraw credits the TB Control Program for its successful implementation of new tools which have lowers the instance of the disease and working toward the ultimate eradication of Tuberculosis in Louisiana. He says this is great news…:

cut 13 (10)  “over that period of time”

DeGraw says this also helps because doctors no longer have to treat problem cases which makes the other end of treatment and follow up and completion of treatment easier to do. He says they also reduced the percentage of TB cases with HIV infection from 10% in 2010 to 4 percent in 2014…:

cut 14 (10)  “who have Tuberculosis”