PM-Newscall September 26th, 2014

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is inviting Louisianians to take part in National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday. Michelle Southern reports.

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US Senator David Vitter is making it known, he doesn’t want fellow Senator Mary Landrieu to return for a fourth term. Eric Gill has the story…

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The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is inviting Louisianians to take part in National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday. All 50 states take part in this event which is a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers. LDWF Secretary Robert Barham…:

CUT 3 (09) “in Louisiana”

NHFD events will be held tomorrow in Baton Rouge, Monroe, Minden and Woodworth. Barham says the goal is to get people outdoors to enjoy what Louisiana has to offer…:

CUT 4 (10)  “with Louisiana”

All four events are absolutely free and you can get all of the information online at wlf.louisiana.gov. Barham says the number and types of activities vary at each location but all will include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations and more…:

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US Senator David Vitter will campaign this weekend against his colleague in the senate, democrat Mary Landrieu. Vitter will knock on doors in Baton Rouge Saturday morning, with representatives of the national anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony list. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it’s uncommon for a US Senator to actively campaign against the other Senator from their state…

CUT 6 (09)  “about it”

Landrieu is Catholic and has said she believes women should have the right to make their own decisions over whether to terminate their pregnancy. Cross says for many voters, a candidate’s view on abortion helps them decide who to vote for….

CUT 7 (07) “their vote”

Cross says it’s also rare for a sitting US Senator to spend time knocking on the doors of voters’ homes…

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According to the mayor’s office in Shreveport, Fire Chief Ronald Craig Mulford was fired Friday. Mulford has been on paid leave since being indicted in June on charges stemming from his handling of complaints against several firefighters under his command. Political analyst Elliot Stonecipher says there is a lot of cover up happening in this case but there are some things we know for sure…:

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Assistant Chief James Thomas Carpenter was also dismissed today after an inquiry discovered that he also allegedly violated internal policies. One of the allegations against Mulford is that he knew for quite some time that a group of firefighters paid a woman to have sex with a disabled man while they watched. Stonecipher says Mulford is accused of not reporting criminal activity..:

CUT 10 (10)  “long period of time”

Also Friday one of the firefighters pleaded guilty to hiring a prostitute and acting cruelly toward an intellectually disabled man. Stonecipher says the Mayor’s office should have taken action against the chief and others sooner…:

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With the autumn season in Louisiana comes the festival season and there’s no shortage of celebrations this fall 2014. Jacques Berry is the Communications Director with the Lt. Governor’s Office. He says starting with this weekend we’ve got the huge Sugar Cane Festival happening in New Iberia and the Balloon Festival in Gonzales…:

CUT 12 (11) “in October”

Berry says you’ve got the big festivals coming up like the Festival Acadien in Lafayette, Rice Festival in Crowley and of course VooDoo Festival which happens every Halloween in New Orleans. He says then you’ve got the classic cult following Louisiana Festivals…:

CUT 13 (10) “on the Northshore”

Berry says Louisiana festivals more than just food and music. He says they all have themes and traveling the state for these parties is also a great opportunity to learn about your state…:

cut 14 (15) “in the Gumbo pot”

AM Newscall September 26, 2014

Flu season is coming up fast and that means it’s time for your vaccination. Scott Carwile has more…

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Governor Bobby Jindal is spending yet another weekend visiting key presidential campaign states.  Eric Gill reports…

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US-Senator David Vitter isn’t hiding the fact that he’s glad to see Attorney General Eric Holder step down. Michelle Southern reports..:

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Flu season is right around the corner and that means it’s time for your flu shot. Bill Schaffner with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases says everyone older than six months of age should be getting a vaccination because there is no excuse not to do it.

Cut 4  (12)  “into the grave.”

Schaffner says you can get flu shots at any doctors office, clinic or even pharmacy. He says young adults get hit the hardest when it comes to getting sick because they are the hardest demographic to get vaccinated.

Cut 5  (09)  “to get it.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 100 children lost their lives to the flu last season and 90 percent of them were not vaccinated. Schaffner says the vaccine is tailored to attack the viruses they think will be the most common during this season.

Cut 6 (07)  “to get vaccinated.”

