8:30 LRN Newscast

President Biden says he has no plans to end his re-election bid after a lackluster debate performance. Biden says his poor showing was due to nerves and difficulty combatting former President Trump’s false claims, not a sign of any mental issues. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan believes Biden should still submit to a neurological exam to assure voters and world leaders…
Cut 21 (12) ” …in the world.”
The president’s physician says Mr. Biden had a detailed neurologic exam in February and there were no findings of neurological disorder.

Opponents to Louisiana’s Ten Commandments law are asking a federal judge to block it before the new school year starts. Associate VP with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Alex Luchenitser says they are seeking a hearing on July 29th….
cut 11 (12) “…right of parents”
Supporters of the law say the Ten Commandments are part of the foundation of U-S Law.

Louisiana Tech launches a new doctoral program in engineering that will help working professionals improve their management, leadership, engineering and technology principles relevant to their specialization. DETM program coordinator Beth Hegab says the on-line courses will begin in September…
cut 6 (12) “….be the expert”
More information can be found on Louisiana Tech’s website.

Frederick Burgess has been running an after school program called Stop the violence in Alexandria since 2018 but the playing of sports portion of the program is not active because they can no longer use the Charles Hayward Activity Center. Burgess says they need money to use the gym…
cut 8 (05) “…off the streets”
Burgess says he’s already providing hundreds of kids with tutoring and financial literacy, but wants to incorporate sports too and is hoping for donations for his program Stop the Violence.

7:30 LRN Newscast

The House Emergency Beetle Subcommittee is meeting in Baton Rouge today. The drought last summer made pine trees extremely susceptible to beetle infestations. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says they are holding the hearing to discuss ways to combat the issue…
Cut 13 (11) “…undertaking.”
Johnson says the Ips (I.P.S) beetles move from treetop to treetop and in a short time can and have killed many pine trees.

Opponents of Louisiana’s Ten Commandments law are asking a federal judge to block the legislation before a new school year starts. Associate VP with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Alex Luchenitser (looch-ah-nitz-er) says until the case is decided they want to keep a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments from going up.
Cut 10 (06) “…the litigation.”
Supporters of the law say the Ten Commandments are not an expression of religion but represent our moral code.

Louisiana Tech has launched a new doctoral program in engineering. It will give students an opportunity to learn technology management, strategic planning and decision analysis, skills crucial for many working professionals…
cut 5 (09) “…doctoral program”
Classes begin in September and DETM Program Coordinator Beth Hegab says the classes are online.

Frederick Burgess has been running an after school program called the Stop the Violence in Alexandria since 2018, but needs funds so that the hundreds of kids he mentors have a gym to play sports…
cut 9 (06) “…get in trouble”
Burgess says he was using the Charles Hayward Activity Center, but he says the gym is wanting money for them to use it. Burgess says his program also offers tutoring and financial literacy.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

LSU superstar gymnast Olivia Dunne has announced she’s coming back for her fifth and final season with the Tigers in 2025. Dunne makes millions of dollars through her NIL deals, but wanted to spend one more season wearing a purple and gold leotard…
cut 20 (20) “….Dunne yet”
Dunne suffered through injuries in 2023, but was healthy in 2024 and was a contributor on floor and bars for the national champion Tigers.

SEC football media days are next week and the Tigers have announced who will join Brian Kelly in Dallas. They are quarterback Garrett Nussmeier, linebacker Harold Perkins and tight end Mason Smith. LSU will be the first team featured at SEC Media days on Monday morning.

Westgate football star Jaboree Antonie will announce on July 20th his commitment. Antoine is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the country and his three finalists are LSU, Florida State and Miami. Antoine recently decommitted from LSU, leaving the Tigers with zero defensive backs for its 2025 class.

Grambling State right-handed pitcher Jeremiah Newman has entered the transfer portal. Newman had one of his better performances in the season against Texas A-and-M in the Regional.

The Pelicans need big guys that can play center and the team has reportedly signed 32-year-old Daniel Theis (Tice) to a one year deal. Theis averaged six points and four rebounds in 59 games for the Los Angeles Clippers. He will compete for Germany in the upcoming Summer Olympics.

LSU gymnast Haleigh Bryant has been named as the top female amateur athlete in Louisiana by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Bryant won the NCAA individual all-around title in April, becoming the second LSU gymnast to ever do so and her score of 39.7125 helped LSU win a national title.

