PM LRN Newscall July 26

The LSU swim program has its first-ever medal winner at the Olympic games. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Effective today you will have to wear a face mask at the Officer of Motor Vehicles. Brooke Thorington has more

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A second person has died this summer while tiki tubing on the Amite River in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes.  Authorities say a Rapides Parish man got into waist-deep water on Saturday, slipped down, and struggled to come back to the surface. Central Mayor David Barrow says the area along the Amite has been an ongoing problem.

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Barrow says most locals are familiar with the dangers along the river, but visitors are not and assume the calm appearance of the river is safe and many neglect to wear lifejackets.

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The area along the Amite near Central is further downstream and Barrow says it has a higher current in addition to more silt and debris that hasn’t been cleared since the flood five years ago.

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In June, the father of LSU pitcher Ma’Khail Hilliard died while tubing on the Amite.


Most of the state is under a heat advisory today as Louisiana is dealing with its first lengthy heatwave of the summer. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a high-pressure system has settled in over the Gulf of Mexico, lowering rain chances and driving up the heat and humidity

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Keim says there’s a heat advisory because the real feel temperatures will soar past 100-degrees over the next few days

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Keim says it’s dangerous to spend a lot of time outdoors when the heat index hits 110-degrees….

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LSU swimmer Brooks Curry is a gold medal winner at the Summer Olympics as helped the four-by-100 meter freestyle relay team take the gold. LSU Associate Swim Coach Stephen Mellor says he’s in awe with what Curry accomplished

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Curry swam in the preliminaries and helped them take the lead in that event. Curry finished his leg of the race with a time just under 49-seconds as the American relay team took first place in the second leg. Mellor says he watched the race from home

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Curry did not swim in the Finals, but all swimmers who participate in the prelims or the finals receive a medal. He’s the first Olympian swimmer in LSU history to take home a gold medal at the Olympic games. He says it’s quite the honor. Mellor says with the Summer games getting pushed back a year, Curry took advantage…

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Effective today if you have to visit an Office of Motor Vehicles in Louisiana you will be required to wear a face mask to conduct business. OMV spokesperson Matthew Boudreaux says the ongoing surge in cases prompted them to return the use of face coverings once again.

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Boudreaux says most OMV locations offer appointments, so before you have to visit an office check online. He says the appointment system allows visitors to get in and out in a more efficient manner.

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There are also a number of things you can do online, so Boudreaux says check ahead because you might be able to save yourself a trip.

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To check ahead for appointments and to see if you can handle your needs online instead of visiting in person go to express lane-dot-org.