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Governor Bobby Jindal is spending yet another weekend visiting key presidential campaign states.  Jindal is still considering a presidential bid in 2016, although recent poll numbers do not have the governor performing well against other contenders.  LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says it’s still early in the process and a lot could happen before the first primary…

CUT 7 (14)  “want to hear”

Jindal is in New Hampshire today with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein (HAV-en-styn) for education-related events.  Hogan says, even if Jindal runs and doesn’t win the Republican presidential nomination, he still has lots of options…

Cut 8 (07)   “for him”

Saturday, Jindal returns to Iowa to make an appearance at an Iowa State University tailgate for Republican Senator Bill Dix and give a speech to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.  The governor has said he will not announce a possible presidential bid until after the November elections.  Hogan says, given Jindal’s activity, it’s hard not to think he’s leaning toward running…

Cut 9 (11)  “ready to go” 

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US-Senator David Vitter isn’t hiding the fact that he’s glad to see Attorney General Eric Holder step down. When it came down Thursday, Vitter tweeted almost right away that it was welcome news…:

Cut 10 (11)  “in Louisiana”

Vitter says no AG in the nation’s history has attacked Louisiana more than Holder…:

cut 11 (15)  “kids prayed there”

Vitter says Holder also tried to release personal information of Louisiana voters and has overall been a complete disaster. He says he’s proud to have voted against Holder’s Senate confirmation..:

cut 12 (08)  “wish I hadn’t been”

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New Orleans Senator JP Morrell leads a new study commission trying to determine how much Louisiana agencies spend on the death penalty.  Morrell, a Democrat, says the idea came to mind when the current combination of drugs used for lethal injection became unavailable and seeing what happened in other states…

Cut 13 (14)  “unusual punishment”

Morrell says they want to find out if it is too expensive for the state to enforce the death penalty.  He says several factors must be considered when determining the cost of the death penalty…

Cut 14 (07)  “of executing them”

He says, right now, when the state budget is so bad, the actual cost of enforcing the death penalty should be considered.  Views differ widely on the topic.  Morrell says prosecutors will say the cost of executing someone is negligible, while defense attorneys say it cost millions of dollars…

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The Saints go after their second straight win on Sunday night when they visit the Dallas Cowboys. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says for the Black and Gold to come away with a win, they have to slow down Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and the Saints have to establish their running game…

Cut 16  (15)   “keep away”

The Saints have won the last three games played between these two teams. New Orleans scored 30 or more points in each contest and Detillier expects a lot of points to be scored on Sunday night…

Cut 17  (14)   “football better”

The Saints have lost their last five regular season road games, but Detillier says the Saints are 9-and-0 in Sunday night games, when Coach Sean Payton is on the sidelines…

Cut 18 (11)  “in a shootout”

PM Newscall September 25, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has filed a lawsuit against the Abbeville Police Department claiming they are violating the First Amendment with their social media policy. Michelle Southern has the story…:

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The investigation into the shooting death of a 14-year-old allegedly by a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputy continues today and Sheriff Larpenter is calling the incident a freak and tragic accident. Michelle Southern has that..:

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has filed a lawsuit against the Abbeville Police Department claiming they are violating the First Amendment with their social media policy. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says the rule basically states that employees can’t post anything on social media which casts the city in a negative light…:

CUT 3 (10) “what that means”

Esman says they filed the lawsuit on behalf of a man who says he made comments on his private Facebook page about working conditions at the Police Department. She says these employees could be banned from doing anything on social media because they don’t know how the city would interpret the policy…:

CUT 4 (09)  “free speech”

Colt Landry decided to take action because he felt the policy at the police station violated his right to free speech. Esman says social media is just another form of speech…:(The Abbeville Police Department is not commenting on the suit.)

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The LSU Police Department says a man is under arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in an RV on campus following a tailgate party. Spokesman Captain Corey LaLonde says they were called out to a hospital in Gonzales where they spoke with the victim and her mother…:

CUT 6 (09)  “tailgating activities”

LaLonde says the victim told officers the sexual battery occurred at night while she was sleeping in the RV…:

CUT 7 (09) “in the RV”

LaLonde says after they got evidence back from the hospital this week they were able to obtain an arrest warrant for 47-year-old Daniel Sanchez of Gonzales…: (Sanchez is charged with two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and two counts of sexual assault.)

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Louisiana State Police is reporting another officer involved shooting, this time in Beauregard Parish where a man was killed after allegedly tried to run over authorities during a pursuit. Sgt. James Anderson says officers responded to a disturbance in Dry Creek. Anderson says they were trying to apprehend the subject, who was in a vehicle…

CUT 9 (08)  “driving the vehicle”

He says the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Jacob Navarre, tried to run over the deputies who shot and killed the him while he was driving. Navarre was pronounced dead at the scene. Anderson says no one else was seriously hurt…

CUT 10 (04)  “during the incident

Anderson says the injured deputy is expected to make a full recovery. Anderson says the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office called LSP to investigate…

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The investigation into the shooting death of a 14-year-old allegedly by a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputy continues today and Sheriff Jerry Larpenter is calling the incident a freak and tragic accident. He says the cops were responding to a report of armed men entering a house in a Houma subdivision where drugs have been a problem:

CUT 12 (10) “a decision”

