12:30 LRN Newscast

Republican Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy had some strong words about President Biden’s health and rumored cognitive issues after his dismal performance in the June 27th Debate. Cassidy says it’s best for the country if Biden isn’t re-elected.
Cut 13 (13) “…absurb.”
But New Orleans Democratic Congressman Troy Carter says the American people should look at 3.5 years of the Biden Administration, no just one bad night.
Cut 5 (11) “…promises kept
Carter says the President was strong, clear and energized when speaking in a Zoom with Congressional Democrats yesterday.

Tropical Storm Beryl spawned numerous tornadoes as it moved past northwestern Louisiana yesterday. Mark Pierce with the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s office says at one time yesterday he was monitoring four twisters moving through the parish…
cut 9 (12) “…Mansfield”
Pierce says the worst damage occurred south of Mansfield in the town of Lula.

New speed limit signs are up on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. The speed limit for truck drivers now matches the speed limit for cars and that’s 60-miles per hour…
cut 11 (09) “…18 mile stretch”
DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallet motorists will also see signs that will flash your speed , telling you if you’re driving too fast.

11:30 LRN Newscast

Louisiana’s lone Democrat in the Congressional delegation, Troy Carter, says he’s in full support of President Biden’s re-election bid, despite calls from other Democrats that another candidate should be nominated to face Republican Donald Trump in November. Carter says the President had a bad night, but Trump has had bad days too…
cut 4 (07) “…out of the race”

A legislative hearing is taking place at the state capitol today on a beetle infestation that’s resulted in damage to thousands of pine trees. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says the beetles have weaken trees that were already suffering from last summer’s drought. 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 pesticides do not work on the bark beetles so how to stop them is a big question.

Tropical Storm Beryl claimed the life of a Benton woman Monday after a tree fell on her home. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Matt Gaydos (gay-dess) says the damage included downed trees on powerlines, roads, and other structures. The fatality happened in northeast Benton.
Cut 6 (12) “…almost immediately.”
L-D-H says the victim was 31-years-old.

Mark Pierce with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s office says they also received storm damage from Beryl. He says there was notable damage in the Lula community where Beulah Baptist Church appears to be destroyed and damage to several homes.
Cut 8 (12) “…foundation.”
No injuries or fatalities reported in DeSoto.

10:30 LRN Newscast

Due to the state’s infestation of bark beetles in pine trees the House Emergency Beetle Subcommittee is meeting at the capitol today.
Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Cleanup is underway in northwest Louisiana after severe storms from Tropical Storm Beryl knocked down trees and caused roof damage to numerous structures yesterday. Beryl is responsible for one death in Bossier Parish. A tree fell on a home in Benton, killing a 31-year-old woman.

After a disappointing first debate many Democrats have called for President Joe Biden to step aside for the November presidential election. Louisiana’s only Democratic Congressman Troy Carter had a bad night but that doesn’t mean he’s not fit for office…
Cut 3 (10) “…debate performance.”
The President sent a letter to Congressional Democrats telling them he’s firmly committed to staying in the race and beating Donald Trump.

Louisiana’s 2024 I Voted Stickers have been unveiled, featuring a crawfish named Mark D’Ballot. This year’s sticker was designed by Shreveport artist William Joyce who says he wanted Mark to look more cheerful about casting his ballot to ensure people are enticed to vote and feel proud once they do.
Cut 16 (08) “…and I want to, too.”

9:30 LRN Newscast

A meeting takes place at the state capitol today to discuss the infestation of bark beetles causing damage to Louisiana’s timber industry. Last summer’s drought has made the problem. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says the beetles are killing thousands of trees…
cut 15 (11) “…this problem”

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has a problem with Louisiana’s new Ten Commandments Law that requires every public school classroom to display the ten commandments. They’ve filed a motion asking a federal judge to block implementation of the law before the start of the school year. Alex Luchenitser says more than four decades ago the U-S Supreme Court overturned a similar law in Kentucky….
cut 12 (07) “….case here”
Supporters of the law say the Ten Commandments are the foundation of many of our laws.

The University of Louisiana System has named three semifinalists to be the next president at Northwestern State. They are Jose Cantu at the University of Colorado, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Judge James Genovese and Richard Riccardi, who works in higher ed in Massachusetts. Governor Landry is reportedly backing Genovese.

Sean Richardson tells us about Frederick Burgess’s after-school program which offers 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.”

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.

Cut 2 (32)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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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.

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Colleen Crain.” 

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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.

Cut 6 (12) “…be the expert.”

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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.

Cut 14 (09)  “…tree falling.”

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.

Cut 15 (12)  “…statewide.”

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

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Cut 16 (14) “…I’m really honored.” 

Cut 17 (12) “…everyone involved.”

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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.