10:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that would allow nonfelon adults to conceal carry a gun without a permit or training. Democrats voted against the legislation. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis shared a letter from the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police who opposes the bill then questioned how permit-less conceal carry helps police…
Cut 14 (10) “…God-given right.”
West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says the Fraternal Order of Police is a labor union and doesn’t represent all law enforcement. Quoting from a letter received from Retired West Monroe Police Chief, Jeff Terrell, he says the Founders made it clear that restrictions hurt law-biding citizens…
Cut 15 (07) “…or cannot.”
The measure heads to the House for more debate.

The Promise Justice Initiative has filed for a temporary restraining order against the legislature because public input on the crime special session bills has been limited. Brooke Thorington explains.
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

It’s that time of the year when crane flys are fluttering around and making their way inside your home. LSU Ag Center entomologist Doctor Aaron Ashbrook says February and March are their primary months as adult males only live a week or two…
cut 11 (05) “…are dying”

9:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Senate has approved legislation that would allow non-felon adults to carry a concealed handgun without training or a state-issued a permit. New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez says his bill empowers law-abiding citizens, but New Orleans Democrat Royce Duplessis says it’s one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation to ever pass out of the Senate…
cut 16 (07) “…community safer”
The House hears the bill next.

A hearing is underway in a Baton Rouge courtroom over a temporary restraining order filed by advocates who claim the Legislature is not devoting enough time to hear public input on the criminal justice proposals moving through the legislative process. Erica Navalance is with the Promise Justice Initiative…
cut 9 (10) “….make laws”
Governor Jeff Landry has sent a letter to the USDA requesting aid for Louisiana’s crawfish industry. Teiko Foxx spoke with a crawfish farmer about much-needed assistance…
Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

The body of a female woman found in a wooded area north of Marksville last October has been identified. A forensics lab in Baton Rouge and the State Police Crime Lab have been able to determine its 38-year-old Ashley Beauclair of Marksville and her death has been ruled a homicide. The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

8:30 LRN Newscast

A bill allowing nonfelon adults to conceal carry a gun without a permit is headed to the House after passing the Senate 28-10…
Cut 3 (33) “…I’m Colleen Crain.”

The Louisiana Senate has left town for a couple of days, but the House will be working on this Friday. On the agenda, is a bill that would eliminate parole in most cases. Another bill would make all state prisoners serve 85-percent of their sentences before their eligible for early release as a reward for good behavior.

The Promise Justice Initiative has filed for a temporary restraining order against the Legislature because public input on bills has been limited to an hour in committee meetings. Erica Navalance with PJI says lawmakers are trying to rush through sweeping monumental changes to state laws…
Cut 7 (09) “…represent.”
Navalance says the state constitution demands a process that allows for full and meaningful participation by the public.

The public is demanding crawfish, but there’s not a lot of mudbugs to be had as this is a historically bad season as a result of last year’s drought. Chairman of the Crawfish Promotion and Research Board David Savoy says production will be an ongoing issue for the next three to four years because…
cut 6 (11) “…seed that”
Governor Landry sent a letter to the USDA requesting federal aid for crawfish farmers.

7:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry signs an executive order that keeps a big property tax break in place for manufacturers, but it removes a job creation requirement put in place by former Governor John Bel Edwards. Together Louisiana says the change to the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program is a gift for corporations. But Landry says removing the job requirement is about capital investment…
Cut 18 (08) “…retaining jobs.”

A bill allowing non felon adults to conceal carry a gun without a permit or training is headed to the House after passing the Senate 28-10. The bill’s author is New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez…
Cut 13 (08) “…equal footing.”
Governor Jeff Landry has said he’ll sign this bill when it reaches his desk.

Governor Landry has sent a letter to USDA asking for much-needed federal assistance for Louisiana’s crawfish industry which is struggling to harvest mudbugs because of last summer’s drought. Chairman of the Crawfish Promotion and Research Board David Savoy says crawfish farmers have invested thousands of dollars and are not seeing great results.
Cut 4 (10) “…electric bills.”
LSU’s Ag Center estimates the potential losses to be nearly $140 million due to the combined drought and a freeze in mid January.

A hearing takes place this morning in a Baton Rouge courtroom regarding a temporary restraining order filed by a couple of groups who say the Louisiana Legislature is not devoting enough time to public input during the crime special session. Erica Navalance with Promise Justice Initiative says the House Criminal Justice Committee has restricted each person to just three minutes and each side gets one hour…
cut 8 (13) “…all of us”
Legislative committees will often limit public testimony when considering bills.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

It wasn’t easy but the 13th ranked LSU women’s basketball team picked up its 23rd win of the season last night with a 71-66 victory over a pesky Auburn team that beat the Lady Tigers earlier this season. LSU needed a monster game from Angel Reese and she delivered as the Bayou Barbie had 25 points and 20 rebounds. Coach Kim Mulkey says Reese was outstanding…
cut 27 (12) “…took it up a notch”
LSU is at Tennessee on Sunday.