The weapon the teen had was reportedly a BB gun but family members are apparently saying the juvenile had no weapon. Larpenter says the incident could have been avoided…:

CUT 13 (12) “gonna be coming”

Louisiana State Police is investigating the incident. Larpenter says he’s spoken with the family of Cameron Tillman and it doesn’t sound like he was a teenager who would be looking for trouble…:

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AM Newscall September 25, 2014

State Police say an on-duty St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot by a fellow deputy yesterday during a domestic dispute in LaPlace. Eric Gill has the story…

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Sugar cane harvest season starts to ramp up with the beginning of grinding season today.  Scott Carwile reports…

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The debate over how many debates there should be between Us Senator Mary and her main Republican challenger Congressman Bill Cassidy rages on. Jeff Palermo has the story

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State Police say an on-duty St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot by a fellow deputy yesterday during a domestic dispute in LaPlace. Spokesperson Melissa Matey says the St. John Sheriff’s Office received a call of a deputy involved in a domestic dispute brandishing a weapon. She says when officers arrived, they found that Lt. Nolan Anderson was armed…

Cut 4  (10)  “of their own”

She says when deputies arrived, they found that Anderson had fired several shots in the air, and he then turned the gun on the officers. Matey says, at that point, the deputies were forced to take action…

Cut 5  (07)  “pronounced deceased”

She says deputies then fired at Anderson. Anderson was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Matey says Anderson was a 25-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. She says this is a very tragic and difficult time for the St. John Sheriff’s Office…

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Sugar cane harvest season starts to ramp up with the beginning of grinding season today.  American Sugar Cane League’s Jim Simon (SEE-moan) says this year’s start-up is a week to ten days later that normal.  Simon says the crop looks to be a little short compared to the last few years…

CUT 7 (08)  “see better production”

He says this year’s crop appears to be an average crop for the state, after a couple of year’s of bumper crops.  Simon says weather conditions really affected Louisiana’s sugar cane beginning with the cold winter…

Cut 8 (09)   “as we’d like”

He says a couple of sugar mills will begin operation today and all 11 mills in the state will be up and running by October 10.  Simon says with the harvest getting into gear, you’ll begin seeing more trucks loaded with sugar cane on the roads.  He asks drivers to be cautious…

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Baton Rouge Congressman and Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has agreed to two public debates before the November 4th election which Senator Mary Landrieu, says signals a lack of courage. But Cassidy says Landrieu’s record is well known and there’s no need to debate it over and over…:

Cut 10 (08)  “of the time”

Cassidy, Landrieu and the other Republican challenger, Col Rob Maness, will appear together at a debate in Shreveport on October 14th and Baton Rouge on October 29th. Cassidy says meeting voters face to face is a better way to discuss the issues…

cut 11 (09)  “of meeting voters”

Landrieu says debates are routine in elections and the fact that Cassidy is dodging so many speaks volumes…:

cut 12 (10)  “of this state”

Landrieu says she’s been traveling the state asking different media outlets to hold debates and invite Cassidy but he continues to decline…:

Cut 13 (15)  “of the race”

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Survey results released by the Louisiana Department of Education show that future teachers need more time in the classroom. The survey polled more than 6,000 educators. Superintendent John White agrees, but says the extra time in the classroom should be used for teaching and not observation…

Cut 14 (11)  “classroom professional”

The survey found that half of teachers say they were not fully prepared for the realities of the classroom. White says it makes all the sense in the world that those preparing to be teachers, have taught under a mentor teacher…

Cut 15  (07)   “improving our programs”

The survey also found that few school systems and teacher prep programs collaborate regularly to identify future employment needs of schools. White says the department is moving toward a model where the educator is a classroom teacher for a year, as an apprentice, under a mentor teacher before entering their own classroom…

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ULM has the opportunity to improve to 2-and-0 in the Sun Belt on Saturday when they host Troy at Malone Stadium. The Trojans are off to an 0-and-4 start and lost 66 to nothing against Georgia last week. But Warhawks Coach Todd Berry says Troy has had some tough breaks this season, but it’s still a quality football team…..

Cut 17  (11)   “very, very athletic”

The Warhawks are favorite by 13-and-half-points. But Berry says in today’s college football, anything can happen

Cut 18 (12)  “to be true”

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The Saints are back on the practice field, looking to even up their record at 2-and-2. New Orleans is preparing to face Dallas in Sunday night game and Quarterback Drew Brees says he hopes last week’s win over Minnesota is the start of a long winning streak

cut 19 (14)  “focused on”

Statistically, the Saints offense ranks in the top ten in the NFL in several important categories like total offense and points scored, but has not been as explosive as it has been in previous seasons. Brees believes this offense can achieve another level….

