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SUPPORT COMING FROM — WE SUPPORT SCIENCE AND ENERGYING AT LOCAL SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE A BETTER PATH AND PREPARE THE NEXT GENERATION. BECAUSE TOGETHER WE POWER LIFE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE FRED B. AND RUTH B. ZIG LER FOUNDATION. THE MUSEUM FOCUSES ON EMERGING LOUISIANA ARTISTS AND AN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. AND THE FOUNDATION FOR CLEANSE IN LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING, WITH SUPPORT FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU GET ON THIS LSU TRAIN AND RIDE WITH US THE FLAGSHIP’S MESSAGE TO STATE LAWMAKERS I KNOW OF NO BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY THAT CAN OPERATE LIKE THEY DID IN 1991. BRINGING GAMBLING LAWS INTO THE 21st CENTURY. THE BASICS ARE SIMPLE YOU NEED A FAST HORSE. HOW HORSE BREEDING IS BOOMING IN LOUISIANA. HI, EVERYONE I’M ANDRE MOREAU. FIRST ON “SWI,” THE STATE WE ARE IN BOOMING IN LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS HAS ORDERED FLAGS AT HALF STAFF TO HONOR LOUISIANA GIANT TOM BENSON SINCE WEDNESDAY, MOURNERS HAVE PAID THEIR RESPECTS TO THE SAINTS AND PELICANS’ OWNER AND CAR MOGUL WHO DIED A WEEK AGO AT THE AGE OF 90. DREW BREES AND SEAN PAYTON OF THE SAINTS AND ANTHONY DAVIS OF THE PELICANS ARE AMONG 17 HONORARY PALLBEARERS. INVITATIONS ONLY FUNERAL SERVICES TOOK PLACE FRIDAY AT ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL BENSON’S WIDOW GAYLE BENSON HAS ASSUMED CONTROL OF THE STATE’S TWO PRO SPORTS FRANCHISES. THE ONLY TWO, IN FACT MR. B, REST IN PEACE. HERE ARE SOME OTHER STORIES MAKING HEADLINES. HOW MANY PEOPLE LIKE CLEAN AIR? HOW MANY PEOPLE LIKE CLEAN, SAFE WATER? HOW MANY PEOPLE LIKE THEIR KRAUFISH WITHOUT ANY WATER ON THEM THAT’S HOW GREEN ARMY LEADER LIEUTENANT GENERAL RUSSELL HONOREX-OPENED HIS TALK AT MONDAY’S BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB HONORE IS WORKING TO CLEAN UP LOUISIANA AND IS URGING JOURNALISTS TO WRITE AND TALK MORE ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES HE’S PUSHING A NUMBER OF BILLS AT THE STATE CAPITOL LOOKING TO BEEF UP LAWS ON AIR AND WATER POLLUTION HONORE SAYS JUST ASK PEOPLE WITH CANCER AND OTHER AILMENTS LINE CHRONIC ASTHMA. WE GOT FAMILIES IN ST. ROSE IN ONE HOUSE, THREE GENERATIONS WITH ASTHMA GRANDMA, MA, GRANDCHILD, 12 YEARS OLD, ALL WITH ASTHMA I CAN TAKE YOU TO SHOW THEM, TALK TO THEM WE DON’T HAVE A BILL ON AIR MONITORING. PUSH THAT BILL HARD THIS YEAR THE RESETTLEMENT FOR THE REMAINING RESIDENTS OF ISLE DEJEAN CHARLES IN TEREBONNE PARISH IS ONE STEP CLOSER IN WHAT THE STATE SAYS IS A FIRST OF ITS KIND INITIATIVE, FEDERAL MONEY WILL PAY TO MOVE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY OFF THE ISLAND TO AN AREA 40 MILES NORTH NEAR SCHRIEVER PRICE TAG $11.7 MILLION FOR THE 515 ACRES OF LAND, $48 MILLION TO RESETTLE THE ALMOST