6:30 LRN Newscast

Governor Jeff Landry laid out his blueprint on how to make Louisiana a safer state as a special session on crime is underway. Brooke Thorington has more…
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Authorities say a suspicious package was sent to Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson’s home church in Benton, which is in Bossier Parish. The package contained white powder and it was non-hazardous.

As Republican Governor Jeff Landry’s special session to focus on crime convenes, the Black Legislative Caucus says they too are also committed to addressing crime, yet they were not involved in drafting legislation. New Orleans Representative Matthew Willard says while the governor refers to victims of crime…
Cut 13 (10) “…communities safer.”
Good government groups are concerned legislators could reverse criminal justice reforms approved in 2017 that reduced the state prison population and used the savings to pay for programs that would cut down on recidivism. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says little evidence exists to show that imprisoning criminals with longer sentences reduces crime….
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AM LRN Newscall Feb 20

It’s the second day of the special session and RESET Louisiana urges lawmakers to make thoughtful decisions on crime instead of backpedaling on reform. Teiko Foxx has more…

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Governor Jeff Landry laid out his blueprint on how to make Louisiana a safer state as a special session on crime is underway. Colleen Crain has the story…

Cut 2 (37)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Louisiana is in the process of answering Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s request for assistance at the southern border. Brooke Thorington explains.

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RESET Louisiana cautions the House and Senate against reversing 2017 criminal justice reforms in the crime special session. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says data shows current reforms that focus on non-violent offenders are working.

Cut 4 (11) “…go away.”

Under former Governor Edwards’ leadership, ten bills aimed at criminal justice reform were passed with bipartisan support that was credited to helping drop Louisiana’s imprisonment rate from one to two in the nation.

Erwin says the concern is that nonviolent offenders can be pulled into the same category as violent offenders in these tough-on-crime policy proposals. He says lawmakers should consider actions proven to work that reduce crime.

Cut 5 (12) “…safety opportunities.” 

During this special session, legislators will consider restricting parole eligibility and restricting and repealing good time earned for inmates.

Erwin says little evidence exists to show that imprisoning criminals with longer sentences reduces crime. He points out that if lawmakers decide to roll back reforms it could cost the state and taxpayers millions.

Cut 6 (13) “…the population.”

RESET Louisiana is a nonpartisan effort led by the Committee of 100, CABL, and PAR.

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Governor Jeff Landry tells the Louisiana Legislature that it’s time to end the criminal-minded element destroying Louisiana. On the opening day of the special session, Landry laid out his agenda for the crime-fighting special session. Early in his speech, he spoke about his desire to restart executions of death row inmates…

Cut 7 (08) “…these families”

Landry supports a bill that would shield from the public the names of drug companies that provide chemicals to carry out a lethal injection. He also wants to expand the methods for executing to include the electric chair and Nitrogen hypoxia.

Landry says he’s heard a lot of criticism from prosecutors, judges, and others about the leniency of sentencing. He says right now up to 70-percent of a sentence may be removed for good time and the good time requires no effort of the inmate to participate in educational, job training or rehabilitation services…

Cut 8 (06) “…for jail.” 

Landry also wants to see lawmakers approve a bill that results in stronger penalties for convicted carjackers. He’s calling for the minimum jail time to increase from two to five years and a minimum of 20 years if the victim is seriously hurt physically. He had this message for a person looking to carjack a vehicle…

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Louisiana has agreed to send National Guard troops to Texas to assist with the southern border. Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Jacques Thibodeaux says they’ve officially received the request from Governor Greg Abbott via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Cut 10 (11) “…moving forward.”

Thibodeaux says Governor Abbott’s emergency request is for military support of 50 soldiers at one time for three 30-day iterations, which is 150 guardsmen over 90 days.

Cut 11 (11) “…general support.” 

In his own law enforcement experience with the US Marshals Office in New Orleans, Thibodeaux says criminal activity often goes together with illegal immigration and an unsecured border presents a terroristic threat. He says helping Texas secure the border is vital to Louisiana and the country.

Cut 12 (06) “…contribute to.” 

Louisiana guardsmen will assist the Lone Star state with security points, roving patrols, and engineering operations along its 1,250 miles of border with Mexico.

