8:30 LRN Newscast

Many are mourning the deaths of Baton Rouge plastic surgeon Doctor Lucius “Tre” Doucet and two of his three children. They were killed when when their single engine airplane broke apart enroute to Louisville on Wednesday afternoon. NTSB Aviation Investigator Aaron McCarter says an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway
Cut 7 (12) “..out of control.”
McCarter says weather could have been a factor as storms were brewing at the time.

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is wrapping up a week long trip to Cuba. Strain says Louisiana farmers could help the island nation as there is a food shortage. Strain says Louisiana already sends rice and poultry to Cuba, but they need more and it could lead to more opportunities for Louisiana…
cut 5 (07) “….very little equipment”

Safe Boating Week gets underway tomorrow. Mel Bridges has more.
Cut 3 (33) “…I’m Mel Bridges.”

The NCAA Softball tournament gets underway today with action in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The LSU Tigers host Jackson State at 1:30 and the Cajuns Coach Gerry Glasco’s team takes on Princeton at noon. Glasco has a scouting report on the Ivy League school…
cut 21 (09) “…on your infield”

7:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Senate has passed legislation mandating the Ten Commandments be displayed in public school and college classrooms on a 30 to 8 vote. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplessis challenged Bossier City Senator Adam Bass who presented House Bill 71 in the upper chamber.
Cut 10 (13) “…agree with that”
The measure still needs House approval on Senate changes and then it heads to the governor’s desk.

Governor Landry continues to push the Senate to pass the Gator Scholarship Program which will make public dollars available to families of all income levels to pay for private school. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat…
cut 20 (05) “…achievements”
One of Landry’s campaign promises was school choice. But senators are concerned about the cost of the program. One estimate has it costing the state 529-million dollars in the third year of the program.

Graduation ceremonies take place today at LSU but there is a sense of sadness as Giselle and Jean-Luc Doucet, along with their father, Doctor Tre Doucet were killed in a plane crash near Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday. Officials say their 1966 Beechcraft V-35 Bonanza plane broke apart mid-air as it was heading to Louisville, Kentucky. The NTSB’s Aaron McCarter says the age of the plane is not a concern…
cut 9 (11) “….flying”
Doucet was known was an avid flight enthusiast and the Opelousas native was a plastic surgeon in Baton Rouge.

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.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

One win down, two more victories to go for the LSU Tigers. Needing a sweep for a chance at the NCAA Tournament, LSU took game one of its three-game set with Ole Miss beating the Rebels five to one last night. Gage Jump allowed one run in six innings and Coach Jay Johnson got great work from his bullpen…
cut 22 (12) “…with power”
Last night’s game was delayed by more than 90 minutes because of a thunderstorm. In an effort to avoid any delays today, Today’s game will start noon.

The 21st ranked Ragin Cajuns could not finish its 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.

Adarius Myers RBI single in the ninth inning gave Louisiana Tech a four to three victory over Liberty. The Bulldogs are a half a game back of Dallas Baptist for first place after the Patriots swept Middle Tennessee.

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

Nicholls edged McNeese four to three, Southeastern Louisiana swept a double header from Texas A-and-M Corpus Christi, while Lamar swept a doubleheader from UNO. Northwestern State’s game against Stephen F Austin was canceled.

The wake of the release of the Saints 2024 regular season schedule sees many fans questioning if the Saints can reach the postseason for the first time since 2020. NOLA.com’s Luke Johnson covers the Saints and says early season games against the Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons and Super Bowl champion Chiefs will test the Black and Gold…
Cut 16 (17) “….three or four games of the season.”

6:30 LRN Newscast

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.”

There’s a little over two weeks left in the legislative session and Governor Jeff Landry is pushing lawmakers to approve the Gator Scholarship Program which would allow parents access to public dollars to pay for private school. How to pay for it is the big question, Landry is suggesting to use money that’s currently protected in the state constitution.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is at the U.S. Agriculture Business Conference in Havana, Cuba to connect US rice and poultry exporters with potential Cuba importers. Strain says the country is in desperate need of food and that need continues to climb.
Cut 4 (12) “….billion or more.”
Strain is meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture to lay out logistics on the type of imports the country can handle.

