2:30 LRN Newscast

A tornado ripped through the St. Tammany Parish city of Slidell this morning damaging numerous homes and businesses. Several people were injured. Slidell police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau describes the injuries sustained as minor to moderate….
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Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer says it’s the worst damage the city has sustained since Katrina. The National Weather Service also says an E-F two tornado hit a residential in Lake Charles . Numerous homes are damaged.

An estimated 128-thousand customers are without power statewide from this storm system. Entergy spokesperson David Freese says in some cases high winds damaged crossarms and transformers beyond repair…
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Entergy has about 55-thousand customers without power.

There are several roads that are impassable statewide as a result of the severe weather that produced flooding or toppled trees onto roadways. Louisianans are reminded not to drive through areas with downed power lines or high standing water. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett says if you absolutely must get on the roadway…
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Drivers are encouraged to check road conditions by dialing 511 or visit dotd.la.gov.

Shreveport native Catherine Herring told her story to state senators of how her husband tried to poison her with an abortion inducing drug. Herring says she’s fortunate it did not terminate her pregnancy…
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Her husband in Texas was sentenced to 180 days in prison. Herring supports a bill in Louisiana that calls for at least a five year prison sentence.

1:30 LRN Newscast April 10

A likely tornado injured several people and caused extensive damage in Slidell this morning. Slidell police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau says the worst hit area appears to be Pontchartrain Drive near Kostmayer Avenue…

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He gave the update on Facebook and described the injuries as minor to moderate and they are asking individuals to avoid the area.

The aftermath of the severe weather continues to impact the state. DOTD is reminding Louisianans to travel only if necessary. Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says road conditions remain dangerous.

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DOTD crews are working to remove fallen trees, and other debris, and post warning signs.

New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry testified in the congressional map trial in Shreveport. The Democrat says she told the court there were two reasons why lawmakers were pressured to pass the map in January; the timeline from Judge Shelley Dick and that Governor Landry wanted to alter Congressman Garret Graves’s district. She believes it was because Graves backed another candidate in the governor’s race…

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A ruling on the map is expected in a matter of days.

Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis is gearing up for his second term after easily winning his reelection bid in March with 64 percent of the vote. Among the top priorities is passenger rail service along I-20 corridor.

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Ellis will be sworn-in for his second term in June.

12:30 LRN Newscast

A likely tornado injured several people and caused extensive damage in Slidell this morning. Slidell police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau provided an update on Facebook…
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Seuzeneau says the worst hit area appears to be Pontchartrain Drive near Kostmayer Avenue and he says it’s a miracle that the only injuries they’ve seen are minor to moderate. No reported fatalities.

Nearly the entire state has experienced storm damage as fierce winds toppled trees and power poles. About 165-thousand people are without power. Entergy Louisiana spokesperson David Freese says crews are working to assess the damage and restore power as soon as possible…
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Freese says because of the widespread damage, it could take some time to restore power.

A three day hearing wraps up today in a federal courtroom in Shreveport where arguments have been made concerning the legality of the Congressional map approved by state lawmakers in January. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry testified yesterday. Landry, who’s also an attorney, says she was a bit surprised at the number of attorneys and out-of-state lawyers who were spectators. She says it drove home the importance of congressional maps and how decisions made in DC are riding on political boundaries.
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Sixth district Congressman Garret Graves believes the map is unconstitutional because race was the driving factor for the new map.

Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis is gearing up for a second term in office. Ellis’ administration helped secure a big economic development win earlier this year, when Amazon announced plans to build a 56 thousand square foot last mile facility. The mayor is excited about bringing more jobs to the area.
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11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU first baseman Jared Jones was the lead-off hitter last night and tied a school record with three home runs as the Tigers easily defeated McNeese 16 to 0. Jones now leads the team with 14 home runs. Freshman Jake Brown hit his first collegiate home run. LSU is at Tennessee this weekend.

The Ragin Cajuns will seek their 17th straight victory tonight when they host Louisiana Tech. 19th ranked U-L Lafayette easily defeated Prairie View 11 to 2 last night. Luke Yuhasz hit two home runs and Trey LaFleur had three hits. Caleb Stelly drove in three runs.

Former Ragin Cajuns pitcher Spencer Arrighetti has received the call to the big leagues and is set to start on the mound tonight for the Houston Astros. Arrighetti was Houston’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2023. He was drafted by the Astros in 2021.

Former LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers visits with the Chicago Bears today, who could take a receiver with the ninth overall pick.

Spring football comes to a close for the LSU Tigers on Saturday. One of the big developments during the spring is the decision to move Harold Perkins back to inside linebacker. For LSU’s defense to get back to respectability, Perkins knows he’ll have to be productive…
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Greg Penn is the other starter at linebacker and Whit and West Weeks are the primary backups.

The Pelicans trailed by three points at halftime last night, but took control in the second half and defeated Portland 110 to 100, Trey Murphy hit five three-pointers and finished with 31 points. C-J McCollum scored 29 against his former team and Zion Williamson had 22 points and seven rebounds. The Pels are at Sacramento tomorrow night, they currently occupy sixth place in the West by one one game over Phoenix with three games left.

11:30 LRN Newscast

A very strong storm system is sweeping across the state today. Numerous roads are closed as a result of downed trees or high water. According to the Louisiana Power outage map, 180-thousand customers are without power. If you don’t have to be on the roads, stay home.

According to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, optimism among small businesses has reached its lowest point in twelve years. Teiko Foxx has more.
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Shreveport native Catherine Herring told her story to state senators of how her husband tried to poison her with an abortion inducing drug. Herring says she’s fortunate it did not terminate her pregnancy…
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Her husband in Texas was sentenced to 180 day sin prison. Herring supports a bill in Louisiana that calls for at least a five year prison sentence.

