LRN PM Newscall January 30th

The state Department of Health and the Louisiana Restaurant Association have teamed up to provide healthy dining options. Michelle Southern reports…:

CUT 1 (29) “I’m Michelle Southern”


President Trump’s travel ban is widely supported by members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation. Emelie Gunn has more…

Cut 2 (30) “I’m Emelie Gunn”


A four-year-old boy was killed while walking along the shoulder of Airline Hwy last night in Jefferson Parish, according to State Police. Trooper Melissa Matey says Isiah Winfrey, of Metairie, was on the shoulder of the roadway with his mother when….

Cut 3 (10) “Suburban”

Matey says Winfrey was transported to a local hospital where he later died. She says the driver of the vehicle that hit the boy, 64-year-old Joe Hutshell of Jefferson, is not facing charges…

cut 4  (09) “the crash”

Matey says the investigation is ongoing. She reminds all drivers to pay attention to their surroundings, especially on area roadways and pedestrians should always walk against the flow of traffic.

Cut 5  (08)  “as possible”


With a 304 million dollars budget deficit and a special session coming up next month, does that mean more cuts to healthcare services? Angela Lorio, co-found of Trach Mommas of Louisiana, is worried she will lose state assistance for her 3-year-old son who uses a feeding tube. She says using the Rainy Day Fund to offset the shortfall is a no brainer.

Cut 6 (10) “on that”

Lorio says she appreciates that Governor Edwards called a special session to open up other areas of the budget so cuts won’t be so deep to health care and education. She says the stress level and expenses the family of disabled people face already causes extreme stress and it’s not fair to take away assistance they desperately need.

CUT 7 (09)  “unconscionable” 

Lorio says the easiest decisions lawmakers have to make is dipping into the Rainy Day Fund. But she says that’s only 119 million dollars that helps offset cuts.

Cut 8 (11) “Day Fund”  


The state Department of Health and the Louisiana Restaurant Association have teamed up to encourage dining establishments to offer more healthy options on their menus. It’s part of the state’s ongoing Well-Ahead initiative. Well-Ahead Louisiana director Melissa Martin says they’ve developed a set of health and wellness benchmarks for restaurants..:

Cut 9 (10)  “sodium content”

Establishments who meet the benchmarks will become a designated Well-Ahead WellSpot. Martin says in a time when Americans are eating out more than ever, this partnership with LRA is an opportunity to help residents make smarter food choices. She says they also encourage restaurant owners to have healthier children’s menus…:

Cut 10 (10) “fried meats available”

To become a designated WellSpot, or to find out what establishments meet these healthy standards, visit Martin says other wellness benchmarks they recommend for restaurants is to accommodate certain dietary restrictions, and prohibit smoking in outdoor sitting areas. She says Louisiana is known for its great food, but just because a dish is healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor..:

cut 11 (09) “some of those calories”


A majority of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation supports President Donald Trump’s executive order placing travel bans on people from seven Middle Eastern countries. U.S. Senator John Kennedy supports the President’s order and says unlike former President Barack Obama, the Trump administration is enforcing America’s immigration laws.

cut 12 (11) “of origin”

Senior U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy also supports the order but believes it could be refined to allow doctors from other countries to travel to their patients. Kennedy says there has been a lot of overreaction to the travel ban order.

Cut 13 (10) “the law“

Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond opposes the order and tweeted “The Christian Right is wrong for being silent on the issue. It’s the silence of good people that allows evil to persist.” But Republican U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish is behind the travel ban 100-percent.

cut 14 (11) “that stuff”

Abraham says some people in disagreement are trying to portray the order as a Muslim ban, but that’s not the case at all. He says the President is just trying to protect our borders.

Cut 15 (09) “his administration”