AM LRN Newscall July 12

Louisiana State Parks is celebrating 90 years with free admission on Saturday, July 13th. Mel Bridges has more.

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The Louisiana Department of Health is advising the public to stay safe during dangerous heat. Mel Bridges has more.

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A Metairie youth pastor believes Louisiana should become an independent nation and no longer regulated by the Federal government. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana State Parks are celebrating their 90-year anniversary with free day-use admission to all Louisiana state parks and historic sites on Saturday, July 13. Assistant Secretary of State Parks Brandon Burris says waving the day-use fee will help…

Cut 4 (08) “…past 90 years.”

The State Parks Commission of Louisiana was created in 1934 and originally oversaw three state parks that totaled 298 acres. Today, they operate 21 state parks, 14 historic sites, and a preservation area that totals 45,000 acres. Throughout the years, Burris says, their mission statement has remained the same…

Cut 5 (10) “…to the public.”

Louisiana State Parks have playgrounds, disc golf, and even aquarium exhibits as well as hiking, fishing, and camping, including pet-friendly cabins. In fact, Burris says, Louisianians may not know the true draw of a park that could be just a short drive away.

Cut 6 (11) “…at those sites.”

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As heat advisories and excessive heat warnings pile up across the state, so do heat-related illnesses. Surgeon General Dr. Ralph Abraham says there are several easy measures you can take to prevent dehydration, heatstroke, and other heat-related illnesses.

Cut 7 (05) “…outdoor activity.”

Abraham says the best thing you can do to beat the heat is to stay inside and stay hydrated. He recommends that you start drinking water or low-sugar sports drinks as soon as you wake up. If you have to go outside for some time, Abraham recommends you…

Cut 8 (11) “…help a lot, too.”

Symptoms of heat illness include cold, clammy skin, excessive sweating, exhaustion, headaches and fainting. Abraham says athletes and those who work outside are especially prone to heatstroke, and he urges people to check in on those who might have trouble taking care of themselves.

Cut 9 (06)  “…grandmas, grandpas, whoever.

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State Treasurer John Fleming has been overseeing the state coffers for six months now and says in that short time his small office, with a staff of 71 people, has produced some impressive results. For example, in January he says the Unclaimed Property Division had a backlog of 2,500 claims.

Cut 10 (04) “…to 500.”

Last month the office mailed out almost 28,000 checks of unclaimed property totaling $5.1 million. Fleming credits a data match of addresses with the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Fleming says he also served as lead on a movement to block an overtake of ExxonMobil by a group that was working with the retirement system for California state employees.

Cut 11 (11) “…annual revenue.”

During the legislative session, Fleming says he helped defeat a bill that would have stripped away oversite power that protects cities from getting into financial trouble with too much debt. And Fleming worked with Bossier City Representative Raymond Crews to have silver and gold declared as legal tender in Louisiana.

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Metairie youth pastor Larkin Jackson launches Free Louisiana, an organization dedicated to the goal of the Bayou State becoming an independent country. He says Louisiana is constantly ranked at the bottom compared to other states and the federal government is to blame.

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He says Louisiana should be independent of states like California and New York.

In his job as a youth pastor at Southshore Baptist, Jackson says he wants to ensure young people continue to have the freedoms he had growing up, like the freedom of speech and the freedom to preach the gospel.

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Jackson says the values of the east coast and the west coast are sinking into middle America and he wants to stand against that.

He believes as an independent nation, Louisiana can secure freedom of religion and he fully supports the state law requiring public school classrooms to post the Ten Commandments.

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Since launching the website FreeLouisiana.org on Thursday, he says he’s gotten positive feedback.

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6:45 LRN Sportscast July 12

Former LSU Pitcher Paul Skenes threw a no-hitter through seven innings in the Pirates 1-0 win over the first-place Brewers yesterday. Skenes struck out 11 with 99 pitches matching his career high set in his first road start against the Cubs May 17 which was another no-hit outing. Skenes joins Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with multiple 6-plus inning outings with zero hits and 11 or more strikeouts in one season. The start was Skenes’s eighth straight with at least 7 strikeouts, the longest such streak in Pirates history. The MLB All-Star Game is set for July 16 as Skenes strengthens his campaign to receive a starting spot. His 11 starts this season would tie the fewest in a career entering an All-Star start.