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As Republican Governor Jeff Landry’s special session to focus on crime convenes, the House Democratic Caucus says they too are also committed to addressing crime, yet they were not involved in drafting legislation. New Orleans Representative Matthew Willard says while the governor refers to victims of crime…

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Williard says the Democratic Caucus, nor the Black Legislative Caucus were allowed any input in the special session. He says several aspects should be considered to adequately address crime.

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Williard says due to the way the special session was called, lawmakers are not addressing the root causes of crime.

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The session is scheduled to adjourn on March 6th. The regular session will convene on March 11th.

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5:30 LRN Newscast February 19

Louisiana lawmakers began a two-and-a-half-week session today that will once again address a measure that would allow people 18 or older to carry a concealed gun without a permit. New Orleans Democratic Representative Mandie Landry…

Cut 3 (11) “…gun ownership.”  

But with a Republican super majority in the House and Senate and a Republican in the governor’s office, the Landry does not see anything stopping this legislation this year…

Instead of the state participating in the summer EBT program this year, DCFS Secretary David Matlock says the state will provide meals to low income children more…

Cut 6  (06) “…the child.” 

Matlock defended the state’s decision on Jim Engster show Talk Louisiana. The program provided an additional $40 a month per child to help make sure they are getting enough to eat when they aren’t in school.

LSU freshman running back Trey Holly is maintaining his innocence where he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that took place in Farmerville earlier this month. The shooting injured two people. Holly’s attorney Kelvin Rodgers…

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Holly is one of three people charged with attempted second degree murder that left one woman seriously injured and another man wounded.  Rodgers says Holly was at home at the time of the shooting.

State lawmakers have convened a 17-day special session focused on crime issues. Governor Jeff Landry told lawmakers this afternoon that he made a pledge to Louisiana residents on the campaign trail that he would make this a safer state…

Cut 12 (12)  “..that process.”  

So far more than 30 bills have been filed for consideration. They range from execution methods, stronger penalties for carjacking and changes to probation or parole.

4:30PM NEWSCAST

Governor Jeff Landry addresses a joint chamber of the Louisiana House and Senate as the Special Session on crime begins today. He says in 2021, Louisiana had the highest violent crime rate in the nation. And in 2022, three cities were in the top ten for most dangerous in America. He says it’s time to take back our streets…

Cut 13 (14) “…deadly drugs’  

The special session must end on March 6th.

27 states allow concealed carry without a license. A bill to allow Louisianans 18 or older to carry a concealed gun without a permit is up for debate in the special session and Senator Kirk Talbot believes the bill will advance this year with no pushback.

Cut 5 (08) “…pass easily.”

 

In a social media post, suspended LSU running back Trey Holly says he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that injured two others on February 9th. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Department of Child and Family Services Secretary David Matlock says DCFS is facing an internal fiscal cliff of $35 million a year and he’s done with generational poverty. He says the answer to child poverty is educational opportunities along with workforce and job development.

 

Cut 7 (13) “…done with it.”  

3:30 PM Newscast Feb 19

State lawmakers have convened a 17-day special session focused on crime issues. Governor Jeff Landry told lawmakers this afternoon that he made a pledge to Louisiana residents on campaign that he would make this a safer state…

Cut 12 (11)  “..that process.”  

A measure to allow people who are 18 or older to carry a concealed gun without a permit will be discussed in the special session on crime that begins today. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry believes training should be required to carry a gun.

Cut 3 (11) “…gun ownership.”  

In 2021, the bill passed the House and Senate, but Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed the measure.

On Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster this morning, DCFS Secretary David Matlock defends the state’s refusal of Summer EBT dollars that equates to $70 million in federal match from a state investment of $7 million. Matlock says this summer the state will provide 1.8 million more meals than before the pandemic to children in a congregate setting, he says that’s more ideal than adding funds to an EBT card.

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LSU running back Trey Holly has bonded out of jail, He is one of three people charged with attempted second-degree murder. Holly maintains his innocence but has been suspended indefinitely from all LSU football team activities. Holly’s Attorney Kelvin Rodgers says the former Union Parish star running back is cooperating fully with the authorities.

