10:30 LRN Newscast July 22

U.S. Senator and fundraising juggernaut John Kennedy has raised over $29-million for his re-election bid, but says he wants to hit the $40-million mark before Election Day. His on-hand funds far outstrip any of his announced challengers, so why would he want to raise even more? U.L.-Monroe political science professor Pearson Cross says having abundant cash to fight off a well-funded Political Action Committee seeking to un-seat him is one answer and there’s no reason to slow down on fundraising. The excess can be used in a future Senate re-election, but NOT if he decides to run for Governor next year…:

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Cross says that’s a good way to curry favor and support with Senate colleagues.

Governor Edwards will have to appoint an interim mayor for Minden, in Webster Parish, after the death of Mayor Terry Gardner last month. This after Minden council members failed to reach that decision this week. For the time being, the mayor pro tem is handling city business.


The Bayou State ranks at the top of a list, but it’s not necessarily the first place ranking consumers are pleased about. Brooke Thorington explains…:

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New Orleanian Ryan Thibodaux is, apparently, a man of iron. Thibodaux, a local dentist & musician, survived being gored by a bull during the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain recently. Before that, Thibodaux survived a rough bout of COVID-19 Alpha and beat back cancer. Thibodaux says he has no regrets.