PM Newscall, March 23rd, 2015

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination, but Governor Bobby Jindal says he will wait until the legislative session ends in June before announcing whether he will enter the race. Eric Gill has more…

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Gas prices are once again starting to fall. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination, but Governor Bobby Jindal says he will wait until the legislative session ends in June before announcing whether he will enter the race. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it’s smart for Jindal to wait…

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Cruz made his announcement in a Twitter message just after midnight and formally launched his campaign at an event in Virginia this morning. Cross says Cruz, along with Rick Santorum and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, will have some impact on a Jindal candidacy due to their similar political stances…

CUT 4 (08)  “as the vice-president”

Cruz is the first major presidential hopeful to officially declare his intent to run. Cross says he fully expects the governor to enter the race and make a run of it…

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Gas prices are once again starting to fall. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.22 which is down three cents from this time last week according to the American Automobile Association. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman…:

CUT 6 (09)  “spring transition”

Redman attributes the falling price at the pump on a very healthy supply. He says a forecast from the US Department of Energy indicates that the national average won’t get above $2.50 a gallon for the entire year…:

CUT 7 (07)  “a gallon”

Redman says a lot of refineries are wrapping up the transition of the winter to summer blend which they are required to have complete by May. He says they are working on those maintenance programs which may cause a hiccup in the price here and there before summer, but it won’t be anything major…:

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Baton Rouge Police say 58-year-old Eldridge Dukes is facing attempted manslaughter charges after he allegedly shot his son during an argument over orange juice. Cpl. Don Coppola says officers were dispatched to a disturbance at Dukes’ home early Sunday morning…

CUT 9 (11)  “threatening injuries”

He says 18-year-old Brentin Dukes was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Coppola says the situation began over an argument about a lack of orange juice in the home. He says the altercation escalated when Brentin broke a porcelain vase…

cut 10 (11) “in the buttocks”

He says Eldridge chased Brentin outside the home and fired several shots at him, striking Brentin in the buttocks. Coppola says the elder Dukes was taken into custody… (Dukes is charged with attempted manslaughter and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.)

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Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper, who entered a global plea deal to resolve sexual assault charges in four states including Louisiana, was sentenced today. He will get 8 years in jail in Nevada and he was sentenced to 9 in Arizona. Legal analyst Doug Sunseri says it’s likely the sentences in all states will not run consecutively…:

cut 12 (11)  “is concerned”

The charges involve drugging and sexually assaulting women. Sunseri says Sharper a global plea deal means he essentially agreed to have one punishment for all of the charges…:

cut 13 (07)  “four jurisdictions”

Sunseri says this is likely a good move for all parties involved. He says if Sharper were convicted on one of these crimes he could get life in prison, and it’s also probably better for the victims because rape cases are extremely hard to prove without a reasonable doubt…:

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LRN AM Newscall Monday March 23

A Shreveport lawmaker feels the state legislature should look at different options in trying to shrink the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit. Eric Gill reports…

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The state Department of Transportation and Development is taking part in National Work Zone Awareness Week which runs through Friday. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Parks Senator Fred Mills is sponsoring legislation this session that looks at ways to change the way public school teachers are evaluated. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Sentencing is scheduled today for a Baton Rouge man who allegedly shot his girlfriend up with a fatal injection of heroin in 2013. 31-year-old Brandon Eirick pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and heroin distribution in the death of 31-year old Leah Hutchinson. Legal analyst Tim Meche says cases like this are not unique…

cut 4  (08)  “for years”

Eirick was originally charged with second degree murder in this case, but pleaded to the lesser charge of negligent homicide in October. Meche says this case is clearly a homicide case and not a murder…

Cut 5  (03)  “present, here”

Meche says Eirick faces up to 10 years in prison. He says since these cases are not unusual, the sentencing judge will be able to use prior judgement to help determine Eirick’s sentence…

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A Shreveport lawmaker feels the state legislature should look at different options in trying to shrink the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit. Democratic Representative Patrick Williams it’s clear that the state needs to generate additional revenue. The House Ways and Means Committee member says a hike on cigarette and alcohol taxes is one way the state can raise funds quickly…

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Williams feels Governor Jindal will veto any piece of legislation that is seen as a tax increase. The representative also feels that lawmakers should take a closer look at tax incentives offered by the state to shrink the budget gap. He says some of these are not paying dividends back to the state…

