11:30 LRN Newscast

There’s an enhanced to moderate threat for severe weather this afternoon and into tonight for much of central and northeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there’s also a slight risk for severe storms in south Louisiana…
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Forecasters are urging residents to pay attention to emergency alerts.

We continue to wait on an answer from Republican U-S Senator John Kennedy on whether he’ll run for governor in 2023. Other potential GOP contenders, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and State Treasurer John Schroder say they will announce a decision in January. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says they are not the only ones awaiting Kennedy’s decision.
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Stockley believes Kennedy is seriously considering running for governor, because Democrats have kept control of the Senate.

Plaquemines Police Chief Kenny Payne has resigned after pleading no contest to malfeasance charges. A grand jury indicted Payne on accusations he asked a woman for sexual favors in exchange for dismissing charges against her boyfriend and then asking the Iberville Sheriff not to investigate. Payne has received a three-year suspended sentence and was forced to resign. District Attorney Tony Clayton says this case shows no one is above the law…
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The Louisiana Department of Health says Louisiana residents should get health screenings to determine if they are diabetic or pre-diabetic as the prevelance of diabetes is higher than the national average. Director of Well Ahead Louisiana, Melissa Martin, says residents who are at risk have access to resources with the state’s Well-ahead program….
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For more information go to well-ahead-L-A-dot-com.