5:30 LRN Newscast May 17

A bill to ban transgender people from using school restrooms that match their gender identity, not their biological gender passed the Senate in a 29 to 10 vote. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, believes the bill is needed and it protects women and girls…

Cut 11 (12) ” …that bathroom.”

Mizell says an incident that happened at a Louisiana park bathroom, prompted the legislation.  New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis believes the bill isn’t necessary, it’s merely cultural war issue…

Cut 10 (08) “…protect children.” 

­­­The bill would also separate restrooms in prisons and domestic violence shelters. The bill goes Governor Landry’s desk to be signed into law.

Since the Supreme Court says the most recent congressional map approved by lawmakers with two Black majority districts will be the one used in upcoming federal elections, Louisiana Secretary of State Nancy Landry says anyone within the changed districts will know long before it’s time to cast a vote.

Cut 3 (10) fall elections.

Qualifying for the Congressional races is from July 17th to 19th.

The Louisiana Senate has approved the bill that creates the Gator Scholarship Program which will provide parents public dollars to pay for private school tuition.

New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis says Education Savings Accounts are an abandonment of public education and its teachers…

Cut 7 (13) “…in the program.”  

The bill awaits the governor’s signature.

 

4:45 LRN Sportscast

The LSU baseball team got another great pitching performance today and will go for the sweep tomorrow against Ole Miss Rebels. Luke Holman struck out out nine in 6.2 innings as the Tigers doubled up Ole Miss four to two. Griffin Herring got out of a one out, two runners on jam in the eighth inning and earned his sixth save. Tommy White homered. Alex Milazzo and Josh Pearson had RBI singles. The final game of the series and the regular season is tomorrow at 1 PM. A win gives LSU 13 SEC wins.

Former LSU pitcher Paul Skenes struck out 11 in six hitless innings as the Pirates blew out the Cubs today today.

Louisiana Tech blew a six run lead but beat Liberty 12 to 8 in eleven innings. Jorge Corona homered twice.

ULM won game one its best of three series with Arkansas State today, 12 to 4 was the final score.

U-L Lafayette softball blanked Princeton eight to nothing in five innings to advance to the winner’s bracket. The Cajuns will play the winner of today’s game between Baylor and Ole Miss tomorrow.

Southeastern Louisiana pulled off the upset in the Tuscaloosa Regional beating Clemson six to two. It’s the Lions first ever NCAA Tournament win. They will likely play Alabama tomorrow.

The nation’s number one prospect at wide receiver for the Class of 2025 has de-committed from LSU. Dakorian Moore from Duncanville, Texas committed to the Tigers last August, but he announced yesterday he’s re-opening his commitment. Texas, Oregon and Ohio State are other schools interested in Moore.

Saints fans have dissected the 2024 regular season schedule which came out this week. Luke Johnson covers the Saints for nola-dot-com and says based on 2023 win-loss records, the 2024 schedule is not difficult….
cut 17 (18) “….it doesn’t feel that way”

And congratulations to Angel Reese. She graduated from LSU today with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Reese and the Chicago Sky play tomorrow night in Dallas.

3:30 PM Newscast May 17

Since the Supreme Court says the most recent congressional map approved by lawmakers with two Black majority districts will be the one used in upcoming federal elections. Louisiana Secretary of State Nancy Landry says anyone within the changed districts will know it long before it’s time to cast a vote.

Cut 5 (12)  “…that seat.”

 

Qualifying for the Congressional races is from July 17th to 19th.

Organizers say they are off to a strong start in the first month of the recall effort to oust embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape. Noble-Bates Young with Family First St. Tammany says they’ve collected about 6,000 signatures but they’ll need to have 36,000 by October.

Cut 12 (08) “…what not.” 

Tape ran unopposed and a recall effort began after criminal accusations of child sexual abuse more than two decades ago in New Mexico came to light.

The Louisiana Senate has approved the bill that creates the Gator Scholarship Program. The program would start by offering grants to families who are currently involved in the voucher program. It will eventually be open to all families. Senate President Cameron Henry says the E-S-A bill was amended so the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will determine how fast the program will grow and who will be eligible…

Cut 8 (11)  “…here.” 

 

A bill to ban transgender people from using school restrooms that match their gender identity but not their biological gender passed the Senate. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis believes the bill is a cultural war…

Cut 10 (08) “…protect children.” 

Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, believes the bill protects women and girls…

Cut 11 (12) ” …that bathroom.”

The bill would also separate restrooms in prisons and domestic violence shelters. The bill awaits Governor Landry’s signature.