The Pelicans will tip-off Summer League play today in Las Vegas against the Timberwolves. All 30 NBA teams will play four games over the next 8 days with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. New Orleans summer league roster is headlined by last year’s 14th overall pick Jordan Hawkins and this year’s additions, Baylor center Yves Missi and Kentucky guard Antonio Reeves. They’ll take on Minnesota and eighth-overall pick Rob Dillingham at 4:00.

LSU announced upgrades coming to Death Valley today as part of their 100 Years of Tiger Stadium celebration. The school will add new video boards in the north end zone and corners of the south endzone with the northern board set to be double the size of its predecessor. It will be flanked by two new speaker towers, and 11 new LED ribbon boards have been added around the stadium with LED lights also installed in the Chute and field tunnels. LSU also launched the Give 100 campaign where fans receive commemorative items with a contribution to Bayou traditions, the Official Collective of LSU Athletics. The full 100th anniversary celebration will take place October 12th when the Tigers host Ole Miss. Until then, fans can relive the greatest moments in Tiger Stadium history at LSUsports.net/tigerstadium100.

Former LSU safety Jamal Adams agreed on a deal with the Titans. The seven-year vet and former all-pro and pro bowler was the sixth overall pick by the Jets in 2017 and spent the last five seasons in Seattle. the 28-year-old had an NFL record 9.5 sacks as a safety in his debut season with the Seahawks but has struggled with injuries and setbacks since then.

6:30 AM Newscast July 12

The mother of the 1-year-old who survived two days in a ditch along I-10 and the 4-year-old found dead in water behind the Vinton Welcome Center, now faces charges of murder and child cruelty.  Aaliyah Jack, 25, of Lake Charles faces two charges of failure to report a missing child, along with a count of second-degree murder and a count of cruelty to a juvenile. Her 4-year-old son, Legend, was found dead Monday, then Tuesday morning a truck driver spotted her 1-year-old son, Kingtrail, climbing out of a ditch. Jack is held in Mississippi on a $9.1 million bond. She is fighting extradition to Louisiana.

As heat advisories and excessive heat warnings pile up across the state, so do heat-related illnesses. Surgeon General Dr. Ralph Abraham says there are several easy measures you can take to prevent dehydration, heatstroke, and other heat-related illnesses.

Cut 7 (05) “…outdoor activity.”

A Metairie youth pastor believes Louisiana should become an independent nation and no longer regulated by the Federal government. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 3 (28) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

Louisiana State Parks are celebrating their 90-year anniversary with free day-use admission to all Louisiana state parks and historic sites on Saturday, July 13. Assistant Secretary of State Parks Brandon Burris says waving the day-use fee will help…

Cut 4 (08) “…past 90 years.”

5:30 PM Newscast July 11

The mother of the 1-year-old who survived two days in a ditch along I-10 and the 4-year-old found dead in water behind the Vinton Welcome Center, now faces charges of murder and child cruelty.  Aaliyah Jack, 25, of Lake Charles faces two charges of failure to report a missing child, along with a count of second-degree murder and a count of cruelty to a juvenile. Her 4-year-old son, Legend, was found dead Monday, then Tuesday morning a truck driver spotted her 1-year-old son, Kingtrail, nicknamed Miracle Baby by Calcasieu Sheriff. Jack is held in Mississippi on a $9.1 million bond. She is fighting extradition to Louisiana.

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is joining the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent voter fraud and ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists. Joel Watson with Louisiana’s office…

Cut 8 (08)  “…this year.”

In Shreveport, the National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl and sixteen of the 19 tornadoes impacted northwest Louisiana. Sean Richardson has more.

Cut 1 (31) …I’m Sean Richardson.”

Forty-two Louisiana restaurants made Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards for 2024. Awards in three categories are given to restaurants with a wide, unique selection of wine. The wine selection must also pair well with the restaurant’s cuisine and appeal to all wine lovers. 3,700 restaurants across the globe earned awards. Twenty-seven of them in New Orleans, up from twenty-2 last year, six in Baton Rouge, two in Lafayette, one in Shreveport and one in Bossier City.