Cut 8  (07)  “from them” 

The film industry is the recipient of one of the state’s largest tax credits. Williams says, while it’s good to have movies being made in Louisiana, lawmakers should consider restructuring this incentive…

Cut 9 (06)  “support it”

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The state Department of Transportation and Development is taking part in National Work Zone Awareness Week which runs through Friday. DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallett says this is about bringing attention to the fact that safety should be a top priority through road construction areas..:

Cut 10 (11) “rules of the road”

Mallett says since 2013 in Louisiana there’s been about 580 people who have lost their lives in work zones…:

cut 11 (08) “lose their lives”

Mallett says drivers face fines, fees and other consequences if they’re caught speeding in a work zone or driving without their headlights on. He says there are so many things inside vehicles these days that it’s more important than ever to put distractions aside when you’re behind the wheel:

cut 12 (11)  “through the work zone”

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Parks Senator Fred Mills is sponsoring legislation this session that looks at ways to change the way public school teachers are evaluated. Currently educator effectiveness is determined by students’ standardized test results. Mills says his bill seeks to make a teacher’s job performance more accurately measured…:

Cut 13 (06)  “quantitative measurement”

Mills says he is speaking for this bill on behalf of constituents in his area who tell him that the value added assessment model is not a valid measurement tool. He says this measure would take things back to the way they used to be when it comes to checking out how a teacher is doing…:

Cut 14 (07) “set for the student”

Mills says the proposed law would not completely remove the use of test scores as a factor in deciding teacher effectiveness…:

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The “Dunkin Dogs” of Louisiana Tech will face Texas A&M tonight in the second round of the NIT.  Bulldogs Coach Michael White says his program doesn’t have many opportunities to beat a team from a major conference, so they need to take advantage of it when it comes…

Cut 16  (13)  “very very excited”

Tech enters the game with a 26-8 record, while the Aggies are 21-11 and beat Montana in the opening round of the NIT. White says A&M presents a tough challenge for his guys…

Cut 17 (15)  “strong and physical”

The Aggies are one of the better defensive teams out of the SEC. White says tonight’s game on ESPN could be low scoring…

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The Pelicans are now three games back of Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference after completing an 0-for-3 road trip with a 107-100 loss to the Clippers. Coach Monty Williams is not happy with the 18 turnovers his team committed

Cut 19 (14)   “but it happens”

Anthony Davis returned from a sprained ankle and scored 26 points. Eric Gordon had a rare appearance off the bench as he did not start after missing a team meeting. Gordon still scored 23 points and Williams appreciated his performance on the court…

Cut 20 (08)  “played well”

PM Newscall, March 20th, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for northwest Louisiana through most of the weekend. Eric Gill reports…

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The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival poster is getting a lot of attention this year as some are calling it beautiful art and others feel it’s offensive and racist. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for northwest Louisiana through most of the weekend. The watch will remain in effect through Sunday morning. Meteorologist Michael Berry says scattered showers began moving into the area this morning…

CUT 3 (08)  “Saturday night”

He says that rain is expected to increase in coverage and intensity through Saturday night. Berry says these weekend showers and thunderstorms will bring a significant amount of rainfall to the area…

CUT 4 (11)  “six inch amounts”

Berry says they’re expecting rainfall amounts of two to four inches, with some areas possibly getting six inches of rain. He says there is definitely a threat of flooding with high waters in rivers and lakes across north Louisiana. Berry adds that the ground in northwest Louisiana is already soaked…

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The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of two horses in Bertrandville. Sheriff Mike Waguespack says they were contacted by the owner after he discovered his horses lying on the ground. Waguespack says when officers arrived they found that the two horses had been shot multiple times…

CUT 6 (08)  “gunshot wounds”

He says one horse was dead when officers arrived and the other had to be euthanized due to its injuries. The horses were reportedly in their stable when they were shot. Waguespack says it appears that the horses were shot at close range…

CUT 7 (09)  “shoots them”

Waguespack says they are working on this case with agriculture and livestock investigators to get to the bottom of this case. He adds that reward will be offered in this case soon. Waguespack says this is an alarming case…

