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Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/18/2019

News for Monday 111819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Governor John Bel Edwards survived a difficult re-election campaign beating Republican challenger Eddie Rispone by two percentage points. Rispone poured millions of dollars of his own money into the campaign and President Trump made Three visits to the state on his behalf. But Edwards says this was always a race about Louisiana issues. Edwards looks forward to the next four years. Rispone says despite the loss the Republican Party has nothing to be ashamed of and says his  main platform during the campaign was to improve Louisiana’s standing and make it the best state in the south. He says that remains the goal.

 

LSU Poli Sci Professor Robert Hogan says Edwards’ blend of cultural conservatism and dedication to popular services like healthcare and education put him at the center of the state’s political gravity. This comes despite three visits to the state by President Trump in just over a month. Hogan says Rispone worked hard to tie himself to the President, but it may have been a double-edged sword. Turnout in Orleans parish, the state’s Democratic stronghold, surged in the run-off to 49 percent, up from 39 percent in the primary. Edwards returns for a four-year stint that Hogan says will be a lot tougher than his first term now that Republicans have a near-supermajority in the lower chamber.

 

It was almost like the academy awards a few years back when they announced the wrong winner for the movie of the year.. Saturday night, in the race for Rapides Parish Sheriff,  Mark Wood held a slim lead most of the night. But, but when all 113 precincts reported, Kris Cloessner jumped in front. At that point, many thought he was the winner. Turns out is wasn’t over.. "Technical difficulties" had delayed the reporting of absentee votes all night, and those gave Wood the lead again to become the new sheriff, in the end, Mark Wood won by 743 votes.

 

In Avoyelles Parish, Three term Sheriff Doug Anderson is out and David Dauzat is in.. Dauzat, a retired state trooper, took the seat with 57 of the vote.

 

In Ball Gail Wilking was the winner in that town’s mayoral runoff. Wilking beat Terry Allen Baker         by taking 52% of the vote.

 

In the District 35 senate race Jay Morris eked out a win over Jim Fannin in what turned out to be a nasty race.

 

Republicans won a super-majority in the state Senate during the Oct. 12 primary. The GOP added to their number Saturday night by winning a competitive race in southeast Baton Rouge and conservatives replaced a northwest Louisiana senator not considered Republican enough. Republicans in the 105-member Louisiana House needed to win seven seats to have a two-thirds majority but came up two short of the 70 needed to have their way unfettered after being inaugurated on Jan. 13.

 

Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of a pretty amazing lady.. For countless soldiers deploying overseas, Sara Simmonds, the founder of the “Apple Pie Brigade”  was there to see them off with a hug and a warm apple pie. When they came home, she was there to welcome them the same way. Sara Simmonds passed away Saturday after a short illness. A memorial service for Simmonds will be held at noon Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. Sara Simmonds was 101.

 

A Late Night single vehicle Saturday crash killed a young woman from Urania.

Troopers responded to the crash around 10:45 p.m. after a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Corbin Cahoon of Olla left LA Hwy 127 and struck a tree. The only passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Calla Matthews was pronounced dead at the scene. Cahoon received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was  later transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail and booked for vehicular homicide, careless operation, no driver’s license, and no seat belt. Impairment is suspected in the accident.

 

China lifts a ban on poultry imports from the United States.  In Louisiana, poultry is a $2 billion industry and the decision opens the market for Louisiana producers as the port of New Orleans is one of the largest poultry exporters in America.  Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says it is welcomed news. China banned all US poultry imports in January 2015 after a bird flu outbreak in December 2014.  Strain says in 2013, the US was selling about $500 million in poultry annually to China.

 

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The New Orleans produced the bounce-back performance they were looking for as they defeated Tampa Bay 34-17 to improve their record to 8-2. The Saints started fast and built a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Thomas had a strong game with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. The Saints host Carolina on Sunday. The Panthers lost to Atlanta.

 

Number one LSU is one win away from winning its first SEC West title since 2011 after defeating Ole Miss 58-37 in a wild game in Oxford. The Tigers had 714 total yards as Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns. But LSU’s defense couldn’t stop the Rebels ground game. Coach Ed Orgeron on what led to allowing 402 rushing yards…

Good Morning... News For Friday 11/15/2019

News for Friday 111519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Shreveport-Bossier City area was a battleground in the race for the Governor’s mansion on Thursday, just days before Saturday’s runoff election.  President Trump says Democratic Governor Edwards is being controlled by, as he puts it, the extremists pushing the impeachment witch hunt. President Trump’s appearance marks the third visit to the state to support GOP challenger Eddie Rispone. Governor Edwards says Rispone does not have a plan for the state, which is why he’s reverting to the use of DC politicians.

