07:30 LRN Newscast, August 1st

Starting today the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin is officially designated as a highway safety corridor. Jeff Palermo on what that means…:
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State Police is investigating a head on crash in Washington Parish Saturday night that left a driver dead and five other people hurt. The crash claimed the life of 35-year-old Kevin Christensen of Mandeville. Cops believe Christenson was traveling in the wrong direction when he hit a Jeep head on – injuring its 5 occupants. Troopers say Christensen was not properly restrained at the time of the crash.

A number of new laws passed in the 2022 Legislature go into effect today. One will require all law enforcement officers in the state to be trained in how to recognize signs of human trafficking. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell brought the bill…:
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The I-10/I-12 corridor is known as a pipeline for human sex trafficking.

If you drink a lot of coffee, it could cause you to spend more money according to a new study out of the LSU Department of Marketing. Associate Professor Courtney Szocs says drinks like espressos, coffee and tea impact not only the degree of spending but also the types of things you buy…:
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Examples include buttery, salty popcorn; chocolate candy; luxury vacations along with any other items that induce a state of extreme excitement and energy.

06:45 LRN Sportscast, August 1st,

An NBA Legend from North Louisiana has died. Monroe native Bill Russell, who won 11 NBA championships in 13 years with the Boston Celtics, has passed away at the age of 88. Russell won the NBA MVP five times and is the first Black head coach in any major sport. Born in Monroe before his family moved to California when he was 8, Russell was also one of the few athletes who spoke out against racism during the 50s and 60s.

Catholic High 5 five star wide receiver Shelton Sampson Jr. will announce his college of choice on August 6th, and said on Instagram he’s narrowed it down to four schools: LSU, Alabama, Florida State and Texas A&M. Sampson is the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 3 player in Louisiana.

4 star offensive tackle Tyree Adams has committed to LSU football. He is the No. 13 prospect in Louisiana and the No 20 offensive tackle in the nation according to 247Sports Composite.

The pads come on for the first time today at Saints training camp. Through the first four days of practice, the defense performed better than the offense. Saints wide receiver Jarvis Landry says the defense is competing at a high level:
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Preseason for the Saints kicks off on August 13th versus the Texans.

LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson continues to work the transfer portal adding Air Force right handed pitcher and catcher Paul Skenes. Skenes was named a first team All American by D1 Baseball and collegiate Baseball this season.

06:30 LRN Newscast, August 1st

Entergy Louisiana President Phillip May wants to clear up some of what he calls “misconceptions” about high energy bills, and what the utility is doing to help. May says the cost of producing electricity rose quickly as record-high inflation grips the country…:
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Many people are angry over storm assessments Entergy added to bills and May says those from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 will come off starting today.

An NBA legend who was born in North Louisiana has died. Monroe native Bill Russell, one of basketball’s greatest players, passed away Sunday at the age of 88. Russell had 11 championships with the Celtics, including an unpresented 8 straight, he won the NBA MVP five times and is the first black coach in any major sport. Russell was born in Monroe in 1934. At the age of 8 he moved to Oakland.

Starting today, speeding fines are doubled on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge if motorists are caught going above the 60 mile per hour speed limit for vehicles and 55 miles per hour for commercial trucks. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says in 2023 speed cameras will be installed to track drivers…:
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Wilson says the goal of the beefed up enforcement and higher fines is get people to slow down.

Former State Senator Karen Carter Peterson is expected to plead guilty in federal court today to illegally spending campaign funds and Democratic Party money on personal needs, including gambling.