1:30 LRN Newscast

After a weekend of parades, some carnival goers are taking a break on this Lundi Gras, so they can be ready for Fat Tuesday. Visit Lake Charles spokesperson Matt Young says there’s a traditional Mardi Gras celebration in Iowa that begins at 8 AM with a chicken run parade. He says revelers on horseback are essentially gathering ingredients to cook gumbo…
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Over in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou marketing manager Ian Wallis says their carnival parades are family-friendly, and you never meet a stranger…
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The weather looks great for Fat Tuesday, sunny skies and high temperatures in the low to mid 60s.

Super Bowl 58 ended last night with Kansas City beating San Francisco in overtime in Las Vegas. Today Vegas officials handed off the football to New Orleans who will host Super Bowl 59 on February 9, 2025. Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation CEO Jay Cicero says they are raising money and moving into phase two of their preparation…
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Cicero expects an economic impact over 500-million dollars.

LSU Alexandria says it’s the fastest growing public university in Louisiana. Chancellor Paul Coreil says LSUA’s enrollment has reached an all-time high 5,405 students, nearly a six-percent increase since the fall semester…
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On-campus enrollment is up nearly 18-percent since Spring 2023, totaling 26-hundred students.

12:30 LRN Newscast

It was a big weekend of Mardi Gras parades, especially in south Louisiana where the weather held up. Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Marketing Manager Ian Wallis says parking was not easy for the parades in Lafourche Parish…
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There’s another parade tomorrow in Golden Meadow, plus Chackbay and Thibodaux have parades.

Outside of New Orleans one of the busiest spots on the globe Mardi Gras-wise is Calcasieu Parish. Visit Lake Charles spokesperson Matt Young says their season got off to a big start Friday with the Merchants parade and on Sunday they celebrated with a children’s parade.
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Tomorrow in southwest Louisiana, you have the Iowa Chicken run and the Mardi Gras Southwest Krewe of Krewes parade.

Federal Judge Shelly Dick has ordered the state’s legislative district maps to be redrawn on the grounds that the map drawn in 2022 violates the Voting Rights Act because it dilutes the black vote. Brooke Thorington has more.
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11:40 LRN Sportscast

The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champs again as K-C defeated San Francisco in overtime 25-22. Minden native and former Louisiana Tech star L’Jarius Sneed had three tackles and a pass defensed as he’s a Super Bowl champion for a second time. Former LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire also won his second Super Bowl ring. Former LSU Tiger Neil Farrell also plays for the Chiefs.

Now the Super Bowl is over, expect the Saints to announce 49ers passing game coordinator Klint Kubiak as New Orleans new offensive coordinator. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Kubiak’s hire gives coach Dennis Allen a rising play-caller who was coveted by several other teams.

In Collège basketball yesterday…The Ragin Cajuns men’s basketball team finished a six game homestand with an 86 to 60 win over Bowling Green in the Sun Belt-MAC challenge.

IN the Southland tonight..McNeese visits Houston Christian, Nicholls hosts Texas A-and-M Corpus Christi. Both teams are 7-3 in league play. Northwestern State hosts UNO.

The 13th ranked LSU Lady Tigers rallied back from a ten-point halftime deficit to beat Alabama 85-66. Angel Reese had 27 points and 19 rebounds. But it was the defense that sparked the rally as LSU outscored the Crimson Tide 30-9 in the third quarter. Coach Kim Mulkey decided to press the Tide after halftime…
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Opening day is Friday for the defending national champion LSU baseball team. The Tigers have ten left-handed pitchers on their roster. Southpaw Griffin Herring says it’s an impressive collection of talent…
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11:30 LRN Newscast

It was a big weekend of parades and there are more to come. Tonight there are Lundi Gras festivities and tomorrow there’s a full slate of parades across South Louisiana. Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Sales and Marketing Manager Ian Wallis says they’ll have parades rolling in Thibodaux, Chackbay and Golden Meadow.
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Beginning in August, look for more information on The National Hurricane Center’s cone graphic. The familiar Cone of Uncertainty will still be available, but Department Director Jamie Rhone says
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Rhone says the goal is to give areas away from the coast a better idea of potential wind destruction.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has announced the the state will not participate in the summer E-B-T program. The program uses federal money to help low income families pay for summer food expenses when their children are not in school. DCFS Secretary David Matlock says families deserve a pathway to self-sufficiency and summer EBT is a piecemeal program that does not offer long-term solutions.

The restaurant chain Walk-Ons is moving its corporate headquarters from Baton Rouge to Atlanta….
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10:30 LRN Newscast

Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey believes the special session called by Governor Landry to tackle crime will make a difference.

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Cathey says he’s also in favor of allowing the Attorney General to have an expanded role in prosecuting crimes when local District Attorneys refuse to. The session begins next Monday and wrap on March 6th.

Federal judge Shelly Dick has ordered the state’s legislative maps to be redrawn because it violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the strength of the black vote. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross…

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Cross believes Governor Jeff Landry will have lawmakers address the legislative maps during a regular session because a timeline was not outlined in the ruling.

Walk Ons Sports Bistreaux is relocating its corporate headquarters out of Baton Rouge to Atlanta. UNO Business Professor Mark Rosa says the state needs a better tax system to retain businesses and compete with other states.

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In 2022, the company opened a satellite office in Atlanta which is one of the country’s biggest restaurant industry hubs.

