LRN AM Newscall September 18

Ochsner MD Anderson in New Orleans is the only hospital in Louisiana to treat adult patients using the groundbreaking CAR T cell therapy. Teiko Foxx has more.

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A major construction project gets underway today on I-20 in the Shreveport-Bossier area and it will result in lane closures for the next two years. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The first round of grants of up to 10 thousand dollars for a homeowner to fortify their roof will be available on October 2nd. Jeff Palermo has the story..

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Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center in New Orleans is the first medical facility in Louisiana to treat adult patients using CAR T cell therapy. Cellular Therapy Specialist Dr. Clark Alsfield says the treatment is also effective against certain types of blood cancers like leukemia.

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Recent studies show CAR T cell therapy was successful in certain cancer patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after one treatment. Alsfield says the therapy uses the patient’s immune system to target and destroy cancer cells.

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A patient’s eligibility depends on the type of cancer and previous treatments they have received. Some patients must have gone through multiple unsuccessful treatments.

A New Orleans patient who received CAR T cell therapy in June is in full remission. Alsfield says the federal government has approved the therapy for its safety and efficacy.

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An additional patient has started the treatment process and three others are being evaluated to receive treatment by this fall.


A major construction project gets underway today on I-20 in Bossier and Caddo Parishes as crews will replace the pavement that’s been there since the 1960s. DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says the work will result in lane closures on I-20 in Bossier City for the next two years. She says local motorists can expect delays on I-20 and on the surface roads

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She advises motorists to use 1-220 as an alternate route, because of the I-20 lane closures through Bossier City…

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The project costs 118-million dollars. Between 70 to 100-thousand vehicles per day use I-20 in this area and Buchanan says it’s time to replace the pavement that’s been there since the interstate was constructed in the 1960s….

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Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announces the first round of grants of up to 10-thousand dollars for homeowners to repair or replace their roofs will be available on October 2nd. Donelon says this program is  modeled after a successful program that Alabama has been running for a few years…

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Donelon says a fortified roof can lower your homeowners insurance costs and increase the value of your by home by an estimated seven percent…

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500 grants will be available in this first round of grants at noon on October 2nd.

Donelon says the Louisiana Fortified Homes Program has enough funding to award about three-thousand grants, so there will be additional rounds of funds distributed as year goes on. He says the first half of those grants will be limited to Citizens policyholders

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Those interested in the program are encouraged to register before applying for a grant. They can do that l-d-i-dot-la-dot-gov-slash-fortifyhomes.


The two front-runners in the governor’s race to make a November run-off were attacked multiple times in Friday’s televised debate. Republican John Schroder pointed out Jeff Landry’s campaign took a donation from a trial attorney whose firm was fined two million dollars for participating in a fraud scheme against hurricane victims….

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Landry says a campaign donation would not stop his attorney general’s office from investigating someone who breaks the law…

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Landry is the front-runner in the polls and Democrat Shawn Wilson is in second place, well ahead of the other candidates fighting to get in the run-off. Wilson describes him as pro-life, but says the government should not stand in the way of a woman seeking an abortion…

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Independent Hunter Lundy says the Legislature did the right thing by passing a law that prohibits abortion in most cases…

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The LSU Tigers put together a dominating performance on Saturday beating Mississippi State 41-14. On this day, the Bayou Bengals looked like a team that could compete for an SEC title. Coach Brian Kelly liked how his team approached its second road trip of the season…

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Quarterback Jayden Daniels was on point from the beginning, completing his first 13 passes of the game and was 30-of-34 for 361 yards and four total touchdowns. He went to wide receiver Malik Nabers early and often as Navbers finished with a career-high 13 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Kelly says Daniels took advantage of one-on-one coverage on Nabers….

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And LSU’s defense was outstanding as well. Allowing just 79 yards in the first half. Kelly says the players on defense asked the coaching staff to push them harder…

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Despite scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter, Louisiana Tech fell to North Texas as the Mean Green made a field goal with three seconds left to beat the Bulldogs 40-37. A key stat in this game was third. North Texas converted 11 of 18 times, while the Bulldogs were just 5 of 14. Tech head coach Sonny Cumbie

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Tech is 2-and-2 on the season and will visit Nebraska next week.