A federal judge has invalidated a Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale that occurred in November. David Grubb has reaction from the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association….
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Teacher pay raises will be front and center in the upcoming legislative session. David Grubb has more on why legislators want to dig deep on the question of how to pay for them.
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In his 2019 Heisman acceptance speech, Joe Burrow spoke of the poverty rate where he grew up in Ohio. In honor of the quarterback, Bengals fans are donating to the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund. Brooke Thorington has more
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A federal judge in Washington has invalidated a Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale over concerns it will harm the climate by producing more planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Mike Moncla says its disappointing Judge Rudolph Contreras supports the Biden Administration’s energy policy…
Cut 4 (07) “…all doubled.”
When President Biden took office, he banned new oil and gas drilling on federally owned lands and waters. A Louisiana judge struck down the moratorium and in November a record one-point-seven million acres of drilling leases were sold.
Moncla says he’s asked the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office if the federal judge’s decision in Washington can be appealed, in the meantime canceling the November lease sale will result in more dependence on foreign oil…
Cut 5 (10) “…its frustrating.”
Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit to invalidate the record lease sale in November. They said it was a huge climate bomb. But Moncla says revenues from offshore oil and gas production help improve Louisiana’s environment…
Cut 6 (09) “…off shore.”
When the Louisiana legislative session begins in March, there will be much debate over Governor John Bel Edwards’ proposed $1500 pay raises for teachers. Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation, Blake Miguez, says everyone agrees teachers deserve more money, but it is the responsibility of the legislature to ensure that those raises are affordable and sustainable.
Cut 7 (09) “…process to see.”
Miguez says that many of the funds that have created a surplus for the state won’t last forever and that lawmakers are concerned that the use of one-time dollars would put those raises in jeopardy down the road.
Cut 8 (11) “…year or two.”
Miguez knows that teachers have been hit hard by the pandemic and salaries that have increased by just five percent over the last decade but wants educators to know that state lawmakers are on their side.
Cut 9 (11) “…across our state.”
When Joe Burrow received his Heisman trophy, he talked about poverty where he grew up in Ohio. Since then, the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund has been able to help those in need. Cara Brook President of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio says it’s making a huge difference.
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Brook says and now Bengals fans are paying tribute to Burrow thanking him for ending the 31-year playoff curse and getting them to a playoff game.
Cut 11 (07) “…gifts of 31.”
And here’s a challenge for Purple and Gold fans, donate the score of your favorite 2019 game or even $84 for being the 84th winner of the Heisman. Brook says every donation adds up and they’ve been able to unite forces with organizations that get to the root challenges of food insecurity.
Cut 12 (08) “…those investments.”
Visit JoeBurrowFund.org to donate.
Lawmakers will return to the state capitol on Tuesday to begin a three week redistricting session to redraw the political boundaries for the state legislature, the U-S House, BESE, the Public Service Commission and Louisiana Supreme Court. The session must end on February 20th and Public Affairs Research Council President Steven Procopio says some of the remapping work will be tricky…
Cut 13 (09) “…really, really tough.”
Procopio says there will be serious discussion over whether there should be a second minority-majority Congressional district…
Cut 14 (11) “…two out of those six”
Procopio says lawmakers can also redraw the lines for the state Supreme Court which have not changed since 1997. Procopio says Louisiana’s population numbers are much different now, so there will likely have to be a major change in the court maps and federal law does not require that Louisiana redraws them…
Cut 15 (11) “…be tough.”
Preseason practice is underway for college baseball teams, including the LSU Tigers, who are ranked in the top 10 in the polls. The biggest question mark for the Tigers is starting pitching as it’s hard to predict who will be the weekend starters. Devin Fontenot is trying to go from closer to starter and first year coach Jay Johnson says Fontenot has the ability to do it…
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Fontenot is entering his fifth season at LSU and has not been to the College World Series. 2019 is the last time LSU hosted a super regional after losing in the supers at Tennessee last season and the 2018 campaign ended in the Oregon State regional. Fontenot says the goal is to play postseason games in the Box this year to get back to Omaha…
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LSU is expected to have an explosive offense as Dylan Crews and Tre Morgan return after sensational freshmen seasons. The Tigers also added freshman all-American Jacob Berry, who hit .352 with 17 home runs and 70 RBIs as a freshman at Arizona. Johnson says Berry is a switch hitter who has a simple swing…
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Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are heading to the Super Bowl after rallying back from a 21-3 deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime. Burrow threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals are heading to their third Super Bowl…
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Before Burrow became a Bengal, Cincinnati won two games. In his second season in Cincy the Bengals are now Super Bowl bound. Burrow says as the season went along, he felt the team had enough talent to get there…
Cut 20 (20) “ …want to do well.”