PM Newscall, March 16th, 2015

A Washington Post article refers to Governor Bobby Jindal as one of the great mysteries of the early 2016 presidential campaign. Eric Gill has more…

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The Louisiana National Guard has released the identities of the four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise over the Florida Panhandle last week. Eric Gill reports…

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A Washington Post article refers to Governor Bobby Jindal as one of the great mysteries of the early 2016 presidential campaign. They said that not long ago, Jindal was considered a fresh new face in the Republican Party, but his star has since fallen. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley agrees…

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The Post says, for the first time in Jindal’s political career, he appears to be lost. They say the governor looks like he’s trying to be every politician at once. Stockley says it does appear that Jindal is struggling to find his identity on the presidential campaign trail…

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According to The Post, Jindal is polling at around two-percent in national Republican polls. Stockley doesn’t think this is a “gotcha” piece or an unfair article toward the governor…

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State police say a man and a woman from Texas died on their motorcycle in a Rapides Parish crash over the weekend. Master Trooper Scott Moreau says 59-year-old Ronnie Fillingim and 59-year-old Sharon Fillingim, both of Livingston, Texas, were traveling on their bike south on LA Hwy 21. He says that’s when a Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by 62-year-old Larry Callahan of Calcasieu entered that lane…:(FILL in GEM)

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Moreau says both Filligim’s were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead…:

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Moreau says the motorcycle attempted to stop but was unable to avoid hitting the Chrysler. He says Callahan was cited with improper turning but the investigation is still ongoing…:

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The Louisiana National Guard has released the identities of the four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise over the Florida Panhandle last week. Louisiana National Guard Major General Glenn Curtis says 37-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin, Jr., a Delhi native from Hammond, leaves behind a wife and four children. He says Griffin joined the National Guard in 1994…

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He says 44-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother of Alexandria is survived by his wife, son, step-daughter, and mother. Curtis says Strother served in the military for 26 years…

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He says 40-year-old Staff Sergeant Lance Bergeron leaves behind his wife and two children. Curtis says the Thibodaux native joined the Marines in 1998 before enlisting in the National Guard in 2001…

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26-year-old Staff Sergeant Thomas Florich is survived by his wife, who is expecting the couple’s first child. Curtis says the native of Virginia, who resided in Baton Rouge, enlisted in the National Guard in 2007… (Florich was posthumously promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant.)

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Prominent New Orleans restaurateur Dick Brennan Sr, a driving force behind the highly popular Commander’s Palace, died over the weekend at the age of 84. Big Easy restaurant write and critic Tom Fitzmorris says the chefs who worked at the award winning eatery in New Orleans under Brennan couldn’t be more popular…:

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A spokesman for the family says Brennan died of natural causes. Brennan led and managed some of New Orleans’ best-known dining destinations and along with his siblings were instrumental in the transformation of Commander’s Palace into the definitive modern Creole restaurant of its generation. Fitzmorris says Brennan and his siblings dealt with a family split in 1970 and were tasked with taking over Commander’s…:

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With his family, Brennan opened a string of restaurants including Mr. B’s Bistro and with his children, Dickie Brennan Jr and Lauren Brennan Bower, Palace Cafe and Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. At Commander’s, Brennan is credited with starting the tradition of the Sunday jazz brunch…:

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AM Newscall for Monday March 16

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and it is reported that nearly 23 million Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are not getting tested as recommended. Scott Carwile reports…

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Students in third through eighth grades will begin taking the controversial tests tied to Common Core today. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The state Department of Health and Hospitals announces a new initiative aimed at reducing c-section rates among Louisiana mothers. Michelle Southern reports…:

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and it is reported that nearly 23 million Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are not getting tested as recommended. Last year alone, more than 50,000 people died of colorectal cancer in the United States. Tulane Gastroenterologist, Dr. Jordan Karlitz, says this is a major public health problem in the state…

