4:30 LRN Newscast July 24

A Louisiana pollster conducted a nationwide survey that finds that if the Republican Presidential primary was held today, 53 percent say they would vote for former President Donald Trump. Trump beat out nine other candidates in the poll of 11 hundred Republican voters. John Couvillon of JMC Analytics conducted the poll…

Cut 6 (11)  “this point” 

Trump will be in Metairie tomorrow for a fundraiser.

So far this year, there have only been six boating fatalities on state waterways, that’s compared to 29 deaths in 2022. State Wildlife spokesperson Adam Einck says to keep that number low to always have sober operators.

Cut 10 (08)  “…not impaired.”

He also reminds you to have enough life jackets for everyone on the boat.

The Tax Foundation’s latest report shows Louisiana has fallen from its spot as the highest average combined state and local sales tax rate. The state’s 9.547 percent average comes in just behind Tennessee. The next tax cut will be July 2025 and Jared Walczak with Tax Foundation says while the reduction will be significant it’s not enough to bring Louisiana out of the top 5 combined averages in the nation…

Cut 4 (11)  “…real difference” 

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station mission will answer questions from Lake Charles area STEM students that are attending NASA’s Astro Camp this week. Pre-recorded questions from students will be answered at 9:15 Tuesday morning and it can be viewed on NASA’s website.

3:30 LRN Newscast

Former President Donald Trump will hold a high-priced fundraiser for his 2024 presidential campaign in Metairie tomorrow. It will cost 23-thousand dollars a person or per couple to take a picture with Trump. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says despite his legal troubles, Trump is still able to collect large dollars from GOP donors….
cut 12 (13) “….right now”

So far this year, there have only been six boating fatalities on state waterways, that’s compared to 29 deaths in 2022. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck.
Cut 9 (11) “…last year.”

According to the Tax Foundation, Tennessee has surpassed Louisiana for the highest average combined state and local sales tax. Louisiana is at a 9.547 percent average which is one-one-thousandth of a percent behind Tennessee. Jared Walaczak says a high sales tax rate is better than a high income tax rate, but nearly ten-percent is still too high…
cut 5 (12) “….should be”
Louisiana’s state sales tax is set to drop .45 percent to four percent in July 2025.

The Saints report to training camp tomorrow and they are favorites to win the NFC South. Luke Johnson covers the Saints for NOLA-dot-com and says health will be a big key…
cut 13 (13) “…win the division”
The Saints last NFC South title came in 2020.

LRN PM Newscall July 24

Louisiana has been surpassed for the highest average combined state and local sales tax according to Vice President of State Projects with the Tax Foundation Jared Walczak. Kace Kieschnick has more…

Cut 1 (33)  “…I’m Kace Kieschnick” 

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A survey conducted by a Louisiana pollster matches what other polls have shown, former President Donald Trump is the front-runner to receive the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (30)  “….I’m Jeff Palermo”  

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The Tax Foundation’s midyear report shows Louisiana has fallen from its spot as the highest average combined state and local sales tax rate. The state’s 9.547 percent average comes in just one-one-thousandth of a percent behind Tennessee’s. Vice President of State Projects with the Tax Foundation Jared Walczak says the two states have been neck and neck since Louisiana’s 2018 sales tax cut…

Cut 3 (09) “…local rate” 

The Bayou state is expected to see its first sales tax cut since 2018 as a temporary 0.45% portion of the state sales tax is set to expire in July of 2025. Louisan currently ranks 37th in the nation with a 4.45% sales tax. Walczak says the reduction will be significant but not enough to bring Louisiana out of the top 5 combined averages in the nation…

Cut 4 (11)  “…real difference” 

Walczak commended legislators’ recent efforts to modernize the states antiquated tax system. Louisiana’s complex local sales tax collection system is a nightmare for businesses to navigate and while he says it may be better for the economy than some alternatives, rates are still too high…

Cut 5 (12)  “…should be.”

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A Louisiana pollster conducted a nationwide survey that finds that if the Republican Presidential primary was held today, 53-percent  say they would vote former President Donald Trump. Trump beat out nine other candidates listed in the poll of 11-hundred Republican voters. John Couvillon of JMC Analytics conducted the poll…

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Fourteen Republican candidates have announced they are running for the party’s presidential nomination next year. Couvillon says in order for one of these candidates to gain ground on the former president, they need to have a break out moment in one of the debates…

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Couvillon says Trump getting indicted on multiple charges in two separate federal cases is not hurting his popularity among Republicans. And he says the large field of Republican presidential hopefuls is helping the former President’s 2024 campaign…

Cut 8 (08)  “…anti-Trump vote.” 

