LRN PM Newscall March 1st

Louisiana’s Republican delegation approves of President Donald Trump’s message to Congress last night but Democrats are still skeptical. Emelie Gunn has more…

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Louisiana HBCU leaders are pleased with the president’s commitment to making historically black institutions a priority. Jeff Palermo reports…:

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An escaped work release inmate is once again behind bars after a high speed chase in Webster Parish that ended with a vehicle going airborne. Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton says deputies pulled over a vehicle for speeding down Highway 371. He says after the driver stepped out of the truck, 18-year-old Kevonte Austin took off, and deputies set up a roadblock to catch him.

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A video of the crash shows the truck veering into the ditch to avoid the roadblock before flying over 10 feet in the air over a fence and into the parking lot of Nicky’s Restaurant, where the unsuspecting woman was sitting in her vehicle. Sexton even after crashing the vehicle, Austin wasn’t giving up without a fight.

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The suspect was reportedly travelling 115 miles per hour when he came upon the roadblock.  Sexton says given how recklessly the suspect was driving, it’s a miracle no one was hurt, especially the woman who was in her car when the truck landed on top of it.

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Sexton says Austin has been booked on charges of attempted first degree murder of a police officer for trying to run over a deputy, attempted auto theft, and numerous traffic offenses.


Louisiana’s Republican delegation believes President Donald Trump sent the right message in last night’s address in front of Congress. Mr. Trump laid out his plans to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system, increase military spending and create jobs. Congressman Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish says the President’s speech should ease the minds of many skeptics.

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Early national polls indicate that a majority of viewers approved of the speech and more optimistic about the future of the country. But executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Stephen Handwerk remains a non-believer that President Trump will truly make America great again…

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Baton Rouge Republican Congressman Garrett Graves says Trump’s address to Congress was the best he’s ever given. He says this speech was a homerun for Trump and it was very patriotic…

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Handwerk says he remains unconvinced that the Republicans in Washington will be able to install a better health care system that’s currently in place. He says while the president spoke with a measured tone last night, actions speak louder than words.

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A man is dead following an officer involved shooting in Houma on Tuesday night. State Trooper Jesse Lagrange says the Houma Police Department was involved in an incident with a barricaded subject when the shooting occurred.

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Lagrange says they are not releasing the any details about the deceased man at this time. As LSP’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing, he says they are also not releasing any details about what may have led to the incident.

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Two Sulphur residents are dead after a fire broke out in their home early this morning. Sulphur Fire Chief Dan Selph says the fire was called in by a neighbor and a witness who saw it from the interstate. He says when crews arrived it was evident that entering the home was not an option. He says it was a full blown defensive attack.

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Selph says the victims were located in a part of the home that did not sustain as much fire damage as the rest of the house. He says the official cause of death for the 58-year-old woman and the 68-year-old man will be confirmed by the coroner. He says it was a tough decision to make on scene not to get aggressive and enter the burning home.

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Grambling President Rick Gallot is back from his trip to Washington where he met with President Donald Trump on the administration’s commitment to making historically black colleges and universities a priority. Gallot says, from a funding standpoint, it makes a huge difference when the White House has promised to be involved…:

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HBCU Presidents are calling for $25 billion dollars for infrastructure, college readiness, financial aid and other priorities. Gallot says they’re hoping Congress will will bolster Mr. Trump’s action…:

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is under fire for making a controversial statement that HBCUs are pioneers in school choice, when in fact many were established because they were the only option for black students. Gallot says he understands DeVos is committed to school choice, but perhaps her comments were misguided…:

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