5:30 LRN Newscast July 12

With qualifying for fall federal mid-term elections starting next week, incumbent Senator John Kennedy easily leads in fundraising. Kennedy reports raising another $5.6-million in the 2nd Quarter, for a total of almost $29-million in his warchest. Democrat challengers Gary Chambers, Luke Mixon and Syrita Steib have gathered only a bot over $2-million between them. UL-Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says it’s Kennedy’s race to lose. A possible Republican challenge could come from Baton Rouge area Reverend Tony Spell, the man who flouted the Governor’s orders to stop church services during the pandemic, was arrested and jailed for it and eventually exonerated of any wrongdoing. Stockley says he doubts Spell poses a threat to Kennedy’s hopes for another term…:

CUT 11(07)      “…Senator Kennedy”

The state’s abortion ban law has been blocked again from taking effect. A Baton Rouge judge ruled today to put the law on hold, while legal challenges play out in court. State abortion clinics may resume service once again, in the meantime.


Former four-time governor Edwin W. Edwards died one year ago today, at the age of 94. His widow, Trina, talked about her husband with Baton Rouge radio host Jim Engster today, and shared his last words…:

CUT 07(09)      “…recording it.”

Their son Eli turns 9 next month.

Another star running back commits verbally to the LSU Tigers. He’s 5’7’, 215 pound Kaleb Jackson, from Liberty High in the Capital City. TigerDetails.com writer Jerit Roser says this helps put the Tigers’ 2023 recruiting class in the Top ten…:

CUT 05(12)      “…coast-to-coast.”