6:30 LRN Newscast

The center of Beryl is just north of Shreveport and it’s now a tropical depression, but it left a lot of damage across the Ark-La-Tex and power out is for 22-thousand customers in northwest Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health reports one storm fatality. A tree fell on a home in Benton, killing a 31-year-old woman.

A group of teenagers from Terrebonne Parish have been arrested, accused of beating up homeless people in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Colleen Crain has the details.
Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Colleen Crain.”

A meeting will be held at the state capitol today to discuss a beetle infestation that’s resulted in damage to thousands of pine trees. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says the beetles weaken trees. He says last April a 60-year-old Pineville woman was killed when a tree fell on her home.
Cut 14 (09) “…tree falling.”
Johnson says the House Emergency Beetle Subcommittee will hear from several entities today, including agriculture officials on how to stop the spread.

Louisiana Tech has launched a new doctoral program in engineering, which will begin accepting students in September. This interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in academia and industry, emphasizing strong research capabilities across various engineering disciplines. DETM Program Coordinator Beth Hegab says it was time to expand.
Cut 4 (12) “…starting in 2010.”
The program offers flexible scheduling including online classes for working professionals

AM LRN Newscall July 8

Sean Richardson tells us about Frederick Burgess’s after-school programs which offer a range of activities from educational support to physical education to keep young people away from crime and violence.

Cut 1 (32) “…I’m Sean Richardson.”

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Due to the state’s infestation of Ips (I.P.S) beetles the House Emergency Beetle Subcommittee is meeting at the capitol today. Brooke Thorington has more.

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A group of teenagers from Terrebonne Parish have been arrested, accused of targeting homeless people in the French Quarter. Colleen Crain has the details.

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Louisiana Tech University has announced the launch of a new doctoral program in engineering, which will begin accepting students in the upcoming academic year. This interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in both academia and industry, emphasizing strong research capabilities across various engineering disciplines. DETM Program Coordinator Beth Hegab says it was time to expand.

Cut 4 (12) “…starting in 2010.”

The program offers flexible scheduling including online classes for working professionals and Hagab says the program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree to apply.

Cut 5 (09) “…doctorial program.”

This new initiative aligns with Louisiana Tech’s commitment to fostering innovation and leadership in engineering, providing students with the skills needed to tackle real-world problems through research and collaboration with industry partners.

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Stop the Violence in Alexandria CEO Frederick Burgess has been actively creating safe spaces for young people as part of his mission to combat crime and gun violence. Now he is asking for help to keep the program alive.

Cut 7 (07) “…school clothes.

Burgess started getting sponsors to help with the added cost and a major one was Hixon Ford Dealership where Burgess works, and 3-4 kids received jobs at the dealership.

Currently, the after-school sports program is not active. The Charles Hayward Activity Center where basketball was hosted is requesting more funds for Burgess to continue to host the program at their facility.

Cut 8 (05) “…off the streets.”

By focusing on these safe spaces, Burgess aims to build resilience and empowerment among the youth, helping them to navigate their challenges and avoid the pitfalls of violence and crime.

Cut 9 (06)  “…get in trouble.

Stop the Violence in Alexandria hosts around 400 students a month in the after-school program and has helped over a thousand youths in the city with life skills and education.

To donate visit StopTheViolence.us

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Opponents of Louisiana Ten Commandments law are asking a federal judge to block the legislation before a new school year starts. Associate VP with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Alex Luchenitser (looch-ah-nitz-er) says until the case is decided they want to keep them from going up.

Cut 10 (06) “…the litigation.”

Even though the law says schools must comply by January 1st teachers could choose to display them before that date and Luchenister wants to keep students from being subjected to the religious display. He says they’ve asked for an expedited ruling on the preliminary injunction the week of July 29th.

Cut 11 (12) “…right of parents.”

More than four decades ago the US Supreme Court overturned a similar law in Kentucky. Luchenister says that the case set a precedent and he’s confident the Louisiana law will be overturned also.

Cut 12 (07) “…case here.” 

Governor Jeff Landry says if you want to respect the rule of law you have to start from the original law which was Moses.

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The House Emergency Beetle Subcommittee is meeting in Baton Rouge today. The drought last summer made pine trees extremely susceptible to beetle infestations. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says they are holding the hearing to discuss ways to combat the issue because pesticides won’t work.

Cut 13 (11)  “…undertaking.”