Trump will be in Metairie tomorrow for a fundraiser.

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So far this year, there have only been six boating fatalities on state waterways, that’s compared to 29 deaths in 2022. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says it’s a significant drop from last year.

Cut 9 (11)  “…last year.”

Einck encourages everyone to take LDWF’s free boating education course. He says they are required for anyone born after January 1, 1984. And before you undock, he says it’s vital that you have a sober driver at the helm.

Cut 10 (08)  “…not impaired.”

And he also reminds you to make sure there are enough lifejackets for everyone on the vessel.

Einck says in the 18 years that he’s been with LDWF last year was among the worst for boating fatalities in the state.

Cut 11 (10)  “…numbers off.”

Visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website for their free boating education course.

2:30 LRN Newscast

Louisiana pollster John Couvillon surveyed 11-hundred Republicans across the nation and found 71-percent have a favorable opinion of former President Donald Trump and 53-percent said they would vote for him in a Republican Presidential primary. Couvillon says Trump getting indicted on multiple charges in two separate federal cases is not hurting his popularity among Republicans. And he says the large field of Republican presidential hopefuls is helping the former President’s 2024 campaign…
Cut 8 (08) “…anti-Trump vote.”
Trump will be in Metairie tomorrow for a fundraiser.

Fatal boat crashes have only claimed six lives in Louisiana this year. Last year 29 people died in boating accidents. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck hopes this trend continues…
cut 11 (10) “…numbers off”

Louisiana has been surpassed for the highest average combined state and local sales tax according to Vice President of State Projects with the Tax Foundation Jared Walczak. Kace Kieschnick has more…
Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Kace Kieschnick”

A stud linebacker from Many High School has committed to LSU. Tylen Singleton chose LSU over several schools, including Arkansas, Texas A-and-M, Tennessee and TCU. Last year as a junior, Singleton had 75 tackles and four interceptions, two of them were returned for touchdowns.

1:30 LRN Newscast July 24

A survey conducted by a Louisiana pollster matches what other polls have shown, former President Donald Trump is the front-runner to receive the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (30)  “….I’m Jeff Palermo”  

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station mission will answer questions from Lake Charles area STEM students that are attending space camp. Pre-recorded questions from students will be answered at 9:15 Tuesday morning and it can be viewed on NASA’s website.

The Tax Foundation’s midyear report shows Louisiana has fallen from its spot as the highest average combined state and local sales tax rate. The state’s 9.547 percent average comes in just one-one-thousandth of a percent behind Tennessee. Tax Foundation’s Jared Walczak says the two states have been neck and neck since Louisiana’s 2018 sales tax cut…

Cut 3 (09) “…local rate” 

So far this year, there have only been six boating fatalities on state waterways, that’s compared to 29 deaths in 2022. State Wildlife spokesperson Adam Einck says to keep that number low to always have sober operators.

Cut 10 (08)  “…not impaired.”

He also reminds you to have enough life jackets for everyone on the boat.

 

12:30 LRN Newscast July 24

Louisiana pollster John Couvillon of JMC Analytics conducted a nationwide survey that finds if the Republican Presidential primary was held today, 53-percent would vote former President Donald Trump. Couvillon says in order for any of the 14 declared Republicans to gain traction they need to have a breakout moment in one of the debates…

Cut 7 (10)  “…look weak” 

So far this year, there have only been six boating fatalities on state waterways, that’s compared to 29 deaths in 2022. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says it’s a significant drop from last year.

Cut 9 (11)  “…last year.”

He says to always have a designated driver and to have enough life jackets for everyone on the vessels.

The state Office of Motor Vehicles is offering residents free identity theft protection due to the hack that compromised data for anyone with a state-issued driver’s license or ID. Michelle Southern reports.

Cut 1 (29)  “Michelle Southern reporting”

 

11:40 LRN Sportscast July 24

The Saints report for mandatory training camp tomorrow. With Tom Brady’s retirement, New Orleans is the favorite to win the NFC South this year, but with Carolina and Atlanta improving over the offseason it’s no sure thing. One of the many question marks for New Orleans will be its defensive line. With the departure of Marcus Davenport, David Onyemata, and Shy Tuttle, Luke Johnson, who covers the Saints for the Advocate and Nola.com, says New Orleans will rely on contributions from new additions…

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The Saints have had one of the top defenses in the NFL the last few years under Dennis Allen, and it’s been led by the trenches. Carl Granderson and Cameron Jordan are expected to start on the edge while second round pick Isaiah Foskey and former first-rounder Payton Turner fight for a spot in the rotation. Another key battle to watch will be between Paulson Adebo and Alontae Taylor fighting for the starting corner spot alongside Marshon Lattimore.