4:45 LRN Sportscast July 11

LSU announced upgrades coming to Death Valley today as part of their 100 Years of Tiger Stadium celebration. The school will add new video boards in the north end zone and corners of the south endzone with the northern board set to be double the size of its predecessor. It will be flanked by two new speaker towers, and 11 new LED ribbon boards have been added around the stadium with LED lights also installed in the Chute and field tunnels. LSU also launched the Give 100 campaign where fans receive commemorative items with a contribution to Bayou traditions, the Official Collective of LSU Athletics. The full 100th anniversary celebration will take place October 12th when the Tigers host Ole Miss. Until then, fans can relive the greatest moments in Tiger Stadium history at LSUsports.net/tigerstadium100.

Former LSU safety Jamal Adams agreed on a deal with the Titans today. The seven year vet and former all-pro and pro bowler was the sixth overall pick by the Jets in 2017 and spent the last five seasons in Seattle. the 28-year-old had an NFL record 9.5 sacks as a DB in his debut season with the Seahawks but has struggled with injuries and setbacks since then. He’ll reunite with Jets defensive back coach Dennard Wilson who is now the Titans defensive coordinator.

The Pelicans will tip-off Summer League play tomorrow in Las Vegas against the Timberwolves. All 30 NBA teams will play four games over the next 8 days with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. New Orleans summer league roster is headlined by last year’s 14th overall pick Jordan Hawkins and this year’s additions, Baylor center Yves Missi and Kentucky guard Antonio Reeves. They’ll take on Minnesota and eighth overall pick Rob Dillingham at 4:00.

Louisiana Tech Men’s Basketball announced their 2024-25 Conference USA schedule. The 18-game slate will see the bulldogs play every conference opponent twice both home and away. CUSA play tips off January 2 when the Bulldogs visit UTEP and concludes in Ruston March 6 as the Dunkin’ Dogs host New Mexico Sate. The CUSA Basketball Championship will return to Huntsville, Alabama March 11-15.

UL-Lafayette announced Head Coach Mike Desormeaux, o-lineman AJ Gillie, and linebacker K.C. Ossai will represent the Cajuns at Sun Belt Conference Football Media Days. The two-day event will take place July 23rd and 24th in New Orleans at the Marriott Warehouse Arts District. Sun Belt West Division Programs like the Cajuns will participate on Wednesday the 24th.

4:30 PM Newscast July 11

In Lafayette Parish State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy along with Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Bozeman) will tour LSU Ag Center’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel Friday. Cassidy says he looks forward to visiting the facility in St. Gabriel again because…

Cut 11 (13) ” …our state.”

The Farm Bill is up for renewal next year.

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is partnering with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent intentional and unintentional duplication of voter registration lists which could lead to individuals voting in both states. Joel Watson with the Louisiana Secretary of State says voters can be assured the office is taking painstaking measures to ensure their data is safe.

Cut 7 (10) “…data safe.”

 

The National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl. Shreveport National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Berry says sixteen of the 19 tornadoes touched down in northwest Louisiana.

Cut 3 (11) “…onto cars.”

3:30 PM Newscast

The National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes from Hurricane Beryl in the Ark-La-Tex and sixteen of them impacted northwest Louisiana. Shreveport National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Berry says the National Weather Service is surveying impacted areas and he expects the number of confirmed tornadoes to increase.

Cut 5 (09)  “…will end up.”

Friday morning Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy will be joined by Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Bozeman) and tour LSU Ag Center’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel. Cassidy says these kinds of visits are vital when it pertains to the renewal of the Farm Bill. Cassidy says he’s always advocating for continued funding for the USDA Sugar Cane Research Facility in Houma.

Cut 10 (10) “…critical research.”

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent voter fraud and ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists. Joel Watson with the office in Louisiana says this will allow the states to share specific information.

Cut 6 (12) “…(x2) and Louisiana.”

As insurance rates continue to climb, more and more residents are choosing to drop their homeowners’ insurance if they can. CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of Louisiana Ben Albright recommends keeping your home insured, especially in such a disaster-prone state.

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Albright says homeowners’ insurance rates were low before multiple hurricanes hit Louisiana in 2020 and 2021.

