LRN AM Newscall April 17

A House bill aimed at ending state income tax gets its first hearing by lawmakers today. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

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With Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s announcement he’s not running for re-election, only two of seven current statewide elected officials will be on the ballot in October. Jeff Palermo has more.

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Shreveport Senator Barry Milligan wants to make the Louisiana Commission on School and Nonprofit Safety to be permanent. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A bill that would end state income tax in Louisiana goes before the House Ways & Means Committee today. Republican Mandeville Representative Richard Nelson says his HB 424 would phase out taxes collected on the income of persons, estates, and trusts. Nelson says Louisiana needs this if it wants to compete with neighboring states with NO income tax, like Florida, Texas, and Tennessee…:

Cut 4 (07)  “…compared to Louisiana.”

The bill would phase income taxes out over a four-year period. By 2027, we would be paying none. Nelson says the revenue lost would be offset by lowering the homestead exemption on property taxes and eliminating a number of exemptions to the state sales tax…:

Cut 5 (11) “…sales tax right now.”

Nelson understands it may be hard for fellow lawmakers to embrace the idea of ending income taxes…:

Cut 6 (12)  “…looking to do.”

Nelson’s bill is part of a package of proposed tax reforms he has scheduled in Ways & Means today. Nelson says he plans to make repealing income tax a platform in his campaign for Governor.


Of the seven statewide elected positions in Louisiana, only two are seeking reelection this fall. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says every now and then we see a big shake up when it comes to these positions…

Cut 7 (10) “…little while.”

Governor John Bel Edwards is term-limited. Attorney General Jeff Landry is running for Governor, so is State Treasurer John Schroder. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon are not running for re-election. Cross says the big focus is on the governor’s race, but getting elected as Secretary of State, State Treasurer or Attorney General sets you up for a bigger job in the future…

Cut 8 (12) “…Louisiana politics.”

Qualifying for the statewide elections is August 8th and 10th. Pearson says the open statewide elected positions are drawing lots of candidates…

Cut 9 (05)  “…a position.”

The primary is October 14th.


Independent candidate for Governor Hunter Lundy is keeping an eye on what the Louisiana Legislature will do to fix the state’s property insurance crisis. Lundy is concerned lawmakers will approve legislation that will restrict the ability to sue insurance companies….

Cut 10 (12) “…unfair.” 

Insurance Commissioner JIm Donelon’s legislative package would seek to prevent friviolous lawsuits against insurance companies. He says numerous lawsuits in Florida against insurance providers caused problems with the insurance market in Florida.

Lundy says he would like to see legislation that would give the consumer more rights against adjusters who do not do their job…

Cut 11 (12)  “…moisture meters.”

Lundy does not support legislation that would make the Insurance Commissioner an appointed position…

Cut 12 (11)     the consumer” 


After creating a commission to assist schools and nonprofits with guidance and training for crisis management last year, Shreveport Senator Barry Milligan wants to make it a permanent entity, and establish the Center for Safe Schools within the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and Senate Bill 207 does just that.

Cut 13 (11) “…protect ourselves.” 

Milligan says initially it was students from the Legislative Youth Advisory Council who told him they might practice active shooter drills but they aren’t necessarily prepared on what to do if it happens when they change classes or if they could be doing more to protect themselves.

Cut 14 (11)  “…save lives.”

Another reason Milligan says it’s important to have a central point of reference is to assist schools and non-profits with resources and how to apply for grants to increase security.

Cut 15 (08)  “…with this.”

The Center for Safe Schools would operate within GOHSEP and Milligan says the entity will also be able to apply for Federal funds as well.


The top ranked LSU baseball team came away with another series victory over the weekend as they defeated Kentucky two games to one. The Tigers had to rally to win the series finale on Saturday. Down six to four in the seventh inning, LSU came back to win seven to six. Coach Jay Johnson says it was an impressive victory….

Cut  16 (16)  “…anybody else.” 

Bryce Collins was the winning pitcher as he’s emerged as a go to guy out of the bullpen for the Tigers. After a rough start to the season, Collins has now earned wins in his last two outings. The transfer from Arizona says he’s feeling more comfortable on the mound…

Cut 17 (17) “…as a team.” 

LSU is now 29-6 and 9-and-5 in the SEC. Johnson says winning a series against a team that had the best R-P-I in the country is huge…

Cut 18 (19) “…to.the players.”


There’s one more week left of spring practice for the LSU Tigers. One of the big additions is linebacker Omar Speights who transferred in from Oregon State. Last season Speights was named first-team All-Pac 12 after recording 83 tackles. Speights on why he chose to come to LSU…

Cut 19 (18) “…ultimate factor”

Speights is an experienced player as he had 304 tackles in four seasons with Oregon State. Speights is expected to be a starter and a leader for the Tigers in 2023…

Cut 20 (20)  “…some things too.”  


LRN PM Newscall April 14

A rapidly spreading fungus that can be fatal to some has the medical community concerned. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet has resigned as he’s been implicated in a bribery scandal. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A fungus by the name of Candida Auris (Can-did-uh Oar-us) is rapidly spreading at an alarming rate, and it’s one with a high mortality rate. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease specialist, Dr. Fred Lopez says treatment is difficult.

Cut 3 (10) “…treat infections.”

