AM Newscall December 26th, 2014

Christmas is over but that doesn’t mean shoppers are done with finding great deals. Michelle Southern reports…

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We’re still in the middle of the Holiday season and experts advise us to continue taking it easy. Michelle Southern reports.

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Christmas is over but that doesn’t mean shoppers are done with finding great deals. Louisiana Tech Marketing Professor, Barry Babin, says the day after Christmas is a big day for retailers. He says most retailers have a couple of objectives…

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He says retailers need to make up for lost sales, if they had a sub par Christmas season, and make room for new merchandise that will arrive in the spring. Babin says you can still find great deals on electronics…

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He says with the day after Christmas falling on a Friday this year, this is a potentially big weekend for retailers. Babin says the true post-Christmas shopper knows where to find the best deal…

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With the holiday spirit in full swing folks have plenty of reason to raise their glass in happy toasts, but with that celebration comes a note of caution. Michele Many, a clinical social worker with the LSU Department of Psychiatry says alcohol can contribute to seasonal blues…:

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Many says lots of family and friends are still celebrating together on this day after Christmas and it’s perfectly fine to “get away” from the festivities if you’re feeling overwhelmed…:

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Many says today is a day that many people feel they didn’t do enough for Christmas but don’t be too hard on yourself. She says don’t be afraid to take a break from it all..:

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In response to a comment made by Opelousas State Senator Elbert Guillory in which he called Representative Ted James a Chihuahua, the Baton Rouge lawmaker decided to create a feign caucus named for the dog. The incident happened on The Jim Engster Show. James said he’s passed out about 20 chihuahua pins but, to be clear, it’s not an official caucus…:

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Guillory called James a Chihuahua twice during a joint interview when discussing the Opelousas lawmaker’s video attacking Mary Landrieu during the US Senate race. James did not appreciate the ads. He says the name calling gives elected officials a bad image which is why he wanted to make light of the matter with the chihuahua caucus…:

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James says members of the Chihuahua caucus simply wore their dog pins for the Louisiana Legislature’s annual holiday party…:

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take the field this afternoon to take on the University of Illinois in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. This is Tech’s first bowl appearance since the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl. Head Coach Skip Holtz says his team is focused for today’s game…

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The Illini come into the contest with a 6-6 record after finishing their schedule with two big wins over Penn State and Northwestern. The Bulldogs are 8-5 and coming off a heartbreaking loss to Marshall in the Conference USA championship game. Holtz says this game is about Tech playing up to their potential…

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Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon and can be seen on ESPN. This is the final collegiate game for senior quarterback Cody Sokol. He feels the Bulldogs are ready for today’s matchup. Sokol says this football team has done a great job this season responding to losses…

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AM Newscall December 25th, 2014 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The 2014 year in Louisiana politics will be one for the history books. Michelle Southern reports…:

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It’s Christmas Day and State Police wants safety to be on the minds of motorists as they travel to visit family and friends. Scott Carwile reports…

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The 2014 year in Louisiana politics will be one for the history books. Among the notable points — the Republican party finished its return to dominance, Mary Landrieu lost her US-Senate seat and former Governor Edwin Edwards finally ends his hopes of being in public office again. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says then there’s the 5th District Kissing Congressman Vance McAllister…:

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Dubos says it’s his feeling that Edwin Edwards political career was over when he went to federal prison. He says the fact that the former Governor made the runoff had nothing to do with his popularity, but that there was no other significant Democratic candidate in the 6th District race…:

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Dubos says there were many careers that ended this year not just Landrieu’s, Edwards’ and McAllister so he’d consider 2014 a year of closure in Louisiana politics….:

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There are many Louisiana soldiers fighting overseas who will not be home with their families today for Christmas, and they’d like to send a message home. Here’s Tech Sgt. Craig Reed who is sending his love to St. Landry Parish…:

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Tech Sgt James Lewis sends a holiday greeting to his friends and family in Acadiana…:

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Nguyen is stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska…:

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Hunting is a big activity on Christmas Day across Louisiana and there is now a mobile app for hunters. HuntSoft, the App for Hunters, is now available for free in the Apple App Store. HuntSoft’s developer, Randal Nachman, says this started as a website app where hunters could create a map of their property, enter game log data, and more…

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Nachman says you can even track and enter your information on the app without an internet connection. He says this app allows hunters to quickly enter in-the-field data the moment it happens…

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Nachman says their mission is to help hunters be more successful by helping them capture the data that impacts their ability to be successful. He says hunting is an extremely social activity and that’s why this app also serves as a hunter-focused social network…

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It’s Christmas Day and State Police are urging motorists to be extra careful on the road. Many people will be on Louisiana roadways today visiting friends and family. Sgt. Nick Manale says they want this to be a safe time of year for everybody…

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He says the easiest things you can do to stay safe on the roadways is to make sure you and everyone in your vehicle are properly restrained and, of course, never drink and drive. Manale says troopers will be out patrolling Louisiana highways and interstates today…

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Manale says, unfortunately, they see an increase in serious injury and fatality crashes around the holiday season. He says troopers do what they can to help drivers be safe, but motorists need to do their part, as well. He says it’s important to make smart decisions behind the wheel…

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PM-Newscall December 24th, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Transportation has a few resources drivers can use to check on traffic and road conditions on Louisiana roadways for their holiday travel. Eric Gill has more…

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command has already started tracking Ole Saint Nick on his present delivering journey around the world. Michelle Southern reports…:

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Many Louisianians will be hitting the roadways to visit family and loved ones this Christmas. Louisiana Department of Transportation spokesman Rodney Mallett says there are many different resources drivers can use to check on traffic and road conditions on Louisiana roadways. He says you can plan your travel through their 511LA-dot-org website…

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Mallet says another resource for drivers is their “Way to Geaux” app, which is available for your smart phone. He says you won’t have to worry about constantly looking at your phone for information with this app…

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Mallett reminds motorists to be patient and courteous on the road this Christmas weekend as roadways will see increased traffic. He says drivers can also get up to date road conditions by paying attention to the message boards set up across the state…

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command has already started tracking Ole Saint Nick on his equipped present delivering journey around the world. NORAD spokeswoman Major Beth Smith says making sure the skies are safe is part of their mission and they began tracking Santa in 1955 when a number for the jolly guy was misprinted in the media and instead kids were calling their center

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Smith says the reindeer journey looks smooth so far and they don’t anticipate there being any disturbances in St. Nick’s path this year. She says the NORAD military command is well equipped to track anything that travels in the sky including Santa…:

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Smith says trackers can call 1-877-Hi-NORAD to inquire about Santa’s whereabouts or go to www.noradsanta.org. She says he should be arriving in Louisiana sometime tonight likely between 10 and midnight and he does know when you’re sleeping and when you’re awake…:

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Today on Christmas Eve by far one of the most sought after items here at the VERY last minute is a gift card. Tucker Group Financial Educator Jeanette Tucker it’s best not to rush your decision because you want to make sure you’re getting a card that will actually be used by the person you’re buying it for…:

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Tucker says it’s always better to purchase your card directly from the vendor rather than from a rack at a grocery store. She says sometimes those cards can be drained fraudulently then returned to the rack…:

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Tucker says you should make sure the gift card is valid for 5 years and has a number on the back so consumers can call and check the balance. She says if you get a gift card for Christmas, use it up…:

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering up to a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the illegal killing of a black bear found in Avoyelles Parish. Spokesman Adam Einck says they were first contacted about the incident on December 5th…

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Authorities say the bear was shot with a bullet that went through the abdomen and was dead for over a week before it was found. An examination of the 70 pound bear suggests the animal was a juvenile. Einck says anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call their Operation Game Thief hotline… (1-800-442-2511)

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The bear was found in the woods in the Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge. Einck says the LDWF is working to raise the black bear population in Louisiana. He says those efforts are increasing the hunter-black bear contacts in the wild…

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AM Newscall December 24th, 2014

Now that the bad weather day is behind us, we can expect beautiful, yet chilly, conditions for Christmas. Michelle Southern reports.

