LRN PM Newscall August 23rd

A young woman from Rayne has gained thousands of signatures on her petition to replace Confederate statues with monuments of Britney Spears. Emelie Gunn has more…

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Heavy rains are expected in Louisiana starting Friday as a strengthening storm system called Harvey makes it way towards the Louisiana coast. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Thousands have signed a petition on that seeks to replace statues of Confederate soldiers in Louisiana with pop star Britney Spears. Rayne native and petition creator, Kassie Thibodeaux, says Spears is a Louisiana hero who should be memorialized.

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Spears is a native of Kentwood. Thibodeaux calls Spears a role model for women. The petition has received nearly 4-thousand signatures.

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Thibodeaux hopes to catch the attention of Governor John Bel Edwards, our U.S. Senators, Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, and a certain famous singer…

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Tropical Depression Harvey has re-formed in the Gulf of Mexico and it could be a significant rainmaker for Louisiana. Joe Rua, with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, says Harvey is expected make landfall as a strong Tropical Storm near Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday, but Louisiana will certainly feel the impact…

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The forecast track calls for the center of Harvey to curve towards Lousiiana but stay in Southeast Texas through at least Monday morning. Rua says six to 12 inches of rain is possible over much of the state…

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Over a foot of rain is possible for southwest Louisiana. Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Jim Waskom says everyone should get prepared…

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Waskom says once the system reaches the Texas coast it’s hard to predict what the storm will do….

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A 38-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an elderly man in Opelousas in a road rage incident. Police Chief Donald Thompson says they arrested Joshua Babineaux this morning after the public recognized him from surveillance video released to the media. He says the attack happened after the 72-year-old victim supposedly cut off Babineaux and they pulled over…

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Thompson says the victim recently underwent surgery for his injures and is recovering. He says this elderly man posed no threat to Babineaux.

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Babineaux is charged with aggravated second degree battery and simple battery of the infirm. Thompson says the community really came together to help find Babineaux.

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As expected, LSU Head Football Coach Ed Orgeron has named Danny Etling as the starting quarterback, but added there are also some other incredible QBs on the team that will be major assets. Etling beat out freshman and former 4-star recruit Myles Brennan for the job. Coach “O” said Brennan has exceeded expectations during camp, but he’s still a rookie..:

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Orgeron said Brennan will begin the season as LSU’s backup. He says Etling knows the offense and has been the most consistent quarterback on the roster during training camp…:

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The Tigers open the season September 2nd against BYU in Houston. Orgeron says Lowell Narcisse, another true freshman who has been used as a running option in camp, could also see the field. He says Brennan fought hard for the job, but was understanding and respectful of the decision..:

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