1130AM LRN News

Saints head coach Sean Payton has spoken publicly for the first time since one of the darkest days in the history of Louisiana sports, the NFC Championship loss against the LA Rams now known as the Bayou Burglary.  Payton says for the first 24 hours he was angry, but in the days that followed, he resorted to a coping in isolation.

Cut 3 (10) “…it’s probably sugar.”

NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell is likely to address the controversy at a press conference scheduled for noon.

The eastbound side of the I-210 Bridge in Lake Charles will be shut down for the next several month while it undergoes extensive repair work starting at 9PM today. In the meantime, traffic will be maintained in both directions, but on the westbound side. DOTD spokesperson Tammy York says drivers approaching the structure should expect some new traffic diversions.

Cut 9, 12 seconds, outside lane

A report shows Louisianans are leaving 8.9 million vacation days a year on the table, 27th most in the nation. Of the 17 days a year Louisianans do take, only eight of them were for travel, so Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says now’s a great time to start planning your “Staycations” for the year. To start, he recommends the criminally overlooked beauty of a bayou southwest of New Orleans.

Cut 4 (08) “state park”

A state commission is advancing a legislative plan to dramatically increase the amount of support for early childhood education. The preliminary funding plan, called LA B to 3, aims to clear the 22,000 children on the wait list for early childhood education financial support, and provide support to 114,000 children three and under. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says it’s a crucial first step.

Cut 13 (11) “…from that.”

The commission was created during the last legislative session.