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The annual Bonfires on the Levee takes place tonight in St. James Parish. Scott Carwile has more…

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A thief with a heart two sizes too small is behind bars after the Washington Parish Sheriff’s office got a tip that Mr. Grinch was trying to steal Christmas. Michelle Southern reports…:

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State Climatologist Barry Keim says now that we have the nasty conditions behind us we can expect to have some nice weather for Christmas in Louisiana. He says colder temperatures are now descending upon the state…:

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Keim says temperatures this morning range from the upper 30s across northern parishes to about 50 degrees along the coast, but most of the state is in the 40s. He says Christmas morning is when the real cold weather is going to settle in…:

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Keim says conditions will be perfect out to open your presents by a nice warm fire on the chilly Christmas morning. He says highs on Thursday will rise up into the 50s…:

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The annual Bonfires on the Levee takes place tonight in St. James Parish. Rhonda Lee, President of the Festival of the Bonfires, says this is a tradition in the parish dating back more than 100 years. She says, this year, 130 bonfires will be lit…

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Lee says the popularity of the Christmas Eve bonfires has been growing steadily over the last 25 years or so. She expects the levees to be packed tonight with revelers. Lee says people from all over the United States plan their Christmas vacations to check out the bonfires…

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If you plan on heading to the Bonfires on the Levee celebration, it’s recommended that you get into the area before 6PM. The fires will be lit around 7PM. There are several stories about how the bonfires started in St. James Parish, but Lee says one stands out…

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A thief with a heart two sizes too small is behind bars after the Washington Parish Sheriff’s office got a tip that Mr. Grinch was trying to steal Christmas. Sheriff Randy Seal they did some investigating and were able to apprehend the suspect’s dog and attach a surveillance recorder to it…:

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Seal says the 56-year-old infamous Mr. Grinch was allegedly planning to take Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations and presents for children. He says now the people of Washington Parish can sleep easier now that the cuddly as a cactus suspect has been caught…:

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Seal said they found Grinch hiding in the woods near Highway 62 and were able to listen in on his plans to ruin Christmas. He says they sent out this release to put smiles on faces and let citizens know there is a warm and fuzzy side cops and they don’t stink, stank stunk…:

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Clean-up and recovery will take place today in Tangipahoa Parish near Amite where a tornado touched down yesterday afternoon causing damage to nearly 20 homes. Jeff McKneely, spokesperson for Tangipahoa Parish Emergency management, says thankfully no one was hurt

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The twister also knocked down trees and power lines, causing power outages. McKneely says the whole incident happened really quick…

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McKneely says with the weather much better today, they’ll continue to survey the damage, but they do have a lot of property damage east of Amite…

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PM LRN Newscall Tuesday December 23

A group of people in St. John Parish have constructed a “Hands up!” bonfire on the Mississippi River West Bank. Michelle Southern reports.

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Baton Rouge Police say the search for 4-year-old Jassiah Clark came to a sad end last night when the boy’s body was found in a deep hole less than 10 yards from his home. Eric Gill reports…

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A traffic stop near Hammond lead State Police to arrest a Texas man for transporting illegal narcotics. 37-year old Matthew Llanas is accused of transporting marijuana from Texas to Atlanta. Trooper Greg Marchand says while Llanas was stopped for a traffic violation, he began displaying some suspicious behavior. He says at that point, officers requested a K-9 unit to assist…

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A subsequent search of Llanas’ vehicle turned up approximately 200 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $200,000. Marchand says Llanas was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite…

