11:30 Newscast November 3rd, 2014

In addition to the US Senate and Congressional races, Tuesday’s ballot features 14 Constitutional Amendments. Eric Gill has more…:
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The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s office says a 4-year-old child is dead and his mother was injured in a crash last night near Napoleonville. State Police report 22-year-old Toniska Willoughby was traveling on Highway 308 when her car went off the road and into a ditch. The 4-year-old child was not properly restrained and in the front seat of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the mother is in the hospital with moderate injuries.

Starting next spring, public school students in Louisiana will take Common Core exams on paper instead of on a computer as was originally planned. Superintendent of Education John White says now teachers can concentrate on making sure students on prepared for the more rigorous tests…:
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About 300-thousand students will take the Common Core tests in March and there’s a second session in May. They’ll replace the LEAP and I-Leap exams.

Nobobdy won Mega Millions over the weekend so the prize for tomorrow night’s drawing now goes to $321 million dollars. The Powerball wasn’t hit either and it climbs to an estimated $178 million dollars for the next drawing which will be held Wednesday.

10:30 Newscast November 3, 2014

There will be 14 Constitutional Amendments on tomorrow’s ballot in addition to the Senate and Congressional races. Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott says Amendment 1 protects the financial system that has been set up for nursing homes and facilities that are matched by Medicaid:
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He says you can get a full non-partisan explanation of the amendments online at parlouisiana.org.

Louisiana State Police say they are looking for someone wanted for questioning in a Ville Platte homicide. They say 21-year-old Chris Goodley is wanted for questioning in the death which was discovered yesterday. He is considered armed and dangerous but if you know where he might be State Police says please call 911.

The end of daylight savings time means many of us will now be driving home from work in the dark.
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Promoters of Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge announce Taylor Swift will headline this year’s Tiger Stadium concerts the night of May 22nd. Swift’s 1989 World Tour will kick off in Bossier City at the CenturyLink Center on May 20th. Tickets go on sale November 14th.

09:30 Newscast November 3, 2014

A University of New Orleans Survey Research Center poll shows that a majority of respondents feel the state is moving in the wrong direction. Scott Carwile reports…

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Shreveport Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting that took place early this morning near a night club. 26-year-old Michael Falcon is charged with second degree murder in the incident. Authorities say the victim, 25-year-old Malcolm Perry, was taken to a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Third through eighth grade students in public schools will take Common Core exams next spring on paper, instead of on a computer as originally planned. State Education Superintendent John White says after talking with teachers, he thought it was best to go with a paper-and-pencil exam for the first year…

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About 300-thousand students will take the Common Core tests in March and there’s another session in May.

A Sunday morning single vehicle accident in Livingston Parish has taken the life of an Independence woman. Louisiana State Police say 42-year-old Stephanie Prattini, for unknown reasons, ran off the road where her vehicle entered a ditch, struck a culvert, and overturned. Prattini, who was reportedly unrestrained at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

08:30 Newscast November 3, 2014

The state education department decides students will take the Common Core tests next spring on paper, instead of on a computer. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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State Police are investigating a single vehicle crash in Assumption Parish that has claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy. They say a vehicle, driven by 22-year-old Toniska Willoughby of Napoleonville, traveled off the roadway into a ditch where it struck a culvert. Little Cason Willoughby, Toniska’s son, was pronounced dead at the scene. Toniska was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries. Authorities say Cason was not properly restrained at the time of the crash.

A University of New Orleans Survey Research Center poll of nearly 600 registered Louisiana voters shows that 52-percent of respondents feel the state is moving in the wrong direction. UNO Political Science Professor Ed Chervenak says this poll also shows 53-percent of voters disapprove of what Governor Bobby Jindal is doing…

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He says people are unhappy regardless of race, gender, or party affiliation.

Daylight Saving Time is over and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is asking motorists to be more alert now that it will get dark much earlier. Spokesperson Elaine Rougeau says fatigue from drivers is another concern with the time change…

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Rougeau says there are no hard statistics that show there’s an increase in accidents in the days following a time change, but highway safety officials do see more accidents at night.

07:30 Newscast November 3, 2014

A poll of nearly 600 registered Louisiana voters by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center shows 52-percent of respondents feel the state is moving in the wrong direction. Respondents were given the opportunity to provide a “free response” as to what they thought was the biggest problem facing the state. UNO Political Science Professor Ed Chervenak says the number one response was education…

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Chervenak says this poll also shows 53-percent of voters disapprove of Governor Bobby Jindal’s job performance.