Testimony wraps up today in Shreveport where three federal judges are hearing arguments over whether the state’s congressional map approved by lawmakers in January is constitutional. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry testified yesterday and said Governor Landry put pressure on lawmakers to target Congressman Garret Graves’ sixth district…
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Graves’s district is now a black majority district. Graves did not support Landry in the governor’s race.

10:30 LRN Newscast

Southeast Louisiana is under a tornado watch until 1 PM and there are reports of a tornado on the ground in Peal River, which is in St Tammany Parish. According to the Louisiana Power Outage Map, 180-thousand customers are without power. The rain has stopped on the western side of the state, but meteorologist Ryan Gallagher says flooding remains a concern…
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Because of the weather, the Louisiana Senate is not meeting today. They will soon examine a House approved bill that will expand school vouchers to families of all incomes. Senate President Cameron Henry says there is a concern over how much this will cost the state…
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Shreveport native Catherine Herring told a Senate Committee about her horrifying experience of being poisoned by her husband who was trying to abort their baby by trying to trick her into taking Cyruz….
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A Senate committee approved legislation that creates the crime of coerced abortion, which could carry a penalty of five to 20 years in prison.

The full Senate has approved legislation that gives State Police and local law enforcement the ability to arrest migrants who are not legally allowed to be in the United States. Denham Springs Senator Valarie Hodges says Louisiana has the right to defend it self…
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A similar law in Texas has been challenged in the courts.

9:30 LRN Newscast

Southeast Louisiana is under a tornado watch until 1 PM this afternoon. This storm system is already responsible for power outages across south Louisiana and several inches of rain. Chad Entremont with the National Weather Service says many areas of the state have seen a half foot of rain…
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Schools across Louisiana are closed today.

The National Federation of Independent Business says their small business optimism index is at its lowest point since 2012. Inflation is a major factor. NFIB state director Leah Long says 37-percent of small businesses also report difficulties in hiring qualified workers…
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The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that would give State Police and local law enforcement officers the ability to arrest undocumented immigrants. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis spoke in opposition to this measure and had this question for the bill’s author, Denham Springs Republican Valarie Hodges…
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Despite opposition the measure heads to the House.

The state senate is out the rest of the week. When they return to Baton Rouge, they’ll take a look at the Education Savings Account bill approved by the House which in a few years would provide state dollars for families of all incomes to receive state dollars for education expenses including private school tuition. Senate President Cameron Henry calls the bill aggressive…
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8:30 am Newscast

Louisiana Lawmakers are looking to expand the state’s role in U.S. border enforcement. The Senate passed a bill creating a crime of “illegal entry or reentry” into Louisiana. Colleen Crain has more.

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The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Assumption Parish yesterday. Officials say a survey team determined damage in the parish is consistent with an EF-0 tornado. Peak winds for the tornado were approximately 80 mph.

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The optimism of small business took a declined again in March reaching its lowest point since 2012, according to the National Federation Independent Business. State Director Leah Long says it boils down to three major challenges.

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While the labor market has shown marginal improvement, 37 percent of independent businesses who are trying to hire, report few or no qualified applicants.

A Shreveport woman whose husband poisoned her with an abortion drug in Texas testified before lawmakers here in Baton Rouge yesterday. Catherine Herring is the sister of Senator Thomas Pressly who’s authored a bill to increase the penalties for such crimes in Louisiana.

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7:30 am Newscast

The Gator Scholarship Program, passed in the House on Monday and heads to Senate Education. But some state lawmakers are looking to tap the brakes on education savings accounts to be sure Louisiana doesn’t overpromise what the state can realistically deliver. Senate President Cameron Henry.

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Following Texas’s lead, the Louisiana Senate passes a bill seeking to expand the state’s authority over border enforcement and creating a crime of “illegal entry or reentry into Louisiana”. Opponents argue the bill is unconstitutional and won’t solve anything. But Senator Valerie Hodges says, Louisiana has a right to defend the nation…

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A Shreveport native who was poisoned with an abortion pill by her husband in Texas gives emotional testimony before lawmakers in Baton Rouge. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 110 to 100. With three regular season games left, the Pels are in sole possession of sixth place in the West, one game ahead of the Suns.  The Pels are at Sacramento tomorrow.

6:45 LRN sportscast

LSU Coach Jay Johnson had slugging first baseman Jared Jones lead off last night and Jones did more than just get on base. The sophomore tied an LSU single-game record with three home runs as the Tigers trounced McNeese 16 to 0 in seven innings. Jones hit a solo shot in the first inning, a two-run blast in the third inning and a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

The Cajuns won their 16th straight as U-L Lafayette defeated Prairie View 11 to two. Trey LaFleur had three hits, including a home run and drove in three runs. U-L Lafayette will host Louisiana Tech tonight at six PM.

Also last night, Southern Miss defeated Southeastern Louisiana five to one, Tulane topped UNO seven to four. Collin Tuft homered and drove in three runs. Northwestern State and ULM were postponed because of rain. The same for Grambling-and Jackson State.
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Spring practice is winding down for the LSU Tigers as they will hold their spring game on Saturday. How does linebacker Harold Perkins feel about new defensive coordinator Blake Baker…
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Perkins is playing weakside linebacker. Perkins says he’s going out and playing football, not thinking too much and he says that’s something he’s good at.

Former LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers met with the New York Jets yesterday. Today it’s the Chicago Beas. Tomorrow it will be the Indianapolis Colts.

Troy Murphy scored 17 of his 31 points in the third quarter and the Pelicans defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 110 to 100. With three regular season games left, New Orleans is in sole possession of sixth place in the West, one game ahead of the Suns. The Pels are at Sacramento tomorrow.