LRN PM Newscall May 17

The Supreme Court ruled the most recent state congressional map approved by lawmakers with two majority Black districts will be the one to use in the upcoming election. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Mel Bridges”

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The Louisiana Senate has passed the Gator Scholarship Program which would give parents the ability to receive taxpayer dollars to pay for private school tuition. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (33)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

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The Supreme Court says the most recent congressional map approved by lawmakers with two Black majority districts will be the one used in upcoming federal elections. Louisiana Secretary of State Nancy Landry says the May 15th ruling came just in time…

Cut 3 (10) “…fall elections.” 

Some questioned why the Secretary of State’s office put a May 15th deadline on having a map in place when the election is not until November. Landry says it takes months to run a statewide election.

Cut 4 (10) “…doing that.” 

Landry says anyone within the changed districts will know long before they cast any votes…

Cut 5 (12)  “…that seat.”

Qualifying for the Congressional races is from July 17th to 19th.

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The Louisiana Senate has approved the bill that creates the Gator Scholarship Program which will provide parents public dollars to pay for private school tuition. The bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Rick Edmonds, says this is a historic moment as the legislation will give parents options on where to send their child to school..

Cut 6  (11) “..of Louisiana. ” 

The E-S-A bill passed on a 24-15 vote. It still needs House approval. Opponents are concerned about the overall cost of the program which could be 500-million.

New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis voted against the legislation. He says Education Savings Accounts are an abandonment of public education and its teachers…

Cut 7 (13) “…in the program.”  

The Gator Scholarship program would replace the state’s current voucher program which provides state tax dollars to low income families to help pay for non-public school tuition. The voucher program also can help a family move their child from a C, D or F-graded school.

The Gator Scholarship program would start by offering grants to families who currently involved in the voucher program. It will eventually open up to all families. Senate President Cameron Henry says the E-S-A bill was amended so the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will determine how fast the program will grow and who will be eligible…

Cut 8 (11)  “…here.” 

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A bill to ban transgender people from using school restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity passed in the Senate 29 to 10. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis asked Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, who presented it to the Senate, why it’s needed. She says because of an incident that happened at a Louisiana park restroom…

Cut 9 (12) “…nothing (x2).” 

Duplessis believes this bill is a cultural war issue meant to drum up unnecessary fear…

Cut 10 (08) “…protect children.” 

Mizell, meanwhile, champions the bill as protecting women…

Cut 11 (12) ” …that bathroom.”

The bill would also separate restrooms in prisons and domestic violence shelters. The bill awaits Governor Landry’s signature.

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Organizers say they are off to a strong start in the first month of the recall effort to oust embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape. Noble-Bates Young with Family First St. Tammany says they’ve collected about 6,000 signatures but they’ll need to have 36,000 by October.

Cut 12 (08) “…what not.” 

Tape ran unopposed and a recall effort began after criminal accusations of child sexual abuse more than two decades ago in New Mexico came to light.

With festival season about to wind down, Young says they will rely heavily on business hubs to collect signatures.

Cut 13 (13) “…so far.” 

As for who will run against Tape if the recall is successful, Young says Family First St. Tammany is focused on getting enough signatures right now.

Cut  14 (10) “…of office.” 

Young says if they meet their goal it will most likely be on the Spring 2025 ballot for St. Tammany Parish voters.

2:30 PM Newscast May 17

The Supreme Court ruled the most recent congressional map approved by lawmakers with two Black majority districts will be the one used in upcoming federal elections this week. Louisiana Secretary of State Nancy Landry said we needed the map by May 15th for the November elections, but Some questioned the deadline when the election is not until November. Landry says it takes months to run a statewide election.

Cut 4 (10) “…doing that.” 

Recall efforts to oust embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape after criminal accusations of child sexual abuse more than two decades ago in New Mexico came to light are underway. Noble-Bates Young with Family First St. Tammany says they’ve collected about 6,000 signatures. As for who will run against Tape if the recall is successful, Young says they are focused on getting enough signatures right now.

Cut  14 (10) “…of office.” 

The Louisiana Senate has passed the Gator Scholarship Program which would give parents the ability to receive taxpayer dollars to pay for private school tuition. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (33)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

A bill to ban transgender people from using school restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity passed in the Senate 29 to 10. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis asked Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, who presented it to the Senate, why it’s needed. She says because of an incident that happened at a Louisiana park restroom…

Cut 9 (12) “…nothing (x2).” 

1:30 LRN Newscast May 17

The Supreme Court ruled the most recent state congressional map approved by lawmakers with two majority Black districts will be the one to use in the upcoming election. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (31)  “…I’m Mel Bridges”

Congressman Garret Graves says he plans to run for re-election, but he hasn’t determined which district he’ll run in. He currently represents District 6, which was altered to be a majority-minority district.

The Louisiana Senate approves a bill to create the Gator Scholarship Program which gives parents public dollars to pay for private school tuition. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis says Education Savings Accounts are an abandonment of public education and its teachers…

Cut 7 (13) “…in the program.”  

It still needs House approval.

