10:30 AM Newscast

The state is mourning the death of former two-term Governor Mike Foster, who passed away in Franklin at the age of 90. The Korean War vet and businessman from St. Mary Parish created Louisiana’s Community and Technical College System. His former chief of staff, Stephen Perry, says Foster knew the importance of a two-year college degree…

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Foster also rose teacher pay. According to his former press secretary, Marsanne Golsby, during Foster’s eight years in office, the average teacher received 11,500 in raises, a 43-percent increase. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Foster was one of the state’s more popular governors and says when his second term concluded in 2004 that popularity spread across Republicans and Democrats

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Louisiana teachers earn about 4,000 dollars a year less than their southern regional counterparts according to a new report. Matt Doyle has the story

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Tropical Storm Delta is strengthening over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday. Current projects from the National Hurricane Center has southeast Louisiana in the crosshairs of the storm for a Friday morning landfall.

9:30 LRN Newscast October 5

Flags are at half-staff today as the state mourns the death of former two-term Governor Mike Foster. He’s known for helping to create the TOPS program and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The small businessman was elected governor in 1995 and Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Foster ran a fantastic campaign to beat out 15 other candidates…
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Foster died from age-related illnesses.

The second week of the special session begins today. La-Politics-dot-com Publisher Jeremy Alford says Republicans in the House and Senate have different opinions on how executive orders during public health emergencies should be handled. Alford says any bill that’s approved could be vetoed…
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A Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher says a recent study shows uncontrolled blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics can lead to long-term cognitive issues. Brooke Thorington has more.
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Eyes will be on the tropics this week as Tropical Storm Delta has formed south of Jamaica. The storm is expected to become a hurricane when it enters the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday and it could make landfall as a Category Two storm on Friday.

Today is the deadline if you want to register to vote in person for the November third presidential election. The online deadline is October 13th.

8:30 LRN Newscast October 5

Former two-term Governor Mike Foster passed away Sunday at the age of 90 at his home in Franklin. Foster started in politics when he was elected as a state senator for St. Mary Parish in 1987 at the age of 57. Eight years later he was elected governor and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says education was Foster’s main focus…
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According to his former press secretary, Marsanne Golsby, during Foster’s eight years in office, the average teacher received $11,500 in raises, a 43-percent increase.

Today begins the second week of the special session and several bills are advancing that seek curb the governor’s power during a public health emergency. La-Politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says it remains to be seen which one the Legislature eventually gets behind…
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A new report shows the average pay for Louisiana teachers is four-thousand dollars less than the Southern regional average. Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says the pay in Louisiana varies significantly from parish to parish…
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Carter says given the economic climate, it will take federal dollars in order to raise teacher salaries.

A Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher says type 2 diabetics can improve brain function with consistent control of blood sugar levels versus only losing weight and increasing exercise. Director of Biomedical Imaging, Owen Carmichael says type two diabetes doubles your risk of developing cognitive impairment and dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
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7:30 LRN Newscast October 5

Former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster has passed away at the age of 90. Foster served two terms from 1996 to 2004 and he’s credited with creating Louisiana’s Community and Technical College System. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says when Foster’s second term ended, he was popular among Republicans and Democrats…
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Foster was a small businessman before he was elected as a state senator in 1987.

LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center Professor Owen Carmichael says a recent study has shown that enhancing blood sugar control boosts brain health for people with Type Two Diabetes. Carmichael says every little improvement in blood sugar control was associated with a little better cognition…
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Louisiana teachers earn about 4,000 dollars a year less than their southern regional counterparts according to a new report. Matt Doyle has the story
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Tropical Storm Delta has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and it’s expected to strengthen into a hurricane when it enters the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday morning. Delta could be a Category Two hurricane and a landfall is expected Friday anywhere from the Louisiana-Texas line to the Florida panhandle.

6:45 LRN Sportscast October 5

There were a lot of reasons why the Saints should have lost yesterday, but they didn’t let the many obstacles in front of them get in their way. New Orleans went into the contest missing six starters, had a player test positive for COVID-19 Saturday night, only to find out Sunday morning it was a false positive and then Detroit took an early 14-0 lead. But the Saints scored 35 unanswered points and went on to win 35-29. Coach Sean Payton says he’s proud of how the players got ready despite the challenges…
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Fullback Michael Burton was the player who tested positive but was cleared to play Sunday morning at 3 AM.

After giving up 623 passing yards in the season opener, LSU’s defense played much better this past weekend in a 41-7 win over Vanderbilt. The Tigers held Commodores quarterback Ken Seals to 113 passing yards and picked off two passes. Safety Jacoby Stevens had eleven tackles…
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LSU moved up three spots in the latest A-P Top 25 ranking to number 17. The Ragin Cajuns did not play this past weekend, but because of several upsets on Saturday, U-L Lafayette is back in the Top 25 at 23. The Cajuns have a big game this Saturday when they host Coastal Carolina. LSU will host winless Mizzou.

