AM Newscall October 1,2015

Tonight all four major gubernatorial candidates will appear at a televised debate hosted by W-D-S-U T-V in New Orleans. Emelie Gunn has more….

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A study finds more Louisiana motorists are buckling up in 2015. Jeff Palermo has more….

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Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announces its 2016 induction class and once again it’s a star studded group of athletes and coaches. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The four major gubernatorial candidates for governor are slated to appear tonight at 6 in a televised debate hosted by W-D-S-U T-V in New Orleans. It will also air online and on N-B-C affiliated stations across the state. L-S-U Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says this is the chance for Republican candidates Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne to gain some traction against frontrunner David Vitter.

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Hogan says Angelle and Dardenne are getting a chance to receive free publicity. He expects both republicans will use this as their chance to prove to Louisianan’s why they should be elected over Vitter.

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This is the only televised debate before the October 24th primary that the four major candidates have committed to attend. Vitter has missed his fair share of debates and forums, but Hogan says it doesn’t look good for him to miss too many.

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Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announces its 2016 induction class and once again it’s a star studded group of athletes and coaches. One of the headliners is four time Major League Baseball All-Star Pitcher Ben Sheets out of St. Amant High. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Doug Ireland says Sheets is also an Olympic Gold Medalist…:

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The group  of eight will be enshrined next summer at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Natchitoches. NBA standout PJ Brown of Winnfield will also be recognized in next year’s class. Ireland says Brown was a great player at Louisiana Tech, but didn’t project to be a 15 year NBA Veteran…:

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Included in the class is University of Michigan and NFL star Anthony Thomas aka, “The A-Train,” also from Winnfield and 21 year long Tulane Baseball Coach Rick Jones. Ireland says another big headliner is St. Thomas More coach Jim Hightower who is the second-winningest high school football coach in state history…:

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A study shows more Louisiana drivers are buckling up this year. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Col. John LeBlanc says their 2015 Louisiana Seat Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Observation Survey found a record 86 percent of front seat passengers and drivers we’re using their seatbelt.

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LeBlanc says they’re still trying to get more young male drivers to buckle up. And he says front seat seatbelt use among African Americans measured lower than other races.

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LeBlanc says even though the numbers are going up, we can always improve. He attributes the yearly increase to, “Click it or Ticket” and other seatbelt campaigns……. (LeBlanc says 58 percent of drivers killed in Louisiana are not buckled up.)

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Get ready for some beautiful weather Louisiana as another cold front settles over the state over the next several days. State Climatologist Barry Keim says today is just the beginning with slightly cooler and less humid conditions. He says the temperatures this morning are in the 60s across most of Louisiana…:

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Keim says by tomorrow morning, the minimum temperatures are going to be in the 50s, with high temperatures only in the 70s. He says this weather pattern is going to persist through the weekend and perhaps even into early next week…:

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Keim says from here on out, cooler and less humid weather should start to dominate the pattern as we kiss summer heat goodbye. He feels, for the most part, those long periods of hot sticky weather are over..:

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It sounds like there’s a good chance Saints quarterback Drew Brees will play this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Brees missed week three’s loss to Carolina, because of a bruised rotator cuff. But the future Hall of Famer is back at practice throwing footballs to his receivers and he believes he’s making good progress….

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Brees there was a bright spot to him missing last Sunday’s game. By watching from the sidelines he got a chance to see how the players pull for each other…

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ULM is getting ready to play Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern this Saturday. The Warhawks are coming off a frustrating 34-0 loss to Alabama. Both of their losses have come against SEC schools and Coach Todd Berry is eager to begin conference play….

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ULM goes into Saturday’s game without leading receiver Rashon Ceaser, who is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Berry says some younger players will have to step up….

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