LRN PM Newscall May 17

Louisiana marks another all-time high at the gas pump today. BrookeThorington has more.

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The House Education Committee soundly defeated a bill that would dictate how race should be incorporated into the teaching of history. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Louisiana House approves legislation requiring electric and hybrid owners paying an annual road usage fee. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg says the state’s 20-cent per gallon gasoline tax pays for highway upkeep and improvement and she wants to make sure E-V and hybrid vehicle owners pay their fair share…

Cut 3 (07) “….that privilege”

Freiberg’s bill would charge EV owners 110-dollars annually and hybrid owners 60-dollars annually.

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Hybrid and EV owners would be asked to report they own these types of vehicles on their state income tax returns. The House approved the legislation 82-13 and it will also take two-thirds approval to pass the Senate, since it’s a fee.

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The average price for regular gasoline in Louisiana hits an all-time high at $4.19 a gallon today, surpassing the previous record of $4.16 set in March.  Triple-A fuel analyst Don Redman says gas prices have increased 33-cents in the last month and are way up over last year.

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In addition to gas prices, the average price for diesel is up to $5.21 a gallon in Louisiana. Redman says that’s about $2.33 higher than this time last year. He says diesel prices will also be felt by consumers at grocery stores, retail stores, etc.

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And while Triple-A predicted a robust travel season this year due to pent-up demand as pandemic restrictions are relaxed, Redman says however their forecast might have to be altered due to prices at the pump. He says Memorial Day Weekend travel is still expected to be high.

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Redman says driving the speed limit and making sure your tires are properly inflated will help make your vehicle more fuel-efficient.

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Today the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. Dr. Mark Kline, the Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans says this is something he’s been waiting for…

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Unfortunately, says Dr. Kline, a large number of children in the state are ineligible for the booster since an overwhelming number of kids in the five to 11 age group haven’t been vaccinated at all. Nationally, just under 30 percent of children have received the vaccine, and in Louisiana, the numbers are much lower…

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Kline emphasizes that millions of children have taken the vaccine without any major side effects and with case numbers once again on the rise, this is as good a time as there’s ever been to vaccinate your child.

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Between 0.1 and 1.5 percent of child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.   

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The House Education Committee killed a bill from its former chairman Ray Garofalo who was trying to pass legislation on how race should be taught in public schools. Garofalo says he’s trying to keep politics out of the teaching of history

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Garofalo says his bill would prevent teachers from telling students that any race is more superior or inferior. He says there is indoctrination going on in schools and Homer Representative Patrick Jefferson says show me the evidence……

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Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg says it would be impossible to enforce this legislation

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The bill was deferred by the committee without objection.

2:30 LRN Newscast May 17

We start with gasoline prices. The statewide average cost of regular gas is now at $4.19-a-gallon; surpassing the record $4.16 set in March. Louisiana AAA’s Don Redman says that’s up 33-cents in one month, and $1.50 more from a year ago. He says Memorial Day travel was expected to be robust, but this recent price jump MIGHT make some rethink that…:

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The Federal Food & Drug Administration authorizes COVID booster shots for kids between 5 and 11. Children’s Hospital New Orleans CMO Dr. Mark Kline says just under 30-percent of Louisiana kids are fully vaxxed, and it’s a good time to consider taking them in for another shot…:

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COVID shots are still free and available everywhere.

 

A West Monroe couple are accused of contractor fraud, for allegedly taking on a flooring job and then failing to ever finish it. 43-year-old Shawn Ledoux and wife Leigh Ledoux – age 40 – reportedly took $19-k for a $30-k job and quit showing up. They’ve been booked and released on bonds of $40-k each.

At the Capitol, a House committee kills an anti-Critical Race Theory bill. More from Jeff Palermo…:

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1:30 LRN Newscast May 17

The House Education Committee killed a bill from its former chairman Ray Garofalo who was trying to pass legislation on how race should be taught in public schools. Garofalo says he’s trying to keep politics out of the teaching of history
Cut 11 (09) “…informed decision”
Garofalo says his bill would prevent teachers from telling students that any race is more superior or inferior. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg says it would be impossible to enforce this legislation
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The bill was deferred by the committee without objection.

