11:30 LRN Newscast

The state department of health says three people died as a result of yesterday’s severe weather that struck south Louisiana. A Port Allen mother and her nine-month old fetus died when a tree fell on her trailer. L-D-H is counting that as two storm deaths.

West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office Sergeant Landon Groger says there are multiple reports of trees and powerlines down…
cut 4 (14)“…machinery”

There was also a fatality outside the town of Henderson from a suspected tornado. Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says they have a big cleanup on their hands…
Cut 17 (08) “…the place.”
The woman who died in St. Martin Parish has been identified as a 24-year-old woman from Texas.

It was a record turn out for Love the Boot Week’s 3rd annual litter removal and beautification throughout the state. Sean Richardson has the story.
Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Sean Richardson.”

Jury selection is underway in Avoyelles Parish where Christopher McCoy of Bunkie is facing vehicular homicide charges. State Police say last June McCoy was nearly twice the legal limit when his vehicle ran off the road, killing a passenger inside his vehicle, Lauren Vaughn.

10:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed three storm-related deaths from yesterday’s severe weather. A female in Cecilia in St. Martin Parish died when after camper rolled over because of high winds. And a nine-month pregnant women died in Port Allen when tree fell on her trailer. The fetus did not survive and is counted as a third storm related death.

The Louisiana House has given final legislative passage to a measure that voids a section of a law passed in 2022 that sought to control speeding on the 18-mile I-10 Atchafalaya Basin bridge by doubling the speeding fines and using cameras to do it. But New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez says a normal speeding ticket already costs 350 dollars…
cut 14 (12) “…of the state”
The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

It’s Formosan subterranean termite swarm season. LSU Ag Center entomologist Doctor Aaron Ashbrook says these termites are attracted to light so keep interior lights off at night to prevent them from coming into your house. Ashbrook says if you have swarms inside your home that is a concern
Cut 9 (11) “…to establish.”
The best plan is to work with a Termite and Pest control company for preventative maintenance.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful and the Lieutenant Governor’s office announces the Love the Boot Week in April was a major success. With 19-thousand people volunteering, a record 347 tons of litter was collected. Keep Louisiana Beautiful director Susan Russell says it was a year of tremendous growth.
Cut 4 (10) “…4400 plants.”

9:30 LRN Newscast

At least two people are dead in south Louisiana as a result of the strong storms that pushed through the area late yesterday afternoon and into the early evening hours. West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office Sergeant Landon Groger says a fatality occurred in his parish when a tree fell on a mobile home…
cut 3 (11) “…did not survive”
Groger says the most of the damage sustained in West Baton Rouge is in Erwinville, where wind gusts of 80 miles per hour were reported.

There is also a reported fatality outside the town of Henderson during what many believe was a tornado. Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says they have a big cleanup on their hands…
Cut 17 (08) “…the place.”
A possible tornado also did damage in Calcasieu Parish. But no fatalities or injuries reported in the Lake Charles area.

Very scary situation this past weekend in Abbeville when a 16-year-old brandished a gun as 60 children were set to receive their First Communion. Law enforcement was quick to respond at St. Mary Magdalen Church….
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The teenager reportedly told parishioners he came to the church armed, because he heard someone was going to attack the priest and he wanted to protect him.

South Louisiana has hit the peak for termite swarm season. LSU Ag Center Entomologist Dr. Aaron Ashbrook says Formosan subterranean termites are attracted to light so keep interior lights off at night to prevent them from coming into your house. Second, termites are looking for leaks in your home.
Cut 7 (10) “…moist wood.”
Ashbrook says if termites are swarming in your home, call a pest control company.

8:30 am Newscast

At least two people have died as a result of severe weather in South Louisiana yesterday. St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Officials report someone died just outside the town of Henderson.

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In West Baton Rouge Parish, a woman was killed, and two others were injured after a tree fell onto a mobile home during last night’s storms. A man and a five year old child were taken to the hospital. A wind gust of 83 miles per hour was reportedly recorded at the nearby Erwinville Community Center at that time.

Meanwhile, there’s damage and power outages across South Louisiana this morning. Some 50 thousand residents are still without power as crews work to clear debris and restore service.

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Formosan Subterranean termite swarm season is in full swing. Sean Richardson has the story.

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April’s “Love the Boot” Week is being declared a big success as more than 19-thousand people volunteered, collecting a record 347 tons of litter. Keep Louisiana Beautiful Executive Director Susan Russell says Louisiana residents showed up for our state..

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7:30 am Newscast

The severe weather that rolled through Louisiana yesterday has left at least one person dead. Officials report someone died just outside the town of Henderson during what many believe was a tornado. Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says they have a big cleanup on their hands…

Cut 17 (08) “…the place.”

Louisiana Income Tax returns are due tomorrow, May 15th. If you need a little extra time to prepare them, there’s good news and bad. Colleen Crain explains.

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Colleen Crain.” 

