AM LRN Newscall June 12

Colorado State University researchers have doubled down on predictions for an above-average Atlantic hurricane season this year in an updated report. Mel Bridges has more.

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Governor Jeff Landry signed East Baton Rouge Representative Lauren Ventrella’s bill allowing the Overpopulation Advisory Council to sell commemorative stamps to support spay and neutering programs around the state. Sean Richardson has more.

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Former LSU Beach Volleyball players Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss were selected to represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics this summer. Kace Kieschnick has the story…

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Funeral services will be held in Lafayette today for Richard Zuschlag, the founder of Acadian Ambulance Service who passed away June 5th from cancer-related complications. Porter Taylor, Director of Operations with Acadian Ambulance for Louisiana and Mississippi says Zuschlag will be remembered by those whose lives he enriched.

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Zuschlag started Acadian Ambulance with two ambulances in 1971 and grew the company into the country’s largest privately held medical transportation company. Porter says Zuschlag was such a driven and amazing person…

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Acadian Ambulance, based in Lafayette, has 5,200 employees and operates in four states (Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee). Porter says Zuschlag made such an impact on so many lives and those of his employees…

Cut 6 (12) “…sorely missed.”

The service at St. Pius X Catholic Church will begin at 10 AM, with a burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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Colorado State University researchers have confirmed predictions of an above-average hurricane season this year in an updated report. CSU meteorologist Phil Klotzbach (clots-bock) says not much has changed since the initial predictions.

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Of those storms, 11 are predicted to reach hurricane strength and 5 are predicted for major hurricane strength. Klotzbach says the prediction is based on several factors including an untimely appearance of La Niña, which decreases wind shear that could potentially break up hurricanes, and a record rise in ocean temperature.

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Klotzbach says while it’s important to stay hurricane-ready, it’s just as important to remember these predictions could over- or underestimate the actual number of hurricanes.

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Klotzbach recommends coastal residents start preparing now before any hurricanes make landfall.

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Governor Jeff Landry signed into law a bill that allows the Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council to design, manufacture, and sell commemorative stamps with the proceeds supporting spay and neuter programs around the state. Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director Jeff Dorson…

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Dorson says “Animal Friendly” proceeds from license plates available from the Office of Motor Vehicle help fund spay and neuter programs and the stamps will be a companion piece. He says the license plates bring in $25-thousand yearly.

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The stamp will cost a minimum of fifteen dollars, but the Council will also sell first editions, collectors editions, and different sizes.

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Stamps should be available for purchase in around a year but until then Dorson reminds you to spay and neuter your pets.

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President Biden’s son Hunter Biden was found guilty of federal gun charges Tuesday, a historic first for the child of a sitting president. Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison for three charges; lying on a federal screening form about drug use, lying to a gun dealer, and possessing a gun. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy…

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Cassidy says Hunter Biden shouldn’t have been abusing drugs, shouldn’t have been buying a gun while using drugs, and shouldn’t have been lying to the FBI.

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President Biden released a statement following the conviction saying “I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal.”

When asked last week if his son was convicted if he would pardon him, President Biden said no

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Former LSU Beach Volleyball stars Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss were officially selected to represent Team USA at the Paris Olympics this Summer. The first two LSU beach volleyball alums to make the Olympics, Kloth and Nuss put together a perfect 36-and-0 record their final season at LSU in 2021. The duo went pro after leaving LSU and are currently the 2nd-ranked team in the world. Nuss says it all started in Baton Rouge…

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Team TKN felt an immediate spark as they trained countless hours together during Covid restrictions. 5-foot-6 Nuss from New Orleans and 6-foot-4 Kloth of Sioux Falls, South Dakota may have started as an unlikely pairing, but after nearly four years playing together, Kloth says the teammates are like sisters…

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Olympic beach volleyball competition kicks off July 27 and runs through August 9 in Eiffel Tower Stadium, a temporary arena located at the base of the iconic Paris landmark. The duo said they didn’t celebrate too much after earning a selection because they have their eyes set on bringing home the gold. No matter what happens, Nuss says representing Team USA in Paris is a dream come true…

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LSU Baseball Coach Jay Johnson spoke to the media following the Tigers’ loss in the championship of the Chapel Hill Regional. LSU began the season as a preseason top-5 team and started strong before losing 12 of their first 15 SEC games. They rallied late in the season to earn a spot in the Chapel Hill Regional and were just two outs away from hosting a Super Regional. Johnson says the loss was one of the most heartbreaking of his career but he’s learned a lot from his squad…

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Johnson was left to rebuild after his National Championship team a season ago saw 13 players go to the MLB. He reloaded with a stellar freshman class but will be in a similar situation this offseason as he expects up to 11 Tigers to get drafted. Johnson says his role as a coach isn’t just to win games…

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The Tigers have also already lost nine players to the transfer portal. Johnson has used the portal effectively to build his teams in the past but he says it’s not what he’s used to. Johnson says his strength is in building programs and developing young talent but that just isn’t the current landscape of college athletics…

Cut 20 (11) “…very excited.”