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The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival poster is getting a lot of attention this year as some are calling it beautiful art and others feel it’s offensive and racist. The painting depicts two faceless black children surrounded by strawberries. Festival spokeswoman Shelley Matherne says art is subjective and interpretive…:

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But the Greater NAACP of Tangipahoa Parish says the poster is a reminder of blackface performers and is offensive and distasteful. The painting is by Kalle’ Siekkinen and Matherne says the depiction is meant to build a bridge between cultures..

cut 10 (07) “she is everybody”

Some on social media are saying they will boycott the festival because of the poster and others are calling for it to stop being sold. There are reports that the controversy surrounding the poster has put it in extremely high demand and the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club had to order more — there is no plan to stop printing. Matherne says Siekkinen’s intent was to pay tribute to the festival and southern heritage…:

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According to state officials, Louisiana casinos brought in $224.1 million dollars last month which is 6.8 percent higher than February the year before. Casino Association Executive Director Wade Duty says while the revenues are up, this isn’t an accurate year-to-year comparison because of the mid-December opening of the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles…:

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Shreveport-Bossier City was up 1 percent. Opelousas and Evangeline Downs was up by 1.7 percent. Baton Rouge’s riverboat casinos brought in 8.9 percent more in February this year compared to last year. Duty also says they also believe the big gains can be attributed to the lower gas prices…:

cut 13 (09)  “increase visits”

Lake Charles saw the biggest gain with a 28 percent increase from February 2014…the difference likely inflated by the brand new Golden Nugget which opened in December. Duty says so far things look promising for the new southwest Louisiana Golden Nugget site…:

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AM Newscall for March 20

The Spring Equinox occurs later today at precisely 5:45pm our time, marking the end of winter and the very beginning of Spring. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A survey by MarblePort Polling shows it could come down to Republican US Senator David Vitter and Democratic state representative John Bel Edwards in a runoff. Eric Gill reports…

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Crawfish season is in full swing in Louisiana and it looks like this weekend will be prime for a boil. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The Spring Equinox occurs later today at precisely 5:45pm our time, marking the end of winter and the very beginning of Spring. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this past winter will go into the record books as a cold and dry one in Louisiana…:

cut 4  (09)  “past three months”

Keim says as far as the Spring outlook, expect more precipitation over the next couple of months than we usually get because of the current El Nino…:(Keim says it would be great if the El Nino would stick around through summer because they tend to mitigate the opportunity for Hurricane activity.)

Cut 5  (10)  “rivers in Louisiana”

Keim says The Bayou State has been getting a lot of rain over the past few weeks and it’s setting the stage for what we can expect this spring. He says the good news is that the Climate Prediction Center says we should have normal temperatures throughout the season…:

Cut 6 (08)  “much much welcome”

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A survey by MarblePort Polling on Louisiana’s governor’s race shows Republican David Vitter leading the field with 34-percent of the vote. Democrat John Bel Edwards is close behind with 31-percent, followed by Republicans Jay Dardenne with 14-percent and Scott Angelle with 7-percent. MarblePort Founder Ethan Zorfas says the early picture in this race is clear…

CUT 7 (09)  “those Republicans”

The automated phone survey polled just over 1000 Louisiana residents. Zorfas says there appears to be a bit of a resurgence of the Democratic Party. He says Edwards is getting support from White Independent voters and looks to be sitting pretty good for a runoff spot…

Cut 8  (08)  “Mary Landrieu did” 

Zorfas says there is still time for Dardenne and Angelle to make an impact in this election. He says both candidates will need to work hard to expand their name recognition and message…

Cut 9 (06)  “media markets”

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Spring is in the air and crawfish season is in full swing in Louisiana. Gulf Seafood Institute Chairman Harlon Pearce says they expected a substantial change in the price of the mudbugs once we got those crazy early March winter temperatures out of the way and you’ll certainly see it this weekend…:

Cut 10 (06) “that’s normal”

Pearce says you could easily see boiled crawfish this weekend at about $3.50 a pound…:

cut 11 (07) “I would believe”

Ray McClain is an aquaculture professor with the LSU Agcenter Rice Research Center in Rayne and he says not only will the prices be down this weekend, there will be plenty of mudbugs out there. He says when the temperatures are up, the catch is up…:

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McClain says this could be one of the better crawfish seasons that Louisiana has seen in the past several years…:

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The Louisiana National Guard says they’ve gotten 10 bids from companies with ideas on ways to get rid of the 15 million pounds M6 propellant at Camp Minden. The EPA agreed to delay an open tray burn of the explosives and said they would entertain alternative methods. Col Pete Schneider says these 10 companies have all submit proposals on what should be done…:

Cut 14 (10) “these proposals”

Schneider says in addition to various state agencies, area residents who opposed the open tray burning will also be part of the team formed to evaluate the situation…:

Cut 15  (10)  “was on it” (2x)

Not many details are being released about the bids themselves or the ideas being presented. Schneider says based on analysis of all the proposals by all committee members, hopefully a recommendation will be made…:

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The LSU men’s basketball team’s season ended in heartbreaking fashion last night as the Bayou Bengals blew a 16-point lead and lost 66-65 to North Carolina State. LSU missed its last 12 shots from the field and six free throws in the final four minutes to allow the Wolfpack to steal the victory. Head Coach Johnny Jones on the missed free throws

Cut 17 (12)  “tonight”

LSU’s leading scorer was Tim Quarterman, who had 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. But the sophomore from Georgia says they were just one play away from advancing to the round of 32….

Cut 18 (14) “tonight’

Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey each posted double-doubles, but Mickey was four of nine from the free throw line and missed a lay-up with 22 seconds left that would have given LSU a three-point lead. Martin finished with 16 points in what could be his last game as a Tiger…

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PM Newscall, March 19th, 2015

State Treasurer John Kennedy says the Jindal Administration is considering selling the Louisiana Lottery as a way to help plug the state’s massive budget hole. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says they have never entertained this option. Michelle Southern reports…:

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LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab’s 2015 Louisiana Survey shows more Louisianians feel the state is heading in the right direction. Eric Gill reports…

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State Treasurer John Kennedy says the Jindal Administration is considering selling the Louisiana Lottery as a way to help plug the state’s massive budget hole. The Administration is denying this. But Kennedy says he knows for a fact that it’s being actively studied…:

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Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols has issued a statement regarding the Louisiana State Lottery: “We are not considering selling the lottery. Periodically, firms pitch revenue-generating ideas to the state and a lottery bond sale has been pitched several times over the past few years. However, we have never entertained this option and are not considering it this year. “

Kennedy says getting rid of the state’s Lottery would be a bad idea because it would only be non-recurring revenue we wouldn’t have next year which would add to the problem. He says he hopes this comes to light before the legislative session is over…:

CUT 4 (09)  “to talk about it”

The comments were made on the Jim Engster Show. Kennedy says he has reports from CitiGroup and Goldman Sachs which essentially say that selling the Louisiana Lottery would provide significant general fund relief. He says these documents are irrefutable evidence that these discussions are ongoing…:

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The Jindal administration’s budget for next fiscal year does not fund a presidential preference primary for Louisiana in 2016. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he was assured that elections would be covered by the state through the spring of next year. He says when his office looked at the budget, he found that there was no money for the primary…

CUT 6 (05)  “leave office”

Schedler says budget cuts to his office will force him to close a voter outreach program, limit most state museums to one day weeks, and not hold elections in the first half of 2016. He says, by law, he has to conduct elections unless instructed otherwise…

CUT 7 (07)  “the election”

A presidential primary election would cost the state approximately $3.5 million. In a statement, the Jindal administrations says Schedler should find other ways to balance his budget and fund the primary. Schedler says he’s told legislators that unless they command differently, the state will move forward with the primary…

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LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab’s 2015 Louisiana Survey shows more Louisianians feel the state is heading in the right direction. The survey indicates that 44-percent of residents feel Louisiana is moving forward, up from 38-percent two years ago. Director Michael Henderson says this year’s survey has bucked the trend…

CUT 9 (06)  “up ticks”

The survey shows that education and the economy continue to be most important problem facing the state. Henderson says 26-percent of Louisianians say the state business climate is better than it was a year ago…

cut 10 (10) “things are going”

Public confidence in state government to effectively deal with the most pressing issues has increased for the first time in five years. But legislators are facing a huge budget crisis heading into the legislative session and Henderson thinks there could be another shift as the session unfolds…

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State Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret tells lawmakers it’s time to reign in the state’s film tax credit program. Moret says the state’s film program has created an estimated ten-thousand jobs and brought positive attention to the state, but it only produces 20-cents in revenue for every dollar of tax credit….

