6:45 LRN Sportscast

LSU moved up two spots to number five in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. The two loss Tigers finished one spot ahead of one-loss USC, who beat UCLA last Saturday 48-45. The Bayou Bengals are at Texas A-and-M This Saturday, while USC faces Notre Dame in L-A. Georgia is number one in the C-F-P, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.

The Saints will return to the practice field today to prepare for Sunday’s game at San Francisco. The 49ers have won three in a row and New Orleans Coach Dennis Allen says they are a physical team…
Cut 18 (18) “…extremely hard.”
The 49ers are 9.5 point favorites. Kick-off is at 3:25.

The 49th annual Bayou Classic will take place on Saturday. Grambling State, who has a losing record, is playing for bragging rights, but a win for Southern and they will play in the SWAC Championship game against Jackson State. First year Jaguars coach Eric Dooley was a wide receiver at Grambling and knows what this rivalry is all about…
Cut 15 (12) “.opposite shirts..”
The Bayou Classic rivalry is tied at 24 since the series began in 1974.

In college basketball yesterday, LSU went on an 18-6 run in the second half to defeat Akron 73-58. Adam Miller had 23 points, while K-J Williams had 19 points. The 5-and-0 Tigers will face Kansas State tonight in the championship game in the Cayman Islands Classic.

And the Ragin Cajuns won in overtime last night over SMU 76-72 on the Mustangs home floor. Jordan Brown Brown had 26 points as U-L Lafayette rallied back from 10 point deficit.

6:30 LRN Newscast

If you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving, AAA says it’s expected to be the third busiest travel period on record since 2000. Brooke Thorington has more.
Cut 1 (32) “I’m Brooke Thorington.”

It’s perfect weather to travel today across the Gulf South. But tomorrow is a different story as there’s a slight risk for excessive rainfall for most of the state on Thanksgiving. Three to four of inches of rain could fall across north, central and southwest Louisiana tomorrow.

For the second year in a row, Louisiana will have a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Celebration Gator made its first appearance last year as a way to promote Louisiana as a tourism destination. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s the longest float to ever roll in the parade, measuring 60-feet from mouth to tail….
cut 9 (09) “….of this gator”
New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty is riding on the float and will perform along the way.

It will be a big tourism weekend in New Orleans as the President of New Orleans Convention Company Dottie Belletto says the Bayou Classic draws about 200-thousand visitors to the city…
cut 13 (12) “…the millions”
The football game between Southern and Grambling is at 1 PM on Saturday, but there are plenty of activities on Friday and Saturday morning leading up to the game.

LRN AM Newscall November 23

If you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving, AAA says it’s expected to be the third busiest travel period on record since 2000. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (32) “I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Once again this year, Louisiana will have its Celebration Gator float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Kevin Gallagher has more…:

Cut 2 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

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Tickets for the 49th Annual Bayou Classic are selling fast bringing many fans to the City of New Orleans Whitney Thomas tells that story..

Cut 3 (33) “…I’m Whitney Thomas”

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According to AAA, just under 55 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holidays, either by plane, train, or automobile but the majority will be on the road. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says that’s up 2 percent from last year.

Cut 4 (07)  “…busy time. ”

Redman estimates just under 49 million motorists will be traveling in the US for Thanksgiving, and he says to expect about 5 million of them to be in the Louisiana region which includes Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. So if you’re driving to grandmother’s today…

Cut 5 (03) “…8 o’clock in the morning.”

Or wait until after 8 PM, he says the hours of 11 AM to 8 PM are the worst hours to travel by car.

If you’re traveling by air, arrive at the airport two hours early and pack a change of clothes and any medicines in your carry-on in case your flight is delayed.

Redman says if you’re driving for a long distance, take a break every couple of hours to walk around to prevent road fatigue.

Cut 6 (11)  “…every two hours.” 

And because chances are you’ll get stuck in traffic for prolonged periods Redman says never let your fuel get below a quarter of a tank.

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For the second year in a row, Louisiana will be on display to the world this week, as part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser says the 60-foot Celebration Gator is a huge and elaborate animated float…:

Cut 7 (08) “…represent Louisiana.”

The Celebration Gator from Louisiana appeared in the Macy’s parade last year, and also had a Feed Your Soul float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Nungesser says it’s a great way to get people thinking about visiting Louisiana…:

Cut 8 (08)  “…is incredible.”

The Celebration Gator float will feature New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty and a host of Louisiana good will ambassadors. Nungesser says this is the 2nd of 3-year agreement for Louisiana to be in the parade. He said any float from HAD to have a “wow factor”…:

Cut 9 (09)  “…of this gator.”

