9:30 LRN Newscast October 1

Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of a St. Tammany man who is protesting the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service designation that a portion of his land is off limits for unfettered development due to its importance to the endangered dusky gopher frog. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says it’s a ruling that could restrict the scope of the Endangered Species Act.
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Edward Poitevent, the land owner, argues that because the land is not habitable for the frog in its current form, it should not be classified as critical habitat.

For the first time this season, the Saints game did not have a heart pumping finish. Instead, New Orleans methodically took care of the New York Giants with a 33-18 win. Alvin Kamara had three rushing touchdowns in the second half and the defense had three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Governor John Bel Edwads has led a delgation to California where they’ll meet today with executives from Netflix, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal and Walt Disney Studios. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment, Chris Stelly, says they will promote Louisiana as a prime location for motion picture production and an ideal location for permanent investment…
cut 15 (10) “…all of their business”
Tomorrow, the delegation will meet with executives from HBO, Hulu, CBS and Sony.

The Board of Regents will conduct an audit on admission policies at Louisiana universities and colleges after LSU made the decision to not automatically disqualify a student if he or she scores under a 22 in the ACT. Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says they want to make sure students are enrolled at schools where they can be most academically successful.
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8:30 LRN Newscast October 1

Governor John Bel Edwards and other state officials are in California today where they’ll meet with Hollywood Studios to promote the state’s film tax credit program, which was changed in 2017. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly says they are highlighting the benefits of those changes…
cut 14 (08) “…they may have”
Meetings are scheduled with Netflix, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal and Walt Disney Studios today.

The Board of Regents will conduct an audit on admission policies for Louisiana’s universities. It’s in response to LSU’s decision to no longer simply disqualify an applicant who doesn’t score at least a 22 on the ACT. Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says they want to find out if admission standards are identifying students who will graduate…
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The audit is expected to be completed next Spring.

The dusky gopher frog will have its day in front of the US Supreme Court today as a St. Tammany man challenges the scope of the Endangered Species Act. Matt Doyle has more.
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20-year-old Dyteon Simpson of Baker is behind bars charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims. Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul says Simpson shot Sims as he tried to defend a friend who was getting punched while on the ground. Simpson’s bond has been set at 350-thousand dollars.

7:30 LRN Newscast October 1

The F-B-I has started its investigation into claims of sexual misconduct by U-S Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kennedy says Kavanaugh and his first accuser appeared credible during their Thursday appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kennedy says it’s likely that neither of the two is lying…
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The U-S Supreme Court, with just eight justices, begins its fall term today and they will hear a case out of St. Tammany Parish, where a landowner has filed suit against the federal government because they will not allow him to develop a portion of his land, because of the dusky gopher frog. The endangered species no longer resides in Louisiana, but possibly could on the plaintiff’s land. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino…
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Governor Edwards is leading a delegation aimed at promoting Louisiana’s film tax credit program to big studios in California. Kevin Barnhart has more.
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Alvin Kamara ran for three second-half touchdowns on Sunday as the Saints defeated the New York Giants 33-18. Will Lutz made a career-tying four field goals and the Saints defense gave up just 299 yards on the day. New Orleans is 3-1 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

6:45 LRN Sportscast October 1st

After the first month of the NFL Season the Saints are 3-1 after beating the New York Giants 33-18 yesterday. The defense had its best performance of the season, allowing 299 yards, they sacked Eli Manning three times and forced two fumbles. New Orleans also got the run game going behind Alvin Kamara, who rushed for 134 yards and three second half touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Brees didn’t throw a touchdown, but did not throw an interception either…
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At 3-1 the Saints are in sole possession of first place. Carolina was off, Tampa Bay was crushed by the Chicago Bears 48-10 and Atlanta fell to 1-3 with a 37-36 loss to the Bengals. New Orleans plays again a week from tonight against Washington. The Redskins were off this past weekend.

LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow led a balanced attack on Saturday as the 5th ranked Fighting Tigers defeated Ole Miss 45-16. Burrow was 18-of-25 with three touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-best 96 yards and another score. Burrow says the undefeated Tigers can still play at another level…
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LSU is at 22nd ranked Florida this Saturday.

Louisiana Tech won a huge game on the road, beating previously undefeated North Texas 29-27. Jaylon Februson had four sacks. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz on Ferguson’s monster day…
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Tech is home this Saturday to host UAB.

6:30 LRN Newscast October 1

Senator John Kennedy says unless an FBI investigation uncovers any concerning new material about allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he expects a final confirmation vote for his lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court to be held later this week. The Senator says as of now, he knows where he stands…
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The FBI has spoken with Deborah Ramirez. She claims Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party when he was a freshman at Yale. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the accusation.

The Board of Regents has made the decision to perform an audit on universities, looking at admission policies. Universities will begin submitting data in January and a report is expected to be complete a few months later. Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says the questions they are hoping to answer are clear.
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Of the 200-thousand students enrolled in the public institutions in the state last year, about a thousand were admitted by exception.

Governor John Bel Edwards is in California to promote Louisiana as a prime location for television and film production. A delegation from Louisiana is meeting with executives from Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Walt Disney Studios just to name a few. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly say they will promote the state’s revised film tax incentives.
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The governor’s office says the film industry has spent about one-point-three-billion dollars in Louisiana since mid-2016, including 634-million dollars on Louisiana resident payroll.

The Saints won their third straight yesterday as New Orleans beat the New York Giants 33-18.