6:45 LRN Sportscast

After getting swept by Ole Miss, LSU baseball returns to the diamond tonight as the Tigers host Northwestern State. Several games have been canceled this week as schools in major conferences are not interested in playing teams who have low RPIs as they jockey for seeding in the NCAA Tournament. But Tigers coach Jay Johnson wants to play….
cut 16 (21) “…gonna do that”
Also tonight the Ragin Cajuns host Nicholls and Southern visits UNO. And Tulane has fired head coach Travis Jewitt. The Green Wave are 10-and-11 in the American Athletic Conference this season.

Rookie wideout Chris Olave got his first “welcome to the NFL” moments this past weekend during the Saints’ rookie mini-camp.
Cut 19 (16) _“…I’m good.”
Olave, who signed a four-year contract worth $19-million was considered one of the top route-runners in this year’s draft.

Former Saints Coach Sean Payton will reportedly work as a studio analyst for Fox this season.

The LSU Tigers have received a verbal pledge from four-star cornerback Daylen Austin out of Long Beach, California. He’s the third defensive back committed to LSU in the 2023 class.

Tonight is the NBA draft lottery and the Pelicans will likely get a top ten pick and there’s a 26-percent chance they can get a top-four pick. It’s L-A’s first-round pick and they sent it to New Orleans as part of the Anthony Davis trade.

6:30 LRN Newscast

The consumer price index for the month of April rose to 8.3-percent, another forty-year high. Economist Loren Scott says each month the Bureau of Labor and Statistics looks at the average price for a basket of goods, for example, gas, a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a month’s rent.
Cut 4 (11) “…the economy.”
Louisiana has set a new record high for gas prices, the statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $4.19 according to Triple-A.

It isn’t the $500-million that Governor John Bel Edwards wanted, but the budget bill headed to the Senate floor for approval 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….
cut 10 (09) “…more dollars”

The House Civil Law Committee approves a bill that would prohibit employers from firing an individual for a certain hairstyle. David Grubb has the story…
Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

LRN AM Newscall May 17

According to the Consumer Price Index, the inflation rate for April was 8.3-percent. Brooke Thorington has more from a local economist.

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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The Louisiana Senate is poised to make an unprecedented financial commitment to improving the state’s infrastructure. David Grubb has the story…

Cut 2 (36) “…I’m David Grubb.” 

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The House Civil Law Committee approves a bill that would prohibit employers from firing an individual for a certain hairstyle. David Grubb has the story…

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.” 

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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 each month the Bureau of Labor and Statistics looks at the average price for a basket of goods, for example, gas, a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a month’s rent.

Cut 4 (11)  “…the economy.”

Scott says the Russian invasion of Ukraine and continued supply chain issues are impacting the inflation rate. The inflation rate has hovered around the 8-percent mark for a few months now and Scott says the lingering question among those with fixed incomes is whether the inflation rate is transitory due to supply chain issues.

Cut 5 (10) “…right now.”

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.

Cut 6 (09)  “…next year.”

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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…

Cut 7 (12) “…make sense.”

Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala’s bill proposed to begin reducing the temporary sales tax in 2023. Bacala says the goal of his legislation is to prevent a sharp drop-off in revenue and a significant budget shortfall. But Norco Senator Gary Smith says Bacala’s proposal will actually cause more financial problems…

Cut 8 (14)  “…than later.”

Smith is concerned Bacala’s bill will produce budget deficits when a new governor and legislature take office in 2024…

Cut 9 (12)  “…are tied.”

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee rejected the House-approved bill.

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It isn’t the $500-million that Governor John Bel Edwards wanted, but the budget bill headed to the Senate floor for approval this Thursday does include $300-million of seed money for a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson is thankful for the unprecedented commitment of funds for a project of this size.

Cut 10 (09) “…more dollars.”

The budget also sets aside $100-million to replace the Lake Charles Bridge. Wilson says that the legislature dedicating funds for the projects makes getting additional dollars from private sources a real possibility, which could speed up both the financing and completion of the bridges.

Cut  11 (12)  “…a traditional environment.”  

In total, the budget bill earmarks more than half a billion dollars for the construction of a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, the extension of I-49 South, and a new Lake Charles bridge, with an additional $150-million set aside for other projects. Wilson says it’s a great starting point.

