6:45 LRN Sportscast

Fifth-ranked LSU looks to finish the regular season with a ten-and-two mark when they visit Texas A-and-M tomorrow night. The Aggies are a disappointing four and seven, but Tigers defensive end Ali Gaye expects the Aggies to bring their “A” game…
Cut 16 (15) “…finish strong”
Kick-off is at 6 PM in College Station.

19th-ranked Tulane can clinch a spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship game today when they visit 24th-ranked Cincinnati. The Bearkats have won 32 straight games at home.

Soccer fans are fired up for today’s World Cup match between the United States and England. These two nations last met in the 2010 World Cup and it finished in a one-one tie. Today’s match begins at 1 PM.

An up-and-down Saints offense will face a big test Sunday when they visit San Francisco. The 49ers are the only team in the NFL that’s allowing less than 300 yards a game. New Orleans quarterback Andy Dalton says San Fran is fundamentally sound on defense
Cut 18 (14) “…they fly around the football”
Saints running back Alvin Kamara missed yesterday’s practice with an illness.

Pelicans guard C-J McCollum will miss tonight’s game in Memphis because he’s been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Tonight is the quarterfinals of the high school football playoffs. Ruston is at Denham Springs. The Yellow Jackets are in the quarters for the first time since 1985. 28th-seeded Breaux Bridge will try to keep their cinderella season alive as they host third-seeded North DeSoto.

6:30 LRN Newscast Nov 25

The US Coast Guard has located a man that went overboard from the Carnival Valor Thursday, responsive. His name has not been released and the Coast Guard is expected to give out more information today.

The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and experts predict inflation will force spending as high as $950-billion this year. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says he agrees, despite the belief that many will be scaling back gift shopping because of rising prices…:

Cut 4 (09)  “…higher cost this year.”

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. It’s a campaign to get consumers to shop at local stores. State NFIB director, Dawn McVea, says Louisiana small businesses employ over 46% of the workforce…

Cut 7 (08) “…in the state”

The St Landry Parish Council approves the parish’s first solar farm project. Construction will begin next year on a 900-acre site in a rural area north of Opelousas. Lightsource BP development manager Jack Steele says it is expected to be operational by end of 2024 and solar power is great for the environment and an effective way to produce energy

Cut 10 (10) “…of homes” 

There is a December runoff election in Louisiana coming up, and Early Voting for that is about to begin. State Commissioner of Elections Sherri Hadskey says you’ll have a full week to vote at your leisure starting tomorrow…:

Cut 13 (09) “…December the tenth.”

Early voting starts tomorrow and ends next Saturday, December 3rd.

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It’s Black Friday; the official start of the holiday shopping season. How is the retail picture stacking up against record inflation? Kevin Gallagher has more…:

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Saturday is Small Business Saturday and Kace Kieschnick reports local retailers hope consumers will spend with them on Saturday….

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Louisiana’s green energy industry continues to grow. The St Landry Parish Council has approved that parish’s first solar farm project. Marsanne Golsby has more.

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The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and experts predict inflation will force spending as high as $950-billion this year. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says he agrees, despite belief that many will be scaling back gift shopping because of rising prices…:

Cut 4 (09)  “…higher cost this year.”

The National Retail Federation predicts 6-percent to 8-percent growth in holiday sales over last year, when it was over 13-percent as the pandemic wound down. This even with record high levels in inflation, fuel and delivery costs and other economic factors. Rice says remember not all advertised “door buster” sales are actually a good value, and it helps to do some research on the normal prices of items on your shopping list before you go shopping…:

Cut 5 (10) “…time of year.”

Rice says look for a pretty fair mix of in-store and online buying, and more merchants who offer both will also do what he calls “hybrid sales”; where you order online, then pick the items up yourself in local store…:

Cut 6 (10)  “…additional purchases.” 