TWO DOZEN FAMILIES THE STATE SAYS 98% OF THE ISLAND HAS WASHED AWAY SINCE THE MID 1950s FROM RISING SEA LEVEL AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES AN ANTI-HAZING BILL, WHICH WILL BE CALLED THE MAX GRUVER ACT IF IT BECOMES LAW, IS ADVANCING TO THE FULL HOUSE OF THE LEGISLATURE. THE MEASURE WOULD INCREASE PENALTYING FOR HAZING. IT’S ALL PART OF THE AFTERMATH OF THE DEATH OF LSU FRESHMAN MAX GRUVER LAST SEPTEMBER GRUVER DIED WITH A BLOOD ALCOHOL COUNT OF SIX TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT. FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED PHI DELTA THETA FRATERNITY IS BANNED FROM LSU FOR 15 YEARS THE CALL BY SENATOR JOHN KENNEDY AND A DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUE TO HAVE FACEBOOK’S CEO APPEAR BEFORE CONGRESS HAS LED MARK ZUCKERBERG TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE DATA SCANDAL THAT EXPOSED THE PROFILES OF MORE THAN 60 MILLION FACEBOOK USERS THE POLITICAL CONSULTING FIRM CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, WHICH WORKED FOR THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, HARVESTED PRIVATE INFORMATION FROM ALL THOSE PROFILES TO ALLEGEDLY TARGET POLITICAL MESSAGES. KENNEDY AND MINNESOTA’S AMY KLOBUCHAR SAY THIS BREACH RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT PRIVACY RIGHTS AND THE INTEGRITY OF AMERICAN ELECTIONS ZUCKERBERG SAYS HE’S SORRY FOR FACEBOOK’S ROLE, WOULD BE OPEN TO REGULATION AND WILL TESTIFY IF IT HELPS THE FDA HAS PUT POPULAR LAKE CHARLES BAKERY ANNA’S PIES ON NOTICE FOR SELLING BAKED GOODS MADE IN A KITCHEN THE FDA SAYS IS CONTAMINATED WITH FILTH. THEY SAY AN FDA INSPECTION OF THE COMPANY IN JANUARY TURNED UP “SERIOUS VIOLATIONS.” THE AGENCY SAYS SO FAR THE BAKERY HAS FAILED TO CLEAN UP

ITS ACT. IN OTHER NEWS — GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS TOUCHED ON A NUMBER OF TOPICS DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE THURSDAY AT THE CAPITOL AMONG THEM HIS THOUGHTS ON ARMING TEACHERS AT SCHOOLS WITH CONCEALED WEAPONS. I, FOR ONE, DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE TEACHERS WITH CONCEALED CARRY WE NEED TO FOCUS PRINCIPALLY ON SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS, MAKING SURE WE HAVE AN ADEQUATE NUMBER OF THEM IN EACH SCHOOL, THAT THEY ARE PROPERLY TRAINED. LSU HAS ITS HIGHEST ENROLLMENT IN HISTORY FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AND AT THE SAME TIME FACING MASSIVE CUTS FROM TOPS THE FLAGSHIP AND OTHER STATE UNIVERSITIES SAY THEY CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO DANGLE. LSU PRESIDENT F. KING ALEXANDER IS WITH US, BACK FROM A RECENT STATEWIDE TOUR CALLED LSU 2025 CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. YOU TALK ABOUT LSU’S ROLE AND ACCEPTING THE BUDGET CHALLENGES AND THE STATE CHALLENGES, NATION WITD. THAT IS A LOT OF CHALLENGES TO TAKE ON. THAT IS WHAT A FLAGSHIP SHOULD DO. WE ARE LAND