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But Karlitz says it is preventable with screening. He says a colonoscopy is recommended because it can identify pre-cancerous polyps and remove them before they turn into cancer…

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Karlitz says many insurance plans, including Medicare, help with the expense of colorectal cancer screenings. He says, by getting screened appropriately, you can really have a profound effect on this illness…

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Students in third through eighth grades will begin taking the controversial tests tied to Common Core today. This is the first time PARCC will be administered in Louisiana. State Department of Education Superintendent John White says this is about getting a basic description of what kids should be able to do at the end of each grade level…:

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The DOE says if a child chooses not to take the PARCC test, the score for that student in the accountability system is counted as a zero — but the child is not the one getting the zero. There are many people who oppose Common Core arguing that it’s too complex but White says it’s time that we stop teaching math with memorization…:

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The DOE says promotion from one grade to the next is a district decision during this transition to higher expectations. White says Common Core is a standard, it’s not curriculum. He says how it’s taught and what’s used to teach it is up to districts. White says at the state level, it’s their job to assure kids a basic fundamental right to a quality education…:

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The state Department of Health and Hospitals announces a new initiative aimed at reducing c-section rates among Louisiana mothers. DHH Secretary Kathy Kleibert says “Go the Full 40″ is a voluntary pledge by hospitals to end non-medically indicated induced pregnancies…:

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Kleibert says about 50% of babies in Louisiana are born before 40 weeks gestation. She says they know going full term reduces medical problems for both the mother and child…:

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Kleibert says she is very proud of the March of Dimes and health care partners for taking another step in making the well being of newborns a priority. She says not only are early elective deliveries more dangerous, they are also more expensive. Kleibert says they will be going around talking to hospitals and doctors about the importance of going the full 40…:

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For the first time since 2009, the LSU Tigers are in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Bayou Bengals are a nine-seed and they’ll face North Carolina State on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. Coach Johnny Jones says the goal all season long was to get an invite to the Big Dance

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There was a concern LSU would not get into the tournament after they lost to Auburn in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. But based on LSU getting a nine-seed, they really didn’t need to sweat it out. Jones says the tournament selection committee recognizes LSU had a good regular season…

Cut 14 (09) “from this team”

The LSU Tigers get into the NCAA Tournament in year three of Jones at the helm. He says it’s a sign the program is heading in right direction

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PM-Newscall, March 13th, 2015

A special enrollment period begins Sunday on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace giving some a second chance of obtaining health insurance. Eric Gill reports…

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A New Orleans lawmaker will be sponsoring legislation in the upcoming session which provides funds to pay for sexual assault victim care with expired winning casino tickets. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A special enrollment period begins Sunday on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace giving some, who didn’t realized they would be penalized on their taxes for not being covered, a second chance of obtaining health insurance. Terry Tucker, with the Health Insurance Store of Louisiana, says the government decided to offer a special enrollment period as this is the first tax season since Obamacare was enacted…

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This special enrollment period will go through April 30. Tucker says this special period is not for everyone. He says you must meet certain qualifications…

CUT 4 (07)  “get a penalty”

Tucker says another issue that has cropped up since the open enrollment period ended in February is missing documents. He says all paperwork must be submitted within 60 days of signing up. Tucker suggests you double check your enrollment packet…

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The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry is taking precautionary measures against a highly pathogenic avian influenza strain, also known as bird flu, after cases have been confirmed in Arkansas. Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says outbreaks of avian influenza have been confirmed in several states…

CUT 6 (06)  “H-5-N-1″

Avian influenza has also been found in Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington. Strain says this flu strain is H-5-N-2, not the type that humans normally get, which is H-5-N-1. He says a poultry quarantine will keep any live poultry products from entering the state from an area that’s been affected by this flu strain…

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Although this flu strain is not normally contracted by humans, Strain says the public should be cautious about transferring the disease…