Tomorrow is the start of Safe Boating Week, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Thomas Wolf says now is the time to make sure everything on your boat is in working order….
Cut 13 (10) “…the action.”
Between 2019 and 2023 the state reported 107 boating fatalities and 82 percent of the victims weren’t wearing a lifejacket.

AM LRN Newscall May 17

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.”

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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.” 

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Saturday isn’t just the beginning of spring, it also kicks off Safe Boating Week. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 3 (33) “…I’m Mel Bridges.” 

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Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is at the U.S. Agriculture Business Conference in Havana, Cuba to connect US rice and poultry exporters with potential Cuba importers. Strain says the country is in desperate need of food and that need continues to climb.

Cut 4 (12) “….billion or more.”

Strain is meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture to lay out logistics on the type of imports the country can handle.

The Cuban landscape is changing fast. With 80% of farmland privately owned by independent farmers or Co-op’s the issue will begin to look at how to get farmers the resources they need to be more productive.

Cut 5 (07) “…very little equipment.” 

The Cuban government is asking not just to buy seeds and fertilizer from the US but also for assistance and expertise from US farmers to help them become more self-sustainable. Strain said that we need to have a presence in Cuba and if we don’t someone else will.

Cut 6 (09) “…is our business.”

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Many are mourning the deaths of Baton Rouge plastic surgeon Doctor Lucius “Tre” Doucet and two of his three children. They were killed when when their single engine airplane broke apart enroute to Louisville on Wednesday afternoon. NTSB Aviation Investigator Aaron McCarter says the investigation into the cause of the crash is underway

Cut 7 (12) “..out of control.”

McCarter says the debris field is about a half-mile long near Nashville, Tennessee. He says they hope doorbell cameras or motor vehicle cameras caught the plane crash.

Doucet’s two children killed were set to graduate from LSU this weekend, Giselle and Jean-Luc Doucet.

McCarter says they will try to determine if human error, mechanical malfunction or weather caused the crash

Cut 8 (13) “…to tell.” 

McCarter says they know there was plenty of fuel on the plane.

Doucet was known as an avid flight enthusiast and practiced at Williamson Cosmetic Center.

The Beechcrafh V35 was built in the mid 1960s, but McCarter the age of the plane is not a concern, because of the hours of maintenance that is done on them

Cut 9 (11)  “..flying.”

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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 House Bill 71 in the upper chamber.

Cut 10 (13) “…agree with that”

Donations or fundraisers would pay for the signs, but Duplessis argued the legislation is an unfunded mandate, requiring schools to display them but not providing the means to do so.

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

Cut 11 (13) “…read and write.”

Duplessis, a practicing Catholic, said if parents want their children to learn the 10 Commandments they should take them to Sunday School.

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.

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Saturday is the beginning of Safe Boating Week, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Thomas Wolf says now is the time to make sure everything on your boat is in working order….

Cut 13 (10)  “…the action.”

Between 2019 and 2023 the state reported 107 boating fatalities and 82 percent of the victims weren’t wearing a lifejacket. Wolf says it’s vital your life jacket is in working condition.

Cut 14 (07)  “…working order.”

Alcohol is the leading cause of boating accidents and deaths and Wolf says the same rules apply on land as on water.

Cut 15 (07)  “…license.”

Safe Boating Week runs until May 24th.

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The wake of the release of the Saint’s 2024 regular season schedule sees many fans questioning if the Saints could see the postseason for the first time since 2020. NOLA.com’s Luke Johnson covers the Saints and says early season games against the Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons and Super Bowl champion Chiefs will test the Black and Gold…

Cut 16 (17) “….three or four games of the season.” 

The Saints had one of the easiest schedules last year and failed to make the playoffs. Johnson says based on 2023 win-loss records, the 2024 schedule is not difficult…

Cut 17 (18) “…it doesn’t feel that way.”

Some games to look forward to this season are Jayden Daniels and the Commanders, Malik Nabers and the Giants, and perhaps the most anticipated reunion, Sean Payton and the Broncos. Despite how shaky the Saints may seem, Johnson says they have a fighting chance against their old coach.

Cut 18 (21)  “… on that one, I think.”

The Saints open the regular season with a game at home against the Panthers, kicking off at noon on September 8th.

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Cut 19 (17) “… for a championship.” 

