AM Newscall September 17, 2014

According to a new report with data compiled from the US census, Louisiana has the most single people in the nation. Michelle Southern reports.

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A district judge threw out the law that would give State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and another trooper a major retirement boost. Eric Gill reports…

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The Department of Health and Hospitals confirm that two children are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for Enterovirus D68. Eric Gill has more…

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According to a new report with data compiled from the US census, Louisiana has the most single people in the nation. The Martin Prosperity Institute study found 55.7% of adults here are not married. Demographer Greg Rigamer says this could be because after Katrina and the BP Oil spill, Louisiana got a big boost in job opportunities…:

Cut 4  (10)  “younger profile”

Rigamer says there has also been a significant increase in the number of people here between the ages of 20 and 29…:

Cut 5  (09)  “unmarried adults”

New Orleans topped the list as the metro area in the US with the highest number of single people at 58%. Rigamer says many people think of The Big Easy as a great place to live, but many people don’t associate it as a place you’d come start a family. LSU Professor of Sociology Tim Slack says there is also growing number of people in the nation who are single and living alone…:

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A district judge threw out the law that would give State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and another trooper a major retirement boost. Judge Janice Clark ruled the provision to be unconstitutional stating lawmakers did not follow proper procedure in passing the pension change. State Treasurer John Kennedy says this measure was not only unconstitutional, it was unfair…

CUT 7 (11) “that’s not right”

This law was passed in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session. He says the benefit increases would have been drawn from an expense account that funds cost-of-living increases for retired state troopers and their families. Kennedy says laws are supposed to apply to everybody equally…

CUT 8 (08)   “special treatment”

Both Edmonson and the other trooper had said they had no intention to accept the increased benefit. Kennedy hopes the book is now closed on this matter…

CUT 9 (07) “on the book”  

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Governor Bobby Jindal is not concerned about poll numbers that show him receiving little support when compared to other potential presidential candidates. Jindal received only three percent in a recent CNN poll of New Hampshire republican voters that listed ten other candidates.  Jindal says he doesn’t look at polls

cut 10 (09)  “in all honesty”

Other polls taken have also shown Jindal failing to receive much support compared to other possible republican presidential candidates. Jindal says polls don’t mean much at this point

cut 11 (10)  “or fundraising” 

Jindal made these comments in Washington DC after unveiling a US energy policy that was developed from his nonprofit group called America Next. The governor says he is thinking about running for President and a decision will be made after the November election. But he says his decision will have nothing to do with polls or fundraising….

cut 12 (12)  “that time”

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The Department of Health and Hospitals confirm that two children are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for Enterovirus D68. Assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Takiesha Davis, says this is a very common of strain of virus in the US that typically flares up in the fall. She says DHH advises parents to be particularly mindful of children…

Cut 13 (10)  “such as asthma “

Most people recover without treatment, but Enterovirus D68 appears to aggravate breathing problems in children who have asthma. She says every year there are between 10 and 15 million enterovirus infections in the US. Davis says Enterovirus D68 generally presents itself with cold-like symptoms…

Cut 14 (09)  “respiratory illnesses”

She says if parents notice high fever, dehydration, or troubled breathing, they should immediately take their child to see their doctor or an urgent care clinic. Davis says the best steps you can take to avoid the spread of the virus is using the same tools we use for the flu…

Cut 15  (06)   “who are sick”

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LSU heads into Saturday’s SEC match-up with Mississippi State riding a streak of 31 straight possessions without allowing a point. The Tigers also lead in the SEC in four defensive categories— total defense, pass defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Defensive Coordinator John Chavis says the defense is playing with a lot of confidence…

Cut 16  (19)   “defensive unit”

Chavis says his defense still has room to get better and that starts with better communication between players while they are on the field…

Cut 17  (13)   “do that”

The Tigers host Mississippi State this Saturday. The Bulldogs are averaging nearly 44 points a game and Chavis says his defense will be tested…

Cut 18 (17)  “this season”

PM Newscall September 16, 2014

The Tallulah Police Department says a little 3-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself after finding a loaded handgun in a home. Michelle Southern has that…:

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Public school teachers continue to retire at a higher number compared to what seen just only a few years ago. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Tallulah Police Department says a little 3-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself after finding a loaded handgun in a home. Spokeswoman Yvonne Lewis says emergency personnel got the call around 4:10 Monday afternoon..:

CUT 3 (10) “die from the injury”

Lewis says the mother left the home for about 3 to five minutes to get the kids something to drink at a store nearby and when she returned the child had already found the gun and shot himself…:

CUT 4 (05)  “found it there”

Lewis says investigators did a test on the child and learned that the 3-year-old did in fact shoot himself. She said they believe this really was just a tragic accident. Lewis says the mother lived very close to a grocery store and was gone only a short amount of time.:

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According to officials, two students from Central High had to be removed from class and sent to the hospital Monday after having bad reaction to synthetic marijuana they smoked at school. Superintendent Michael Faulk says the teachers reported something just wasn’t right with the two boys in the classroom…:

CUT 6 (12)  “marijuana”

Faulk says the students, aged 17 and 18, were rushed to the emergency room for treatment then began an investigation…:

CUT 7 (09) “backpacks”

Faulk says according to school policy each student will be automatically expelled. He says after the students were sent to the hospital, school officials told the school resource officer what had happened…:(Faulk says the case is now in the hands of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office.)