6:30 LRN Newscast October 5

Louisiana has lost one of its favorite governors as Mike Foster has passed away at the age of 90. Kevin Barnhart has more on Foster’s legacy…
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Foster was in hospice care at his home in Franklin when he died yesterday of several age-related illnesses. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

A new report shows Louisiana teachers make an average of 4,000 dollars a year less than their peers in other southern states. Last year the gap was just 2,300 dollars but Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says nearby states approved significant pay hikes. Now state teachers are stuck with pandemic workloads at low pay.
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This comes despite a 1,200 dollar pay raise last year.

The House and Senate are at odds over how to handle the Governor’s public emergency health authority and COVID business restrictions. LaPolitics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford says the first week of the special session showed how each chamber feels about the Governor’s handling of the pandemic…
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AM LRN Newscall october 5 ###Updated with sound on Mike Foster’s death###

Louisiana teachers earn about 4,000 dollars a year less than their southern regional counterparts according to a new report. Matt Doyle has the story

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A Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher says a recent study shows uncontrolled blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics can lead to long-term cognitive issues. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana has lost one of its favorite governors as Mike Foster has passed away at the age of 90. Kevin Barnhart has more on Foster’s legacy…

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A new report shows Louisiana teachers make an average of 4,000 dollars a year less than their peers in other southern states. Last year the gap was just 2,300 dollars but Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says nearby states approved significant pay hikes. Now state teachers are stuck with pandemic workloads at low pay.

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This comes despite a 1,200 dollar raise passed last year. Carter says while Louisiana was busy catching up other nearby states were busying pushing further ahead.

Carter says there’s real reason to be concerned that the pay gap will result in Louisiana teachers leaving. He says we already see it within the state where pay varies significantly from parish to parish.

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Carter says given the current economic climate it will be difficult to close that gap unless the feds come through with another pandemic bailout package for states…

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A Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher says type 2 diabetics can improve brain function with consistent control of blood sugar levels versus only losing weight and increasing exercise. Director of Biomedical Imaging, Owen Carmichael says type two diabetes doubles your risk of developing cognitive impairment and dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

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Carmichael says many people think once you are diagnosed with diabetes it’s just a matter of taking medication, but in reality, it’s a lifestyle change, and controlling your blood sugar is not as easy as it sounds.

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Carmichael says this news is imperative to reducing the long-term cognitive issues and losing weight and exercising after cognitive issues have begun might not restore verbal learning skills and overall memory.

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The study examines 11-hundred participants and cognitive tests were conducted between 8 and 13 years after they started the study.

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Former two-term Governor Mike Foster passed away Sunday at the age of 90 at his home in Franklin. Foster started in politics when he was elected as a state senator for St. Mary Parish in 1987 at the age of 57. Eight years later he was elected governor and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says education was Foster’s main focus…

Cut 10 (09) “…community colleges”

Foster also rose teacher pay. According to his former press secretary, Marsanne Golsby, during Foster’s eight years in office, the average teacher received 11,500 in raises, a 43-percent increase.

Pinsonat says Foster was one of the state’s more popular governors. He says when his second term concluded in 2004 that popularity spread across Republicans and Democrats

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Foster was one of 16 individuals who ran for governor in 1995. The ballot also included former Governor Buddy Roemer, future U-S Senator Mary Landrieu and at that time Congressman Cleo Fields. But Pinsonat says Foster ran a fantastic campaign

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Foster died from age-related illnesses. Funeral details have not been announced.
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The House and Senate appear to be at odds over how to handle the Governor’s public health authority and business restrictions just one week into the special session.

LaPolitics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford says the first week showed how each chamber is feeling about the Governor’s handling of the pandemic…

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The Senate passed legislation that would require the Governor to notify Legislative leaders seven days ahead of time of any public health emergency extensions, and explain why it was necessary. The House has passed everything from a complete repeal of his declaration to bills allowing lawmakers to pick and choose what restrictions should be upheld.

The Senate passed one signature bill addressing public health authority last week, but Alford says the House approved nine different items tackling questions of gubernatorial emergency powers…

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Alford says there’s a mix of resolutions and bills that would strip the Governor of his public health powers in play, but the resolutions are only temporary, and any bills are likely to be rejected…

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Despite missing several starters because of injuries, COVID-19 concerns in the middle of the night and falling behind 14-0 early, the Saints still came away with a victory in Detroit beating the Lions 35-29. Quarterback Drew Brees threw an early interception but played well the rest of the way to snap a two-game losing streak

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Brees threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Emmanual Sanders had six catches for 93 yards.