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A New Orleans lawmaker will be sponsoring legislation in the upcoming session which provides funds to pay for sexual assault victim care with expired winning casino tickets. Rep. Helena Moreno said they had to come up with a way to create recurring revenue that would continue to pump dollars into the Crime Victims Reparation Fund…:

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Under the proposed law, hospitals would not bill victims -and- those who come forward aren’t limited to 72 hours to report an incident in order for the services to be provided at no charge. Moreno says they needed to find money to put into the Crime Victims Reparation Fund. She says in Louisiana, casinos and tracks are allowed to keep expired winnings as earnings…:

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Moreno says the dollars amount to about $1.5 million coming from casinos and about $800,000 from race tracks every year. She also says one of the best parts of this is that from the money going into the Crime Victims Reparation Fund from the state, there is also a federal match on top of that…:

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The four candidates for governor met Friday in a forum to discuss Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. To close, each candidate had a chance to say why they should be Louisiana’s next governor. Democratic Amite Representative John Bel Edwards says the state has been going in the wrong direction under the Jindal Administration which he’s been saying for years

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The Louisiana gubernatorial election will take place on October 24. Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle says he’s been asked what was the number one reason he thought he was qualified to be governor. He said it’s because he has had a teenager in his home for the last 15 years…:

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Many political pundits have made remarks about the difficult budget scenario Louisiana’s next governor will be inheriting. Republican Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says he’s been asked why on earth he’d seek an office that is essentially in shambles…:

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The Republican candidates told the group they support the oil and gas industry and understand its importance to the state. But Edwards was more guarded in his comments. Republican US Senator David Vitter said he is fully ready to take on the challenges facing the state…:

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AM Newscall, March 13th, 2015

A new Centers for Disease Control study shows that two out of every three people diagnosed with cancer in the US survive five years or more. Jeff Palermo has more…

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According to a report by the Cowen Institute at Tulane University, Louisiana has the highest estimated percentage of unemployed youth in the country. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A state lawmaker proposes to increase the state’s cigarette tax to the national average. Scott Carwile has more…

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A new Centers for Disease Control study shows that two out of every three people diagnosed with cancer in the US survive five years or more. The cancer survivor estimates are based on cases of invasive cancers reported during 2011. Associate Dean for Research at LSU’s School of Public Health, Ed Trapido, says these numbers show a remarkable amount of progress…

cut 4  (06)  “better treatment”

Among the most common types of cancer, the study reports a five-year-survival rate of 97-percent for prostate cancer and 88-percent for breast cancer. Trapido says the improvement in prostate cancer survival is because of an increase awareness and earlier detection…

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He says better treatment and improved therapies have improved survival statistics for breast cancer patients. Trapido says while these numbers are encouraging, there is still much work to be done to fight cancer…

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Leaders from communities around the state are urging citizens to participate in a massive litter cleanup effort. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will be announcing the results of the amount of litter picked up from morning cleanups and the number of “Leaders Against Litter” who have pledged to beautify the state. Keep Louisiana Beautiful Executive Director Susan Russell…:

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The Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety, DEQ, Wildlife and Fisheries and Volunteer Louisiana’s leaders will all be present for the Leaders Against Litter press conference to say enough is enough…:

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Russell says in addition to the Friday cleanup, they also want to get the message out to the public that leaders are all standing together against litter in this state. She says citizens from all walks of life can join the Great American Cleanup from March through May…:

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According to a report by the Cowen Institute at Tulane University, Louisiana has the highest estimated percentage of unemployed youth in the country. The study also found that New Orleans is third in the nation for the percentage of young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who aren’t working or in school. Cowen Institute Director Vincent Rossmeier…:

Cut 10 (11) “opportunities”

The study also found that southern states, when compared with the west coast, east coast and midwest, have a higher overall percentage of opportunity youth. He says one of the reasons they use the term “opportunity youth” is because they should be viewed as assets to the community…:

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Rossmeier says this is an opportunity to improve our communities and make them more vibrant by finding ways to reconnect these young people. He says there is a huge economic boost coming to Louisiana and we need to come up with ways to connect our young people to those jobs…:

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Bogalusa Representative Harold Ritchie files a bill that would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes to the national average. The governor has proposed an increase in the state’s cigarette tax to the southern regional average, but Ritchie believes the tax on cigarettes should be higher

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Ritchie’s bill would raise the tax from 36-cents to a $1.54 per pack. It will be considered during the legislative session that begins April 13th. He expects his tax proposal will be one of many that will be discussed by lawmakers

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The Jindal administration says they will support an increase in tobacco taxes, but only if it’s accompanied with a tax break. One suggestion is a tax credit to pay for higher fees at public colleges. Ritchie says the goal of his legislation is to raise revenue for the state and stop people from smoking…

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The LSU Tigers begin SEC play tonight against Ole Miss as the number one ranked team in the country according to Baseball America. Coach Paul Mainieri says his team earned that number one ranking, by playing solid baseball

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Jared Poche will be tonight’s starting pitcher. The sophomore left-hander from Lutcher is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA. Mainieri says he’s not surprised by Poche’s success this season…

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The Saints have traded veteran offensive guard Ben Grubbs to Kansas City for a fifth round draft pick. Saints radio color analyst Hokie Gajan likes the trade and believes Tim Lelito, who started a couple of games at center last season, will be able to move to guard and replace Grubbs

Cut 18 (11) “to the Saints’

The Saints have also signed veteran cornerback Brandon Browner, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots last season. Gajan likes the idea of having another big physical cornerback to compliment fellow starting corner Keenan Lewis…

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LRN Newscast 17:30 03-12-15

Eglin Air Force Base officials say the wreckage of the Army helicopter that crashed Tuesday night over the Florida Panhandle, killing all eleven on board, has been found. Eric Gill reports…
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The Coast Guard announced this afternoon nine of the 11 victims have been found, including two from Louisiana.

A Lafayette Parish school bus driver that slid off the road near Broussard today is being investigated for driving under the influence. Fifty year-old John Harvey Bernard was earlier cited for Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Blood Alcohol results are pending. Twelve students were on-board, but none injured.
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Lt Governor hopeful Kip Holden is finding himself involved in a scandal as a 2011 lawsuit has surfaced claiming the Baton Rouge mayor repeatedly sexually harassed a woman who was in Louisiana on business. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the allegation hurts Holden’s chances at becoming Lt. Governor.
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Holden denies the accusations, saying both he and his wife know the truth on this one.

More police presence in New Orleans, as State Police have redeployed additional troopers to patrol the Crescent City. This comes courtesy of $2.5 million dollars raised by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, based on the needs of NOPD and requests from business leaders…
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That’s State Police Colonel Mike Edmunson.

PM Newscall March 12th, 2015

Eglin Air Force Base officials say the wreckage of the Army helicopter that crashed Tuesday night over the Florida Panhandle, killing all eleven on board, has been found. Eric Gill reports…

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Candidate for Lt. Governor & Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden issued a statement today in response to sexual harassment claims made in a suit by a woman in Kansas City. Michelle Southern reports.

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An allegation has been made that members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Louisiana Tech sang a racist song during a pledge event in 2010. A Louisiana Tech spokesperson says there has been no evidence of it and they have zero tolerance for that type of behavior. But Dr. Reginald Owens, head of Tech’s journalism program, says he wouldn’t be surprised if it did happen…

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A former student says he witnessed the racist chant, similar to the song which resulted in the shuttering of the fraternity on the University of Oklahoma campus. But Owens, who is a Tech alum, says race relations between students on the Ruston campus is good…

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A Tech spokesman says the university is looking into the matter. Owens says the one good thing about the incident at Oklahoma is that it brings the up topic of race relations, once again…

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State Police have redeployed additional troopers to patrol in New Orleans. The funds for the extra support are provided by The Big Easy’s business community and members of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau who raised $2.5 million dollars. State Police Col Mike Edmonson…:

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Edmonson says they developed a strategy with the CVB funds, based on the needs of the New Orleans PD and requests from business leaders. He LSP came up with a plan to use this extra money, but not take patrol efforts away from the rest of the state…:

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Edmonson says New Orleans is one of the top places in the nation that people want to visit and number 5 in the world. He says it’s important we protect the tourism industry…:

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Eglin Air Force Base officials say the wreckage of the Army helicopter that crashed Tuesday night over the Florida Panhandle, killing all eleven on board, has been found. Eglin Col. Monte Cannon says the wreckage was located yesterday in about 25 feet of water…

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He says the search and rescue mission is now a recovery mission. Four Louisiana National Guard soldiers based out of Hammond were on the chopper and officials say two victims have been recovered. The remaining soldiers are believed to be located in the wreckage. Cannon says, due to the Department of Defense’s 48-hour grieving period, the names of the deceased soldiers have not been released…

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While the cause of the crash has yet to be determined, Eglin Fire Chief Mark Giuliano says it appears that this was a violent crash…

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Lt Governor hopeful Kip Holden is involved in a sex scandal as a four-year-old lawsuit has surfaced claiming the Baton Rouge mayor repeatedly sexually harassed a woman who was in Louisiana on business. The lawsuit does not name Holden as a defendant and it’s actually targeted at her former employer. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the allegation hurts Holden’s chances at becoming the state’s next Lt. Governor

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In a statement, Holden denies the accusations that are made in the 2011 lawsuit, which was filed in Kansas City. Holden ended the statement by saying both he and his wife know the truth on this one. Pinsonat says it’s difficult for politicians to overcome harassment claims

cut 13 (10)  “what they can”

A poll was released this week showing Holden in good position to make the run-off in the lieutenant governor’s race. Pinsonat says Holden made a wise decision by responding to the claims quickly

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AM Newscall March 12th, 2015

State Police announce a crackdown of insurance fraud throughout Louisiana has netted several arrests. Michelle Southern reports.

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The investigation continues today in the Army helicopter crash that killed all 11 servicemen on board during a training mission Tuesday night in the Florida Panhandle. Scott Carwile has more…

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The heirs to Tom Benson’s professional franchises say they would like to see the Saints and Pelicans flourish as world champions in New Orleans. Michelle Southern has the story…

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Tom Benson files a lawsuit that attempts to secure the ownership shares of the Saints and Pelicans from a trust fund that his relatives currently have control over. The federal suit is aimed at Robert Rosenthal who has blocked a previous effort by Benson to remove the teams from the trust. Legal analyst Tim Meche says this is a desperation move on Benson’s part…

cut 4  (08)  “from the trust”

Benson has proposed to swap the shares for the Saints and Pelicans for secured promissory notes equaling around $500 million. Meche says the terms of the trust require Benson to substitute the teams with assets of equal value…

Cut 5  (10)  “to do it”

Meche gives Benson very little chance of winning, here. The lawsuit, in part, asks a federal judge to order Rosenthal to sign off on the swap. Meche says the only people who will benefit from this suit are the lawyers…

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State Police announce that during a crackdown of insurance fraud throughout Louisiana, several arrests have been made of people who have tried to abuse the system various ways. LSP Spokesman Dustin Dwight says insurance fraud is a problem that affects all citizens here who pay some of the highest premiums in the country…:

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This latest round of arrests include people who are accused of faking car accidents, filing fraudulent medical bills from injuries they’ve claimed to have received in vehicle crashes. He says some are in the insurance industry and have abused their position to benefit themselves…:

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Dwight says insurance fraud happens so often that there several active investigations into the crimes and they expect more arrests will be coming. He says another arrest made was from someone who claimed to be in a crash when in fact they weren’t even inside the vehicle…:

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The investigation continues today in the Army helicopter crash that killed all 11 servicemen on board during a training mission Tuesday night in the Florida Panhandle. Of the 11, four were Louisiana National Guard soldiers based out of Hammond. Louisiana National Guard Major General Glenn Curtis says this helicopter crew was experienced…

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The four National Guardsmen were part of the 1st of the 244th Assault Helicopter Battalion. Curtis says this unit was deployed to Iraq twice and responded to numerous disasters in the state. Although the cause of he crash has not been determined, there are reports of foggy conditions when the accident occurred. Curtis says pilots are very conscious of weather conditions before they depart on a mission…

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The other seven servicemen were Marines based out of Fort LaJeune in North Carolina. Curtis asks everyone to keep these servicemen and their families in your thoughts and prayers. He says National Guard units are hometown units and a tragedy like this reaches deep into the community…

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The story of two emaciated Shreveport pit bull terriers, that were removed from their home after a Facebook post, continue their recovery at the Caddo Parish Animal Services. The post created an outcry within the community for the dogs to be removed and their owner charged. Director Everett Harris says they have a plan in place for the care of the two dogs…

Cut 13 (09)  “and whipworms”

Harris says both dogs are comfortable, but did test positive for hookworms, whip worms, and heart worms. He says the investigation is ongoing, but this appears to more of a case of financial struggle than one of animal cruelty…

Cut 14 (11) “sad situation”

He says the dogs’ owner could not afford to have the animals cared for by a veterinarian. Harris says the owner loved and cared for the dogs, but couldn’t understand why they were not putting on weight. Harris says they’re hoping the dogs are adopted as soon as they are well enough…

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Louisiana Tech men’s basketball begins play tonight in the Conference USA tonight. The Bulldogs won the regular season title and a conference tournament championship will give them an automatic berth in the Big Dance. Tech Coach Michael White believes the CUSA Tournament is up for grabs

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Tech plays tonight at 8:30 PM against the winner of last night’s game between Rice and North Texas. If the Bulldogs win tonight, they’ll play in the semi-finals on Friday at 5:30. White says it’s a disadvantage to play late tonight and then turn around and play another game in less than 24 hours…

Cut 17 (10)  “won’t be correct”

The tournament is taking place in Birmingham and White knows each team will give its best effort….

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PM Newscall March 11th, 2015

The video of a 7-year-old girl’s tearful reaction to tight end Jimmy Graham getting traded to Seattle has gone viral. Michelle Southern reports…:

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We’re learning more about the deputy US Marshal who was fatally shot yesterday in East Baton Rouge Parish. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A blackhawk helicopter crash during a training exercise over the Florida Panhandle has left eleven servicemen missing and presumed dead, including four soldiers from a Hammond based National Guard Unit. Eglin Air Force Base spokesperson Amy Parr says two helicopters took off from the Destin airport to perform a training mission…

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The other seven servicemen on the helicopter were Marines assigned to Fort LaJeune, North Carolina. Louisiana National Guard Col. Pete Schneider says the two helicopters used in last night’s training mission were from their facility in Hammond…

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It has been reported that human remains have also been found. Parr says the investigation is continuing to determine why the helicopter crashed…

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Jamie Croom, the New Roads man accused of killing three people including a US deputy marshal, has died from injuries suffered during a shootout with authorities yesterday in Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, Dr. Beau Clark, says the exchange of gunfire in the attempt to arrest Croom has now claimed two lives…

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US deputy marshal, 27-year-old Josie Wells, died yesterday as a result of the shootout with Croom. Authorities were attempting to arrest Croom for a double murder that took place last month in Pointe Coupee Parish. Clark says an autopsy will be performed on Wells today…

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Clark says an autopsy on Croom will be performed this afternoon or early tomorrow. He says the death of Wells is unfortunate as he was just doing his job trying to keep the public safe…

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The video of a 7-year-old girl’s tearful reaction to tight end Jimmy Graham getting traded to Seattle has gone viral. The child, Lexia Woods, was devastated at what was one of the most surprising moves of the start of NFL free agency on Tuesday and her mother, Ashley Ann Woods, got it on video…:

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Woods’ family now lives in South Carolina. She says her husband is overseas serving in Afghanistan and when they were based in New Orleans, Lexia was born and became a huge Saints fan and Jimmy Graham was her favorite player. Mom says her young Who Dat loyal is feeling better today…:

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Woods says she sends a lot of videos of their daughter to her husband while he is serving his tour. She says she found out about Graham before picking Lexia up from school yesterday and that’s when she broke the news…:

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Payscale-dot-com’s ranks Louisiana Tech number one in the state in overall Return of Investment for both in-state and out-of-state students. This is the second straight year that Tech has received the top ranking in Louisiana. University spokesman Dave Guerin says the school puts an emphasis high quality education…

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In addition, Louisiana Tech ranks number 13 in the nation in highest annual percent ROI for students living on-campus and receiving financial aid. Guerin explains how Payscale calculates their college ROI…

cut 13 (06)  “a given university”

Guerin says this is a great accomplishment and it shows Louisiana Tech provides students with marketable skills to go into a company and make an impact…

cut 14 (08)  “respective industries”

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AM Newscall March 10th, 2015

Democratic Amite Representative John Bel Edwards has received the endorsement of the Louisiana AFL-CIO in his quest to become the state’s next governor. Scott Carwile reports…

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says two men are cited for allegedly changing freshness dates on seafood packages by almost three years. Michelle Southern reporting…:

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Many Saints fans are still trying to digest Tuesday’s blockbuster trade that sent tight end Jimmy Graham in Seattle. Jeff Palermo has the story..

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Democratic Amite Representative John Bel Edwards has received the endorsement of the Louisiana AFL-CIO in his quest to become the state’s next governor. This announcement comes on the heels of a recent poll showing Edwards in a statistical tie in the race with Republican US Senator David Vitter. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this is significant for Edwards…

cut 4  (09)  “I’m running”

The Louisiana AFL-CIO is made up of over 100,000 members statewide in both the public and private sector. Edwards is the lone Democrat, so far, in this year’s governor’s race. Pinsonat says endorsements like this for Edwards, will make it more difficult for another Democrat to enter the race, like New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu…

Cut 5  (09)  “designated Democrat”

The group’s endorsement comes earlier than in past elections, months before official qualifying begins. Pinsonat says if Edwards can capitalize on this endorsement and grab some others, it will make him a real player in the governor’s race…

Cut 6 (06)  “the runoff”

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says two men are cited for allegedly changing freshness dates on seafood packages by almost three years. LDWF spokesman Adam Einck says they were conducting a routine inspection of the Gulf Coast Atlantic Fisheries seafood wholesalers in New Orleans when they found two men changing packaging on frozen mahi-mahi filets which originally had a freshness date of September 2013…:

CUT 7 (09) “2016″

Einck says the bags that had the mahi-mahi filets had a best by date of September of 2013 and they were being repackaged into bags with May of 2016 best by dates. He says all of the fish was then taken by agents…:

Cut 8  (10)  “for this business” 

Einck says Louisiana law prohibits acts that are falsely represented using any mark, stamp, tag, label or other authorized information. He says further punishment could be coming to 26-year-old Seth Delaune and 49-year-old Thomas Smith, but right now they are cited with misbranding seafood…:

Cut 9 (03)  “year in prison”

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Effective this week, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing a new format for all classes of Louisiana driver’s licences. State Police Sgt. Nick Manale says this includes identification cards and handicap placards..:

Cut 10 (11) “aware of it also”

Manale says the new card looks drastically different than the other ones..:

cut 11 (11) “across the country”

Manale says the new licenses contain multiple layers of security components and design features for greater security, protection of privacy and resistance to tampering. The updated credentials will be phased in by regions of the state and will be issued statewide within the next six to eight weeks…:

cut 12 (10)  “right away”

