AM LRN Newscall Jan 26

After LSU student Madison Brooks never made it home, two freshman students created a group in the app GroupMe to help others find a safe ride home.

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The search for the state’s longest-married couple is underway. Brooke Thorington has more on how you can nominate a duo that’s been married for seven decades or more.

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Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and the Bengals will try to reach the Super Bowl for the second year in a row as they visit the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Sunday. Kace Kieschnick has the story…

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Since the tragic assault and death of LSU student Madison Brooks made the headlines, it’s inspired two freshman students to create a group to help other female students get home safely. Alisha Ortolano says that sadly females are abandoned without a way home more often than you’d think.

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So Ortolano and her friend Caitlynn Bakewell created a group called LSU GIRLS RIDES on the app GroupMe. Female students are verified and when one requests a ride other members can answer the call. Ortolano says the response has been overwhelming.

Cut 5 (07) “…700 girls.”

Ortolano hopes other schools follow their lead and reminds women to always look after each other.

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Ortolano and Bakewell hope the group can prevent another tragic outcome like Brooks from ever happening again.


The Louisiana Family Forum is looking to honor the state’s longest-married couple and is currently accepting nominations. LFF President Gene Mills says it’s an annual tradition to find couples who’ve been married for several decades and honor their achievement as the Longest Married Couple in the Bayou State.

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The 2022 Longest Married Couple was Patsy and Gail Richardson of Gonzales. Mills says they were husband and wife for 81 years.

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The Richardson’s raised three children and had 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

The deadline for entries is February 6th and the honorees will be recognized on the most appropriate day, Valentine’s.

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You can find an entry form at LAfamilyforum.og


The state transportation department is mourning the death of a DOTD worker killed on Wednesday afternoon while filling potholes in DeSoto Parish on U.S. Highway 171. State Police Trooper Jonathan Odom says 35-year-old Christopher Gray of Lake Charles was killed after an empty log truck driven by 42-year-old Charles Barker of Florein hit two DOTD vehicles

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Barker and two other DOTD workers, Jalen Singleton and Mario Ross were injured in the crash. Gray was pronounced dead at the scene. Odom says as of now, the driver of the log truck has NOT been charged

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Odom says they are not sure exactly what caused this fatal three-vehicle crash, but they ask motorists to obey the speed limit and avoid all distractions while driving.


Dillard University in New Orleans officially installs Doctor Rochelle Ford as the school’s eighth president with an Inauguration celebration that starts today. Ford says she will look to accelerate Dillard’s mission to cultivate leaders who live ethically by focusing on three key areas

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Ford says on Saturday they will break ground on the Living Learning Communities, a new residential hall for students on Norman Mayer Boulevard. She says professors will also have the opportunity to live there…

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Ford says her vision also includes leveraging Dillard’s academic programs and centers to address health disparities…

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Ford previously served as the dean of the School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina.


LSU Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow and the Bengals visit the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Sunday. The two teams met earlier this year in a 27-24 Cincinnati win. Burrow threw for almost 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, but Burrow says the team needs to be prepared to face a familiar opponent…

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The matchup is a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship in which the Bengals came away with a shocking 27-24 overtime win just weeks after beating the Chiefs at home to close out the regular season. Chiefs’ Arrowhead stadium is notoriously one of the toughest environments in the NFL for opposing teams, but given the Bengals’ 3-0 record over the last two seasons, some fans have taken to calling it Burrowhead. Burrow says he’s not going to underestimate one of the best teams in the AFC in recent years…

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The Bengals defeated the Bills in Buffalo last week 27-10 behind a stellar all-around performance. Burrow threw for almost 250 yards and two touchdowns while running back Joe Mixon reached the century mark on the ground with a TD of his own. Burrow and former LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase have remained one of the league’s top passing duos this season, and Burrow was named a finalist for league MVP. Burrow, though thinks much of the team’s success comes from coaching not just their star power…

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The Chiefs earned the number one seed in the AFC this year with a 14-3 record. Former LA Tech defensive back L’Jarius Snead has been Kansas City’s number-one corner this year and one of the best in the AFC. He was with the team for last year’s loss to the Bengals and says he and his teammates are ready to avenge the missed opportunity…

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The LSU men’s basketball team fell again in a 60-40 loss to Arkansas Tuesday night. The Tigers have lost their last seven straight after opening conference play with a win. LSU struggled only shooting only 265 from the floor and 11% from beyond the arc. First-year coach Matt McMahon says he knew there would be struggles when rebuilding a program…

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The Tigers will face Texas Tech in the SEC-Big 12 showdown this weekend. Guard Justice Winslow will return to the team and suit up for the matchup after stepping away from the team last week. McMahon says he and his team are excited for the weekend despite their recent struggles…

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