The Louisiana Senate is poised to make an unprecedented financial commitment to improving the state’s infrastructure. David Grubb has the story…
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Louisiana set a new record at the pump today, $4.19 for a gallon of regular gasoline, breaking the old mark of 4.16 set in March. Triple-A spokesperson Don Redman says the average price for diesel is $5.21 a gallon and consumers are feeling the pain…
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12:30 LRN Newscast May 17

Louisiana sets another all-time high at the gas pump today. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The House Civil Law Committee approves legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against a person based on certain hairstyles. New Orleans Representative Candace Newell is the author of the bill and says it’s not just African Americans who could be victims of hair discrimination…

Cut 14 (12) “…dreadlocks” (2x)

Today the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. Unfortunately, Dr. Mark Kline, the Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans says a large number of children in the state are ineligible for the booster since an overwhelming number of kids in the five to 11 age group haven’t been vaccinated at all. Nationally, just under 30 percent of children have received the vaccine, and in Louisiana, the numbers are much lower…

Cut 9 (09) “…primary series.”

11:30 LRN Newscast

The average price for regular gasoline in Louisiana hits an all-time high at $4.19 a gallon today, surpassing the previous record of $4.16 set in March. Triple-A fuel analyst Don Redman says gas prices have increased 33-cents in the last month and are way up over last year.
Cut 5 (11) “…the pinch.”
In addition to gas prices, the average price for diesel is up to $5.21 a gallon in Louisiana.

The state has a 20-cent gasoline tax that helps pay for bridge and road improvements, but lawmakers believe hybrid and electric vehicle owners are not paying their fair share. That’s why the Louisiana House has approved a bill that would charge EV owners 110-dollars annually and hybrid owners a 60-dollar road usage fee…
cut 4 (09) “….it yet”
The House approved the legislation 82-13 and it will also take two-thirds approval to pass the Senate, since it’s a fee.

The budget bill contains 300-million dollars for a new Mississippi River Bridge, 100-million dollars to replace the Lake Charles Bridge, and 100-million dollars for extending I-49 South to New Orleans. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says there’s also 150-million dollars for preservation…
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The full Senate is expected to vote on the budget later this week.

Today the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. Dr. Mark Kline, the Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans says this is something he’s been waiting for…
cut 8 (13) “…protective range.”
But Kline says only 10-percent of children between five and eleven have received the two-shot COVID vaccine series.

11:40 LRN Sportscast May 17

LSU baseball hosts Northwestern State in its home finale tonight ahead of a regular season-ending series with Vanderbilt. The sweep by Ole Miss last weekend has LSU in jeopardy of finishing below .500 in the SEC for the first time since 2011, which was also the last time the Tigers missed the NCAA tournament. Coach Jay Johnson says he doesn’t want the team’s disappointment to carry over into this critical week of ballgames.

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The Tigers and Demons start play at 6:30 pm.

In Lafayette, U-L begins its final homestand of the season with a midweek matchup with Nicholls. The Cajuns try to bounce back after being swept by Texas State, while the Colonels have lost 7 of their last 8. Surging Southern takes on UNO…The Jags have won six of seven. Tulane and Coach Travis Jewett have decided to part ways after five seasons.

Receiver was a definite area of weakness for the Saints last season. With the return of Michael Thomas, the addition of Jarvis Landry, and the drafting of Chris Olave, New Orleans hopes to have surrounded Jameis Winston with the talent to put fear into opposing defenses. Olave says his work ethic pushes him to be the very best, and as a wideout, that starts and ends with catching the ball. Every time.

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The Saints held Rookie Minicamp last weekend, with OTAs set to start next week.

The New Orleans Pelicans have a 99.6 percent chance of getting a top ten selection in tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery. Because the Lakers failed to make the postseason, their pick goes back to the Pels. While the most likely scenarios have the pick falling around the eighth or ninth spots, New Orleans does have a 26 percent chance of getting a selection in the top four. And in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston takes on Miami.

