AM Newscall August 26,2015

It appears self-financing is becoming a trend for political candidates in Louisiana. Eric Gill has more…

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Governor Bobby Jindal plans to attend the funeral of fallen State Trooper Steven Vincent. Jeff Palermo has more…

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A grand opening ceremony takes place today for the brand new $1.1 billion dollar University Medical Center in New Orleans. Michelle Southern reports…:

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It looks like self-financing is becoming a trend for political candidates in Louisiana. LaPolitics-dot-com Publisher Jeremy Alford says seven statewide candidates reached into their own pockets and loaned money to their campaigns. Alford says it’s not unheard of to have a self-financed candidate in a major state election…

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He says in the last fundraising quarter, statewide candidates collectively loaned themselves over $1.3 million. Gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle loaned his campaign $122,000 as well as taking out a bank loan for an additional $253,000. Alford says fundraising is becoming more difficult because many candidates are kind of picking over the same pool of donors…

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All three declared candidates for Attorney General, including incumbent Buddy Caldwell, have turned to self-financing. He says Super PACs are involved in the state election for the first time and that’s another reason campaigns are finding money hard to come by…

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If the public wants to help out the family of fallen Louisiana State Police Trooper Steven Vincent, there are a couple of ways to do so. L-S-P Sgt. James Anderson says there are two accounts set up for the public to donate money that can assist Vincent’s widow and 9-year-old son.

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Anderson says the donations can be made at any Capitol One nationwide and all funds will go directly to Vincent’s wife, Katherine. He says Steven was an extraordinary person and the family is doing their best to cope.

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Anderson says Vincent’s funeral will take place Saturday at noon at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Governor Bobby Jindal has made plans to be there. He says Vincent’s family made the decision to donate his organs and seven organ transplant recipients have already been identified.

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Much of Louisiana is waking up to temperatures in the 60s this morning. Tim Humphrey, with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, says it is rare to see these temperatures before Labor Day

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Humphrey says the cooler temperatures with lower humidity will only last a couple of days

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The National Weather Service is also monitoring Tropical Storm Erica in the Atlantic. But Humphrey says the potential hurricane doesn’t look like a threat for the Gulf of Mexico

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A grand opening ceremony takes place today for the brand new $1.1 billion dollar University Medical Center in New Orleans. The 446 patient facility was constructed to replace the old Charity Hospital which never reopened after Hurricane Katrina. UMC spokeswoman Siona LaFrance says the hospital is 2.3 million square feet and employs 2,000 people…:

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LaFrance says they’ve began seeing patients on August 1st and today Governor Bobby Jindal and Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be on hand for the celebration of the opening. She says they feel this new facility represents a new era in healthcare…:

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LaFrance says since Katrina happened 10 years ago, medical services have been scattered across the city and the opening of this UMC complex signals the return of top-notch medical care. She says it also marks a milestone in New Orleans’ recovery from the storm…:

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