Lopez says Candida Aruis is worrisome because it’s resistant to treatment and it usually infects individuals who are in and out of the hospital, in long-term acute care, and those who use feeding or breathing tubes. He says the mortality rate is between 30 to 60 percent.

Cut 4 (06)  “     to prevent it.” 

He says the mortality rate is difficult to determine because individuals who are most susceptible have co-morbidities.

The fungus is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, equipment, or from person to person. Lopez says when the fungus enters the bloodstream is when it becomes dangerous.

Cut 5 (12) “…really important.”

Anyone can carry the fungus and it’s when those who are vulnerable come into contact that it’s dangerous.  Symptoms are dependent on the location of the infection and once it’s in the bloodstream, fever, a racing heart, and feeling light-headed could develop.

More than half of the states have reported cases of Candida Auris, and there are 50 known cases in Louisiana.


It’s going to be a berry good time at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival this weekend. For the 51st Anniversary, Director of Sales at Tangipahoa Tourism Emily Matise says there will be tons of berries to be bought and a great time for everyone.

Cut 6 (09)  “…at 9:30.” 

The Ponchatoula festival is one of the state’s largest free events, second only to Mardi Gras. A new attraction this year is the 9/11 “Tunnel to Towers” – Never Forget mobile exhibit displaying artifacts such as steel beams from the twin towers, documentary videos, and recordings of first responder radio transmissions. Matise said they are expecting nice crowds this weekend, despite the weather’s forecast.

Cut 7 (12)  “…Strawberry Festival.” 

The three-day event will be filled with traditions, great entertainment, rides, and loads of family fun! Visit


Boudin is one of Louisiana’s favorite cajun concoctions and there’s no better place to get it than Scott - home to the Boudin Festival that begins this weekend. Ms. Scott – Boudin Festival Queen 2023 Emily Chaisson says the festival provides an economic boost for the boudin industry.

Cut 8 (13)  “…can’t wait.” 

Scott is known as the epicenter of the boudin industry in the state and sells over 4 million pounds of boudin each year. The three-day festival has been a regional and statewide award-winning event for five years in a row and is filled with mouth-watering food and entertainment for everyone. Chaisson says everyone is invited and volunteer opportunities are open.

Cut 9 (11) “…is volunteers.”

Admission is $5 on Friday and Saturday, and free on Sunday.  For vendor list and music lineup visit


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet has submitted his resignation as it has become public he’s involved in a bribery scandal. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this is not a good look for the Edwards administration…

Cut 10 (11) “…related to bribery” 

Federal documents show Montoucet’s signature is on a contract tied to a kickback scheme that has resulted in the conviction of Dusty Guidry of Youngsville on three federal charges. Pinsonat says Louisiana has a reputation for political corruption…

Cut 11 (09)  “…it continues.”

Records from the U-S Attorney’s office indicates Montoucet signed a contract for a program set up by Guidry, that would resulted in an LDWF official receiving an ATV worth 14-thousand dollars upon retirement. The Advocate newspaper reports Montoucet is the only LDWF official to sign the contract. Pinsonat says Montoucet has not been charged criminally and has not commented…

Cut 12 (11) “…that point.” 


State Treasurer John Schroder is reaching out to veterans’ organizations in hopes of reuniting Unclaimed Property with those who’ve served in the military. The campaign is called “Veterans Cash Claim.”

Cut 13 (09) “…our programs.”

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the state’s unclaimed property division that holds funds like deposits, stocks, securities, and insurance proceeds. Since Schroder took office in 2017, he says they’ve returned close to $280 million to their rightful owners.

Cut 14 (09)  “…of Veteran’s Affairs.”

Among the unclaimed property are items left in safety deposit boxes, for example, priceless military metals that Schroder says they’ve been able to return to heirs of those brave servicemen.

Cut 15 (06) “…of Louisiana.”

To check if you might have any unclaimed property go to

LRN PM newscall

Colorado State University’s predictions for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane have been released. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”


The House Commerce Committee has approved legislation that would allow the attorney general to fine porn sites that do not follow a state law that requires users to verify their age. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (31)  “….I’m Jeff Palermo” 


The Pelicans’ season ended last night with a loss to Oklahoma City in the NBA’s play-in tournament. When 2023 started, New Orleans was one of the top team’s in the league. Then Zion Williamson got hurt and the team suffered through other injuries. Coach Willie Green says it’s disappointing…

Cut 3 (08) “…can be”

Williamson only played in 29 games this season because of a hamstring injury. Forward Brandon Ingram missed nearly half the with a toe injury and one of their top players off the bench Jose Alvarado missed 20 games down the stretch with an injury. CJ McCollum played much of the season with thumb and shoulder injuries and he says staying healthy next year will be a key…

Cut 4 (12)  “     going to take” 

Brandon Ingram had 30 points in a losing effort last night. He also acknowledges injuries were an issue all season long…

Cut 5 (12) “…play games”


Colorado State University researchers are predicting a slightly below-average Atlantic hurricane season for 2023. Research Assistant Tyler Barbero (Bah-rare-oh) says they are forecasting 13 named storms of which six would be hurricanes and two to reach major hurricane status.

Cut 6 (10)  “…ocean currently.” 

Researchers cite the likely development of El Nino as the primary factor for the below-average prediction for 2023.

And while a slightly below-average hurricane season prediction is welcome news for Bayou State residents, especially after 2020 and 2021, Barbero says to always have a hurricane plan in place regardless.

