LRN PM Newscall

The gloves are coming off in the governor’s race as we have our first attack ad. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office investigation of the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man who was holding a child in his arms is completed. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.13, $1.10 cheaper than the same time last year. AAA Fuel Analyst Don Redman says crude oil prices are under $70 a barrel and that translates to better prices for the consumer.

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Redman says drivers should budget $3.25 – $3.50 a gallon for the remainder of the summer.

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Redman says although financial markets are unsure of what direction the economy will go due to inflation, he’s predicting a busy summer as people continue to travel over the summer.

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We have our first attack ad in the governor’s race. A group supporting Republican candidate Stephen Waguespack claims in a TV and radio spot that Jeff Landry, the perceived front-runner in the governor’s race, has been soft on crime during his time as Attorney General…

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A super PAC called Reboot Louisiana produced the ad. The Landry campaign has responded by announcing endorsements from eight sheriffs and district attorneys. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the October 14th primary is five and a half months away and the gloves are coming off…

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Pinsonat says attack ads usually wait until after qualifying, which for this election is the second week of August. Landry has raised the most money and the polls show he has the most support among voters.

Pinsonat says Waguespack was the last major candidate to get in the race, but a pro-Waguespack group dropping an attack ad on Landry shows the former L-A-B-I president is serious about winning

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Another hurricane season begins tomorrow.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says Louisiana, Florida, and North Carolina are the top three most vulnerable states due to size of coastline and geographic locations.

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NOAA  predicts a near-normal season with 12 to 17 named storms. The peak of hurricane season starts in mid-August, but Keim recommends having a plan in place now and stay ready.

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Keim says last year’s hurricane season was quiet with not one track in the northern or western gulf compared to the previous years. He says every year there’s something to learn about the state’s geographic vulnerabilities, however…

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A strong El Nino is expected around August, September, and October which creates hostile conditions for the formation of hurricanes.


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation of the fatal April 23rd Pineville Police officer-involved shooting. RPSO spokesperson Tommy Carnline says 25-year-old Larry Calk was holding a child and a weapon and threatening to harm the child while on the front porch of a residence.

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Pineville Police responded to a reported family disturbance shortly before 1 PM on Sunday, April 23rd. Carnline says the officers first heard the suspect inside the home threatening the child and that continued as he exited the residence.

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Carnline says immediately after Calk was shot and the child was out of danger, other officers immediately began rendering medical aid.

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The investigation has been turned over to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.