LRN AM Newscall May 27

This Memorial Day, take a second to remember those who fought for our country. Mel Bridges has more.

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If you’re in Thibodaux or Shreveport on Friday, you might experience a 70s flashback when hundreds of Mrs. Ropers invade downtown. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The NCAA and the five biggest conferences, including the SEC, have reached a settlement that will result in all college athletes being paid. Jeanne Burns has more.

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Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor those who fought for our country, and, according to Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Col. Charlton Meginley (mah-ghen-lee), one of the most significant.

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Meginley says it is important every day, but especially today, to honor the 11 thousand Louisiana veterans who have died in combat.

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Though Meginley thinks there’s nothing wrong with going to the beach or having a barbeque, he says there are other ways to celebrate veterans.

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Large jackpots have proved to be profitable with the Louisiana Lottery transferring almost $48 million to the state treasury. Lottery spokesperson Dustin Annison says they also moved close to $16 million to the state coffers in April.

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The Louisiana Lottery transfers profits to the state quarterly. In addition to uptick in ticket sales thanks to five-billion-dollar jackpots Powerball and Mega Millions produced this year…

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Lottery retailers in Louisiana also earn a five-percent commission, plus incentives for cashing winning tickets and bonuses for selling big winning tickets. Annison says it was a good quarter for them as well.

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To date, the Louisiana Lottery has transferred more than $4.7 billion to the state for K-12 public education.

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It was eleven years ago when the first Mrs. Roper Romp took place as a parade theme at Decadence in New Orleans. Ever since it’s turned into the reason for millions to gather all over the globe to impersonate the beloved “Three’s Company” character Helen Roper. Jessica Cassel (Castle) is one of the organizers for Friday’s Romp in downtown Thibodaux.

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And there’s also a Mrs. Roper Romp Pub Crawl in downtown Shreveport this Friday. Both begin at 6 pm.

Cassel says now is the time to get your curly red wig and kaftan ready to romp.

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Last year Cassel held her own Mrs. Roper Romp with friends and played Bingo. Then Amplify Events asked her to help organize Friday’s Pub Crawl. She’s hoping in the future they can combine annual Romps with fundraisers for charity.

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In January a Krewe of Mrs. Ropers paraded in Lafayette and in April there was a romp in Lake Charles.

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An antitrust settlement has been finalized that will result in all college athletes being paid directly by the school. Outkick college reporter Trey Wallace says schools will have a hard time deciding how to divvy up the money.

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Wallace estimates that the settlement will result in each school paying about 20-million to athletes in every sport. Though some of the money will come from traditional means such as ticket and food sales, Wallace says most of the money won’t be generated from inside stadiums.

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The settlement, which involves the NCAA and the five biggest conferences — including the SEC — might also result in some changes in athletic departments.

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Revenue sharing is set to start for the 2025-26 season.

11:30 am Newscast

More than 40 Louisiana National Guardsmen leave this weekend for Asia where they’ll help with construction projects there. Sean Richardson has details on Operation Spartan Shield.

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Governor Jeff Landry signed first-of-its-kind legislation that classifies two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances into law yesterday, just a day after it gained final legislative passage. It’s a move opposed by many physicians who say the drugs have other critical reproductive health care uses, and worry the change could make them harder to prescribe.
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A Bossier Parish couple arrested in March in connection with the shooting death of a Bossier City man was indicted Friday by a Bossier Parish grand jury. 30 year old Roman Fudge and 23 year old Shandrea Francis both now face second-degree murder charges. They’re accused in the February shooting death of Frankie Gatlin, who was found shot to death inside his own home.

Meanwhile, 38 year old Pollock man is facing up to three thousand dollars in fines and up to a year in jail after officials say he tried to cheat his way to a winning purse at the Big Bass Splash Tournament in Toledo Bend. Wildlife and Fishery Agent Dustin Nash says this is the first time he’s seen anything like this in four years.

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10:30 am Newscast

The drama between the Saints and the Louisiana Sports and Exposition Distirct appears to be over after the Saints made an $11.4 million payment on Friday for the team’s ongoing renovations to the Caesar’s Superdome. For two days, the Benson organization and the Superdome Commission went back and forth over the payments, later saying the real dispute was over terms of a new long-term lease that would keep the team in the Dome until at least 2035.

Instead of winning a big purse, a 38 year old Pollock man is facing up to three thousand dollars in fines and up to a year in jail. This after officials say Aaron Moreau put more than two and a half pounds of lead weights into a fish at Toledo Bend’s Big Bass Splash Tournament. Wildlife and Fishery Agent Dustin Nash…

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College sports will be on the agenda for many in Louisiana as Louisiana Tech get another shot at Liberty today after losing to the Flames six to two yesterday and then beating Sam Houston five to three last night. First pitch today in Ruston is at 12:30.

