AM LRN Newscall Dec 7

While some Christmas tree farmers may have faced a decrease in supply due to the drought, the price of a fresh Christmas tree will not increase in the Bayou State. Teiko Foxx has more…

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Louisianans pay three times the national average for homeowner’s insurance, the 3rd most expensive in the nation according to Business Insider. Colleen Crain takes a look…

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The actor’s strike is over, and while the majority are pleased with the three-year agreement, the growing use of Artificial Intelligence is concerning for their livelihoods. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Will the fresh Christmas tree scent cost you more this year in the Bayou State? Despite the state’s record-breaking drought and extreme heat, at a local level tree prices have remained steady. Incoming President of the Southern Christmas Tree Association Kevin Steele says there’s nothing for Louisianans to be worried about.

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Steele says the average price of a six-foot fresh tree is around eighty dollars. And if height matters…

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Steele is confident the supply is there to meet the expected demand. He suggests buying from a local Christmas tree farm instead of buying a plastic tree…

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Louisiana now has the 3rd most expensive homeowner’s insurance in the country according to Business Insider and Executive Director of Real Reform Louisiana, Ben Riggs says it’s threatening residents’ livelihood…

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 Riggs says Insurance companies have repeatedly said costs are high because of the unpredictable destructive weather conditions we experience. Though we cannot change the weather, Riggs says there are things we can do to mitigate the risks and costs…

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 The average cost of homeowner’s policies in Louisiana is $5353, that’s an increase of 27% in just one year according to Policy Genius. Riggs says he’s concerned about the direction the new insurance commissioner seems to be signaling and…

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The actors’ strike is officially over after members voted to ratify a three-year deal with studios. Streaming has drastically changed the economics of show biz and Baton Rouge actor Jason Bayle says it’s harder for middle-class actors like himself to make money. He voted to end the strike, but like others, he’s concerned about Artificial Intelligence or AI.

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The four-month strike not only kept actors out of work, but other professionals like camera operators, caterers, and electricians to name a few. Bayle says the first-year raise they’ll receive from the new agreement probably won’t cover the amount of money they lost while on strike.

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In the past, Bayle says it was easy to measure viewership when a production aired on linear television and talent was compensated based on ratings. But with streaming he says actors aren’t properly rewarded.

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After both the writers and actors strike, Bayle says those in the industry are hoping the industry will return to a sense of normalcy in the coming months.


The 2023 Prep Classic begins today in the Caesars Superdome as over the next three days eight champions will be crowned in high school football. Tonight’s non-select Division 4 matchup features two teams that know a lot about winning state championships as Oak Grove faces Haynesville. Oak Grove is led by quarterback Jackson Bradley. Tigers Coach Ryan Gregory

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Oak Grove has won seven state championships, while Haynesville has won 17. But the Golden Tornado are making their first appearance in the Dome since 2016. Haynesville Coach David Franklin…

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Haynesville and Oak Grove will kick off at 7 PM.

The first game of the day is Riverside versus Southern Lab in a Division Four select state championship game. The Kittens won their fifth state title in 2021 but last year Coach Darrell Asberry’s team lost in the quarterfinals…

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Riverside is led by Lutcher native and second-year head coach Lee Roussel…

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Kick-off for the Southern-Lab Riverside game is 3:30.


15 players were listed on the Saints injury report Wednesday. Quarterback Derek Carr was limited. Coach Dennis Allen says Carr is in concussion protocol…

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Carr took a big hit in last Sunday’s loss to the Lions and suffered his second concussion in the last month.

Not practicing on Wednesday, Taysom Hill as he’s nursing a foot and a left-hand injury. Cam Jordan, Marcus Maye, Kendre Miller, and Rashid Shaheed.

The 5-and-7 Saints have lost three in a row as they prepare to host Carolina, who is 1-and-11 on the season. Allen says they need a win this Sunday

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48-year-old Bryant Vincent takes over as the head football coach of the ULM Warhawks. He takes over a program that won two games in 2023 and has not had a winning season since 2012. Vincent says he wants to build a program that northeast Louisiana can be proud of….

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Vincent replaces Terry Bowden who lasted just three seasons and went 10-26. Vincent comes from New Mexico where he improved the Lobos offense in just one season as offensive coordinator. Vincent also spent four seasons as UAB’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He doesn’t see why ULM can’t have a winning football program…

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Vincent’s contract is five years and AD John Hartwell says salaries for Vincent and his assistant coaches have been increased.