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LRN PM Newscall February 19

Louisiana lawmakers begins a special session on crime today that will tackle a measure that would allow Louisianans 18 or older to own and carry a gun without a permit. Teiko Foxx has more…

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In a social media post, suspended LSU running back Trey Holly says he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that injured two others on February 9th. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A measure to allow people who are 18 or older to carry a concealed gun without a permit will be discussed in the special session on crime that begins today. New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry believes training should be required to carry a gun.

Cut 3 (11) “…gun ownership.”  

In 2021, the bill passed the House and Senate but Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed the measure.

Landry says with a Republican super majority in the House and Senate and a Republican in the governor’s office, the Democratic legislator does not see anything stopping this legislation this year…

Cut 4 (11) “…vetoed it.”

27 states already allow concealed carry without a license. Supporters of the legislation believe this grant the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens.

Senator Kirk Talbot believes the bill will advance this year with no pushback.

Cut 5 (08) “…pass easily.”

Session is set to begin today at 1pm at the State Capital.

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On Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster this morning, DCFS Secretary David Matlock defends the state’s refusal of Summer EBT dollars that equates to $70 million in federal match from a state investment of $7 million. Matlock says this summer the state will provide 1.8 million more meals than before the pandemic to children in a congregate setting, he says that’s more ideal than adding funds to an EBT card.

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He says they need to hire 300 employees and they need a new fleet of vehicles, which are vital for child welfare caseworkers and many of the cars are 20 years old.

Matlock says DCFS is facing an internal fiscal cliff of $35 million a year and he’s done with generational poverty. He says the answer to child poverty is educational opportunities along with workforce and job development.

Cut 7 (13) “…done with it.”  

The seven-million-dollar investment required by the state for the Summer EBT program is administrative costs, that’s split between DCFS and state education.  Matlock says he’s trying to budget dollars for more child welfare caseworkers to meet the department’s main goal.

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The Louisiana Democratic Party issued a statement criticizing the Landry Administration’s rejection of Summer EBT which affects an estimated 594,000 children in the state. Party Chair Katie Bernhardt says it makes no sense to turn down $71 million to feed poor children.

Louisiana is one of 15 other states with Republican governors not accepting Summer EBT federal funding.

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LSU running back Trey Holly, who faces three felony charges, says he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that took place in Farmerville on February ninth that injured two people. Holly released the statement on social media. His attorney Kelvin Rodgers says Holly was at home at the time of the shooting…

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Holly is one of three people charged with attempted second degree murder that left one woman seriously injured and another man wounded.  Rodgers says Holly was at home at the time of the shooting and the shooting occurred outside of his apartment

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Holly has bonded out of jail, but has been suspended indefinitely from all LSU football team activities. Rodgers says the former Union Parish star running back is cooperating fully with the authorities

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In Holly’s social media post, Holly says he looks forward to proving his innocence and one day his story will be legendary.

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State lawmakers have convened a 17-day special session focused on crime issues. Governor Jeff Landry told lawmakers this afternoon that he made a pledge to Louisiana residents on campaign that he would make this a safer state…

Cut 12 (12)  “..that process.”  

So far more than 30 bills have been filed for consideration. They range from execution methods, stronger penalties for carjacking and changes to probation or parole.

Landry says in 2021, Louisiana had the highest violent crime rate in the nation. And in 2022, three cities were in the top ten for most dangerous in America. He says it’s time to take back our streets

Cut 13 (14) “…deadly drugs’  

The special session must end on March 6th.

2:30 PM Newscast Feb 19

Texas has officially requested Border Security help from Louisiana. The request came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a state-to-state assistance program. Governor Jeff Landry approved sending Louisiana National Guard troops to the Southern Border earlier this month and Brig. Gen. Thomas Friloux says, “We’re ready to provide trained and professional Soldiers to assist Texas with protecting the Southern Border of the United States.” Texas request is for 50 personnel  to help with security points, roving patrols, and engineer operations along 1250 miles of border.

LSU running back Trey Holly is one of three people charged with attempted second-degree murder that left one woman seriously injured and another man wounded.  Holly’s attorney Kelvin Rodgers says Holly was at home at the time of the shooting and the shooting occurred outside of his apartment.

