PM LRN Newscall for Friday August 15

Campaign finance reports show Republican Congressman and US Senate candidate Bill Cassidy surpassing Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu when it comes to cash on hand. Don Molino has the story…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”


LSU is currently involved in research focusing on cars that will have the ability to communicate with each other. Eric Gill has more…

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According to the Federal Elections Commission, G-O-P Congressman and US Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has more campaign cash available than democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. Cassidy’s war chest is at 5-point-6 million, while Landrieu is at 5-point-5 million. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it’s a significant accomplishment for Cassidy

CUT 3 (10) “milestone”

From July 1st to August 2nd, Cassidy raised 629-thousand dollars. That’s 53-thousand dollars more than what Landrieu collected. Cross says it will be interesting to see how the Landrieu campaign reacts

CUT 4 (10) “walk in the park”

Tea party candidate Rob Maness has only 200-thousand dollars on hand. Cross anticipates 25-million dollars will be spent by the candidates and third-party groups before its all over

CUT 5 (06) “like this”


LSU is currently involved in research focusing on cars that will have the ability to communicate with each other. The technology is similar to Wi-Fi and will allow cars to collect and exchange traffic information with each other. Engineering Professor Sherif (sha-REEF) Ishak (EYE-shack) says this will improve road safety…

CUT 6 (09)  “entire network”

Ishak says this technology will also have the ability to reduce delays and cut down on car pollution. He says cars will be able to warn drivers down the road of accidents, traffic jams, and other road hazards. Ishak says it’s a simple system…

CUT 7 (12) “to another”

He says information will be passed from one vehicle to another along the network. The more vehicles on the road with this technology the farther the information will travel. Ishak says studies of the system are currently underway…

CUT 8 (10) “in the market”


Elio Motors is about a year away from producing its three-wheeled vehicle  at the former General Motors plant in Shreveport. Elio Motors announced in January 2013 they would manufacturer their commuter car in northwest Louisiana and Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael Thibodeaux says he’s glad the founder of Elio Motors, Paul Elio, is still committed to Louisiana

CUT 9 (10) “stuck with it”

Paul Elio has told the Associated Press that 27-thousand people have already reserved one of their three-wheel cars that will get 84 miles to the gallon and cost 68-hundred dollars. Thibodaux says he’s not surprised in the interest

CUT 10 (06) “overseas”

Elio plans to produce 250-thousand cars a year at the Shreveport facility by 2016. Thibodaux says Shreveport is looking forward to getting back into the car making policy

CUT 11 (10) “American made parts


Supporters of the controversial Common Core academic standards won a battle in the courtroom today. Judge Tim Kelley denied a request from 17 lawmakers, who filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary injunction of the implementation of Common Core.  Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says it was a strong ruling Judge Kelley

CUT 12 (10) “three or four of them”

The anti-Common Core legislators argued that BESE and the department of education didn’t follow the Administrative Procedures Act when they adopted Common Core standards. Erwin says they are pleased the judge denied the request for a temporary injunction

CUT 13 (08) “the classroom”

Judge Kelley’s ruling means schools can use Common Core standards in writing, math and reading that have been over the last four years. An assessment test is still not in place for this school year, but Erwin says today was a good first step in getting this issue resolved

cut 14 (08) “thing to do”

AM Newscall August 15, 2014

A Common Core lawsuit brought against BESE and the Department of Education will be heard in court today. Matthew Doyle spoke to Legal Analyst Tim Meche…

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Starting today, cops across the state ramp up patrols to keep drunk drivers off the road. Scott Carwile has more…

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The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announce that they’ve issued nearly 900 citations to Louisiana establishments for selling alcohol and tobacco to minors as a result of their 2014 Summer Crackdown operation. Eric Gill has more…

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A lawsuit filed by 17 lawmakers who claim the department of education and BESE did not follow the state’s laws when it adopted Common Core will be heard in a Baton Rouge courtroom today. This is one of two Common Core-related suits that are moving through the legal system. Legal analyst Tim Meche says people are trying to bring their politics into the courtroom.

Cut 4  (07)  “on others”

Judges have a range of options at their disposal to deal with feuding political factions, including arbitration. Meche says with a case as controversial as Common Core, an authoritative magistrate is needed…

Cut 5  (07) “we have that”

There’s also a pro Common Core lawsuit against Governor Jindal for his actions against the education standards. It will have a full hearing on Monday. Meche says until there’s a resolution legal fees will rise and schools will be kept in limbo.