Cut 20 (18) ” more of those”

PM Newscall September 24th, 2014

State Police say a 14-year-old high school freshman from Houma was allegedly shot by a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputy. Jeff Palermo reports.

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There’s a new radio ad hitting the airwaves in the 5th District today featuring Phil and Kay Robertson of Duck Dynasty endorsing their nephew, Zach Dasher, for Congress. Michelle Southern reports.

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Louisiana State Police say they are investigating the death of a 14-year-old high school freshman who was allegedly shot by a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputy. The teen is identified as Cameron Tillman — a student from Ellender High School Trooper Evan Harrell says deputies got a 911 call around 5:30 Tuesday evening…:

CUT 3 (07) “of Houma”

The deputy involved in this shooting is not being identified while the investigation into this incident is underway. Harrell says they aren’t sure exactly what transpired inside the home when cops arrived…:

CUT 4 (07)  “to the body”

Harrell says three other suspects were taken into custody at the abandoned home where the shooting took place — two were juveniles and the other is 18-years-old. He says a fifth person was seen fleeing the residence and LSP is asking anyone with information on that person’s whereabouts to please call 911. Harrell says investigating troopers are actively working on this case…:

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There’s a new radio ad hitting the airwaves in the 5th District today featuring Phil and Kay Robertson of Duck Dynasty endorsing their nephew, Zach Dasher, for Congress. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says, with this, Dasher is trying to create legitimacy and name recognition…:

CUT 6 (09)  “endorse him”

Stockley says a lot of people still don’t know who Dasher is, but almost everyone recognizes the Duck Dynasty label…:

CUT 7 (11) “Dasher”

On the negative side, Stockley says Dasher is trying to run a campaign on his own merits and the Duck Dynasty endorsement could be seen by some as contradictory to that claim. Stockley also says if Phil Robertson keeps making controversial statements it could spell trouble for Dasher…:

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Baton Rouge Congressman and US senate candidate Bill Cassidy says it was inappropriate for Senator Mary Landrieu to assist another man perform a keg stand at an LSU tailgate. Cassidy says beer distributors are also not happy because it promotes drunkenness

CUT 9 (11)  “want that”

Cassidy made the comments at an event where he received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business. He says the beer industry spends a lot of money promoting responsible drinking and Landrieu’s actions on a college campus  were unfitting for a US Senator

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Landrieu has downplayed the incident. She has said her opponents who are making political fodder over this need to get a sense of humor and get a life. Landrieu explained what happened at that LSU tailgate during an appearance on W-R-K-F’s Jim Engster Show…

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A District Judge ordered today that businesses won’t have to pay BP back money the oil giant says was overpaid as a result of a flawed settlement money formula. BP said these companies who claimed the 2010 oil spill hurt their business should be forced to return payouts but the judge did not agree. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino says this is yet another setback for BP…:

CUT 12 (08) “yet again”

Judge Carl Barbier had ordered the formula changed several weeks ago but as for money already paid, the ruling was a deal is a deal. Ciolino says this is good news for the plaintiffs…:

CUT 13 (07) “has paid them”

Ciolino says BP keeps trying to reduce its liability for the oil spill but the rulings continue to be against them…:

cut 14 (08) “kicking and screaming”

 

AM Newscall September 24, 2014

Governor Bobby Jindal’s former Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein faces perjury charges. Michelle Southern reports.

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The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has unanimously selected Dr. James Henderson as the 18th President of Northwestern State University. Eric Gill has more…

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Today marks the nine year anniversary of Hurricane Rita making landfall on Sabine Pass. Jeff Palermo has a look at how things are going today…

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Governor Bobby Jindal’s former Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein has been indicted by a grand jury for perjury. The charges stem from allegations Greenstein lied about having contact with a company he used to work for that was awarded a MAJOR state Medicaid contract. Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell:

Cut 4  (13)  “improperly”

Caldwell says Greenstein is accused of lying under oath about having contact with his former employer, CNSI, before a state Senate confirmation hearing and before the grand jury. He says this is a very wide ranging corruption case that’s still under investigation and it’s possible more charges will be filed. Caldwell says corruption needs to stop in Louisiana…:

Cut 5  (07)  “a fair shake”

The Medicaid contract in question awarded to CNSI was worth about $200 million dollars and at the time Caldwell says it was the biggest government services contract in the history of Louisiana. Greenstein’s attorney John McLindon says his client has never denied being friends with his former co-workers at CNSI…:

Cut 6 (07)  “nothing wrong with that”

McLindon says the contract was awarded by a series of evaluation teams and Greenstein didn’t even know who those people were…:

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The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has unanimously selected Dr. James Henderson as the 18th President of Northwestern State University. Henderson is a 1994 graduate of Northwestern and is currently the Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC). He says he and his wife could not be more honored or humbled by this appointment…

