AM LRN Newscall July 28

A law requiring operating rooms to provide smoke evacuation for surgical smoke in Louisiana goes into effect on August 1st. Brooke Thorington has more…

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The National Retail Federation is predicting record spending on back-to-school items. Michelle Southern has the story…

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The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class of 2023 will be inducted this weekend in Natchitoches. Hall of Fame Foundation President Ronnie Rantz spoke about some of the headliners of the class. Kace Kieschnick has more

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A new law that goes into effect on August first is one to increase safety in operating rooms so surgical smoke is properly removed from the rooms. It’s the smoke from burning flesh that presents the hazard. Executive director of the Louisiana State Nurses Association Ahnyel (On-yell) Burkes says the law requires that policies and procedures are in place…

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Louisiana is the 12th state to enact surgical smoke legislation. Burkes says whenever skin, for example, is burned during a surgical procedure…

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Burkes says a common procedure that generates surgical smoke is a c-section which is often performed after a mother has given birth.

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Burkes says the passage of the bill has also raised awareness about the dangers of surgical smoke.


The National Retail Federation expects consumers will spend record amounts for both back-to-school and back-to-college shopping this year. N-R-F Vice President of Industry and Consumer Insights Katherine Cullen says this increase  in expected spending is primarily driven by more demand for electronics…

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The N-R-F says back-to-school spending is expected to reach an all-time high of 41.5 billion dollars, up nearly 37 million dollars from last year. Back-to-college spending is expected to hit 94 billion dollars, about 20 billion dollars more than last year’s record. Cullen says big-ticket items are leading to a huge increase in spending…

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Cullen says even though consumers plan to spend more on school and college-related items this year, they are still looking to find the best value and deals…

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News that the proposed new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge will require a toll hasn’t set well with many including Lake Charles Representative Phillip Tarver. The Republican says funding for the bridge can be prioritized to avoid the use of tolls…

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Tarver worries the high cost for large trucks to travel one way over the bridge will force them, along with others, to use the alternative route of the I-210-loop…

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Tarver says DOTD isn’t taking advantage of all the federal funding that’s available for transportation projects and the proposed bridge, which he agrees is needed, isn’t to scope. He says the project is too elaborate and so is the price tag.

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He says the alternatives would be for a legislative transportation committee to vote against the project and/or wait until there’s a new governor and see if more funds can be diverted for the project.


Twelve Louisiana sports legends will be inducted on Saturday into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame  in Natchitoches. Two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning former LSU Coach Paul Mainieri headline the class. Hall of Fame Foundation President Ronnie Rantz says Mainieri has a connection to one of the other inductees

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In football, entering alongside Manning are Tulane running back Matt Forte and LSU great Wendell Davis.  Rantz says Davis was Ja’Marr Chase before Ja’Marr Chase. He put up historic numbers for a wideout in the 80’s and was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 1987

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WNBA legend Alana Beard, who Rantz says is probably the second-best women’s basketball player to come out of the state behind just Simone Augustus, will be entering while dynamic LSU track and field star Walter Davis and pitcher Paul Byrd round out the Tigers. Rantz says powerlifter Walter Imahara is on the Mount Rushmore of Louisiana powerlifters and has an incredible story…

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Saints wide receiver Chris Olave had a great rookie season and the hope is that he can improve on the 72 receptions and 1,042 yards receiving he had last year. Olave says he got stronger in the offseason and he’s ready to contribute to what he thinks will be an explosive offense…

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If Michael Thomas can stay healthy and perform at a high level, Olave could find himself receiving a lot of single coverage. Both are from Ohio State and have built a strong relationship. Olave says he looks up to Thomas…

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Preseason camp has started for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs’ first game is August 26th against FIU. Boise State transfer Hank Bachmeier is expected to get the start at quarterback and Coach Sonny Cumbie likes how Bachmeier is picking up the offense…

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During the middle of the season, Tech will play a string of games not on Saturday. It starts Friday, September 29th at UTEP, the following week it’s Thursday at home against Western Kentucky and then back-to-back Tuesday games against Middle Tennessee and New Mexico State. Cumbie is looking forward to the unique schedule…

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ESPN U is televising the game against Western Kentucky, the others will be on CBS Sports Network.


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