The Saints are hosting five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner for a visit today. The 30 year old New Orleans native has started 118 games in the NFL most recently with the Commanders allowing just 2 sacks and getting penalized 4 times on 431 snaps in pass protection last season.

Former Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson went down with an apparent right leg injury at practice today. The 2019 draft pick was carted off the field and will undergo further testing to evaluate the extent of the injury.

LSU has received a commitment from four-star linebacker Tylen Singleton from Many. He’s six-foot-one, and weighs nearly 210 pounds. Singleton’s verbal pledge gives LSU 19 commitments for its 2024 recruiting class. Singleton told 24-7 sports that everybody from Louisiana dreams about playing for LSU.

Defending Southland Champs Southeastern Louisiana University was picked to defend their title in the 2023 preseason poll. The Lions received nine first place votes, narrowly ahead of UIW’s 7, and finished just two points higher than the Cardinals. Southeastern also led the league in All-Southland Conference selections with 17. McNeese was picked to finish third in the conference just three points ahead of Nicholls who is predicted to finish 4th.

11:30 LRN Newscast July 24

A Louisiana pollster conducted a nationwide survey that finds that if the Republican Presidential primary was held today, 53 percent say they would vote for former President Donald Trump. Trump beat out nine other candidates in the poll of 11 hundred Republican voters. John Couvillon of JMC Analytics conducted the poll…

Cut 6 (11)  “this point” 

Trump will be in Metairie tomorrow for a fundraiser.

State Senator Mike Fesi (Fay-Zee) says it’s disappointing he received a threatening voicemail from an enraged LSU grad student, who was upset the Republican from Houma voted for legislation to ban gender-altering medical procedures for minors…

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Authorities say Marcus Venable is responsible for the voicemail.

A Kaplan Police Officer is facing a third-degree rape charge after he allegedly pressured a woman to leave a bar with him early Saturday. The victim says instead of taking her home 35-year-old Terry Wayne Leopold Kraut, Junior took her to a rural road outside of the city and committed a non-consensual sexual act on her.  The case is under investigation.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state set a record for the number of people who were employed for the month of June. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo”

 

10:30 LRN Newscast July 24

The state Office of Motor Vehicles is offering residents free identity theft protection due to the hack that compromised data for anyone with a state-issued driver’s license or ID. Michelle Southern reports.

Cut 1 (29)  “Michelle Southern reporting”

EBT pandemic funds for eligible students in Louisiana are about to end. The P-EBT program began in the 2019-20 school year to help low-income families and students who could not receive free or discounted meals due to school closures from the pandemic. The latest and final round of funding will be disbursed by September.

State Police is investigating the profanity-laced voicemail left on the phone of Houma Senator Michael Fesi. Authorities have traced the phone call back to LSU grad student Marcus Venable. Fesi says he hopes a lesson is learned…

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Venable was upset with Fesi for voting against the governor’s veto of a bill that prohibits transgender medical procedures for minors.

Coastal and wildlife officials are pleased with the restoration of three coastal islands that’s produced more nesting space for the brown pelican, the state bird of Louisiana. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Biologist Todd Baker says the North Breton project produced nearly 150 acres of new land…

Cut 5 (11)   “…very strongly.”
 

9:30 LRN Newscast

The restoration efforts of three heavily eroded islands along Louisiana’s coast are providing habitat for the state’s brown pelicans. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Biologist Todd Baker says the islands serve as a great nesting ground…
Cut 4 (11) “…more birds.”
The restoration sites are Rabbit Island off of Louisiana’s southwest coast and North Breton and Queen Bess Islands off of Louisiana’s southeast coast. Funds from the BP Settlement were used to complete the island restoration projects.

New employment numbers from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, shows the state added 20-thousand jobs from June 2022 to this past June. L-W-C Chief Economist Emily DiPalma says they are encouraged to see the Lake Charles area gain nearly three-thousand jobs…
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The Shreveport area added 33-hundred jobs, while Lafayette 39-hundred jobs.

Houma Senator Mike Fesi went to the authorities after receiving a voicemail from an irate Louisiana resident who is upset Fesi voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that bans minors from undergoing medical procedures that changes a person’s biological sex….
cut 11 (07) “…if anything”
Marcus Venable told Fesi he can’t wait to see his name in the obituary. State Police is investigating.

Saints report to training camp tomorrow. Cam Jordan is set to begin his 13th season, but the rest of the New Orleans defensive line will have a different look. Luke Johnson covers the Saints for the Advocate and Nola-dot-com, he says the Black and Gold will rely on contributions from new additions…
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