10:30 LRN Newscast May 17

The Louisiana House approves legislation requiring electric and hybrid owners paying an annual road usage fee. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg says the state’s 20-cent per gallon gasoline tax pays for highway upkeep and improvement and she wants to make sure E-V and hybrid vehicle owners pay their fair share…

Cut 3 (07) “….that privilege”

Freiberg’s bill would charge EV owners 110-dollars annually and hybrid owners 60-dollars annually.

It isn’t the $500-million that Governor John Bel Edwards wanted, but the budget bill headed to the Senate floor this week includes $300-million in seed money for a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the money will be used to draw down federal money….

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An effort to phase out a temporary sales tax, set to expire in 2025, is dead for the legislative session. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala’s bill proposed to begin reducing the temporary sales tax next year. Norco Senator Gary Smith is concerned it will produce budget deficits for the 2024 administration.

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The .45-percent sales tax generates about 400-million dollars annually.

House Civil Law approves legislation to make it illegal to discriminate against a person based on certain hairstyles. The measure passed on an eight to six vote as two Republicans joined Democrats voting in favor. Abita Springs Republican Larry Frieman says the bill leaves it open-ended on what hairstyles would be protected under this proposed law.

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9:30 LRN Newscast May 17

An effort to begin phasing out a temporary sales tax that is set to expire in 2025 is dead for the legislative session. The .45-percent sales generates about 400-million dollars in tax revenue for the state and Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau says the state can use that money on major projects…

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The consumer price index for the month of April rose to 8.3-percent, another forty-year high. Economist Loren Scott says however it’s not all doom and gloom, he says predictions from Well Fargo Economics Department and USA Consensus Forecast indicate things should improve.

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The budget headed to the Senate floor for approval Thursday includes $300-million for a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the dedication makes getting additional dollars from private sources a real possibility, which could speed up both the financing and completion of bridges.

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The House Civil Law Committee approves legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against a person based on certain hairstyles. That would include afros, dreadlocks, braids and other styles of cultural significance. New Orleans Representative Candace Newell is the author of the bill

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8:30 LRN Newscast

The Louisiana Senate is poised to make an unprecedented financial commitment to improving the state’s infrastructure…
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has canceled its annual conference scheduled to take place in New Orleans in April 2023 because of the Louisiana Legislature’s anti-abortion views. Four-thousand people attended the conference in San Diego last month. The group says it will hold its annual conference in a state whose legislative climate is consistent with its values.

The House Civil Law Committee approves a bill that would ban hair discrimination. The legislation is to prohibit employers from not hiring or firing a person based on a natural, protective or cultural hairstyle, which would include afros, locs, braids, and other styles. New Orleans Representative Candace Newell says it’s not just Blacks who could be victims of hair discrimination…
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The bill heads to the House floor for more discussion.

The consumer price index for April rose to eight-point-three percent, another 40 year high. Economist Loren Scott says the inflation rate has hovered around the 8% mark for a few months and it’s tough for those on fixed incomes….
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7:30 LRN Newscast

Louisiana has set a new record high for gas prices as the statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline has reached $4.19. That’s according to Triple-A. The price at the pump increased nearly five cents from yesterday and it’s up 15-cents in the last week and 33-cents over the last month.

According to the Consumer Price Index, the inflation rate for April was 8.3-percent. Brooke Thorington has more from a local economist.
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Legislation to begin the phase-out of a temporary sales tax has been killed by the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. The sales tax is set to expire in 2025, but Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala’s bill would begin phasing out the tax in 2023. The tax generates 400-million dollars in revenue annually and Norco Senator Gary Smith says Bacala’s proposal will actually cause more financial problems…
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The budget bill contains 300-million dollars for a new Mississippi River Bridge, 100-million dollars to replace the Lake Charles Bridge, and 100-million dollars for extending I-49 South to New Orleans. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says there’s also 150-million dollars for preservation…
cut 12 (06) “…across the state”
The full Senate is expected to vote on the budget later this week.