AM Newscall 1/2/19

What’s in store for state politics in 2020? Jeff Palermo reports more battles between Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and the state legislature…

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Tickets to see the two big football games coming up in the Superdome are in high demand. Kevin Barnhart has the story.

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After the tragic loss of alumna Carley McCord, the Northwestern State University family is establishing a scholarship in her memory. Brooke Thorington spoke with a McCord family friend

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Governor John Bel Edwards’ re-election was the big political story in 2019. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says with the state no longer dealing with budget deficits, the major story in 2020 will be how much money the state will actually spend. He says the Republican-controlled legislature will look to reduce government spending

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Edwards clashed with House GOP leadership in his first term, but the governor he had an ally in Senate President John Alario. Pinsonat says Alario is no longer in the legislature, so he expects bigger battles over money in Edwards’ second-term

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Pinsonat expects a big battle in the 2020 session that begins March over auto insurance reform. He expects Republican leadership to bring forward legislation after a similar effort was blocked by the governor last year

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Louisiana football fans have plenty of reasons to want to scoop up tickets to be the in Superdome over the next two weeks. Sunday, the Saints host the Vikings in a wild card playoff game. CEO of ticket reseller Gametime Blake Griffith says it’s LSU’s championship game on January 13th commanding the higher price.

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Compared to other years of the CFP, this year’s championship game has the second highest price for tickets, with the average price around $2,300.  Griffith says there is lots of volatility to the ticket pricing with the game being held in mid-January.

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If dropping a stack or two on the Tigers’ championship aspirations seems a bit too rich for you, Griffith says cheering for the Saints this Sunday might be more reasonable on the budget.

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The New Year means resolutions aimed at improving health.  Professor and Chief of dietary assessment at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center Catherine Champagne says when finding the right diet, look for red flags, like anything that would eliminate food groups.

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Champagne says portion control on serving size is vital.

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Health goals should not only factor in food intake, but be accompanied by physical activity as well.  Champagne says try walking thirty minutes a day, three days a week to start off, then increase it to five days a week.

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Northwestern State University has established a scholarship in memory of sports-journalist and alumna Carley McCord, who was tragically killed in a plane crash along with four others last Saturday. McCord family friend Danielle Cobb says Carley always made an impression wherever she went.

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In addition to being a journalism major at Northwestern State, McCord also worked in the recruiting office where she gave potential students tours of the campus. Cobb says McCord continued to promote the University even after she graduated in 2011, but while there…

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Before becoming an in-game host for The Saints and the Pelicans, McCord competed in the Miss Louisiana pageant and was 1st runner up twice. Cobb hopes future winners of the scholarship will have the same drive as McCord…

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To make a donation to the McCord Memorial Scholarship visit northwestern-state-alumni-dot-com forward-slash donations.

The first funeral from the crash is today for Gretchen Vincent and her 15-year old son Walker in Lafayette. Services for McCord will be Saturday in Baton Rouge.


After back-to-back years of heartbreaking losses in the playoffs, the Saints believe they are mentally tough enough to win three postseason games this year to reach the Super Bowl in Miami. Quarterback Drew Brees says putting those disappointing playoff losses behind and getting back to the postseason says a lot about this team…

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The Vikings beat the Saints in the playoffs two years ago on a last second touchdown pass. Brees says revenge is not on their minds…

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The Vikings are 10-6 this year and their defense is among the league leader in several different categories. Brees says it starts with Minnesota’s fierce pass rush which has resulted in 48 sacks…

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