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Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. It’s a campaign to get consumers to shop at local stores. State NFIB director, Dawn McVea, says Louisiana small businesses employ over 46% of the workforce, so shopping locally will help the state’s economy…

Cut 7 (08) “…in the state”

In the NFIB’s latest optimism survey, 13% of small business owners reported not having a good outlook for the next three months. Employers have relied on Small Business Saturday over the last couple of years to help keep up during the holiday season, and McVea says consumers have come through…

Cut 8 (10)  “…during small business Saturday”

Originally made by American Express in 2010, the holiday has become a household name over the last twelve years. McVea says small businesses offer a unique experience to consumers they can’t find on Black Friday. She urges shoppers to save some of their holiday shopping for Saturday, get out and enjoy local businesses and restaurants, and support the businesses that support our communities.

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The St Landry Parish Council has approved the parish’s first solar farm project. Officials say construction will begin next year on a 900-acre site in a rural area north of Opelousas. Lightsource BP development manager Jack Steele says it is expected to be operational by end of 2024. He says solar power is great for the environment and an effective way to produce energy

Cut 10 (10) “…of homes” 

Steele says Louisiana has lots of flat agricultural land ideal for installing solar panels. The company already has a large solar farm near New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish…

Cut 11 (10)  “…that industry”

Steele says the panels will be high enough off the ground that sheep and cattle can graze beneath them. He says the company tries to do as much as possible to use native grasses and increase biodiversity.

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There is a December runoff election in Louisiana coming up, and Early Voting for that is about to begin. State Commissioner of Elections Sherri Hadskey says you’ll have a full week to vote at your leisure starting tomorrow…:

Cut 13 (09) “…December the tenth.”

Early voting starts tomorrow and ends next Saturday, December 3rd. Hadskey says the Secretary of State’s office is making it as easy as possible for you to vote in you cannot make it to an Early Voting place…:

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Hadskey says there will be something on your December ballot, no matter where you are in the state, so get out and cast your vote…:

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For ballot information or to get an absentee mail-in ballot, go to “GeauxVote.com”, or download the GeauxVote app.

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Fifth-ranked LSU looks to finish the regular season with a ten-and-two mark when they visit Texas A-and-M tomorrow night. The Aggies are a disappointing four and seven, but Tigers defensive end Ali Gaye expects the Aggies to bring their “A” game…

Cut  16 (15)  “…finish strong”

Kyle Field holds 102-thousand fans, but with Texas A&M playing for just pride on Saturday, Aggie fans may prefer to watch this one from home. But LSU defensive end BJ Ojulari expects a difficult environment…

Cut 17 (14) “…College Station”

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An up-and-down Saints offense will face a big test Sunday when they visit San Francisco. The 49ers are the only team in the NFL that’s allowing less than 300 yards a game. New Orleans quarterback Andy Dalton says San Fran is fundamentally sound on defense

Cut 18 (14) “…they fly around the football” 

The Saints will have to account for Nick Bosa. The defensive end leads the N-F-C with 10.5 sacks. Dalton says Bosa is as good as gets when it comes to rushing the passer…

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Louisiana Tech closes out the regular season on Saturday when they host UAB. The Blazers are led by running back DeWayne McBride, who is the fifth-leading rusher in college football, with 1,441 rushing yards. Bulldogs Coach Sonny Cumbie says it will take a team effort to slow down McBride

Cut 20 (20) “…hang on”

LSU held McBride to just 34 rushing yards last week.

2:30 LRN Newscast Nov 24

State Police say a Minden man died in a single vehicle crash on state Highway 59, near Highway 2. Troopers say 24-year-old Bret Dooley’s pickup went off the road, hit a ditch and overturned. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. A blood sample was taken to see if Dooley was impaired at the time.

With holiday shopping in full swing, security professionals have a few tips on how to have a safe one when making online purchases. LSU cybersecurity expert Abe Baggili says be aware of whether the site you’re shopping is secure. Look for padlock icon on the right end of the address bar. He says, also, be careful if shopping on a device using Wi-Fi…:

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He says never shop online using your ATM debit card. Using a CREDIT CARD helps assure you can get your money back if you ARE ripped off.