Cut 7 (10)  “…prepare as always.” 

The CSU prediction for a major hurricane to make landfall this season along the Gulf Coast, which stretches from the Florida panhandle westward to Brownsville, Barbero says is 28 percent.

Cut 8 (10)  “…average probability.” 

The CSU team will issue forecast updates on June 1st, July 6th, and August 3rd.

The first tropical storm of the 2023 season will be named Arlene, followed by Bret, Cindy, and Don.


Legislation that requires personal locator beacons on life jackets of offshore workers being transported offshore by aircraft was approved by the House Commerce Committee. Jennings Representative Troy Romero says his bill was designed to help a family in his district who lost a son after a helicopter crash in 2008.

Cut 9 (11) “…locator devices.”

The requirement for personal beacons was supposed to be part of earlier legislation known as “Jacob’s Law,” but was amended out because it was too expensive. Romero says prices have come down and the devices are now around $200.

Cut 10 (12) “…oil location.” 

New Orleans Representative Candace Newell (new-ELL) believes cost should not impede progress on offshore worker safety and says the legislature should move forward with keeping offshore workers safe.

Cut 11 (08)  “…passionate bill.”

Romero’s bill now heads to the house floor.


A House committee advances a bill to let the attorney general crack down on adult websites who do not age verify users as adults. In the House Commerce Committee, bill sponsor and Jefferson Parish Representative Laurie Schlegel says her bill is a follow-up to a bill passed last year that requires all adult websites to require users to verify they are adults…:

Cut 12 (07) “…into the bill.” 

Under the bill, violators could face fines of up to $5-thousand for every day they are non-compliant. New Orleans Representative Candace Newell (new-ELL) was the sole “no” vote on Schlegel’s bill. She is concerned with the bill’s language, though she says she’s all for keeping kids off adult sites…:

Cut 13 (11) “…in its consequences.”

Newell worries the bill, if passed, could render a website intended to offer sex education vulnerable to attack by an overzealous prosecutor. Schlegel says her bill uses the well-regarded Miller Test: a three-point tool used to gauge obscenity, and no legitimate website or public library website has anything to worry about…:

Cut 14 (10)  “…on the internet.”

By a vote of 15-to-1, the measure moves forward to the House floor.

LRN PM Newscall April 12

A state lawmaker voices her concerns after a Livingston Parish man – accused of sexually abusing young girls – was released this week on bail. Kevin Gallagher reports…:

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97 percent of educators statewide say they do not make enough according to a survey by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. Teiko Foxx has more.

Cut 2 (33)  “….I’m Teiko Foxx.” 


A Livingston parish man facing numerous child sexual abuse charges has been released on bond, and some are up in arms over it. One is Baton Rouge state Senator Regina Barrow, who chairs the Select Committee on Women and Children. She finds it troubling that John Mack, who’s been awaiting trial on the charges for over a year, was released this week on a $250-thousand bond…:

Cut 3 (08) “…that’s happening.”

Barrow is concerned that Mack’s alleged victims were under the care of the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) and seeks answers as to how the agency missed what was happening. Barrow has filed legislation to create an advocacy program for victims within DCFS…:

Cut 4 (13)  “…aware what’s happening.” 

Barrow says Mack allegedly harassed two of his victims, and their families, before his eventual arrest. She says her committee sought to assure he would not be able to do so while out on bond…:

Cut 5 (13) “…as the family.”

Mack’s family is very well-connected in Livingston Parish and southern Louisiana. Barrow worries that may affect how closely he is monitored while awaiting trial.


Colonel Lamar Davis expressed concern to lawmakers over the growing number of state troopers leaving the department. He says troopers are choosing to retire much sooner than they did in the past and there are just under 900 troopers in Louisiana.

Cut 6 (06)  “…is pay.” 

Davis says troopers in Texas are paid almost twice as much and the pay in Tennessee and Mississippi surpasses Louisiana.

In the past staffing shortages prompted LSP to hold trooper academies, but Davis says there’s a need to hold continuous training for new officers to avoid vacancies.

Cut 7 (10)  “…with now.” 

Davis says they also need to work harder in recruitment and retention of officers.

Cut 8 (11)  “…their hearts.” 

Davis says they are doing more community outreach in an effort to build trust and also recruit potential cadets.


Former LSU basketball player Wayne Sims has died at the age of 54. Sims was a four-year standout for the Tigers from 1987 to 1991. He played with former LSU greats Shaquille O Neal and Chris Jackson. Former coach Dale Brown says the LSU basketball family is saddened by Sims’ unexpected death….

Cut 9 (07) “…heard about Wayne.”

Sources say Sims collapsed at work yesterday and died from natural causes this morning.

The DeRidder native  played in 117 games from 1987 to 1991, averaging nearly 10 points a game. LSU went to the NCAA Tournament every year during Sims’ four seasons and in 1991 the Tigers won an SEC title. Brown says he’s crushed to hear about Sims’ passing..

Cut 10 (08) “…loved guy.” 

Sims’ son, Wayde Sims, also wore the purple and gold. But just before his junior season, Wayde Sims was fatally shot during a fight following a party near the Southern University campus. Brown says he was inspired by Wayne Sims’ faith and will remember how he conducted himself on and off the court…

Cut 11 (11)  “…own right”


A recent survey by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers shows 97 percent of teachers and 98 percent of staff said they are not paid enough to raise a family. LFT Spokesperson Heather Cushman says state lawmakers are considering a pay raise for educators.

