06:30 Newscast May 28, 2015

Two bills that are key components to a Common Core compromise made it off the House Floor Wednesday. The votes were nearly unanimous and Governor Bobby Jindal is also backing the proposals. Lake Charles Representative Brett Geymann, a staunch opponent of Common Core, is glad all sides of this controversial issue came together…

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The bills now head to the Senate.

Political blogger CB Forgotston says Governor Bobby Jindal violated the state constitution with a press release through the governor’s office that criticizes Presidential candidate Rand Paul. Forgotston says the state constitution makes it clear that you can’t do that…

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Jindal’s statement, which is on letterhead used by the governor’s office, says Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief.

In an effort to increase its international profile and boost enrollment numbers, Nicholls State University has signed an educational partnership with Galliano-based offshore giant Edison Chouest that will allow their employees and family members earn a degree from the school. University President Bruce Murphy says the deal will waive out-of-state and international fees for students connected to Chouest…

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Chouest has approximately 14,000 employees in over a dozen countries worldwide. Murphy says this agreement will bring more international diversity to the Thibodaux campus.

AM Newscall, May 28th, 2015

Nicholls State University has signed an educational partnership with Galliano-based offshore giant Edison Chouest that will let their employees and family members earn a degree from the school. Eric Gill reports…

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Louisiana has its first female head football coach in history and she’ll be coaching a deaf squad. Michelle Southern reports…:

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A political pundit says Governor Bobby Jindal violated the state constitution for his attack on Presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul. Jeff Palermo has more…

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In an effort to increase its international profile and boost enrollment numbers, Nicholls State University has signed an educational partnership with Galliano-based offshore giant Edison Chouest that will allow their employees and family members earn a degree from the school. University President Bruce Murphy says the deal will waive out-of-state and international fees for students connected to Chouest…

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He says the agreement not only covers on-campus courses, but online course opportunities as well. Murphy says it was a natural for the school to team up with Edison Chouest…

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Chouest has approximately 14,000 employees in over a dozen countries worldwide. Murphy says this agreement will bring more international diversity to the Thibodaux campus…

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Louisiana has its first female head football coach in history and she’ll be coaching a deaf squad. Susan Gremillion will be taking over the team at the Louisiana School for the Deaf from her husband Darren. She says she’s extremely excited about the upcoming season and feels LSD is the best kept secret in the state…:

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The War Eagles are an eight-man football team and they went 7-2 last year. Gremillion, who was previously the squad’s special teams coordinator, says being the head coach is not about gender it’s about doing what you love…:

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Gremillion says being the first woman head football coach sounds nice but she wants to be the first woman to coach a deaf national championship team…:

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Two bills that are key components to a Common Core compromise made it off the House Floor Wednesday. The votes were nearly unanimous and Governor Bobby Jindal is also backing the proposals. Lake Charles Representative Brett Geymann, a staunch opponent of Common Core, is glad all sides of this controversial issue came together…:

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One of the bills lets the public and others review the English and math standards, which could result in changes to Common Core curriculum that the next governor would have to approve. The other proposal seeks to control the state’s participation in tests associated with Common Core. Geymann says he’s comfortable with what they came up with…:

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The legislation will next head to the Senate, which is expected to go along with the bills. Geymann says he’s appreciative of the hard work that went into coming up with this legislation…:

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Political blogger CB Forgotston says Governor Bobby Jindal violated the state constitution with a press release through the governor’s office that criticizes Presidential candidate Rand Paul. Jindal’s statement, which is on letterhead used by the governor’s office, says Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief. Forgotston says the state constitution makes it clear that you can’t do that…

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Jindal criticized the senator from Kentucky for saying that hawks in the Republican Party helped create ISIS. A Jindal spokesperson, Mike Reed, says the suggestion the Governor of Louisiana can not or should not comment on matters of national security is without merit. But Forgotston says Reed is dodging the issue…

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Forgotston says he’s filed a complaint with Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street…

(When contacted, Street said he can’t comment on on a possible investigation.)

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The LSU softball team will take on SEC rival Auburn this afternoon in Oklahoma City in the opening round of the Women’s College World Series. It’s the fourth ever WCWS appearance for LSU. Head Coach Beth Torina says since the fall her team has been on a mission to get to this point

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The Tigers bring a 50-and-12 record into Oklahoma City. They have seven hitters hitting .324 or higher and they have four pitchers who have combined for a team ERA of 1.76. Torina says the depth on her team has served them well…

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LSU’s last WCWS appearance was in 2012. But the Tigers scored only four total runs and they were eliminated after three games. Torina says this year’s squad has a different mindset…

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17:30 Legislative Update, May 27th, 2015

Two bills that are key components to a Common Core compromise made it off the House Floor Wednesday. Governor Bobby Jindal is also backing the proposals. Lake Charles Representative Brett Geymann, a staunch opponent of Common Core, is glad all sides of this controversial issue came together…:
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The legislation will next head to the Senate.