CUT 8 (12) “access to it”

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Louisiana schools are still seeing a higher number of teachers retiring compared to what they saw three years ago. Nearly three-thousand K-through-12th grade teachers retired during the fiscal year that ended June 30th. Scott Richard, director of the Louisiana School Board Association, blames it on the turmoil that’s ongoing in public education

CUT 9 (08)  “some cases”

Richard says legislation recently passed makes it more difficult for educators to achieve tenure.  He says there’s also been policy changes that have created a public dispute between state leaders and it has caused anxiety among teachers….

CUT 10 (10) “they’ll be”

He says the higher than normal number of retirements is causing problems for school districts when it comes to finding math and special education teachers. Richard says if there wasn’t so much uncertainty with Common Core and changes to how teachers are evaluated, many recently retired teachers would still be teaching….

CUT 11 (06) “the future

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The state Board of Regents releases a report showing students at colleges are more vulnerable when it comes to sexual assault because there is no statewide policy in place for handling such allegations. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell requested the report. He says no two Louisiana colleges have the same guidelines for handling sexual assault accusations…:

CUT 12 (08) “very very different thing”

Morrell says Louisiana needs to establish a benchmark that all colleges must meet when it comes to the way sexual assault claims are handled…:

CUT 13 (08) “should be required”

Morrell says alleged college student victims need to all feel comfortable reporting any potential sexual assault which is why specific steps should be followed in the investigation process. He says LSU-Baton Rouge indicated they’ve only had 22 reports of sexual abuse over a five year period…:

cut 14 (13) “under reporting”

AM Newscall September 16, 2014

According to State Farm, the number of vehicle-deer collisions are on the rise in Louisiana. Eric Gill reports…

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The recent indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has opened a nationwide discussion on disciplining children with corporal punishment. Eric Gill has more…

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Area Development has ranked Louisiana as the sixth best state to conduct business.  Scott Carwile has the story…

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According to State Farm, the number of vehicle-deer collisions are on the rise in Louisiana. Spokesman Gary Stephenson says there was a nearly six-percent increase in these accidents in the state…

Cut 4  (09)  “of 2014″

Stephenson says there were over 9,700 vehicle-deer collisions in the Bayou State last year. He says the number of collisions is actually higher because many of these collisions are not reported, uninsured motorist collisons are not included, and drivers with only liability coverage were not counted. Stephenson says there’s a fair amount of expense involved, too. He says the previous year’s average claim was around $3,400…

Cut 5  (10)  “per average claim”

State Farm calculated the chances of any single motorist in Louisiana striking a deer at 1 in every 299 drivers, below the national average of 1 in 169. Stephenson says the last few months of the year is the the most active time for vehicle-deer collisions…

Cut 6 (12)  “quarter of the year”

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The recent indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has opened a nationwide discussion on discipilining children with corporal punishment. Peterson allegedly used a switch, a tree branch stripped of its leaves, on his son reportedly causing multiple injuries to the child. State Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier says corporal punishment is considered legal in Louisiana within reason…

CUT 7 (13) “children’s code states”

She says the Louisiana Children’s Code requires the agency to take into account the possibility of accidental injury or that the injury resulted from what might be considered a reasonable exercise of discipline. Sonnier says when a parent is being alleged of abuse when disciplining a child, DCFS looks at several factors…

CUT 8 (11)   “that evaluation”

Sonnier says there is nothing in Louisiana law that explicitly says what you can or cannot do when it comes to disciplining your child. She hopes parents put a lot of thought into how they discipline their child and consider using alternative methods to corporal punishment…

CUT 9 (09) “to consider”  

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The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bethany couple after they delayed seeking medical treatment for a toddler with a head injury. Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says detectives responded to a call from a local hospital and found a 15-month-old girl suffering from severe bruising and swelling of her head…

cut 10 (10)  “top of her”

27-year old Jeffrey Noble and 26-year-old Stephanie File-Malone told deputies the child was injured when Noble fell asleep feeding her in his lap and dropped her. They said Noble then fell on top of the child. Chadwick says both are charged with cruelty to a juvenile…

cut 11 (12)  “injuries occurred” 

