12:30 Newscast, January 26th, 2016

As expected, State Treasurer John Kennedy announces he will run for the US Senate this year. Kennedy says the reason he’s throwing his hat in the ring is because he wants his country back. He feels the country is straying from the conservative values that were taught to him by his parents…:
CUT 3 (10) “losing those values”
The seat is being vacated by Senator David Vitter.

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s is in critical but stable condition after being shot several times during a drug raid in New Orleans this morning. Sheriff Newell Normand says the incident involving 35-year-old Stephen Arnold is extremely difficult on everyone…:
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The suspect, Jarvis Hardy, was booked with attempted first-degree murder and narcotics violations.

Authorities in Avoyelles Parish are investigating a human female fetus found at a sewage piping station. Sheriff Doug Anderson says city workers notified the Moreauville Police after discovering the fetus while working in a sewage pond…:
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Anderson says they’re working to determine who the fetus belonged to.

According to the latest labor numbers, the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, as more people continue to leave the work force. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says employment in education and health services grew by 2,400 jobs last month. They say growth in those sectors is helping Louisiana weather the drop in oil prices.

 

11:40 LRN Sportscast Jan 26

Fun game in the Smoothie King Center last night, but unfortunately the Pelicans three-game winning streak was snapped as Houston edged New Orleans 112-111. Anthony Davis left the game in the second quarter with concussion like symptoms, but Jrue Holiday stepped up big by scoring 32 points and dishing out nine assists. But the Rockets James Harden was even better as he scored 35 points and had eleven rebounds.

Tonight in the PMAC it’s LSU versus Georgia. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says the key for LSU is junior guard Tim Quarterman, who has been up and down this season…
cut 17 (12) “….beat Georgia”
The Bulldogs are holding opponents to 38-percent shooting from the floor. Tip-off is at eight o’ clock on ESPN.

Saints defensive end Cam Jordan will play in this Sunday’s Pro Bowl game. Jordan will replace Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and he’ll be the Black and Gold’s lone representative in the game. Jordan had 10 sacks this past season and he’ll make his first appearance in the Pro Bowl since 2013.

McNeese has named Tommy Restivo as its new defensive coordinator. Restivo spent the last two seasons at South Carolina State. In 2015, they were ranked fourth in the FCS in scoring and sixth in total defense.

In college basketball last night, McNeese State needed overtime to beat Incarnate Word 79-76. Jamaya Burr scored a career-high 26 points, including eight points in O-T. The Cowboys are now 3-4 in Southland play.

Northwestern State won its first league game as the Demons beat Nicholls State 88-80. Zeek Woodley scored 30 points as Northwestern snapped a seven game losing streak. The Colonels fell to 5-16 on the year.

11:30 Newscast, January 26th, 2016

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy was shot several times early Tuesday while executing a search warrant and remains in critical, but stable condition. Sheriff Newell Normand identified the deputy as 35-year-old Stephen Arnold, a 12 year JPSO veteran. Normand says Arnold was a task force narcotics agent and encountered the suspect inside the home around 6am.:
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Normand says Arnold is a great cop and the type of employee you wish you had more of them.

A children’s television personality in north Louisiana known as, “Mr. Wonder” who has been the target of a 37-year-old cold case involving criminal sexual conduct with juveniles has been taken into custody, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office. It’s alleged that in the late 70s, Frank Selas would invite kids between the ages of 5 and 11 to have camping weekends where the alleged sex acts took place. More information is coming this afternoon.

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy has announced that he will run for the US Senate this year. Eric Gill reports…:
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The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office arrests a man after he allegedly stabbed his sexual partner during foreplay. The victim said 22-year-old Clarence Jay Williams was giving him a massage when Williams produced a knife and started stabbing him. When cops arrived on scene, they found both men nude and covered in blood. The victim is being treated from stab wounds to the neck. The investigation is ongoing.

 

10:30 Newscast Jan 26

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition after he was shot several times while executing a drug search warrant at a residence in New Orleans. Thirty-five-year-old Steven Arnold was working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. A suspect has been taken into custody.

A ruling is expected today on whether Louisiana can have a law on its books that requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. Supporters say the law will protect the health of a woman, while opponents say the legislation is designed to make it harder to get an abortion.

Republcian State Treasurer John Kennedy has announced he’s running for US Senate…
cut 30 (03) “….my state”
This will be the third time that Kennedy has run for US Senate. Republican Congressman Charles Boustany and John Fleming are also running this year and Rob Maness, who ran two years ago, will officially jump into the race tomorrow.

LSU System President F. King Alexander warns that students at the Baton Rouge campus will see higher student fees and hundreds of faculty members and courses will be eliminated if state is unable to find revenue sources to close a 750-million dollar budget hole this fiscal year. Other colleges around the state will be forced to make cuts as well.