 

Tomorrow is Black Friday, perhaps THE busiest retail day of the year. Jill Gonzales, with “WalletHub.com”, says look for big discounts at stores like J.C. Penney, Belk and Macy’s if shopping in-store. If you’re hoping to score a sweet deal on a cell phone or computer, tomorrow may not be the day for you…:

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She says there are always gift cards, if shopping is not your thing.

Going on tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival near Hammond; just off I-12. Family fun, food and entertainment for all…plus some unique holiday gift ideas. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says the six weekend festival has been a big success this year…:

CUT 13 (07)      “…time you get here.”

For tickets, go online to “LARF2022.org.” The festival closes December 11th.

1:30 LRN Newscast Nov 24

Tomorrow is the one of the busiest shopping days of the year as shoppers will look for great deals to complete their Christmas shopping list. Jill Gonzales with the personal finance website, Wallethub.com says – based on their research – J.C. Penny, Belk and Macy’s have the best Black Friday deals…:

CUT 06 (12)      “…65-percent off.”

She says if you’re looking for a great deal on a new phone or perhaps a computer, keep looking. Real Black Friday savings doesn’t usually extend to those items.

An ex-Catholic priest who was arrested for making a sex tape on the altar of a church in Pearl River pleads guilty to felony obscenity charges. Travis Clark’s plea deal will mean a suspended prison sentence, three years on probation and a $1000 fine. Clark was defrocked by the Church after his arrest in 2020.

 

The nonprofit Troops Direct is asking for help to provide critical supplies to American service members. Aaron Negherbon says Troops Direct is unique…:

CUT 03 (12)      “…deployment.”

To make a cash donation, visit them at “TroopsDirect.org”

Looking for some post-Thanksgiving fun? You may want to check out the Louisiana Renaissance Festival; now in its 23rd year. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says it’s smart to get your tickets online BEFORE you make the drive to Hammond…:

CUT 14 (07)      “…rain or shine.”

The festival is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The website is “larf2022.org”. The festival is located just minutes off I-12 near Hammond.

12:30 LRN Newscast Nov 24

Volunteers picking up litter at a busy I-10 interchange in Baton Rouge discovered a loaded gun lying on the roadside. The group Keep Tiger Town Beautiful turned the automatic pistol with extended clip and bullets over to local police, who’re checking to see if it was used in a crime.

Tomorrow is Black Friday and Jeff Palermo has the latest trends for one of the biggest shopping days of the year…:

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The nonprofit Troops Direct is asking for help to provide critical supplies to American service members. Spokesman Aaron Negherbon (NEAR-BON) says due to the specialized nature of what they supply, they are asking for cash donations only.  He says their overhead is only about 9 to 10 percent of their overall budget.  There are four people on staff and one is a Marine Corps veteran…:

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“TroopsDirect.org” if you’d like to help.

With holiday shopping in full swing, security professionals have a few tips on how to have a safe one when making online purchases. LSU Cybersecurity Expert Abe (BAH-gil-lee) Baggili says – first – use only actual credit cards and NOT your ATM debit card…:

CUT 09(08)      “…as you’re shopping.”

He says avoid using public wi-fi when shopping and never shop at an unsecured website.

8:30 LRN Newscast

Holiday shopping online? An LSU Cybersecurity Expert has some tips to keep your money out of the hands of scammers. Kevin Gallagher has more…:
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Gift cards are a popular gift this time of year. Jill Gonzales from Wallet-hub-dot-com tells us the most popular gift cards for this year…
cut 8 (13) “….Chik-fil-A”
You’ll have 30 days until Christmas Day starting tomorrow.

If you have any questions as you cook your Thanksgiving Feast, you can call the U-S-D-A Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854….
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That number again is 1-888-674-6854. You can also chat live with a USDA expert at ask.usda.gov.

Looking for some post-Thanksgiving fun? You may want to check out the Louisiana Renaissance Festival; now in its 23rd year. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says it’s a celebration and re-creation of European culture of the Middle Ages, and loaded with fun and entertainment…:
Cut 12 (12) “…shows that go every day.”
The L.R.F. is located just minutes off I-12 near Hammond. It’s open tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday…and the first two weekends in December.

