11:40 LRN Sportscast

In the NFL playoffs yesterday, Kansas City and Tampa Bay advanced, while Dallas’s season ended with a home loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Former Haughton star and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 254 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Big game for former Ragin Cajun running back Elijah Mithcell as he had 96 yards rushing and one touchdown to help San Francisco advance to play at Green Bay.

Joe Burrow and the Bengals will play Tennessee this Saturday. The Bengals won their first playoff game in 31 years as Cincinnati held off the Raiders 26-19 on Saturday. Burrow threw two touchdown passes in the win…
Cut 17 (13) “ .next one”
One more NFC playoff game tonight. the Rams take on the Cardinals.
The LSU men’s basketball team dropped one spot today to number 13 in the AP Top 25 poll after suffering an upset loss to unranked Arkansas on Saturday. The Razorbacks went on a 17-2 run to finish the game and defeated the 12th ranked Tigers 65-58. LSU Coach Will Wade says the Hogs made the plays down the stretch and they didn’t…
Cut 18 (08) “ ..needed to be”
Eric Gaines had 14 points to lead LSU, while Tari Eason and Alex Fudge each had 13 points. It was the second straight game LSU played without starting point guard Xavier Pinson, who has a sprained knee. Wade hopes Pinson will be back this week. The Tigers are at Alabama on Wednesday and Tennessee on Saturday.

Louisiana Tech improved to 6-0 in Conference USA with a 76062 win over Southern Miss to finish a two-game sweep of the Golden Eagles in regular season play. Kenneth Lofton Junior had 23 points to lead the way.

12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

A Dr. Martin Luther King exhibit is traveling this month and next through the University of Louisiana system campuses. Today the “Carrying on the Dream” exhibit is at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La Tech Spokesperson Tonya Oaks Smith says if aren’t able to make it to La Tech’s campus…

Cut 4 (10) “…to ULL.”

Smith says it’s appropriate for all ages.

Governor John Bel Edwards sent his message to Louisiana in honor of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s national holiday this morning. The governor focused his words on continuing the fight for equality, specifically within our criminal justice system.

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Power has finally been restored to the coastal town of Grand Isle. Mayor David Camardelle says after Ida made landfall state agencies and Entergy worked together to put most of the power infrastructure underground, which could have a huge impact when the next hurricane comes…

Cut 10 (10)  “ the marsh

New research from LSU and the University of Florida compared shark attacks and the lunar phases and there appears to be a connection. LSU Associate Professor Steve Midway says however he still advises against swimming in shark-infested waters no matter what phase of the moon.

Cut 15 (12)  “…to shark attacks.”

More attacks tend to occur closer to a full moon.

 

11:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

A Dr. Martin Luther King exhibit is traveling this month and next through the University of Louisiana system campuses. The “Carrying on the Dream” exhibit is on display today and tomorrow on the campus of Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La Tech Spokesperson Tonya Oaks Smith says they are fortunate to host the display today.

Cut 3 (08) “…and moving.”

The 1966 Cadillac hearse that carried King’s body to his funeral almost 54 years ago in Memphis.

Power has finally been restored to the coastal town of Grand Isle four and half months after Hurricane Ida. Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle says the electricity has arrived just in time for the cold weather and credits Entergy for its non-stop efforts…

Cut 9 (05) “…the island”

After Ida’s landfall state agencies and Entergy worked together to put most of the power infrastructure underground.

A study finds the last two hurricane seasons caused 579-million dollars in damages to the Louisiana fishing industry. Michelle Southern has the story…

Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Michelle Southern” 

Snow flurries were seen in south Louisiana yesterday, but it will be sunny and warmer today. Another cold front arrives on Wednesday, bringing us another round of cold weather for the end of the workweek.

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Day, state and federal offices are closed and there are many events scheduled today to honor the civil rights leader.

