2:30 LRN Newscast Sept 6

The first televised debate of the 2023 governor’s race is tomorrow night, but the front-runner will not be there. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Tiger Island wildfire that’s been burning since August 22, is now 65% contained, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Recent rains have helped fire crews. But the precipitation is also responsible for muddy conditions that’s hindering access for heavy equipment.

Beloved Margaritaville Singer Jimmy Buffett died from Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer. LSU School of Medicine Oncologist Dr. Brian Boulmay says 90 percent of those diagnosed are white and early detection is key. But he says you can protect yourself.

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The U.S. Capitol attending physician’s report says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has not suffered a stroke or seizure. Fellow Kentucky lawmaker Rand Paul believes the 81-year-old Republican had a seizure. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s going to go with the report of the healthcare provider who actually examined McConnell.

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McConnell froze while speaking in public at least twice over the last few months.