Cut 6 (10)  “we have to pay”


Today begins the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign across the country, with hundreds of  law enforcement agencies participating here in Louisiana. With alcohol being a factor in as many as 40 percent of all fatal vehicular crashes, cops are keen to get out and lock up drunk drivers. Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Lt. Col. John Leblanc says drunk driving has become too prevalent on state roads.

CUT 7 (08) “From the road”

The campaign ends September 1st.The effort approves more overtime for police, to give them the resources needed to blanket the roads during one of the peak times of the year for impaired driving. Leblanc says studies have indicated that this campaign saves lives.

CUT 8 (12)   “saving lives”

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, everyday 28 people are killed as a result of drunk driving. Leblanc says that along with the human cost, a DUI can cost you thousands of dollars.

CUT 9 (13)  “Losing your job”


Senator Mary Landrieu is facing accusations that she used Senate money to pay for chartered flights to attend campaign events. Her two Republican opponents in the upcoming Senate race have criticized Landrieu on this issue in recent days. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan doesn’t see this as a big campaign issue…

cut 10 (09)  “appears to be”

The Landrieu campaign office says her Senate office was incorrectly billed for one of the the flights. The campaign says they will reimburse the Senate for both flights that have been questioned. Hogan says Landrieu’s opponents are playing a potentially dangerous game bringing up this issue…

cut 11 (09)  “sorts of things” 

The conservative group Keep Louisiana Working has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Senator over this issue. Hogan says, in a situation like this, it’s not unusual for outside groups to get involved…

cut 12 (08) “to look bad”


The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announce that they’ve issued nearly 900 citations to Louisiana establishments for selling alcohol and tobacco to minors as a result of their 2014 Summer Crackdown operation. ATC says, during the summer months, statistics show an increase in teen drinking. Commissioner Troy Hebert says this is the second year in a row that his office has performed a summer operation…

Cut 13 (06)  “actually sold”

ATC says they performed over 6,500 compliance checks during the operation. Hebert says about 14 percent of businesses were cited. He says in most cases it’s the clerk, not the business owner, illegally selling to minors. Hebert says it’s really easy to tell if someone is a minor in Louisiana since their driver’s licenses are printed vertically…

Cut 14 (10)  “certainly unacceptable”

Hebert says fines start at $500 and he’s fined businesses as much as $25,000 for repeat offenses. He says there was no particular region of the state that had a significantly higher percentage of citations than any other…

Cut 15  (08)   “this from happening”


The Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome tonight to take on the Tennessee Titans in NFL preseason action. Saints color commentator Hokie Gajan says he’s keeping his eye on the running game and the defense. Gajan hopes the running game has another strong showing like they had last week against the Rams…

Cut 16  (13)   “that he did”

Quarterback Drew Brees is not expected to play in tonight’s game, as he continues to nurse an oblique injury. That means we’ll see more of both Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin. After last week’s game, there has been some talk as to which will be Brees’ backup for the season. Gajan has an opinion on that…

Cut 17  (10)   “the other night”

Gajan says during these preseason games, coaches are looking to find the best 53 players to make the team. He says you want to see those guys on the bubble continue to improve…

Cut 18 (05)  “the performance”

PM Newscall August 14, 2014

A recent study of the housing market in Louisiana finds nearly 45 percent of renters are rent stressed. Matthew Doyle reports…

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The Jindal administration has pegged the shortfall for next year’s budget at one-point-two billion dollars. Jeff Palermo has the story…

CUT 2 (32) “reporting”


A Slidell woman has been charged with medicaid fraud after she allegedly used her dead sister’s name to receive medical treatment at Slidell Memorial Hospital. Slidell Police detective Daniel Seuzeneu says hospital officials became aware of 26-year-old Diondre Jones’ scam after her false name was entered into the computer

CUT 3 (07) “had been deceased”

Seuzeneau says a bizarre twist to this crime is that Jones was wearing a memorial T-shirt in honor of her deceased sister when a police officer caught up to her in the hospital parking lot….