She says the charges stem from the couple not seeking medical attention for the child until about 48 hours after the injuries occurred. Chadwick says the couple were also arrested for possession of marijuana…

cut 12 (13)  “the front door”

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The Saints are 0-and-2 and now their leading rusher will reportedly miss the next four weeks, because of a broken hand. ESPN reports running back Mark Ingram suffered the injury in Sunday’s heartbreaking loss against Cleveland. Saints radio color analyst Hokie Gajan says it’s a tough blow for the team, who has waited for Ingram to become a major contributor

Cut 13 (08)  “three years “

Ingram is averaging six yards a carry this season and has scored three touchdowns. Gajan says Coach Sean Payton said prior to the season that Ingram was finally healthy after dealing various bumps and bruises his first three seasons in the NFL…

Cut 14 (09)  “long time”

Gajan says Ingram’s injury comes at a time when the Saints were having its most success running the football since Coach Sean Payton has been the coach….

Cut 15  (07)   “step up”

PM Newscall Sept 15

Louisiana ranks 12th in the country for having the rudest drivers in the nation. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announce testing confirms that the brain-eating ameba, Naegleria Fowleri, has been found in a water system in Sabine Parish. Eric Gill has more…

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State Police say a south Louisiana man was killed yesterday when a tree limb came crashing down on him while on his Harley Davidson. Trooper Jared Sandifer says 53-year-old Travis Lessard of Gonzales and his brother were riding their motorcycles on Highway 22 in Livingston Parish when the fatal crash occurred…

CUT 3 (08) “the other”

Sandifer says they are not sure what caused the tree limb to fall, killing one person and seriously injuring another….

CUT 4 (09)  “this happening”

Sandifer says Lessard and his 52-year-old brother, Joseph Lessard of Maurepas, were transported to local hospitals after they were hit by the tree limb…

CUT 5 (07) “serious injuries”

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PayScale-dot-com ranks Louisiana Tech number one in the state in early- and mid-career salaries for graduates. The report says Tech graduates, early in their career, earn an average of over $49,000 per year. University spokesman Dave Guerin says they are proud of this recognition…

CUT 6 (11)  “our institution”

Louisiana Tech also ranked number one for median mid-career salaries, with graduates who have at least 10 years of experience in their field, averaging over $86,000 a year. Guerin feels this ranking is a real testiment of the faculty at Tech…

CUT 7 (09) “they work for”

Overall, Tech ranks number 59 in the nation in median mid-career salaries for graduates among public universities. Guerin says PayScale-dot-com also ranks LA Tech tops in the state as it relates to return on investment…

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Two Shreveport police officers have been put on routine paid administrative leave after they were involved in a shooting of an armed robbery suspect. Corporal Marcus Hines the incident happened Saturday night and the person who was shot has been identified as 26-year-old Anthony Thomas of Shreveport…

CUT 9 (06)  “right wrist”

Hines says Thomas gunshot wound is considered non-life threatening, but he faces numerous criminal charges…

CUT 10 (11) “his person”

Hines says officers came in contact with Thomas after receiving reports he and at least two other male suspects used a handgun to rob a man at an ATM machine. He says when the officers responded to the scene a struggle ensued with Thomas and he was shot in the right wrist by one of the officers…

CUT 11 (09) “sprained fingers

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announce testing confirms that the brain-eating ameba, Naegleria Fowleri, has been found in a water system in Sabine Parish. The ameba was also discovered in St. John the Baptist Parish last month. Office of Public Health Medical Director, Takiesha Davis, says while the ameba is potentially dangerous, it doesn’t make the water unusable…

CUT 12 (08) “a person’s nose”

She says, to limit infection, avoid getting water up one’s nose. The ameba has to get directly into the brain to cause problems. Davis says the department’s new ameba sampling program is in its third stage and they are finding this ameba now because they are looking for it…

CUT 13 (10) “normally tested for”

She says, so far, no one has been infected with the ameba as a result of the recent discoveries. Davis says a chlorine burn of the water supply in Sabine Parish has been ordered…

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AM LRN Newscall September 15

Starting this week, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will host town hall meetings at three locations in Louisiana he’d like to see tapped for tourism growth. Michelle Southern reports…

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Senator Mary Landrieu has completed a report on the use of flights for campaign events and has admitted to over $33,000 in improperly charged flights.  Eric Gill has more…

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The Saints went into the season with huge expectations, but they are off to an 0-and-2 start. Jeff Palermo has more…

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There is a new insect that Louisiana homeowners should be aware of, especially if you have ornamental plants growing outside.  The pest is called a chilli thrip and LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings says they feed on about 250 different species of ornamental plants…

Cut 4  (07)  “feed upon”