cut 12 (09)  “state priorities”

Moret also suggests tighter controls on who is getting the tax credits as there have been recent reports of fraud in the program. But he says the most important thing is limiting the program’s benefits so the state has a greater control of how much they are spending on it

cut 13 (09)  “the industry”

Legislation is expected to be filed soon that addresses the money spent on film tax credits. Covington Representative John Schroder told Moret in the House Appropriations Committee that he favors a cap on spending for the film tax program…

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AM Newscall, March 19th, 2015

A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center links drinking diet sodas to increasing waistlines in senior citizens. Eric Gill has more…

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New Orleans Senator JP Morrell files a bill that would allow public students in Orleans Parish to be ask about what type of sexual behaviors they are involved in. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Governor Bobby Jindal calls eliminating Common Core a top priority in the upcoming legislative session, but education leaders plan to fight his efforts. Scott Carwile…

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A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center links drinking diet sodas to increasing waistlines in senior citizens. The study followed seniors for nine years and found that waistlines increased by more than 3 inches in those who consumed diet sodas every day. LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center registered dietitian, Cathy Champagne, says this study was not a controlled study…

cut 4  (06)  “diet beverages”

This study wasn’t designed to prove whether diet soda had a direct cause to weight gain, but did find an association. Champagne says obesity and increasing waistlines are two very complicated subjects…

Cut 5  (08)  “someone else”

The study suggests that artificial sweeteners could increase weight gain by altering the way the body processes sugar, making people hungrier. While the study doesn’t prove a direct connection with diet sodas and a bigger waist, Champagne says moderation will always be your best bet…

Cut 6 (08)  “not so good”

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The IRS says there are about 22,000 people in Louisiana who did not file a tax return in 2011 which amounts to potential refunds of up to $21.4 million dollars. Spokeswoman Lea (Lee) Crusberg says tax payers only have until April 15th of this year to file their 2011 return to get their refund or else the money will go into the US Treasury…:

CUT 7 (10) “for taxpayers”

Crusberg says the average potential refund in Louisiana is $693. She says in cases where a tax return was not filed, the law provides most citizens with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund…:

Cut 8  (11)  “used against that” 

Crusberg says by failing to file a tax return, people stand to lose more than just their refund of taxes withheld or paid during 2011 — she says many low-and-moderate income workers may not have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit which was much higher three years ago. Crusberg says time is running out for you to get this done…:

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New Orleans Senator JP Morrell files a bill that would allow public students in Orleans Parish to be surveyed about what type of behaviors they are involved in — including sexual behavior. He says results of such a review would help with coming up with a sex ed class that would actually be effective…:

Cut 10 (11) “these days”

Morrell says Louisiana has a law on the books that prohibits students from being asked about their personal beliefs in sex, morality or religion…:

cut 11 (11) “more effective”

Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith introduced similar legislation last year but it failed after a massive push-back from the Louisiana Family Forum. Morrell says opponents believe that by addressing sexual education you are making kids promiscuous…:

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Governor Jindal’s plan to rid Common Core from Louisiana a disgrace. Jindal announced his intentions to remove the controversial education standards with three pieces of legislation that will be heard in the upcoming legislative session. But BESE President Chas Roemer says it makes no sense to turn back now

Cut 13 (08)  “pointed to”

Jindal announced that he wants to replace Common Core with an education standard and assessment test developed by Louisiana teachers and parents. But Roemer says Louisiana had input on Common Core and the early results are encouraging

Cut 14 (05) “deserve comment”

Jindal’s announcement sets the stage for a big battle in the upcoming legislative session.  State Superintendent of Education John White says turning back from Common Core will create problems for Louisiana teachers

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But Jindal says parents are frustrated with the way their children are being taught, because of Common Core…

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Ninth-seeded LSU faces 8th seeded North Carolina State tonight in the NCAA Tournament. The oddsmakers have the Wolfpack as a two-point favorite. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says it’s hard game to decide who will win….

Cut 17 (13)  “of the ball”

Worsham says for LSU to win, they’ll need great performances from their two big men, Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey

Cut 18 (17) “for LSU’

Worsham says LSU needs to be concerned about North Carolina State’s guards….