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Llanas is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, as well as a traffic violation of improper lane usage. Marchand says State Police will continue to use proactive enforcement to target drug trafficking organizations…

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A group of people in St. John Parish have constructed a “Hands up!” bonfire on the Mississippi River West Bank. The structure, which is a reaction to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the cop in Ferguson who shot and killed Michael Brown, is built across from Harold LaGrange’s home in Lucy. He says they construct a creative bonfire every Christmas Eve..:

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LaGrange says they’ve been getting a lot of support from the community. He says he’s appalled by Brown’s killing but the bonfire is in no way meant to be negative…:

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Lagrange says they will light the bonfire at about 7pm tomorrow night. He says they want to get people talking about what happened and teach their children that police are there to protect you…:

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Baton Rouge Police say the search for 4-year-old Jassiah Clark came to a sad end last night when the boy’s body was found in a deep hole less than 10 yards from his home. Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa (ga-DOW-wa) says last night officers were doing a follow up search in the neighborhood where Clark was last seen…

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The boy’s body was found in a deep hole, which was filled with dirt and water, in a vacant lot behind the child’s home. Godawa says recent rains camouflaged the hole …

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That hole was an old, abandoned sewer pump station site that had been backfilled earlier this year. She says more will be known after an autopsy is completed. Around one hundred officers from different agencies, including the FBI, were involved with the search and Godawa says this case really affected them…

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Time is running out to get your Christmas shopping done. For many last minute shoppers, gift cards are the way to go. But Chair of the Louisiana Tech Marketing Department, Barry Babin, says when it comes to gift cards, people either love them or hate them. He says some people feel obligated to use a gift card and it’s kind of a pain to receive…

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But Babin says to not underestimate the will of last minute Christmas shopper. He says many of those with the job of getting those final Christmas gifts will go through the effort of working their way through the crowds and getting meaningful presents…

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And if you have to fight the crowds in the final hours of Christmas shopping, Babin says you can still get some great deals. He says, by this time in the shopping season, many retailers have already started their post-Christmas sales…

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AM Newscall December 23rd, 2014

According to the American Automobile Association, a record 98.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home over the next two weeks.  Scott Carwile reports…

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The flu outbreak in Louisiana that was already bad, is becoming even more widespread and just in time for the Holidays. Michelle Southern reports.

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office says two men are under arrest accused of selling weed out of their snoball stand. Michelle Southern reports…:

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State Climatologist Barry Keim says the Bayou State is in for a round of severe weather today. He says a cold front is tracking across Louisiana and rainfall could range from under a quarter inch in the northwest portion of the state, to up over three inches in southeast Louisiana.

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Keim says the entire state is at risk for thunderstorms, damaging winds, possibly an isolated tornado and hail…:

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Keim says the good news is that all of this nasty weather will be out of the way for Christmas Eve and Christmas day but it will be much colder outside…:

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According to the American Automobile Association, a record 98.6 million Americans will hit the road during the year-end holiday period. AAA spokesman Don Redman says that’s a four-percent increase from last year…

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The year-end holiday period is defined as today through Sunday, January 4th. Redman says this uptick in travel can be attributed to increasing disposable income and consumer confidence…

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Travelers are expected to pay the lowest gas prices since 2009. Nearly 91-percent of travelers will take a road trip to celebrate the holidays. Redman says the calendar is definitely playing a role in the increased holiday travel this year…

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The flu outbreak in Louisiana that was already bad, is becoming even more widespread and just in time for the Holidays. Dr. Frank Welch, medical director of the Louisiana Office of Public Health, says this is one of the worst seasons for influenza he has ever seen…:

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Welch says a whopping six out of every 100 doctor visits in Louisiana are because of influenza-like illnesses. He says it’s spreading from person to person so the more people that are infected, the more likely it is they are going to give it to somebody else…:

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Welch says one of the reasons we’re seeing such a bad outbreak this season is because the strain H3N2 is what’s going around and it’s not covered in this year’s flu shot. He says that should not discouraging you from getting the flu shot because it will still be better than no protection at all. Welch says nobody wants to give the gift of the flu this Christmas.:

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office says two men are under arrest accused of selling weed out of their snoball stand. Sgt. Clay Higgins says they had been getting complaints from the community about the T&E Soul Food and Sno-Ball stand in Opelousas. He says the narcotics enforcement team gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant…:

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Higgins says 37-year-old Jermaine Doucet and 32-year-old Bryant Fields, both from Opelousas, were caught selling a side dish of “Hydro” marijuana to customers…:

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The charges on each man include possessing marijuana and transaction involving proceeds from drug offenses. Higgins says this story is especially disturbing because hundreds of children passed the Hydro weed Sno-Ball stand every day…:

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The Saints are out of playoff contention, which makes this Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay meaningless in the minds of many fans. But Coach Sean Payton anticipates his players will prepare as if they are fighting for a playoff spot

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With the Saints missing out on the playoffs for the third time since 2008, changes are likely to occur with the roster. Payton says games like this Sunday are part of the evaluation process, when it comes to determining who should return next season..

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Payton says it is disappointing to have to play a game, knowing you can’t get into the playoffs…

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PM LRN Newscall December 22nd

Now that winter has officially begun, lots of folks may start experiencing Holiday Blues. Michelle Southern reports.

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The State Fire Marshall’s Office is still investigating what caused a fire that killed twin two-year-old girls in Alexandria on Saturday. Eric Gill reports…

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Baton Rouge Police are currently looking for a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl after taking her from a local park. Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa (ga-DOW-wa) says the incident happened on December 13 when the girl was lured near the car of the suspect…

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Godawa says the suspect forced the girl into the car and drove her to another location where the assault took place. She says the suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium to heavyset build. Godawa says information is limited at this time, but detectives have been working non-stop to find this suspect…

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She says they are also searching for a gold or tan four-door Nissan Maxima that was seen around the park at the time of the incident. Godawa asks anyone with information on this case to please contact Crime Stoppers…

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Now that winter has officially begun, lots of folks may start experiencing Holiday Blues. Michele Many (Main-EEE), a clinical social worker with the LSU Department of Psychiatry says it’s very common to become depressed during the Christmas season. She says this happens, in part, because we’re getting less UV exposure due to the shorter winter days…:

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Many says if there have been some losses during the year, Christmas can be a painful reminder that a person isn’t here with us. She also says other people may have sadness around the fact that they don’t get a long with certain family members or relationships are a little strained…:

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Many says one of the best ways you can battle the “bah humbugs” is to take care of yourself physically and try not set standards that are impossible to live up to. She says the Holidays are a prime time people develop impractical views about what our life should look like…:

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The State Fire Marshall’s Office is still investigating what caused a fire that killed twin two-year-old girls in Alexandria on Saturday. Firefighters responded to the deadly blaze just before 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Fire Marshal Butch Browning says this is still a very active investigation…

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He says they do not have a conclusive cause of the blaze at this time. The children were at home with their father when the fire broke out. Browning says firefighters were able to remove the children, named Annaya and Makaya, from the home…

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Autopsies are pending on both girls. Browning says it will be after the Christmas holiday before the investigation is complete. It is unknown at this time if the home had working smoke detectors. Browning says it appears the fire started near a bedroom…

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Over one-hundred workers at a processing plant near New Iberia that produces yams will have to find new work. McCall Farms told employees at the facility they are shutting operations down in south Louisiana and moving all sweet potato processing to a plant in South Carolina. Mike Tarantino is the director of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation

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Tarantino says about 140 people work at the plant, most of those are seasonal employees. He says the state is assisting the soon to be laid off workers…

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An exact date on when the facility will close has not been given, but it’s expected to occur early next year. Tarantino is hopeful the workers at the plant will find other job opportunities soon…

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AM LRN Newscall December 22nd

It’s the first full day of winter. Michelle Southern tells us if we can expect cold and freezing precipitation like last winter…:

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A new Southern Media and Opinion Research poll shows Republican Senator David Vitter’s change in position on Common Core will benefit him. Scott Carwile reports…

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Here in the final days of 2014, there are some things taxpayers can do to help them financially. Michelle Southern reports.