Cut 8 (09)   “more excited”

Henderson will begin his term at Northwestern on January 1st. During his five years at BPCC, he worked with NSU through a partnership between the schools. Henderson says that relationship will be a tremendous advantage…

Cut 9 (05) “truly revolutionary” 

Enrollment has grown by 85-percent under Henderson’s leadership at BPCC. He sees growth in Northwestern’s future, but it will be a different type of growth…

Cut 10 (09)  “regional economy”

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Today marks the nine year anniversary of Hurricane Rita making landfall on Sabine Pass. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish says southwest Louisiana learned a lot as a result of Rita and has done quite well rebuilding. He says, even today, as the area builds, they build with hurricanes in mind…

cut 11 (10) “around hurricanes” 

Morrish says most of the infrastructure of the area damaged by Hurricane Rita has been rebuilt and is functioning well. But he says there is still an issue of people moving back to Cameron Parish. Morrish says prior to Rita, there were around 10,000 residents there…

cut 12 (09)  “for business”

He says many would like to move back to Cameron Parish, but due to high insurance costs, they cannot afford to. Morrish says, as far as hurricane protection goes, they are concentrating on true hurricane coastal restoration and protection…(Hurricane Rita was the fifth major hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season.)

Cut 13 (10)  “from hurricanes”

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In Money magazine’s 2014 Best Places to Live rankings, Bossier City ranks seventh among the best places to find a new job.  City Spokesman Mark Natale says the magazine did a lot of research looking at job growth in Bossier City…

Cut 14 (09)  “hospitality industry”

The magazine’s rankings are based on a community’s unemployment rate, past job growth, and projected job growth.  Money says tourism and gaming are dominant employers, but Natale says Bossier City has a lot more to offer…

Cut 15  (07)   “as well”

He adds that Barksdale Air Force Base has been a long-time employer and an anchor of economic development in Bossier City.  The rankings cited job growth in Bossier City was 10-percent since 2010, with projected growth of nearly 12-percent through 2018.  Natale says the city is obviously proud of their ranking…

Cut 16  (07)   “economic development”

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LSU failed to rush for over 100 yards as a team in Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State. There were very few holes for the Tiger running backs against the Bulldogs defense. LSU Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron says they still have confidence they can run the ball against some of the best defenses in the country…

Cut 17  (18)   “getting better”

Freshman Leonard Fournette was LSU’s leading rusher on Saturday. The nation’s number one recruit in 2014 had just 38 yards and for the season he’s rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Cameron sees Fournette breaking off a few more long runs as the season goes on

Cut 18 (16)  “down the stretch”

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After a gut wrenching loss to Northwestern State last weekend, Louisiana Tech will face 5th ranked Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz has preached to his team that they have to put the loss to the Demons in the rear view mirror

cut 19 (14)  “for Auburn”

Auburn comes into Saturday’s game with a 3-and-0 record. They’ve been a difficult offense to stop under head coach Gus Malzahn and Holtz is excited to see how his defense plays against the War Eagles

Cut 20 (20) ” what they do”

PM Newscall September 23, 2014

Gas prices this autumn haven’t been this low since 2010. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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According to a study by the state, tolls starting at 18 cents a mile could fund up to half of the $3 billion dollar project which would finish I-49 South from Lafayette to New Orleans. Michelle Southern has that…:

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Today is the first full day of autumn and gas-buddy-dot-com says this fall gas prices will be the lowest they’ve been since 2010. Gas-Buddy Senior Petroleum Analyst, Gregg Laskoski, says an increase in domestic production of gasoline has pushed prices below three-dollars a gallon at many service stations in Louisiana…

CUT 3 (09) “what we consume”

Laskoski says usually when there’s a conflict in the Middle East, as there is now with ISIL, gas prices go up, but because of a boom in gas production in North America, prices have been able to decline since the end of July…

CUT 4 (06)  “crude oil prices”

Laskoski says the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.11….

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The state’s highest Democratic elected official has declined to endorse former Governor Edwin Edwards in his bid for the 6th Congressional District seat. The Louisiana Democratic Party has endorsed Edwards but Senator Mary Landrieu said Monday each of their respective races are “parallel”….:

CUT 6 (09)  “get a good vote”

Landrieu was asked if her comments meant she supported Edwards and she didn’t say yes or no…:

CUT 7 (07) “my race”

Landrieu said she thought the 86-year-old has been very energetic and would get a good vote. But she says she’s running her campaign and Edwards is running his..:

CUT 8 (05) “working hard”

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A new state funded feasibility study found that tolls could pay for up to 50 percent of the $3 billion dollars it would take to complete I-49 South from Lafayette to New Orleans. Franklin Senator Bret Allain is one of the founders of the I-49 South Coalition which is pushing to make the project a reality. He’s disappointed the study didn’t show tolls would pay for a bigger portion of I-49 South…:

CUT 9 (08)  “in the 80s”

The study looked at tolls starting at 18 cents a mile. Allain says one of biggest parts of the project is construction of an elevated I-49 Connector through Lafayette which is estimated at more than $700 million dollars. He says there are many reasons we need an interstate from Acadiana to The Big Easy…:

CUT 10 (10) “harms way”

Allain also says interstates are safer and the route would help facilitate one of the most productive areas of energy in our country. He says a toll proposal shouldn’t focus on the entire stretch but on areas where upgrades are still needed…:

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Temperatures dropped into the mid-50s for many areas of the state this morning on this first full day of Fall. Andrew Ansorge, with the National Weather Service in Slidell, says enjoy it while you can as high temperatures will return to the upper 80s on Thursday….

CUT 12 (10) “nights too”

Ansorge says a cold front pushed through the state yesterday, bringing us fall like weather on this first full day of Autumn…

CUT 13 (07) “September heat”

Ansorge says not only will we see lower humidity over the next couple of days, anticipate seeing a lot of sunshine….

cut 14 (07) “as well”

AM Newscall September 23, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Revenue is gearing up to offer Louisiana tax payers another amnesty period.  Scott Carwile reports…

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The state Department of Veterans Affairs says they’ve been approved for a grant to fund a State Veterans Cemetery in Rayville. Michelle Southern has that…:

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A Lafayette district judge has ruled that Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Eric Gill has more…

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The Louisiana Department of Revenue is gearing up to offer Louisiana tax payers another amnesty period.  Last year, the department was able to collect $452-million in delinquent taxes.  Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield told the Baton Rouge Press Club that many tax payers wanted to participate last year, but couldn’t afford to pay 100-percent of the tax…

Cut 4  (10)  “over six times”

This year, tax payers will be offered an installment plan to pay their delinquent taxes over seven payments.  Barfield said this year’s amnesty period begins October 15th and will end November 14th…

Cut 5  (09)  “of the penalties”

During the amnesty period, you will be able to settle tax debts with no penalties and only half the interest charged.  Barfield said they hope to collect at least $104-million during the amnesty period.  He says you may want to consider taking part in this or next year’s amnesty period if you owe taxes because it could be a while before it happens again…

Cut 6 (07)  “2025″

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The state Department of Veterans Affairs says they’ve been approved for a grant to fund a State Veterans Cemetery in Rayville. Secretary David LaCerte says the $7.3 million dollars will fund 100% of the costs to develop the cemetery on property donated by the Franklin family. He says they’ve been competing for this grant a while…:

CUT 7 (12) “early November”

LaCerte says this project has been in the works for years and he’s grateful to everyone who has thrown their support something that’s now becoming a reality. He says the property is located near I-20 off Highway 425 and spans about 50 acres…:

CUT 8 (11)   “on the first build out”

Lacerte says construction on the site is set to begin by November and is scheduled for completion by Spring 2016, weather permitting…:

CUT 9 (10) “served our country”  

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The photo of Senator Mary Landrieu assisting an LSU fan with a keg-stand over the weekend has generated a lot of talk across the nation. This apparently has caused quite a stir among political reporters and her opponents. The Senator feels this is much ado about nothing…

cut 10 (07)  “way we roll”

She says this is just the way we roll at tailgate parties. Landrieu adds that the man she helped is more than capable of making his own choices…

cut 11 (09) “like to do” 

Sources say one of Landrieu’s opponents, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, showed up at the same tailgate party about an hour later. There have been no reports of Cassidy performing or assisting in a keg-stand. It is reported that the man first asked Landrieu to do a keg stand. The Senator declined and, instead, decided to help him out…

cut 12 (04)  “just helping him”

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A Lafayette district judge has ruled that Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Judge Edward Rubin’s made his ruling in a lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple requesting the state recognize their marriage certificate from California. Legal analyst Tim Meche says he expects the judge or the Louisiana Supreme Court to stay the ruling…

Cut 13 (08)  “review the ruling”

Meche feels the ruling will not go into effect until the Louisiana Supreme Court has a chance to review it. He says he doesn’t expect any surprises from the Supreme Court in their review of the ruling…

Cut 14 (11)  “of weeks ago”

US District Court Judge Martin Feldman upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage earlier this month. It is reported that the state’s Attorney General’s Office has already initiated an appeal to Rubin’s ruling. Meche says there is one big reason why he thinks the state’s Supreme Court will overturn this ruling…

Cut 15  (11)   “same-sex marriage”

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17th ranked LSU is working this week to try and correct the mistakes that led to Mississippi State posting 570 yards of total offense against the Fighting Tigers. Coach Les Miles says it was a combination of things that led to the number of big plays they gave up on Saturday night