10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

Louisiana is expected to surpass one million COVID cases since the start of the pandemic this week. The state is experiencing its fifth surge of cases with the Omicron variant and State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter wishes he can provide an answer on when the peak will arrive, but there’s no good modeling to predict this…
cut 12 (10) “…I’ve seen”

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the last two hurricanes season produced 579-million dollars in damages to the state’s fishing industry. LDWF biologist administrator Jason Froeba says the total amount of damages to infrastructure was 304-million and Ida accounted for 70-percent of that.

Cut 8 (10) “…fishing industry members.”

Patients are complaining the cost of legal medical cannabis makes it inaccessible. Is it time to further expand medical marijuana laws?

Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

Friends and family members of the Hammond man who died last week after being crushed in a garbage truck are questioning his death. Police say 42-year-old Jermaine Watts sought shelter and fell asleep in a dumpster, but those who knew Watts say his home was just six blocks away and he was known to keep clean and use sanitizers regularly. An autopsy has yet to be completed.

9:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

Louisiana is expected to pass the one-million mark in total COVID cases this week. Many are hoping the peak of the Omicron surge is near. Children younger than 18 represent 27-percent of all COVID cases reported on Friday and State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter says that’s a possible sign the peak could be near

Cut 10 (11) “…prior surges.”

Some are complaining the price of medical marijuana in its smokable form is too high. For example, up to $480 per ounce. Gretna Representative Joe Marino, Chair of the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission, says the high price is due to the limited supply from two growing operations.

Cut 5 (13) “…where it can be sold?”

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the hurricanes in 2020 and 2021 produced 579-million dollars in damages to the state’s fishing industry. LDWF biologist administrator Jason Froeba says a comprehensive study looked at monetary losses for infrastructure which includes vessels and revenue…

Cut 7 (07) “…that nature.”

The total amount of damages from the hurricanes to infrastructure was 304-million.

You can impress your friends during Shark Week and tell them shark attacks could be related to lunar phases. Research from LSU and the University of Florida compared attacks with the lunar phases and LSU Associate Professor Steve Midway says the moon’s influence is not from illumination because the vast majority of attacks take place during the day.

Cut 14 (08)  “…magnetic fields.”

8:30 LRN Newscast

A study finds that hurricanes in 2020 and 2021 caused 579-million dollars in damages to the Louisiana fishing industry. Michelle Southern has the story…
Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Michelle Southern”

Snow flurries were seen in south Louisiana yesterday, but sunny and warmer today. Another cold front arrives on Wednesday, bringing us another round of cold weather for the end of the work week.

Today is Martin Luther King Day, state and federal offices are closed and there are many events scheduled today to honor the civil rights leader.

Now that medical marijuana is available in a smokable form, some are complaining of the high price. One of the state’s 9 cannabis pharmacies is asking between $440 and $480 per ounce. Gretna Representative Joe Marino chairs the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission, and says the high price is due to the limited supply from only two growing operations…:
Cut 4 (11) “…of the program.”
Marino says in the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers will look at expanding the number of growers and pharmacies in the hopes that will bring the price down.

The next time you want to impress your friends during Shark Week you can tell them that shark attacks are related to lunar phases. New research from LSU and the University of Florida compared attacks with the lunar phases and LSU Associate Professor Steve Midway says there appears to be a connection.
Cut 13 (10) “…closer to the new moon.”
Midway says their data serves as a building block towards better understanding shark attacks.

7:30 LRN Newscast

This week, the state is expected to reach one-million COVID cases since the pandemic started. Louisiana is dealing with its fifth surge of cases as a result of the Omicron variant. State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter says based on what they’ve seen in other parts of the world, Omicron rages and then fades away…
Cut 11 (12) “…right now.”

