AM LRN Newscall June 13


Pay attention to your mailbox, because the Louisiana State Treasury is mailing $5.1 million in unclaimed cash property to the rightful owners. Colleen Crain has the story.

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A new survey on state crime reveals 72% of Louisiana residents think crime has increased the past few years. Mel Bridges has more.

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Even though Tiger Fans aren’t defending their College World Series Jello Shot Championship they can still do so remotely. Brooke Thorington explains.

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You may want to pay extra attention to your mailbox because the Louisiana State Treasury is mailing checks to residents with unclaimed property. Treasurer John Fleming says since his department began sharing information with the Department of Revenue through a 2018 legislative act, finding the rightful owner has been much easier.

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Fleming says one in six Louisianans have unclaimed property and many are not aware so don’t automatically assume an unexpected check is a scam….

Cut 5 (09) “…real money.”

Fleming says when he was sworn in there was a backlog of 2,500 claims. That’s now down to 500. Even if you don’t receive a check in the next few days you can still visit their website to see if you’re due some cash.

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Most checks average $100 – $200. If a large sum is due you will be contacted by the Louisiana State Treasury.


A new survey on state crime shows 72% of Louisiana residents think crime has increased the past few years, 10% less than last year’s survey. Dr. Michael Henderson, who directed the 2024 Louisiana Survey, says findings show Louisianians are determined to do something about crime.

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The survey says 84% of state residents support sending state police to help local law enforcement in high crime areas and 56% support increasing spending on local law enforcement. However, Henderson says Louisianians also support nontraditional means of law enforcement.

Cut 8 (09) “…higher crime rates.” 

Though most Louisiana residents were not victims of crime over the past year, 58% personally know a victim of property crime and 44% know someone who was attacked or threatened. Henderson says this has an impact on how every resident, even those who were not victims, view crime in the state.

Cut 9 (10)  “…different direction.

The survey report can be found on the LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs website.


Even though LSU isn’t in Omaha you can still show your support for the Purple and Gold by defending the Tigers in the Jello Shot Challenge Championship remotely. Mike Manning with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank says Rocco’s Pizza and Cantina has set up a QR code to make donations instead.

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Manning believes the LSU faithful will congeal for the challenge even though there won’t be purple and gold Jello shots this year at the College World Series.

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Last year’s challenge Manning says netted $60,000 for the LSU Campus Food Bank. He says food insecurity remains an issue for all ages in Louisiana.

In Omaha, it will be the SEC against the ACC for the Jello Challenge, but Manning says LSU will remind baseball fans who the reigning champs are with donations.

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Visit Louisiana Radio Network’s social media pages for the QR code or Proceeds will go towards the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.


According to a Pelican Institute report, population and job growth are stagnant in Louisiana. Chief Economist with the Pelican Institute Vance Ginn says Louisiana ranks in the bottom 10 in the nation in population growth and unemployment rate. But he believes there’s a way to improve those figures.

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Ginn says lawmakers have already taken one step to improve the state’s job climate by passing a law reforming the state’s occupational license law.

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Ginn says getting more people into the workforce will result in more revenue for the state, which he says could ultimately help the state wean itself off the personal income tax.

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LSU Baseball Head Coach Jay Johnson has already begun rebuilding his roster after losing nine players to the transfer portal so far with more expected to depart in the MLB draft. The Tigers have added 4 new transfers, but Johnson and his staff are also expecting reinforcements in the form of Junior College commits. Pearl River left-hander Connor Ware struck out 28 batters in 17 innings this season. Johnson expects him to make an immediate impact…

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Outfielder Tanner Reaves of Blinn College denied a scholarship from LSU for the 2024 season but chose to return after batting .422 with 20 homers his freshman season. Reaves set a record during the JUCO World Series this year blasting four home runs in 28 at-bats. Johnson says he’s ready to finally bring the versatile slugger to Baton Rouge…

Cut 17 (17) “…been committed.”

Catcher Blaise Priester began his college career at LSU before the former Denham Springs High School star transferred to Meridian JUCO. Priester batted .377 with 14 homers for the Eagles this season and Johnson says he’s a totally different player…

Cut 18 (12)  “…that’s great.”

Trevor Schmidt began his career with Johnson at Arizona before transferring to Fullerton JUCO. The 1st basemen and outfielder batted in 13 homers this season on a .343 average. Johnson says he could fill a need for the Tigers…

Cut 19 (18) “…some power.” 


Cut 20 (22) “…overcome that.”