LRN AM Newscall August 1

A new law will put an end to speeding tickets that show up in drivers’ mailboxes without warning. Halen Doughty has more…

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The state Department of Education announced the Teacher and Principal of the Year. Jeff Palermo has more on the teacher from the Baton Rouge area and the Acadiana principal.

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A new law goes into effect today that will no longer allow most juvenile killers to be eligible for life sentences without the chance of parole. Emelie Gunn has more…

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Drivers should no longer receive speeding tickets in the mail from hidden speed cameras thanks to a new law that goes into effect today. New Orleans Senator Troy Carter’s legislation requires signs to be posted ahead of speed enforcement camera in order to collect on the fine. He says if the goal of these cameras is really to stop speeders, municipalities should have no problem posting warning signs.

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The law requires the signs to be clearly visible between 250 and 500 feet ahead of the speed camera. Carter says in the past drivers who received tickets from these cameras simply had to pay it because they had no recourse. But his law gives motorists that due process.

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Carter hopes this will put an end to drivers being greeted with surprise tickets in their mailboxes. He says safety should always be a priority on the road, but tricking people into paying tickets isn’t the way to improve safety.

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A school teacher from the Baton Rouge area and a principal from Acadiana are the Louisiana State Teacher and Principal of the Year, which is awarded annually by the state Department of Education.  Kimberly Eckert, a 9th grade English teacher at Brusly High School in West Baton Rouge, received the teacher of the year honor. She says her kids make being a teacher so worthwhile.

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This fall, Eckert will enter her 10th year of teaching. Eckert has received numerous different grants to benefit her school and classroom and says she’s always able to see what is needed for her students.

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Tommy Byler, the principal of North Vermilion High School, received the honor of Principal of the Year. Byler says it’s amazing to be an ambassador for public education.

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Byler has been in education for 26-years. He says seeing his students from a starting point to an ending point is the best part of his job.

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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy met with White House officials Monday afternoon to discuss proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Before the meeting started, Cassidy said he’s not giving up on repealing the current federal health care law, because it fails the Jimmy Kimmel test

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The Jimmy Kimmel test is in reference to the late night talk show host, who said no family should be denied medical care, because they can’t afford it. Cassidy and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham are pushing a health care bill to replace Obamacare, which is why Cassidy received an invite to meet with Health Secretary Tom Price and President Trump’s top aides…

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Politico reports the Cassidy-Graham proposal would maintain protections for individuals with pre-exisiting conditions, keep most of the taxes connected to the Affordable Care Act, send federal health care funds to state in block grants, but end the requirement all Americans must buy health insurance or pay a tax. Cassidy says the individual mandate hurts poor people

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Most juvenile killers will no longer be eligible to receive life sentences without the chance for parole, as a new law goes into effect today. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says the law was needed because the US Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that murderers convicted as juveniles could not be sentenced to life without parole. He says the argument was made because of young people’s capacity to change.

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Claitor notes that just because a lifer is given a chance for parole, it doesn’t mean they will be released. The purpose of this law is simply to bring the state in line with the Supreme Court decision. He adds not all killers convicted as juveniles will be granted parole eligibility.

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Claitor says the District Attorneys will decide who is the worst of the worst and use that provision sparingly. He says if they don’t, it could open up the state to more litigation.

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LSU will have two number 18s on the field this season as both defensive end Christian LaCourture and fullback J.D. Moore will wear number 18 on their jersey. At LSU, the number 18 is synonymous with success, both on and off the field. LaCourture was presented his 18 jersey in the spring and Head Coach Ed Orgeron says Moore was given received his jersey at a team meeting to kick off preseason camp…

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LSU’s first practice of preseason camp was Monday afternoon. Orgeron says senior quarterback Danny Etling looks healthy following back surgery….

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Orgeron says creating more turnovers is a focus on defense this year…

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Moore says he’s honored to wear number 18 at LSU….

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