Cut 12 (11) “…this crisis.” 

The statewide average teacher salary is $52, 472, nearly $3,000 less than the Southern regional average. Governor John Bel Edwards is proposing a $2,000 increase for teachers and possibly $3,000 if there is enough revenue available. Cushman says more than a third work of teachers have to work a second job.

Cut 13 (12) “…one job.”

Higher insurance premiums and inflation also deduct from living wages creating a greater shortage. Cushman says recent pay raises by the legislature do not resolve the problem but an additional increase in pay sends a message that educators are valued.

Cut 14 (09)  “…behind again.”

Louisiana teachers have not been at the Southern regional average since 2007 resulting in more than 1,200 vacant teaching positions across the state.

LRN AM Newscall April 11

Rising sea levels along the Gulf and Southeast coasts have reached extremely high rates over the past 12 years according to a recent study by Tulane University. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (33)  “I’m Teiko Foxx.”


In the State of the State address, Governor John Bel Edwards asked lawmakers to address two issues that are often the deciding factor for voters and who they will support at the polls this election year. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (33)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”


Former Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub has passed away at 78 years of age. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

Cut 3 (35) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.” 


A new study led by Tulane University scientists finds record-breaking rates of sea-level rising along the U.S. Southeast and Gulf coasts since 2010. River-Coastal Science and Engineering Professor of Tulane, Sonke Dangendorf says these rapid rates are unprecedented and are attributed to the effects of man-made and natural climate changes.

Cut 4 (12)  “…twentieth century.”

Researchers investigated different causes, such as vertical land motion, ice-mass loss, and air pressure, but none of them could sufficiently explain the recent rate. Dangendorf says the widespread acceleration that extends from the Gulf of Mexico into the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Seas is independent of the subsidence in the area.

Cut 5 (11) “…the subsistence.”

Scientists believe rates will likely return to more moderate levels but it is not time to give an all-clear. Dangendorf says these high rates of sea-level rise have put more stress on vulnerable coastlines, particularly in Louisiana and Texas where land is also sinking rapidly.

Cut 6 (11)  “…are not.”

Dangendorf said the results demonstrate the urgency of the climate crisis for the Gulf region and interdisciplinary along with collaborative efforts are needed to sustainably face these challenges.


During his last State of the State address, Governor John Bel Edwards highlighted legislation, he’s supporting in the 2023 regular session. Among the bills is to raise the minimum wage, something he’s fought for every year of his two terms.

Cut 7 (12) “…this year.”

Edwards is supporting legislation to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour from the current $7.25. And through executive power, he’s raised the hourly minimum wage for state employees to $10.

Edwards also encouraged lawmakers to support family and medical leave legislation and another bill to close the gender pay gap.

And since the state’s trigger law banning abortion went into effect, Edwards, who’s a pro-life Democrat supports adding exceptions to the current ban.

Cut 8 (12) “…mental health.”

Edwards says an exception for victims of rape and incest is overwhelmingly supported by the people of Louisiana.

And in keeping with his pro-life stance, for the first time, Edwards made a clear declaration of his feelings on the death penalty, by asking lawmakers to end the procedure.

Cut 9 (08)  “…culture of death.”

In the closing of his address, Edwards said it’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve as governor for a state he loves dearly.


Former Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub has passed away. Ieyoub served three terms as head of the state Department of Justice – from 1992 to 2004. In August of last year, Ieyoub made what may be his last media appearance, on “Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster.” During that show he talked of his accomplishments, like winning a massive settlement with Big Tobacco for the harm their products did Louisianans, which netted over $4-Billion to Louisiana…:

Cut 10 (11) “…to young people.” 

Ieyoub’s settlement with tobacco companies also forced them to stop marketing their products to teens. Ieyoub remembers getting a visit from a group of lawyers representing tobacco interests…:

Cut 11 (11)  “…the next day.”

Ieyoub actively fought against narcotics, underage drinking, and DWI. He established the state’s first special unit targeting sex offenders.

Ieyoub ran for governor in 2003 but did not win. He says his campaign was impeded by fellow Democrat and fellow Lake Charles attorney (the late) Claude “Buddy” Leach, who campaigned hard against him in the New Orleans area and siphoned off over 5-percent of his voter support…:

Cut 12 (07)  “…any other candidate.”

Ieyoub survived cancer twice in recent years. He reportedly died in his sleep after experiencing complications related to surgery. Richard Ieyoub was 78.


A House bill for this legislative session would allow courts to crack down on parole eligibility for offenders deemed a danger to society. Abita Springs Representative Larry Frieman (pronounce FREEMAN) says, if his bill is passed, district attorneys would be able to ask judges to consider an offender’s previous arrests and convictions when considering parole…:

Cut 13 (09) “…suspension of sentence.” 

Frieman’s HB 188 would give judges leeway to refuse parole or probation during sentencing if the accused was previously convicted of violent crime, sexual crimes, drug-related crimes, racketeering, or terrorism. He says some are under the false impression his bill gives that decision to the prosecutor…:

Cut 14 (07)  “…the judge to decide.”