He says the chilli thrip feeds on the foliage of these plants instead of the flowers, like other thrip species.  Owings says if a plant is infected with chilli thrips, you’ll have some malformation or deformed new growth after a growth flush is initiated…

Cut 5  (06)  “on the foliage”

Owings says there are insecticides that can effectively deal with chilli thrips.  He says the best way to determine if a plant is infected is to place a white piece of paper under the plant and shake the plant and see what falls on the paper…

Cut 6 (08)  “hard to identify”

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Starting this week, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will host town hall meetings at three locations in Louisiana he’d like to see tapped for tourism growth. Dardenne says they’ll be in Shreveport tomorrow to get input from the community about opportunities there like the Louisiana Hayride…:

CUT 7 (08) “Elvis was on”

The meeting in Shreveport will be held at the newly renovated Municipal Auditorium which Dardenne says is a great potential marketplace for the state. He says they’ll be in Lafayette on October 15th at Vermilionville…:

CUT 8 (10)   “next several years”

Dardenne says they’ll be in Monroe on October 28th at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum to talk about the unprecedented attention that northeast Louisiana has been getting thanks to things like Duck Dynasty..:

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The Louisiana Republican Party continues to make Senator Mary Landrieu’s chartered flights a campaign issue.  Landrieu has completed a report on the use of flights for campaign events and has admitted to over $33,000 in improperly charged flights.  Executive Director Jason Dore says he’s surprised by that amount…

cut 10 (10)  “just an apology”

Landrieu says she takes full responsibility and that these mistakes are a result of sloppy bookkeeping.  She says safeguards have been put in place to make sure this never happens again.  Dore says bookkeeping errors are no excuse…

cut 11 (06)  “up in jail” 

The report states that Senator Landrieu’s campaign has already reimbursed the Federal Treasury for these mistakes.  Dore thinks there is more information in the report and the issue is not dead…

cut 12 (05)  “taxpayer dollars”

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The Municipal Police Employees Retirement System announces the first permanent cost of living adjustment for retirees in more than a decade. Ben Huxen, Chief Advisor to the Commissioner of Administration, says the increase will begin November 1st…

Cut 13 (07)  “interest earnings”

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the three percent increase at its monthly meeting. The last permanent cost of living adjustment was made in January 2002. Huxen says after more than twelve years, this increase is very important…

Cut 14 (06)  “as well”

Huxen says they don’t have any definitive numbers yet, but he estimates the adjustment will help 44- to 45-hundred recipients in the system. Eligible members will recieve a minimum increase of $20 per month. Huxen says the increase will definitely be welcome by all…

Cut 15  (06)   “counts for them”

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The LSU Tigers are 3-and-0 heading into Saturday’s SEC opener against Mississippi State. The Tigers blanked ULM on Saturday 31 to 0. Coach Les Miles says his team is ready to play an SEC West opponent

Cut 16  (18)   “kinda fun”

LSU’s defense has been outstanding this season. They’ve shutout their opponents in the last two games, first time that’s been at LSU since 1985. They held ULM to 93 total yards. Linebacker Duke Riley had a team-high eight tackles in Saturday’s win

Cut 17  (13)   “beat us”

LSU’s offense got off to a slow start on Saturday, but still ended up rushing for 219 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Travin Dural caught six passes, but the former Breaux Bridge standout says the offense has a long way to go…

Cut 18 (15)  “looking the same”

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Many Saints fans thought this was the year for the Black and Gold to get back to the Super Bowl. But New Orleans is 0-and-2 after suffering a heart breaking 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. For the second straight game, New Orleans couldn’t preserve a late lead. Coach Sean Payton says all they could do at this point is work on trying to become a better team

cut 19 (13)  “we’ll do that”

The Saints offense started slow, but they got it going as Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham. Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 83 yards and a TD. But the defense allowed the Browns to move the football 85 yards for a game-winning field goal. Many fans are taking their frustration out on cornerback Patrick Robinson, but Payton says it’s not fair to blame one player

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PM LRN Newscall September 12

A tropical wave moving over Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico has the attention of forecasters. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Lafayette Police Department says one of their officers was shot Thursday night when attempting to locate a suspect they believe was involved in a shooting the night before. Michelle Southern has that.

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Forecasters are watching an area of low pressure over southern Florida that’s expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico. Andrew Ansorge, with the National Weather Service in Slidell ,says the Hurricane Center gives it a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next five days

CUT 3 (11) “to do”

Models show the tropical wave moving over Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. Ansorge says the track of the system will determine if it will develop into a tropical depression or something more significant…

CUT 4 (07)  “for Louisiana”

Ansorge says slow development is expected with this area of low pressure, because of the presence of dry air and high wind shear in the Gulf of Mexico. But he says it will increase our rain chances for this weekend

CUT 5 (08) “more of a concern”

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The Lafayette Police Department says one of their officers was shot Thursday night when attempting to locate a suspect they believe was involved in a shooting the night before. Corporal Paul Mouton said at around 11pm, cops went to the apartment where they were told the man might have been…:

CUT 6 (09)  “hiding in a closet”

Mouton says the officer and the suspect exchanged gunfire and both men were hit…:

(The suspect is identified as 23-year-old Chase Chaisson of Lafayette. He will be charged with attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, 2nd degree kidnapping and injury to a police K-9. The resident of the apartment where the suspect was found hiding has also been charged.)

