AM Newscall August 26, 2014

The ACLU of Louisiana says South Plaquemines High School administrators are violating the constitutional right of a student who they’ve suspended for having religiously mandated dreadlocks. Michelle Southern has that…:

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Council for A Better Louisiana is partnering with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to present a US Senate debate on October 14th.  Scott Carwile has more…

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A fight at Natchitoches Central High School sends an 18-year-old student to the hospital with serious injuries and leads to the arrest of another student. Jeff Palermo has the details…

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The ACLU of Louisiana has sent a letter to the Plaquemines Parish School Board and South Plaquemines High School administrators regarding a student who has been suspected because of his hairstyle. The student is Rastafari and ACLU-LA Executive Director Marjorie Esman says his long dreadlocks are religiously mandated…:

Cut 4  (12)  “with his religious faith”

Esman says the student is not new to the school but last year his parents were unaware of the right he has to keep his hair the way his religion mandates…:

Cut 5  (12)  “right now”

Esman says they are seeking an expedited hearing before the full school board very quickly with the expectation that they will do the right thing…:(Calls to the school board were not returned.)

Cut 6 (05)  “with his religious faith”


State Representative Jeff Thompson of Bossier City will leave the state legislature to become a district judge. Thompson qualified unopposed to fill the judgeship left vacant by the retiring Ford Stinson. He says his time in the State House was a great opportunity to help craft some meaningful legislation for the state…

CUT 7 (08) “January the first”

Thompson will preside in the 26th Judicial District Court of Bossier and Webster Parishes in northwestern Louisiana. He will be sworn in on January 1st. Thompson says a unique opportunity presented itself this year with two judges in the district retiring…

CUT 8 (12)   “to serve here”

During his time in the legislature, Thompson was a proponent for Second Amendment rights. He founded the gun rights group, Defend Louisiana. Thompson is confident the state legislature will continue to defend the right to bear arms…

CUT 9 (11)  “our own families”


The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 20-year-old LaPlace man on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and armed robbery. Captain Pat Yoes says the victim was walking in New Orleans when a vehicle stopped beside her and two subjects exited the vehicle…

cut 10 (10)  “she was raped”

Yoes says the subjects took the victim from there to St. John Parish and into St. Charles Parish, where she was raped. The victim was dropped off in Kenner where she flagged down someone to notify the Sheriff’s Office. Yoes says it took investigators a little time to figure out where the incident occurred…

cut 11 (09)  “in the investigation” 

He says the victim was able to pick out Kevin Allen in a photographic lineup. The subjects also allegedly robbed the victim. Yoes says Allen was arrested by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office…(Yoes says the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.)

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Council for A Better Louisiana is partnering with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to present a US Senate debate on October 14th. Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican challengers Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness will all participate. CABL President Barry Erwin says this race is hugely important for the state…

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The debate will take place at Centenary College in Shreveport beginning at 7PM. It will be broadcast statewide on LPB television stations. Erwin says there are still working on the format of the debate, but there shouldn’t be a shortage of topics…

Cut 14 (13)  “affect us here”

Erwin says there are several pressing issues important to the state tied to this election. He says it’s important nationally because, potentially, the balance of power in the Senate could be determined by the outcome. Erwin says, obviously, there is a lot riding on Louisiana’s US Senate race…

Cut 15  (10)   “and TV ads”


13th ranked LSU is just four days away from the season opener against number 14 Wisconsin and it remains a mystery to the public who will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers. Coach Les Miles is staying tight lipped, but he says Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will get a chance to play against the Badgers…

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Miles says how Jennings and Harris perform during the games will determine how long they go with a two quarterback system….

Cut 17  (17)   “not occurred”

Miles doesn’t anticipate the battle for starting quarterback to be a distraction for his team…

Cut 18 (11)  “tough defense”