ULM men’s basketball continues to play well as they knocked off in-state rival U-L Lafayette 66 to 59 last night. The Warhawks limited the Cajuns to 4-of-22 from three point territory. ULM has won seven of its last ten.

Louisiana Tech held UTEP to 39-percent shooting from the field last night and defeated the Miners 65-59.

The second ranked LSU baseball team hit five home runs yesterday and easily defeated Northern Illinois ten to two. Michael Braswell, Paxton Kling, Tommy White and Josh Pearson each homered. Pearson homered twice. Gage Jump got the start and gave up one unearned run and Nate Ackenhausen got his second win of the season as he allowed one earned run over 3.2 innings…
cut 19 (12) “…good to see”
LSU hosts Stony Brook a 2 PM.

Northwestern State also played Northern Illinois last night at the Box and the Demons downed the Huskies 13-6. It’s the first win for new head coach Chris Bertrand.

The Pelicans returned from the All-Star break last night and defeated the Houston Rockets 127 to 105. New Orleans has won eight of its last nine and they host the Miami Heat tonight.

6:30 LRN Newscast

The first week of the special session on crime is wrapping up and Governor Jeff Landry’s tough on crime proposals continue to advance. The Senate has approved a bill that requires 17 year olds accused of a felony to be charged as adults. The House has approved a bill that would result in a longer sentence for carjackers.

The Promise Justice Initiative has filed for a temporary restraining order against the Legislature claiming public input on the crime special session bills has been limited. Brooke Thorington explains.
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Governor Jeff Landry has sent a letter to the USDA requesting federal dollars for crawfish farmers who are having a difficult time harvesting mudbugs because of the 2023 drought. Chairman of the Crawfish Promotion and Research Board David Savoy says a few farmers are having some good days, but for a vast majority it’s a struggle…
cut 5 (10) “….little production”
Savoy says there are more than 100-thousand acres of crawfish ponds, but a third of them are not producing any crawfish this year.

It’s that time of year for crane flies. They look like giant mosquitoes. Assistant Professor in Urban Entomology at the LSU Ag Center Dr. Aaron Ashbrook says the long-winged insect may be a nuisance but they play an important role in our ecosystem.
Cut 10 (13) “…the environment.”
Ashbrook says the Bayou State typically sees large emergences of crane flies, known as mosquito hawks, in February and March. Most adults are typically attracted to light and water.

AM LRN Newscall Feb 23

Due to last year’s severe drought, Governor Landry sent a letter to the USDA requesting critical aid for Louisiana’s crawfish industry. Teiko Foxx spoke with a crawfish farmer about much-needed assistance…

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Teiko Foxx.”

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The Promise Justice Initiative has filed for a temporary restraining order against the legislature because public input on the crime special session bills has been limited. Brooke Thorington explains.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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 A bill allowing concealed carry by Louisiana adults without a permit is headed to the house after passing the senate 28-10 Thursday. Colleen Crain has the story…

Cut 3 (33) “…I’m Colleen Crain.”

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Governor Landry has sent a letter to USDA requesting they provide much-needed federal assistance for Louisiana’s crawfish industry which is struggling to harvest mudbugs this year because of last summer’s drought. Chairman of Crawfish Promotion and Research Board David Savoy says help is needed for farmers who have invested thousands of dollars and have not seen great results.

Cut 4 (10) “…electric bills.”

Louisiana State University’s Agriculture Center estimated the potential losses to be nearly $140 million due to the combined drought and freeze. While crawfish production is expected to pick up, Savoy says the severity of this year’s loss in crawfish production will continue to impact farmers.

Cut 5 (10) “…little production.” 

Savoy says farmers lost a third of its acres and it’s going to take efforts by the USDA to help the crawfish industry bounce back. He says crawfish production will be an ongoing issue for the next three to four years because…

Cut 6 (11) “…seed that.”

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The Promise Justice Initiative has filed for a temporary restraining order against the legislature because public input on bills has been limited to an hour in committee meetings. A hearing will be held today, and Erica Navalance with PJI says lawmakers are trying to rush through sweeping monumental changes to our laws…

Cut 7 (09) “…represent.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday Navalance says during the House Criminal Justice Committee meetings the public was allowed only one hour to speak, and individuals were limited to three minutes for comment.

Cut 8 (13) “…all of us.” 

Navalance says the state constitution demands a process that allows for full and meaningful participation by the public, whether they are for, against, or neutral on the topic.

Cut 9 (10)  “…make laws.”

The hearing is scheduled for 9 am in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge today. PJI and Voice of The Experienced (VOTE) filed the restraining order against the legislature.

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No, they are not giant mosquitoes. But Louisianans are seeing an abundance of large mosquito like insects known as crane flies stirring in the Bayou State. Assistant Professor in Urban Entomology at LSU Ag Center Dr. Aaron Ashbrook says the long-winged insect may be a nuisance but they play an important role in our ecosystem.

Cut 10 (13) “…the environment.”