CUT 7 (05) “flee the area”

Mouton says officers later apprehended the suspect as he was attempting to flee at an area truck stop. The 23-year-old male was taken to an area hospital. The officer is listed in stable condition. Mouton says finding the suspect was a priority as he was on the run from a prior violent incident…:

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The LSU Board of Supervisors Approves a three year contract extension for Athletic Director Joe Alleva. He isn’t getting a raise, but his base salary will remain $725,000. Alleva says he loves his job…:

CUT 9 (08)  “to have that extension”

Alleva has been AD at LSU since 2008 and the extended contract is good through 2019. He says he’s proud of a lot of things that have happened during his time at LSU but he’s most excited about Tiger Stadium…:

CUT 10 (11) “institution”

Alleva says the improvements to the Death Valley are not over…:

CUT 11 (09) “those old dorms

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The Shreveport Police Department says a man they believe killed the 53-year-old Shreve Island woman this week has been captured in Mexico. Corporal Marcus Hines says 53-year-old Angela Godley was found shot to death Wednesday and her live-in boyfriend, 58-year-old Mark Colby, was on the run…:

CUT 12 (09) “in Mexico”

Hines says when Colby returns to Shreveport he will be charged with second degree murder. He says the alleged shooting took place at the home the couple shared together…:

CUT 13 (10) “made the discovery”

Hines says they will know more about this case including motive once they get Colby back into the country and interview him. He says the suspect has several prior arrests…:

cut 14 (12) “on a DWI”

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Monroe police say a man shot his ex-wife’s boyfriend in the parking lot of a daycare center. Assistant police chief Don Bartley says 32-year-old Marlando Honeycutt had just dropped off his girlfriend’s kids at the daycare center, when Lemerick Christopher walked up and confronted Honeycutt…

CUT 15 (07) “once in the chest”

Christopher was arrested a shortly after the shooting and faces several charges including attempted murder. Bartley says Honeycutt is in stable condition after being shot in the face and chest. He says a dispute between Christopher and his ex-wife unfortunately turned violent…

CUT 16 (08) “this instance”

AM Newscall September 12, 2014

The Public Affairs Research Council has made available on its website a guide to help voters understand the constitutional amendments that will appear on the November fourth ballot. Scott Carwile has the story…

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A new poll shows Democratic former Governor Edwin Edwards making the runoff in the 6th District Congressional race, but finishing second in four different runoff scnarios. Eric Gill reports…

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In a nationally televised interview, Stephanie Hayden Ford, the daughter and co-star of Will Hayden on the now-cancelled “Sons of Guns” television show, says her father inappropriately touched her when she was 12-years-old. Eric Gill has more…

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There are 14 constitutional amendments on the November fourth ballot and the Public Affairs Research Council has released a guide to help voters understand the potential impact of each proposition. PAR President Robert Scott says the guide provides an objective review of all 14 amendments…
(The guide can be found at parlouisiana.org)

Cut 4  (11)  “yes or no”

The first two amendments deal with health care funding. Scott says amendment one would protect the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund, while amendment two sets up an amendment that will help hospitals pay for uninsured and those on Medicaid

Cut 5  (09)  “in the constitution”

Scott anticipates there will also be a lot of talk about amendment five, which will eliminate the mandatory retirement age of judges

Cut 6 (10)  “age limitation”

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The LSU Board of Supervisors will meet today and they are expected to extend Athletic Director Joe Alleva’s contract through 2019. Alleva’s base pay will reportedly remain at $725,000 a year plus incentives. Assistant Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says Alleva has done well in helping to generate funds for new facilities and the expansion of Tiger Stadium…

CUT 7 (11) “tennis facility coming”

Alleva officially started at LSU on July 1st, 2008 and was formerly the athletics director at Duke. Moran says even though the basketball program has been floundering during Alleva’s tenure, there are many significant LSU athletic programs that have more than flourished…:

CUT 8 (10)   “he’s had”

Moran says the LSU football team has had extreme success over the last several years under Alleva. He says the success on the field is thanks to coach Les Miles but Alleva has given Les a lot to work with…:

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A new poll shows Democratic former Governor Edwin Edwards making the runoff in the 6th District Congressional race, but that same survey shows Edwards finishing second in four different runoff scenarios. But pollster Darrell Glascock says you shouldn’t count out Edwards, just yet. He says Edwards has significant numbers as respondents second choice…

cut 10 (12)  “his numbers”

Edwards garnered 32-percent of the vote in The Glascock Group poll, which would seem to guarantee him a runoff spot. However, the former governor has trouble breaking 45-percent of the vote in any hypothetical runoff. Glascock says when it comes to runoff elections, traditionally half of voters don’t return to the polls. He says that could play in the favor of Edwards…

cut 11 (12)  “the game plan” 

The big question remaining in the race is “Who will join Edwards in the runoff?” Glascock counts four Republican contenders that could generate enough support to land in the runoff: state Senator Dan Claitor, Paul Dietzel, Garret Graves, and state Representative Lenar Whitney. He thinks this will come down to the wire…

cut 12 (07)  “that second spot”

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In a nationally televised interview, Stephanie Hayden Ford, the daughter and co-star of Will Hayden on the now-cancelled “Sons of Guns” television show, says her father inappropriately touched her when she was 12-years-old. Ford told the “Dr. Phil” show that her father allegedly came to her room drunk one evening, sat her in his lap and began touching her and kissing on her chest…

Cut 13 (11)  “like that”

Hayden remains in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail in lieu of bail. Ford said that she had basically repressed the memory until her little sister told her grandfather about alleged inappropriate behavior on the part of Hayden. Ford says she’s telling her story now because her sister needs her…

Cut 14 (13)  “think about”

Hayden’s attorney, C. Frank Holthaus, cautioned against emotional reactions and urged people to give the court process time to let the truth come out. Ford says she stands by her story and if the allegations are proven true, her father should go to jail for a long time…

Cut 15  (10)   “of course”

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The ULM Warhawks head to Baton Rouge on Saturday as heavy underdogs. The 10th ranked Bayou Bengals are favorite to win by 31 points in the recently expanded Tiger Stadium. ULM Coach Todd Berry says his senior class has played in front of a lot of big crowds, so he expects them to be able to focus on the task at hand on Saturday night

Cut 16  (19)   “those lines”

This will be the third meeting between the two teams. They last played in 2010 and the Tigers won 51 to 0. Berry says LSU’s offense has a different look to it now, because of second-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron

Cut 17  (21)   “once was”

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The Saints head to Cleveland where they’ll look to avoid an 0-and-2 start to the 2014 NFL season. New Orleans is favorite to win, but Quarterback Drew Brees says the Browns have a ton of talent

Cut 18 (17)  “that defense”

The Saints defense is looking to rebound after a poor performance against Atlanta last week. Safety Jairus Byrd says they’ve spent most of this week working on fundamentals

cut 19 (14)  “things right”

PM Newscall September 11, 2014

Reaction is coming in from Louisiana’s Congressional delegation about President Barack Obama’s plans to “destroy” the Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A Slidell police detective has died days after crashing his Jeep and flipping the vehicle early Sunday morning. Michelle Southern has that…:

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New Orleans Congressman and member of the US Homeland Security committee, Cedric Richmond, says President Barack Obama has laid out a good, comprehensive strategy in calling for increased airstrikes against Islamic State extremists. Richmond hopes Congress will support the President in this growing military operation…

CUT 3 (10) “United effort”

Richmond says Congress can support the President’s effort by providing resources and weaponry to the Iraqi military and Syrian rebels who are fighting the Islamic State militants….

CUT 4 (12)  “around the world”

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Metairie is not ready to support the president’s strategy. Scalise says he’ll talk with fellow republicans about the best plan of action to address this serious terrorist threat. But Richmond says the president has laid out a strong blueprint on how to destroy ISIL…

CUT 5 (11) “Last night”

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The Slidell police officer who was involved in a suspected drunk driving fatal accident on Sunday, has died from his injuries. State Trooper Greg Marchand says Detective John Cole flipped his Jeep in the crash and his passenger, Daniel Hanlon, died on the scene. Marchand says impairment on the part of Cole is suspected…:

CUT 6 (07)  “some bottles”

Not only was alcohol a possible factor in this wreck, but Marchand says they also believe Cole, who died Wednesday afternoon, was also not wearing his seat belt. He says they are still waiting on the toxicology report to come back, but this could have been a preventable tragedy…

CUT 7 (08) “behind the wheel”

Marchand says troopers are reminding motorists that having a plan in place for a safe ride home is everyone’s responsibility…:

CUT 8 (08) “kind of substance”

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The Shreveport Police Department has identified the woman who was found dead in her home Wednesday afternoon. Cpl. Breck Scott says 53-year-old Angela Godley was discovered by a friend in South Shreve Island around 3:15pm and called the cops…:

CUT 9 (05)  “multiple times”

Scott says right now they are working to locate Godley’s live-in boyfriend, 57-year-old Mark Colby. Scott says the two also owned a business together called Noble Savage Tavern…:(Scott says currently Colby is a person of interest in this case.)

