10:30 LRN Newscast

State Superintendent of Education John White announces students will take Common Core tests next spring with pencil and paper, instead of on a computer. There have been concerns some schools are not equipped to handle computerized testing. White says after talking with teachers, he thought it was best to go with a paper exam for the first year…
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About 300-thousand students will take the Common Core tests in March and there’s a second session in May.

Grambling State is facing a three-million dollar deficit this year. Interim President Cynthia Warrick says a decrease in the fall enrollment has led to the shortfall. Warrick says to address the situation, they will increase faculty teaching loads, provide early retirement packages for some faculty members and maybe even close Grambling Lab schools.

A new Glascock group survey reveals some good news for Republican candidate Graves in the sixth district congressional race. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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No LSU football today….but homecoming festivities are taking place on three Louisiana campuses. Louisiana Tech can become bowl eligible with a win over Western Kentucky this afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium. The Ragin Cajuns will look to stay undefeated in the Sun Belt when they face South Alabama. And in Thibodaux, Nicholls State goes after its first win of the season against Incarnate Word.

LRN Newscast 09:30 November 1

State Police announce the driver who struck and killed two girls in Breaux Bridge Thursday will be charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. A 15-year-old and 14-year-old were killed, while a 13-year-old is in stable condition. Lt. J.B. Slaton says a blood sample was taken from the driver,32-year-old Jeremy Abraham…
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Abraham is still in a Lafayette hospital being treated for injuries.

Several children were injured in a Halloween related accident in Livingston Parish last night. State Police say about 20 children were riding on a utility trailer pulled by an A-T-V as they were taking a “hayride.” Authorities say the A-T-V did not have proper lightning and it was struck from behind by another vehicle. Eleven children were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries and an adult male passenger was also hurt.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says incinerator ash associated with the recent Dallas Ebola victim will be not be disposed in Louisiana. On October 13th, Caldwell’s office obtained a restraining order to keep the Ebola Waste out of Louisiana. He says now there’s been an out-of-court agreement which will keep the Ebola ash from going into a Louisiana landfill.

Third through eighth grade students in public schools will take Common Core exams next spring on paper, instead of on a computer as originally planned. State Education Superintendent John White says this decision was made so that teachers can concentrate on making sure students are prepared for the more rigorous tests…
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About 300-thousand students will take the Common Core tests in March and there’s a second session in May. It replaces the LEAP and I-Leap exams.

08:30 LRN Newscast November 1

State Police say several children were injured in Livingston Parish last night in an ATV “Hayride” Crash. State Police say an A-T-V pulling a utility trailer loaded with kids did not have proper lighting and another vehicle struck it from behind. An adult male passenger in the A-T-V suffered moderate injuries, while 11 of the 20 children on the trailer were sent to local hospitals with minor injuries.

Students, teachers and staff at Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles are mourning the death of a 16-year-old student who fell off the top of an S-U-V. Commander James McGee, with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office, says Kaleb Franks and another teen were sitting on the roof and their feet were inside an open sunroof. McGee says a 15-year-old driver made a sudden motion with the steering wheel and Franks fell and died from head injuries….
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The man who struck and killed two students walking to school Thursday in Breaux Bridge faces 2 counts of vehicular homicide. State Police Lt. J-B Slaton says 32 year-old Jeremy Abraham was traveling at twice the posted speed limit down a city street when he hit the teenage girls…
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Abraham is still in a Lafayette hospital. His mother told a Lafayette TV station that Abraham, who served 13 years in the army, suffered from P-T-S-D.

A new poll in the sixth congressional district shows former governor Edwin Edwards receiving 34-percent of the vote for Tuesday’s primary. Pineville-based pollster Darrel Glascock says two republicans, Garret Graves and Paul Dietzel are battling for that second run-off spot. Glascock says he’s also seeing evidence that Edwards might win in a run-off…
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07:30 LRN Sportscast November 1

It’s homecoming in Ruston and Lafayette today. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have the chance to become bowl eligible with a win over Western Kentucky at two o’ clock at Joe Aillet Stadium. The Bulldogs are also seeking to go 5-and-0 in Conference USA play.

The Ragin Cajuns will host South Alabama for homecoming. Last year the Jaguars beat U-L Lafayette 30-8. Coach Mark Hudspeth remembers that game well and knows South Alabama is not your typical homecoming opponent…
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Kick-off at Cajun Field is at 4 PM.

ULM has an 11 A-M kick-off in College Station today where they’ll face Texas A-and-M. The Aggies started 5-and-0, but they’ve lost their last three games and may start freshman Kyle Allen at quarterback.

McNeese State goes after its tenth straight win over Northwestern State when the two teams meet at Turpin Stadium at Six P-M. The Cowboys have won their last two games, while the Demons gave up 58 points in a loss to Central Arkansas last week.

Nicholls State has a good opportunity at its first win of the season when they host Incarnate Word, who has just one win. Both of these teams have struggled to put points on the board, but Nicholls should play inspired in front of a homecoming crowd.

In the SWAC…Grambling State returns from the bye week to visit Texas Southern. The Tigers are looking to improve to 6-0 in the league. Quarterback Jonathan Williams has been terrific for Grambling. He had three passing and two rushing touchdowns two weeks ago against Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Also today, Southern hosts Alabama State.

At the Smoothie King Center, the Pelicans will take on the Dallas Mavericks at six P-M.