A new study finds hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta, and Ida resulted in an estimated 579-million dollars in losses to the state’s fisheries, infrastructure, revenues and biological resources. Jason Froeba with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says this report could convince Congress the state’s fishing industry needs federal assistance…
cut 9 (09) “…..Louisiana’s fisheries’

Patients are complaining the cost of legal medical cannabis is out of their reach. Is it time to further expand medical marijuana laws? Kevin Gallagher reports…:
Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

Family and friends of a Hammond man who died last week when he was crushed in a garbage truck have a lot of unanswered questions. Police say 42-year-old Jermaine Watts was seeking shelter and fell asleep in a dumpster, but people who know Watts say he had a home just six blocks away from the dumpster. An autopsy on his death has yet to be completed.

6:45 LRN Sportscast January 17

In the NFL playoffs yesterday, Kansas City and Tampa Bay advanced, while Dallas’s season ended with a home loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Former Haughton star and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 254 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Big game for former Ragin Cajun running back Elijah Mithcell as he had 96 yards rushing and one touchdown to help San Francisco advance to play at Green Bay.

The NFL playoffs continue tonight with one more wild card game as the Rams host the Cardinals. Former LSU Tiger and L-A receiver Odell Beckham Junior will be playing in his second playoff game and his first since the 2016 season with the Giants…
Cut 16 (16) “…good feeling”
The winner of the Rams-49ers game will play at Tampa Bay in the divisional round.

The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team played well down the stretch yesterday and defeated Southern Miss 76 to 62 to complete a regular-season series sweep of the Golden Eagles. Kenneth Jofton Junior led the way with 23 points and Tech held U-S M to 33-percent shooting.

12th ranked LSU didn’t play well down the stretch on Saturday and the Tigers were upset by Arkansas 65-58. The loss ended LSU’s three-game winning streak. Coach Will Wade says they couldn’t overcome their weaknesses…
cut 20 (19) “….you deserve”

A tough trip to Texas for U-L Lafayette as they lost to U-T Arlington and Texas State, while U-L-M upset U-T Arlington 62-55 on Saturday.

6:30 LRN Newscast January 17

Louisiana is expected to surpass one million COVID cases since the start of the pandemic this week. The state is experiencing its fifth surge of cases with the Omicron variant and State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter wishes he can provide an answer on when the Omicron peak will arrive, but there’s no good modeling to predict this…
cut 12 (10) “…I’ve seen”

Gretna Representative Joe Marino also chairs the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission and he expects we’ll see more legislation during the 2022 regular session to help bring the price down for medical marijuana…
cut 6 (070 “….expand this program”
Marino believes the state needs more growers and licensed pharmacies to bring the price of the product down.

A new study from LSU and the University of Florida compared shark attacks and moon phases and they found a trend. Brooke Thorington explains.
Cut 3 (29) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

Sunshine and warmer today, but the cold weather returns on Thursday.

LRN AM Newscall January 17

Patients are complaining the cost of legal medical cannabis puts it’s out of their reach. Is it time to further expand medical marijuana laws? Kevin Gallagher reports…:

Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

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A study finds that hurricanes in 2020 and 2021 caused 579-million dollars in damages to the Louisiana fishing industry. Michelle Southern has the story…

Cut 2 (32) “…I’m Michelle Southern” 

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A new study from LSU and the University of Florida compared shark attacks and moon phases and they found a trend. Brooke Thorington explains.

Cut 3 (29) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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Now that medical marijuana is available in a smokable form, some are complaining of the high price. One of the state’s 9 cannabis pharmacies is asking between $440 and $480 per ounce for the herb. Gretna Representative Joe Marino chairs the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission, and says the high price is due to the limited supply from only two growing operations…:

Cut 4 (11) “…to be the intent.” 

When first approved in 2015, only two cultivators were allowed, with a maximum of 10 “pharmacies”. There are currently nine. Marino says lawmakers clearly did not foresee expanding to allow smokable weed under medical cannabis when they first passed the law. Demand is heavy, but the high cost is a deterrent. Marino says having a cannabis monopoly in place puts the medicine out of the average person’s reach…:

Cut 5 (13) “…where it can be sold?”