Organizers say they’ve collected 6,000 signatures of the 36,000 they need to recall embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape. Noble-Bates Young with Family First St. Tammany says they’ll rely heavily on business hubs for signatures.

Cut 13 (13) “…so far.” 

Signatures must be collected by October.

12:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Senate has given approval to the creation of the Gator Scholarship Program which will provide parents public dollars to pay for private school tuition. The bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Rick Edmonds, says this is a historic moment as the legislation will give parents options on where to send their child to school…
cut 6 (11) “…of Louisiana”
The E-S-A bill passed on a 24-15 vote. It still needs House approval. Opponents are concerned about the overall cost of the program which could be 500-million.

Organizers say they are off to a strong start in the first month of the recall effort to oust embattled St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape. Noble-Bates Young with Family First St. Tammany says they’ve collected about 6,000 signatures but they’ll need 36,000.
Cut 12 (08) “…what not.”
Tape has said that once voters get to know his work, they’ll be pleased with his performance. He ran unopposed in the last election.

Legislation mandating the 10 Commandments be displayed in public school and college classrooms is nearing final passage. Brooke Thorington explains…
Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU pitcher Gage Jump pitched a gem last night and the LSU Tigers won the first game of its series against Ole Miss by beating the Rebels five to one in a game that was delayed for about an hour and half by weather. Jump struck out eight hitters over six innings and gave up one run. LSU’s Luke Holman will try to duplicate that performance today.

Louisiana Tech plays a doubleheader today against Liberty to wrap up the regular season. The Bulldogs Adarius Myers drove in the go ahead run in the ninth last night as the Bulldogs defeated Liberty four to three.

The 21st ranked Ragin Cajuns could not finish their game with South Alabama last night. U-L Lafayette leads the Jaguars six to four in the sixth inning and the game will resume at 3 PM.

ULM’s baseball game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth with the Warhawks leading Arkansas State eight to four. The game will resume at 1 PM today.

Southeastern Louisiana clinched a spot in the Southland Tournament by sweeping Texas A-and-M Corpus Christi.

The highlight of the Saints 2024 schedule is Sean Payton’s return to the Superdome on October 17th. New Orleans and Payton’s Broncos will play on Thursday night football. Nola-dot-com’s Luke Johnson covers the Saints and says it’s a game the Saints should win…
cut 18 (21) “….I think”
The Saints kick off the season by hosting Carolina September eight.

NCAA Softball Regional action gets underway today. At 1:30 PM, LSU hosts Jackson State and at noon U-L Lafayette hosts Princeton. The Cajuns are hosting their first Regional since 2016. Infielder Brooke Ellestad says it’s good to be home…
cut 26 (07) “….more comfortable”

11:30 LRN Newscast May 17

The Supreme Court says the most recent congressional map approved by lawmakers with two Black majority districts will be the one used in upcoming federal elections. Louisiana Secretary of State Nancy Landry says the May 15th ruling came just in time…

Cut 3 (10) “…fall elections.” 

Baton Rouge plastic surgeon Doctor “Tre” Doucet and two of his three children were killed Wednesday when their single-engine airplane broke apart en route to Louisville. Aaron McCarter with the NTSB says they will try to determine if human error, mechanical malfunction, or weather caused the crash.

Cut 8 (13) “…to tell.” 

Legislation mandating the 10 Commandments be displayed in public school and college classrooms passes in the Senate on a 30 to 8 vote. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis challenged Bossier City Senator Adam Bass who presented the House Bill in the upper chamber.

Cut 10 (13) “…agree with that”

Duplessis said the bill is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment by promoting one religion over another.

Cut 11 (13) “…read and write.”

The bill was amended to recognize the 10 Commandments as a historical document. The amended bill now returns to the House for final passage.

10:30 LRN Newscast May 17

Legislation mandating the 10 Commandments be displayed in public school and college classrooms passed in the Senate on a 30 to 8 vote. Opponents say it violates the first amendment by promoting one religion over another. Monroe Senator Jay Morris amended the bill to recognize the 10 Commandments as a historical document…

Cut 12 (11) “…mandate it.” 

The amended bill returns to the House for final passage.

National Safe Boating Week gets underway tomorrow. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries senior agent Thomas Wolf says make sure your life jackets are in good shape…

Cut 14 (07)  “…working order.”
Between 2019 and 2023 the state reported 107 boating fatalities and 82 percent of the victims weren’t wearing a lifejacket.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is meeting with the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture at the U.S. Agriculture Business Conference in Havana to look at the difficulties of importing much-needed resources to Cuba. Sean Richardson has the story.

Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Sean Richardson.”

 

After yesterday’s storms 104,000 customers remain without power in Louisiana. Much of south Louisiana is under a flood watch until tomorrow morning with more rain in the forecast today. Heavy rains could lead to flash flooding tonight and into the early morning.