GRANT, SEA GRANT, SPACE GRANT UNIVERSITIES. IF LSU ISN’T TACKLING THE STATE BUDGET PROBLEMS, HEALTH PROBLEMS, POVERTY PROBLEMS, AGRICULTURAL PROBLEMS, WHO IS GOING TO DO IT? WE ARE MORE EQUIPPED AND WE HAVE THE BEST FACULTY WE BROUGHT TO LOUISIANA FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO TAKE ON THESE CHALLENGES WE WANT THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO GIVE US A STABLE BUDGET SO WE CAN HELP THE STATE ADDRESS ALL THESE ISSUES YOU HAD THAT FOR ONE YEAR, A ONE-YEAR TOPS REPRIEVE YOU ARE FACES MASSIVE CUTS AGAIN HOW ARE YOU ADDRESSING THAT? RIGHT NOW WITH A STABLE BUDGET THE GOVERNOR HELPED US ACQUIRE THIS YEAR THE BUDGET WAS STABLE TO THE EFFECT WE NEVER RECEIVED MORE APPLICATIONS, NEVER HAD MORE ADMITS, QUALIFIED ADMITS TO OUR UNIVERSITY FROM EVERY STATE. WE ARE 99% FROM CALIFORNIA, 140% FROM NEW YORK. 10% UP IN LOUISIANA WE JUST WANT THE STATE TO GIVE US A STABLE BUDGET SO WE CAN TELL PARENTS AND STUDENTS, LOOK, YOU’VE GOT A GREAT UNIVERSITY RIGHT HERE. JUST STAY AT HOME AND BUILD OUR ECONOMY. LET’S BUILD THE ECONOMY TOGETHER. AS THEY DO IN FOOTBALL, ALABAMA HAS MADE A HABIT OF DIPPING INTO THE STATE TRYING TO ATTRACT STUDENTS WITH BETTER FINANCIAL FOOTING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ENROLLMENT HAS GONE UP TO 38,000. THEY WERE AT ONE TIME A MUCH SMALLER SCHOOL THAN LSU, NOW MUCH LARGER WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM IF TOPS WORKED OUT AND IF THESE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS COULD TRANSLATE INTO ACTUAL STUDENTS WHAT WOULD BE A GREAT NUMBER TO HAVE ON CAMPUS? ON THE MAIN CAMPUS WE ARE ABOUT 30,000 SYSTEMWIDE ABOUT 45,000. COULD YOU DO 35,000 ON THE MAIN CAMPUS? WE COULD DO 35,000 ON THE MAIN CAMPUS. WE NEED TO BOOST OUR OUT OF STATE POPULATION TO HELP INCREASE THE SUPPORT FOR OUR IN-STATE STUDENTS SINCE WE ARE NOT GETTING THE SUPPORT WE NEED FOR OUR IN-STATE STUDENTS. SO WE ARE NOT SACRIFICING IN-STATE KIDS FOR OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS WE ARE USING OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO COME BE A PART OF LSU TO HELP SUBSIDIZE WHAT WE DO AS A UNIVERSITY AND WHAT WE DO FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS SNIF YOU HAVE THE RISK OF LOSING STUDENTS AND FACULTY TO ADDRESS THAT SORT OF CONTINUOUSLY, IT PUTS A CLOUD OVER THE UNIVERSITY YOU COULD DO WITHOUT SO TWO YEARS AGO WE LOST A LOT OF ASSISTANT PROFESSORS WHEN THE BUDGET WAS SO UNCERTAIN. THIS PAST YEAR WITH A STABLE BUDGET, WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE THE LARGEST NEW FACULTY COHORT IN YEARS, 133 NEW FACULTY THAT CAME TO US WHICH MEANS OUR BRAND, LSU’S BRAND IS STILL VERY STRONG, BOTH NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. WE HAD FACULTY FROM OXFORD AND SARBONNE IN PARIS. WE HAVE A STRONG NAME WE NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AS A UNIVERSITY AND AS A STATE TO BRING THE MOST TALENTED FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS TO COME TO OUR STATE. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS HAPPENING AT LSU IS THE FOUNDATION, THEY CALL IT A TRANSFORMATIONAL CAMPAIGN, IT WOULD BE IF YOU RAISE $1.5 BILLION YOU SAY IS THE NUMBER NOW WHAT IS THE PROGRESS OF THAT AND WHEN WILL THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COME WITH THAT? SO, WE ARE MAKING GREAT