The National Hurricane Center says its forecast maps for tropical storms and hurricanes starting in August will be more colorful to contain information on potential impacts inland from strong winds…

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That’s Jamie Rhone with the National Hurricane Center. The new experimental cone graphics will be available within 30 minutes of an advisory release.

9:30 LRN Newscast February 12

Governor Jeff Landry’s call for a 16-day session for lawmakers to tackle the state’s crime issues starts Monday. Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey says  juvenile crime is a major issue. He believes teens who are committing crimes should be tried as adults.

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And while most 17-year-olds who are charged with murder are typically charged as adults, Cathey says it’s still at the discretion of the local district attorney. The session ends March 6th.

A federal judge has ruled that legislative maps drawn by Louisiana lawmaker violate the Voting Rights Act. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross believes the Republican-controlled legislature would like to avoid redrawing the legislative maps as long as possible.

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Walk Ons Sports Bistreaux, a Baton Rouge based franchise, is packing up and moving its corporate headquarters from Baton Rouge to Atlanta to continue its growth trajectory. UNO Business Professor Mark Rosa says the state is losing population and businesses as a result of/because of the existing tax burden.

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The first Walk Ons restaurant opened a short distance from LSU’s Tiger Stadium in 2003.

The National Hurricane Center will begin using a new experimental cone graphic that will extend inland and describe more than landfall starting August. Dept Director Jamie Rhone says the current cone graphic does not provide a lot of information and most people infer the impact and their risks with too little information… 

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The new experimental cone graphics will be available within 30 minutes of an advisory release.

8:30 LRN Newscast

Federal judge Shelly Dick ordered the state legislature had to redraw a new Congressional district map now she’s ruled the state must redo the legislative maps approved in 2022, because there are not enough Black majority House and Senate districts. ULM political science professor Pearson Cross says it’s unclear when Governor Landry will ask legislators to redistrict their own political boundaries…
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The next round of statewide legislative races is in 2027.

Next week a special session will begin to address crime in Louisiana. Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey says he’s advocating for legislation that will result in more 17-year-olds being charged as adults, instead of juveniles, especially if they are repeat offenders…
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Beginning in August, The National Hurricane Center will have a new experimental cone graphic that will provide more information especially for at-risk inland communities. .
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It was a warm weekend in south Louisiana for the Mardi Gras parades, but it turns colder and breezy today. We also had some severe storms yesterday, golf ball sized hail fell in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. We’re looking at sunny skies for Fat Tuesday with temperatures in the low to mid 60s.

7:30 LRN Newscast

A federal judge has ordered the state’s legislative maps to be redrawn because it violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the black vote. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it’s a momentous ruling from Judge Shelly Dick.
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It’s unclear when legislators will redraw the legislative map.

Beginning in August, look for more information on The National Hurricane Center’s cone graphic. The familiar Cone of Uncertainty will still be available, but Department Director Jamie Rhone says
Cut 13 (12) “…particular forecast.”
Rhone says the goal is to give areas away from the coast a better idea of potential wind destruction.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has announced the the state will not participate in the summer E-B-T program. The program uses federal money to help low income families pay for summer food expenses when their children are not in school. DCFS Secretary David Matlock says families deserve a pathway to self-sufficiency and summer EBT is a piecemeal program that does not offer long-term solutions.

The restaurant chain Walk-Ons is moving its corporate headquarters from Baton Rouge to Atlanta….
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6:45 LRN Sportscast

The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champs for a second consecutive season as K-C outlasted San Francisco 25 to 22 in overtime. Minden native and former Louisiana Tech star L’Jarius Sneed had three tackles and a pass defensed as he’s a Super Bowl champion for a second time. Former Ragin Cajuns star and Erath Bobcat Elijah Mitchell had two carries for eight yards for the 49ers.

The 13th ranked LSU women’s basketball team rallied back from a ten point deficit to beat Alabama 85-66 yesterday. Angel Reese had 27 points and 19 rebounds. The Lady Tigers outscored Bama 30-9 in the third quarter.

The Ragin Cajuns men’s basketball team finished a six game homestand with an 86 to 60 win in the Sun Belt-MAC challenge. Five players were in double figures for U-L Lafayette led by Themus Fulks 17 points.

ULM beat Eastern Michigan 82 to 76 while Louisiana Tech lost to Liberty 65-62.

For the second time this season, the LSU men’s basketball team gave up 109 points to 16th-ranked Alabama and lost to the Crimson Tide 109-92 on Saturday in the Maravich Center. This was a game for 32 minutes, but Bama pulled away with a 33-17 run. Coach Matt McMahon did not like his team’s shot selection in the second half…
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The Tigers are at Florida on Tuesday.

Opening day is Friday for the defending national champion LSU baseball team. The Tigers have ten left-handed pitchers on their roster. Southpaw Griffin Herring says it’s an impressive collection of talent…
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6:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry’s special session to address crime in Louisiana will begin next Monday and wrap on March 6th. Monroe Senator Stewart athey believes the legislation Landry is calling for will make a difference in deterring crime.
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The ACLU of Louisiana says the governor’s policy proposals are not evidenced based and lack data to approve sound crriminal justice policy.

The National Hurricane Center says its forecast maps for tropical storms and hurricanes starting in August will be more colorful to contain information on potential impacts inland from strong winds…
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That’s Jamie Rhone with the National Hurricane Center.

Federal Judge Shelly Dick has ordered the state’s legislative district maps to be redrawn on the grounds that the map drawn in 2022 violates the Voting Rights Act because it dilutes the black vote. Brooke Thorington has more.
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