10:30 LRN Newscast

Ten years ago today, Hurricane Gustav made landfall near Cocodrie and left 1.5 million Louisiana utility customers in the dark. Former Entergy spokesperson Jeff Holeman appeared on Talk Louisiana and says utility crew workers from 26 states and Canada came to restore power lines…
Cut 5 (12) “…unaffected.”
Some Entergy customers were without power for three weeks.

LSU is a slight underdog heading into Sunday’s season opener against eighth ranked Miami. The Tigers have several question marks on offense, but LSU sideline reporter Gordy Rush says the Tigers have the personnel to be good on offense…
cut 20 (15) “….the right”
Kick-off on Sunday is at 6:30.

Attorney General Jeff Landry signs a legal brief that has signatures featuring 15 other Republican leaders that asks the US Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court’s ruling that said it’s unlawful for a Michigan woman to be fired from a funeral home, because she’s transgender. Solicitor General Liz Murrell says the Louisiana A-G is arguing federal labor laws do not cover transgender individuals, so the courts shouldn’t be re-writing legislation…
cut 15 (11) “…rewrite the law”
But Louisiana Trans Advocates Board Chair Dylan Waguespack says Landry is sending a message that trans people are not worthy to protect from discrimination.

Tallulah Mayor Paxton Branch has passed away. The Monroe News-Star reports Branch had heart surgery earlier this week in Jackson. No other details of his death are known. Branch was re-elected this year, but Tallulah residents had just started a recall petition against him. One major complaint is the lack of clean drinking water.