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

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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.

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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…

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Pinsonat says Landry is fighting opposition from public schools…

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2:30 PM Newscast May 16

41-year-old Terrence Washington and LaTonya Harris of Thibodaux are facing child cruelty and attempted 1st degree murder charges. Authorities say Washington was sexually abusing a 15-year-old and the teen’s mother blamed the young victim then set her on fire. On April 18th Washington shot the 15-year-old in the chest and the face and then on April 20th they were in a car crash in Texas. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Lt. Blake Tabor…

Cut 7 (11) “…service road area.”  

At the hospital, it was clear the teen was a victim of abuse. Tabor says her drive to survive and fight to get better are nothing short of heroic.

LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says there is a chance for another round of tornados and hail starting tonight and continuing into Saturday. The most severe areas being from Baton Rouge to Alexandria….

Cut 4 (08) “…slight to marginal risk.” 

The US Supreme Court says the state’s most recent map with two majority Black districts will be used in the fall election…

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

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 (06) “…running ads.” 

1:30 LRN Newscast 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 Texas likely saved her life.

Cut 1 (35)  “…I’m Sean Richardson”

Authorities have confirmed plastic surgeon Dr. Lou Doucet was killed in a plane crash in Tennessee on Wednesday. Doucet, an Opelousas native was flying the plane from Gonzales yesterday morning to Kentucky. The identities of the two passengers who also perished have not been released.

Louisiana is in for some pretty bad weather that should start tonight and go through Saturday.  The whole state will get hit and the most severe areas being from Baton Rouge to Alexandria. LSU Climatologist, Barry Keim.

Cut 3 (14) “…next 36 hours or so.” 

There is a chance for tornados and hail for a lot of the state.

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

Cut 11 (06) ” …for governor.”

 

12:30 LRN Newscast May 16

Authorities say 41-year-old Terrence Washington of Thibodaux was sexually abusing a 15-year-old and the teen’s mother blamed her daughter and then set her on fire. Cops say on April 18th Washington shot the teen in the chest and face. Then on April 20th, they left the state. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Department Lt. Blake Tabor…

Cut 6  (08) “..by law enforcement. ” 

The teen was taken to the hospital and it was clear the teen’s injuries were from abuse. Both Washington and the child’s mother have been arrested.

 

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.

 

The Louisiana Legislature has sent a bill to the governor’s desk that bans the sale of nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, it’s sold in metal canisters in convenience stores and smoke shops. It can be used to make homemade whipped cream, but director of the Louisiana’s Poison Control Center, Mark Ryan, says some use it for human consumption, which is dangerous…

Cut 5 (15) “…including Amazon.” 
If Governor Jeff Landry signs this bill, Louisiana would become the first state to completely ban public sale of nitrous oxide.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

With rain in the forecast for Baton Rouge tonight, the start of the LSU-Ole Miss series has been moved up from 6 to 4 PM. The Tigers likely need a sweep and finish 13-and-17 in the SEC to give them a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. But LSU has not swept an SEC series this season and they are 1-and-8 on the final game of the series. Gage Jump is scheduled to start on the mound tonight, then Luke Holman on Friday. Saturday’s starter is to be determined. Jump says it’s important for him and Holman to pitch well…
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Weather also impacting Louisiana Tech’s series at Liberty in Virginia. Tonight’s game is still set for 5 PM central time, but they will play a doubleheader tomorrow, starting at noon.

The 21st ranked Ragin Cajuns will try to lock down an outright Sun Belt Conference regular season championship tonight when they begina three game series against South Alabama. Kyle DeBarge enters the series as the team’s leader in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Coach Matt Deggs on DeBarge playing his final three games at Tigue Moore Field.
cut 20 (18) “…over that one”
First pitch is at 6 PM.

LSU football has a landed a commitment from a defensive tackle out of the transfer portal. Six-foot-three, 282-pound Jay’viar Suggs announced on social media he’s transferring to LSU after two seasons at Division Two Grand Valley State, where he had 42 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and eight sacks.

Oklahoma quarterback General Booty had transferred to ULM. Booty started for Tyler Junior College in 2021 where he recorded 25 touchdowns and 3,115 yards before transferring to Oklahoma where he played the past two seasons.

11:30 LRN Newscast May 16

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. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Landry is having trouble building support for the program in the Senate…

Cut 12 (08) “…in the Senate.” 

Opponents are concerned about the costs with an estimated 500-million dollars the programs in its third year.

The US Supreme Court rules Louisiana’s congressional map with two majority-Black districts will be used for the fall election. NAACP Legal Defense Fund Attorney Jared Evans says he’s pleased to finally tell his clients…

Cut 9 (12) “…joy today.” 

But an attorney for Republican plaintiffs, which included Congressman Garret Graves, says the state has enacted a map of a brutal racial gerrymander.

