08:30 Newscast September 5th, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear in New Orleans tomorrow as the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Senator Mary Landrieu. Eric Gill has more…:
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If you’re going to the LSU game tomorrow there are some reminders being issued by the University. Post-game football traffic includes a contraflow southbound on Nicholson or Highway 30. LSU Athletics has also added 2300 new parking spaces for the games and street parking is no longer allowed on Burbank and Nicholson. You can get more information at lsusports.net/parking.

Louisiana is in short supply of Ag teachers and leaders at LSU are working to change that. Mike Burnett is the executive associate dean with the College of Agriculture at LSU. He says surrounding states, like Texas and Mississippi have been actively recruiting Ag teachers from Louisiana…:
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Burnett says there are about 230 Ag teachers in 185 Louisiana schools, but many are nearing retirement age.

The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through Sunday. Byron Henderson with the Louisiana Department of Revenue says items that fall under the sales tax holiday include firearms, ammunition, archery supplies and apparel such as safety gear or camouflage clothing you’d use for hunting. He says you can find out more at revenue.louisiana.gov/second amendment…:
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07:30 Newscast September 5th, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be in New Orleans tomorrow. He will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Senator Mary Landrieu. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says this should be a nice boost for the Landrieu campaign…:
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Landrieu is currently in a tight Senate race with Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness.

The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through Sunday. Byron Henderson with the Louisiana Department of Revenue says this is the third sales tax holiday that happens here every year and it’s exclusively for hunters…:
CUT 13 (10) “or local sales taxes”
He says you can find out more at revenue.louisiana.gov/second amendment.

A high court hearing is scheduled for today that deals with a law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana. Lawyers will present arguments about a Baton Rouge judge’s decision that a 2012 law which included changes to tenure was unconstitutional. The legislation is known as Act 1 and the State District judge says it violates a constitutional provision requiring bills to have only one item. The Jindal Administration is challenging that ruling.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department says a man was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly pouring gasoline on a woman and threatening to set her on fire. They believe the suspect, Joseph Ruiz, doused the woman from head to toe with gas when she refused to leave the house. The cops were called and the man was charged with attempted aggravated arson and aggravated battery. The woman was sent to the hospital and is in stable condition.

 

06:45 Sportscast September 5th, 2014

For the first time since 2004, Louisiana Tech and UL Lafayette will face off on the football field. The two head coaches for the respective teams are glad the in-state rivalry has been restored, but Bulldogs Head Coach Skip Holtz says getting a win on Saturday would ease the pain of the loss suffered against Oklahoma…:
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Cajuns Coach Mark Hudspeth wants to change the fact that Tech has won the last six games in the series. He says slowing down Bulldogs running back Kenneth Dixon will be a key…:
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Kickoff is at 7pm on ESPN 3.

The LSU Tigers play Sam Houston State for their first home game of the season and there are some new traffic patterns for fans to follow tomorrow. Tiger Athletic Foundation has made large investments to create more parking for fans. Sports information director Michael Bonnette says additional parking lots have opened allowing for more than 2,300 new parking spaces…:
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Bonnette says the stadium has been enhanced with new HD video and LED message boards and the fan experince at the games will be unlike ever before.

In the opening game of the 2014 NFL season, Green Bay was dominated by the Seahawks who went on to win 36-16 Thursday night in Seattle. The countdown is on for Black and Gold fans now who can’t wait for the noon kickoff between the Saints in Atlanta Sunday.

06:30 Newscast September 5th, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be in New Orleans tomorrow. He will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Senator Mary Landrieu. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says this should be a nice boost for the Landrieu campaign…:
CUT 4 (12) “star attraction”
Landrieu is currently in a tight Senate race with Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness.

The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through Sunday. Byron Henderson with the Louisiana Department of Revenue says this is the third sales tax holiday that happens here every year and it’s exclusively for hunters…:
CUT 13 (10) “or local sales taxes”
He says you can find out more at revenue.louisiana.gov/second amendment.

A high court hearing is scheduled for today that deals with a law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana. Lawyers will present arguments about a Baton Rouge judge’s decision that a 2012 law which included changes to tenure was unconstitutional. The legislation is known as Act 1 and the State District judge says it violates a constitutional provision requiring bills to have only one item. The Jindal Administration is challenging that ruling.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department says a man was arrested Thursday morning after allegeldy pouring gasoline on a woman and threatening to set her on fire. They believe the suspect, Joseph Ruiz, doused the woman from head to toe with gas when she refused to leave the house. The cops were called and the man was charged with attempted aggravated arson and aggravated battery. The woman was sent to the hospital and is in stable condition.

