LRN PM Newscall March 25

Pediatricians and the American Heart Association call for regulations to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks by kids.  Kevin Barnhart has the story.

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The US Justice Department says the Mueller Report does not indicate the President colluded with Russia in the 2016 election. Matt Doyle has Louisiana reaction…

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Pediatricians and the American Heart Association call for regulations to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks by kids. Dr. John Maa with the American Heart Association says the primary goal is to raise awareness about the amount of extra sugars in beverages.

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Data shows that for children and teens, 17% of their calories come from added sugars. Nearly half of those are coming from drinks alone, with children consuming an average of 30 gallons of sugary drinks annually. Maa says for the first time, the AAP is calling for a tax on sugary drinks, among other measures.

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40% of Americans are overweight or obese, while a third is dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Louisiana is often considered one of the worst offenders for health issues in the nation. Maa says parents are on the frontline in combatting the excessive sugar intake.

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A West Carroll Parish woman faces life in prison after she allegedly shot and killed one person and critically injured two others early Saturday morning at Blackberry’s Bar and Billards in Lake Providence. State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says 34-year-old Quinessiah Sanders of Epps fatally shot Cheryl Lewis…

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Reichardt says Sanders has been booked into the Riverbend Detention Center…

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Sanders has been charged with second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Reichardt says detectives are still working the case…

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The US Justice Department says that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find any conspired or coordinated effort between President Trump and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. Minority Whip Steve Scalise is  glad the partisan witchunt is over.

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Democratic political consultant Mary-Patricia Wray says the report may be a political win for the President, but it doesn’t clear him of all wrong doing, and doesn’t explain why the Russian government actively worked to make sure Hillary Clinton did not become the Commander in Chief.

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Wray made the comments on Talk Louisiana.

The 30 million dollar investigation took 674 days to conclude, and indicted 34 people, many of them close associates of the President, for a range of crimes including Tax Fraud and Obstruction. But Scalise says the core accusation of Russian collusion was nothing but a bad faith effort by Democrats to impeach the President.

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Wray says President Trump still faces a series of other inquiries into his finances, including an investigation by the District Attorney of Southern New York into potential tax evasion. The consultant says the Mueller Report shouldn’t excuse the President’s other misdeeds.

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Democratic Party leaders are calling on the Justice Department to release the full and unedited version of the report, and make it available for public consumption.


Throughout the state, gas prices have seen an notable increase.  The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has risen by six cents in the last week, with a 26 cent increase from this same time last month.  AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says the trend will likely to continue into the summer.

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Redman says the $2.39 a gallon for regular gasoline is about what we were paying last year. He says expect the price at the pump to rise another 30-cents over the next couple of months.

Cut 14 (11) “…same prices.”

Redman says an unforeseen surge in demand, along with crude prices around $59 a barrel, and other factors have contributed to the rise.

Cut 15 (12) “…potentially even higher”

(The current statewide average is $2.39 a gallon.)