The LSU Tigers will play a rematch with the South Carolina Gamecocks today as the purple and gold look to win their 13th SEC Tournament title and secure a two-seed in an NC-double-A regional. First pitch in that one is set for noon.

And the LSU softball Tigers are just a win away from returning to the Women’s College World Series after trouncing Stanford 11 to 1 last night. They’ll play for all the marbles tonight at 8.

If beef is what’s for dinner or lunch this holiday weekend, you’ll find prices will cooperate with your budget. Chairman of the Louisiana Beef Industry Council John Thompson says that’s thanks to lower grain prices, bigger cattle and…

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9:30 am Newscast

Thirty-eight-year-old Aaron Moreau of Pollock was arrested after he allegedly placed 2.59 pounds of led weights into a fish a the Big Bass Splash tournament at Toledo Bend. Jeff Palermo with the story.

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First-of-its-kind legislation that classifies two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances was signed into law Friday by Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry. Many physicians opposed the bill saying the drugs have other critical reproductive health care uses, and the change could make it harder to prescribe them.

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The Louisiana National Guard’s 1021st Vertical Engineer Company will deploy to Asia with more than 40 guardsmen who will assist with construction operations. Captain Emily Anthony says the platoon will have  pre-deployment training at Fort Bliss, Texas and…

Cut 5 (09)  “…represent Louisiana well.”
If Beef is what’s on the menu for you this Memorial Day weekend, you’re in luck. The solid beef market means lower prices thanks to lower grain prices and Chairman of Louisiana Beef Industry Council John Thompson says cattle are larger than they have been in the past. His recommendation for what you should throw on the grill this weekend…

Cut 11 (14) ” …tender piece of meat.”

 

8:30 am Newscast

Big day in college sports for Louisiana fans today…as LSU and South Carolina will play an SEC Tournament re-match today after the Gamecocks eliminated Kentucky six to five. LSU beat South Carolina Thursday 11 to 1. First pitch today is set for noon.

Louisiana Tech will get another shot at Liberty today after losing to the Flames six to two in a winner’s bracket game during the day on Friday. First pitch today in Ruston is at 12:30.

LSU softball is one win away from returning to the Women’s College World Series after stomping Stanford 11 to 1 last night.  Tonight’s game is at 8 PM.

The Louisiana National Guard’s 1021st Vertical Engineer Company will deploy to Asia with more than 40 guardsmen who will assist with construction operations. Captain Emily Anthony says for most of the unit this is their first overseas deployment and their occupations range from crane operator, correctional officer to electricians.

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The New Orleans Saints made an $11.4 million payment on Friday for the team’s ongoing renovations to the Caesar’s Superdome, a team spokesperson confirmed with WWL Louisiana. For two days, the Benson organization and the Superdome Commission went back and forth over the payments. Later, they said the “real dispute was over terms of a new long-term lease that would keep the team in the Dome until at least 2035.

This Memorial Day weekend many people will gather around the grill with family and friends. Luckly, it doesn’t look like the meat is going to break the bank this year. Chairman of Louisiana Beef Industry Council John Thompson says going into Memorial Day weekend beef prices are looking good for grillers.

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7:30 LRN Sportscast

It will be LSU and South Carolina again today in the SEC Tournament. The Gamecocks eliminated Kentucky six to five to set up a rematch of Thursday night’s thriller won by the Tigers 11 to 10. First pitch is at noon.

The other semifinal matchup in the SEC Tournament will be Tennessee versus Vanderbilt. The Volunteers avoided elimination by rallying to beat Mississippi State six to five.

LSU is seeking its 13th SEC Tournament Championship and trying to secure a two-seed at someone’s Regional.

Louisiana Tech will get another shot at Liberty today after losing to the Flames six to two in a winner’s bracket game during the day on Friday. The Bulldogs returned to J-C Love Field last night and eliminated Sam Houston five to three. Lead off man Dalton Davis hit two home runs and Ethan Bates earned his nation-leading 16th save. First pitch today in Ruston is at 12:30.
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LSU softball is one win away from returning to the Women’s College World Series after stomping Stanford 11 to 1 last night. The Tigers got to the nation’s best pitcher by scoring three runs in the first inning and then they chased NiJaree Canady during an eight-run fifth inning. LSU got a season-high 16 hits and they hit three home runs, Ali Newland, Maci Bergeron and Kelley Lynch hit a grand slam. Tonight’s game is at 8 PM.

Nicholls is one win away from winning the Southland Tournament Championship as the Colonels eliminated Southeastern Louisiana four to three on Basiel Williams’ walk-off home run. The Colonels will play the winner of today’s game between Lamar and McNeese.

The drama between the Saints and the Louisiana Sports and Exposition Distirct over late payments for the renovation costs for the Superdome appears to be over. We learned earlier this week that the NFL franchise was 11 million dollars behind, but the Saints have reportedly made that 11 million dollar payment.

