11:40 LRN Sportscast

Sixth ranked LSU is getting ready to play a struggling Texas A-and-M team that’s probably anxious for the end of the season. The Aggies are a disappointing four and seven, but Coach Brian Kelly calls A-and-M a very talented team that lacks experience…
cut 18 (19) “….all together”
Texas A-and-M has failed to score more than 30 points against a Power Five opponent this season.

The Saints will face a 49ers team in San Francisco on Sunday that’s won three in a row. San Fran defeated the Cardinals 38-10 last night to improve to six and four.

The Pelicans are now ten and seven after beating Golden State 128-83 last night. The Pels are at San Antonio tomorrow.

UL-Lafayette will visit Texas State after their 49-17 loss to Florida State University last weekend. The Cajuns will need to win their final game of the season for bowl eligibility. Head Coach Michael Desormeaux says the team is treating this game like a playoff game…
Cut 19 (13) “…want to do.”
Cajuns quarterback Ben Woolridge will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, suffered in practice last week. Chandler Fields is back as the starter and he threw for 159 yards and a touchdown against Florida State last Saturday.

Northwestern State announces Brad Laird will be back as head coach of the Demons football program this season. Northwestern went four and two in the Southland this year, the first time they finished league play with a winning record since 2010.

Big upset in the World Cup today as Saudi Arabi defeated Argentina.

11:30 LRN Newscast

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says he’ll run a poll next month and then announce on January 10th if he’ll run for governor. Attorney General Jeff Landry is running and already has the endorsement of the Louisiana Republican Party and Senator John Kennedy will make a decision soon. Nungesser says he plans to meet with Kennedy…
cut 14 (09) “…plans are”
Senator Bill Cassidy announced last week he’s not running.

If you are cooking a turkey for Thanskgiving, remember to allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey if refrigerator thawing. USDA specialist Kenneth King says for those using cold water to thaw their bird, it will take 30 minutes of thawing per pound of turkey and thaw the turkey breast side down and change the water every 30 minutes…
cut 10 (05) “…after thawing”

Flu-like illnesses in Louisiana are at a five-year high according to the C-D-C. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease expert Doctor Fred Lopez says two-thirds of flu activity is occurring in people younger than 25 years of age. So Lopez advises staying home if sick, washing hands frequently, and getting the flu vaccine…
Cut 11 (09) “…hospitalization.”
Lopez says health officials are concerned about influenza spreading even more with people getting together for Thanksgiving.

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 and we were not in a drought then.

10:30 LRN Newscast

The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu-like illness is at a five-year high. Kace Keischnick has the story…
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Kace Kieschnick”

Sad story out of 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.

This Thanksgiving the National Wildlife Federation wants you to know wild turkeys were almost wiped out. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says after World War Two Louisiana’s population was down to just 15-hundred wild birds. Wildlife Federation Scientist John Kanter says it wasn’t easy to bring them back.
Cut 4 (10) “…weren’t surviving. ”
Kanter says when breeders started separating members of turkey flocks to reduce the fighting the populations grew and now nationally the population for wild turkeys has exceeded seven million.

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’s a tip for cooks to follow when it comes to thawing…
cut 9 (07) “…of turkey”
So if you have a ten-pound turkey, you should have started thawing it this morning in the refrigerator.

9:30 LRN Newscast

As the holiday season begins the flu bug is making the rounds. According to the CDC, flu-like illnesses are at a five-year high. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease expert Doctor Fred Lopez says many people have a decreased immunity against the flu.
Cut 10 (08) “…against the flu”
Lopez says two-thirds of flu activity is occurring in people young than 25 years of age.

Here’s an update on Next year’s governors’ race, US Senator John Kennedy says he’s highly considering it. Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s not running, and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says he will conduct a poll next month and announce his decision in January.
Cut 13 (06) “…of the year.”
The 63-year-old Nungesser has seved as Lt. Governor since 2016 and is also the former president of Plaquemines Parish.

Click It Or Ticket is underway for those traveling on Louisiana roadways. Whitney Thomas has more.
Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Whitney Thomas.”

Opelousas attorney and former state senator Elbert Guillory is facing a first-offense DWI charge. State Police say he received the charge after he was involved in a minor crash over the weekend where he exchanged information with the over vehicle involved in the wreck. Troopers tracked down Guillory’s vehicle after the wreck and he refused to submit a breath test.

8:30 LRN Newscast

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says he’ll run a poll next month and then announce on January 10th if he’ll run for governor. Attorney General Jeff Landry is running and already has the endorsement of the Louisiana Republican Party and Senator John Kennedy will make a decision soon. Nungesser says he plans to meet with Kennedy…
cut 14 (09) “…plans are”
Senator Bill Cassidy announced last week he’s not running.

According to the C-D-C, flu-like illnesses are at a five-year-high in Louisiana, which is well above the national average. LSU Infectious Disease Expert Doctor Fred Lopez says the flu bug is not the only virus going around…
cut 12 (08) “….COVID still”
Lopez is concerned about viruses spreading even more with people getting together for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Law enforcement is paying close attention to whether everyone inside a vehicle is buckled up as part of a Click It or Ticket it campaign. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period, 18 people lost their lives on Louisiana roadways. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says it was the second deadliest holiday period of 2021.
Cut 8 (09) “…properly wearing it.”
Louisiana law says everyone in the vehicle including the backseat must be properly restrained.