Cut 19 (15)   “the perimeter”

 

PM LRN Newscall…correction….the age of Jindal’s child corrected…

A former caretaker of LSU’s mascot Mike wrote a letter to a Baton Rouge newspaper expressing concern over the fact that the live Tiger doesn’t go to games anymore. Michelle Southern reports.

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A new statewide poll by MarblePoint Polling shows support for higher cigarette taxes, but residents do not approve of Common Core or Governor Bobby Jindal’s job performance. Eric Gill reports…

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A Natchitoches man is under arrest for simple battery and hate crimes after an incident at a local business. 35-year-old Roderick Rachal was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Police Captain Chris Payne says responding officers spoke to a female victim that said a man she did not know grabbed her buttocks…

CUT 3 (08)  “upon the victim”

Payne says Rachal is charged with simple battery in this case. He says as officers looked into this case, they discovered this wasn’t the first time Rachal had done this…

CUT 4 (10)  “of 2006″

He says Rachal had been arrested multiple times in the past for similar incidents. Payne says officers discovered that in each case, Rachal targeted a specific race and gender… (Because Rachal targeted a specific race and gender, he was additionally charged with hate crimes.)

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A former caretaker of LSU’s mascot Mike wrote a letter to a Baton Rouge newspaper expressing concern over the live Tiger’s increasing lack of appearing in the stadium at home football games. Mike the VI did not go to a single contest last season. Paul Marks Jr. says he was responsible for Mike III from 1963-1965 and they never had a problem getting him to games.
He says the difference is that they altered his feeding patterns…:

CUT 6 (10)  “there ya go”

The comments were made on The Jim Engster Show. Marks Jr. says he truly hopes that a new satisfactory method can be developed to bring Mike back to Tiger Stadium so that fans can enjoy his splendor. He says they would not feed Mike III on Friday’s to get him ready for Saturday night…:

CUT 7 (12)  “when he got to the stadium”

Last November Mike VI made a post on Facebook letting fans know that his trainers practice with him all summer to get into the cage, but he refuses to do so on gameday and is not food motivated even if he is fasted on Friday night. Marks Jr. says back in his day their Mike wasn’t in a 5 million dollar enclosure the way Mike VI is…:

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A new statewide poll shows support for higher cigarette taxes, but residents do not approve of Common Core or Governor Bobby Jindal’s job performance. The survey found that 56-percent of residents support an increase in the state’s cigarette tax. La-Politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford thinks the tax will pass this legislative session…

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The automated phone survey of over 1000 residents was conducted by MarblePoint Polling. The poll shows that 54-percent of respondents disapprove of the Common Core education standards. Alford says this will be a passionate issue in the upcoming legislative session…

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As far as Governor Jindal’s approval numbers go, only 28-percent of respondents gave him a positive rating. Alford says there’s no doubt that Jindal is not nearly as popular as he was seven years ago, but he’s not convinced that the governor’s numbers have dropped to that extent…

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Governor Bobby Jindal announces a plan to remove Common Core from Louisiana’s public schools and replace it with educational standards and a standardized test developed by Louisiana teachers and parents. Jindal says the plan will be presented to lawmakers in the legislative session that begins next month…

cut 12 (13)  “our classrooms”

Jindal’s announcement comes as 316-thousand students are taking the Common Core tests. The governor says his 10-year-old son, is like many children, who are frustrated with the “Fuzzy Math” questions on the test

cut 13 (13)  “the school”

There are three different bills that make up Jindal’s plan to replace Common Core. He made the announcement as a several lawmakers stood by his side, including Alexandria Representative Lance Harris…

cut 14 (09)  “federal government”

AM Newscall March 18th, 2015

Residents will soon have to pay more for flood insurance. Scott Carwile has more…

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Latest employment numbers show that there were 7500 less people working in January than in December, ending a long streak of monthly employment gains. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Governor Bobby Jindal is looking at selling tobacco settlement money that would result in an estimated 750-million dollars in cash.  Jeff Palermo has the story…

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State Police say a truck driver from Alabama died when he was run over by a trooper who was looking for him in Madison Parish. Sgt. James Anderson says they received a report early Tuesday morning that an 18-wheeler was stuck in the lane of travel on US Highway 65 about 6 miles north of Tallulah…:

cut 4  (11)  “were looking for him”