A Haughton woman is in jail after deputies learned she allegedly abused her 72-year-old wheelchair bound mother. Emelie Gunn has more…
cut 3 (27) “…I’m Emelie Gunn

09:30 Newscast January 26, 2016

The LSU System paints a bleak picture of what will happen if the legislature can’t solve this fiscal year’s 750 million dollar budget shortfall. Jeff Palermo has more…

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy has announced that he will run for the US Senate this year. The seat is being vacated by Senator David Vitter at the end of his current term. Kennedy joins fellow Republicans, Congressmen Charles Boustany and John Fleming, and former Congressman Joseph Cao in declaring their intent to run. Retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness will officially announce his candidacy tomorrow.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Haughton woman for abusing her 72-year-old wheel chair bound mother. Spokesperson, Lt. Bill Davis, says 43-year-old Belinda Roberts is charged with cruelty to the infirmed, domestic abuse battery with strangulation, aggravated battery, robbery, and possession of drugs…

cut 15 (10) “or others”

He says Roberts stole prescription medication from her mother and was also in possession of other drugs and paraphernalia.

Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers started closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish. Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says although the Mississippi River has crested in New Orleans and is falling, we’re still experiencing unusually high water…

cut 9 (11) “15 feet”

The spillway is expected to be fully closed by February 2nd.

08:30 Newscast January 26, 2016

LSU System President F. King Alexander says student fees will increase and hundreds of faculty members and courses eliminated if there is a 65 million dollar cut in state funding this fiscal year. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says increasing fees is a recipe that will not work…

cut 12 (09) “the students”

Alexander says student fees could increase by as much as 690 dollars per student if the worst case budget scenario occurs.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office has arrested 43-year-old Belinda Roberts of Haughton for abusing her 72-year-old wheel chair bound mother. Spokesperson, Lt. Bill Davis, says Roberts abused her mother in various ways, including striking her in the head, twisting her nose, and poking her in the chest…

cut 14 (07) “a person”

He says the abuse occurred because her mother refused to give Roberts her prescription medication.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal double shooting in the Robeline community. They say when Robeline Police responded to a welfare concern call, they found two gunshot victims inside the home. The 30-year-old male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A 23-year-old female victim was airlifted to an Alexandria hospital where, at last report, she was listed in critical condition. Authorities say there was no sign of forced entry and a gun was found at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

LSU got first place in a competition to see which college could gather the most recycled trash during a home football game…

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07:30 Newscast January 26, 2016

LSU System President F. King Alexander warns if there is a 65 million dollar cut in state funding this fiscal year students will pay higher fees and faculty members and courses will be eliminated. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says in reality, this is what we’re looking at if cuts to higher education continue, especially over a short time period…

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Alexander also says there will be layoffs of facility and staff members at other system campuses.

LSU placed first in the EPA GameDay Recycling challenge. Campus Sustainability manager Sarah Temple says they put out a massive marketing campaign to let people know that they were taking part in the event and they wanted LSU to win…

cut 5 (10) “got the signed ball”

LSU led the nation with 86,400 pounds total recycling.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has begun the process of closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish. Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says the spillway did its job to divert water from the Mississippi and they didn’t even open all of the bays…

cut 8 (10) “350″

10 bays were closed Monday and they plan to close 25 more a day until completed.

A Haughton woman has been arrested for abusing her 72-year-old wheel chair bound mother. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Spokesperson, Lt. Bill Davis, says 43-year-old Belinda Roberts was a caregiver for her mother and abused her in various ways because her mother refused to give Belinda her prescription medicine…

cut 13 (10) “outside”

Roberts faces several charges including cruelty to the infirmed.

06:45 Sportscast January 26, 2016

The LSU men’s basketball team finishes off the month of January with two home games, starting with tonight’s match-up against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers are 5-2 in the SEC, while Georgia is 4-3 and Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says the Bulldogs feature three guards, who are each averaging over double figures..

cut 16 (14) “open looks”

Tonight’s tipoff is at 8PM. LSU will end the month by hosting number one ranked Oklahoma Saturday.

James Harden had 35 points as the Houston Rockets squeezed past the Pelicans last night 112-111. The Rockets made a season high 19 3-pointers during the contest. Jrue Holiday scored 32 to lead the Pels who had to play the second half without star forward Anthony Davis. Davis left the game in the second quarter after catching a stray elbow in the head from teammate Tyreke Evans. The Pelicans home stand continues Thursday when they host Sacramento.

In college hoops action, Jamaya Byrd scored 26 to lead McNeese State to a 79-76 overtime win over Incarnate Word. This is the second win in a row for the Cowboys and their first overtime contest of the season. McNeese looks to grab another win when they take on UNO Saturday.

Northwestern State defeated Nicholls State 88-80. Zeek Woodley led the way for the Demons with 30, followed by Sabri Thompson’s 18. The win snaps Northwestern’s seven game losing streak. The Colonels have now dropped five straight. The Demon’s will host Southeastern Louisiana Saturday afternoon, while Nicholls travels to Incarnate Word.

UNO beat Central Arkansas 94-83 and Southern has won six in a row after a 73-52 win over Alabama A&M.

UL Lafayette has announced its men’s basketball game Saturday night against Texas-Arlington has been moved up from 6:15 PM to 4:15 because of a Mardi Gras parade scheduled for Saturday in Lafayette.