Under Frieman’s proposed legislation, a convicted offender would have a hearing to determine IF he or she IS a dangerous offender prior to the sentencing phase. If the judge determines them to be a danger to society, parole and/or probation can be denied. Frieman says the man who murdered a Covington priest and church volunteer last fall (and burned their bodies) was released from jail early several times. He says the current parole system fails to protect citizens from such people…:

Cut 15 (08)  “…their maximum time.”


The Ragin Cajuns baseball team is starting to get national attention. At 23-9, UL-Lafayette is ranked 28th in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 30 poll and the Cajuns are receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Coach Matt Deggs team takes a five-game winning streak into tonight’s game against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs are 16-and-16

Cut  16 (16)  “.. thing going” 

The Cajuns lead the Sun Belt in fielding percentage, second with a team ERA of 4.12 and they are in the middle of the pack in the league with a team batting average of .288. Deggs says his team is not hitting many home runs, but they are getting on base…

Cut 17 (21) “..a lot of fun” 


The top-ranked LSU baseball team will take on Tulane at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans tonight. The Bayou Bengals are 26-5, while the Green Wave are just 9-23, but Tigers Coach Jay Johnson says Tulane is a much better team than their record indicates…

Cut 18 (18) “…they had”

LSU’s strength of schedule is ranked at the 9th best in the country. Johnson says many of the non-conference teams they’ve played are having a great season

Cut 19 (30) “.. then the opponent”

LSU has several relief pitchers who are unavailable because of injuries. No timetable has been given on when Chase Shores, Garrett Edwards or Nate Ackenhausen will return. But Johnson says left-hander Javen Coleman will pitch this season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery 13 months ago…

Cut 20 (20)  “…he’s doing”  


LRN PM Newscall

Legislation seeking to triple state legislators’ pay to $60,000 will be heard in the legislative session that begins today. Teiko Foxx has more.

Cut 1 (33)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”


More Louisianans consider themselves pro-choice than pro-life, that’s according to a poll conducted last week. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (35)  “….I’m Brooke Thorington.” 


State lawmakers returned to the capitol today for a two-month long legislative session. They will be asked to vote for a that would legislator’s pay from $16,800 annually to $60k. Lawmakers have not received a raise since 1980 and if the bill by Gretna Representative Joe Marino is approved, it will go into effect next year.

Cut 3 (04) “…never occurred.”

Lawmakers have not received an increase in salary since 1980 when Jimmy Carter was President. Marino says the pay is too low and only the wealthy or self-employed can afford to hold the seats in the Legislature.

Cut 4 (12)  “…without opposition.” 

The Louisiana Legislature approved a legislative pay raise in 2008 but after public pressure, then Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill. Marino says legislators are getting out of the law making business because of the low pay…

Cut 5 (11) “…you started.”

Marino will not run for reelection. He has decided to spend more time with his family and concentrate more on his work as a criminal defense attorney.


Governor Edwards gave his last “State of the State” address today as the 2023 legislative session got underway. Over the next two months, lawmakers will debate a wide variety of bills, including legislation to improve the state’s property insurance market. Edwards says he does not want to see legislation that makes it easier for insurers to wear people down…

Cut 6 (11)  “..for everyone.” 

Edwards says he’s once again asking lawmakers to pass legislation to raise the minimum wage and add rape and incest exceptions to the state’s abortion ban and for the first time in an address to the entire Louisiana Legislature the governor gave his position on the death penalty…

Cut 7 (08)  “…(applause).” 

Edwards says this session he’s also supporting paid family and medical leave legislation and equal pay legislation for men and women who do the same work…

Cut 8 (07)  “…as a result” 


A poll, conducted last week, indicates a majority of Louisianans are more pro-choice than pro-life when it comes to the issue of abortion. John Couvillon with JMC Analytics says 53 percent support a constitutional amendment to establish the right to an abortion. He says after the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v Wade…

Cut 9 (11) “…level of exceptions.”

49 percent identify as pro-choice compared to 44 percent who are pro-life.

Several advocacy groups who support a woman’s right to choose commissioned the survey of 1,000 individuals.

Couvillon says the poll asked if exceptions should be made for rape or incest and if a physician believes it’s medically necessary.

Cut 10 (10) “…that exception.” 

70 percent support exceptions for cases involving rape and incest.

(73 percent support a medically necessary exception).

Of the individuals surveyed, 38 percent were Republican, 39 percent Democratic, and 23 percent Independent. Couvillon says the breakdown is one lawmakers must consider during this legislative session and election year.

Cut 11 (09)  “…this year.”

The poll was conducted April 3-6, 2023.


State Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting at a Lafayette nightclub Sunday evening. Trooper Thomas Gossen says shortly before 11 PM Lafayette Police responded to shots fired in which an off-duty officer working a security detail at the club was involved.

Cut 12 (07) “…his injuries.” 

The names of the victim and the Lafayette police officer have not been released.

Cut 13 (09) “…the officer.”

The officer was not injured.

LRN AM Newscall, April 10th

A bill up for debate in the legislative session that begins today would require a person to be 21 to enter a bar instead of 18. Michelle Southern reports…:

Cut 1 (30)  “Michelle Southern reporting.”


Lawmakers return to Baton Rouge today for the 2023 legislative session. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (33)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”


A bill set to be heard in the legislative session would make it a crime to walk up unexpectedly on a cop who’s doing their job. Kevin Gallagher elaborates…:

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.” 


