News for Wednesday 091113
By Dave Graichen
He is now a hurricane. Hurricane Humberto continues to move off to the northwest in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, no threat to the US at this time. Humberto became the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season this morning at 5 a.m. But, even with Humberto, the 2013 hurricane season will go down in the record books for its lack of hurricanes through the first-half of the season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this is only the fourth time since 1941 in which the first hurricane did not form until after September seventh. In modern history, September 11th is the latest we've gone without having a hurricane.
A low pressure system just east of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is given a 20% chance of developing into a named storm within the next two days. The system is expected to drift west over the peninsula, then into the Bay of Campeche
This one doesn’t seem to want to go away. Sports Illustrated released part 1 of its investigative report into NCAA violations and other improprieties that allegedly occurred while Les Miles was the head coach at Oklahoma State. The article claims players received money from booster and former assistant coaches who worked under Miles. The S-I article quotes several former players who said they received between two and ten-thousand dollars annually from assistant coaches at O-S-U and boosters.
A Baton Rouge judge orders the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office to confiscate the records from LSU's recently completed presidential search. Four months ago, Judge Janice Clark ordered the LSU Board of Supervisors to turn over the list of candidates for the job, but the board has not complied. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this gives the strong impression LSU is hiding
something. Two newspapers filed suit in an attempt to get access to the presidential search records.
The police chief of the Union Parish town of Spearsville has been arrested; accused of raping a child between 8 and 10 years old. Union Parish Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dusty Gates says a family member alerted them to allegations against 64-year-old Chief Steve Bodine. He says after a year-long investigation Bodine was arrested. His bond is set at half-a-million dollars.
Officials in Mississippi are investigating a crash involving an Amtrak City of New Orleans train and an 18-wheeler that happened this Tuesday in Holmes County. They say the train was carrying 152
passengers and 11 crew members at the time and no serious injuries were reported. There is no information on the condition of the driver and the crash remains under investigation.
Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says the new centralized state Office of Debt Recovery should be completely up and running by early 2014. A law passed this past Spring set up the ODR, to collect all debt owed to various state agencies and offices. Barfield says that adds up to quite a lot. He says a little over $2-billion is owed to Louisiana's many agencies.
The Vermillion Parish Sheriff's office says an Erath man is in jail on manslaughter charges after he allegedly shot and killed another man. Officials aren't releasing and more details on Randall Charles
Lowery who was arrested at 2:15 Tuesday morning.
The Bayou Corne sinkhole in Assumption Parush got a bit bigger Monday night. Another section of trees and land fell into the muddy water hole, increasing the sinkhole's overall size to nearly 27 acres.Nearby Highway 70 was not affected by the latest slough-in.
A colonel has been named to lead the Nicholls State Colonels. Former Army Lt. Colonel Dr. Bruce Murphy has been named the new university President at Nicholls. Murphy, who is currently VP of Student Affairs at Air University in Alabama, says he fell for Nicholls State from his first visit.