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Today is the first full day of winter and many have not forgotten last year’s winter, which saw colder than normal temperatures and a few rounds of frozen precipitation.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says the climate prediction center’s forecast for the next three months indicates we could see a repeat..:

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Keim says the wildcard right now is the El Nino which has been in the forecast for a while, but hasn’t formed yet. He says the climate prediction center is giving the system a 60% chance of forming sometime this winter…:

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Keim says if the El Nino does form the way they think it will this winter, we’ll get more rain and even possibly some freezing rain like we saw last winter…:

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A new poll shows that Republican Senator David Vitter’s change in position on Common Core is popular with voters. Vitter announced earlier this month he opposes the new educational testing standards and a Southern Media and Opinion Research survey found that 64-percent agree with Vitter. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Vitter made the right move, politically…

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Pinsonat says opposing Common Core will help Vitter in his quest to become Louisiana’s next governor. He says the testing standards will be a main issue in the governor’s race…

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Another Republican gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, says he supports the controversial education standards. Pinsonat says Common Core will make next year’s race interesting…

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Here in the final days of 2014, there are some things taxpayers can do to put them in a better financial position in 2015. John Theriot is an accountant with the Louisiana Society of CPAs and he says business owners should accelerate expenses, because anything they can pay before year’s end will get the 2014 deduction.:

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Theriot says now would also be a good time to let your employer know you want to up your contribution on your 401K or change your filing status on your W4. He says before the new year, you also might want to think about making charitable donations, so you can deduct it on your 2014 tax form…

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Theriot says if know you’ll have a big federal or state tax bill in the spring, you can begin paying those taxes off…

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The LSU Tigers are back at practice this week as they continue preparations to play Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Even though the Bayou Bengals have some extra time to prepare for this game, Coach Les Miles says don’t expect many changes when it comes to game planning for this game

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The other issue hanging around the LSU football program….Is how many underclassmen will leave for the NFL? There’s a report LSU cornerback Jalen Collins plans to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, but Miles is optimistic they won’t see as many juniors leaving for the pros early as previous seasons

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For the fourth straight season, the Ragin Cajuns have ended the year by winning the R-and-L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. U-L Lafayette defeated Nevada 16-3 on Saturday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Coach Mark Hudspeth has now led the Cajuns to four straight…nine-win seasons

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Senior quarterback Terrance Broadway set the tone early as he completed his first 14 passes, which is an NCAA Division One bowl record. Broadway finished with 227 yards passing and a touchdown in his final game as a Cajun

Cut 16  (15)    next level”  

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Louisiana Tech holds its first practice in Dallas today leading up to its game against Illinois in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas bowl. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says the team is looking forward to bowl week preparations…

Cut 17  (20)   “work done”

Holtz says the message to his team is that playing in a bowl game is great, but winning it, is even better…

Cut 18 (17) “uniform”

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The Saints had a chance to win the NFC South on Sunday, but instead the Black and Gold’s season came to an end with a bitter 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. What makes it hurt even more is that, New Orleans finishes the year with five straight losses at the Dome. Coach Sean Payton on the lack of wins at home this year

Cut 19 (14)   “pretty obvious”

The loss reflected the Saints disappointing season. They had four turnovers and the defense had trouble getting off the field on third down and ended up allowing Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 322 yards. It’s the first time a Payton coached team has missed the playoffs since 2008

Cut 20 (09)  “consistently enough”

PM LRN Newscall December 19

A group called Senate Conservatives Action is sponsoring radio ads that target Republican Metairie Congressman Steve Scalise. Eric Gill reports…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”

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New employment numbers are out and Louisiana’s labor force grew to a record 2,179,837 in November. Michelle Southern reports.