06:30 Newscast January 26, 2016

LSU System President F. King Alexander warns that students at the Baton Rouge campus will see higher student fees and hundreds of faculty members and courses will be eliminated if there is a 65 million dollar cut in state funding this fiscal year. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says Dr. Alexander is painting a bleak picture for the school…

cut 10 (10) “for taxes”

Higher ed leaders were warned last week about potential cuts because of a 750 million dollar budget shortfall.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has started closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish. Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says the Mississippi River has crested in New Orleans so the process of closing the bays can begin. He says 10 bays were closed on Monday…

cut 7 (10) “fully closed”

Boyett says the Bonnet Carre did its job to divert water from the Mississippi.

LSU placed first in a competition to see which college could gather the most recycled trash during a home football game in the 2015 season. In the GameDay Recycling challenge, LSU led the nation with 86,400 pounds total recycling. Campus Sustainability manager Sarah Temple says taking part in this challenge builds on the goal of reaching 50% recycling rate a month…

cut 4 (11) “to recycle”

The competition put 99 colleges against each other with the goal of engaging fans to reduce their game-day waste, while composting and recycling more.

AM Newscall January 26,2016

LSU got first place in a competition to see which college could gather the most recycled trash during a home football game. Michelle Southern reports…:

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The LSU System paints a bleak picture of what will happen if the legislature can’t solve this fiscal year’s 750 million dollar budget shortfall. Jeff Palermo has more…

Cut 2 (30) “I’m Jeff Palermo”

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 A Haughton woman has been arrested for abusing her 72-year-old wheelchair bound mother.  Emelie Gunn has more…

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LSU got first place in a competition to see which college could gather the most recycled trash during a home football game in the 2015 season. In the GameDay Recycling challenge, LSU led the nation with 86,400 pounds total recycling. Campus Sustainability manager Sarah Temple says taking part in this challenge builds on the goal of reaching 50% recycling rate a month:

cut 4  (11)  “to recycle”

The competition put 99 colleges against each other with the goal of engaging fans to reduce their game-day waste, while composting and recycling more. Temple says they put out a massive marketing campaign to let people know that they were taking part in the EPA GameDay Challenge, and they wanted LSU to win…:

Cut 5  (10)  “got the signed ball”

Temple says during the competition, schools tracked weights for individual games of their choice. She says they selected last year’s LSU/Arkansas contest…:

Cut 6 (09)  “big popular games” 

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The US Army Corps of Engineers has started closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish. Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says the Mississippi River has crested in New Orleans so the process of closing the bays can begin. He says 10 bays were closed on Monday.

CUT 7 (10)  “fully closed”

Boyett says the Bonnet Carre did its job to divert water from the Mississippi. He says for this 2016 flood, they did not open all of the spillway bays.

Cut 8  (10)  “350″

Boyett says the Bonnet Carre limits the water going into New Orleans by diverting it into Lake Pontchartrain. He says although the water has crested and is falling, we’re still experiencing usually high water.

Cut 9 (11)  “15 feet”

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LSU System President F. King Alexander warns that students at the Baton Rouge campus will see higher student fees and hundreds of faculty members and courses will be eliminated if there is a 65 million dollar cut in state funding this fiscal year. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says Dr. Alexander is painting a bleak picture for the school…

Cut 10 (10) “for taxes” 

Alexander also says there will be layoffs of facility and staff members at other system campuses, including the LSU Health Science Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport. Erwin says in reality, these cuts are what we’re looking at if cuts to higher education continue, especially over a short time period.

cut 11 (10) “LSU described”

Higher ed leaders were warned last week about potential cuts because of a 750 million dollar budget shortfall. Alexander says student fees could increase by as much as 690 dollars per student if the worst case budget scenario occurs.  Erwin says increasing fees is a recipe that will not work.

Cut 12 (09) “the students”

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A Haughton woman has been arrested for abusing her 72-year-old wheel chair bound mother. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Spokesperson, Lt. Bill Davis, says 43-year-old Belinda Roberts was a caregiver for her mother and abused her in various ways because her mother refused to give Belinda her prescription medicine.

Cut 13 (10)  “outside”

Davis says Roberts stole prescription medication from her mother and also was in possession of other drugs and paraphernalia. He says Roberts also stuck her mother in the back of the head, twisted her nose and poked her in the chest.

Cut 14 (07) “a person”

Davis says Roberts is charged with cruelty to the infirmed, domestic abuse battery with strangulation, aggravated battery, robbery, and possession of drugs.

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The LSU men’s basketball team finishes off the month of January with two home games, starting with tonight’s match-up against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers are 5-2 in the SEC, while Georgia is 4-3 and Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says the Bulldogs feature three guards, who are each averaging over double figures

Cut 16  (14)  “open looks”

Georgia is led by sophomore Vante Maten, who averages 16 points a game. LSU’s top scorer is Ben Simmons, who is averaging 23 points and five assists a contest. Worsham says the key for an LSU victory is junior guard Tim Quarterman, who has been up and down this season

Cut 17 (12) “beat Georgia”

After tonight’s game, LSU will host number one ranked Oklahoma on Saturday in the PMAC. Worsham says with LSU battling to make the NCAA Tournament, they can’t afford to lose to Georgia

Cut 18 (16) “anything else”