LRN PM Newscall April 12

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance is holding a virtual FAFSA marathon next week to help students with their applications. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Good news for crawfish lovers. The average price per pound for mudbugs is 50 cents lower this week. Teiko Foxx has more…

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Monday is Tax Day. Alexandria CPA Kurt Oestriecher (Os-stric-ker) has a tax tip for seniors. Oestricher says people over the age of 70 can use a portion of their minimum retirement distribution to get a tax break if they donate it to a church or a charitable organization.

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Oestriecher says for taxpayers looking to reduce their tax burden when they file, making a significant contribution to your 401k plan or ROTH IRA.

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Oestriecher says for those who won big by gambling, they will have to pay taxes on those winnings even if they suffered gambling loses with other bets.

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After multiple delays with Federal Student Aid, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance anticipates students can make changes if needed to their applications next week. LOSFA Spokesperson Ebony Holmes says students can register now for virtual help with their application on their website.

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The website is mylosfa.la.gov

Holmes says applicants should be on the lookout for emails from FAFSA if they need to make changes or submit additional information on their application. Despite all the delays she says there are still benefits to filling out the application.

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Holmes says they know it’s delaying the timeframe for students to know how much financial assistance they will receive at institutions and many postsecondary institutions have pushed their deadlines as a result.

Until colleges can send award letters Holmes encourages students who are eligible for TOPS to visit their student hub tracker and…

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LOSFA will have expanded virtual hours April 15-19 from 8 am until 8 pm and you can register now for an appointment if you need assistance. And if you can’t next week, normal hours are 9 AM – to 3 PM.

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It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. In addition to the state’s signature fruit, there’s plenty of food, rides, and music and it wouldn’t be a festival without a parade in Louisiana. Festival Queen, Lauren van Mullem says it’s a great way to support the community and Louisiana berry farmers.

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The parade is on Saturday at 9:30.

The event which has been going strong since 1972, is the state’s largest free harvest festival. Festival King Donald Lanier says they honor berry farmers across the state.

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You’ll also want to bring your appetite and enter the strawberry eating contest on Saturday and Sunday.

Rhonda Poche says this year’s strawberry crop looks amazing and there’s a reason Louisiana has the best strawberries in the world.

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Festival hours are noon to 11 pm on Friday, 9 am until 11 pm on Saturday, and 10 to 6 pm on Sunday.

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It’s another great week for crawfish lovers with a 50-cent drop on average in prices this week. Crawfish App Co-Founder Laney King says the industry lowered prices again which brings the average price for a sack under $100.

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King says expect to pay about $5.99 a pound for boiled crawfish. She says there’s been a consistent weekly drop in crawfish prices since Easter, but the average price for live crawfish last year was at $2.57 .

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While Orleans Parish has the cheapest mudbugs at $2.65 a pound, she says it’s always worth checking the crawfish app for price change.

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To compare prices, download the Crawfish App on your smartphone.

1:30 PM Newscast April 12

After multiple delays with Federal Student Aid, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance will have expanded virtual hours April 15-19 from 8 am until 8 pm and you can register now for an appointment if you need assistance. And if you can’t next week, the normal hours are 9 AM – to 3 PM. LOSFA Spokesperson Ebony Holmes says Until colleges can send award letters students who are eligible for TOPS should visit their student hub tracker and…

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Monday is the deadline to file federal income taxes and for those who won big by gambling, Alexandria CPA Kurt Oestriecher (Os-stric-ker) says, they will have to pay taxes on those winnings even if they suffered gambling losses with other bets.

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Good news for crawfish lovers. The average price per pound for mudbugs is 50 cents lower this week. Teiko Foxx has more…

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It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Rhonda Poche says this year’s strawberry crop looks amazing and there’s a reason Louisiana has the best strawberries in the world.

Cut 11 (11) “…best around.”

Festival hours are noon to 11 pm on Friday, 9 am until 11 pm on Saturday, and 10 to 6 pm on Sunday.

12:30 PM Newscast April 12

As work to restore power and clean up storm damage continues, The Louisiana Department of Health reports one storm related death in Rapides Parish. A 60-year-old woman was killed after a tree and power line fell on her home outside Pineville on Wednesday.

Many are still without power across the state. Entergy is working to restore approximately 4000 homes and the latest from CLECO shows almost 10,000 without power. We expect an updated number this afternoon.