2:30 PM Newscast July 11

 

In Livingston Parish a pedestrian is dead, and Louisiana State Police are asking the public for help finding the driver of a pick-up truck who allegedly hit th woman walking on LA 447 near Andrews Road in Livingston Parish. The pickup truck’s driver reportedly did not stop and continued traveling south. The victim, Deasha Doucet, 30, of Denham Springs was then hit by another vehicle, whose driver stopped to help and report the crash. Authorities believe the pickup was a gray or silver full-size Chevrolet pickup

Friday morning Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy will be joined by Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Bozeman) to tour LSU Ag Center’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel. Cassidy says if Republicans gain the majority in the Senate, Boozman will become chair of the Senate Ag Committee.

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In Shreveport, the National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl and sixteen of the 19 tornadoes impacted northwest Louisiana. Sean Richardson has more.

Cut 1 (31) …I’m Sean Richardson.”

 

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is joining the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent voter fraud and ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists. Joel Watson with Louisiana’s office…

Cut 8 (08)  “…this year.”

1:30 PM Newscast July 11

In Lafayette Parish State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (28)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is partnering with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent intentional and unintentional duplication of voter registration lists which could lead to individuals voting in both states. Joel Watson with the Louisiana Secretary of State says voters can be assured the office is taking painstaking measures to ensure their data is safe.

Cut 7 (10) “…data safe.”

The National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl. Shreveport National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Berry says The most severe damage was reported in rural areas, where several homes were destroyed and several people sustained injuries. A 30-year-old woman was killed by an EF 1 tornado that originated in Bossier Parish.

Cut 4 (07) “…single-wide mobile home.”

Forty-two Louisiana restaurants made Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards for 2024. Awards in three categories are given to restaurants with a wide, unique selection of wine. The wine selection must also pair well with the restaurant’s cuisine and appeal to all wine lovers. 3,700 restaurants across the globe earned awards. Twenty-seven of them in New Orleans, up from twenty-2 last year, six in Baton Rouge, two in Lafayette, one in Shreveport and one in Bossier City.

PM LRN Newscall July 11

In Shreveport, the National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl and sixteen of the 19 tornadoes impacted northwest Louisiana. Sean Richardson has more.

Cut 1 (31) …I’m Sean Richardson.”

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In Lafayette Parish State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (28)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that 19 tornadoes in the Ark-La-Tex were a result of Hurricane Beryl. Shreveport National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Berry says sixteen of the 19 tornadoes touched down in northwest Louisiana.

Cut 3 (11) “…onto cars.”

Berry says the tornadoes, ranged from EF0 to EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita (foo-gee-tah) Scale

The most severe damage was reported in rural areas, where several homes were destroyed. Several people sustained injuries and one 30-year-old woman was killed by an EF 1 tornado that originated in Bossier Parish.

Cut 4 (07) “…single-wide mobile home.”

Berry says the National Weather Service has been actively surveying impacted areas and he expects the number of confirmed tornadoes to increase.

Cut 5 (09)  “…will end up.”

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The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to share data to prevent voter fraud and ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists. Joel Watson with the office in Louisiana says this will allow the states to share specific information.

Cut 6 (12) “…(x2) and Louisiana.”

It’s a crime to vote in two states simultaneously.

Watson says voters can be assured the office is taking painstaking measures to ensure their data is safe and secure.

Cut 7 (10) “…data safe.”

Watson says Alabama has memorandums of understanding with other states in sharing voter data to prevent fraud.

Cut 8 (08)  “…this year.”

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Friday morning Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy will be joined by Arkansas Senator John Boozman (Bozeman) and tour LSU Ag Center’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel. Cassidy says if Republicans gain the majority in the Senate, Boozman will become chair of the Senate Ag Committee.

Cut 9 (12) “…going on.”

Cassidy says these kinds of visits are vital when it pertains to the renewal of the Farm Bill. Cassidy says he’s always advocating for continued funding for the USDA Sugar Cane Research Facility in Houma.

Cut 10 (10) “…critical research.”

Cassidy says he looks forward to visiting the facility in St. Gabriel again because…

Cut 11 (13) ” …our state.”

The Farm Bill is up for renewal next year.

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