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The fall shrimping season comes to a close on some state waters Monday and shrimper are calling this an average season for fishermen. Daren Martin, owner of Martin’s Fresh Shrimp in Chauvin, says this was a fair season for shrimpers…

CUT 3 (12)  “rather abruptly”

Martin says there were those early cold fronts that came through the state, but the water stayed in the marsh allowing shrimpers to continue to work. He says he’s seen better seasons and worse seasons…

CUT 4 (06)  “seasons have”

Martin says the price of shrimp fluctuated a bit during the fall season, but, on average, was a little better than they are used to getting. He says, now that shrimpers will have to go into the Gulf of Mexico to get shrimp, consumers should expect to see a bit of a price hike…

CUT 5 (07)  “and whatnot”

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A group called Senate Conservatives Action is sponsoring radio ads that target Republican Metairie Congressman Steve Scalise. The ads accuse Scalise of siding with President Obama instead of standing on the conservative platform. LaPolitics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says this attack stems from the Congressman’s efforts to help pass a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill…

CUT 6 (12)  “from shutting down”

Alford says this is interesting since Scalise was able to capture the whip position because he was a favorite of the tea party movement, where the Senate Conservatives Action finds its roots. He says there is a bit of political intrigue here as this group supported Rob Maness in his run for the US Senate…

CUT 7 (05) “Steve Scalise”

Rumors are circulating that Maness may challenge Scalise in 2016. Alford says these kind of threats cannot be taken lightly. He says the big question is whether the Senate Conservatives Action is going to continue to hammer away at Scalise…

CUT 8 (11) “what’s coming next”

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After working several fatal crashes last weekend that resulted in nine deaths, State Police troopers are urging drivers to use extra caution while on the highways during this holiday period. Sergeant Nick Manale says driver error is responsible for many of the wrecks they are seeing

CUT 9 (09)  “distractions alone”

Manale says since Thanksgiving week, State Police have worked fatal wrecks that resulted in 66 deaths…

CUT 10 (05)  “unrestrained occupants”

Manale says in most of the fatal wrecks they’ve investigated, the victims were not buckled up

cut 11 (08)  “in a crash”

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New employment numbers are out and Louisiana’s labor force grew to a record 2,179,837 in November. The number of people employed in the state jumped by 59,419 over the year. LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink says people are responding to Louisiana’s strong and sustained job growth by joining our workforce in record numbers…:

cut 12 (11) “great jobs”

Eysink says, over the month of November, we added about 7,000 people working in Louisiana. He says this is outpacing a national trend..:

cut 13 (09) “to November”

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent in November which is a .9 percent increase from last year. But Eysink says the main reason our unemployment rate has risen is because of the speed of the growth of the labor force. He says industrial announcements keep coming and people from around the nation are paying attention…:

cut 14 (07) “for the future”

AM Newscall December 19th, 2014

A new Southern Media and Opinion Research poll shows 58-percent of Louisianians disapprove of Governor Bobby Jindal’s job performance as he heads into his final year in office. Scott Carwile has more…

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Holiday travelers will enjoy the lowest gas prices we’ve seen in years. Jeff Palermo has more on this nice Christmas gift for motorists.