Cut 12 (11) “…transportation agenda.” 

Wilson says the administration will continue to work with the legislature on securing additional funding to ensure that these critical infrastructure improvements happen.

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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

Cut 13 (11) “…the hair”

Newell says it’s not just African Americans who could be victims of hair discrimination…

Cut 14 (12)  “…dreadlocks” (2x)

Newell says hair color is not part of the bill, so an employer could fire an employee for having blue, purple or green hair.

The measure passed on an eight to six vote as two Republicans joined Democrats on the panel to vote for the legislation. Abita Springs Republican Larry Frieman says the bill leaves it open ended on what hair styles would be protected under this proposed discrimination law

Cut 15 (12)  “…about yet.”

The House Labor Committee defeated a similar bill earlier in the session.

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After a lost weekend for LSU baseball, the Tigers enter the final week of the regular season with plenty of unanswered questions and a tumbling RPI. Monday, Ole Miss canceled its mid-week game against Arkansas St., trying to hold on to the boost it received from sweeping LSU. Tigers coach Jay Johnson says he never considered doing the same against tonight’s opponent, Northwestern State.

Cut 16 (21)  “…gonna do that.”

The series loss to Ole Miss 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. Johnson says he doesn’t want the team’s performance over the weekend to carry over into this critical week of ballgames.

Cut 17 (12) “ …wants to do.” 

The pressure to win in Baton Rouge is always there, and it has only intensified as LSU approaches 13 years since its last national championship. Jay Johnson says he gets it, and he embraces it…otherwise he never would have accepted the job.

Cut 18 (20) “ …would have that.” 

Game time at The Box is set for 6:30 pm.

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Rookie wideout Chris Olave got his first “welcome to the NFL” moments this past weekend during the Saints’ rookie mini-camp. Olave, who signed a four-year contract worth $19-point-two-million just prior to the start of camp, was considered one of the top route-runners in this year’s draft and is expected to step in seamlessly opposite Michael Thomas, who missed all of last season with injury. Olave says he’s ready for whatever the team asks of him.

Cut 19 (16) _“…I’m good.” 

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.

Cut 20 (11) “ …on the ground.” 

5:30 LRN Newscast May 16 Legislative Report

The House Transportation Committee voted Monday for Senate-approved legislation that would result in the installation of speed cameras on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the cameras will track vehicles as they go across the 18-mile bridge and if they arrive in less than 18 minutes the driver was likely speeding.

Cut 6  (04) “…60-mile per hour limit.” 

Supporters of the legislation say cameras would be a better way to catch speeders than actual police officers because the narrow shoulders on the bridge make it unsafe for officers. Rosepine Representative Charles Owen agrees…

Cut 8 (10) “…crazy bridge” 

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 tax 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…

Cut 7 (12) “…make sense.”

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee rejected the House-approved bill.

It isn’t the $500-million that Governor John Bel Edwards wanted, but the budget bill headed to the Senate floor for approval on Thursday does include $300-million of seed money for a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson is thankful for the unprecedented commitment of funds for a project of this size.

Cut 10 (09) “…more dollars.”

 

4:30 LRN Newscast

Legislation that would result in cameras to catch speeders on the I-10 Atachalfalya Basin Bridge between Baton Rouge and Lafayette continues to cruise through the legislative process. Jeff Palermo has the story…
Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

The Senate Finance Committee approved the Senate’s version of a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July. The budget proposal contains a 15-hundred dollar raise for teachers, 300-million dollars for a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, an additional 100-million for I-49 South, and another 100-million for a new Lake Charles bridge.

Dan Wallis takes over as Louisiana’s new State Fire Marshal today. Wallis served as the fire chief in Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish for 28 years. Wallis says he plans to address the growing decline of first responders and how to keep them in the profession…
cut 13 (12) “…safety family”
Wallis takes over for Butch Browning, who is the new executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

Former Saints Quarterback Drew Brees caused a stir yesterday when he said in a social media post he’s undecided what he’ll do next after it was reported he would not return to NBC as a football analyst. Brees said he may play football again. Saints Coach Dennis Allen was asked about Brees’ tweet today…
cut 10 (10) “…for sure”
Allen says he has not talked to Brees’ about a possible comeback and there are many who say Brees is not serious about returning to football.

