LRN AM Newscall May 31

The latest report from the Louisiana Economic Activity Forecast finds that Louisiana will not add as many jobs as previously thought. Brooke Thorington has more…

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The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office has sent a report to state lawmakers that looks at teacher retention and certified teachers’ impact on student achievement. Kevin Gallagher has the story…

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Louisiana will be well-represented in the NCAA baseball field of 64. David Grubb has more…

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The Louisiana Economic Activity Forecast for the second quarter of 2022 has reduced the projected number of jobs the state was expected to add by 40-percent. University of Louisiana at Lafayette economist Gary Wagner says the latest forecast now has the state adding 21-thousand jobs over the next year…

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Wagner says the number of jobs remains about 5-percent below pre-COVID levels, which is about 81-thousand jobs. A full recovery is not expected until 2024. He says the Houma-Thibodaux and Lafayette metro areas are expected to experience the fastest job growth in the state…

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Wagner says consumer spending remains relatively strong, but vehicles and recreational goods saw a decline in the first quarter of this year…

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The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office has released a report to the state legislature designed to help the state attract and retain a capable teaching workforce. State auditor Ed Seyler says they’ve found teachers with more years of experience tended to be more effective and certified teachers were more effective on average than uncertified teachers

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Seyler says one way to keep experienced and certified teachers around is by raising their pay…

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Seyer says the state also could improve teacher retention if salaries in areas with high housing costs were higher…

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Nine months after the devastation of Hurricane Ida, there are still roughly 400 households, representing about 12-hundred people, in Terrebonne Parish awaiting FEMA trailers. Parish Planning and Zoning Director Christopher Pulaski says people are frustrated…

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Pulaski says the FEMA staff on the ground isn’t the problem, it’s the system as a whole, and that dealing with the federal government on housing has been a far more complicated process than getting support from the state.

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With hurricane season starting June 1, Pulaski says another major storm could create a housing crisis once again. He hopes that the state and FEMA are prepared for that possibility.

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The bracket is out for the NCAA baseball tournament. After going 1-2 at the SEC tourney this weekend, it wasn’t a shock when Baton Rouge was left off the list of Regional host sites. Tigers coach Jay Johnson says once that happened, he could read the tea leaves on where his team was headed…

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Jay Johnson will lead the Tigers into the NCAA tournament for the first of what is expected to be many trips to the postseason. Second-seeded LSU faces Kennesaw State at 6 pm on Friday at the Hattiesburg Regional. Johnson says he’s excited about the opportunity to add to the Tigers’ winning tradition.

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Louisiana Tech enters the tournament for the second straight year after claiming its first Conference-USA tournament championship. Head coach Lane Burroughs says winning the title in Hattiesburg made it just a little bit sweeter.

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The Bulldogs head to the Austin Regional as the two-seed behind Texas and will face Dallas Baptist at 6:30 pm on Friday. Tech lost to the Patriots, 7-4, at home back on March 29. Burroughs says he expects another tough battle this weekend.

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Southeastern gets back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017 by shocking McNeese in the Southland Conference Championships. Matt Riser has led the Lions to the regionals four times in nine seasons, but this may have been the most difficult road there, as SLU won 22 of its last 33 after an 8-18 start.

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The Lions are the four seed at the Auburn Regional, where they will face the top-seeded Tigers on Friday.

The Ragin’ Cajuns will head west to College Station, as they return to the NCAAs for the first time in six seasons after winning the Sun Belt tournament title this weekend. Coach Matt Deggs says this is another big step to rebuilding the program.

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UL takes on TCU Friday at 7 pm.