CUT 4 (10) “as a memorial”

Seuzeneau says Diondre provided her sister’s name to hospital staff in an attempt to avoid having to pay any medical bills…

CUT 5 (09) “got caught”


A recent study of the housing market in Louisiana finds nearly 45 percent of renters are rent stressed. Rent stress is defined as paying more than 35 percent of your monthly income in rent. LSU Economist Jim Richardson says in 2000 the number was around 29 percent…

CUT 6 (05)  “percent increase”

The national average of “rent stressed” renters is around 43 percent. The percentage of rent stressed Louisianians has grown by nearly 15 percentage points since 2000. Richardson says the stress comes in when you have limited resources left over to provide other necessities…

CUT 7 (11) “that angle, yes”

The report did not look at household incomes of rent stressed people. Richardson says now that they have this data, the next step is to determine why this number has risen so high…

CUT 8 (13) “of the analysis”


The long-time leader of the LSU alumni association, Charlie Roberts, has resigned from his post as he faces a lawsuit from a former employee, who claims there was financial arrangement to keep their sexual relationship secret.  Roberts attorney, Mary Olive Pierson, says the resignation should not be taken as an admission of guilt

CUT 9 (11) “kind of silly”

Kay Heath is the person who filed the lawsuit against the 78-year-old Roberts and the LSU alumni association. Pierson says a main reason for Roberts resignation is Heath’s public statement she would drop the alumni association as party to the suit when he would resign

CUT 10 (05) “dragged into this”

Heath alleges in the lawsuit she got her job at the alumni association because of her personal relationship with Roberts and a deal was reached that she would receive monthly hush money after she resigned. Pierson says now that Roberts has resigned, he looks forward to telling his side of the story in court

CUT 11 (11) “was supporting her


The Jindal administration told lawmakers who sit on the budget committees that the shortfall for next year’s budget is one-point-two billion dollars.  Publisher of Lapolitics-dot-com, Jeremy Alford, says the news is not a surprise to legislators and some have already discussed rolling back some tax exemptions as a way to raise revenues

CUT 12 (08) “tax increase”

Financing used to balance the budget this year, will not be available for next fiscal year, which is why there’s a huge shortfall. Alford says some lawmakers will look to raise taxes and reduce tax exemptions as a way to close next fiscal year’s budget gap, but Governor Jindal will fight it

CUT 13 (08) “override it”

Jindal will propose a budget for next fiscal year to lawmakers early in 2015. Alford expects the governor to come up with some creative ways on how to handle this huge shortfall…

cut 14 (12) “next year”

AM Newscall August 14, 2014

The brand new SEC Network, which promises to air more than 1,000 live events in its first year, will officially launch today at 5pm. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A federal judge has approved a 48-million dollar class action settlement for Bayou Corne residents affected by a sinkhole that was discovered two years ago. Scott Carwile has more…

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A warning from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals alerts travelers, beach goers, and fisherman about two diseases, vibrio vulnificus (vul-nif-ick-us) and the chikungunya (chik-un-gun-yuh) virus. Eric Gill reports…

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The long anticipated SEC Network, which promises to air more than 1,000 live events in its first year, will officially launch today at 5pm. Herb Vincent, who is a former leader within the athletic department at LSU, is the associate commissioner of communications for the Southeastern Conference. He says the SEC Network will broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year, all SEC all the time…:

Cut 4  (06)  “a lot of action”

Vincent says the SEC Network will also feature several daily shows similar to what you’d see on Sportscenter -and- “The SEC Storied” series which is similar to ESPN’s 30 on 30. He says you’ll see stories from all 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference…:

Cut 5  (09) “specific to LSU”

Vincent says tonight’s feature show is called “The Stars Are Aligned” which profiles 14 famous figures who will each represent their team in the Southeastern Conference. He says the first show on at 5 will be a special 3 hour “SEC Now” which will spotlight live shots from each of the 14 campuses. Vincent says what’s most impressive about the SEC network is that it it’s available to more than 90 million homes on launch day. He says the schools also worked really hard to make this happen…:

Cut 6 (13)  “SEC Network is”


A federal judge has approved a 48-million dollar class action settlement for Bayou Corne residents affected by a sinkhole that was discovered two years ago. The lawsuit was brought against Texas Brine which was operating a salt mine that is believed to have caused the sinkhole. One attorney for the plaintiffs, Larry Centola, says they are happy with the judge’s approval…

CUT 7 (09)  “the next chapter”

The settlement will compensate 269 residents who lived in the area. They will receive payments for their property and damages. The exact amounts will be determined by a Special Master. Centola says residents should begin to see some settlement money within the next few months…

CUT 8 (09)   “late as January”

Centola says in a settlement like this, both sides give up some things in order to move on…

CUT 9 (12)  “fair settlement”


The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issues a warning for travelers, beach goers, and fisherman about two diseases, vibrio vulnificus (vul-nif-ick-us) and the chikungunya (chik-un-gun-yuh) virus. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says vibrio vulnificus is one of the flesh-eating bacteria found in brackish or saltwater…

cut 10 (12)  “put it off”