Johnson says the Ips (I.P.S) beetles move from treetop to treetop and within a short amount of time can and have killed many pine trees.

During the session, Johnson sponsored legislation to create the subcommittee because the timber industry is one of the largest in the state.

Johnson says infested trees present multiple dangers, like falling on powerlines and roadways which create infrastructure issues. In April a 60-year-old Pineville woman was killed when a tree fell on her home.

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The subcommittee will hear from several entities including agriculture on how to stop the spread, the Public Service Commission on how our utilities are negatively impacted along with the Insurance Commissioner. Johnson says insurance does not cover the removal of dead trees.

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Johnson says the cost of removing dead trees from one’s yard can be thousands of dollars.

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5:30 LRN Newscast July 8

Some Democratic lawmakers have called on Biden to drop out of the presidential race, though they didn’t offer up any nominees. Despite Biden saying he won’t step aside, LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan thinks it would be beneficial for the Democrats to explore the possibility of having someone else run.

Cut 10 (12) “…all there.”

Louisiana’s 2024 I Voted Stickers have been unveiled, featuring a crawfish sporting a suit and top hat named Mark D’Ballot. This year’s sticker was designed by Shreveport artist William Joyce, who says he wanted to create a sticker that appeals to the satisfaction people feel when they vote, regardless of politics. He even went back and made the crawfish look happier in the final design to ensure people are enticed to vote and feel proud once they do.

Cut 4 (08) “…and I want to, too.”

A group of teenagers from Terrebonne Parish have been arrested, accused of targeting homeless people in the French Quarter. Colleen Crain has the details.

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Colleen Crain.” 

A Shreveport woman’s body was discovered inside a neighbor’s home Sunday and has been identified as 59-year-old Joni Hatcher. Hatcher was found in the home where she was dog-sitting for the homeowner just after 11:30 am. Investigators say injuries we consistent with an attack by an animal, possibly a dog or dogs.

The death is under investigation by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office.

4:30 PM Newscast July 8

A Shreveport woman whose body was found in a neighbor’s home Sunday, is believed to have been killed in a dog attack. 59-year-old Joni Hatcher had been caring from her neighbor’s dog in his absence and authorities say her injuries are consistent with an attack by an animal like a dog or dogs. Her death is under investigation and an autopsy is pending.

President Joe Biden has announced he has no plans to step aside as the Democratic presidential nominee after a lackluster debate performance. Biden says his poor showing was due to nerves and difficulty combatting former President Trump’s false claims, not a sign of any mental issues. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan believes Biden should still submit to a neurological exam to assure voters and world leaders…

Cut 11 (12) ” …in the world.”

Louisiana was spared the brunt of Beryl, but the Bayou State is getting rain, and the western half of the state is under a tornado watch until 10 PM. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

Louisiana’s 2024 I Voted Stickers have been unveiled, featuring a crawfish sporting a suit and top hat named Mark D’Ballot. This year’s sticker was designed by Shreveport artist William Joyce…

Cut 3 (12) “…ends up mattering.”

4:45 LRN Sportscast

He’s only ten starts into his Major League Baseball career, but former LSU star Paul Skenes is already an M-L-B All Star. The big right-hander for the Pirates learned of the achievement after yesterday’s game against the Mets…
cut 16 (09) “…guys”
Former Northwestern State All-American David Fry is also headed to the M-L-B All-star game. Fry is enjoying a breakout season with the Guardians as he’s hitting .305 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs.

Shreveport native Seth Lugo is going to the All-Star game for the first time. The 34-year-old is 11-3 with a 2.21 ERA for the Kansas City Royals this season.

And Skenes’s girlfriend, Olivia Dunne, has announced she’s returning for her final season at LSU. Dunne competed on bars and floor for the Tigers national championship squad last season. Dunne is also one of the highest NIL earners in college athletics.

Next week is SEC Football Media Days. Coach Brian Kelly along with Garrett Nussmeier, Harold Perkins and Mason Taylor will help kick-off the four day even in Dallas on Monday. The Tigers will report for training camp July 31st. September first is the season opener against USC.

The Pelicans need big men and they signed one today. Daniel Theis (Tice) has signed a one year deal with the Pels after playing in 59 games for the Clippers as a backup last season. The 32-year-old averated six points and four rebounds a game and he’ll play for Germany in the Olympics.