CUT 10 (07) “downtown”

Scott says Godley was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds. He says they are asking for the public’s help in this case…:

CUT 11 (05) “Crimestoppers

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Republican US Senate candidate Bill Cassidy now says he will debate at least two times against Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu. Landrieu has criticized Cassidy for not committing to more debates. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat…: ( Cassidy, Landrieu, and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness will face off on on LBP on October 14th in Shreveport and on Raycom Stations October 29th in Baton Rouge.)

CUT 12 (12) “as much as possible”

Cassidy has rejected three other debates in which Landrieu has already agreed to participate. His campaign says the Congressman is busy traveling the state talking with voters face to face. The Landrieu campaign accuses Cassidy of dodging events where he’d have to talk about his policy stance. Pinsonat says most candidates just don’t like debates…:

CUT 13 (10) “not that interesting”

The Cassidy campaign says Landrieu is pushing these other debates because they are highly scripted and don’t require voter interaction. Pinsonat says candidates have to be cautious about debates because on occasion there’s a slip when someone says something stupid and it costs them the election. He says Cassidy feels like he’s in good shape…:

cut 14 (12) “to be gained”

AM Newscall September 11, 2014

The community of Jennings got together in a big way on Wednesday to welcome home an officer who was shot in the line of duty and has been in recovery since the June incident. Michelle Southern reports.

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The US Department of Energy has given final approval for Sempra Energy to export liquefied natural gas from its plant in Cameron Parish. Scott Carwile has more…

Cut 2 (32) “reporting”

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A Slidell police officer who was involved in an off-duty wreck over the weekend has died from his injuries. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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It’s been two weeks since the state Department of Health and Hospitals ordered a chlorine burn for the St. John the Baptist Parish water system, because a potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba was detected in the water. The state’s safe drinking water administrator, Jake Causey, says efforts to increase and maintain a certain level of disinfectant is ongoing…

Cut 4  (07)  “there yet”

A lack of chlorine in the water led to the formation of the amoeba. This same brain eating amoeba has led to deaths in St. Bernard and DeSoto Parishes. Causey says once the minimum disinfectant levels are reached, they’ll continue the chlorine burn for another 60 days and sample the water at 70 different sites…

Cut 5  (05)  “last year”

In the meantime, Causey says the water coming out of a faucet in St. John is safe to drink, even though they’ve increased chlorine levels…
(DHH advises residents to make sure tap water doesn’t go up your nose, because that’s how the bacteria can become harmful.)

Cut 6 (09)  “not the case”

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The community of Jennings got together in a big way on Wednesday to welcome home an officer who was shot in the line of duty and has been in recovery since the June incident. Jennings Police Chief Todd D’Albor says Sergeant Ricky Benoit was responding to a domestic violence call when he was shot in the neck by the suspect…:

CUT 7 (12) “in New Orleans”

Benoit was escorted by a caravan of State Police troopers, officers from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Crowley. The streets of Jennings were lined with well-wishers all the way to Benoit’s home which he has not seen since June 23rd. D’Albor says this officer put his life on the line for others and has never given up hope…:

CUT 8 (09)   “that duty”

The bullet came within millimeters of killing or permanently paralyzing the 25-year veteran officer. D’Albor says Benoit can now move his arms, legs and neck and can walk a short distance but a full recovery could take years. D’Albor says all officers know the risk when the swear into this job, but you never think today is my day..:

CUT 9 (12) “and his family”  

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The US Department of Energy has given final approval for Sempra Energy to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its plant in Cameron Parish. With this, Sempra can begin construction to expand their facility near Hackberry. Senator Mary Landrieu says this will have a big economic impact for southwest Louisiana…

cut 10 (11)  “at Cameron”

Landrieu says the expansion project is expected to create about 3,000 construction jobs and as many as 150 permanent full-time jobs. With the expansion, the Cameron plant will be capable of producing up to 12 million metric tons of LNG for export. Landrieu says Sempra is ready to get this project started…

cut 11 (11)  “could close” 

Construction is expected to begin this fall and they should be fully operational by 2019. The Senator says this is the second LNG plant to get approval in the US and both are in Cameron Parish. She says LNG exports are important for the economic future of the United States. Landrieu sees big things for the region in the future…

cut 12 (11)  “on the continent”

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The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 35-year-old man is in a medically induced coma after ingesting narcotics during an attempt to execute a search warrant. Capt. Ryan Turner says two suspects emerged from the residence and said a third person was trying to hide inside…

Cut 13 (12)  “at this point”

Turner says the officers were concerned about the safety of the suspect, Heath Duplechain. He says they called the SWAT team to intervene over concerns that Duplechain may have been armed at the time…

Cut 14 (09)  “a local hospital”

The SWAT team found Duplechain in the residence unconscious, unresponsive, and in need of immediate medical attention. He was transported to a local hospital where the medical staff placed him in a medically induced coma. Turner says the amount of narcotics Duplechain ingested is unknown at this time…

(Authorities found synthetic marijuana, ecstacy, cocaine, methamphetamine, and firearms during their search of the residence.)