You can watch the parade on your local NBC station, starting at 8 am Thanksgiving Day.

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As folks are preparing for their Thanksgiving feast, there are some tips to make sure you don’t overdo it when it comes to overeating. LSU AgCenter Registered Dietitian Jennifer Duhon says when fixing your plate make sure at least half of your plate is fruits and vegetables.

Cut 10 (07) “…decrease those calories” 

And with plenty of delicious food to consume, Duhon says to go easy on the sauces…

Cut 11 (10)  “…sodium as well.”

One way to cut calories is it use plan-Greek yogurt as a replacement for those cream-based recipes. And instead of having everything on the buffet, Duhon says to choose two to three of your all-time favorites.

Cut 12 (09) “…calorie options.”

And another way to spend time with the family is to take a few walks around the block before or after your meal and monitor your steps while you’re out shopping on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

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The 49th Annual Bayou Classic is this weekend and President and CEO of  New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. Dottie Belletto says more than 200,000 people will travel to New Orleans for the weekend and more than 50,000 – 60,000 people will attend the Bayou Classic game and events.

Cut 13 (12) “…the billions.”

Traditionally fans expect The Battle of the Bands, Fan festival, and a Classic parade, but this year Belletto says they are kicking it up a notch by giving out scholarships and hosting different new events that cater to the students and are free to the public. 

Cut 14 (14)  “…inspirational speakers ..”

Tickets for the 49th Annual Bayou classic can be purchased at www.mybayouclassic.com, Ticketmaster, and the New Orleans Arena Box Office. Kick-off is at 1 PM. 

Grambling State, who has a losing record, is playing for bragging rights, but a win for Southern and they will play in the SWAC Championship game against Jackson State. First year Jaguars coach Eric Dooley was a wide receiver at Grambling and knows what this rivalry is all about…

Cut 15 (12)  “.opposite shirts..”

The Bayou Classic rivalry is tied at 24 since the series began in 1974.

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ULM closes out the season on Saturday by hosting Southern Miss at Malone Stadium. The Warhawks are four and seven and Coach Terry Bowden says a win on Saturday will give them one more victory than they had last season…

Cut  16 (20)  “…football game ever.”

The Golden Eagles will come to Monroe on a three-game losing streak. They are one win away from becoming bowl eligible. Bowden says he’s impressed with Southern Miss and how they do not give away points…

Cut 17 (15) “…well coached”

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The Saints will return to the practice field today to prepare for Sunday’s game at San Francisco. The 49ers have won three in a row and Coach Dennis Allen says they are a physical team…

Cut 18 (18) “…extremely hard.” 

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Texas A-and-M does not have much to play for when the Tigers visit the Aggies on Saturday. But last week Aggies wide receiver Jalen Preston said he’s looking forward to ruining LSU’s chances of getting into the college football playoff. LSU Coach Brian Kelly says he’s not paying attention the possible bulletin board material…

Cut 19 (25) “…on that”

Texas A-and-M Coach Jimbo Fisher says he’s been impressed by the play of Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels…

Cut 20 (17) “…critical moments”

5:30 LRN Newscast Nov 22

State Police says a 16-year-old who ran a stop sign in Lake Charles died in a fiery crash last night. Trooper Derek Senegal says Philip Conner of Homewood was traveling south of Highway 397 when he collided with a mid-size S-U-V

Cut 12 (10) “…GMC Acadia.” 

Senegal says after impact both vehicles traveled off the roadway and Conner’s vehicle became engulfed in flames.

If you’re looking for a fresh-cut Christmas tree, they are plentiful in Louisiana this year, that’s according to Kevin Steele of Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm in Washington Parish.  Steele says while growers have faced an increase in supply and fuel costs you’ll save if you buy your tree locally.

Cut 6 (07)  “…the lots.”

Steele says sales have been brisk so far and he’s hopeful for a profitable season.

Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says your Thanksgiving dinner is expected to cost about 14 percent more this year. And the supply of turkeys is limited especially when it comes to medium to large size birds due to an outbreak of Avian Flu.

Cut 5 (08) “…the economy.”

If you’re cooking a turkey for the holiday, hopefully by now you’ve already started thawing it. And if by chance you have a microwave that can handle the size of your bird, USDA expert Kenneth King says you need to be precise about thawing times.

Cut 11 (09)  “…cook it immediately.”

If you’re thawing it in the fridge, it needs 24 hours for every four to five pounds of turkey.

