LRN AM Newscall September 25

Independent candidate Hunter Lundy says he’s the best choice for governor because he’s focused on what the state needs, not political parties. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Federal and state officials are trying to stop saltwater from coming up the Mississippi River and impacting drinking water in southeast Louisiana. Jeanne Burns has the story…

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LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne and women’s basketball star Angel Reese are on this month’s cover of Sports Illustrated because of their NIL earning power. Teiko Foxx has more…

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We continue our profiles of the six main candidates for governor. Independent Hunter Lundy says he’s the most qualified to be governor because he’s not part of the old system or establishment…

Cut 4 (11) “…but the Lord.”

The Lake Charles native and attorney says Louisianans are tired of partisan politics. He notes the most recent legislative session in which lawmakers had a significant surplus of funding, but yet Republicans fought with Democrats and then Republicans fought each other…

Cut 5 (12) “…Louisiana wants.”

Lundy says early childhood education is his first priority for Louisiana. He wants to adequately fund programs to begin educating children as young as three years old, and doing that will tackle other major issues plaguing the state, poverty and crime.

Cut 6 (11) “…working society.”

Lundy is also in favor of increasing the minimum wage. Early voting for the October 14th primary begins Saturday.


Lt. Governor Billy Nungessor will meet with Shreveport Mayor Tom Arceneaux Friday to help resolve issues concerning their Mardi Gras parade schedules due to a shortage of law enforcement. Nungessor says he has made a request to Governor Edwards to help the city work out security issues.

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Arceneaux has suggested changing the dates and times to keep the city’s two largest parades, the Krewe of Centaur and the Krewe of Gemini from rolling after dark. His concern comes after a 17-year-old from Texas was fatally wounded during the Krewe of Gemini this year.

The mayor has asked Centaur to move their parade from February 3rd to February 4th. Nungessor says he recently promoted Shreveport’s Mardi Gras while on a tour of New Zealand and Australia. He says this decision could potentially impact Louisiana tourism.

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Nungessor says the Mayor is looking to hire 60 additional officers.

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Governor John Bel Edwards plans to ask the federal government to declare a state of emergency to help in the effort to keep saltwater from coming up the Mississippi River and impacting local drinking systems. Edwards says it’s already impacting lower Plaquemines Parish and he wants as many federal agencies involved….

Cut 10 (12) “…of emergencies.”

A lack of rainfall over the Mississippi River basin has led to a low Mississippi River, which is allowing saltwater to move upstream. If the saltwater gets into local water systems, it would make the water unsafe to drink, which has prompted many in the New Orleans area to rush and buy bottled water. But Edwards says there is no need…

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Edwards says accurate information and updates about the saltwater intrusion can be found at emergency-dot-la-dov.

The Army Corps of Engineers constructed an underwater sill in July, which performs like a levee, slowing the saltwater from moving upstream. Colonel Cullen Jones says they started adding another 25 feet to the sill.

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But Jones says without significant rain, the underwater still will be overtopped so they plan to transport 15 million gallons of fresh water by barge that can used by local water treatment plants.


LSU stars Angel Reese and Olivia Dunne are on the cover of this month’s issue of Sports Illustrated because they are leading college athletes in NIL deals. SI’s senior writer Stephanie Apstein says these are two young women making a lot of money, but LSU is committed to helping their athletes manage their money.

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Both are worth more than $1.5 million in NIL deals, according to the NIL 100 list. Reese is worth nearly $2 million, while Dunne is over $3 million.

Dunne has created the “Livvy” fund which helps other female athletes cash in on NIL revenue. And Angel Reese donated $12 thousand to her former high school in Baltimore. Apstein says both are making major philanthropic moves.

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Apstein commends Reese and Dunne for capitalizing on lucrative NIL deals while in college. She believes its more difficult for females to stay on top after graduating.

Cut 15 (12) “…opportunities there.”


A painful loss for the Saints yesterday as New Orleans led 17-0 going into the fourth quarter and lost 18-17 to Green Bay. Quarterback Derek Carr went down with an injury in the third quarter and backup Jameis Winston could not lead New Orleans to any points. Coach Dennis Allen was asked about Winston’s performance…

Cut 16 (16) “…weren’t good enough”

Allen says Carr was taken to a Green Bay-area hospital for x-rays and an evaluation, to we don’t know the extent of his injury. New Orleans will look to bounce back next Sunday at home against Tampa Bay. Winston says they’ll be ready…

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It wasn’t the blowout victory many LSU fans were expecting on Saturday night but the 12th-ranked Tigers still came away with a 31-28 victory over Arkansas. LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels started slow, but eventually got into a rhythm and threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns. Daniels says getting the running game involved in the second half was key…

Cut 18 (16) “…easier.”

Arkansas had a 10-point lead late in the second quarter and didn’t give up in the second half when LSU took the lead. Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson threw for 289 yards and rushed for another 48 yards to give the Hogs a chance. LSU Coach Brian Kelly gives credit to Jefferson for making it a tough game…

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A Damian Ramos 20-yard field goal in the final seconds was the winning score. LSU’s defense allowed 426 yards as there were a few blown coverages. Kelly says they will keep working at it as they begin a two-game road trip this Saturday at Ole Miss…

Cut 20 (21) “..with the win”