 

AM Newscall September 5, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear in New Orleans tomorrow as the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Senator Mary Landrieu.  Eric Gill has more…

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LSU’s fist home football game is this weekend and that means new traffic patterns.  Scott Carwile reports…

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According to the LSU AgCenter, even though demand for food and fiber is growing faster than ever, the agriculture workforce and the number of Ag science teachers is shrinking. Don Molino reports…:

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Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be in New Orleans tomorrow.  He will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Senator Mary Landrieu.  Political analyst Clancy Dubos says this should be a nice boost for the Landrieu campaign…

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The event is being hosted by the Big Easy Committee, a joint fundraising effort by the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and the Landrieu re-election campaign.  Some may be surprised that Landrieu turned to Clinton and not President Obama to help raise money.  Dubos says, in politics, you always play to your strengths…

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Landrieu is currently in a tight Senate race with Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness.  The former president is one of the Democratic party’s most successful fundraisers.  Dubos says Clinton has a certain star appeal that even President Obama never had…

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The Tigers play Sam Houston State for their first home game of the season and there are some new traffic patterns for fans to follow. Tiger Athletic Foundation has made large investments to create more parking for fans. Sports information director Michael Bonnette says additional parking lots have opened allowing for more than 2,300 new parking spaces.

CUT 7 (06) “more parking”

Bonnette says the stadium has been enhanced with new HD video and LED message boards. He says fans at the game will have a better experience by being able to watch replays and have the same perks as watching the game on their home tvs.

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Bonnette says LSU met with a consulting firm to try and get traffic flowing as efficiently as possible after games. He says personnel have been hired to help fans exit the parking lots in the correct directions due to contraflow. There are also new patterns for pedestrians leaving the game as well.

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According to the LSU AgCenter, even though demand for food and fiber is growing faster than ever, the agriculture workforce and the number of Ag science teachers is shrinking. Mike Burnett is the executive associate dean with the College of Agriculture at LSU. He says these shortages have been happening for quite some time…:

cut 10 (09)  “and not every year”

Burnett says there are about 230 Ag teachers in 185 Louisiana schools, but many are nearing retirement age. He says surrounding states, like Texas and Mississippi have been actively recruiting Ag teachers from Louisiana…:

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Burnett says Dr. Bill Richardson, Dean of the college of agriculture, has been putting a big push on recruitment. He says they do have plans to fill the shortage at least in the short term…:

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The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through Sunday. Byron Henderson with the Louisiana Department of Revenue says this is the third sales tax holiday that happens here every year and it’s exclusively for hunters…:

Cut 13 (10)  “or local sales taxes”

Henderson says a wide range of hunting gear is exempt from local and state sales taxes this weekend. He says there are specific categories it applies to, but specific categories that don’t apply..:

Cut 14 (12)  “things like that”

Henderson says items that fall under the sales tax holiday include firearms, ammunition, archery supplies and apparel such as safety gear or camouglage clothing you’d use for hunting. He says you can find out more at revenue.louisiana.gov/second amendment…:

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For the first time since 2004, Louisiana Tech and UL Lafayette will face off on the football field. The two head coaches for the respective teams are glad the in-state rivalry has been restored, but Bulldogs Head Coach Skip Holtz says getting a win on Saturday would ease the pain of the loss suffered against Oklahoma…

Cut 16  (17)   “move on”

UL Lafayette opened the season with a win over Southern, while the Tech lost to the third ranked Sooners. Cajuns Coach Mark Hudspeth wants to change the fact that Tech has won the last six games in the series. He says slowing down Bulldogs running back Kenneth Dixon will be a key…

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17:30 Newscast September 4, 2014

A federal judge in New Orleans says BP’s reckless conduct is what caused millions of gallons of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling states BP is 67 percent to blame for the spill, while rig owner Transocean take 30 percent, and contractor Halliburton takes 3 percent. Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute, Eric Smith, says the fine is based on the number of barrels of oil spilled…

cut 7 (09) “by a factor of four”

He says the oil giant will appeal this ruling.

Louisiana State Police announce the arrest of 21 sex offenders in Calcasieu Parish busted for using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Sgt. James Anderson says “Operation Off Limits” included cooperation with several other law enforcement agencies…

cut 9 (05) “networking sites”

State law prohibits registered sex offenders convicted of certain crimes involving minors from accessing social networking sites.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man who set up a scholarship fund to honor a Slidell woman who died in the car crash is accused of stealing money from the account. 19-year-old UNO student Hayley Howard was missing for four days in March before her car was found in water near Lake Pontchartrain. Captain George Bonnett…

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Bonnett says 29-year-old Jonathan Holcomb is charged with felony theft.