Following the death of LSU student Madison Brooks after a night of underage drinking at a Tigerland bar - Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell is hoping to raise the age limit to enter bars from 18 to 21. Mizell says her proposal to be heard by lawmakers in the legislative session could help prevent tragedies by making it difficult for young people to obtain alcohol.

Cut 4 (09)  “…a negative.”

The “Card’em” bill – SB 194 – requires any person attempting to enter a Class-A General retail establishment to submit certain forms of identification verifying proof of age of 21 or older. Mizell says it is time for Louisiana to prohibit anyone under 21 from entering a bar.

Cut 5 (12) “…of situations.”

The proposed bill also adds the requirement that only a person 21 and older can be employed as a bartender. Mizell expects pushback from lobbyists who represent bars and nightclubs…

Cut 6 (04)  “…under 21.”

Businesses could face penalties ranging from $50 to $15,000 and increase the cleansing period to 10 years from the first offense.


The 2023 regular session, which is a fiscal one, begins today and among the issues, lawmakers will address is whether to raise the state’s spending cap or not. La-Politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says to do so, it will require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers.

Cut 7 (12) “…in the future.”

Alford says the state can only spend so much money each year and is quickly approaching the spending cap for the current fiscal year and the next.

And when it comes to money Alford says lawmakers will also debate who should get pay raises and how much of one.

Cut 8 (07) “…this year.”

Alford says voting on the variety of pay increases this session will be colored because it’s an election year for the majority of the legislators.

Alford says the House Criminal Justice committee will hear several emotional issues, for example, abortion, the death penalty, and tough-on-crime legislation. And among the lawmakers running for re-election Alford says they’ve filed what he likes to call “bumper sticker issue” bills.

Cut 9 (08)  “…transgender issues.”

And because it’s a fiscal session lawmakers can only file five non-fiscal issues this session.


A poll of Louisiana voters commissioned by the Justice Action Network shows attitudes changing about putting offenders in prison. Baton Rouge pollster John Couvillon, with JMC Analytics, says large percentages of respondents favor alternatives to jail, if the offense wasn’t a violent one…:

Cut 10 (11) “…non-violent offenses.” 

The poll found 77-percent surveyed feel persons charged with misdemeanors or minor offenses – and no danger to others – should remain out of jail, pending trial. Couvillon says a majority of respondents also feel those with mental health or substance issues deserve to get treatment instead of time in a cell. He says this doesn’t signify they are “soft on crime.” Couvillon says they still feel rising crime is their biggest concern…:

Cut 11 (09)  “…in nature.”

Couvillon says 75-percent of those surveyed say major improvement is needed in the criminal justice system, and it may be for judges to re-examine sentencing guidelines and procedures…:

Cut 12 (11)  “…of the offense.”

Read the whole survey report at “”


Pineville Representative Mike Johnson has a bill for the legislative session that makes it a crime to approach a cop while he or she is doing their job. Johnson’s HB 85 would create the crime of approaching a law enforcement officer who’s legally engaged in his or her duties. Johnson says he’s heard from LEOs about citizens walking upon them unexpectedly, while they’re working a crime scene or traffic accident…:

Cut 13 (09) “…safety issue.” 

Johnson says police officers never know if that person approaching merely needs help, has a question, or means them harm, and that causes tension and potential misunderstandings. His bill would require you maintain a distance of 25 feet from any working LEO, or face charges and penalties…:

Cut 14 (08)  “…to determine that.”

Under Johnson’s proposed legislation, the officer would have to verbally ward off the approaching citizen, to help them avoid violating the new law…:

Cut 15 (07)  “…of 25 feet.”

There have been numerous shootings of police officers across the nation. Johnson says this will help set officers a little more at ease while they do their jobs. The legislature convenes today.


LRN PM Newscall April 7

A bill to require insurance companies to pay fertility preservation costs for cancer patients has been filed for the upcoming session. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”


LSU says its women’s national basketball team will go to the White House once they receive an invitation, despite some hurt feelings from a statement made by First Lady Jill Biden. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (31)  “….I’m Jeff Palermo” 


It’s Easter weekend and while we’ll admit they are awfully cute, getting a baby chick and or bunny for a pet isn’t the best idea. Humane Society of Louisiana director Jeff Dorson says shelters and veterinarians see an influx of rabbits and chicks after the holiday that are surrendered and in poor health.

Cut 3 (12) “…your money.”

In many cases, Dorson says state wildlife has to retrieve them because owners abandon them in the wild and they are unable to fend for themselves.

Dorson says whenever you give a child an animal and you expect them to care for it, he says it doesn’t end well because children forget to feed them…

Cut 4 (12)  “…please reconsider.” 

Instead of a live animal for Easter, Dorson says get a stuffed animal instead, it costs considerably less in the long run and it’s better for the chicks and bunnies.

Cut 5 (05) “…with that.”

In some areas, it’s illegal to sell them and for photographers to use them as props unless they are a licensed animal caregiver. Dorson says having live animals as props for a photo can endanger both the child and the animals.


Baton Rouge Representative Paula Davis has filed legislation to require health insurance to pay fertility preservation costs for cancer patients whose treatment could render them sterile. Davis says she was surprised to learn it wasn’t always covered by some health insurance plans.

Cut 6 (09)  “…bill does.” 

At the request of a constituent, last year Davis presented legislation to require health insurance to pay for fertility treatment in general.