PROGRESS IN THE QUIET PHASE IN THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN THE LAST ONE ENDED IN 2011. WE KIND OF TURNED THE LIGHTS OFF. WE ARE UP TO FULL STEAM AS WE ARE RAISING FUNDS. WE ARE HOPING TO ANNOUNCE WITHIN THE YEAR THAT WE’RE MOVING TOWARDS A $1.5 BILLION CAMPAIGN AND OUR NUMBERS ARE LOOKING VERY POSITIVE BECAUSE WE’VE GOTTEN SOME VERY TRANSFORMATIONAL GIFTS AND WE ARE MOVING INTO THE CURRENT DAY OF HIGHER EDUCATION, WHICH IS YOU HAVE TO RAISE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FROM THE TALENTED PEOPLE YOU HAVE GRADUATED HISTORICALLY LSU LAGGED BEHIND IN FUND-RAISING ABILITIES AND GETTING OUT AND DOING IT FROM OTHER UNIVERSITIES EXACTLY. THREE YEARS AGO IN ALUMNI GIVING WE WERE LAST IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE AND 14 IN ALUMNI WE ARE NOW SEVENTH, TIED FOR SEVENTH IT IS GOOD MOVEMENT. IT IS GREAT MOVEMENT IN JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS WHAT IT SHOWINGS IS WE HAVE GREAT LOYALTY, WE HAVE GREAT CAPACITY THAT OUR ALUMS — OUR STARTING SALARIES ARE TIED WITH CHAPEL HILL AND OHIO STATE, THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY. MID CAREER EARNINGS ARE AMONG THE BEST IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE A LOT OF LOYAL ALUMS AND FRIENDS TO LSU. WE WANT THEM TO SUPPORT THE STUDENTS OF THE NEXT GENERATION, WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE ASKING THEM TO DO. CAMPUS INFRASTRUCTURE, IF YOU DRIVE DOWN NICHOLSON, YOU CAN SEE SO MUCH IS HAPPENING WITH THE GATEWAY PROJECT. ALL THE OTHER MARY STUDENT APARTMENTS ARE LONG GONE AND THIS WHOLE NEW COMPLEX HAS EMERGED AND WILL SOON OPEN. THANKFULLY THOSE OLD MARY APARTMENTS ARE GONE. THEY WERE RUN DOWN 1,600 NEW APARTMENT COMPLEXES ARE GOING UP THAT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REQUIRE FRESHMAN TO LIVE ON CAMPUS. FRESHMAN WHO LIVE ON CAMPUS, RETAIN BETTER, STAY BETTER AND GRADUATE MORE WE WANT THEM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES THE 1,600 NEW APARTMENTS IS THE SECOND LARGEST CAMPUS RESIDENTIAL LIFE PROJECT IN THE UNITED STATES IT WILL HAVE GROCERY STORES AND STORES ON CAMPUS YOU HAVE EVERYTHING RIGHT THERE AT YOUR FEET YOU DON’T NEED TO LEAVE CAMPUS WHICH IS WHAT YOU WANT. EXACTLY IT IS IMPRESSIVE. THAT HAS TO BE SOMETHING THAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE WHEN THEY COME AND LOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME WHAT IS THIS? IT IS IMPRESSIVE IT DOES AN AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS NOT USING A DIME OF STATE FUNDS TO DO IT. THIS IS THE UNIVERSITY BEING ENTREPRENEURIAL IN HOW WE APPROACH OUR EXPANSION AND HOW WE APPROACH MODERNIZATION OF CAMPUS AND WE JUST WANT THE STATE TO GIVE US A STABLE BUDGET AND QUIT KICKING — HOLDING US HOSTAGE EVERY TIME WE GO TO THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION THERE ARE OTHER CAPITAL PROJECTS WE CAN TALK ABOUT WE WILL GET TO NEXT TIME LIKE THE LIBRARY IF YOU WERE STANDING BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE AT THIS MOMENT, WHAT IS THE ONE SENTENCE WOULD YOU TELL THEM? I WOULD SAY GET ON THIS LSU TRAIN AND RIDE WITH US AND GET OFF THE TRACKS. WE ARE GOING FORWARD WE HAVE NEVER HAD MORE APPLICANTS AND MORE FACULTY COME TO OUR UNIVERSITY. LET US DO WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. STABLE BUDGET FUND TOPS, FUND OUR UNIVERSITY. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING BUT STABILITY. WHEN YOU HAVE MOMENTUM IT SHOULD BE A SHAME TO DERAIL IT. EXACTLY THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, GAMBLING IS ONE OF THE BIG TICKET ITEMS THE LEGISLATURE IS LOOKING AT AND SOME CHANGES COULD BE ON THE HORIZON. KELLY SPIRES HAS MORE THAT’S RIGHT. CASINOS, WHICH BY LAW HAVE TO BE ON WATER, COULD MOVE TO LAND. RACETRACKS COULD SEE MORE ROOM FOR SLOT MACHINES. THERE ARE OVER 30 BILLS BACKED BY VARIOUS INTERESTS. IN THE 1990s, IT WAS DECIDED THAT MAJOR GAMING WOULD BE CORNERED OFF TO RIVERBOATS THOUGH THEY THEN PUSHED TO TIE-UP TO SHORE BECAUSE RIVER TRAVEL CAN BE DANGEROUS, NOT TO MENTION DECREASE PROFITS BUT NOW THE TIME MAY BE RIGHT FOR GAMBLING INTERESTS TO FIND AN ARRANGEMENT THAT’S EVEN MORE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THEM FOR ONE, THE STATE’S IN A BUDGET CRUNCH AND SENATOR RONNIE JOHNS, WHO IS CARRYING SOME OF THE BILLS FOR THE INDUSTRY, SAYS THEY COULD HELP FIX IT. AS I LOOK AT OUR STATE BUDGET TODAY, GAMING REVENUE MAKES UP $900 MILLION OF OUR BUDGET IT’S NOT SECONDARY BUSINESS IN THIS STATE ANYMORE IT’S AN IMPORTANT BUSINESS. THEY PAY A LOT OF TAXES THE $900 MILLION FIGURE IS MADE UP OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF GAMING, INCLUDING THE LOTTERY AS WELL AS VIDEO POKER FOR COMPARISON, OIL AND GAS SEVERANCE TAXES CONTRIBUTED TO ABOUT $580 MILLION. GAMING PROFITING ARE TAXED AT

21%, HIGHER THAN OTHER STATES, BUT COMPETITION IN THE INDUSTRY IS LIMITED. ONLY 15 RIVERBOATS ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE. JOHN’S MAJOR BILL, SENATOR BILL 316, WAS VETTED BY A COMMITTEE ON TUESDAY IT WOULD ALLOW THESE RIVERBOAT CASINOS, LIKE THE BELLE OR HOLLYWOOD ON THE MISSISSIPPI IN BATON ROUGE, TO MOVE 1,200 FEET INLAND FROM THEIR CURRENT BERTHS ANYONE WHO SAYS THIS BILL EXPANDS GAMING NEEDS TO GO BACK TO READ IT. THEY NEED TO REALLY LOOK AT THE ISSUES IN THIS BILL. IT DOES NOT EXPAND GAMING IN THE 1990s, CASINOS WERE LIMITED TO 30,000 SQUARE FEET OF GAMBLING