AM LRN Newscall Aug 17

The state Supreme Court heard the second appeal of Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ re-election disqualification Tuesday. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

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You’ll be able to purchase a hearing aid for mild to moderate hearing loss without a prescription in October. Brooke Thorington has more from an LSU Health New Orleans audiologist.

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The battle for starting quarterback at LSU is down to Garrett Nussmeir and Jayden Daniels. Both spoke to the media Tuesday. Brooke Thorington has more…

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The Louisiana state Supreme Court heard arguments over Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ disqualification from running for re-election Tuesday. Attorney Jerry Harper, representing plaintiff Frances Deal, tells the court Perkins’ qualification papers were NOT in order…:

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The main issue with Perkins’ qualification papers was that he listed his address as a family property near the LSU-Shreveport campus, rather than the downtown condo where he resides. Harper says that alone is enough to put him out of the race…:

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Perkins was disqualified from running by a local Shreveport judge. That ruling was upheld by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Speaking for Mayor Perkins was attorney Scott Bickford, who argued disqualifying his client was, in effect, making too much over a simple clerical error…:

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Bickford says an incorrect address should not keep Perkins from running for another term…:

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The state’s High Court adjourned after hearing arguments. Their decision is expected soon.


SWEPCO is offering options for customers in Northwest Louisiana who are having difficulty paying their power bills. Spokesperson Tara Muck says they understand bills have been higher due to increased usage and the rising cost of natural gas, so they are allowing customers to extend their payments.

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If you are current on your account Muck says you can make payment arrangements online or by phone through their automated menu due to high call volume.

To assist customers who need their power restored, deposits are being waived and for those with late fees, they can also be waived but Muck says it requires a phone call.

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Payment extensions and the opportunity to have fees and deposits waived end October 31st.  But Muck says if you’re having financial issues making payments any time of the year reach out to SWEPCO as soon as possible to discuss options

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Customer service representatives can also direct qualified individuals to government assistance programs. SWEPCO has 206,000 residential customers in Louisiana.


The FDA has approved the sale of hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss to be sold without a prescription beginning mid-October. LSU Health New Orleans Assistant Professor of Audiology Megan Guidry says the big question is how will individuals know just how bad their hearing is?

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Guidry believes access to over-the-counter aids will help and if one’s hearing loss is substantial, they’ll see a professional sooner. She says research shows that those with considerable difficulties need more than just a basic hearing aid, it needs to be adjusted properly.

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While the goal is the make hearing aids more accessible for those without insurance or other barriers, as for reducing cost, Guidry’s not sure yet.

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Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and fifty percent of those 75 and older have disabling hearing loss.


The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical wave currently over Nicaragua. It is expected to move across Central America in the next few days and emerge into the Bay of Campeche, where an area of low pressure could form on Friday. State climatologist Dr. Barry Keim says the chances of development are low, but given the time of year, it’s worth watching.

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Within the next five days, forecasters give it a low chance of development. Keim says even if it reaches tropical storm strength, one of the models shows it tracking back into Mexico. But he says nothing is certain.

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LSU football holds a scrimmage today as the starting quarterback battle between Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier intensifies. Daniels calls it a friendly competition.

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Daniels’ greatest asset is the ability to take off with his legs when a play breaks down. The coaches have been working on his throwing accuracy and Daniels appreciates how the coaching staff is trying to use his strengths…

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Both quarterbacks say the coaches have yet to decide on a starter. Nussmeier says he’s just trying to get better every day….

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Nussmeier has been around football his whole life. His Dad, Doug Nussmeier, is a former NFL quarterback and currently the Q-B coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Garrett says he uses his Dad’s knowledge for support and insight…

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