 

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5:30 LRN Newscast May 16

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 Duplesis challenged Bossier City Senator Adam Bass who presented House Bill 71 in the upper chamber.

Cut 24 (13) “…agree with that”

Duplesis said the bill is unconstitutional and 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 25 (11) “…mandate it.” 

The amended bill returns to the House for final passage.

Governor Jeff Landry held two town hall meetings Thursday pushing for passage of the Gator Scholarship Program, which would give all families the ability to use taxpayer dollars to pay for private school. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Landry is having trouble building support for the program in the state Senate…

PM Cut 12 (08) “…in the Senate.” 

Opponents are concerned about the cost of the program, an estimated 500-million dollars by the third year.

The US Supreme Court ruled Louisiana’s congressional map with two majority-Black districts will be used for the fall election. Opponents say the most recent map was based on race; NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney Jared Evans says it was politics that altered Congressman Garett Grave’s district into a second majority-Black district.

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4:45 LRN Sportscast

LSU’s series against Ole Miss is underway. Game one was moved up to four PM today because of rain moving into Baton Rouge tonight. Gage Jump started game one for the Tigers and he talked about the team’s mindset as the Tigers need a sweep to give them a chance at receiving an at large berth into the NCAA Tournament…
cut 28 (17) “….at a time”
The 21st ranked Ragin Cajuns go after an outright Sun Belt regular season title when they host South Alabama tonight.

Louisiana Tech begins a series against Liberty today. The Bulldogs enter the final Conference USA series tied with Dallas Baptist for first place. Tech will play a doubleheader tomorrow at noon due to the possibility of rain on Saturday.

The Saints 2024 schedule is out and we’ll know a lot about the Black and Gold after the first few weeks. After opening the season at home against Carolina, the Saints will travel to Dallas, host the Eagles, and then visit Atlanta and the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Luke Johnson covers the Saints for the Nola-dot-com, says the defense will face some veteran quarterbacks…
cut 20 (13) “…actually was”

After two seasons at Oklahoma, quarterback General Booty has signed at ULM. Booty did not throw a pass for the Sooners. He last played in 2021 at Tyler Texas Junior college and that season threw for 3.410 yards and 27 touchdowns.

LSU men’s basketball has announced that seven footer Noah Boyde has signed with the Tigers. He played the last two seasons at McCook Community and averaged 11 points and nine rebounds a game.

4:30 PM Newscast May 16

The US Supreme Court says the most recent congressional map with two black-majority districts will be used for Louisiana’s fall election. NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney Jared Evans believes the ruling came down to timing.

Cut 10 (06) “…a new map.” 

Qualifying for the fall election is mid-July.

Governor Jeff Landry is campaigning for the passage of the Gator Scholarship Program, which would give all families the ability to use taxpayer dollars to pay for private school education. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Landry is fighting opposition from public schools…

Cut  14 (10) “..as it is.” 

Authorities say a 15-year-old girl from Terrebonne Parish was sexually abused, set on fire and shot twice. Sean Richardson reports a car crash in Baytown, Texas likely saved her life

Cut 1 (35)  “…I’m Sean Richardson”

Most of Southwest Louisiana west of the Mississippi River is under a tornado watch until 10 PM. LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says the entire state will get hit with bad weather and the most severe areas being from Baton Rouge to Alexandria….

Cut 3 (14) “…next 36 hours or so.” 

3:30 PM Newscast May 16

The US Supreme Court ruled Louisiana’s congressional map with two majority-Black districts will be used for the fall election. After several years and back and forth and multiple maps passed by the legislature, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Attorney Jared Evans says he’s pleased to finally tell his clients…

Cut 9 (12) “…joy today.” 

 

Opponents of Governor Jeff Landry’s Gator Scholarship Program are concerned about the cost, an estimated 500-million dollars by year three of the program. Landry says E-S-A’s empower parents, putting them in control of the type of education they want their child to receive. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says school choice was a campaign pledge from the governor and it’s important an E-S-A bill reaches his desk for signature…

Cut 13 (11) “….brag about achievements” 

 

Authorities say a 15-year-old girl from Terrebonne Parish was sexually abused, set on fire and shot twice and a car crash in Baytown, Texas likely saved her life. At the hospital, it was clear that the teen’s injuries were from abuse. When questioned 41 year old Terrence Washington of Thibodaux admitted to shooting and sexually abusing the teen and both Washington and the Mother who allegedly blamed the teen for the abuse and set her on fire have been arrested.

