AM LRN Newscast Dec 7

A new round of federal small business assistance will bring over $ 100 million to Louisiana’s locally-owned businesses. More from Whitney Thomas…:

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The remains of a Louisiana sailor who died at Pearl Harbor 81 years ago will have a proper burial today. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Can the unseasonably warm temperatures for December in the Bayou State change how one shops for the holiday season? Brooke Thorington asks the question.

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The U.S. Treasury approves Louisiana’s application for up to $ 113 million in support for the state’s small business owners; a part of the $10-billion State Small Business Credit Initiative. The program will give financial help to “mom & pops” in the form of venture capital, seed capital, low-interest loans, and more. Governor John Bel Edwards says this is great news…:

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The size of the federal commitment is significant when one considers that Louisiana received just over $13-million when the program was last done in 2010. Louisiana Economic Development will administer the program. Edwards says a great many small businesses are struggling in the wake of the pandemic and fierce hurricanes in 2020 and ’21…:

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Edwards says the funds will be of particular assistance to the state’s many minority-owned small businesses…:

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Congressman Troy Carter says he hopes the Memorandum of Understanding inked by Governor John Bel Edwards and French officials last week will help bridge the gaps between advocates for clean energy and those who prefer relying on fossil fuels.

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As part of the agreement, France will send an international technical expert to Louisiana to help state agencies find French industries that might want to work on carbon reduction initiatives in Louisiana.

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Governing Magazine says France has established several international technical experts in various parts of the world. This is the first one dedicated to energy transition and climate change and the first one based in Louisiana.


81 years ago today, Seaman 1st Class Houston Temples of Varnado died when Pearl Harbor was attacked. His remains were finally identified and today he will be buried in Bogalusa. His niece Shirley Temples Hayman recalls a letter he sent home while he served in the Navy.

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Hayman who was only five months old when her uncle was killed, says when the Navy offered to have his remains buried in his home state and it was her son who suggested having his funeral on this significant day.

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Hayman and family members are extremely proud of Temples’ military service and they are very grateful to be able to honor his memory in Louisiana.

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The funeral will take place at 2. p.m at Ponemah Cemetery in Bogalusa.


While it might look like Christmas it sure doesn’t feel like it in Louisiana weatherwise. So, we asked LSU marketing professor Dan Rice if the weather can impact shopping habits when it’s warmer than usual. He says yes, but it depends on the time of year…

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With unseasonably warm temps in December for some, it’s hard to even consider buying a winter coat, they might prefer to purchase summer vacation attire instead. Rice says hazardous weather can change how one shops.

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When it comes to cold rainy weather, Rice says some products see a boost in sales.

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The Saints suffered a heartbreaking 17-16 loss to the Buccaneers Monday night. After leading and controlling for much of the game, up 13 with just over 5 minutes left, the Saints allowed 2 long touchdown drives as the Bucs scored the game-winning touchdown with 3 seconds left. The Saints controlled much of the game and made three trips to the red zone, none of which resulted in a touchdown. Coach Dennis Allen says he was pleased with the team’s ability to move the ball but was frustrated by the missed opportunities…

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Frustration has been the story of the Saints’ season. Falling to 4-9, the loss to the division rival all but eliminates them from the playoff hunt. New Orleans is the second most penalized team in the NFL and has the 2nd worst turnover margin after their two takeaways against Tampa Bay. Allen says the team has consistently lost winnable games…

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The Saints enter their bye week at a much-needed time. After back-to-back disappointing losses Allen hopes the team will find some time to rest and refocus before the final 4 games of the season. Now, two games behind the Bucs and at the bottom of the division, New Orleans will have to put the pieces together during their week off if they want a chance to save their season…

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The Saints will host Atlanta after the bye on Dec. 18


UL-Lafayette was selected to the 2022 Independence Bowl against Houston. Head Coach Michael Desormeaux says he and his team set out to be champions this year, and Independence bowl Champions fits that criteria. He says the team is excited about the tough matchup…

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The Cajuns will make their first appearance in the Independence Bowl in School history. Only about a three-hour drive for the team, Desormeaux hopes fans and players will be excited to show support here in Louisiana and provide a home atmosphere…

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