Cut 16  (21)   “technique”

Miles says anticipate seeing more of backup middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith on the field this Saturday against New Mexico State. The head coach says sophomore defensive lineman Lewis Neal is another guy who will see more playing time after a good performance against the Bulldogs

Cut 17  (15)   “we play”

On the offensive side of the ball, Miles says quarterback Brandon Harris has earned more playing time after throwing throwing two touchdown passes in the 4th quarter against the Bulldogs

Cut 18 (179  “to win”

PM Newscall September 22nd, 2014

Officials in Sabine Parish say a little 19-month-old boy died of apparent asphyxiation over the weekend after he got his head stuck in a car window while his mom was driving.  Michelle Southern has more…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”

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A photo of Senator Mary Landrieu helping a man perform a keg stand at an LSU tailgate is making national news. Jeff Palermo has the story…

CUT 2 (30) “reporting”

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Officials in Sabine Parish say a little 19-month-old boy died of apparent asphyxiation over the weekend after he got his head stuck in a car window while his mom was driving. Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers says they learned the mother had left a family gathering in Zwolle with her child Saturday night…:

CUT 3 (08) “just down the road”

Rivers says at one point on the route to the second residence, the child, who was not restrained, rolled down the back window without the knowledge of his mother…:

CUT 4 (11)  “of the vehicle”

Rivers says little Robert Lynch was taken to a hospital Saturday and was taken off life support yesterday evening. He says they are working to determine exactly how long the child was stuck before the mom made the realization. Rivers says the mom could be arrested for this…:

CUT 5 (07) “in this case”

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A photograph was captured this weekend of Senator Mary Landrieu helping an LSU fan perform a keg stand prior to Saturday night’s game. The picture has Landrieu holding the spigot of a keg to the mouth of fan, who is being up hoisted by his feet while consuming beer. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this is another distraction for the Landrieu campaign to deal with….

CUT 6 (09)  “now this”

Pinsonat says Landrieu’s campaign message is that she plays an important role for Louisiana because of her seniority and chairmanship of the Senate Energy Committee, but instead she’s had to address her residency, improperly charged charter flights and now this….

CUT 7 (07) “keeps stumbling”

Landrieu is in a tough re-election battle against Congressman Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness. Two republican activisits reportedly sent out the pictures, but Pinsonat says Landrieu’s supporters will say no big deal that she helped a man perform a keg stand

CUT 8 (10) “another distraction”

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Incumbent 5th Congressional District Representative Vance McAllister started out with a television ad today featuring his wife by his side offering forgiveness to her husband. It’s the first spot we’ve seen since the Congressman was involved in a kissing scandal with a married woman earlier this year. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says this is a bold move by McAllister…:

CUT 9 (09)  “the indiscretion”

Kelly McAllister addresses the camera in the commercial and says, “I’m blessed to have a husband who owns up to his mistakes.” Stockley says even though candidates normally wouldn’t want to remind voters about past indiscretions, the fact that Kelly has such a major role in this commercial is important…:

CUT 10 (11) “advertisement”

The commercial began running throughout the 5th Congressional District today. Stockley says if others are willing to forgive, especially the wives, voters will be more likely to forgive. He says it’ll be interesting to see how McAllister’s opponents respond to this ad…:

CUT 11 (11) “the issue

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The Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s office says two people were killed and a juvenile is in the hospital following a 4-wheeler accident. Sheriff Mike Couvillion says the crash involved 34-year-old Shawn Lalonde and 29-year-old Kyle Dudding and a 13-year-old at the intersection of Highway 35 and Clint Rd near Kaplan…:

CUT 12 (09) “went airborne”

Both Lalonde and Dudding were pronounced dead at the scene and the juvenile is listed in stable condition. Couvillion says the investigation reveals the ATV ran a stop sign and crashed into a ditch embankment…:

(Couvillion says there was evidence at the scene suggesting Lalonde was the driver and a slight incline in the road may have served as a ramp causing the ATV to become airborne before it crashed.)

CUT 13 (10) “doing well”

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office says an Opelousas man is behind bars for misusing the emergency 911 line by calling it 18 times. Captain Megan Vizena says 63-year-old Olan “Arlen” Deville was requesting medical attention…:

cut 14 (10) “to respond”

Vizena says Deville made multiple calls to 911 but when paramedics arrived he refused medical attention and even became extremely aggressive which is when deputies had to be called…:
Vizena says Deville is charged with 18 counts of criminal mischief and is being held at the St. Landry Parish Jail on $6500 bond.)