5:30 LRN Newscast May 24

Friday afternoon Governor Jeff Landry signed Senate Bill 276 into law making Louisiana the first state to classify misoprostol (Mice-oh-pro-stall) and mifepristone (Miff-ah-priss-stone) as controlled dangerous substances. While the two medications have multiple uses, the combination of the two can induce an abortion.

Thirty-eight-year-old Aaron Moreau of Pollock was arrested after he allegedly placed two and a half pounds of lead weights into a fish at the Big Bass Splash tournament at Toledo Bend.

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Click It or Ticket is underway for Memorial Day weekend. Greg Fischer with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says while the seatbelt usage rate in the state is 85% it’s the 15% in rural areas and usually those who drive pick-up trucks who don’t buckle up and if they are in a crash…

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The first offense is $50 for not wearing a seatbelt in Louisiana.

The Louisiana National Guard’s 1021st Vertical Engineer Company is deploying to Asia with more than 40 guardsmen to assist with construction. Captain Emily Anthony says for most of the unit it’s their first overseas deployment.

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They will be overseas for almost a year.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

Who would have predicted LSU would reach the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, but they’ve done it. The Tigers rallied back from four-run and three-run deficits to stun South Carolina 11 to 10 last night. Michael Braswell had the game winning hit against his former team…
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The Tigers will play again on Saturday.

The LSU softball team begins a best out of three Super Regional Series tonight in California against Stanford. The Cardinal is 46-14 this season. Coach Beth Torina says they’ve played one of the toughest schedules in America for this exact situation
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First pitch is at 9 PM.

Louisiana Tech was held to just a two-run homer from Jorge Corona and lost to Liberty six to two. Flames pitcher Nick Moran was outstanding today. The Bulldogs will need to beat Sam Houston tonight to stay alive in the Conference USA Baseball Tournament.

At the Southland Tournament…McNeese and Nicholls are one win away from the championship game. The Cowboys face top seeded Lamar and the Colonels will take on Southeastern Louisiana.

LSU legend Seimone Augustus was introduced yesterday as the Lady Tigers newest assistant women’s basketball coach. Augustus led the Lady Tigers to three straight final-four appearances and won four WNBA championships. She’s been thinking about diving into the coaching profession and an opening on Kim Mulkey’s staff gave her an opportunity at home…
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4:30 LRN Newscast

38 year old Aaron Moreau of Pollock was arrested for alleged fishing contest fraud by placing over 2.5 lbs of lead weights into a fish and weighing it in at the Bass Splash Tournament in Toledo Bend. Wildlife and Fishery agent Dustin Nash says things like this have never really happened in Louisiana.

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Fishing contest fraud brings up to a 3 thousand dollar fine and up to one year in jail.
The Click it or Ticket campaign is underway to encourage motorists to buckle up for Memorial Day weekend. It’s a national campaign, so you’ll want to stay buckled up even if you travel across state lines. Greg Fisher with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says a first-offense ticket for not using your seatbelt in Louisiana is 50 dollars.

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The Louisiana National Guard’s 1021st Vertical Engineer Company will deploy to Asia with more than 40 guardsmen who will assist with construction operations. Captain Emily Anthony says this is the first overseas deployment for most in the unit and their occupations range from correctional officer to crane operator to electrician.

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Their primary objective while overseas will be to provide construction engineering expertise to work on critical infrastructure.
This Memorial Day weekend many people will gather around the grill with family and friends. Luckily, it doesn’t look like the meat is going to break the bank this year. Chairman of Louisiana Beef Industry Council John Thompson says going into Memorial Day weekend beef prices are looking good for grillers.

cut 9 (06) “…holding pretty steady.”

Beef… it’s what’s for dinner.

3:30 LRN Newscast

Over 40 Louisiana National Guardsmen leave this weekend for about a one year long deployment to Asia where they’ll assist with the construction of buildings through Operation Spartan Shield. Sean Richardson has the story.

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Louisiana State Police say there is a defect with Motor Vehicle Inspection stickers issued for 2026, as the sticker may fade from yellow to clear or white due to sun exposure. LSP says these MVI stickers, which were issued between January 1st 2024 and now, will remain valid despite the fading. The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is aware of the issue and is working to replace the current unused inventory.

38 year old Aaron Moreau of Pollock was arrested for alleged fishing contest fraud by placing over 2.5 lbs of lead weights into a fish and weighing it in at the Big Bass Splash tournament in Toledo Bend. Wildlife and Fishery agent Dustin Nash says the tournament came with some hefty prizes for the top 15.

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Fishing contest fraud brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
This Memorial Day weekend many people will gather around the grill with family and friends. Luckily, it doesn’t look like the meat is going to break the bank this year. Chairman of Louisiana Beef Industry Council John Thompson says going into Memorial Day weekend beef prices are looking good for grillers and even gives some recommendations for what to grill.

cut 11 (14) “…tender piece of meat.”

Beef… it’s what’s for dinner.