 

4:30 LRN Newscast Nov 22

Two tragic stories out of southwest Louisiana. First, a 16-year-old boy died last night in a fiery crash in Lake Charles, after running a stop sign on state Highway 397. State Police Trooper Derek Senegal says young Phillip Conner, of Holmwood, was hit by an oncoming SUV and did not survive the wreck. Senegal says troopers are investigating why the teen didn’t stop at the intersection…:

CUT 14(08)      “…ever applied.”

And deputies in Calcasieu Parish say a local woman who went missing early Saturday morning has been found; dead inside her submerged vehicle in Bayou D’Inde. The coroner is determining 32-year-old Stephany Fong’s cause of death. She was last seen leaving a local video poker place and then getting gas at about 5 am Saturday. A GoFundMe account has been set up for her interment expenses.

 

Louisiana Christmas tree farmers are hopeful for a profitable season and a Washington Parish farmer says there’s plenty from which to choose…:

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If you’re making a frozen turkey Thursday and it’s not thawing out now…get at it. USDA expert Kenneth King says you can fast thaw the bird in cold water for a shorter time, but…:

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Bon apettit.

PM LRN Newscall Nov 22

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says your Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost more, probably enough to notice. Marsanne Golsby has more.

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Louisiana Christmas tree farmers are hopeful for a profitable season and a Washington Parish farmer says there’s plenty to choose from. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says your Thanksgiving is expected to cost about 14 percent more this year.

Cut 3 (07) “…sixteen point seven.” 

Strain says prices of everything from flour to canned corn to butter and cranberry sauce are higher. He says this year the supply of turkeys is also smaller.

Cut 4 (08)  “…medium range.” 

Strain says the turkey supply was badly hit by an outbreak of Avian Flu.

Cut 5 (08) “…the economy.”

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If you’re looking for a fresh-cut Christmas tree, they are plentiful in Louisiana this year, that’s according to Kevin Steele of Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm in Washington Parish.  Steele says while growers have faced an increase in supply and fuel costs you’ll save if you buy your tree locally.

Cut 6 (07)  “…the lots.”

Steele says the dry weather this fall did not affect the Christmas trees ready for sale, because they are most vulnerable as a seedling.

Cut 7 (07)  “…no trouble.”

And depending on if you’re looking for a full tree or you prefer one that’s more open, Steele says there’s plenty to choose from this year.

Cut 8 (09)  “…into the tree.“

Steele says sales have been brisk so far and he’s hopeful for a profitable season.

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With Thanksgiving Day two days away, getting that frozen turkey thawed is a top priority for the chef in your household. USDA expert Kenneth King says there are a few tips for cooks to follow when it comes to thawing and cooking.

Cut 9 (07)  “…of turkey.” 

Experts say to thaw the turkey breast side up with the wrapper unopened. And it’s vital the fridge be forty degrees or below.

King says if you are using the cold water method it’s a bit more work because you have to change the water every 30 minutes. You should thaw the breast turkey side down, with enough cold water to completely cover the turkey.

Cut 10 (05) “…after thawing.” 

And if you have a microwave that can handle a big bird, King says you need to be very precise about thawing times.

Cut 11 (09)  “…cook it immediately.”

King says it actually is possible to cook a frozen turkey, but you have to cook it fifty percent longer than if it was thawed. King says a turkey that was thawed in the fridge can stay in the fridge for one to two days before cooking

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State Police says a 16-year-old who ran a stop sign in Lake Charles died in a fiery crash last night. Trooper Derek Senegal says Philip Conner of Holmwood was traveling south of Highway 397 when he collided with a mid-size S-U-V

Cut 12 (10) “…GMC Acadia.” 

Senegal says after impact both vehicles traveled off the roadway and Conner’s vehicle became engulfed in flames

Cut 13 (07) “…dead at the scene”  

Conner was a student at St. Louis Catholic High School, where he played soccer for the Saints. Senegal says the investigation continues into why he didn’t stop at the stop sign

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4:45 LRN Sportscast

LSU’s preseason All-American receiver Kayshon Boutte missed the team’s final home game against UAB Saturday night. Boutte was seen warming up but didn’t take the field during the game. Coach Brian Kelly said it was due to the flu bug the team’s been dealing with over the last couple weeks that has also affected Harold Perkins and Jayden Daniels. Kelly says the team has been fortunate so far.

Cut 17 (15) “…play for us.”

The Tiger’s men’s basketball team defeated Akron 73-58 to advance to the championship of the Cayman Island Classic. Sophomore guard Adam miller led the team’s dominant performance with 23 points. The Tigers will play the winner of Rhode Island-Tulane tomorrow at 6:30.

The Saints got a much-needed win Sunday over a struggling Rams team. They’ll have a difficult task ahead this Sunday as they travel to San Francisco. The 49ers are coming off a 38-10 win over the Cardinals last night and have won their last three straight.

