AM LRN Newscall June 25

The ACLU has officially filed suit against the Ten Commandments law which requires public schools to display the Ten Commandments in every classroom. Sean Richardson has the story.

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Heirloom Carbon Technology is investing $475 million in a decarbonization project that will result in the construction of two direct air capture facilities at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. Sean Richardson has more.

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As the insurance crisis continues to financially cripple Louisiana homeowners, some are being faced with the reality of selling their homes. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The ACLU has filed suit against the Ten Commandments law that required public schools to display the Ten Commandments in every classroom. Plaintiffs include nine multi-faith families with children in public schools. Plaintiff, Reverend Jeff Sims

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Sims says the separation of church and state means that families get to decide if, when, and how their children are introduced to religion, not the state.

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Plaintiff Joshua Harlands says as a parent, an American and a Jew he is appalled that the state lawmakers are forcing public schools to post a specific version of the Ten Commandments in every classroom.

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Harlands says the state is dividing children on religious lines and that the new law has no education benefit.

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Heirloom Carbon Technologies announces a $475 million decarbonization project that will result in the construction of two direct air capture facilities at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. Heirloom Carbon Technologies Community Liaison Caitlyn Cain.

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Construction of the first facility is set to begin by the end of this year, and they estimate 17,000 tons of CO2 will be removed from the atmosphere annually starting in 2026. Heirloom will partner with CapturePoint for permanent CO2 storage.

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This is a public and private investment with up to 550-million dollars in funding from the federal government. Cain says they chose the Port of Caddo-Bossier because Louisiana is the energy capital of the United States…

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This will be the first commercial DAC facility in Louisiana and the second in North America and will bring over a thousand construction jobs and 81 permanent jobs with an average salary of $56,000.


The situation New Orleans homeowner Cheron (Sharon) Brylski (Brill-ski) is facing is not unique in Louisiana. After her previous property insurance carriers left the state, she’s been forced to use Citizens and says now she has no other choice but to sell the home she and her husband, who died 9 years ago, lovingly restored.

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Brylski, who owns her own public relations company, has been downsizing her business as she prepares to retire but says the increase in property taxes and insurance has forced her to spend what would be her retirement savings to stay in her home.

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She says she’s tried to find another carrier instead of Citizens, but no one is willing to write her policy, even though she owns her home outright and her neighborhood didn’t flood after Katrina. Since she put the for sale sign up in her yard, Brylski says others have shared similar stories.

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Brylski says it costs nearly $15,000 annually to insure her home.


Daniel Callihan, the man charged with the murders of Callie Brunett and her daughter Erin of Loranger, says he won’t fight extradition charges and he’s requested to be transferred back to Louisiana.  At a press conference Monday, Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade says he’ll never forget when he saw four-year-old Erin’s body…

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Victoria Cox has also been charged with the murders, and the pair also face sexual battery charges in Mississippi. In Louisiana, they face first-degree murder and kidnapping charges.

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch says they are working collaboratively with investigators and prosecutors in Louisiana.

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Callihan confessed to the media on July 14th, the day after he led authorities to the body of Erin and her six-year-old sister Jalie who was still alive. Wade says while the investigation is ongoing, they feel they have a strong case against him and Cox.

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Federal charges are also expected to be issued against Callihan and Cox.


One of the top pitchers in the Southland is heading to LSU. Jacob Mayers had two standout seasons at Nicholls, his freshman season was particularly good as he had an ERA of 2.02 and was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman Pitcher of the Year. Mayers gives a lot of credit to former Colonels Coach Mike Silva

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Mayers had just one scholarship offer coming out of St. Amant High School in Ascension Parish and ended up being a Friday night starter for Nicholls. Mayers is looking forward to wearing the Purple and Gold…

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Mayers didn’t make the team as a freshman at St. Amant, but the six-foot-five right-hander says that only motivated him…..

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