4:45 LRN Sportscast May 16

LSU will try to bounce back from a rough, three-game sweep at the hands of Ole Miss on Tuesday in their home finale, a midweek matchup with Northwestern State. Coach Jay Johnson says the Tigers need to put the Rebels behind them if they want a chance at what’s still ahead.

Cut 22 (6) “…this weekend.

LSU travels to Nashville this weekend to close the SEC regular-season slate with three games against Vanderbilt. The Commodores have taken series on the road at Georgia and Arkansas the last two weekends. Losing the series would give LSU its first below-.500 finish in the SEC since 2011, the last time the Tigers missed the NCAA tournament.

The NCAA softball bracket has LSU going on the road for the first time since 2014. The Tigers will be the second seed in the Tempe Regional where they will open against San Diego State this Friday. U-L is headed to the Clemson Regional and McNeese to the Evanston Regional. The Cajuns face Auburn with the Cowgirls playing Notre Dame.

Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees and NBC Sports have mutually parted ways after one season of mixed reviews for the future Hall of Famer in the broadcast booth. Amid speculation as to what Brees might do next, he took to social media, mentioning that a potential return to football is possible. Saints coach Dennis Allen didn’t appear to take Brees’ comments too seriously…

Meanwhile, Sean Payton will join the Fox broadcast team for the 2022 season. His role isn’t certain, but ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio says Payton will likely serve as a fill-in for Jimmie Johnson on Fox’s NFL Sunday studio show when Johnson is out.

The last two days have been very good to LSU on the football recruiting front. The Tigers picked up a commitment from four-star Union Parish running back Trey Holly on Sunday.  Holly is rated as the tenth-best back in the nation and rushed for more than 55-hundred yards and scored 78 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Today, “DBU” announced Daylen Austin, a four-star cornerback out of California, made his verbal commitment. Austin is rated as the number 16 corner in the country.

3:30 LRN Newscast May 16

A single-car crash in Washington Parish claims two lives. Trooper William Huggins says the driver 31-year-old Pamela Brown and 16-year-old Jaquan Brown of Kentwood were both killed when their Hyundai veered off the road shortly after 11 pm Saturday.

Cut 3 (09) “….two trees.”

Huggins says both were pronounced dead on the scene. Three unrestrained juveniles in the back seat of the car were taken to a local hospital. Impairment is suspected.

The House Transportation Committee voted today for Senate-approved legislation that would result in the installation of speed cameras on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. Rosepine Representative Charles Owen…

Cut 8 (10) “…crazy bridge” 

 

Dan Wallis takes over as Chief of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Wallis, who served as Zachery Fire Chief for 28 years has been with Fire Marshal’s Office since 2008. He says he plans to expand on the values already set by his predecessor, Butch Browning.

Cut 12 (10) “…fifty years.”  

Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees was let go from his contract with NBC Sports after just one season, setting off a storm of speculation about his future with Brees even alluding to a possible return to football. Coach Dennis Allen doesn’t see a reason to take talk of a comeback seriously.

Cut 9 (07) “…that regard.”

Meanwhile, former Saints head coach Sean Payton has been hired by Fox for the upcoming NFL season.

 

 

2:30 LRN Newscast

Senate-backed Legislation that would result in cameras installed on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge as a way to catch speeders receives approval from the House Transportation Committee. Senate President Page Cortez says the goal of his legislation is not to generate revenue from speeding ticket fines, but to make the bridge safer, which has seen injury-related crashes double over the last decade…
Cut 7 (08) “…going 80.”

A one-vehicle fatal crash in Washington Parish over the weekend killed two people and left three juveniles seriously wounded. Trooper William Huggins says 31-year-old Pamela Brown and 16-year-old Jaquan Brown of Kentwood were buckled up and died, while the children injured were not restrained. He says statistically you are more likely to survive a crash if you are properly restrained…
cut 5 (10) “…..standpoint”

There’s new leadership at the State Fire Marshal’s Office and he brings decades of experience him. Brooke Thorington has more.
Cut 2 (34) …I’m Brooke Thorington.”