Medical cannabis is rarely covered by health insurance.

Neighbor states with medical cannabis have anywhere from 8 to a dozen cultivators allowed, compared to Louisiana’s two, and their average prices are lower. Marino’s Medical Marijuana Commission will meet during the upcoming Redistricting Session, to discuss supply, demand, and patient concerns. He asks – if one regards medical cannabis as “medicine” – what other medicine does the state limit the number of companies that can produce it and where it can be obtained?

Cut 6 (07) “…expand this program.”

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the hurricanes in 2020 and 2021 produced 579-million dollars in damages to the state’s fishing industry. LDWF biologist administrator Jason Froeba says a comprehensive study looked at monetary losses for infrastructure which includes vessels and revenue…

Cut 7 (07) “…that nature.”

The total amount of damages from the hurricanes to infrastructure was 304-million. Froeba says Hurricane Ida accounted for 70-percent of that 304-million…

Cut 8 (10) “…fishing industry members.”

Froeba says wind was the primary driver for the damages to the fishing industry from the 2020 and 2021 hurricanes, while flooding was a major source of destruction in 2005. He says this report could convince Congress that the state’s fishing industry needs federal assistance…

Cut 9 (09)  “…Louisiana’s fisheries.”

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Louisiana is expected to pass the one-million mark in total COVID cases this week. Many are hoping the peak of the Omicron surge is near. Children younger than 18 represent 27-percent of all COVID cases reported on Friday and State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter says that’s a possible sign the peak could be near

Cut 10 (11) “…prior surges.”

Kanter says based on what they’ve seen in other parts of the world, Omicron rages and then fades away almost as fast as it arrived…

Cut  11 (12)  “…right now.”  

Kanter wishes he can provide an answer on when the Omicron peak will arrive, but there’s no good modeling to predict this…

Cut 12 (10) “…I’ve seen.”

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The next time you want to impress your friends during Shark Week you can tell them that shark attacks are related to lunar phases. New research from LSU and the University of Florida compared attacks with the lunar phases and LSU Associate Professor Steve Midway says there appears to be a connection.

Cut 13 (10) “…closer to the new moon.”

Midway says even though very few shark attacks occur in US waters they wanted to gain a better understanding of why and when they happen. Midway says the moon’s influence on attacks is not from illumination because the vast majority of incidents take place during the day.

Cut 14 (08)  “…magnetic fields.”

And while it’s still too early to determine if the moon is the predominant influencer of shark attacks, Midway says he still advises against swimming in shark-infested waters no matter what lunar phase.

Cut 15 (12)  “…to shark attacks.”

You can read the entire paper in the journal, Frontiers in Marine Science

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The NFL playoffs continue tonight with one more wild card game as the Rams host the Cardinals. Former LSU Tiger Odell Beckham Junior will be playing in his second playoff game and his first season since the 2016 season with the Giants…

Cut  16 (16) “…good feeling”

The Bengals won their first playoff game in 31 years as Cincinnati held off the Raiders 26-19. Quarterback Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes in the win…

Cut 17 (13) “ .next one” 

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The LSU men’s basketball team will likely drop in the polls today after suffering an upset loss to unranked Arkansas on Saturday. The Razorbacks went on a 17-2 run to finish the game and defeated the 12th ranked Tigers 65-58. LSU Coach Will Wade says the Hogs made the plays down the stretch and they didn’t…

Cut 18 (08) “ ..needed to be” 

Eric Gaines had 14 points to lead LSU, while Tari Eason and Alex Fudge each had 13 points. It was the second straight game LSU played without starting point guard Xavier Pinson, who has a sprained knee. Wade will not use Pinson’s injury as an excuse…

Cut 19 (25)_“…nice job” 

The loss ended LSU’s three-game winning streak. Wade says they couldn’t overcome their weaknesses.

Cut 20 (19) “..you deserve”