Cut 8 (08)  “…course of my career.” 

Tabor says the teens drive to survive and fight to get better are nothing short of heroic.
Washington and the child’s mother face child cruelty charges and attempted 1st degree murder.

Most of Southwest Louisiana west of the Mississippi River is under a tornado watch till 10PM. LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says to batten down the hatches and get ready for a rough day of severe weather.

Cut 5 (12)  “…across Louisiana.”

LRN PM Newscall May 16

Authorities say a 15-year-old girl from Terrebonne Parish was sexually abused, set on fire and shot twice. Sean Richardson reports a car crash in Baytown, Texas likely saved her life

Cut 1 (35)  “…I’m Sean Richardson”

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The US Supreme Court says the state’s most recent map with two majority Black districts will be used in the fall election. Brooke Thorington has more.

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

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Louisiana is in for some bad weather that is expected to start tonight and last into Saturday.  LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says the entire state will get hit and the most severe areas being from Baton Rouge to Alexandria….

Cut 3 (14) “…next 36 hours or so.” 

Keim says there is a chance for another round tornados and hail starting tonight.

Cut 4 (11) “…1 out of 5.” 

Keim says to batten down the hatches and get ready for a rough day of sever weather.

Cut 5 (12)  “…across Louisiana.”

And even though it’s a cold front bringing the storms, next week’s temperatures will be back in the 90s leading into the summer season.

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Authorities say 41 year old Terrence Washington of Thibodaux was sexually abusing a 15 year old and the teens mother blamed her daughter then set her on fire.  Cops also say on April 18th Washington  shot the 15-year old in the chest and the face. On April 20th they left Louisiana headed for Texas. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff  Lt. Blake Tabor…

Cut 6  (08) “..by law enforcement. ” 

Tabor says Baytown Police responded to the crash on an I-10 service road.

Cut 7 (11) “…service road area.”  

Once at the hospital, it was clear that the teen’s injuries were from abuse and contacted the Baytown Police Department. When questioned Washington admitted to shooting and sexually abusing the teen and both Washington and the Mother have been arrested.

Cut 8 (08)  “…course of my career.” 

Tabor says the teens drive to survive and fight to get better are nothing short of heroic.
Washington and the child’s mother face child cruelty charges and attempted 1st degree murder.

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The US Supreme Court ruled Louisiana’s congressional map with two majority-Black districts will be used for the fall election. After several years and back and forth and multiple maps passed by the legislature, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Attorney Jared Evans says he’s pleased to finally tell his clients…

Cut 9 (12) “…joy today.” 

But Edward Greim an attorney for Republican plaintiffs, which included Congressman Garret Graves, says the state has enacted a map of a brutal racial gerrymander that segregates voters based on race.

With the clock ticking and the Louisiana Secretary of State’s self-imposed deadline of May 15th and qualifying for elections in mid-July Evans believes yesterday’s ruling came down to timing.

Cut 10 (06) “…a new map.” 

While opponents say the legislature’s most recent map was based on race, Evans says politics was the driving factor that altered Congressman Garett Grave’s district into a second majority-Black district.

Cut 11 (11) ” …for Speaker.”

The fall election is November 5th.

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Governor Jeff Landry held a pair of town hall meetings this morning in the New Orleans area to push for the passage of the Gator Scholarship Program, which would give all families the ability to use taxpayer dollars to pay for private school education. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Landry is having trouble building support for the proposed program in the state Senate…

Cut 12 (08) “…in the Senate.” 

Opponents are concerned about the cost of the Gator Scholarship Program, an estimated 500-million dollars by year three of the program. Landry says E-S-A’s empower parents, putting them in control of the type of education they want their child to receive. He says it will also improve schools.

Pinsonat says school choice was a campaign pledge from the governor and it’s important an E-S-A bill reaches his desk for signature…

Cut 13 (11) “….brag about achievements” 

Pinsonat says Landry is fighting opposition from public schools…

Cut  14 (10) “..as it is.”