Cut 15  (12)   “he ingested”

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The Saints are getting ready to face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. The Browns were the talk of the preseason, because of Johnny Manziel, but he was beat out by Brian Hoyer. New Orleans Coach Sean Payton says Hoyer played well in the second half last week..

Cut 16  (19)   “second half”

Both the Saints and Browns lost their season openers last Sunday. Payton says his guys are eager to make the necessary corrections that led to last week’s loss…

Cut 17  (16)   “your game”

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Louisiana Tech will kick-off conference play tonight with a meeting against North Texss. Kick-off is at six o’ clock in Denton and the game can be seen on C-B-S Sports Network. The Bulldogs are coming off a big win over U-L Lafayette, while the Mean Green beat up on SMU last week. Tech head coach Skip Holtz says he’s impressed with North Texas’ power running game

Cut 18 (16)  “as well”

North Texas beat Louisiana Tech 28-13 last season. Holtz says last season the Mean Green held running back Kenneth Dixon to 25 yards on 12 carries

cut 19 (12)  “SMU last week”

PM Newscall September 10, 2014

Police in Alexandria say a teenager from Texas is charged in the bomb threats that were called in to Rapides Parish Schools yesterday. Michelle Southern has that…:

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There’s a chance LSU’s leading wide receiver Travin Dural will not play this Saturday against ULM. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Police in Alexandria say a teenager from Texas is charged in the bomb threats that were called in to Rapides Parish Schools yesterday. Lt. Bruce Fairbanks says around 10:40am Tuesday they were called out to Alexandria Senior High School in reference to a bomb threat…:

CUT 3 (13) “Bolton High School”

Fairbanks says the schools were cleared and they were able to develop 17-year-old Reuben David Byon of Fredricksburg, Texas as a suspect later that afternoon. He says they have no clue what the motive is at this time: (Right now Byon faces three counts of communicating false information of planned bombing on school property.)

CUT 4 (09)  “for that suspect”

Fairbanks says they do know that Byon is from the area but he had been living in Texas for a period of time. He says another bomb threat was called into Pineville High and they are working to determine if the suspect could be charged in that one as well. Fairbanks says the penalty for calling in fake bomb threats is stiff:

CUT 5 (05) “to Louisiana”

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St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe issued a statement Tuesday saying they plan to cut about 300 jobs. The hospital is one of Ouachita Parish’s top 10 largest private employers. West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman says he’s not happy to hear this news but it’s not really surprising…:

CUT 6 (08)  “have to admit that”

St. Francis issued a statement saying they are taking steps to line up their expenses with expected revenue and they are working to continue to be as responsive to a changing health care environment. The hospital employs about 2,000 workers and Hoffman says they’ve always provided excellent service…:

CUT 7 (06) “to do”

Hoffman says the hospital is also considering closing its downtown facility and moving everything to St. Francis North on Highway 165 but there won’t be a final decision on that till the fall. He says it always hurts when you lose jobs…:

CUT 8 (08) “whole community”

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A 12-year-old boy from Pearl River is recovering from a rare alligator attack which took place in Lake Ponchartrain over the weekend. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Alligator Management Program, this is only the 14th alligator attack since 1966. LDWF spokesman Bo Boehringer says this doesn’t happen oftem but it can happen…:

CUT 9 (08)  “can be encountered”

Boehringer says you should be extra careful if you’re swimming in natural water around a camp or residential development where people may clean or dump fish…:

CUT 10 (05) “in a given area”

Boehringer says gators are most active when the water is warm. He says alligator harvesting is going on right now and one of it’s purposes is to remove the largest predators from the water…:

CUT 11 (07) “department supports

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Republican US Senator David Vitter hopes President Barack Obama calls for an expanded US military effort against the Islamic State terrorist group. The President will spell out a plan tonight on how to deal with ISIS, who has been responsible for numerous killings and beheadings. Vitter says the terrorists in Iraq and Syria are a threat to our security and values

CUT 12 (09) “ISIS threat”

Vitter says he wants to hear a plan from the President tonight that’s focused on improved national security

CUT 13 (10) “political consideration”

US began limited air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq last month. The President is not expected to call for more ground troops, but Vitter says a comprehensive strategy is needed to deal with ISIS decisively

cut 14 (08) “our interests”