Ashbrook says the Bayou State typically sees large emergences of crane flies, known as mosquito hawks, in February and March. Most adults are typically attracted to light and water. He says the adult insect mate, lay eggs, and only live a week or two.

Cut 11 (12) “…are dying.” 

While they have a reputation for being blood-sucking dangerous insects, Ashbrook says they are completely harmless and don’t bite. And for those who find crane flies to be a nuisance…

Cut 12 (11) “…crane flies.” 

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A bill allowing concealed carry by Louisiana adults without a permit is headed to the house after passing the senate 28-10 Thursday. Senator Blake Miguez of New Iberia sponsored the bill and says other states that passed permit-less concealed carry laws have not seen an increase in violent gun crimes…

Cut 13 (08)  “…equal footing.”

Miguez says, law enforcement is divided on the bill, but New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis shared a letter from the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police opposing the bill then questioned how permit-less conceal carry helps police…

Cut 14 (10) “…God-given right.”

West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says the Fraternal Order of Police is a labor union and doesn’t represent all law enforcement. Quoting from a letter received from Retired West Monroe Police Chief, Jeff Terrell, he says the Founders made it clear that restrictions hurt law-biding citizens…

Cut 15 (07) “…or cannot.”

Duplessis called the bill one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation to ever pass out of the Senate…

Cut 16 (07) “…community safer.” 

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Cut 17 (16) “…they will.” 

 

Cut 18 (17)  “…along the way.” 

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Cut 19 (15) “…be fun.”

 

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5:30 LRN Newscast Feb 22

There are three bills sponsored by Kenner Republican Debbie Villio that will gut the 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiatives and drastically reduce a prisoner’s opportunity for early release. In House Criminal Justice, Villio advocated for House Bill 9 that eliminates parole eligibility for crimes committed after August 1st of this year.

Cut 12 (13) “…a difference.”

Former Gretna Representative Joe Marino attended the hearing to speak against the bill. Marino says eliminating parole and forcing prisoners to serve 85% of their sentence…

Cut 13 (13) “…to want.”
The bill heads to the House floor for more debate.

Governor Jeff Landry signs an executive order that keeps a big property tax break in place for manufacturers, but it removes the job creation requirement that was added during the Edwards’ administration. Landry says the job creation requirement only created bureaucratic red tape.

Cut 9 (05) “…into Louisiana.” 

 

More than 32 thousand Louisiana high school students enrolled in college courses during the 22-23 school year, making it three years in a row dual enrollment has increased. And Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed says minority student participation has increased over three years by seven percent.

Cut 4 (09) “…the board.”

Hunter-Reed says they are committed to dual enrollment opportunities for all students. She points out a virtual instruction program is accessible to students in underpopulated parts of the state.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

LSU men’s basketball took down another Top 25-ranked team last night as the Tigers rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat 17th-ranked Kentucky 75-74 on the buzzer-beating shot by Tyrell Ward. Coach Matt McMahon says it’s a great character win…
Cut 6 (13) “…get it done”
LSU is now 6-7 in the SEC after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked South Carolina and Kentucky.

The 13th ranked LSU Lady Tigers go after their fifth straight win tonight as they host Auburn. Coach Kim Mulkey believes her team is peaking at the right time…
cut 18 (17) “….along the way”
Tip off is at 8 PM.

The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team begins a three-game road trip tonight at UTEP. It’s the second meeting of the season between these two Conference USA foes. The Bulldogs won the first matchup 68-54 in Ruston. But Tech Coach Talvin Hester says his team had too many careless turnovers…
Cut 16 (24) “…our chances.”
Tip-off is at 8 PM. Tech is 8-3 in CUSA, UTEP is 4-7.

ULM hosts the Ragin Cajuns tonight at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Warhawks are in a four-way tie for ninth place in the Sun Belt, while the Ragin Cajuns are in fourth place with four games to play. Tip time is at 7:30.

Also the Pelicans host the Houston Rockets in the first game back from the All-Star break.

4:30 LRN Newscast February 22

Governor Jeff Landry has removed a job creation requirement for manufacturers to receive a significant property tax break. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

Two elderly residents from Saline were killed when their vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across both lanes of Louisiana Highway nine at the Bienville-Natchitoches Parish line on Tuesday night. State Police troopers say 82-year-old Clois Williams and 78-year-old Mary Williams were not buckled up and died at the scene.

LSU men’s basketball beat the Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 75 -74 Wednesday night.  Tyrell Ward scored the winning point on a tip-in as he took a pass from Jordan Wright . Coach Matt McMahon….

Cut 8 (10) “…buzzer.” 

LSU is now 6-7 in the SEC after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked South Carolina and Kentucky.

More high school students in the Bayou State enrolled in college courses during 2022-2023 school year for the third year straight. Higher Education Commissioner Doctor Kim Hunter Reed says more students and families are seeking early pathways to success.

Cut 3 (09) “…high school.”  

The Board of Regents 2023 report reveals participation in career and technical fields increased to a level exceeding pre-pandemic enrollments.