AM LRN Newscall July 29

Republican Congressional leader Steve Scalise says that while southwest Louisiana reels from the aftershock of Hurricane Laura the Biden Administration has yet to approve federal aid. Erik Piccoli has the story…

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Ochsner, the state’s largest healthcare system is seeing an enormous increase in the percentage of COVID patients. Brooke Thorington has more.

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People from all over the country have been calling a small Louisiana town to see if an advertisement for a swinger venue a joke is or if the spouse swapping trailer park is for real. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A Republican leader in Congress says it’s up to the Biden administration to get the ball rolling on passing hurricane recovery aid for southwest Louisiana.  House Minority Whip Steve Scalise says he understands the frustration felt by Hurricane Laura and Delta victims in southwest Louisiana who need assistance to rebuild homes and businesses…

Cut 4 (08) “…formal request.”

Governor John Bel Edwards has told the White House three billion dollars in hurricane recovery dollars are needed. Scalise says the White House knows what must be done, they need to ask Congress to approve the funding…

Cut 5 (07) “…Lake Charles”.

Scalise says he would like a face-to-face meeting with the Biden administration officials to discuss the great need for community development block grant money in southwest Louisiana…

Cut 6 (12) “…its unprecedented.”


The state’s largest healthcare system reports a 700-percent increase in COVID hospital patients in the last month and a 75-percent increase from last week. Ochsner CEO Warner Thomas says and among the COVID patients at their facilities a large majority are unvaccinated.

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When the pandemic began in the U-S, Thomas says the majority of hospital patients were older but that’s changed with a large majority of seniors vaccinated for COVID. He says in the spring of 2020 about 10 to 15-percent of their COVID patients were younger than 50 years of age.

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And the Delta variant is also responsible for an increase in COVID cases among children. Director of Infection Control and Prevention at Ochsner Doctor Katherine Baumgarten says while hospitalizations are rare with children, COVID cases among children are increasing rapidly.

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Baumgarten says the best way to protect children is to increase vaccination rates among individuals 12 and older and to continue to mask and social distance.


The Louisiana High School Athletic Association and Ochsner Health have launched a five-year partnership where Ochsner will be the title sponsor for all LHSAA championship events. LHSAA Director Eddie Bonine says it’s a perfect partnership since it will provide a lot of potential career paths…

Cut 10 (11) “…another level.”

The workforce development path for student-athletes includes a wide range of topics such as psychology, nutrition, sports medicine, and business. Bonine says now more than ever there is a great need for doctors and medical professionals…

Cut 11 (12) “…benefit everybody.”

Oschner will strengthen the LHSAAs ability to care for athletes by adding more than 80 athletic trainers, 18 sports medicine physicians, and orthopedic surgeons across the state. Bonine says Oschner has health facilities statewide allowing Louisiana athletes anywhere to benefit from the partnership…

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The first Championship event of the 2021-22 school year begins Nov.11 with cross country in Natchitoches.


The small city of Mamou is known as the Cajun Music Capital of the World in addition to chasing chickens on horseback during Mardi Gras, but this week the Evangeline Parish town gained national attention when an entrepreneur announced he’s opening a Swinger Trailer Park. Nick Broussard, who works for owner David Aucoin, says so far, the phone for Tee Boi’s Swinger Trailer Park is ringing off the hook.

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After a sign advertising the trailer park with the slogan, ‘Bring Your House, Share Your Spouse,’ went viral, Broussard says they realized original plans for the park might have to be altered.

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The projected opening for the swingers trailer park is Memorial Day Weekend 2022. The venue is intended to be designed more like a campground versus a residential community with weekend theme parties, but it will have the option for full-time residents.

When asked if this is the first swinger trailer park in the state, Broussard who claims he’s not a member of the swinging community, says he believes it is.

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Broussard says they’ve received phone calls, from New York, California, and everywhere in between.


The Saints hold their first training camp practice and star wide receiver Michael Thomas is not on the field and will not practice with the team for several weeks after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle in June. General Manager Mickey Loomis says Thomas tried to rehab the injury, it just didn’t work

Cut 16 (19) “…than later.”

The Saints will not have Thomas for the start of the season and also defensive tackle David Onyemata, who has been suspended for six games after failing a drug test. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore could also be suspended for an offseason arrest. Plus eight starters off of last year’s team are no longer wearing the Black and Gold. Loomis still likes the talent on this team

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Saints Coach Sean Payton is focused on training camp, but it’s possible the Superdome will not be at full capacity for the season opener against Green Bay because of the sudden rise of COVID cases in the Gulf South. Payton points to the Stanley Cup Finals that saw Tampa Bay play in front of sold-out crowds, while Montreal had limited capacity for their home games…

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A week from today, LSU will report for preseason camp and the quarterback battle between Max Johnson and Myles Brennan can really begin. Coach Ed Orgeron says whoever wins the job, the team will be in great shape…

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Oregon spoke at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club yesterday and he was asked about the possible addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC…

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