Cut 7 (08)  “…IVF bill.” 

Even though Davis’ IVF bill failed to pass last year, this bill requires coverage only for fertility preservation costs for cancer patients, and she’ll build on the legislation in the future.

Cut 8 (08)  “…cancer treatment.” 

The proposed law would be known as “The Medically Necessary Fertility Preservation Act.”


The weather on Easter Sunday is expected to be much better than the rainy conditions we’re experiencing today. But in the meantime, State Climatologist Barry Keim says the rain and clouds will hang around until Saturday night.

Cut 9 (11) “…already occurred.”

Keim says the chances of severe weather are very small as this front moves across the state, but we should be concerned about excessive rainfall.

Cut 10 (06) “…south Louisiana.” 

In addition to clouds and drizzle the front will bring cooler temperatures. Keim says to expect lows to dip into the 60s for the next several days.

Cut 11 (06)  “…60s range.”

Keim says Sunday the rain will have moved on and to expect cloudy and cool weather for your crawfish boil or Easter egg hunt.


A Life Extension Foundation study found Louisiana has the fourth worst outlook for life expectancy in the near future. Louisiana’s ranking is based on having the 48th best actual life expectancy at birth at 73 years and the least healthy lifestyle. Life Extension Director of Education, Dr. Michael Smith, says for two years in a row the overall average life span has declined and lifestyle is a major component.

Cut 12 (06) “…as well” 

CDC data on life expectancy showed different lifestyle measurements – bridging diet, fitness, stress, sleep, outdoor recreation, and social connection – to forecast how life expectancy is expected to trend in all 50 states and D.C. in the years to come. Smith says Louisiana ranked low along with other southern states.

Cut 13 (12) “…very well”

Lack of sleep and stress are two strong factors that decrease life expectancy.  Smith says Louisianans should include a combination of exercise, healthy eating, outdoor recreation, getting enough sleep, and decreasing anxiety are subtle steps to becoming healthy and increasing life expectancy.

Cut 14 (12)  “…that’s critical.”

The U.S. ranks No. 40 overall in the world for life expectancy. Smith says self-care is critical in raising life expectancy numbers.

LRN PM Newscall April 6

A Sulphur man is accused of burglarizing a home dressed as a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy. Teiko Foxx has more…

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”


Support for coastal restoration projects is growing. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (32)  “….I’m Brooke Thorington.” 


You’ll want to keep your raincoat and umbrella handy for the next few days as a stationary front keeps showers from moving along. State climatologist Barry Keim says unfortunately it might put a damper on outside activities for the next three days.

Cut 3 (10) “…clearly rain.”

A flash flood watch is in effect for northwest Louisiana and western parishes along the Texas border until 7 o’clock Friday evening. On a positive note, Keim says severe weather is not anticipated with the front for Louisiana.

Cut 4 (11)  “…south Louisiana.” 

Keim says the entire state will most likely have rain, today, tomorrow, and Saturday. But by Sunday the front should be exiting the state and hopefully, sunrise services and other outdoor Easter activities can be enjoyed.

Cut 5 (11) “…big surprise.”

Because it’s a stationary front, Keim says it’s not moving fast enough to cause any severe weather but flash floods are a concern due to the amount of rain.


Deputies arrested a Sulphur man after he allegedly burglarized a home in Acadia Parish while wearing a Calcasieu Parish’s Deputy jacket and badge. Authorities received a call of a suspicious person running in a field and were led to an area off Branch Highway near White Oak Highway. Acadia Sheriff KP Gibson says within minutes officers were on the scene.

Cut 6 (11)  “..these farmers.” 

During the home invasion, 33-year-old Adam Creel allegedly detained the homeowner with handcuffs and rummaged through the residence taking several items before fleeing. Gibson says they learned Creel forcefully entered the victim’s residence…

Cut 7 (08)  “…of charges.” 

Deputies are working to identify if other persons were possibly involved. Gibson says in this case local residents took extra steps to help and made a major difference.

Cut 8 (13)  “…always have.” 

Creel was charged with home invasion, a convicted felon possessing a firearm, armed robbery, obstruction of justice, false imprisonment, and impersonation of a law enforcement officer.


Support for coastal restoration is growing in Louisiana according to a Global Strategy Group survey on behalf of Restore the Mississippi River Delta. Campaign director Simone Maloz says the survey indicates 73 percent of respondents support their efforts, that’s up from 68 percent in 2021.

Cut 9 (10) “…the future.”

For almost the last century, Louisiana has lost nearly 2,000 square miles of coastal wetlands, and 4,000 more square miles are predicted in the next 50 years without restoration projects. And when asked about sediment diversions, which is a cornerstone of the state’s Coastal Master Plan, Maloz says 80 percent of respondents are in favor of those projects.

Cut 10 (09) “…of that.” 

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the St. Bernard Parish Council are among those opposed to the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, calling it a threat to commercial and recreational fishing. In addition to gauging the public’s support of their projects, Maloz says the survey is also shared with lawmakers and decision-makers who fund their projects.

Cut 11 (10)  “…be there.”


