*CORRECTION* AM Newscall November 25, 2014

As the rate of diabetes continues to rise, new numbers show the costs associated with the disease are climbing at an alarming rate. Scott Carwile reports…

CUT 1 (29) “reporting”


Louisiana continues to set records when it comes to the number of people who are working in the state. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A West Monroe lawmaker filed a lawsuit this week seeking to extend the early voting period for the December 6th runoff because two days were lost this time due to the Thanksgiving Holidays. Michelle Southern reports.

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As the rate of diabetes continues to rise, new numbers show the disease costs Louisiana’s five-billion dollars a year. The study was conducted by LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the facility’s executive director, Dr. William Cefalu, says the cost of prediabetes went up 74-percent and undiagnosed diabetes grew 82-percent since 2007…

Cut 4  (06)  “number of cases”

Nationally, the cost of diabetes has grown to $322 billion per year in excess medical costs and lost productivity. Cefalu says diabetes is becoming an economic burden for the entire country…

Cut 5  (05)  “this condition”

Cefalu says increased awareness and action to stem the disease is needed to cut down the cost. He says previous studies show that prediabetes can be controlled…

Cut 6 (09)  “to diabetes”


Former Governor Edwin Edwards took several shots at his opponent in the 6th Congressional District race in a debate where Garret Graves did not show up. Edwards accuses Graves of playing dirty politics in a flyer he sent out prior to the November 4th election that may lead voters to believe Paul Deitzel is gay…:

CUT 7 (10)  “really do hurt”

Edwards is also accusing Graves of helping his family profit from Government contracts when he was the head of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Under that leadership, Edwards says Graves’ father was awarded $130 million dollars in state contracts and he bought coastal restoration office space then made his brother-in-law the leasing agent:

Cut 8 (13)    “all that time” 

Edwards was asked if he thought Senator Mary Landrieu was affecting his campaign. The former governor joked that it’s The President hurting them both…:

Cut 9 (14)  “in this district”


The state continues to set new employment records. Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink says total nonfarm employment in Louisiana reached 1,988,900 in October, which is a new record high

Cut 10 (09) “in Louisiana” 

Eysink says the number of private employment jobs has grown by 31-thousand over the last year. he says two industry sectors have set employment records

cut 11 (10)  “very strong”

The state’s unemployment rate is also going up, along with the number of people who are employed. The unemployment rate for October was six-point-two percent, up four-percentage points from last year. Eysink says it’s an indicator people are responding to the state’s strong job growth

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A West Monroe lawmaker filed a lawsuit this week seeking to extend the early voting period for the December 6th runoff because two days were lost this time due to the Thanksgiving Holidays. Governor Bobby Jindal declared this Friday a state holiday, Acadian Day, and polls are closed. Representative Marcus Hunter says he hopes the court knows the will of the legislature when it comes to voting…:

Cut 13 (05)  “to vote”

Hunter says this election, with the US-Senate race at the top of the ballot, is too important to shorten the amount of time someone is given the opportunity to vote. He says he hopes a judge will add those two extra days back…:

Cut 14 (12)  “Friday and Monday”

Hunter says it’s the responsibility of Secretary of State Tom Schedler to make sure voter turnout in Louisiana is as high as it can possibly be. But Schedler says the law is the law…:

Cut 15  (09)  “filed the suit”

Hunter says he hopes his case will be heard either today or tomorrow before the judges take off for Thanksgiving. Schedler says this is not the first time that polls have been closed during the early voting period when state offices are closed…:

Cut 16  (11)  “challenged in court”


Louisiana Tech can win the West Division of Conference USA this Saturday. But the defending league champions stand in the Bulldogs way. The Rice Owls won ten games last year and were crowned the C-USA champs. This season Rice can win the West from Tech by beating the Bulldogs in Ruston this weekend. La Tech head coach Skip Holtz calls Rice a solid team

Cut 17  (17)   “been winning”

Last season, the Rice Owls embarrassed Louisiana Tech, beating them in Houston 52-14. Holtz says his players remember that game and had a feeling that this year’s contest would decide a division championship

Cut 18 (14) “west division”

LSU heads into Thursday night’s regular season finale against Texas A-and-M struggling on offense. So will true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris get some snaps against the Aggies. When asked. Coach Les Miles gave a non-committal answer

Cut 19 (14)   “he’s improved”

LSU has won the two previous meetings against Texas A-and-M, since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference. In both contests, the Tigers defense slowed down an A-and-M offense led by Johnny Manziel. Miles says the Aggies offense hasn’t changed much since “Johnny Football” departed…

Cut 20 (17)  “throw the football”