LRN Newscall Sept 21

The Times-Picayune, NOLA-dot-com has endorsed Republican Stephen Waguespack in the governor’s race. Jeff Palermo  has more…

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If you’re seeing large amounts of crickets, you’re not the only one. Teiko Foxx has an explanation for the increase of the late-night crawlers.

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LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing has been awarded a one million dollar grant to help create a more diverse nursing workforce. Assistant Dean for Clinical Nursing Education Dr. Benita Chatmon says not only is this grant for undergraduate students in college but high schoolers who might be interested in a nursing career…

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According to the U-S Census Bureau, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and American Indians make up 40 percent of the US population, but minorities only make up 20-percent of the nursing workforce. Chatmon says if they can have more minority nurses, it could result in better health outcomes for Blacks…

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Chatmon says a portion of the funding will also go towards promoting academic success for minorities seeking a degree in nursing…

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The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services.


The Times-Picayune and NOLA-dot-com has endorsed Republican Stephen Waguespack for governor. The paper says Louisiana’s next governor must be laser focused on Louisiana’s future, not distracted by Washington-style sideshows. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says’s editorial staff is not a fan of Republican front runner Jeff Landry…

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A poll paid for by Louisiana TV stations released this week showed Waguespack running in a distant third place in the October 14th primary, behind Landry and the lone main Democrat Shawn Wilson. Hogan says this endorsement could provide Waguespack with a bump….

Cut 7 (05) “..second look” is owned by John Georges, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2007 as an Independent. Hogan says Democrat Shawn Wilson failing to get the newspaper’s endorsement is another blow to his campaign…

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Waguespack says the endorsement is a sign his solutions driven campaign is resonating with people.


Have you seen more crickets than usual? A sudden surge of cricket infestations has hit Louisiana. LSU Ag Center Entomologist Aaron Ashbrook says crickets are on the hunt for food after recent rain.

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August and September are the prime time of the year for both field cricket and mole cricket activity. It is also mating season, and dry conditions have provided more places for crickets to lay eggs. Ashbrook says the small, dark, and shiny crickets seen around the Bayou State are field crickets. While mole crickets…

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Ashbrook points out the lifespan of a cricket averages around 90 days, so a decrease in population can be expected in the upcoming fall months. But if they are a nuisance, he suggests sealing all possible entry points to your home to keep them out.

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Six Louisiana Tech all-time greats were honored last night with the unveiling of their statues at the school’s new Champions Plaza. 75-year-old Terry Bradshaw was there to see it. The former quarterback played at Tech in the 1960s and went on to win four Super Bowls with the  Pittsburgh Steelers. Bradshaw says he’ll never forget his time in Ruston…

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Karl Malone was a force on the basketball court at La Tech. He went on to have a hall of fame career in the NBA as he was a 14-time All-Star. An emotional “Mailman” gave thanks to Louisiana Tech…

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Kim Mulkey is the only person in women’s basketball to win a championship as a player, an assistant and as a head coach. She led the Lady Techsters to a national title in 1982 and now there’s a statue of her on campus…

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Also getting statues, Teresa Weatherspoon, Willie Roaf and the late Fred Dean.