There was a concern the game would be postponed because fullback Michael Burton tested positive for COVID-19, but it turned out to be a false positive. However, several players were up into early Sunday morning waiting on another round test results. Sanders says they would not use that false-positive test as an excuse…

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Coach Sean Payton says no one was going to feel sorry for them

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New Orleans next game is a week from tonight against the Los Angeles Chargers, who lost to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers are still in first place in the NFC South with a 3-1 record. The Saints are 2-and-2.

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LSU played much better on Saturday night and it resulted in a 41-7 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Quarterback Myles Brennan looked more decisive and comfortable and he ended up throwing 337 yards and four TD passes. Brennan credits a lot of drill work leading up to the game

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The defense also had a much better showing. The Commodores were held to 266 yards of offense and intercepted Ken Seals twice and sacked him three times. Safety Jacoby Stevens had eleven tackles

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10:30 AM Newscast

The House approves a number of items that would significantly limit, if not overturn the Governor’s ability to set pandemic public health restrictions. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Governor Edwards says the current restrictions on bars are necessary to keep COVID-transmission low and save lives. Bars in parishes that can open can only serve until 11 PM, can only do table service, and are limited to 25 percent capacity. Edwards says these aren’t arbitrary rules.

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An 11-year old and an 18-year-old are dead after a southbound State Police Trooper rear-ended another vehicle while responding to a separate crash Thursday night in Ouachita Parish on Highway 165. Trooper Michael Reichardt says the trooper involved is the son of State Police Superintendent, Colonel Kevin Reeves.

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Reeves was en route to an 18-wheeler crash in Caldwell Parish and was not injured in the crash, but the other driver involved, Kenneth Lindsey, was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The 2020 Census deadline has been extended to October 31 and census workers are hitting the streets to cover the remaining 5% of Louisiana households that have not yet responded. Assistant regional census manager Marilyn Stephens says elected officials are emphasizing the importance of this year’s participation because the 2010 census was not looked at as a complete census for Louisiana.

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9:30 AM Newscast

The Louisiana House passes several proposals that would either eliminate Governor John Bel Edwards’ COVID-19 public health orders or give lawmakers more authority. Speaker Clay Schexnayder’s resolution to terminate the pandemic emergency declaration after the session ends won approval. Haughton Representative Doddie Horton…
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Supporters of the resolution say the Legislature would then have time to craft their own pandemic public health policy.

Governor Edwards says the current restrictions on bars are necessary to keep COVID-transmission low and save lives. Bars in parishes that can open can only serve until 11 PM, can only do table service, and are limited to 25 percent capacity. Only bars in parishes with lower than a five percent positivity rate on new COVID tests may open. Edwards says that’s because areas with higher rates just have too much community spread.
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About a third of parishes are still blocked from allowing bars to reopen.

Two are dead after a State Police trooper rear-ends a vehicle in Ouachita Parish. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The 2020 Census deadline has been extended to October 31st and census workers are hitting the streets to cover the remaining the 5% of Louisiana households that have not yet responded.  Assistant regional census manager Marilyn Stephens says the greatest concentration of homes that have not responded to the census is in the northern portion of the state.

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8:30 AM Newscast

The Louisiana House passed several proposals that would either eliminate Governor John Bel Edwards’ COVID-19 public health orders or give lawmakers a bigger say on what restrictions should be in place. One of the proposals is from Abita Springs Representative Larry Frieman. Frieman’s bill would allow the Legislature to either terminate entire emergency orders, or just parts of one.

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Governor Edwards says the current restrictions on bars are vital to reducing COVID-transmissions and saving lives. Edwards Administration staff have frequently repeated that bars create environments conducive to the spread of coronavirus, and Edwards says we can’t risk more youth cases with colleges now reopened.

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About a third of parishes are still blocked from reopening bars.

An 11-year old and an 18-year-old are dead after a State Police Trooper rear-ended another vehicle while responding to a separate crash Thursday night in Ouachita Parish. Trooper Michael Reichardt says the trooper, Kaleb Reeves, son of State Police Superintendent Colonel Kevin Reeves, was not injured in the crash, but the other driver involved, Kenneth Lindsey, was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

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The 2020 Census is less than a month away from its October 31 deadline and census workers are hitting the streets to cover the remaining 5% of Louisiana households that have not yet responded. Assistant regional census manager Marilyn Stephens says there are three ways to participate.

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Stephens adds the greatest concentration of homes that have not responded to the census is in the northern portion of the state.