LRN AM Newscall July 31

One legislator is calling for more transparency and oversite into the third party vendor OMV data breach. Brooke Thorington has more.

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If you have blue tarp on your house because of previous damage to your roof, the Louisiana Housing Corporation has a Blue Tarp Roofing Repair Program that can result in a new roof. Teiko Foxx has more…

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With election season right around the corner, are you ready for an onslaught of text messages from the candidates? Jeff Palermo has more…

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After the data breach involving a third party vendor used by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles last month, the OMV is offering a free year of Life Lock credit monitoring to those impacted. But Leesville Representative Chuck Owen believes the incident warrants legislative oversite.

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Owen says at this time he only knows what information was released to the public about the data breach and he admits he hasn’t reached out directly to OMV for more information. He says he’d like to know the types of data that were stolen…

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A decision on whether to call for an oversite committee into the matter is left to the Speaker of the House. Owen believes the breach could fall under the scope of existing committees either Homeland Security or Transportation, or a special committee could be merited as well.

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For more information about the data breach, you can visit


Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) expands the 2023 Blue Tarp Fund Roofing Repair Program waitlist for those with roof damage who did not apply in February. LHC Executive Director Joshua Hollins says with additional funding will help cover parishes beyond the capital region…

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The program guidelines require homeowners to meet low-income requirements of 80 percent of the area median income or lower. Hollins says the home must be their primary residence and purchased a year prior to the assistance. He says certain groups of applicants will be placed at the top of the list…

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Since February, LHC has been able to award nearly 150 applicants with new roofs in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, and West Baton Rouge Parishes. Hollins hopes this is the beginning of a commitment to help communities recover and rebuild after disasters

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Blue Tarp Program awards will be awarded on a first come first served basis and will be subject to funding availability. Homeowners can apply at


Construction for a new warehouse for Second Harvest Food Bank in Houma will get underway in August. The 17,000-square-foot facility will allow the agency to better serve Grand Isle along with Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. Mary parishes. Second Harvest President Natali Jayroe…

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The new warehouse will also contain a 3,400-square-foot community kitchen in the future that will be able to serve up to 3,000 meals daily.

Second Harvest currently operates out of three warehouses and serves the southern portion of the state, from Mississippi to Texas. Jayroe says after Katrina they opened a facility in Lafayette, and they hope to have a total of four after the expansion.

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Jayroe says they’ll do some economic development with the hubs, they’ll be outfitted for local farmers to be able to process their crops. The hubs will also house emergency workers…

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the new warehouse is scheduled for August 29th.


Louisiana’s gubernatorial candidates are using text messaging as another way to reach out to voters. You may have received a text message from Sharon Hewitt, Richard Nelson, Stephen Waguespack or one of the other candidates. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan…

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Hogan says even campaigns that do not have a lot cash can use text messages as a way to reach out to voters…

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Hogan says text messages from candidates can also backfire on them as it might anger potential voters…

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The FCC says political text messages can be sent without permission as long as the sender does not use autodialing technology.


The Saints begin their first full week of training camp today and it’s still a little surreal seeing tight end Jimmy Graham back on the practice field and wearing Black and Gold. Graham signed with the Saints last week re-joining a franchise that drafted him in 2010, but traded him to Seattle in 2015…

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After four straight seasons of 85 catches or more, Graham says he was shocked and also hurt by the trade to the Seahawks…

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Graham admits he didn’t do many media interviews in Seattle, because he didn’t want talk about the Saints trading him. After three years with the Seahawks, two years in in Green Bay, and two years in Chicago, Graham is now hoping to make the Black and Gold a Super Bowl contender again….

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