Instead of using a computer as originally planned, third through eighth grade students in public schools will take Common Core exams next spring on paper. State Education Superintendent John White says even though they will use a paper exam in 2015, the substance of test will not change

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There have been concerns some schools are not equipped to handle computerized testing.

Now that Daylight Saving Time is over and it is getting dark much earlier, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is asking motorists to be more attentive. Spokesperson Elaine Rougeau says there are no hard statistics that show there’s an increase in accidents in the days following a time change, but highway safety officials do see more accidents at night…

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Rougeau says fatigue from drivers is another concern with the time change.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man for allegedly attacking a 76-year-old man, shooting at another man, and running over two victims. They say 49-year-old David Arthur Smith of West Monroe beat the first victim to the point of unconsciousness, then attacked a 72-year-old man who had armed himself to aid the first victim. Smith disarmed the man and fired at him, missing. Smith then stole the neighbor’s vehicle and ran him over as well as the his wife. Smith was arrested and charged with 3 counts of attmepted first degree murder, among other charges. The three victims were transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

06:45 Sportscast November 3, 2014

Louisiana Tech is now 5-0 in Conference USA after a 59-10 win over Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers came into the game as one of the highest scoring teams in the country. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says the gameplan coming into the game was to beat them in a shootout…

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It turns out the Bulldogs didn’t have to score many points as they gave up just one first quarter touchdown to Western Kentucky. With the win, Louisiana Tech is bowl eligible.

Grambling State is also undefeated in its conference play. Quarterback Johnathan Williams threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers downed Texas Southern 35-7. Grambling is 6-0 in the SWAC.

Southern kept pace with Grambling in the SWAC Western Division, with a 28-21 win over Alabama State. Freshman Austin Howard threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns.

The Ragin Cajuns are still undefeated in Sun Belt play after winning their homecoming match-up Saturday. U-L Lafayette beat South Alabama 19-to-9 to improve to 4-0 in the Sun Belt. The Cajuns were led offensively by Elijah McGuire who had 90 yards receiving and 116 yards rushing and a touchdown. Coach Mark Hudspeth had high praise for McGuire after the game…

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The Cajuns did not allow any points in the 2nd half and they held the Jaguars to 66 yards rushing.

McNeese State is in a three-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference after beating Northwestern State 35-28. The Cowboys now own 10 straight victories over the Demons. Dylan Long had three rushing touchdowns for the 2nd consecutive game. McNeese shares the conference lead with Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana.

06:30 Newscast November 3, 2014

A University of New Orleans Survey Research Center poll of nearly 600 registered Louisiana voters shows that a majority of respondents feel the state is moving in the wrong direction. 52-percent disapproved when asked about the current direction of the state. UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak says people are unhappy regardless of race, gender, or party affiliation…

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Respondents say the biggest problem facing the state is education.

Third through eighth grade students in public schools will take Common Core exams next spring on paper, instead of on a computer as originally planned. State Education Superintendent John White says this decision was made so that teachers can concentrate on making sure students are prepared for the more rigorous tests…

cut 10 (06) “issues later”

About 300-thousand students will take the Common Core tests in March and there’s a second session in May.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is asking motorists to be more alert now that Daylight Savings Time is over and it will get dark much earlier. Spokesperson Elaine Rougeau says the chance of an accident increases as darkness falls earlier…

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Rougeau says there are no hard statistics that show there’s an increase in accidents in the days following a time change, but highway safety officials do see more accidents at night.

Louisiana State Police report a Sunday morning single vehicle accident in Livingston Parish has taken the life of an Independence woman. Authorities say 42-year-old Stephanie Prattini, for unknown reasons, ran off the road, then over-corrected and ran off the other side of the road where her vehicle entered a ditch, struck a culvert, and overturned.

LRN AM Newscall November 3rd

A University of New Orleans Survey Research Center poll shows that a majority of respondents feel the state is moving in the wrong direction. Scott Carwile reports…

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The state education department decides students will take the Common Core tests next spring on paper, instead of on a computer. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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For many motorists their afternoon commute could be the dark as the end of daylight savings time means the sun will go down just after five o’ clock. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A University of New Orleans Survey Research Center poll of nearly 600 registered Louisiana voters shows that a majority of respondents feel the state is moving in the wrong direction. 52-percent disapproved when asked about the current direction of the state. UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak says people are unhappy regardless of race, gender, or party affiliation…

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Respondents were given the opportunity to provide a “free response” as to what they thought was the biggest problem facing the state. Chervenak says the number one response was education…