Pelicans guard Jose Alvardo helped Puerto Rico clinch a spot in the Olympics. He scored 23 points in a 79-68 win over Lithuania yesterday. It’s the first time the Puerto Rico men’s basketball team has qualified for the Olympics since 2004.

And former LSU basketball player Duop Reath will once again play for team Australia. Reath played for Australia, which won a Bronze medal in 2021.

3:30 PM Newscast July 8

A group of teenagers from Terrebonne Parish are accused of targeting, beating, and robbing homeless people in the French Quarter. New Orleans Police say the attacks were reported about 2:35 Sunday morning after the teens allegedly pistol-whipped the first victim in the head. A second victim was also beaten with a gun and had his backpack and bicycle stolen. The suspects then allegedly threw the man’s belongings into the Mississippi River. One victim was transported to a hospital for treatment.  Officers arrested Keith Morvant, Leland Fitch and Jaden LeBeouf, all 18, as well as a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy.

Beryl made landfall early this morning as a category 1 hurricane along the Texas coast and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. While Louisiana was spared the brunt of the storm LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says…

Cut 6 (11) “…out of this.”

The western half of the state is under a tornado watch until 10 pm.

Northwestern State University has narrowed their search for a new president to 3 finalist including Northwestern Alum, Associate Justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court District 3 James Genovese who according to NOLA DOT Com reporter Tyler Bridges is Governor Landry’s choice for the job. Genovese has reportedly ruled against some tough on crime cases and if he leaves the court for NSU, there will be an opening that could be filled by a more conservative judge.

This year’s I Voted Stickers have been unveiled and they feature a crawfish in a suit and top hat named Mark D’Ballot. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (29) …I’m Mel Bridges.”

LRN PM Newscall July 8

This year’s I Voted Stickers have been unveiled and they feature a crawfish in a suit and top hat named Mark D’Ballot. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (29) …I’m Mel Bridges.”

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Louisiana was spared the brunt of Beryl, but the Bayou State will experience rain, and the western half of the state is under a tornado watch until 10 PM. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (30)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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Louisiana’s 2024 I Voted Stickers have been unveiled, featuring a crawfish sporting a suit and top hat named Mark D’Ballot. This year’s sticker was designed by Shreveport artist William Joyce, who says the sticker is an important and fun project to be part of.

Cut 3 (12) “…ends up mattering.”

Joyce says he wanted to create a sticker that appeals to the satisfaction people feel when they vote, regardless of politics. He even went back and made the crawfish look happier in the final design to ensure people are enticed to vote and feel proud once they do.

Cut 4 (08) “…and I want to, too.”

Joyce has created and worked on several children’s books, TV shows and movies, including multiple Academy Award winners. Despite his impressive resume, he thinks the I Voted stickers are the most important thing he’s ever worked on because the impact is immediate and far-reaching.

Cut 5 (08)  “…what’s the downside?”

The stickers will be handed out to people who vote in the fall election.

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Beryl made landfall early this morning as a category 1 hurricane along the Texas coast and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. While Louisiana was spared the brunt of the storm LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says the Bayou State will have precipitation today as Beryl moves north-northeast.

Cut 6 (11) “…out of this.”

The western half of the state is under a tornado watch until 10 pm.

Keim says a few days ago Beryl’s project path was northeastern Mexico, but the track began to take a turn to the east.

Cut 7 (12) “…days ago.”

Storm surge values are predicted to be less than three feet along Louisiana’s southwestern coast. Keim says that will cause some issues because a three-foot surge is not insignificant.

Cut 8 (11)  “…all that.”

More than two million businesses and homes in Texas are without power.

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President Joe Biden has announced he has no plans to step aside as the Democratic presidential nominee after a lackluster debate performance that did little to dispel rumors about alleged cognitive decline. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says despite this, some Democrats are hesitant to rally behind Biden.

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Some Democratic lawmakers have called on Biden to drop out of the presidential race, though they didn’t offer up any nominees. Despite Biden saying he won’t step aside, Hogan thinks it would be beneficial for the Democrats to explore the possibility of having someone else run.

Cut 10 (12) “…all there.”

Biden says his poor debate showing was due to nerves and difficulty combatting former President Trump’s false claims, not a sign of any mental issues. However, Hogan thinks Biden should still submit to a neurological exam to assure voters and world leaders…

Cut 11 (12) ” …in the world.”

Democrats will announce a formal presidential nominee at their National Convention in August.