UL-Lafayette quarterback Ben Woolridge will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. He earned the starting spot after sophomore Chandler Fields went down with an upper bowl injury. Fields has reclaimed the starting spot with Woolridge sidelined, but Coach Michael Desormeaux couldn’t overstate the importance he still has on the team as a leader and mentor…

Cut 20 (17) “…to him.”

The Pelicans dominated the Warriors last night on their way to a 128-83 victory. The Pelicans took advantage of a Golden State team without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green and came out to an early lead, and controlled the whole game. Brandon Ingram led the team with 34 points, and guard Davonte Graham provided a 19-point spark off the Bench. The Pelicans will travel to San Antonio tomorrow.

LA Tech defeated ULM 79-58 at home last night. The Bulldogs’ depth was on display as five players scored double figures. After a back-and-forth first half the ‘Dogs were able to pull away in the second, making 10 of their last 13 attempts. The Bulldogs hope to keep this momentum against Alabama A&M tomorrow night while the Warhawks will look to bounce back in Omaha Friday.

2:30 LRN Newscast Nov 22

A 16-year-old who ran a stop sign in Lake Charles died in a fiery crash last night. State Police Trooper Derek Senegal says Phil Conner of Homewood was on Highway 397 when he collided with a mid-size SUV…:

CUT 12(10)      “…GMC Acadia.”

He says LSP is investigating why Conner failed to stop.

Your Thanks giving turkey will cost you – on average – 14-percent more than last year, says state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain. He says this year’s turkey are also smaller overall…:

CUT 04(09)      “…medium range.”

If your turkey is frozen and it’s not already thawing, get on that right now.

 

Sad news in southwest Louisiana. The body of a missing Lake Charles woman was found inside a submerged vehicle in Bayou d’Inde. 32-year-old Stephany Fong was last seen leaving the Wagin Cajun casino in Sulphur early Saturday morning and then stopped at a nearby gas station.

Louisiana Christmas tree farmers are hopeful for a profitable season and a Washington Parish farmer says there are plenty from which to choose…:

CUT 02(29)      ‘…Thorington.”

1:30 LRN Newscast Nov 22

Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain says your Thanksgiving meal is expected to cost about 14 percent more than last year.

Cut 3 (08) “…sixteen point seven” 

Strain says prices of everything from flour to canned corn to butter and cranberry sauce are higher. He and the supply of turkeys is also smaller due to an outbreak of Avian flu.

With Thanksgiving Day two days away, getting that frozen turkey thawed is a top priority for the chef in your household. USDA expert Kenneth King says there are a few tips for cooks to follow when it comes to thawing and cooking.

Cut 9 (07)  “…of turkey” 

Experts say to thaw the turkey breast side up with the wrapper unopened. And it’s vital the fridge be forty degrees or below.

Hopefully, you’ll only be passing plates of food around the dinner table and no germs this Thanksgiving as flu cases are at an all-time him. And LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease expert Doctor Fred Lopez says the flu isn’t the only virus going around this season.

Cut 12 (08) “…COVID still.”

He advises getting your flu shot, update your COVID vaccines, and to frequently wash your hands, and if you’re sick stay home.

Christmas tree sales are already brisk according to Kevin Steele of Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm in Washington Parish. And depending on if you’re looking for a full tree or you prefer one that’s more open, Steele says there’s plenty to choose from this year.

Cut 8 (09)  “…into the tree.“

Steele says you’ll save money if you go to a tree farm versus at tree lot.

12:30 LRN Newscast Nov 22

So far, the state GOP has endorsed Jeff Landry for governor in 2023 but Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser who’s also considering a run says party chairman Louis Gurvich and others should step down. Nungesser says his own father helped build the state Republican party and he’s disgusted at how the party’s evolved.

Cut 15 (10)  “…should resign.”

If you’re looking for a fresh-cut Christmas tree in Louisiana this year, according to Kevin Steele of Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm in Washington Parish there are plenty. Even though much of the state experienced a fall drought, he says it didn’t affect the Christmas trees ready for sale, because they are most vulnerable as a seedling.

Cut 7 (07)  “…no trouble.”

He says you’ll save money if you visit a tree farm versus picking one up for a lot.

Click It Or Ticket is underway for those traveling on Louisiana roadways. Whitney Thomas has more.

Cut 30 (30) “…I’m Whitney Thomas.”

State police are investigating the death of a teen who died in a fiery crash in Calcasieu Parish last night. The victim is 16-year-old Philip Michael Conner of Homewood.