Anderson says 47-year-old David Watford of Cottonwood, Alabama was walking in the middle of the road wearing blue jeans and a camouflage shirt when the trooper in a Tahoe approached…:

Cut 5  (08)  “lane of travel”

Anderson says Watford was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison Parish Coroner’s office. The driver of the Tahoe was wearing a seal belt and was not injured. He says an investigation into the crash is underway:

Cut 6 (07)  “examined thoroughly”

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Residents will soon have to pay more for flood insurance. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the increases are the result of changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that were passed by Congress last year.  He says the premium hikes for primary residences are capped at 18-percent each year…

CUT 7 (08) “a higher premium”

Donelon says the increases will go into effect April 1, when policies come up for renewal. If you have a camp, you can expect an even higher premium boost…

Cut 8  (06)  “maximum increase” 

He says premium increases for second residences, commercial, and rental properties are capped at 25-percent per year. In addition to the rate increases, property owners will have to pay a surcharge, $25 per year for your primary residence and $250 for businesses, rentals, or secondary residences. Donelon says these changes are complicated, so you may want to get some advice…

Cut 9 (10)  “Insurance Program”

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Latest employment numbers show that there were 7500 less people working in January than in December, ending a long streak of monthly employment gains. Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink says it’s not unusual to see a decline in jobs at the start of the year…:

Cut 10 (10) “usually are shed”

Eysink says even though there was the typical job drop that you see in January, we’re still employing far more people this year than we were this time last year…:

cut 11 (09) “January of 14″

At 7 percent the unemployment rate for January ranked as the third highest among states, but Eysink believes that’s because more people are joining the workforce in Louisiana at a faster rate than they can find work. He says the drop in oil prices has caused about 1,000 layoffs over the past few months…:

cut 12 (12)  “short term thing”

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Governor Bobby Jindal is looking at selling the remainder of a multi-billion dollar settlement from tobacco manufacturers to help the state’s budget problems. The Jindal administration says it could be used finance the TOP’s scholarship program for the next seven to eight years, but State Treasurer John Kennedy doesn’t like this idea

Cut 13 (10)  “through a goose”

The money under discussion is from a 1998 settlement involving tobacco companies who paid billions of dollars to numerous states for health care costs associated with smoking. Kennedy says the Jindal administration has raided all other pots of money and this is the last one left

Cut 14 (06) “financial pressure”

Despite Kennedy’s concerns, the Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation, voted to begin the process of selling the tobacco settlement. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says the sale will need legislative approval, which means several public hearings on the issue

Cut 15  (07)  “to continue”

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Former US Open Champion Justin Rose, who is ranked as the 10th best golfer in the world, has committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which will take place April 23rd to the 26th at TPC Louisiana in Westwego. Fore Kids Foundation president Steve Worthy says they are working to bring more big names to the P-G-A event

Cut 16  (09)  “attracted here”

Rose’s commitment to play in the Zurich Classic, comes about a week after Billy Horschel’s announcement that he would play in New Orleans next month. Horschel won the Zurich Classic in 2013 and he’s ranked 17th in the world. Worthy credits the golf course in helping them get some of the best players in the world…

Cut 17 (11)  “with them”

 

 

AM Newscall, March 17th, 2015

Jury selection begins today in Lafayette in the first-degree murder trial of Seth Fontenot, accused of a 2013 shooting that killed a 15-year old and injured two others. Scott Carwile reports…

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Shreveport Representative Barbra Norton has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would make it illegal to supply a child 12 or under with an Uzi sub-machine gun. Michelle Southern reports…:

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State Superintendent of Education John White says after the first day of PARCC testing, concerns that there would be widespread non-participation did not bear out. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Jury selection begins today in Lafayette in the first-degree murder trial of Seth Fontenot, accused of a 2013 shooting that killed 15-year old Austin Rivault and injured two others. Fontenot claims he fired to scare the teens, who he thought were breaking into his truck, not to hurt them. Legal analyst Tim Meche says this will be a tough case for Fontenot…

cut 4  (10)  “the consequences”

He says Fontenot appears to be going after a manslaughter verdict. Meche feels that Fontenot will testify that, because his truck had been broken into several times prior, it caused him to act in a heat of passion…

Cut 5  (09)  “his actions”