He says vibrio vulnificus can be fatal, but it is treatable if you catch it early. DHH says the flesh-eating bacteria has infected 8 people in Louisiana this summer. Guidry says the chikungunya virus is usually transmitted by mosquitoes in the Caribbean. He says initial symptom of this virus resemble the flu…

cut 11 (13)  “your physician” 

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the chikungunya virus. Louisiana has confirmed eight travel-related cases. Guidry says the virus is not fatal, but it can be painful. He says if you think you’ve come in contact with either of these, you should see a doctor quickly. Guidry says these warnings are intended to keep the public informed about these diseases…

cut 12 (06) “with these issues”


The former chief financial officer at the Catahoula Sheriff’s office faces theft and malfeasance charges after he allegedly gave himself two unauthorized pay increases. State Police Trooper Albert Paxton says the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office provided the evidence that led to the arrest of 61-year-old George Tosspon of Jonesville

Cut 13 (09)  “didn’t work”

Paxton says the state audit revealed Tosspon received over 22-thousand dollars in excess wages from August 2009 to November 2013. He says Tosspon surrendered to investigators…

Cut 14 (09)  “dollars”

Paxton says Tosspon faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He says last May, Cathahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelley requested that the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations look into accusations that Tosspon stole public funds…

Cut 15  (09)   “everything done”


The battle for the starting quarterback position at Louisiana Tech is heating up between senior Cody Sokol and sophomore Ryan Higgins. Head Coach Skip Holtz says the competition between the two is tight…

Cut 16  (07)   “right now”

He says there is maybe a one percent difference in completion percentage between Sokol and Higgins. Holtz is pleased with the work both quarterbacks have put into practice…

Cut 17  (11)   “going along well”


The LSU Tigers are optimistic that defensive tackle Quentin Thomas will soon be able to fully participate in practice soon. It was reported last week Thoms could miss the season, because of a biceps injury. But Head Coach Les Miles says Thomas is not as serious as once thought

Cut 18 (13)  “he can be”

If Thomas is healthy for the start of the regular season, expect to see him get a lot of playing time, because he has the most experience out of any defensive tackle on the team.  As far as the battle for starting quarterback between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, Miles is not saying who is leading that competition, but they are giving great effort

cut 19 (20)  “go easy”

LRN PM Newscall August 13

Louisiana will hold another tax amnesty period this fall. Jeff Palermo has the details

CUT 1 (32) “reporting”


Lafayette Police arrest a 27-year-old mother in connection with the death of her three-year-old child. Jeff Palermo has the story..

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The US Coast Guard says they are investigating a multi-vessel collision that happened on the Mississippi River near Gretna last night which caused some oil to be spilled into the water. Spokesman Jonathan Lally says a ship carrying grains lost power and control and crashed into another vessel and barge that was fueling up…:

CUT 3 (08) “into the river”

Lally says fuel was being transferred from the barge when it broke free causing some oil to be discharged into the water from the transfer hose…:

CUT 4 (09) “that was spilled”

Lally says no injuries were reported in the incident. He says about 588 gallons of marine grade fuel was spilled into the river and the Gretna water intake was shut off as a safety precation…:

CUT 5 (12) “the sheen went”


New research provided to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shows Louisiana Black Bear populations are making great strides toward recovery. Large Carnivore Program Manager, Maria Davidson, says they don’t have an official count on how many black bears are in the state, but they’ve learned there are at least 250 female bears, which is a good number…

CUT 6 (09)  “hear from them”

The hope is to have the Louisiana Black Bear removed from the endangered species list. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will make that determination. Davidson says the future of the black bear is looking good…

CUT 7 (07) “a hundred years”

LDWF has worked many years to rebuild the population of the Louisiana Black Bear. In the 1950s, there were only 100 black bears in the state. Davidson says it appears that female black bears are beginning to breed on a more regular basis…

CUT 8 (13) “for the bears”


The Louisiana Department of Revenue says the state will hold another tax amnesty period from October 15th to November 14th.  Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says new to this amnesty program is the option that delinquent taxpayers can pay their debt owed to the state through payments

CUT 9 (08) “amount due”

Barfield says the state held an amnesty program last year and Louisiana collected 452-million dollars in back taxes, but the goal this year is only 100-million

CUT 10 (09) “as much”

During the tax amnesty period all penalties will be waived and the taxpayer only owes 50-percent of the interest that’s due. Barfield says a payment plan is new to the amnesty program and that will allow a noncompliant taxpayer to pay their overdue taxes over a six month period…