The Senate approved medical marijuana legislation received a green light from a House Committee Wednesday. The bill would allow pot to be dispensed in Louisiana to patients with certain ailments. Louisiana Sheriff’s Association executive director, Michael Ranatza, says they’ve dropped their opposition after the bill tightened up…:
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The legislation now heads to the House floor.

A bill that would prohibit hospitals from billing rape victims for their medical exams is one step closer to final passage. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno’s legislation cleared the Senate in a unanimous vote. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says this bill goes beyond merely paying for victim’s medical exams…:
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The measure now goes back to the House to consider Senate amendments.

Legislation prohibiting what is known as revenge porn is close to final passage. Kenner Representative Julie Stokes’ measure has cleared the House and now has unanimous approval from the Senate. Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome says this would make it a crime to share a nude image of someone on the internet without their permission…:
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The bill now heads back to the House to approve Senate amendments.

 

16:45 LRN Sportscast May 27

Bond was set at three-thousand dollars this morning for suspended LSU football palyer Jevonte Domond. The offensive lineman was arrested and charged with a felony count of domestic abuse battery. East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks says Domond’s finance is the victim and she claims Domond strangled her to the point where she almost completely blacked out…
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The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the Sugar Bowl have put in a bid to host the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2019 or 2020. Jay Cicero, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President says there are other serious contenders hoping to get the games…:
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He says a decision will be made mid-October.

The LSU softball team will take on SEC rival Auburn Thursday afternoon in Oklahoma City in the opening round of the College World Series. It’s the fourth ever WCWS appearance for the LSU Softball team. Head Coach Beth Torina says since the fall her team has been on a mission to get to this point….
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The Tigers bring a 50-and-12 record into Oklahoma City.

New Louisiana Tech men’s basketball coach Eric Konkol has added another assistant coach to his staff. Matt McMahon is heading to Ruston after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant at Murray State. Last season the Racers went 29-and-6. He joins former George Mason star Tony Skinn as an assistant on Konkol’s staff.

16:30 Newscast, May 27th, 2015

NOAA announces the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast calls for 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes. Jeff Palermo reports…:
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Figures released by USA Today show that LSU athletics generated an estimated $133.7 million during the 2013-14 school year. They say that’s the 6th highest among all universities in the nation and second to Alabama in the SEC.

Legislation that allows medical marijuana to be dispensed in Louisiana moves a step closer to final legislative passage. The Senate-approved bill, received approval from a House committee today. The Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Executive Director Michael Ranatza says they removed their opposition to this bill but are not in support…:
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The legislation now heads to the House floor.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent who was shot in the back last week remains in serious condition. LDWF Secretary Robert Barham says doctors were able to remove the bullet from Sgt. Scott Bullitt, but he still can’t use his legs. The suspected shooter, Luke Hust, has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder in the incident. Barham says Hust has confessed to the shooting…
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15:30 Newscast, May 27th, 2015

NOAA announced today the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane forecast will see between 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 hurricanes and either zero-two major strength hurricanes. NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan says driving the impact this year is the El Nino which has developed in the Pacific Ocean and has the effect of suppressing hurricane activity in the Atlantic…:
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Hurricane season officially runs June 1 through Nov. 30.

A House bill prohibiting what is known as revenge porn is close to legislative passage as it clears the Senate. The proposal would make it a crime to post a sexually explicit picture of someone online without permission for the sake of emotional harm. Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome…:
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The bill now heads back to the House to approve Senate amendments.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham says Sgt. Scott Bullitt, who was shot last week in Ouachita Parish while on duty, remains hospitalized in serious condition in a Shreveport hospital. He says doctors removed the bullet but the agent still can not use his legs and has a long rehabilitation process ahead…:
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Doctors have yet to determined if Sgt. Bullitt has suffered any permanent spinal damage.

One of country music’s biggest stars ever is coming to New Orleans. Garth Brooks will play his first concerts in the state in nearly two decades. His world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood will stop at the Smoothie King Center Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th. Tickets go sale Friday, June 5th at 10am. There is an 8 ticket limit.

 

14:40 Newscast, May 27th, 2015

Legislation that allows medical marijuana to be dispensed in Louisiana moves a step closer to final legislative passage. The Senate-approved bill, received approval from a House committee today without objection. The Louisiana Sheriff’s Association spoke in opposition last year, but executive director Michael Ranatza says they’ve dropped their red card this year. He says he took the heart a message he received from a proponent to the legislation who recently passed away…:
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Ranataza did make it clear they don’t support the medical marijuana legislation, but they no longer oppose it. The bill heads to the House floor.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today issued its initial outlook for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. Just like the earlier prediction from the forecast team at Colorado State, NOAA forecasters see a below average season with 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 of those hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate remains above the national rate. Eric Gill has the story…:
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There’s big news in the country music world in Louisiana today as Garth Brooks announces he’ll be making a stop with Trisha Yearwood at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th. Tickets go on sale next Friday June 5th but only online at ticketmaster.com — not at a box office. This will be Brooks’ first appearance in Louisiana in 18 years.