After multiple delays with Federal Student Aid, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance anticipates students can make changes to their applications if needed next week. LOSFA Spokesperson Ebony Holmes says students can register now for virtual help with their application on their website.

Cut 6  (11) “…office hours.” 

The website is mylosfa.la.gov

Monday is Tax Day. Alexandria CPA Kurt Oestriecher (Os-stric-ker) says for taxpayers looking to reduce their tax burden when they file, making a significant contribution to your 401k plan.

Cut 4 (12) “…ROTH IRA.” 

Monday day may be Tax Day but today, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival begins. The event, which has been going strong since 1972, is the state’s largest free harvest festival. Festival King Donald Lanier says they honor berry farmers across the state.

Cut 10 (12) “…many around. “

You’ll want to bring your appetite and enter the strawberry eating contest on Saturday and Sunday. The parade is Saturday at 9:30.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

The Pelicans defeated Sacramento 135 to 123 last night. New Orleans made 22 three-pointers. CJ McCollum made nine threes and finished with 31 points. Zion Williamson also had 31 as the Pels remain in control of occupying the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs and avoid the play-in tournament. New Orleans is at Golden State tonight.

LSU coach Kim Mulkey gave an emotional speech at the team’s banquet last night. Mulkey says she’s emotional as the program has been in the headlines for a variety of reasons, including not being present for the national anthem before their Elite Eight loss to Iowa. And LSU has lost another player to transfer portal, Jenae Kent.

The LSU football team will conclude spring practice with a spring game on Saturday. Coach Brian Kelly is entering his third season in Tiger Town and he feels good about the talent and depth on the 2024 team. LSU struggled defensively last year as they tried to plug holes with incoming transfers. He says this year there’s more carryover from the 2023 squad…
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Kelly says the spring game will be the offense versus the defense.

The Saints have signed another back-up quarterback. Kellen Mond joins Q-B room that has Derek Carr, Jake Haener and Nathan Peterman. Mond is a former Texas A-and-M Aggie and was drafted by the Vikings in 2021. New Saints offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak was the offensive coordinator Minnesota that season.

11:30 LRN Newscast

Last week former President Donadl Trump called Senator Bill Cassidy one of the worst U-S Senators in the country, but the Republican from Baton Rouge is taking it all in stride. Cassidy says as long as he’s working to do something positive for the country, the state, and those around him…
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Cassidy his office was able to secure one-point-two billion dollars in federal funding for Louisiana for fiscal year 2024.

It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. In addition to the state’s signature fruit, there’s plenty of food, and music and it wouldn’t be a festival without a parade in Louisiana. Festival Queen, Lauren van Mullem says it’s a great way to support the community and Louisiana berry farmers.
Cut 9 (12) “…and farmers.”
The event which has been going strong since 1972, is the state’s largest free harvest festival.

Monday is federal Tax Day. Alexandria CPA Kurt Oestriecher (Os-stric-ker) has a tax tip for seniors. Oestricher says people over the age of 70 can use a portion of their minimum retirement distribution to get a tax break if they donate it to a church or a charitable organization.
Cut 3 (13) “…30 thousand.”

LSU will complete spring practice with a spring game at 1 PM tomorrow. The Tigers are missing standout wide receivers Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas from last year’s team, but Coach Brian Kelly likes the depth he has at wide out…
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Kelly says there’s a competitive battle for the number two quarterback spot, so expect to see a lot of Rickie Collins and A-J Swann in Saturdays’ spring game.

10:30 LRN Newscast

The House Labor Committee has once again voted down bills seeking to raise the state’s minimum wage. Every year business groups are successful in killing this legislation. Patrick Robinson from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says increasing the minimum wage is not the way to grow the economy…
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The vote was 10-5 against raising the minimum wage.

A big money maker for Tangipahoa Parish, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is this weekend. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says the state’s second largest festival has arts, crafts, and of course strawberries….
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Also this weekend, the New Orleans French Quarter Festival and in DeQuincy it’s the Louisiana Railroad days festival.

As Monday’s Tax deadline approaches you might think it’s a bonus if you’re getting money back, but truth be told it isn’t. Brooke Thorington explains.
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The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office says Wednesday’s severe weather resulted in one death when a tree fell on a camper trailer in Pineville. The victim’s identity has not been released.

Entergy Louisiana says four-thousand of its customers are still without power, Cleco says 8-thousand customers in Slidell are without power and another 19-hundred in St. Landry Parish.