SPACE. ANOTHER MAJOR CHANGE IN JOHN’S BILL WOULD CHANGE THE REQUIREMENT TO 2,365 GAMING SPACES. THAT’S GOING TO BE DEFINED AS YOU’LL SEE IN THE BILL, WHERE THE MACHINE IS, THAT’S DEFINED GAMING SPACE, WHERE THE STOOL IS, OR THE CHAIR, WHATEVER, THAT’S A GAMING SPACE. HOWEVER, YOU MAY HAVE A CRAP TABLE, WHICH THE TABLE ITSELF MIGHT BE A GAMING SPACE, BUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO STAND AROUND THAT TABLE WOULD HAVE DEFINED GAMING SPACES ALSO. JOHN’S BILL COMES FROM A LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE REPORT THAT STUDIED GAMING IN LOUISIANA. IT MODERNIZES AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS NOT HAD HARDLY ANY CHANGES SINCE 1991 I KNOW OF NO BUSINESS, I KNOW OF NO BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY THAT CAN OPERATE LIKE THEY DID IN 1991 SENATOR KAREN CARTER PETERSON WAS ONE OF THE LONE OBJECTORS TO TUESDAY’S BILLS. THREE SHREVEPORT CASINOS HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF THEIR SELF-IMPOSED GOALS TO HIRE A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF MINORITIES IN EVERY ONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES THERE ARE THRIVING SUCCESSFUL VENDORS THAT CAN SUPPORT YOUR AGENCIES, MEMBER ENTITIES. SHE SAID HARRAH’S IN NEW ORLEANS IS DOING IT RIGHT. WHEN YOU HAVE A CITY LIKE NEW ORLEANS, AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THE MAKEUP OF NEW ORLEANS AND WHAT THE DEMOGRAPHIC ARE AND YOU HAVE A STATE AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THE MAKE UP OF OUR STATE, EVERYBODY SHOULD JUST HAVE A FAIR SHOT, RIGHT? A GROUP OF PASTORS FROM TANGIPAHOA SAID TUESDAY THAT TAX REVENUE ISN’T ENOUGH TO PAY FOR THE SOCIAL ILLS CAUSED BY GAMBLING PASTOR LOUIS HUSSER LEADS CROSSGATE CHURCH IN ROBERT WHERE DO THOSE PEOPLE GO TO STAY UNDER A ROOF, TO PUT FOOD IN FRONT OF THEIR CHILDREN? THE PROBLEM IS THEY GO TO THE CHURCHES. I HAVE SAT IN THIS OFFICE FOR 20 — FOR 26 YEARS AT MY CHURCH. IF YOU COULD HEAR THE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVES HAVE BEEN BRECKED, LET THE BOATS STAY ON THE WATER. BECAUSE IF THEY CONTINUE TO ASK AND GET, THIS IS AN INDUSTRY THAT IS DRIVEN BY GREED AND GREED IS NEVER SATISFIED. OTHER BILLS WOULD CHANGE THE SQUARE FEET OF GAMING SPACE REGULATION TO NUMBER OF POSITIONS FOR SLOT AREAS AT RACETRACKS ANOTHER WOULD HELP TRUCKSTOP VIDEO POKER ESTABLISHMENTS BY CHANGING THE AMOUNT OF FUEL THEY HAVE TO SELL PER POKER MACHINE THE MEASURES STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE THEY MEET THE GOVERNOR’S DESK. SOME COULD MEET MORE OPPOSITION IN THE FULL HOUSE WHERE MEMBERS ARE MORE CONSERVATIVE, IN LINE WITH FAMILY VALUES GROUPS. IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, THE THREE BIGGEST EVENTS IN HORSE RACING, THE KENTUCKY DERBY, THE PREAKNESS AND THE BELMONT STAKES, HAVE BEEN WON MORE TIMES BY LOUISIANA JOCKEYS FROM ANY OTHER STATE FOR A STATE THAT LOVES ITS