CUT 11 (10) “back taxes


A Lafayette mother is facing negligent homicide charges in the death of her three-year-old child. Lafayette Police corporal Paul Mouton says 27-year-old Sara Leblanc told investigators the child was sick for a couple of days, and their investigation revealed the child went 25 hours without food or fluids during her illness

CUT 12 (07) “dehydration”

Mouton says on the day the child died, the little girl went to sleep at around six A-M. Leblanc allegedly did not check on her until seven that night and also left the home during that time to get some fast food

CUT 13 (09) “negligent homicide”

An autopsy report has determined the cause of death can be attributed to hypothermia and dehydration. Leblanc was charged with negligent homicide. Mouton says the investigation remains ongoing

cut 14 (11) “investigation”


AM Newscall August 13, 2014

Yet another cold front has settled over Louisiana. Scott Carwile reports.

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The recent death of actor-comedian Robin Williams has opened a discussion about suicide across the country. Eric Gill has more…

Cut 2 Audio (31) “reporting”


In one week, candidates will begin signing up for the November federal election. Jeff Palermo looks at how the races are shaping up…

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State Climatologist Barry Keim says we’ve had northerly breezes move into Louisiana causing the humidity levels to drop dramatically. He says the weather outside is feeling much more comfortable that what you’d expect in The Bayou State for the middle of August…:

Cut 4  (07)  “over the weekend”

Keim says this is the fourth major front we’ve had pass through Louisiana in the last six weeks…:

Cut 5  (08) “in the humidity”

Keim says this blast of Canadian air isn’t dropping the temperatures all that much, but it’s brought in a noticeable drop in the humidity. He says we’ve been seeing this pattern set up this year over the Eastern United States that’s causing the humidity to push down into the Gulf of Mexico…:

Cut 6 (06)  “this time of year”


The recent death of actor-comedian Robin Williams has opened a discussion about suicide across the country. The death of the 63-year-old entertainer has been officially ruled a suicide. LSU Mental Health expert, Dr. Howard Osofsky, says the actor showed several risk factors for suicide…

CUT 7 (11)  “from suicide”

Williams was said to have been battling severe depression as of late. That along with his history of alcohol and substance abuse made the actor susceptible for suicide. Osofsky says, after a suicide, friends and family are often left wondering if they could have done something to prevent it. He says if you notice a loved one’s behavior changing, you may want to seek help…

CUT 8 (15)   “get them treatment”

Osofsky says most people who commit suicide have not seen a doctor, recently, much less a mental health professional. He adds that treatment does not mean that one can definitely prevent suicide…

CUT 9 (13)  “aware of this”


We’re a week away from the start of the three-day qualifying period, where candidates officially sign up to run in the November election. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat does not expect any surprise candidates to enter the US senate race….

cut 10 (13) “before now”

Pinsonat says democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu will face two main republican challengers, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness. A large field of candidates is expected in the six district congressional race. He says former governor Edwin Edwards is the favorite to make a run-off…

cut 11 (12)  “after qualifying” 

Pinsonat says the fifth district congressional race will also have a large field  as challengers see Vance McAllister as a vulnerable incumbent, because he was caught kissing a married staffer…

cut 12 (10) “will race”


The New Orleans Police Department is still searching for the gunman who opened fire on a house in the Lower Ninth Ward that killed two and left five people injured. 33-year-old Terrance McBride and 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson were killed in the shooting. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it is vitally important that citizens help police identify the shooter…

Cut 13 (09)  “doesn’t happen again”

Alanna Romain and her two children, both under the age of 5, remain in critical condition. Police Chief Ronal Serpas says they now believe they know who was in the vehicle with the shooter…

Cut 14 (09)  “of the shooter”

A 13-year-old injured in the shooting remains under evaluation. The fifth victim was treated for injuries and released. The investigation is ongoing. Serpas says McBride was a felon in posession of a firearm facing charges of that and distribution of heroin. He says, at this time, this case does not appear to be a gang member involved event…

Cut 15  (05)   “involved event”

LRN PM Newscall for August 12

Jefferson Parish President John Young announces he’s joining the 2015 race for Lt. Governor. Michelle Southern has that..:

CUT 1 (33) “reporting”


Oyster production has been on a downward spiral since the 2010 BP oil spill. Jeff Palermo has the story…

CUT 2 (32) “reporting”


Jefferson Parish President John Young announces he’s running for Lt. Governor in 2015. Young joins already announced candidates Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. The seat is being left open by Jay Dardenne who intends to run for Governor next year. Young says the Office of Tourism is a major growth industry for Louisiana…:

CUT 3 (09) “in the world”

Young says, if elected, a major focus would also be on economic development and creating jobs and opportunity for our children and grandchildren. He says a top priority as Lt. Governor is making sure funds are secure to continue to market Louisiana…:

CUT 4 (09) “the entire state”

Young says he wants to be an ambassador for economic development and the film industry…:

CUT 5 (07) “in Louisiana”


Since the BP spill, oyster production along Louisiana’s coast has reached lows that have not been seen in decades. That’s according to Louisiana Oyster Task Force Chairman John Tesvich, who says it’s a challenging time for the industry

CUT 6 (06)  “haven’t come back”

Prior to the BP spill, Louisiana public reefs would produce three to seven million pounds of oyster meat a year. Last year, just under a million pounds was produced and Tesvich says early numbers for 2014 are only slightly better than last year…

CUT 7 (08) “speak of”

A statement from BP says government studies indicate conditions other than the oil spill have led to the decline in oyster populations. Tesvich says recent hurricanes and an influx of fresh water are other possible factors. He says in the meantime, oystermen can only hope conditions get better

CUT 8 (10) “it yet”


So in addition to the big super-moon we’ve got in the sky right now, the most explosive meteor shower of the year is underway. Lee Sawyer is the director of chemistry and physics at Louisiana Tech. He says the peak of the every-August Perseid meteor shower will happen early tomorrow morning…:

CUT 9 (09) “season”

Sawyer says if you’d like to see some beautiful shooting stars, early tomorrow morning when it’s still dark out would be the best time…:

CUT 10 (07) “couple of seconds or so”

Sawyer says sometimes the meteors will look like little fireballs. He says the annual Persei meteor shower lasts for several days…:

CUT 11 (11) “really the peak


The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office says a teenage girl is under arrest for allegedly stealing the pizza delivery guy’s car. Spokesman Glenn Springfield says the accused is 17-year-old Shaquillea Hunter of Monroe. He says they got a report of the stolen vehicle and they easily spotted the car with the Pizza Hut sign on top…:

CUT 12 (11) “and handcuff em”

Springfield says once they got Hunter in custody, they got the Pizza Hut employee to come make an identification and give a statement…:

CUT 13 (08) “he called us”

Springfield said when Hunter was questioned about the incident, she told the deputy to just take her to jail. He says she was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center…:

cut 14 (03) “and resisting an officer”


AM Newscall August 12, 2014

How would you like to add an LSU Jell-O mold to your tailgate this year? Well now you can. Michelle Southern has that…:

CUT 1 (31) “reporting”

The first legal hearing in the dispute over Common Core occurs today in a Baton Rouge courtroom. Matthew Doyle has more…

Cut 2 Audio (34) “reporting”


Louisiana State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting yesterday in Crowley that has left one man dead. Eric Gill has more…

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LSU fans will be able to add a little something extra to their tailgate or football parties for the upcoming season…An LSU Jell-O mold. Emilie Fitch is the brand manager for Jell-O. She says these college team Jiggler kits are just another way fans can show how passionate they are about their team…:

Cut 4  (12)  “across the country”

Fitch says she realizes that people make Jell-O shots but they do not advocate that behavior or promote recipes that include alcohol. She says the LSU Jiggler-Kit contains four Jell-O boxes…:

Cut 5  (13) “as well as tigers”

Fitch says the college Jiggler kit is available now at local retailers and they are going fast. She says you can also buy it online at Fitch says they are working toward marketing their brand to the young family…:

Cut 6 (08)  “into the franchise”


The dispute over Common Core heads to court today. A hearing is set in Judge Todd Hernandez’s courtroom over a lawsuit filed by parents and educators who accuse Governor Jindal of overstepping his authority when he blocked tests associated with Common Core. Council For a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says hopefully the judicial system can end this stalemate.

CUT 7 (07)  “in a court”

It’s possible a resolution will take months, because of potential appeals. But Erwin says they hope Judge Hernandez provides some clarity with an initial ruling.

CUT 8 (10)   “for the foreseeable future”

Another Common Core hearing is scheduled for Friday in Tim Kelley’s courtroom. That one was filed by legislators who claim BESE and the department of education violated state law when it approved Common Core standards. Erwin says he trusts the rulings will be fair.