With a manslaughter conviction, Fontenot could face up to 40 years in prison. Meche believes this this case will result in either a manslaughter or a second-degree murder conviction, which comes with a mandatory life sentence…

Cut 6 (06)  “explained to me”

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Shreveport Representative Barbra Norton has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would make it illegal to supply a child 12 or under with an Uzi sub-machine gun. She says kids are not big enough to handle such a large weapon in a safe manner…:

CUT 7 (11) “concern about that”

Norton says she realizes that some parents want to teach their children how to shoot guns for hunting or for general safety reasons, but she sees no reason for kids to ever have a machine gun…:

Cut 8  (10)  “could go anywhere” 

Norton says people are accidentally shot all the time and she feels that the risk for a tragedy is greatly increased when a Uzi is in the hands of a child. She says kids 12 and under don’t have the size to be able to handle shooting a machine gun…:

Cut 9 (12)  “hold it steady”

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State Superintendent of Education John White says after the first day of PARCC testing, concerns that there would be widespread non-participation did not bear out. He says preliminary findings show more than 320,000 students took the test associated Common Core which is about 99% participation:

Cut 10 (13) “in the test”

White says of the about 1% who did not participate in the test on day one, Calcasieu Parish — which makes up about 4% of the student population in the state, is roughly 50% of the non-participants…:

cut 11 (12) “number”

White says they are committed to not unfairly criticizing districts and communities in the small number of cases where students didn’t take the test. He says there are three other school systems where he would call the percentage of non-participants moderate to significant and those are Jackson, Red River and Central. White says he has invited the Superintendents in these parishes to meet with him face to face…:

cut 12 (11)  “outliers”

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Motorists who commute between Alexandria and Pineville and take the O.K. Allen Bridge will be redirected to begin utilizing the the Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge starting this morning at 10am. Deidra Druilhet with the state Department of Transportation says during the shift they will also be closing exit 71B (I-49 North to Shreveport) to all southbound traffic..:

Cut 13 (10)  “project”

Druilhet says only the northbound span of the new bridge has been built and it will be used for the two-way traffic while the O.K. Allen Bridge is torn down…:

Cut 14 (12) “2016″

Druilhet says traffic delays should be expected while the shift is implemented and motorists are urged to drive with caution. She says over 20,000 motorists cross the Red River over the O.K. Allen Bridge on a daily basis…:

Cut 15  (10)  “both directions”

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The LSU men’s basketball team leaves today for Pittsburgh, where they’ll play North Carolina State on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers bring a 22-and-10 record to the Big Dance and some of those losses were against bad teams. LSU guard Keith Hornsby says now that they are in the field of 68, they should not look past anyone…

Cut 16  (17)  “this point”

LSU needs to win six straight games to win a national championship. Guard Tim Quarterman says after an up and and down regular season, the team is ready to play its basketball…

Cut 17 (11)  “upcoming games”

The only player on LSU’s squad to experience an NCAA Tournament game is Keith Hornsby. The shooting guard was a freshman on UNC-Asheville’s team that made the NCAA Tournament in 2012. LSU sophomore Jordan Mickey is not worried about the lack of March Madness experience on his team…

Cut 18 (13) “ready to play’

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Louisiana Tech hosts Central Michigan tonight in the N-I-T. It’s the second straight year the Bulldogs will get to host a postseason game. But this year Tech is coming off a disappointing loss in the Conference USA tournament and Coach Michael White is interested to see how his team will react

Cut 19 (09)   “situation deserves”

Central Michigan was the regular season Mid-American Conference West Division champions this season and they boast a record of 23-and-8. White says the Chippewas are hard to defend…

Cut 20 (12)  “all year”

 

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…

CUT 3 (12)  “in that conversation”

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…

CUT 4 (06)  “from everybody else”

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…

CUT 5 (10)  “the last year”

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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)

CUT 6 (11)  “to stop”

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

CUT 7 (05)  “too severe”

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…:

CUT 8 (07)  “proceed from there”

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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…

CUT 9 (10)  “in 2008″

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…

cut 10 (11) “in 2013″

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…

cut 11 (08)  “in 2008″

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.)

cut 12 (06)  “8 years ago”

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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…:

cut 13 (12)  “had ever met”

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…:

cut 14 (10)  “beat it”

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…:

cut 15 (06) “see this now”