SPORTS, WE CERTAINLY FALL SHORT IN CELEBRATING OUR HORSE RACING CHAMPIONS KELLY IS HERE WITH MORE ON THIS. THAT IS RIGHT, ANDRE AND IT’S NOT JUST JOCKEYING THAT LOUISIANA IS KNOWN FOR THE HORSE BREEDING BUSINESS IS A $1 BILLION A YEAR INDUSTRY THAT GENERATES NEARLY $75 MILLION IN TAX DOLLARS FOR THE STATE TAX DOLLARS FOR THE STATE COFFERS AND EMPLOYS 13,000 WORKERS. WITH THE STATE’S BIGGEST RACE, THE LOUISIANA DERBY, COMING UP THIS WEEKEND, WE THOUGHT WE’D LEARN A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT THE RACING IN THE BAYOU STATE BEFORE WE PLACE OUR BETS. THAT’S PART OF THE BEAUTY OF THIS BUSINESS AND THE INDUSTRY IS THAT THERE ARE SO, SO MANY VARIABLES, REALLY PRETTY COMPLEX THE BASICS ARE SIMPLE. YOU NEED A FAST HORSE, BUT TO GET THERE IS NOT EASY. VAL MURRELL CALLS HORSE RACING A THINKING MAN’S GAME. THERE ARE STATS TO ANALYZE PEDIGREES TO EXAMINE, ODDS TO CONSIDER MURRELL AND HIS FAMILY RUN THE STATE’S PREMIER THOROUGHBRED FARM. CLEAR CREEK STUD IN FOLSOM, LOUISIANA. YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE A RUNNER

IS GOING TO COME FROM. IT’S NOT LIKE THE MOST WEALTHY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ARE GOING TO BE SUPER SUCCESSFUL OVER THE OTHERS. THERE’S NUMBERS AND I DON’T LIKE TO SAY IT’S LUCK. IT’S JUST ALL THOSE VARIABLES WILL COME TOGETHER AND AN INDIVIDUAL IS SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT SPENDING A GAZILLION DOLLARS TO GET THERE, BUT THEY MADE IT IF YOU’RE NEW TO HORSE RACING, YOU MIGHT NEED A TRANSLATOR TO HELP YOU OUT THERE ARE AT LEAST SIX DIFFERENT WORDS FOR WHAT A LAYPERSON MIGHT JUST REFER TO AS A HORSE. WHEN A BOY HORSE IS BORN, IT’S CALLED A COLT, UNTIL IT’S FIVE YEARS OLD, THEN IT’S A HORSE WHEN IT’S RETIRED TO BREEDING, THEN IT’S A STALLION A FEMALE IS A FILLY UNTIL SHE IS FIVE YEARS OLD THAT’S CONSIDERED A MARE AFTER FIVE AND ON THE RACETRACK, SHE’S IDENTIFIED AS A FILLY UNTIL SHE’S FIVE. AND NORMALLY WHEN YOU BREED THEM, A MARE, OR A FEMALE, SHE BECOMES A BROADMARE WHEN SHE’S IN FOAL. AND YOU MIGHT KNOW WHAT A HORSESHOE IS, BUT HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A FARRIER? A FARRIER IS A PERSON WHO IS VERY TALENTED HE TRIMS HORSE’S FEET AND HE SHOES HORSES THAT IS A GREAT ART BECAUSE THERE ARE NO TWO HORSES THE SAME AND LAST TIME I CHECKED, THERE ARE FOUR FEET ON EACH HORSE AND VERY SELDOM DO YOU HAVE TWO OF THE SAME ON ALL FOUR FEET SO THEY HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT, EVALUATE IT AND TRIM AND SHOE ACCORDINGLY. IT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LANGUAGE IN THE HORSE BUSINESS. JUST LIKE IT IS IN THE OIL AND GAS BUSINESS OR PROBABLY THE SUGAR CANE BUSINESS OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN THAT YOU AND I ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH ON A DAILY BASIS TOM EARLY IS RETIRED FROM A 38-YEAR CAREER WITH THE ASSOCIATION. ANOTHER WORD TO KNOW, PARIMUTUAL. A PARIMUTUAL