LRN AM Newscall May 25

A bill to end capital punishment in Louisiana got a death sentence in the House Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday. Kevin Gallagher reports…:

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Do you plan to travel this Memorial Day holiday? If so, AAA projects a 7 percent increase of travelers compared to last year. Teiko Foxx has more.

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The Senate Health and Welfare Committee votes down on a House-approved bill that sought to ban gender-affirming care for minors. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Delta Biofuel will break ground in late June on a $100 million renewable facility in Jeanerette that will produce 340,000 metric tons of biomass fuel pellets annually. CEO Phil Keating says this will solve a serious problem for the sugar cane industry…

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The facility will be the first of its kind in North America for its use of bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane production, to manufacture biomass fuel pellets on a commercial scale. Louisiana is one of the nation’s top producers of sugarcane, producing more than 2 million tons of raw sugar in 2022. Keating says it will create alternative fuel from unneeded bagasse.

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Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in a total of 275 new jobs in the Acadiana region. Keating says the average salary will be around 63 thousand dollars.

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Delta Biofuel plans to source from nearby sugar mills in Iberia, St. Mary, and St. Martin parishes. The company also has long-term contracts primarily with power utility companies across Europe for the sale of more than 1.8 million tons of pellets over the next several years.


A bill that would end capital punishment in Louisiana has failed to pass out of the House Criminal Justice Committee. HB 228 was from Marrero Democrat Representative Kyle Green, who tells committee members the death penalty needs to go forever…:

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Louisiana is one of 27 states that still allow capital punishment, but no one has been put to death here since 2010. Among those speaking FOR Green’s bill was defense attorney Ralph Capitelli, who says the process – from conviction to actual execution – simply takes too long to play out, and it should be eliminated…:

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Opposing the bill was West Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Tony Clayton, who tells members the death penalty still has a place in Louisiana justice…punishment for the worst of the worst…:

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Also against the bill, Chief Deputy Attorney General John Sinquefield, who says virtually all Gulf South states still have the death penalty, and he worries what message ending capital punishment might send…:

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The measure failed by a vote of 4 “yeas” to 11 “nays”, which is a death sentence for Green’s bill.


AAA says 42 million people will travel out this Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 7 percent increase from last year. Analyst Don Redman says despite inflation, more people are planning trips and booking them early.

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Despite high ticket prices, demand for flights is soaring. Air travel will surpass pre-pandemic levels, with 3 million people boarding planes for the weekend, that’s an 11 percent increase over last year. Redman says that’s about 170,000 more passengers than 2019.

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Road trips are up by 6 percent, with 37 million people expected to drive to their destination, an increase of more than 2 million from last year. The good news, gas prices are lower this year compared to last year when the national average was more than $4 a gallon. Redman says it’s also important to check your vehicle before hitting the road.

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More travelers are taking other modes of transportation, like buses and trains totaling nearly 2 million, an increase of 20.6 over last year.


The Senate Health and Welfare Committee kills a bill that would prohibit gender affirming care for minors. The vote was five to four to defer the legislation for the regular session. Republican Chairman and St. Martin Parish Senator Fred Mills casted the tie-breaking vote…

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Pollock Representative Gabe Firment’s bill would prohibit doctors from giving minors puberty blockers or performing any gender-transitioning procedures. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau says there are no cases of a parent allowing their child to have a sex change before they are 18….

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Firment says he’s trying to protect children from what he calls experimental treatments. He believes gender dysphoria should be treated as a mental health issue that includes counseling. But Luneau says gender-affirming care has the support of several major medical organizations

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Opponents of the legislation pointed to studies that show transgender youth are less at risk for depression and suicidal thoughts if they are able to access gender-affirming care.


Louisiana Tech hit five home runs yesterday to beat Charlotte 13 to eight in the Conference USA Tournament. Dalton Davis hit two dingers and Phillip Matulia mashed his 19th home run of the season. Bulldogs Coach Lane Burroughs had a feeling some runs would be scored in Houston

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Sixth seeded Louisiana Tech will face seventh seeded Middle Tennessee at 12:30 today. The Blue Raiders upset second-seeded UTSA five to one yesterday. Tech is trying to repeat as Conference USA Tournament champs and receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Burroughs says the key is to stay focused on the present…

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The fifth-ranked LSU baseball team opened the SEC Tournament with a solid 10-3 win over South Carolina. The Tigers got a good start on the mound from Thatcher Hurd and left-hander Nate Ackenhausen was brilliant in relief as he pitched 3.2 innings for his second save of the season. Coach Jay Johnson went to Ackenhausen in the sixth inning when the Gamecocks were mounting a comeback…

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For LSU to win its seventh national championship in program history, pitching will be the key. Johnson says the win over South Carolina was a good sign for a staff that does not have to be dominant…

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