AM LRN Newscall Aug 17

A major environmental discovery in extreme eastern St. Bernard Parish has state wildlife officials very excited. Marsanne Golsby has more.

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Officials gathered this week to observe the official opening of a deepened Mississippi River navigation channel. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

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A $21 million settlement has been reached with Brad Pitt and his Make it Right Foundation which constructed eco-friendly homes after Katrina. Brooke Thorington has more.

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For the first time in 75 years, endangered sea turtle hatchlings have been seen on Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands which is located in extreme in St. Bernard Parish. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries found the hatchlings in the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. Todd Baker is project manager for the CPRA…

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The Kemp’s Ridley turtles are endangered and loggerhead turtles are threatened. Scientists were especially excited to find hatchlings moving around.

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Baker says most of the nestings are in Mexico, with a few in Texas and Florida.

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Federal, state, and local officials gathered this week for a ceremony observing the deepening of the Mississippi River’s navigation channel. The river is now 50-feet deep from the mouth of the river to the Port of New Orleans and onto the Huey P. Long Bridge. Big River Coalition director Sean Duffy says the project will mean more high-capacity traffic will be able to come up the river…:

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Duffy has been working to get the river deepened for about ten years. He helped convince the Governor to invest an $80-million match of federal funds for the $250-million deepening. He says the first two ships to navigate at a 50-foot draft went down the river from New Orleans within the past 10 days…:

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Duffy says he and other river stakeholders will now work to deepen the river all the way to the Port of Baton Rouge in the years ahead. He says the Mississippi leads to two of the nation’s largest river ports, and keeping commercial traffic flowing is key to the state’s economy…:

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A $21 million settlement has been reached with Brad Pitt and his Make it Right Foundation and the 105 homeowners who purchased houses from his foundation that were constructed after Katrina. Attorney Ron Austin says residents have since lived in subpart conditions ever since.

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The Make It Right Foundation appears to be defunct, and the settlement will be funded by Global Green. Austin says homeowners have had to pay their mortgages this whole time and lived with mold, sewage issues, and more.

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Austin says they believe the settlement will be enough to repair the homes to livable conditions and with Global Green overseeing the project it will eventually reach its intended purpose.

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Austin says some of the homes have been unlivable, as far back as 2009.


On his monthly radio call-in show, Governor John Bel Edwards was asked his thoughts on the state’s abortion that’s in effect now after court challenges delayed its enaction. The pro-life Democratic governor says he’s for legislation to add certain exceptions.

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He pointed out that there are expectations for an ectopic pregnancy if the pregnancy is deemed medically futile or the mother’s life is in danger.

Edwards explains why he’s for the exceptions of rape and incest.

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And the governor says he believes there is enough bipartisan support to add exceptions for rape and incest in the state’s abortion ban…

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LSU’s offense looked good in Wednesday’s practice that was completely opened to the media. But snapping the football was an issue as first-team center Garrett Dellinger continues to get used to a position he’s never played. Coach Brian Kelly says Dellinger can snap the football well, but at center he has other responsibilities too

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Jayden Daniels took a majority of the first team snaps at quarterback during the scrimmage portion of the practice as he battles Garrett Nussmeier for the job. Kelly says both guys are competing well…

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One of the breakout stars at camp is McNeese State transfer cornerback Colby Richardson, who added about 25 pounds of weight during the offseason. Kelly expects Richardson to play a lot this fall and he likes the depth they’ve built at that position…

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Saints Coach Dennis Allen says it’s unlikely quarterback Jameis Winston will play in Friday’s preseason game in Green Bay. Winston is with the team in Wisconsin as they practice against the Packers, but he remains on the sidelines from a sprained foot. Coach Dennis Allen says Winston was able to do some warm-up drills…

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The Saints will have a walk thru today and they’ll take on the Packers on Friday in preseason game number two. Allen wants to see his team compete…

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