CUT 9 (12)  “on the merits”


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a series of public meetings across the state to provide an update on black bear research. The results of a recently completed University of Tennessee PhD project will be presented. Large Carnivore Program Manager, Maria Davidson says the project pulls together population estimates of three different sub-populations of black bears…

cut 10 (12) “into the future”

Meetings are scheduled in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Ferriday, and Tallulah. If the population numbers are strong enough, the Louisiana Black Bear could be taken off of the Endangered Species list. Davidson says this information will be passed to the US Fish and Wildlife Service…

cut 11 (12)  “off the list” 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service will determine if the Louisiana Black Bear meets the criteria to be removed from their endangered species list. Davidson says the purpose of these public meetings is to keep citizens informed about what is happening with the black bear…

cut 12 (07) “shock to them”


Louisiana State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting yesterday in Crowley that has left one man dead. Master Trooper Brooks David says Crowley Police officers were responding to a disturbance call when a male subject began to shoot at the officers…

Cut 13 (08)  “subject’s death”

David says subsequently officers returned fire and struck the man an unknown number of times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. David says four Crowley Police officers were at the scene…

Cut 14 (07)  “if there were two”

The investigation is ongoing. David says this type of situation shows how dangerous it is to be a law enforcement officer…

Cut 15  (09)   “yourself safe”


One of the biggest spotlights at LSU’s preseason camp has been the intense battle for the starting quarterback position. Sophomore Anthony Jennings and Freshman Brandon Harris both have stated their intentions to be the man to lead Tigers next season. LSU Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron says regardless of who wins, everyone has to be ready to run the offense…

Cut 16  (12)   “gotta be ready”

The position is still up for grabs, and could be up until the start of the season. Cameron expects Harris or Jennings will eventually grab hold of the starter’s role…

Cut 17  (11)   “be his quarterback”

Either of the two potential starters would be among the youngest quarterbacks to start for the team in several years, with both being under 20 years old. Cameron says the pressure cooker of a competition is good for everyone involved…

Cut 18 (16)  “under here everyday”

PM Newscall August 11, 2014

According to the finance firm, Louisiana is the second-most expensive state for motorists. Michelle Southern has that…:

CUT 1 (33) “reporting”


The lead character in the Baton Rouge based reality show “Sons of Guns” was arrested this weekend and booked for child molestation. Michelle Southern has that.

CUT 2 (30) “reporting”


The New Orleans Police Department says they’re trying to figure out what led up to a shooting at a hotel on Canal Street Sunday that left one man dead and another injured. Officer Frank Robertson III says officers responded to reports of gunfire at the Westin around 6:30 am…:

CUT 3 (09) “at our officers”

Robertson says once cops encountered the armed man they retreated and called for back up. He says after hours of negotiation they finally got into the room…:

CUT 4 (05) “right now”

The room was occupied by four men reportedly from the Lafayette area. Apparently the 20-year-old deceased individual shot his 24-year-old friend in the chest before turning the gun on himself. Robertson says the swat team moved in and they were able to make contact with someone inside…:

CUT 5 (05) “on the scene”


According to the finance firm, Louisiana is the second-most expensive state for motorists. Spokesman Chris Kahn compiled the research for the study. He says they looked at gas, insurance and repairs and found that drivers in Louisiana pay about $2,555 a year just on things dealing with their car…:

CUT 6 (12)  “in the country”

Kahn says they found that Louisiana motorists pay an average of $1277 a year on insurance which is the highest in the nation. He says that’s the cost that really hurts our ranking in this report…:

CUT 7 (09) “the national average

Kahn says there are lots of things people in Louisiana can do to reduce their insurance rates and one of those things is making sure you have a good credit score. He says many people don’t realize insurance companies do pull your credit report when setting your premium…:

CUT 8 (06) “may affect your premium”


The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office says a man from New Iberia is under arrest for allegedly shooting at a car he was trying to pass while traveling on a roadway. Spokeswoman Major Ginny Higgins says they got a call from a motorist that he was being tailgated by another vehicle on Highway 182…:

CUT 9 (10) “at the vehicle”

Higgins says the suspect is identified as a 30-year-old Jeroswaskie Collette. She says he was allegely driving erratically when he just opened fire on the other vehicle…:

CUT 10 (07) “no one was hurt”

Higgins says Collette is charged with assault by drive by shooting…:

CUT 11 (09) “gentleman was driving


5th District Congressman Vance McAllister has only 233 dollars in available campaign dollars for his re-election bid. That’s based on the last report McAllister filed with the Federal Elections Commission on August 2nd. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says that’s a disappointing grand total

CUT 12 (10) “or by fundraising”

It’s expected the Congressman will self-finance much of his campaign. But Stockley says it still sends a signal that there might not be that much support for McAllister among voters…

CUT 13 (08) “in the community”

While McAllister is struggling to raise cash, three republican challengers have raised over 200-thousand dollars, based on campaign finance reports filed earlier this month. They are Zach Dasher, Harris Brown and Doctor Ralph Abraham. Stockley says they are a legitmate threat to McAllister

cut 14 (09) “from the community”

LRN AM Newscall for Monday August 11

Now that schools are in session across the state, teachers are in classrooms with no idea what assessment test will be given this year. Michelle Southern repors.

