AM LRN Newscall Sept 1

If all goes well, the Artemis unmanned mission to circle the moon will launch tomorrow. Marsanne Golsby on how some students are fascinated by space travel.

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Sunday’s LSU Tigers season opener with new coach Brian Kelly in the Superdome is expected to be a big boost to tourism in the Crescent City. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

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Construction is underway on the state’s newest women’s prison in St. Gabriel. Brooke Thorington has more on what features the $149-million facility will have.

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Two generations ago, classrooms were glued to televisions watching Apollo moon missions. The last Apollo mission ended about 30 years before today’s generation of students were born. Hannah Populus didn’t see the first moon launches either, but she’s really excited about Artemis. The Baton Rouge teacher has brought that excitement to her students at Parkview Baptist School.

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Populus is an English teacher, but she loves space so much she incorporates the theme into writing exercises. Recently the class pretended they were going to Mars.

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Populus says she thinks the excitement about Artemis makes sense because people, especially students, are innately curious.

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Anticipation is high for the LSU Fighting Tigers’ season opener against Florida State Sunday in the Superdome. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says his office made a $1-million sponsorship to assure the event came to New Orleans, and it is paying off…:

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Nungesser himself was selected to do the official coin toss for first possession to start the game. South Louisiana singer & Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw will sing the National Anthem. Then, fans will see their first of new head coach Brian Kelly’s LSU Tigers. Nungesser says even fans with no tickets can enjoy a big party outside the Superdome at Champions Square…:

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Kickoff is Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Nungesser expects this to be a huge weekend for New Orleans, as the Southern Decadence LGBT Festival is also happening in the French Quarter. Nungesser says it’s a great start to a renewed fall football and festivals season all across the state…:

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After six years, construction is finally underway in the Iberville Parish town of St. Gabriel on the state’s newest women’s prison. Corrections Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc says the $149 million state-of-the-art facility will have 938-beds and be located on the west side of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center facility.

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Since the previous facility flooded in 2016, Le Blanc says the majority of female inmates have been housed at the former Jetson youth facility in Baton Rouge and the new prison should be completed in 28 months.

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The new facility will have space for multiple rehabilitative programs, for example, cosmetology, horticulture, welding, and computer programming. Le Blanc says it will also have an area dedicated to inmates who need mental health services.

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He says the post-partum section of the women’s will be a first of its kind for Louisiana once construction is completed.


More than 30 pounds of trash that were headed to the Gulf of Mexico has been intercepted by a device called the Litter Gitter Gulf of Mexico Alliance spokesperson Amanda Nalley says the device was placed on a residential canal in Metairie.

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Nalley says when you see trash on the streets if it’s not disposed of properly once it rains it eventually makes it down through our waterways and into the gulf.

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In addition to keeping litter from entering the gulf, Nalley says they were also able to see what kind of trash was intercepted and the majority of the 32 pounds collected in the time span of a month were plastic water bottles.

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance assisted the Pontchartrain Conservancy with acquiring the Litter Gitter that was created by the Osprey Initiative in Mobile, Alabama.


For just the tenth time in history, LSU and Florida State will face off against each other on the gridiron when they meet in the Superdome Sunday. It’s the season opener for the Tigers, while the Seminoles dominated Duquense 47-7 last week in Tallahassee. FSU has a veteran dual-threat quarterback in Jordan Travis and LSU Coach Brian Kelly says they want to keep Travis in the pocket

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On defense, Kelly says the Seminoles’ defensive tackles have size…

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The top player on the D-Line is defensive tackle Fabian Lovett, who was an All-ACC honorable mention last season.


The Ragin Cajuns kick off its season tomorrow with the nation’s longest winning streak at 13 games. They’ll try to make it 14 in a row when they host Southeastern Louisiana at 6 PM. The Lions are the preseason favorite to win it in the Southland, even though they have a new quarterback in Cephus Johnson. U-L Lafayette Coach Michael Desormeaux on the matchup…

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It’s Desormeaux’s first season as head coach of the Cajuns. He says they’ve had a good preseason camp and now it’s showtime…

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Northwestern State heads to Missoula, Montana for its opening game as the Demons visit the second-ranked team in the F-C-S, the Montana Grizzlies. It’s the Demon’s first visit to Washington-Grizzly Stadium since 2004 and only one player on Northwestern’s team has ever visited the state of Montana. Coach Braid Laird says it’s a challenging place to play…

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