LRN AM Newscall September 4

The National Republican Governors Association launches an attack ad against former state transportation secretary and Democrat Shawn Wilson in the governor’s race. Brooke Thorington has more.

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It’s Labor Day, so what does Louisiana’s labor market look like? Teiko Foxx has that story…

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The National Republican Governors Association is getting into the fray of things here in Louisiana, with a TV attack ad against Democrat Shawn Wilson. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the ad points out road and bridge issues under Wilson’s tenure as secretary of the state Department of Transportation.

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Cross says the attack ad indicates the NRGA believes frontrunner Republican Jeff Landry will most likely face Wilson in a runoff.

But will the ad make a difference? Cross believes so because voters want a good return on investment from their leaders.

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Cross says state funding for DOTD from the gas tax hasn’t been increased for decades. Even though the Edwards administration tried it was met with resistance from the Republican-controlled legislature. Cross says so it’s harder to say what kind of job Wilson has done in that position.

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The primary election is scheduled for October 14th.

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Thanks to 25 million dollars from the Infrastructure Law and another 12-million from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, over 580 orphaned wells have been plugged since mid-January. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Patrick Courreges…

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The state has roughly 45-hundred orphaned well sites, most are in the Shreveport-Monroe area. Courreges says these wells have the potential to contaminate water supplies and they can emit methane or other air pollutants…

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Courreges says once this current funding runs out, they expect to get more….

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It’s Labor Day. So what does the labor market look like in Louisiana? We asked University of Louisiana at Lafayette Economist Gary Wagner who says labor market conditions are looking favorable

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Wagner says the sectors leading the way in increased employment are construction, education, and health service. He says there’s also been an uptick in the oil and gas sector.

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Labor numbers show Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette are the strongest areas for employment. While Lake Charles, Houma-Thibodaux, and Alexandria are struggling. Wagner says labor market figures show higher than normal turnovers in sectors like leisure and hospitality, and professional business services.

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5th-ranked LSU was completely outclassed in the second half last night and lost to eighth-ranked Florida State 45 to 24 as the Tigers lost their season opener for a fourth consecutive season. Coach Brian Kelly’s team led 17-14 at halftime but F-S-U scored 31 unanswered points…

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LSU failed to score twice in the red zone in the first half, they muffed another punt and the defense had no answers for Florida State’s offense as quarterback Jordan Travis threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Opelousas native Keon Coleman. Kelly did not expect such a bad performance…

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LSU came into this contest as a national title contender, but will likely have to win the rest of its regular season games to be in contention for a spot in the college football playoff. Kelly says the team lacked urgency in the second half…

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ULM rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Army 17-13 on Saturday. Down 13-3 in the fourth quarter, Coach Terry Bowden turned to sophomore quarterback Hunter Herring who threw the winning touchdown pass. Bowden says Herring was what the Warhawks needed…

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Herring was 4-of-9 for 22 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 13 yards. Senior Jiya Wright started and was 10-of-21 for 70 yards and two interceptions. Bowden says Herring will start this Saturday against Lamar…

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