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Chervenak says this poll also shows Louisiana residents are not happy with Governor Bobby Jindal’s job performance. He says 53-percent of voters disapprove of what the governor is doing…

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The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is asking motorists to be more alert now that Daylight Savings Time is over and it will get dark much earlier. Spokesperson Elaine Rougeau says the chance of an accident increases as darkness falls earlier…

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Rougeau says there are no hard statistics that show there’s an increase in accidents in the days following a time change, but highway safety officials do see more accidents at night

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Rougeau says fatigue from drivers is another concern with the time change…

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Third through eighth grade students in public schools will take Common Core exams next spring on paper, instead of on a computer as originally planned.  State Education Superintendent John White says this decision was made so that teachers can concentrate on making sure students are prepared for the more rigorous tests…

Cut 10 (06)  “issues later”

About 300-thousand students will take the Common  Core tests in March and there’s a second session in May. It replaces the LEAP and I-Leap exams. White says even though they will use a paper exam in 2015, the substance of test will not change

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There have been concerns some schools are not equipped to handle computerized testing. White says most schools have made the necessary technology upgrades, but after talking with teachers, he thought it was best to go with a paper-and-pencil exam for the first year

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The Ragin Cajuns and Louisiana Tech are still undefeated in conference play in their respective leagues after winning homecoming match-ups on Saturday. U-L Lafayette beat South Alabama 19-to-9 to improve to 4-0 in the Sun Belt. The Cajuns were led offensively by Elijah McGuire who had 90 yards receiving and 116 yards rushing and a touchdown. Coach Mark Hudspeth had high praise for McGuire after the game…

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The Cajuns did not allow any points in the 2nd half and they held the Jaguars to 66 yards rushing. South Alabama was also just 4-of-15 on third downs. Hudspeth says it was an impressive performance by the defense

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Louisiana Tech is now 5-0 in Conference USA after a 59-10 win over Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers came into the game as one of the highest scoring teams in the country. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says the gameplan coming into the game was to beat em in a shootout…

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It turns out the Bulldogs didn’t have to score many points as they gave up just one first quarter touchdown to Western Kentucky. Holtz saw his defense hold the Hilltoppers to less than 300 yards of total offense and they forced five turnovers…

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10:30 LRN Newscast

State Superintendent of Education John White announces students will take Common Core tests next spring with pencil and paper, instead of on a computer. There have been concerns some schools are not equipped to handle computerized testing. White says after talking with teachers, he thought it was best to go with a paper exam for the first year…
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About 300-thousand students will take the Common Core tests in March and there’s a second session in May.

Grambling State is facing a three-million dollar deficit this year. Interim President Cynthia Warrick says a decrease in the fall enrollment has led to the shortfall. Warrick says to address the situation, they will increase faculty teaching loads, provide early retirement packages for some faculty members and maybe even close Grambling Lab schools.

A new Glascock group survey reveals some good news for Republican candidate Graves in the sixth district congressional race. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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No LSU football today….but homecoming festivities are taking place on three Louisiana campuses. Louisiana Tech can become bowl eligible with a win over Western Kentucky this afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium. The Ragin Cajuns will look to stay undefeated in the Sun Belt when they face South Alabama. And in Thibodaux, Nicholls State goes after its first win of the season against Incarnate Word.

LRN Newscast 09:30 November 1

State Police announce the driver who struck and killed two girls in Breaux Bridge Thursday will be charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. A 15-year-old and 14-year-old were killed, while a 13-year-old is in stable condition. Lt. J.B. Slaton says a blood sample was taken from the driver,32-year-old Jeremy Abraham…
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Abraham is still in a Lafayette hospital being treated for injuries.

Several children were injured in a Halloween related accident in Livingston Parish last night. State Police say about 20 children were riding on a utility trailer pulled by an A-T-V as they were taking a “hayride.” Authorities say the A-T-V did not have proper lightning and it was struck from behind by another vehicle. Eleven children were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries and an adult male passenger was also hurt.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says incinerator ash associated with the recent Dallas Ebola victim will be not be disposed in Louisiana. On October 13th, Caldwell’s office obtained a restraining order to keep the Ebola Waste out of Louisiana. He says now there’s been an out-of-court agreement which will keep the Ebola ash from going into a Louisiana landfill.

Third through eighth grade students in public schools will take Common Core exams next spring on paper, instead of on a computer as originally planned. State Education Superintendent John White says this decision was made so that teachers can concentrate on making sure students are prepared for the more rigorous tests…
cut 10 (06) “…issues later”
About 300-thousand students will take the Common Core tests in March and there’s a second session in May. It replaces the LEAP and I-Leap exams.