7:30 LRN Newscast

It’s Thanksgiving Day, a day to eat and be with family and friends. For many people, tomorrow is a day to shop. Jill Gonzales with the personal finance website, Wallethub-dot-com, says if you’re looking for great deals to buy a new computer or phone, Black Friday usually doesn’t provide a great value…
cut 7 (12) “…shop for”
This unfortunately is also the time of year for thieves to take advantage of shoppers by trying to steal their identity or credit card information. LSU Cybersecurity Expert Abe Baggili (BAH-gil-lee) says be sure to check credit card statements, especially if you are making online purchases…
cut 11 (10) “…a message”
Baggili says when shopping at a store in person, use your phone to make purchases so your card number is not revealed.

During the holiday season, there are thousands of American troops serving our country across the globe. There’s an organization called Troops Direct that supplies critical supplies to U-S service members. Troops Direct CEO Aaron Negherbon says they do not supply care packages, instead they deliver medical kits, GPS units, sleeping bags, helmets and even K-9 care kits…
cut 4 (11) “…government”
To make a cash donation go to Troops-direct-dot-org.

The Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond has been up and running. visitors can see live jousting, a birds of prey exhibit, play games of skill, enjoy many delicious foods and shop dozens of vendors selling hand-made works. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says this year’s festival has been a terrific success…:
Cut 13 (07) “…time you get here.”
To purchase tickets go to l-a-r-f-2022-dot-org. They will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend and the next two weekends after.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

The 5th ranked LSU football team continues preparations for Saturday’s regular season finale at Texas A-and-M. Coach Brian Kelly lays out the schedule for today…
cut 18 (12) “…Thanksgiving together”
Tomorrow, the Tigers will leave for College Station and kick-off on Saturday night is at 6 PM.

Tomorrow, 19th Tulane takes on 24th ranked Cincinnati. A spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship game is on the line. The Green Wave are also trying to secure a New Year’s Six bowl bid.

Several Saints players who missed last week’s win over the Rams returned to practice yesterday including cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who has been out since October 9th because of a abdomen injury. Mark Ingram, Marcus Davenport, James Hurst and Cam Jordan also practiced yesterday. New Orleans is at San Francisco on Sunday.

The LSU men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season last night as they fell to Kansas State 61-59 in the Cayman Islands Classic championship game. It appeared the Tigers tied the game as the buzzer went off on a Trae Hannibal lay-up. But after reviewing the play, it was determined the clock started late after LSU inbounded the ball, so the basket was waved off. The Tigers only scored 18 points in the second half.

In other action yesterday, Louisiana Tech topped Alabama A-and-M 80-75 as Terran Williams had 20 points and seventh ranked Baylor dribbled past McNeese 89-60.

Zion Williamson scored a season-high 32 points as the Pelicans defeated San Antonio 129 to 110. Coach Willie Green says Williamson had a monster performance…
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6:30 LRN Newscast November 24

It’s a big day in the kitchen today as Thanksgiving dinners get prepared. USDA Food safety expert Kenneth King has tips to ensure against foodborne illnesses…
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Tomorrow is a busy shopping day. Jill Gonzales with the personal finance website, Wallethub-dot-com says based on their research, J-C Penny, Belk and Macy’s have the best Black Friday deals…
Cut 6 (12) “…65-percent off”

The non profit group Troops Direct is asking for help to provide critical supplies to American service members around the globe. Founder Aaron Negherbon says Troops Direct is unique…
cut 3 (12) “…deployment”
For more info go to Troops-direct-dot-org.

If you are looking for a unique experience over the next few weekends, check out the Louisiana Renaissance Festival, just minutes off I-12 near Hammond. There’s live jousting, artists and entertainers that takes visitors back to the 16th century in England. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says there’s fun for the whole family and you buy tickets on their website. L-a-r-f-2022-dot-org…
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They’ll be open this week Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the first two weekends in December.