CUT 15 (07) “criminal mischief”

LRN AM Newscall for Sept 22

The Louisiana Inspector General found that between 2011 and 2013, over half a million dollars in non-refundable airline tickets were purchased by state entities, but never used.  Scott Carwile reports…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”

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Starting today a brand new license plate will be available to Louisiana drivers boasting, “I’m Creole, and Proud.” Michelle Southern has that…:

Cut 2 (33) “reporting”

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The Saints finally picked up their first win of the season as New Orleans defeated Minnesota 20-9. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 3 (34) “reporting”

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The Louisiana Inspector General has issued a set of recommendations for state agencies to stop wasting airline tickets.  Stephen Street’s office found that between 2011 and 2013, over half a million dollars in non-refundable airline tickets were purchased by state entities, but never used.  Street says his office is mandated to find and eliminate waste and this is a classic example of waste…

Cut 4  (09)  “thousands of dollars”

The report shows that nearly 12-hundred non-refundable airline tickets expired, but could have been used within one year to pay for another ticket.  Street says the topic was addressed in a previous report in 2010 and the results of that report were similar to this year’s…

Cut 5  (12)  “that is happening”

Street says, in tight budget times, we have to be especially careful about this sort of waste of taxpayer money.  He says the report includes a set of recommendations for the Office of State Travel to ensure unused airline tickets are not wasted…

Cut 6 (08)  “to evaporate”

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Starting today a brand new license plate will be available to Louisiana drivers boasting, “I’m Creole, and Proud.” Lafayette Representative Vincent Pierre says he lead the effort to make this happen because he wanted to give more exposure to the Creole culture. He says one of the plate’s features is a black pot…:

CUT 7 (09) “over to visit”

Pierre says the Creole plate also features an accordion to represent Zydeco music. He says there’s also a scrub board on the specialty item…:

CUT 8 (06)   “of the world”

Pierre says the design also includes a fleur de lis to tie it all together in representing Louisiana. He says you can get it as soon as the DMVs open today for $30 plus fees. Pierre says the funds that are generated from the Creole plate will go to the French Immersion Program…:

CUT 9 (07) “along with the community”  

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Autumn begins today.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says fall officially begins tonight at 9:29PM.  Keim forecasts normal temperatures across the state for the next three months…

cut 10 (09)  “Gulf of Mexico”

Above average rainfall is predicted for Lousiana over the next three months due to expected El Nino conditions forming over the Gulf of Mexico.  Keim says this El Nino event has been predicted to form as far back as May…

cut 11 (08) “an El Nino ” 

Keim says, as we get into the fall season, fronts will start coming through and temperatures will begin to fall across the state…

cut 12 (06)  “wait for it”

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is advising voters to study up on their November fourth ballot, because they’ve had a record number of candidates who have withdrawn from their respective races since qualifying. Schedler says 110 candidates have dropped out of their race and the printed ballot may not reflect the change in the number of candidates…

Cut 13 (08)  “withdrawn candidates”

Many of names of withdrawn candidates will remain on the ballot because it is required by law that these ballots are made 45 days from the election.  Schedler says local election commissioners are supposed to inform voters at polling stations of withdrawn candidates on the ballot…

Cut 14 (12)  “to say that”

Even a US Senate candidate has withdrawn from the race and that is Raymond Brown.  Schedler says, with that,  there will be withdrawn candidates on the ballot in every single parish.  Schedler says you can always go to GeauxVote-dot-com to keep yourself updated…

Cut 15  (12)   “use that”

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Northwestern State scored 20 4th quarter points to come from behind and upset their long time rival Louisiana Tech 30 to 27. Chris Moore’s 47-yard field goal with no time left was the game winner. It was Northwestern’s first win over an FBS opponent since 2005 and the Demons first win over the Bulldogs since 1979.  Northwestern Coach Jay Thomas says it’s like a dream…

Cut 16  (16)   “loss of words”

The Bulldogs had a ten point lead going into the 4th quarter, but eight penalties and five turnovers finally caught up with them. Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz says they were ready to play, but they couldn’t overcome the mistakes…

Cut 17  (14)   “fourth quarter”

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For the first time since 1991, Mississippi State beat LSU in Baton Rouge as the Bulldogs held on for a 34-29 victory on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. State throughly outplayed LSU for most of the game and Coach Les Miles says his team has several areas where they need to get better

Cut 18 (17)  “this season”

LSU trailed by 24 points early in the fourth quarter, but backup quarterback Brandon Harris led the Tigers on three scoring drives and threw two touchdown passes to Malachi Dupre. Miles says they’ll look at Harris possibly starting this Saturday….

cut 19 (17)  “we are”

LSU’s defense allowed 570 total yards, 302 came on the ground as the Tigers could not stop State quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Josh Robinson. Sophomore defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says they’ll look at the tape to try and figure out what went wrong…

Cut 20 (17) ” be fine”