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The pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Church in Abbeville says 60 children were set to receive their First Communion on Saturday when a teenager entered the church and brandished a gun. Law enforcement was quick to respond and a frightening experience ended with no shots fired…

Cut 10 (06) “…young man .”

Authorities have charged a 16-year-old with terrorizing and two counts of possession of a firearm by a juvenile.

Louisiana’s Love the Boot Week was a major success. That’s according to Keep Louisiana Beautiful and The Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Close to 20,000 volunteered and collected a record 346 tons of litter KLB Executive Director Susan Russell says litter is 100% preventable if we all do our part.

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6:45 LRN Sportscast

The Saints have announced the signing of defensive tackle Kendal Vickers and offensive lineman Lucas Patrick. Vickers appeared in two games with the Bills last season and spent three seasons with the Raiders. Patrick is a seven-year NFL vet who has started 54 games with the Packers and the Bears.

The NFL schedule will be released tomorrow night. Two games were confirmed yesterday. The season opener is Baltimore at Kansas City on September 5th. The Cowboys will kick off the regular season in Cleveland against the Browns. That will be Tom Brady’s debut in the broadcast booth for Fox.

Also, Tampa Bay has signed safety Antonio Winfield to an 84-million dollar deal, making him the highest paid defensive back in the NFL. And the Lions have signed quarterback Jared Goff to a four-year 212 million dollar contract.

Brett McMurphy with Action Network is reporting New Orleans is bidding to hold the College Football Playoff national championship in 2028.
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Former Ragin Cajuns star Spencer Arrighetti won his first major league game last night as Houston defeated the Oakland As nine to two. Arrighetti allowed two runs over five innings. Former LSU star Alex Bregman hit two home runs.

College baseball tonight…McNeese hosts Texas State and Southeastern Louisiana hosts South Alabama.

LSU gymnast Sierra Ballard has announced she’s returning for her final season with the Tigers. Ballard led off on floor in all 16 compeititions and averaged a 9.820 on beam for the year.

Home and away opponents for the 2024-25 season have been released for LSU men’s basketball. The Tigers will play Arkansas, Texas A-and-M, and Ole Miss home and away. They will host Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A-and-M, and Vanderbilt. LSU will visit Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas A-and-M.

6:30 am Newscast

The severe weather that rolled through Louisiana yesterday is responsible for at least one death. Authorities say a person died just outside of the town of Henderson. St. Martin Sheriff Becket Breaux says a twister likely hit the parish…

Cut 16 (10) “….a tornado” 

As of this morning Entergy was reporting some 50, 000 customers still without power as a result of the storm.

The Louisiana House has given final legislative approval to a bill that scraps a plan to put cameras up on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge that would issue tickets to speeding violators resulting in twice the normal fine. New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez is a big proponent of cops ticketing speeding vehicles, not cameras

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Keep Louisiana Beautiful and The Office of the Lieutenant Governor announced that April’s,  Love the Boot Week was a major success.  With 19,441 people volunteering and a record 347 tons of litter collected,  KLB Executive Director Susan Russell says it was a year of tremendous growth.

Cut 4 (10) “…4400 plants.”
Louisiana has hit the peak for termite swarm season. Experts say Formosan subterranean termites are some of the most destructive species we have, responsible for billions of dollars in damages every year. LSU Ag Center Entomologist Dr. Aaron Ashbrook says if they get in your home, they love to feast on moist wood as a result of a water leak or drainage issue…
Cut 8 (13) “…in an area though” 

Updated LRN AM Newscall with storm fatality in St. Martin Parish

It was a record turn out for Love the Boot Week’s 3rd annual litter removal and beautification throughout the state. Sean Richardson has the story.

Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Sean Richardson.”
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Formosan Subterranean termite swarm season is in full swing. Sean Richardson has the story.

Cut 2 (31)  “…I’m Sean Richardson.” 

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Louisiana Income Tax returns are due tomorrow, May 15th. If you need a little extra time to prepare them, there’s good news and bad. Colleen Crain explains.

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Colleen Crain.” 

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Keep Louisiana Beautiful and The Office fo the Lieutenant Governor announced that April’s,  Love the Boot Week was a major success.  With 19,441 people volunteering and a record 347 tons of litter collected,  KLB Executive Director Susan Russell says it was a year of tremendous growth.

Cut 4 (10) “…4400 plants.”

Russell says this issue is 100% preventable if everyone is responsible for their own actions.

A few steps you can take are…

Cut 5 (08) “…out the window.” 

Lieutenant Gov. Billy Nungesser says, “Love the Boot Week’s impact is a testament to our states readiness for a cleaner, greener Louisiana.” And with the turnout from this years event, lets hope that next year is even better.

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Louisiana has hit the peak for termite swarm season. LSU Ag Center Entomologist Dr. Aaron Ashbrook says Formosan subterranean termites are attracted to light so keep interior lights off at night to prevent them from coming into your house. Second, termites are looking for leaks in your home.

Cut 7 (10) “…moist wood.”