A 33-year-old man from Terrebonne Parish has been charged in the death of a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Deputy. Detective Sergeant Nicholas Pepper died last Sunday when a vehicle rammed into his during a police chase in Thibodaux. State Trooper Thomas Gossen says the suspect, 33-year-old Anthony Savoie of Bourg, was in the hospital recovering from his injuries

Cut 12 (09) “…on the charges” 

Gossen says Savoie faces several charges, including first-degree murder of a police officer…

Cut 13 (05) “…police officer”

The Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office will handle the criminal proceedings. Pepper was laid to rest yesterday. He leaves behind a wife and three children.


Three young adults were killed in a single vehicle wreck in West Monroe during the overnight hours. Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Glenn Springfield says deputies responded to the scene in the 100 block of Old Highway 15 in West Monroe…

Cut 14 (10)  “…into a tree.”

Springfield says the three victims were found dead in the vehicle. They’ve been identified as 23-year-old Keiara McCraw, 24-year-old Annesha Coleman and 22-year-old Anija Coleman. Springfield says weather may have played a factor in the fatal wreck…

Cut 15 (05) “…investigation.”

LRN AM Newscall April 6 2023

A new poll of Louisiana voters shows their biggest concern right now is with a crime. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

Cut 1 (30)  “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”


A bill related to the use of corporal punishment in K-12 schools has been filed for the upcoming session. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”


One of the biggest decisions lawmakers will address this session is over teacher pay raises. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 


A new poll shows crime is the Number One concern of Louisiana voters. The poll was conducted by JMC Analytics for Justice Action Network and shows 40 percent of respondents replied they are more worried about rising crime and criminal justice than issues like the economy, the environment, and public health. Pollster John Couvillon says on the surface that much seems obvious, but there is another takeaway in the polling results…:

Cut 4 (10)  “…punishment is warranted.”

The poll indicates we are worried about crime, but think jail cells are for violent offenders. The JMC poll sampled over 600 Louisiana voters. 7-percent of respondents were white; 28 percent were black. The political party mix was 40 percent Democrat, 38 percent Republican and 22 percent Independent or other party. Couvillon says the SECOND largest concern for voters is the economy and inflation…:

Cut 5 (12) “…folks in the state.”

Coming in third among voter concerns was Education. Couvillon says the subject has many fiscal and socio-political nuances that may deserve further in-depth polling…:

Cut 6 (08)  “…one word: education.”

You can read the entire poll report at “”


Among the bills filed for the upcoming session is one related to corporal punishment in elementary and secondary schools. Even though policies vary across individual school systems, Metairie Rep Stephanie Hilferty wants to incorporate a statewide rule for the matter.

Cut 7 (11) “…for the child.”

Last year Hilferty sponsored legislation that would ban the practice across the board altogether and it narrowly missed passage. In this session she wants parents to make the decision if the school system can or cannot physically punish their child.

Cut 8 (07) “…approve of it.”

Even though Hilferty believes corporal punishment should be discontinued in public schools, she wants parents to chime in among the school systems that still allow for it.

Cut 9 (11)  “…child’s behavior.”

According to the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents for the 2021-2022 school year, 19 school districts allowed corporal punishment.


A new study by Tulane University researchers finds a link between how getting sick often may impact how quickly the brain ages and increase the risk of dementia and other forms of cognitive decline.  Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Liz Engler-Chiurazzi says the study showed aging male mice who experienced sporadic colds or flu often had impaired cognition.

Cut 10 (07) “…to communicate” 

This study is the first to model intermittent infections in mice and examine the long-term consequences for brain function. Engler-Chirurazzi says in humans, cognitive impairments from a similar number of inflammations could have increasing effects that negatively impact the brain.

Cut 11 (11)  “…life span.”

The findings may have implications on how infections are handled among the elderly and those at risk for dementia. Engler-Chirurazzi says if dementia is hereditary treatment should be rendered in a way to mitigate those effects.

Cut 12 (08)  “…more aggressively”

Engler-Chiuarazzi says in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to stay healthy and infection-free as possible.


For his final year in office, Governor Edwards has proposed a $2,000 annual teacher pay raise and if the Revenue Estimating Conference recognizes additional funds, he wants a $3,000 pay increase instead. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin on the one hand lawmakers want to give teachers an increase in pay…

Cut 13 (07) “…affordable.” 

Last year Edwards pushed for a $2,000 raise and lawmakers agreed to a $1,500 increase. Erwin says once again, lawmakers are concerned that once a sales tax is repealed the raises won’t be sustainable.

Cut 14 (10)  “…part too.”

Erwin believes the larger school districts are more likely to be able to budget for pay raises as opposed to smaller districts that have less revenue.

In his two terms, Edwards has pushed for teacher pay to reach the southern regional average which is $56,000. Erwin says Louisiana ranks 12th out of the 16 states in the southern region with an average pay of $53,000.

Cut 15 (07)  “…southern average.”

Erwin says schools across the state and country continue to be plagued with staffing shortages.


LSU celebrated its first national championship in basketball with a parade through campus that ended in the Maravich Center and the celebration continued in the PMAC as several players, Coach Kim Mulkey and dignitaries spoke in front of some grateful fans. The seniors had a chance to speak, including Alexis Morris

Cut  16 (17)  “..(cheers).” 

It was just two years ago when Tickfaw native Kim Mulkey was introduced in the PMAC as the new head coch of the Lady Tigers. Mulkey says the goal was to win a national title…

Cut 17 (19) “…(cheers)” 

Mulkey spoke for a few minutes and left the stage with this message…

Cut 18 (21) “…(cheers)”