Many of us will be enjoying turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Did you know that the wild turkey population was nearly wiped out. After World War Two, Louisiana’s wild turkey population was down to just 15-hundred, now the population has reached seven million nationally. National Wildlife Federation Senior Scientist John Kanter says Louisiana has a limited wild turkey hunting season…
cut 6 (06) “…do so”

7:30 LRN Newscast

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says he’ll make an announcement in early January on whether he’ll run for Governor….
Cut 3 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

The Louisiana National Guard has fired the commander of its 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. An investigation determined Colonel Scott Desormeaux sent inappropriate text messages to other service members. The Army Times reports Desormeaux presided over the 256th’s 2020-21 deployment to Iraq and Syria.

Flu-like illnesses in Louisiana are at a five-year high according to the C-D-C. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease expert Doctor Fred Lopez says two-thirds of flu activity is occurring in people young than 25 years of age. So Lopez advises staying home if sick, washing hands frequently, and getting the flu vaccine…
Cut 11 (09) “…hospitalization.”
Lopez says health officials are concerned about influenza spreading even more with people getting together for Thanksgiving.

Law enforcement has a Click It or Ticket It campaign to coincide with a busy travel week for Thanksgiving. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says they will also be making sure kids are restrained properly, especially small ones who should be in a car seat. Lambert says it might be cold outside, but children wearing heavy coats in car seats is not a good match…
cut 9 (11) “…your seatbelt”
The first fine for not wearing a seatbelt is 50-dollars, subsequent fine is 75-dollars.

6:45 LRN Sportscast

The SEC West Champion Tigers will close out the regular season Saturday in College Station. Coach Brian Kelly has led the Bayou Bengals to a 9-2 record with a chance at the College Football Playoffs in his first season. Kelly, who said he came to the SEC for the chance to win a national championship, says the conference lived up to his expectations…
Cut 16 (12) “…lived up to that.”
LSU will visit Texas A-and-M on Saturday at 6 PM. The Aggies, who entered the season ranked sixth in the A-P Top poll, are 4-and-7 on the year and have failed to score more than 30 points against a Power five opponent.

The Saints won their 400th game in franchise history on Sunday when they defeated the Rams 27-20. Now its on to San Francisco. The 49ers rolled past the Cardinals 38-10 last night in Mexico City. San Fran has won three in a row and they are 6-and-4 on the season.

For the second time this season, the Warriors visited New Orleans and rested their top guys and the Pelicans took advantage. New Orleans easily won last night 128-83. The 45-point margin was the second largest in franchise history as the Pels closed out a six-game homestand with a four and two record. Zion Williamson returned after missing three games with a foot injury to score nine points in 23 minutes. Coach Willie Green on how Zion looked….
cut 28 (16) “…he’ll be fine”
Brandon Ingram led the way with 34 points.

Forward K-J Williams had a season-high 33 points as LSU easily defeated Illinois State 77-61 in the Cayman Islands on Monday. The Tigers face Akron today at 2:30.

Louisiana Tech downed ULM 79-58. Isaiah Crawford had 17 points for the bulldogs.

6:30 LRN Newscast

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, a potential candidate for governor next year, has some strong words for the leaders of the Louisiana Republican Party. Nungesser says state party chair Louis Gurvich should resign for already endorsing Jeff Landry in next year’s governor’s race…
cut 15 (10) “…should resign”
Nungesser says he’ll announce a decision on whether he’ll run by January 10th.

Law enforcement officers are ready to pass out fines for those not wearing their seatbelts during “Click It or Ticket” during the Thanksgiving traveling period. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says the campaign wraps up Sunday.
Cut 7 (08) “…fifty dollar fine.”
Lambert says during last year’s Thanksgiving week, 18 people lost their lives on Louisiana roadways.

The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu-like illness is at a five-year high. Kace Keischnick has the story…
Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Kace Kieschnick”

Visitation will begin Sunday for former First Gentleman of Louisiana and longtime U-L Lafayette administrator Raymond Coach Blanco. The funeral is set for Monday.

AM LRN Newscall Nov 21

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

Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Whitney Thomas.”

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The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu-like illness is at a five-year high. Kace Keischnick has the story…

Cut 2 (30) “…I’m Kace Kieschnick”

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Besides Attorney General, Jeff Landry who’s announced he’s running for governor others like Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser are still highly considering it. Brooke Thorington

Cut 3 (30) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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This Thanksgiving the National Wildlife Federation wants you to know wild turkeys were almost wiped out. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says after WW2 Louisiana’s population was down to just 1500 wild birds. The Wildlife Federation says the national population was once two percent of its former numbers. The Wildlife Federation’s John Kanter says it wasn’t easy to bring them back.

Cut 4 (10)  “…weren’t surviving. ”

Kanter says when breeders started separating members of turkey flocks to reduce the fighting the populations grew.

Cut 5 (12) “…former range.”