 

LRN PM Newscall Wednesday May 27

NOAA announces the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast calls for 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes. Jeff Palermo reports…:

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Louisiana’s unemployment rate remains above the national rate. Eric Gill has the story…

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A bill that would prohibit hospitals from billing rape victims for their medical exams is one step closer to final passage. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno’s legislation cleared the Senate in a unanimous vote. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says this bill goes beyond merely paying for victim’s medical exams…

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Moreno’s measure would would permit health care providers to submit a claim to the victim’s insurance company for payment, but the victim would not be required to pay any share of the costs. The bill now goes back to the House to consider Senate amendments to the legislation. Monroe Senator Bob Kostelka says this bill is important to preserve the dignity of rape victims…

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A bill prohibiting what is known as revenge porn is close to legislative passage. Kenner Representative Julie Stokes’ measure has cleared the House and now has unanimous approval from the Senate. Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome says the measure would make it a crime to share a nude image of someone on the internet without their permission…

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Violators of the proposed measure could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The bill now heads back to the House to approve Senate amendments. Broome says this legislation will send a strong message…

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane forecast will see between 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 hurricanes and either zero-two major strength hurricanes. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, says these numbers are below average…:

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Sullivan emphasizes that a below average hurricane season does not mean that mother nature won’t throw a curve ball so it’s still important to be prepared for anything. She says driving the impact this year is the El Nino which has developed in the Pacific Ocean and has the effect of suppressing hurricane activity in the Atlantic…:

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Hurricane season officially runs June 1 through Nov. 30, but the first Tropical Storm this year, Ana, already formed earlier this month and came ashore in North Carolina. Sullivan says their scientists also predict that sea surface temperatures in the key portions of the Atlantic will be normal…:

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham says Sgt. Scott Bullitt, who was shot last week in Ouachita Parish while on duty, remains hospitalized in serious condition in a Shreveport hospital. He says neurosurgeons performed surgery on Bullitt Saturday…

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Barham says doctors were able to successfully remove the bullet and bone fragments from the agent’s spine; however, Sgt. Bullitt currently does not have use of his legs. Barham says Sgt. Bullitt has a long rehabilitation process ahead of him…

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Doctors have yet to be determined if the agent has suffered any permanent spinal damage. The suspected shooter, Luke Hust, has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder in the incident. Barham says Hust has confessed to the shooting…

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Legislation that allows medical marijuana to be dispensed in Louisiana moves a step closer to final legislative passage. The Senate-approved bill, received approval from a House committee today. The Louisiana Sheriff’s Association were in opposition last year, but executive director, Michael Ranatza, says tight controls have been put on the bill, so they’ve dropped their opposition…

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If medical marijuana legislation is approved, it can be prescribed for spastic quadriplegics, those suffering from glaucoma, individuals going through chemotherapy, or epilepsy. Ranatza says he took the heart a message he received a proponent to the legislation who recently passed away…

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Ranataza made it clear to the committee that the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association does not support the medical marijuana legislation, but they no longer oppose it as they’ve done in previous years…

(The legislation now heads to the House floor.) 

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13:30 Newscast, May 27th, 2015

NOAA announces the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Forecast calls for the lowest storm probability since 1998. Forecasters predict 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 hurricanes and zero-two major hurricanes. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator, says there’s an El Nino out there which tends to break up storms and they also predict normal sea surface temperatures…:
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A bill that would disallow hospitals to bill a rape victim for medical exams continues moving through the legislature. It’s a House bill that was approved in the Senate unanimously this week. Monroe Senator Bob Kostelka says this bill is important to preserve the dignity of rape victims…:
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There is a length debate going on right now in a House Committee on the Senate Approved medical marijuana bill. The Louisiana Sheriff’s Association were in opposition last year, but executive director, Michael Ranatza, says tight controls have been put on the bill, so they’ve dropped their opposition…:
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If medical marijuana legislation is approved, it can be prescribed for spastic quadriplegics, those suffering from glaucoma, individuals going through chemotherapy, or epilepsy.

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the Allstate Sugar Bowl have put in a bid to host the College Football Playoff and National Championship game in 2019 or 2020. New Orleans is already competing to host the Super Bowls in those same years. Jay Cicero, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President says it would be their hope to get both big games in the same year…
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12:30 Newscast, May 27th, 2015

NOAA announces the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast calls for 6-11 tropical storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes. Jeff Palermo reports…:
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An FBI agent involved shooting in Bossier City has left a kidnapping suspect dead. Authorities say 9-year-old Caitlyn Williams was allegedly kidnapped in Texas by her uncle, 24-year-old Jesse Williams over the weekend. The pair were tracked to a motel room in Bossier City. When agents encountered Jesse, a struggle ensued and shots were fired. Jesse was fatally shot. An FBI agent was also shot and is expected to make a full recovery.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham says Sgt. Scott Bullitt, who was shot last week in Ouachita Parish while on duty, remains hospitalized in serious condition in a Shreveport hospital. He says neurosurgeons performed surgery on Bullitt Saturday…:
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Sgt. Bullitt currently does not have use of his legs.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announce that LSU play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne will be this year’s recipient of the NFF Chris Schenkel Award. It’s presented annually to people who have had long, distinguished careers in broadcasting college football.