With inclement weather anticipated the LSU Ole Miss baseball game start time has been moved to 4 o’clock today. Most of the state is under a flash flood watch from 1 pm until 1 pm tomorrow. Widespread rainfall amounts of two to six inches and up to 12 inches is possible.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is in France this week at the Cannes International Film Festival to promote Louisiana film production to an international market. Sean Richardson has the story.

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10:30 LRN Newscast

The U-S Supreme Court orders Louisiana to use the Congressional map that has two majority black districts. Jeff Palermo has more…
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Governor Landry is holding two town hall meetings today in the New Orleans area to promote his proposal that would allow parents of all income levels to use taxpayer dollars to pay for private education. He just concluded one meeting at Rummel High School in Metairie and will hold the second one at Mandeville this morning.

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have agreed to two debates before the November fifth Presidential election, June 27th and September 10th. U-L-M political science professor Pearson Cross expects high viewership…
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Polls show the race is extremely tight.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is in Europe for the next couple of the weeks. He’s at the Cannes Film Festival this week promoting the state’s film tax credit incentives. Then he heads to Italy and Spain to promote international tourism to Louisiana. Nungesser says a 300-thousand dollar grant from the U-S Commerce Department is helping to pay for the trip…
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Chef Samantha Carroll will prepare Louisiana seafood dishes while in Madrid to bring a taste of Louisiana to an international audience.

9:30 LRN Newscast

A ruling from the U-S Supreme Court will result in a new Congressional map for Louisiana that will be used in this fall’s elections. It’s the map approved by lawmakers earlier this year that has two majority Black districts, not one. The sixth District becomes a majority-minority district and it will stretch from Baton Rouge to Shreveport, despite concerns its racial gerrymandering…
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That’s political analyst Bernie Pinsonat. The ruling could result in a Congressional race between Republican incumbent Garret Graves and Black Democrat Cleo Fields.

President Biden and former President Donald Trump have announced they will participate in two debates before the presidential election.
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That’s U-L-M Political Science Professor Pearson Cross.

A bill heading to the governor’s desk will ban the retail sale of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is used for food preparation, but there are some who consume it directly and overdoses of nitrous oxide are difficult to treat…
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That’s the director of the Louisiana Poison Control Center, Doctor Mark Ryan.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is at the Canne Film Festival in France. He’s joined by representatives from Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge and Ranch Studios in St. Bernard Parish. Nungesser says they want to show the world what Louisiana brings to the table in the form of film tax incentives…
cut 8 (12) “….get out of those strikes”
After France, Nungesser will head to Italy and Spain to promote international tourism to Louisiana.

8:30 LRN Newscast

A Congressional map with two Black majority districts will be the map used for this fall’s federal election. That’s the result of a ruling from the U-S Supreme Court that blocks a previous ruling by a panel of three federal judges that said the map approved by lawmakers this year was illegal. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the state finally has closure
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The ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court means the current sixth Congressional district represented by Republican Garret Graves has a political boundary that favors a minority to win.

President Biden and Donald Trump have agreed to two televised debates. The first will be June 27th and the second will occur on September 10th. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross the debates are important for both candidates…
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The abuse of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is no laughing matter, as a bill to ban public sale of the drug in Louisiana is headed to Governor Jeff Landry for his signature. Mel Bridges has more…
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Heavy rainfall will begin to fall in Louisiana later today. A flash flood watch has been issued from 1 PM this afternoon until 6 PM Friday for most of the state. There’s also the possibility of more severe weather.

7:30 LRN Newscast

A ruling from the U-S Supreme Court will result in a new Congressional map for Louisiana that will be used in this fall’s elections. It’s the map approved by lawmakers earlier this year that has two majority Black districts, not one. The sixth District becomes a majority-minority district and it will stretch from Baton Rouge to Shreveport, despite concerns its racial gerrymandering…
cut 15 (12) “….over”
That’s political analyst Bernie Pinsonat. The ruling could result in a Congressional race between Republican incumbent Garret Graves and Black Democrat Cleo Fields.

LSU baseball is fighting for its postseason lives….
cut 28 (06) “…a chance”
That’s Coach Jay Johnson. The Tigers begin a three game series against Ole Miss tonight. LSU needs to sweep to give them a shot at receiving a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Louisiana Legislature has sent a bill to the governor’s desk that bans the sale of nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, it’s sold in metal canisters in convenience stores and smoke shops. It can be used to make homemade whipped cream, but director of the Louisiana’s Poison Control Center, Mark Ryan, says some use it for human consumption, which is dangerous…
cut 5 (15) “…including Amazon”

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have agreed to two debates before the November fifth Presidential election, June 27th and September 10th. U-L-M political science professor Pearson Cross expects high viewership…
cut 12 (04) “….make a difference”
Polls show the race is extremely tight.