08:30 LRN Newscast February 01

Governor John Bel Edwards office responds to an AP report that he knew of the death of Ronald Greene in state Police custody, while the public and Greene’s family were being told he died in a car crash. Edwards was campaigning for his second term at the time. His office says it is standard procedure for the governor to be notified when someone dies in State Police custody, but Edwards did not see video of Greene’s repeated beating by officers until October 2020. UL – Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says there’s no evidence that the Governor took part in a cover-up…:

CUT 14(11)      “…or investigation.”

Edwards will meet with the Legislative Black Caucus today. Afterward, he’s expected to take questions from the media.

Jefferson Parish deputies say a 4-year-old accidentally shot himself while sitting in a car, while adults smoked weed in the front seat. The toddler found a gun under the seat. No arrests have been made as yet.


The special session on redistricting Louisiana starts today in Baton Rouge. Lawmakers must decide new boundaries for their own chambers, the Public Service Commission, judicial districts and six U.S. House districts.  The Governor and black leaders say the state needs to have a second majority minority district, and that is liable to be fuel for some disagreements within the Capitol. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says better to get that settled early on, before moving on the more local matters; like redrawing in-state House & Senate boundaries…:

CUT 11(10)      “…related to that.”

The session must be completed within 20 days.

More than 67-million wagers have been made since sports betting became legal in Louisiana in November. The 11 establishments offering sports book raked in just over $10-million. It’s too early yet to have any figures from the first weekend of legal mobile app sports betting. Nine parishes voted to reject sports book, but 55 allow it.

07:30 LRN Newscast February 01

State lawmakers are off to Baton Rouge to begin the 20-day special legislative session for redistricting Louisiana. The House & Senate must agree on new boundaries for the legislature, Public Service Commission, state courts and six U.S. Congressional seats. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says he believes the latter – U.S. House districts – will be addressed right up front…:

CUT 10(11)      “…or NOT override a veto.”

The session must be done by the 20th.

Governor John Bel Edwards’ office issues a statement in response to an AP story that he was notified by State Police Head Kevin Reeves in May 2019 of an unnamed motorist who died in their custody, who turned out to be Ronald Greene. Greene died from a severe beating. ULM Political Science professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says this could prove volatile for Edwards…:

CUT 13(12)      “…in his re-election?”


As experts predict another above average hurricane season in 2022, the Louisiana Department of Education is taking steps to get schools ready for what comes before and after the storm. David Grubb has more…:

CUT 01(31)      “…David Grubb.”

Two St. Mary Parish teens are under arrest for allegedly making bomb threats against Franklin High School in mid-January. A 14 and 15-year-old are charged with terrorizing and communicating false information. They’ve been booked, processed and released to their parents’ custody.

06:30 LRN Newscast February 01

Governor Edwards’ office issues a statement in regard to a media report he was aware of the circumstances under which Ronald Greene died, after a beating by state troopers in May 2019. Brooke Thorington has more…:

CUT 03(37)      “…Brooke Thorington.”

Natchitoches Parish public schools are lifting their mandate that kids wear masks in class. Starting this morning staff members, parents, and students will get to choose whether or not to wear a mask on campus. The school district says masking is still strongly encouraged for pupils and teachers.


The Louisiana Department of Education gets proactive on hurricane preparedness with the launch of the Protect Louisiana Schools: Hurricane Preparedness Commission. State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley believes now is the time to bring together as many bright minds as possible to put a comprehensive plan in place for schools…:

CUT 04(14)      “…back into classrooms.”

For more information visit ProtectLaSchools.org

It appears online sports wagering got off to a big start over the weekend. And while he doesn’t have exact figures yet, State Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns says when you compare activity for the inaugural weekend to other states Louisiana is not an underdog…:

CUT 07(11)      “…a few weeks ago.”

Six sports betting platforms were online for opening weekend and Johns says to expect even more in the coming weeks.

6:45 LRN Sportscast February 1

The LSU Tigers have tumbled all the way to 25th in the AP rankings after dropping four of their last five games. LSU is back home in the P-MAC tonight as they host Ole Miss. The Rebels are just 2-6 in SEC play but only allow 66 points per game and use multiple defenses, something coach Will Wade says the Tigers will have to adjust to.
Cut 16 (22) “…do a great job.”

Last night, both Southern and Grambling won as the Jaguars defeated Jackson State 75-64, and Tigers topped Alcorn State 80-73. In the NBA, the Pelicans stumbled down the stretch and lost to the Cavaliers 93-90;

The Saints will reportedly interview former Dolphins coach Brian Flores for their head coaching vacancy today. The 40-year-old went 24-and-25 in three seasons in Miami. The NFL Network also reports the Saints will interview Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn tomorrow and current defensive coordinator Dennis Allen either tomorrow or Thursday. Former Eagles Coach Doug Pederson has already interviewed for the job.

It was a big sports weekend for online sports betting to debut in Louisiana with several former high profile LSU players playing in the AFC and NFC Championship games, which provided an added incentive to place a wager. Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns says everything went off without a hitch.
Cut 8 (12) “….rolled out.”
Johns says there are currently six different online betting platforms avaiable in Louisiana and expects the state will authorize a few more.