LRN PM Newscall January 17

A Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit entitled “Carrying on the Dream” is traveling through the University of Louisiana System Campuses. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The entire coastal town of Grand Isle finally has electricity again after Hurricane Ida caused massive damage to the barrier island’s infrastructure. Jeff Palermo has more…

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A Dr. Martin Luther King exhibit is traveling this month and next through the University of Louisiana system campuses. The “Carrying on the Dream” exhibit is on display today and tomorrow on the campus of Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La Tech spokesperson Tonya Oaks Smith says they are fortunate to host the display today.

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The exhibit also features regional civil rights artifacts, a Civil Rights art piece, and screenings of the documentary “I am MLK Jr.” Smith says if you aren’t able to make it to La Tech’s campus…

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Smith says the traveling exhibit is appropriate for all ages.

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Included in the traveling exhibit is the 1966 Cadillac hearse that carried King’s body to his funeral almost 54 years ago in Memphis that was procured by exhibit sponsor Raising Cain’s CEO Todd Graves in 2018.


Governor John Bel Edwards sent his message to Louisiana in honor of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s national holiday this morning. The governor focused his words on continuing the fight for equality, specifically within our criminal justice system.

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Edwards cited the recent posthumous pardon of Homer Plessy as an example of Louisianans working together to right a historic wrong.

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Though the governor sees some progress, he knows that the state still has much ground to cover in realizing Dr. King’s vision for a truly equal society.

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Power has finally been restored to the coastal town of Grand Isle four and half months after Hurricane Ida. Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle says the electricity has arrived just in time for the cold weather and credits Entergy for its non-stop efforts…

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Camardelle says after Ida’s landfall state agencies and Entergy worked together to put most of the power infrastructure underground, which could have a huge impact when the next hurricane comes…

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Camardelle says the progress is slow getting Grand Isle back to where it was, but it is steady. He says there’s a lot of clean-up to do and the key to moving recovery along is getting their residents back on the island…

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Lafayette Police say a fatal hit-and-run crash Sunday night led to another traffic crash when a woman drove through a police barricade where officers were investigating the hit and run. Lafayette Police Sergeant Robin Green says the woman was driving erratically…:

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The woman has been identified as 29-year-old Dominique Mills of Scott. She’s been charged with second-offense Operating While Intoxicated. Green says one officer received minor injuries.

As for the original hit and run in the 2600 block of Ambassador Caffery, the pedestrian victim is identified as 57-year old pedestrian Donald Jackson of Scott. Green says no arrests have been made.

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Green reminds motorists to be extra careful when driving at night and to pay better attention when on the road.

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