LRN PM Newscall January 25

Baton Rouge Alcoholic Beverage Control Board member Scott Wilfong discusses the fallout after the alleged rape and death of an underage LSU student linked to Reggie’s bar.

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It’s National Passenger Safety Week and passengers are being encouraged to speak up. Whitney Thomas reports.

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The Tigerland bar where 19-year-old student Madison Brooks was with four men who are facing rape charges, has had their liquor license suspended by the state.  Baton Rouge Alcoholic Beverage Control board member Scott Wilfong says while the state investigates Reggie’s Bar, it’s out of their hands.

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It’s not the first time Reggie’s has been cited for serving minors. Wilfong says it happened a few years ago but the board’s current policy is three or more violations in a calendar year a hearing is held.

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Wilfong says Reggie’s isn’t the only bar that’s been cited for serving minors, he says it’s an issue parish-wide. He believes bars should not allow anyone under the age of 21 to enter and that would have a huge impact on underage drinking.

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Wilfong says he’s talked with three members of the metro council and believes they will consider such a proposal of raising the entrance age along with other measures to curtail underage drinking.  The state Alcohol & Tobacco Control board will hold an emergency meeting next month to decide the fate of Reggie’s, after evidence from the investigation is presented.


In his weekly media availability, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy was asked about classified federal documents recently found in President Biden’s office in Philadelphia, and in two homes in Delaware. Cassidy says there’s no good reason for a former Vice President to have such files in his personal possession…:

Cut 6 (08)  “…different residences. Period.” 

Some of the Biden documents date back to when he was in the U.S. Senate. Cassidy says he’d like a proper investigation, and he is OK with waiting for that before any further judgement of the President…:

Cut 7 (13)  “…realize they’re there.” 

The Biden documents discovery comes after the President and Democrats railed against former President Trump about a smaller number of document found in his Florida home. This week, even more federal documents were found in former VP Mike Pence’s home. Does Cassidy feels all should be receive equal scrutiny…:

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It’s National Passenger Safety Week and State Police is urging passengers to speak up for their safety when in a dangerous driving situation. Trooper Ross Brennan says vehicle passengers make up 62-percent of traffic fatalities nationwide and the best way to reduce that number is for passengers to make sure everyone in a vehicle is buckled up 

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Brennan says passengers can also be an extra set of eyes for a driver. 

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Brennan says he wants passengers to know they have the power to promote safe driving practices and prevent unsafe ones by speaking up and enforcing better habits.

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says Mardi Gras Krewes will be able to use their full parade routes this year, after COVID and lack of law enforcement officers, forced them to abbreviate their routes. Cantrell announce this morning that the city has secured enough law enforcement officers for Mardi Gras this year.

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Cantrell says it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of multiple first-responder agencies, like the Sheriff’s Association. She says the city has entered into an agreement to provide funding for much-needed outside law enforcement for carnival season.

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The parade route for Endymion will be altered due to ongoing renovations at the Superdome.