Kanter says nationally the population has reached 7 million birds. He says Louisiana doesn’t track the total population but reports it is declining. Louisiana does have a limited wild turkey hunting season. He estimates about 20 thousand Louisiana hunters hunt the birds.

Cut 6 (06)  “…can do so.” 

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Law enforcement officers are ready to pass out fines for those not wearing their seatbelts during “Click It or Ticket” during the Thanksgiving traveling period. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says the campaign began over the weekend and wraps up Sunday.

Cut 7 (08) “…fifty dollar fine.”

Last year during the holiday period, which begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving and ends on Sunday after the holiday, 18 people lost their lives on Louisiana roadways. Lambert says it was the second deadliest holiday period of 2021.

Cut 8 (09)  “…properly wearing it.”

Louisiana law says everyone in the vehicle including the backseat must be properly restrained.

And with it being colder than usual this Thanksgiving Lambert says to be sure to buckle up children in their car seats without a thick coat on.

Cut 9 (11)  “…your seatbelt.”

The first fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $50 and a subsequent fine is $75.

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As the holiday season gets underway Thursday the flu bug is making the rounds. Based on the latest CDC data, flu-like illnesses are at a five-year high. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease expert Doctor Fred Lopez says many people have a decreased immunity against the flu.

Cut 10 (08) “…against the flu” 

Lopez says the current strain is hitting younger age groups hard. He says two-thirds of flu activity is occurring in people young than 25 years of age. So Lopez advises staying home when sick, washing hands frequently, and getting the flu vaccine…

Cut  11 (09)   “…hospitalization.” 

Lopez says health officials are concerned about influenza spreading even more with people getting together for Thanksgiving this weekend. And he says the flu bug is not the only virus going around

Cut 12 (08) “…COVID still.”

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So far Attorney General Jeff Landry has formally announced his candidacy for governor and US Senator John Kennedy says he’s highly considering it. Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s not running, and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says he’s going to conduct polling next month and announce his decision in January.

Cut 13 (06) “…of the year.”

The 63-year-old New Orleans native has served as Lt. Governor since 2016 and is also the former President of Plaquemines Parish. When asked if he would run against fellow Republican John Kennedy, Nungesser says he plans to talk to him first.

Cut 14 (09)  “…plans are.”

The state GOP formally announced their endorsement of Landry earlier this month and Nungesser called for LAGOP chairman Louis Gurvich and others to resign. Nungesser who he says his own father helped build in the state party, says he’s disgusted over how the party has evolved.

Cut 15 (10)  “…should resign.”

Nungesser says he plans to announce his intentions by January 10th.

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The SEC West Champion Tigers will close out the regular season Saturday in College Station. Coach Brian Kelly has led the Bayou Bengals to a 9-2 record with a chance at the College Football Playoffs in his first season. Kelly, who said he came to the SEC for the chance to win a national championship, says the conference lived up to his expectations…

Cut  16 (12)  “…lived up to that.”

The Tigers have struggled against an off-the-field opponent the last couple of weeks as the flu has swept through the team. Despite the sickness, many players still try to see the field and freshman phenom Harold Perkins had his breakout game with the illness. Wide Receiver Kayshon Boutte tried to play Saturday night while sick but wasn’t able to go. Kelly says the team has been fortunate so far…

Cut 17 (15) “…play for us.”

The Tigers prepare for rivalry week against Texas A&M. The Aggies were ranked sixth in the preseason polls and boasted the top recruiting class in the country, but have had a disappointing 2022 season going 1-6 in conference play so far. Kelly says the team is very talented but inexperienced…

Cut 18 (19) “…all together.” 

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UL-Lafayette will visit Texas State after their 49-17 loss to FSU last weekend. The Cajuns will need to win their final game of the season for bowl eligibility. Head Coach Michael Desormeaux says the team is treating this game like a playoff game…

Cut 19 (13) “…want to do.”

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

Cut 20 (17) “…to him.”

 

5:30 LRN Newscast Nov 21

Authorities have identified 31-year-old Ruben Ernesto Dorado of Miami as the man who stabbed DOTD worker Darrell Guillory Sunday along I-10 near Port Allen. Guillory was a Motorist Assistance Patrol worker and DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says they perform services to assist stranded motorists.

Cut 5 (09) “…very seriously

The husband of former governor Kathleen Blanco, Raymond “Coach” Blanco, has passed away at the age of 87. Coach Blanco was the vice president of student affairs at ULL for decades. Current school president, Doctor Joe Savoie says there are hundreds of stories about his larger-than-life exuberance…

Cut 7 (12)  “…unique individual”

According to Gas-Buddy-dot-com, gas prices are falling as we approach one of the busiest travel weekends of the year…

Cut 12 (07) “…for Thanksgiving.” 

Gas-buddy-dot-com petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says the statewide average is $3.10 for a gallon of regular gasoline.

 

When you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road or behind you, AAA says Slow Down and Move Over. Spokesperson Don Redman says it’s the law and could cost you $200 in Louisiana. And it’s not just emergency responders who are injured as a result.

Cut 10 (11) “…distracted.” 

Since 2015, 16-hundred people have been struck or killed in the US while outside of a disabled vehicle.