PM LRN Newscasll Oct 29

Facebook’s announcement of a corporate name change sent the company’s flagship platform into a tizzy over a possible transformation. Brooke Thorington posts more…

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With the November 13th election just around the corner, a week of early voting gets underway tomorrow in Louisiana. More from Dave Brannen.

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Facebook’s announcement of a name change to Meta, sent some users into a frenzy that the social media giant would dissolve their most-used platform. But UNO Marketing Professor Lisa Palumbo says Facebook isn’t going anywhere.

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Palumbo doesn’t expect the user experience for Facebook to change drastically anytime soon. She believes one reason for the corporate name change is to expand and increase usership among a younger demographic, which has been steadily decreasing over the years.

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Oculus Quest, a virtual reality system owned by Facebook, also announced a name change to Meta Quest, which will take effect next year.

Despite Facebook being under fire recently for lack of oversite of misinformation and accusations of placing profits over safety, Palumbo doesn’t believe the name change is an overt effort to hide from negative press.

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Facebook plans to start trading under their new name Meta beginning December 1st.


Early voting gets underway in Louisiana tomorrow, and except for this Sunday, will continue through Saturday, November 6th. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the ballots casts are for the November 13th election that quite frankly is lacking hotly contested races.

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You can download the smartphone app, Geaux Vote Mobile, to locate your parish’s early voting location and a sample ballot.

Ardoin says four constitutional amendments are on the ballot statewide but aren’t likely to produce a stampede to polling locations.

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Ardoin notes that the registrar’s office in New Orleans won’t be used for early voting because of social distancing problems and so a nearby building will be used as an alternate location to cast early ballots.

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Which is located at 433 Bolivar at the corner of Gravier and Bolivar.


You might want to spend what’s supposed to be a great Halloween weekend taking part in the Go Out and Fish program put on by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  The agency’s Danica Williams says they’ve stocked 17 ponds around the state with adult-sized channel catfish.

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You can get a list of locations for the Go Out and Fish program from the LDWF website.

Williams says there will be other activities to take part in besides fishing.

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Williams says LDWF will step up its game at the Go Out and Fish location in Houma that was hard hit by Hurricane Ida.

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The Houma event takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bayou Country Sports Complex

((Note: Those 16 and older must possess a Louisiana Fishing License))


While Halloween can be lots of fun for the kids, it can pose a health hazard to your pets. Ginger Guttner, Spokesperson for LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine says if you have pets don’t leave out candy where they might have an opportunity to grab a treat for themselves.

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Guttner says if your pet does get into the candy and overindulges it can cause pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas, and it can be extremely painful.

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Another thing pet owners should be mindful of Guttner says are your Halloween decorations, indoors and out. Your pets could chew on cords or even try to digest a decoration which could cause an obstruction and possibly lead to surgery.

And while many enjoy dressing up their pets in costume for the holiday Guttner cautions that you make sure the costume fits properly so it doesn’t impact their vision or cause breathing difficulty.

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Guttner also recommends that you know where your nearest emergency vet is located beforehand and to keep the Pet Poison Helpline number handy which is 1-800-213-6680


Sports betting will be available at more casinos in Louisiana as early as this weekend. Until recently, only Paragon Casino in Marksville was allowed to have legalized sportsbook. State Gaming Commissioner Ronnie Johns says four new licenses were issued Friday.

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Johns says Harrah’s casino and Boomtown casino in New Orleans, L’Auberge in Baton Rouge, and Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City were the first 4 of 13 applicants to complete the state Police review process and receive LSP recommendation for licensing. They may begin sports betting on Sunday – Halloween. John says more sportsbook will be coming soon.

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