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Louisiana lawmakers begin a special session on crime today that will tackle a measure that would allow Louisianans 18 or older to own and carry a gun without a permit. Teiko Foxx has more…

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DCFS Secretary David Matlock defended the state’s refusal of Summer EBT dollars On Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster this morning. The $70 million in federal match would require a seven-million-dollar investment by the state that would be split between DCFS and state education.  Matlock says the seven million would be for administrative costs and he’s trying to budget dollars for more child welfare caseworkers to meet the department’s main goal.

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1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 19

In a social media post, suspended LSU running back Trey Holly says he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that injured two others on February 9th.

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The special session on crime is underway at the state capitol and Governor Jeff Landry will give his opening remarks at 1:45 this afternoon. He’s asking lawmakers to pass 24 pieces of legislation that range from adding additional methods to be used when carrying out the state’s death penalty to increasing the penalties when one commits a carjacking.

A bill to allow those 18 or older to carry a concealed gun without a permit will be debated in the special session. Former Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed the measure in previous sessions and Republican River Ridge Senator Kirk Talbot believes the bill will advance this year without any pushback.

Cut 5 (08) “…pass easily.”

DCFS Secretary David Matlock defends the state’s refusal of Summer EBT dollars that equates to $70 million in federal match from a state investment of $7 million. He says the department faces an internal fiscal cliff of $35 million annually and the answer to child poverty is workforce and job development.

Cut 7 (13) “…done with it.”  

Matlock says the state will feed more children with existing programs, but Louisiana Democrats are criticizing the Landry Administration for refusing to accept more federal funds to feed the poor.

 

12:30 LRN Newscast February 19

State lawmakers begin a two-and-a-half-week session today that will address crime. Legislation approved in 2017 resulted in many 17-year-old offenders going through the juvenile justice system instead of being charged as adults, but Vernon Parish Republican Mike Reese says 17-year-olds have caused problems at the state’s juvenile justice facilities…

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Louisiana lawmakers will once again address a bill that would allow people 18 or older to carry a concealed gun without a permit in the special session  that begins today. New Orleans Democratic Representative Mandie Landry…

Cut 4 (11) “…vetoed it.”

DCFS Secretary Davis Matlock defends the state’s refusal of Summer EBT dollars that equates to $70 million in federal match from a state investment of $7 million. Matlock says this summer the state will provide 1.8 million more meals than before the pandemic to children in a congregate setting, he says that’s more ideal than adding funds to an EBT card.

Cut 6  (06) “…the child.” 

LSU running back Trey Holly, who faces three felony charges, says he’s been falsely accused in a shooting that took place in Farmerville on February ninth that injured two people. Holly released the statement on social media. His attorney Kelvin Rodgers says Holly was at home at the time of the shooting…

Cut 9 (09) “…falsely accused 

Holly is  one of three people charged with attempted second degree murder.

11:40 LRN Sportscast

LSU running back Trey Holly posted on social media on Saturday night that he is 100-percent innocent of the charges that he faces. Holly is one of three people facing an attempted second-degree murder charge for a shooting that injured two others in Farmerville on February ninth. Holly says he was not involved in this shooting.

The LSU baseball team scored 27 runs on 27 hits in a 27-5 win over VMI. The 27 hits ties a 34-year-old school record and 20 of the hits were singles, which is a school record. Freshman second baseman Steven Milam had four hits.

Louisiana Tech is 4-0 after sweeping Northern Colorado. The Cajuns took two of three from Wright, ULM dropped it series with Missouri state. Nicholls outscored Sacred Heart 19 to 12 yesterday, while Northwestern State fell to Southern Illinois 15-11.

The LSU men’s basketball team had its biggest win of the year on Saturday, coming back from 16 points down to defeat 11th ranked South Carolina 64-63. The win snapped a three-game losing streak. Coach Matt McMahon says his team deserved to win…
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After dropping two in a row, Louisiana Tech men’s basketball is on a two-game winning streak after beating FIU 75-68 on Saturday to stay in a first-place tie with Sam Houston in Conference USA. The Bulldogs are back on a winning streak despite missing two starters, because of injuries, Daniel Batcho and Sean Newman. Coach Talvin Hester says he can’t wait to get them back…
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Tech begins a three-game road trip on Thursday when they visit UTEP.