According to new a study compiled by Forbes Magazine, the Houma-Thibodaux area ranks No. 8 among America’s fastest-growing small cities. Story contributor Joel Kotkin says of the top 10 fastest growing small cities, five are energy driven boom towns with high wage employment…

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He says they looked at factors like job growth, income growth and population growth.

LRN Newscast 16:30 09-04-14

A judge in New Orleans says BP had reckless conduct, and that led to the massive oil spill in 2010…
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Louisiana used to be ranked at number 1 in the nation for the most obese adults. Now, the percentage has dropped from 34.7 percent to 33.1 percent, which moves Louisiana to number 6 on the report released from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Foundation.

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City officials and business leaders in the Houma -Thibodaux area are celebrating a new study compiled from Forbes Magazine that lists that area at number 8 among America’s fastest growing small cities. Story contributor Joel Kotkin says it’s more than salary, but the cost of living…

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He adds the unemployment rate is 2.8 percent.
Almost 2 dozen registered sex offenders in Calcasieu Parish have been busted for using social media, like Facebook and Twitter, which is a violation of state law…

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That’s Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson who says the multi-law enforcement investigation known as “Operation Off Limits” could be making more arrests.

16:45 Sportscast September 4, 2014

The NFL season kicks off tonight with Green Bay versus Seattle. Two teams the Saints will have to get past if New Orleans wants to get to the Super Bowl. The Black and Gold open the season on Sunday against Atlanta. Quarterback Drew Brees is good to go, even though he missed most of the preseason with an oblique injury…

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The Saints won both games against the Falcons last year, but they were hotly contested games. 17-13, 23-17 were the scores for both games last year.

The US men’s basketball team overcame a slow start to rout Ukraine 95-71 in pool play at the FIBA World Championships today. It was another solid performance for the Pelicans Anthony Davis, who had 12 points and six rebounds.

The 12th ranked LSU Football team should have an opportunity to get better on offense this Saturday as the Tigers host Sam Houston State. After hitting on some big pass plays in the win over Wisconsin, wide receiver Travin Dural of Breaux Bridge anticipates offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will open the playbook…

cut 17 (22) “….want to”

Dural had three catches for 151 yards and a touchdown last week.

The high school football season kicks off tonight. Good match-up in northwest Louisiana as Parkway takes on Calvary Baptist. In southeast Louisiana…St. James will host rival West St. John. It’s the first game in St. James brand new stadium and you can watch it on Fox Sports New Orleans.

LRN Newscast 15:30 09-04-14

A judge in New Orleans says BP’s reckless conduct is what caused millions of gallons of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Eric Smith is the Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute. He says this ruling means the bill BP would have to pay for the disaster quadruples under the Clean Water Act…:
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And that’s about 18 billion dollars.

This morning, a man who was upset about being fired from Wal-Mart in Sulphur has been arrested for ramming his vehicle into the store. Sulphur Police say the unidentified man allegedly drove around the parking lot, crashed into the front door, and then ran inside to make verbal threats against several employees. A handful of people had minor injuries.

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A man who set up a scholarship fund to honor a Slidell woman who died in the car crash is accused of stealing money from the account…

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There’s a new study out Forbes that is listing the Houma Thibodaux area number 8 of America’s fastest growing small cities, with high job, income and population growth combined with a low unemployment…

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That’s story contributor Joel Kotkin.

LRN Newscast 14:30 09-04-14

A New Orleans judge ruling says BP’s reckless conduct is what caused the huge Gulf oil spill in 2010. Eric Smith is the Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute, and he says that’s big bucks that BP is on the hook for, which means its fairly certain they will appeal…

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He says the fine is based on the number of barrels spilled.

 

A total of 21 sex offenders in Calcasieu Parish have been have been arrested for using social media sites, which is a violation of state law. Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson says those arrests in “Operation Off Limits” are only the beginning…

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A man who set up a scholarship fund to honor a Slidell college student that was killed in a car crash, has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from the account to honor 19 year-old Hayley Howard from Slidell. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain George Bonnett says 29 year-old Jonathan Holcomb stole quite a bit…

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Holcomb has been charged with felony theft.
According to new a study compiled by Forbes Magazine, the Houma-Thibodaux area ranks No. 8 among America’s fastest-growing small cities.

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That’s Forbes Story contributor Joel Kotkin.