LRN AM Newscall January 3rd ###gramatical changes made in Hogan story###

What appears to be a deliberate killing of five wild horses gunned down in the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area is under investigation.  Kevin Barnhart has the story.

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A split Congress may not be good news for Louisiana centric legislation…

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A 68 year old man faces terrorizing charges after threatening to shoot shoppers at a store.  Kevin Barnhart has the story.

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The US 11 bridge between Slidell and New Orleans will be shut down to traffic starting today, running through April 18th. Department of Transportation Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says it’s the continuation of a lengthy repair process that won’t be completely finished until summer of 2020.

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The repairs will cost 28 million dollars.

Mallet says the nearly 100 year old structure is facing new age electrical problems, and often puts commuters on their way to and from the Northshore and New Orleans East in a bit of a bind…

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Mallet says the closure will end up rerouting quite a bit of traffic.

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And says if you’re looking to cross Lake Pontchartrain from the Slidell area, you’ll need to take I-10 instead.


Five out of six Louisiana US House members find themselves out of power as Democrats take control of the lower chamber today. LSU Poli Sci Professor Dr. Robert Hogan says this could make it harder to get funding for Louisiana specific flood protection projects.

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The Bayou State only has one Democrat in the Congressional delegation, Cedric Richmond, who recently was named Assistant Majority Whip.

Hogan says with Democrats in control of the House, expect climate change related legislation to come up…

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The increased partisanship in Congress is unlikely to make that a reality though. Hogan says The House and Senate couldn’t even agree on a budget when both were controlled by Republicans, so get ready for two years of hardcore gridlock.

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A 68-year-old man is arrested and charged with terrorizing after threatening to shoot up a store.   The Thibodaux Police Department says Louis Albarado became irate after he claims someone took his shopping cart while he was not looking.  Police Lt. Clint Dempster says store management handle the situation well.

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Dempster says the man had accused several different customers of taking the cart during his time in the store.

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Albarado later told police his intention was to go grab his .44 magnum and return to the store to shoot the person responsible for the missing buggy.

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The shooting deaths of five horses at Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area is currently being investigated by Ft. Polk personnel.  Spokesperson for the Pegasus Equine Guardian Association Amy Hanchey says she believes the killings were no accident and is glad to know the base is investigating the matter.

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Hanchey say historical documentation shows the wild horses have roamed the area dating back to the 14th century and genetic testing indicates very strong Colonial Spanish ties.

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A post from the organization’s Facebook page says one horse, likely the first, was shot in the face, and then it appears the horses in the herd were shot as they tried to flee.  Hanchey says the first report she received of the shooting was on the 29th, but the act could have taken place as early as the 27th.

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