TRACK IS WHERE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY BETTING AGAINST EACH OTHER THE SIMPLEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT IS ALL OF THE MONEY BET ON THE LOSERS IS DIVIDED UP AMONG THE WINNERS, SO YOU’RE NOT BETTING AGAINST THE TRACK. YOU’RE BETTING AGAINST YOUR FELLOW BETTORS. THERE’S FOUR PARIMUTUAL TRACKS IN LOUISIANA. THE FAIR GROUNDS IN NEW ORLEANS, DELTA DOWNS IN VINTON, LOUISIANA DOWNS IN SHREVEPORT AND EVANGELINE IN OPELOUSAS. ON RUSSIAING DAYS THERE’S AT LEAST THREE “LOUISIANA BRED” RACES OFFERED. YOUR HORSE HAS TO HAVE BEEN BORN, “FOULED,” IN LOUISIANA, AND THE MARE, THE MAMA HORSE, HAS TO LIVE IN LOUISIANA AND CAN ONLY BE BRED WITH OUT-OF-STATE HORSES EVERY OTHER YEAR. AND ONE OF OUR OWN IS RACING WITH THE CREAM OF THE CROP THIS YEAR GIVEMEAMINIT IS RUNNING IN THE LOUISIANA DERBY AND HE’S RUNNING IN GRADE 1 COMPANY IN OTHER STATES AND HE’S BEEN A VERY NICE HORSE. AND HOPEFULLY HE DOES WELL IN THE LOUISIANA DERBY. GIVEMEAMINIT IS FATHERED BY THE MOST FAY AFFORDABLE HOUSING LIVING LOUISIANA HORSE, STAR GUY TAR. HE LIVES AT CLEAR CREEK STUD AND THE BAR IS NAMED AFTER HIM. OUR FINAL TERM SOUNDS BAD, BUT IS EXCITING. BREAKING A MAIDEN WINNING YOUR FIRST RACE. YOU ARE A MAIDEN UNTIL YOU WIN THAT FIRST RACE, NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE JUST AS RACING SEASON IS GETTING GEARED UP WITH QUALIFYING EVENTS THAT EARN HORSES POINTS ON THE ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY, BREEDERS ARE IN THEIR BUSY SEASON AS WELL WE HAVE 65 FOALS ON THE GROUND AT THIS POINT, 65 MORE TO GO. DURING THIS SAME PERIOD, YOU ARE BREEDING MARES TO GET THEM BACK IN FOAL THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THE MAGIC COMBINATION OF SPEED AND STAMINA. THERE ARE SPEED HORSE, SIX FURLONGS, AND RUNNING HORSES THAT RUN A MILE OR CLASSIC DISTANCES OF THE DERBY OF A MILE AND QUARTER A BETTER UTOPIA IS THE ONE TO HAVE THE SPEED TO CARRY THOSE DISTANCES THAT IS NOT EASY TO FIND. THEY AGREE THEY ARE ALL IN THE BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PASSION FOR THE ANIMALS THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND THAT FEELING IF YOU ARE NEW TO HORSES — A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT, I THINK, IS TO GO TO THE RACES. NOW OTHER THAN GIVEMEAMINIT, THERE ARE TWO OTHER HORSES WITH HOME STATE TIES IN THE LOUISIANA DERBY. LONE SAILOR IS OWNED BY THE BENSON FAMILY AND TRAINED BY NEW ORLEANS NATIVE AMOS THE PREAKNESS WINNING DUO, KEITH AND KEN BRING THE FAVORITE, MYBOYJACK AND WITH GIVEMEAMINIT ALL THESE OF THOSE HORSING ARE STRONG CLOSERS, KNOWN TO SPEED UP IN THE LAST PART OF THE RACE IT IS A BIT OF A LONG SHOT, BUT MAYBE WE CAN CROSS OUR FINGERS FOR A HOME STATE TRIFECTA. THAT STORY IS FASCINATING THANK YOU. OTHER THAN THE DERBY, SATURDAY INCLUDE THE CRESCENT CITY DERBY AND OAKS, SHOWCASING LOUISIANA

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