Ashbrook says these termites are some of the most destructive species we have and they are responsible for billions in damages every year. He says if they get in your home, they love to feast on moist wood as a result of a water leak or drainage issue…

Cut 8 (13) “…in an area though” 

Ashbrook says if you have swarms inside your home that is a concern

Cut 9 (11)  “…to establish.”

The best plan is to work with a Termite and Pest control company for preventative maintenance.

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The pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Church in Abbeville says 60 children were set to receive their First Communion on Saturday when a teenager entered the church and brandished a gun. Law enforcement was quick to respond and a frightening experience ended with no shots fired…

Cut 10 (06) “…young man .”

Viewers of the live stream saw two priests lowering their bodies behind a table and screams can be heard from the congregation…

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Authorities have charged a 16-year-old with terrorizing and two counts of possession of a firearm by a juvenile. The Diocese of Lafayette says the gunman was dressed in all black with a hoodie over his head and wearing a mask. After he was taken into custody, the all clear was given…

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Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel says they will have uniformed law enforcement at all upcoming Masses. First Communicants can receive First Holy Communion at whichever Mass they choose this weekend.

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The Louisiana House has given final legislative approval to a bill that scraps a plan to put cameras up on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge that would issue tickets to speeding violators resulting in twice the normal fine. New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez is a big proponent of cops ticketing speeding vehicles, not cameras

Cut 13 (13)  “..compliance.”

The measure voids a section of a law passed in 2022 that sought to control speeding on the 18-mile bridge by doubling the speeding fines and using cameras to do it. But Miguez says a normal speeding ticket already costs a driver 350 dollars…

Cut 14 (12)  “..of the state.”

Miguez says using cameras to issue tickets also means fewer dollars for their local criminal justice system

Cut 15 (08)  “…of the funds.”

The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

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The severe weather that rolled through Louisiana yesterday is responsible for at least one death. Authorities say a person died just outside of the town of Henderson. St. Martin Sheriff Becket Breaux says a twister likely hit the parish…

Cut 16 (10) “….a tornado” 

Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says they have a big cleanup on their hands today…

Cut 17 (08) “…the place.”

5:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry is urging the Louisiana Senate to approve the Education Savings Account bill. The proposed E-S-A would allow families of all income levels to receive state dollars to pay for education expenses, including private school tuition. Some lawmakers are concerned about the cost. But Landry says in this TV commercial paid for by Protect Louisiana Values, it’s time for parents to have more control of their child’s education…
Cut 23 (08) “….today”
School choice was one of Governor Landry’s campaign promises.

Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill has asked the U-S Supreme Court to get involved in the state’s Congressional map controversy. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino…
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Two different draws maps drawn by lawmakers over the last few years have been rejected by federal judges.

The Louisiana House has given final legislative passage to a measure that voids a section of a law passed in 2022 that sought to control speeding on the 18-mile I-10 Atchafalaya Basin bridge by doubling the speeding fines and using cameras to do it. But New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez says a normal speeding ticket already costs a driver 350 dollars…
cut 14 (12) “…of the state”
The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

Louisiana Pre-k through 12 education ranks 40th this year in the US News and World Report Best States rankings. That is up from 41st in 2023 and 46th in 2019.
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Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says Louisiana has benefited from the state’s fundamental shift in how students are taught to read, a focus on foundational math skills and an emphasis on career and college readiness.

4:45 LRN Sportscast

The LSU baseball team lost a tight one in Tuscaloosa yesterday and their chances of making the NCAA Tournament have shrunk. Alabama beat the Tigers four to three to win the series two games to one. LSU is 10-and-17 in the Southeastern Conference and will likely need to sweep Ole Miss this week in order to have a chance at an large bid to the NCAA Tourney.

U-L Lafayette and Louisiana Tech swept their opponents this past weekend. The Cajuns have clinched a share of the Sun Belt regular season title. While the Bulldogs are now tied for first place with Dallas Baptist in Conference USA. Tech will be at Liberty for a series that begins on Thursday.

Nicholls is now a game back of Lamar for first place in the Southland after taking two of three from the Cardinals. The Colonels wrap up the regular season with a series against McNeese in Thibodaux on Thursday. The Cowboys are 10-and-11 in the Southland.

LSU and U-L Lafayette will host their own NCAA Tournament Softball Regionals. LSU will welcome California, Southern Illinois and Jackson State. This is the Tigers eighth softball regional appearance in nine years. They are a nine national seed.

The Ragin Cajuns are a 13 seed and they will host a regional for the first time since 2016. U-L Lafayette will welcome Baylor, Ole Miss and Princeton to Lamson Park.

The LSU women’s track and field team won the SEC Championships in Gainesville. That’s the 14th outdoor conference title in program history.

West Monroe baseball won its third state championship in history with a five to one win over Barbe. And in Division Two select, Teurlings Catholic beat St. Louis Catholic three to two in 11 innings.

The NFL schedule will come out on Wednesday. It was announced today that Chiefs will host the Ravens in the regular season opener on September fifth.