Cut 2 (30) “reporting”

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The last Saturday before Christmas could be as big a shopping day as Black Friday. Michelle Southern reports…:

Cut 3 (30) “reporting”

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A new Southern Media and Opinion Research poll shows 58-percent of Louisianians disapprove of Governor Bobby Jindal’s job performance as he heads into his final year in office. 600 likely Louisiana voters were surveyed. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says you probably won’t see the Governor’s popularity increase very much as he ends his term…

cut 4  (10)  “have piled up”

But Pinsonat points out that the poll shows 70-percent of Republicans give the governor a positive job rating. With both houses of the state legislature being controlled by Republicans, Pinsonat doesn’t see these poll numbers changing the way Jindal will do business in his last year…

Cut 5  (09)  “of their voters”

Pinsonat says Jindal has a job approval rating of just over 50-percent among white voters. He doesn’t think these poll numbers will factor into Jindal’s decision to run for President in 2016. But Pinsonat says this could be something that could potentially hurt him…

Cut 6 (11)  “definitely hurt him”

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Gas prices are about 75-cents lower than a year ago as we head into what should be a busy two weeks of traveling during this holiday period. Gregg Laskoski, with gas-buddy-dot-com, says with the statewide average at about $2.30 a gallon, it should help consumers pay for other expenses

CUT 7 (08)  “greater distances”

Laskoski says gas prices have been on a sharp decline since October and this trend should continue into next year. He says the US Department of Energy is projecting a national average price of $2.60 a gallon for 2015

Cut 8 (09)  “long,long time” 

Laskoski says this Christmas gift of lower gas prices is the result of a decline in global crude oil prices

Cut 9 (12)  “a barrell”

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Some much needed rain will be hitting Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this rain is coming at a great time as the state has been rain deficient over the last two months. Keim says there is a coastal storm forming off the coast of Texas this morning…

Cut 10 (05) “through tomorrow morning” 

Keim says the storm is projected to travel along the Louisiana coast. He says rainfall amounts with this storm could be anywhere from a half inch up to four inches of rain. Keim says there is the possibility of severe weather depending on the track of the storm…

cut 11 (09) “some severe weather”

Keim says the entire state is teetering right on the edge of drought with everything east of the Atchafalaya Basin experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. Keim says the precipitation will be short lived with conditions clearing by Saturday morning…

cut 12 (08)  “of the state”

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The last Saturday before Christmas could be as big a shopping day as Black Friday especially if you’re still looking for TVs, appliances or clothes according to experts. Andrew Kuo (quoe) is a marketing professor at LSU. He says the downside of the so-called “Super Saturday” is that shoppers are typically at the mercy of the retailers

Cut 13 (09)  “wouldn’t spend”

MartketWatch reports Super Saturday could edge out Black Friday as the top sales day of the year in 2014. Kuo says the Day after Thanksgiving sales weren’t as high this year as they have been in years past which is another reason stores are expected to be packed tomorrow…:

Cut 14 (10)  “department stores”

Kuo says tomorrow you can expect to continue to see excellent apparel sales, discounted appliances to help folks get ready for guests in their home and last minute TV deals. He says with the growing popularity of online shopping, consumers have been spreading out their store shopping throughout the entire month of December…:

Cut 15  (08)  “business online”

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U-L Lafaytte and Nevada meet tomorrow morning in the R-and-L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. It’s the fourth straight year the Ragin Cajuns have played in this bowl game and last year 55-thousand people were attendance to see the Cajuns face in-state foe Tulane. Billy Ferrante, executive director of the New Orleans Bowl, says unfortunately they will see that kind of crowd this year

Cut 16  (09)    walk-up gameday”  

The Ragin Cajuns will hold a Fan Fest Friday afternoon at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street. And Ferrante says the bowl game will host a concert tonight at the New Orleans Arena featuring Kool and the Gang and Cheap Trick

Cut 17  (09)   “big crowd”

The Saints and Falcons meet on Sunday in the Superdome. Both teams have losing records, but both teams can still win the NFC South. New Orleans can wrap up the NFC South this weekend with a Carolina loss and a Saints victory over the Falcons. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says a big key for the Black and Gold will be putting pressure on Atlanta Quarterback Matt Ryan

Cut 18 (15) “throws”

The Saints played well last Monday in a win over the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns and Detillier says the short passing game worked for them that night and they’ll use it again on Sunday…

Cut 19 (20)   “the Falcons”