LRN PM Newscall July 31

The Saints and Michael Thomas have reportedly agreed to a new contract that makes him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history. Jeff Palermo has more…

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An emotional press conference took place today outside of the West Baton Rouge courthouse as family members are seeking justice in a fatal police shooting that happened last week. Matt Doyle has the story…

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The Saints and Michael Thomas agree to a contract that makes the wide out the highest-paid receiver in NFL history. Sources say the deal is worth 100-million dollars over five years. The Voice of the Saints, Zach Streif, says it’s a huge contract, but it should not prevent the team from re-signing some of its other young stars

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Thomas led the NFL with 125 catches last season and no player in NFL history has caught more passes in his first three seasons in the NFL than Thomas. Streif says the contract numbers are eye-popping, but its the cost of doing business in the NFL

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Thomas has been a training camp holdout. He’s been pushing for a new contract as he was set to make just over one-million dollars this year. Streif says it’s obvious Thomas outperformed his rookie deal and a new massive contract was justified…

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The Saints are off from training camp today but expect to see Thomas back on the practice field tomorrow with his teammates.


Delhi Senator Francis Thompson is term-limited in the Senate but will attempt to continue his four-decade tenure in the legislature with his announcement that he’s running for the House.

Thompson says if elected he’s looking forward to returning to the more fiscally focused lower chamber, where he can use his decades of experience to help taxpayers get the most bang for their buck.

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The Democrat could potentially be the longest actively serving member now that Senate President John Alario has decided not to attempt to return to the Legislature.

There are some concerns that the chamber flipping is against the spirit of the state’s term limit law, but Thompson says the Capitol is at it’s best when it has a few people who know all the ins and outs.

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Thompson voted for the term limit law back in the 90s.

He’s one of north Louisiana’s more prominent lawmakers, and the 77-year-old says he’s still got plenty of gas left in the tank to maintain his stay in the Legislature.

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Thompson previously served in the Louisiana House from 1975 to 2007.


The family of a black man killed last week during an encounter with a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy is demanding justice. An autopsy shows 38-year-old Josef Richardson was fatally shot in the back of the neck. Authorities say deputies were serving a warrant at a motel near Port Allen when Richardson was shot. Richardson’s daughter says her dad didn’t deserve to die

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State Police says they are conducting a thorough and impartial investigation. Neither L-S-P or the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department has released the identity of the deputy involved in the shooting. Richardson’s daughter says she does not want her dad’s death to go down as an unsolved crime…

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Richardson was in the motel room with his girlfriend, who is facing drug charges. But investigators have not released any information on why the deputy fired his weapon. Richardson’s nephew says Josef was not a violent person…

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The LSU football team reports for preseason camp tomorrow with expectations as high as they’ve been in several years. The media has picked LSU to finish second in the SEC West and the Tigers are expected to be ranked in the Top 10 in the preseason polls. Coach Ed Orgeron says he’s told his team not to listen to the hype

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LSU has been plagued by inconsistent play on offense, but Orgeron believes in starting quarterback Joe Burrow and the Tigers return their leading receiver from last season, Justin Jefferson

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