The Saints have announced the signing of former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry. A healthy Michael Thomas and Landry should help improve a passing game that ranked last in the NFL last year…
cut 16 “…problem”

LRN PM Newscall

Legislation that would result in cameras to catch speeders on the I-10 Atachalfalya Basin Bridge between Baton Rouge and Lafayette continues to cruise through the legislative process. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

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There’s new leadership at the State Fire Marshal’s Office and he brings decades of experience with him. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (34) …I’m Brooke Thorington.”  

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A single-car crash in Washington Parish claims two lives. Trooper William Huggins says the driver 31-year-old Pamela Brown and 16-year-old Jaquan Brown of Kentwood were both killed when a Hyundai veered off the road shortly after 11 pm Saturday.

Cut 3 (09) “….two trees.”

Huggins says both were pronounced dead on the scene. In addition to the two victims, who were wearing their seatbelts, three juveniles in the back seat of the car were not restrained.

Cut 4  (05) “…hospitals.”

Huggins says this crash is one of the few exceptions in regards to seatbelt usage. He says statistically you are more likely to survive a crash if you are properly restrained.

Cut 5  (10) “…standpoint.”

Huggins says impairment is suspected in the crash and toxicology samples were collected.

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The House Transportation Committee voted today for Senate-approved legislation that would result in the installation of speed cameras on the I-10 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the cameras will track vehicles as they go over the 18-mile bridge and if they get across in less than 18 minutes the driver was likely speeding

Cut 6  (04) “…60-mile per hour limit.” 

Senate President Page Cortez says the goal of his legislation is not to generate revenue from speeding ticket fines, but to make the bridge safer, which has seen injury-related crashes double over the last decade…

Cut 7 (08) “…going 80.” 

Supporters of the legislation say cameras would be a better way to catch speeders than actual police officers because the narrow shoulders on the bridge make it unsafe for officers. Rosepine Representative Charles Owen agrees…

Cut 8 (10) “…crazy bridge” 

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Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees was let go from his contract with NBC Sports after just one season in the broadcast booth, setting off a storm of speculation about his future with Brees even alluding to a possible return to football. Coach Dennis Allen doesn’t see a reason to take talk of a comeback seriously.

Cut 9 (07) “…that regard.”

Brees was asked about a return to the Saints during last season as the team fought to make the playoffs but declined. Dennis Allen seems to be looking towards the future rather than hoping for a boost from the franchise’s greatest signal-caller.

Cut 10 (10) ” …for sure.” 

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A new era at the State Fire Marshal’s Office is underway as Chief Dan Wallis takes the helm and former Chief Butch Browning becomes the next executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Wallis says while it’s an exciting time it’s also bittersweet to say goodbye to his friend Browning of more than thirty years.

Cut 11 (11)  “…forward.” 

Wallis, who served as Zachery Fire Chief for 28 years has been with the State Fire Marshal’s Office since 2008. He’s served as Browning’s righthand man, and he says he plans to expand on the values already set by his predecessor.

Cut 12 (10) “…fifty years.”  

One of the first challenges Wallis plans to address is the growing decline of first responders and how to retain them once they’ve entered the profession.

Cut 13 (12) “…safety family.”

1:30 LRN Newscast May 16

Legislation that would result in cameras to catch speeders on the I-10 Atachalfalya Basin Bridge between Baton Rouge and Lafayette continues to cruise through the legislative process. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”

 

The three juveniles who escaped from the Ware Youth Center near Coushatta, with the help of a security guard have been captured. Authorities say 21-year-old Victoria Tune drove the three from the detention facility early Saturday. All four were located Sunday morning at a hotel in Houston.

 

A single-car crash in Washington Parish kills the driver 31-year-old Pamela Brown and passenger 16-year-old Jaquan Brown of Kentwood. Trooper Williams Huggins says the vehicle veered off the road and then hit two trees Saturday. And while they were both wearing seatbelts three juveniles in the back seat were not.

Cut 4  (05) “…hospitals.”

Impairment is suspected and they are awaiting toxicology results.

A new era at the State Fire Marshal’s Office is underway as Chief Daniel Wallis takes the helm and former Chief Butch Browning becomes the next executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Wallis says while it’s an exciting time it’s also bittersweet to say goodbye to his friend Browning of more than thirty years.

Cut 11 (11)  “…forward.” 

Wallis, who served as Zachery Fire Chief for 28 years has been with the State Fire Marshal’s Office since 2008.