9:30 LRN Newscast

Former President Donald Trump called Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy a total flake and one of the worst Senators in the United States during a rant last week on Truth Social. Cassidy points out he led Louisiana’s Congressional delegation by bringing in one-point-two billion dollars to Louisiana, two-point-four million is for a crime lab in New Orleans…
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The Louisiana House Labor Committee has once again shot down proposals to increase the minimum wage. Melissa Flournoy, chairperson of 10,000 women, says raising the minimum wage can improve the lives of working families…
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But Business groups say raising the minimum wage will have a negative impact on the economy.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend you’ve got two festivals to choose from. The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival and New Orleans French Quarter Festival. Teiko Foxx has more….
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Cleco says crews restored power to 75-hundred of its customers in Slidell during the over night hours. But 75-hundred customers in Slidell continue to be without electricity. An EF-2 tornado hit Slidell on Wednesday. An EF-1 tornado was confirmed in St. Landry Parish and about two-thousand Cleco customers are without power in Opelousas.

8:30 LRN Newscast

The annual rejection of bills to raise the minimum wage in Louisiana occurred at the state capitol on Thursday. Teiko Foxx has a recap…
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RoyOMartin has announced it will invest more than 30-million dollars to modernize a timber manufacturing facility in Allen Parish. In northwest Louisiana, Benteler Steel-Tube Manufacturing Corporation is building a new threading facility for steel tubes and the expansion will result in 49 new jobs.

The National Weather Service has upgraded Wednesday’s tornado in Slidell to an E-F 2, with peak winds at 120 miles per hour. The worst damage occurred on Old Spanish Trail. St. Tammany parish President Mike Cooper says they are in the need of volunteers to help residents that suffered damage…
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Down in New Orleans, it’s the annual French Quarter Festival. The free event features more than 300 entertainers on 25 different stages. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says a diversity of food and vendors is a big attraction…
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And on the other side of the lake this weekend, it’s the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Another free festival.

7:30 LRN Newscast

Louisiana will not be joining the 30 other states that have a higher minimum wage than what the federal government requires. The House Labor Committee has voted against bills that would increase the state’s minimum wage to 10-dollars an hour. Peter Robbins Brown with the Louisiana AFL-CIO says a higher minimum wage will bring many positive social impacts…
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But NFIB state director Leah Long says raising the minimum wage will cause a negative ripple effect…
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The bills were defeated on a ten to five vote.

Entergy still has more than three-thousand customers without power from Wednesday’s severe weather. Thousands of Cleco customers are also in the dark in the Opelousas and Slidell areas.

Monday is Tax Day and while you might think getting a big return is worth bragging about, a Louisiana CPA says it really isn’t. Catherine Roe with Cowart Roe says in reality it means the government has been holding onto your money when it could have already been in your pocket.
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Roe says if you work for a company talk to human resources about adjusting what’s taken out of your check.

Thousands will head to southeast Louisiana to enjoy sweet strawberries, live music, and great food. The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival and French Quarter Festival are happening this weekend. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says both festivals are a big economic boost for the state.
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6:45 LRN Sportscast

After a disappointing six-game homestand, the Pelicans improved to 3-0 on their last road trip of the regular season with a 135 to 123 win over the Sacramento Kings last night. C-J McCollum and Zion Williamson each scored 31 points as New Orleans improved to 5-0 against the Kings this season. Coach Willie Green’s team is 27-14 on the road…
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New Orleans is at Golden State tonight. The Pels are one game ahead of the Suns for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

The LSU Tigers begin a tough series at fourth ranked Tennessee tonight. Gage Jump will start on the mound tonight. Luke Holman starts tomorrow. The 19th ranked Ragin Cajuns host Marshall, who is 5-7 in the Sun Belt.

LSU will complete spring practice with a spring game at 1 PM tomorrow. The Tigers are missing standout wide receivers Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas from last year’s team, but Coach Brian Kelly likes the depth he has at wide out…
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Kelly says there’s a competitive battle for the number two quarterback spot, so expect to see a lot of Rickie Collins and A-J Swann in Saturdays’ spring game.

Five-foot-eleven point guard Jordan Sears has committed to the LSU men’s basketball program. Sears averaged 21 points a game and shot 43-percent from three-point territory at Tennessee-Martin last season. Alabama and South Carolina were also interested in Sears.