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Farmers across the state are beginning to harvest another rice crop after a record harvest last year.  Eric Gill has more…

Cut 2 Audio (28) “reporting”


The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirms the state’s second West Nile virus death this year. Eric Gill Reports…

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Farmers across the state are beginning to harvest another rice crop.  There was a phenomenal crop last year yielding a statewide average of 7,500 pounds per acre.  LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist, Dr. Johnny Saichuck (SAY-chuck), says we shouldn’t expect those same numbers with this year’s crop…

Cut 4  (09)  “had last year”

Saichuck says this year’s rain and cloud cover has affected this year’s rice crop.  He thinks the crop is running about two weeks behind what it was last year.  Saichuck says last year’s rice crop was special…

Cut 5  (06) “on everything”

He estimates this year’s yield to come in at around 6,500 pounds per acre.  Saichuck says so far yields are okay, but he’s not ready to give up on this year’s crop…

Cut 6 (08)  “expect yieldwise”


With school starting around the state, teachers are educating kids in the classroom with no idea what assessment test will be given this year. Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan says educators are frustrated and angry about all of this…:

CUT 7 (06)  “very political process”

Monaghan says most teachers are irritated about being in the middle of a political battle between BESE and the Department of Education and Governor Bobby Jindal over Common Core. The two sides head to court this week. Monaghan says these political forces need to make this year about teaching…:

CUT 8 (06)   “on the backburner”

With no standardized test in place, Monaghan hopes principals use this time to judge teachers based on their performance in the classroom rather than how a child performs on a test…:

CUT 9 (11)  “that folks are teaching”


A crop duster crash in Iberia Parish has claimed the life of an experienced pilot. Lieutenant Jeremy Kelley, with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s office, says a Bell 47 helicopter crashed near a cane field north of US 90 Sunday morning

cut 10 (12) “coroner’s office”

The pilot has been identified as 60-year-old Kenneth Squires of Jeanerette. The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation into why the helicopter crash. There were some storms that rolled through south Louisiana on Sunday, but Kelley says it doesn’t appear the weather had anything to do with this crash

cut 11 (12)  “for certain” 

Kelley says Squires was a long-time pilot…

cut 12 (11) “type of work”


The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirms the state’s second West Nile virus death this year. The death occurred in the Capital Area Region 2 which consists of East and West Feliciana, East and West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, and Ascension Parishes. Medical Director for the Office of Public Health in central Louisiana, David Holcombe, says there are now 29 cases of West Nile in Louisiana…

Cut 13 (07)  “for the same period”

Not much is known about the latest victim other than it was a person over the age of 75. The state’s first death from West Nile was reported in Caddo Parish last month. Holcombe says to protect yourself from West Nile, you must protect yourself from mosquitoes…

Cut 14 (10)  “mosquito repellent”

DHH reports 14 new cases of West Nile, bringing the state total to 29. Holcombe says you should also protect your home from mosquitoes should eliminate standing water or any area where mosquitoes could breed. He says the threat of West Nile and mosquitoes will last, at least, until we get cold weather…

Cut 15  (09)   “very precipitously”


Sunday was LSU media day and the first opportunity for reporters to speak with members of the Tigers second ranked recruiting class. True freshman Quarterback Brandon Harris is battling with sophomore Anthony Jennings for a starting spot and a decision on who will start the season opener is not expected anytime soon. Even Harris admits there’s not much separating himself with Jennings…

Cut 16  (13)   “don’t know”

Most of the hype with this freshmen class is center around running back Leonard Fournette. The former St Aug star has high expectations for his freshmen season

Cut 17  (07)   “Heisman candidate”

Fournette says the media attention he’s receiving both locally and nationally is not bothering him….

Cut 18 (14)  “right now”

Another young player on offense is Malachi Dupre. The former John Curtis standout says offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has them believing they can have a good season, despite the youth at the skill positions

cut 19 (14)  “of his past”