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The Saints have made a trade that will be talked for years to come as they’ve sent tight end Jimmy Graham plus a fourth round pick to Seattle for Seahawks center Max Unger and a first round pick in this year’s draft. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says Unger improves a Saints O-Line that has some holes in it

Cut 13 (11)  “in there”

Graham caught 85 passes for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Detillier says it will be hard for New Orleans to replace that kind of production

Cut 14 (08) “give up something”

There’s a report the Saints are also looking at bringing back running back Reggie Bush. The former first round pick, who helped New Orleans win a Super Bowl is coming off an injury plagued season in Detroit. Detillier says Bush would be a nice pick up, if the price is right

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PM Newscall March 10th, 2015

According to a survey by the personal finance company SmartAsset, Covington and Mandeville top the list of best places to retire in Louisiana. Michelle Southern reports…:

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According to a new General Social Survey, 32-percent of Americans either own a firearm or live in a household with firearms, but a local dealer says that could be misleading. Eric Gill has more…

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A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of south Louisiana through Thursday as heavy rains are expected throughout the area. Mike Shields, with the National Weather Service in Slidell, says this is due to a stagnant weather pattern over the area…

CUT 3 (08)  “into our area”

He says a very slow moving upper level trough is pumping moisture from the Gulf into the area. Shields says significant rainfall totals are expected today through Thursday…

CUT 4 (07)  “inches of rain”

He says three to six inches of rain could fall in south Louisiana over the next few days, with isolated areas receiving up to eight inches. Shields says some areas could receive repeat showers and thunderstorms, with heavy rainfall at times, throughout the course of this weather event…

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According to a survey by the personal finance company SmartAsset, Covington and Mandeville top the list of best places to retire in Louisiana. Managing Editor A.J. Smith says they looked at key things which make the golden years happy and healthy including taxes, medical care and social life…:

CUT 6 (10)  “recreation center”

Smith says one of the main reasons Covington ranked so high on the list was because of the large number of doctors offices in the area per 1,000 people at 15…:

CUT 7 (09)  “also higher”

The top retirement cities in the state also include Thibodaux, West Monroe, Gonzales, Denham Springs, Slidell, Hammond, Morgan City and Lafayette made number 10. Smith says most of these top cities are above the national average in the number of doctors offices. She says our taxes are also really low which makes Louisiana in general a good place to spend the golden years…:

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According to a new General Social Survey, 32-percent of Americans either own a firearm or live in a household with firearms. That figure ties the record low set in 2010. However, Wade Duty, co-owner of Precision Firearms in Baton Rouge, says the report can be misleading because they base their report on a percentage of households…

CUT 9 (12)  “is definitely up”

Duty says his sales are up about 11-percent from the same month last year. Duty adds that there is a possibility that some the people surveyed may have not been completely truthful about owning a gun…

cut 10 (08) “protective measures”

Data from the FBI shows an increase in the number of background checks being run, which indicates that the number of firearms being purchased is going up. The survey does show a shrinking gender gap in gun ownership. Duty says he has noticed the increase in women who are seeking to purchase firearms…

cut 11 (08)  “training, too”

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Mississippi-based Triumph Campaigns has polled this year’s governor’s race, and found that Republican US Senator David Vitter leading Democratic Amite Representative John Bel Edwards by just two percentage points. Triumph owner Justin Brasell says their generic gubernatorial ballot revealed an interesting statistic…

cut 12 (10)  “percent lead”

In the Lt. Governor’s race, Democratic Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden leads the field with 33-percent, followed by Republicans former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser garnering 23-percent and Jefferson Parish President John Young with 20-percent. Brasell says this could be a very interesting race…

cut 13 (05)  “wide open”

In the Attorney General’s race, incumbent Republican Buddy Caldwell and Democratic Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy are in a dead heat with 30-percent each. The poll surveyed over 1,600 likely voters. Brasell says, overall, this survey shows Democrats faring much better than many thought…

cut 14 (08)  “a chance”

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