 

The Secretary of State’s race on the Saturday ballot sees a run-off rematch of incumbent Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup.

Ardoin won the contest last year 59-41 after escaping a packed primary full of Republican contenders. Ardoin initially took over the position in an interim capacity in 2018 after his predecessor, Tom Schedler, resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.

 

Election day is Tomorrow and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is giving Louisiana residents a few reminders. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters should bring an picture ID with them to vote  Voters without an ID will be required to fill out an affidavit, but will be allowed to vote.  Secretary Ardoin is predicting 51% turnout in the runoff election.

 

Smoke could be seen from points all across the city yesterday after as a fire broke out shortly after 1pm on Bolton Avenue. The structure, a business with living quarters attached was located right next to the Western Auto store. A resident living at location was rescued by an APD officer who was first on the scene. The man suffered smoke inhalation, but will be fine. AFD Chief Larry King says the cause of the fire was electrical, resulting from a bad extension cord.  

 

In what is an important and somewhat controversial program, the city of Alexandria has launched a Safe Syringe Program. The program will allow Drug users to dispose of their used needles and in exchange, receive clean needles free of charge. The safe syringes will be administered by Central Louisiana Aids Support Services, or CLASS on Jackson Street. Counselors will be present to talk to drug users. They will also get tested for Hepatitis C and HIV. Alexandria is currently the only city in Central Louisiana with such a program in place.

 

A trial date has been set for 40 year old Sherman Nash Jr of Pineville. Nash will face a trial by jury on April 6th on seven counts of animal cruelty, that after an investigation into an alleged dog fighting ring last year led to his arrest.

 

Hundreds of local newspapers, including The Town Talk, are now under one umbrella company. New Media Investment Group, parent company of GateHouse Media, announced its plan to acquire Gannett in August. On Thursday, the deal was approved in a shareholder vote at Gannett's Virginia headquarters. New Media shareholders also voted to approve the deal earlier in the day. The merger combines the two largest US newspaper chains under a new company, which will keep the Gannett name.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry says police officers, firefighters, and other first responders were allowed to go to last night’s Trump rally, despite concerns about the legality of state workers at political rallies. Landry says he got a call from Congressman Mike Johnson and Representative Alan Seabaugh and had his lawyers dig into the question. He says they found ample constitutional support for the decision.

 

Louisiana Republican Congressman Mike Johnson has concerns the impeachment proceedings will not be conducted fairly. He says precedent calls for the House Judiciary to consider matters of impeachment, instead House leadership has decided to allow two other committees to conduct impeachment proceedings. Democrats say testimony from the public hearings show Trump abused his office when he threatened to hold back foreign aid in exchange for an investigation on a political rival.

 

The state board that oversees Louisiana's Superdome has approved a contract for the first phase of a $450 million renovation of the 44-year-old stadium. Thursday's vote by the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District was to approve a $53 million contract for initial work on the New Orleans landmark. The state is to cover $90 million of the project cost. The Saints are to put up $150 million and the district is to pay $210 million. The upgrade is expected to take four years.

 

The Cajundome in Lafayette announced Thursday morning that KISS is bringing their End of the Road World Tour to the Cajundome in 2020. KISS will perform on Saturday, March 14at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale a week from today at 10am. Tickets will start at $45.

 

Deputies in Vermilion Parish are investigating after a homeowner shot an intruder during an alleged home invasion. Authorities say 29-year-old Landon Hebert was killed after he allegedly broke into a residence around 2:15 Thursday morning. That’s when he was confronted by the homeowner, who fired a weapon killing Hebert. The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for further review.

 

A community activist who was found fatally shot at his Port Allen home had criticized city leaders about an unsolved murder in the city and the need to curb violence just hours before he was found dead. 62 year old Larry Profit was found Thursday morning lying unresponsive in the street near his home. Neighbors say they heard gunshots Wednesday evening, but officers didn’t find Profit until around 8 a.m. when a passerby discovered him.

 

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron found himself earning praise on his radio show from a caller who identified himself as “John B. from Amite”  … That caller was Governor John Bel Edwards.  The Governor congratulated the coach for the big win over Alabama, expressed his pride in LSU, and commended Orgeron for representing the state well during his postgame interview.

 

The Saints look to get back in the win column on Sunday when they visit Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans is coming off a bad loss at home to last-place Atlanta. Saints Offensive tackle Terron Armstead says there’s no panic in the Saints lockerroom…

 

Louisiana Tech takes its perfect Conference USA on the record tonight to face the Marshall Thundering Herd. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says this is not an easy assignment for his team… Hear the game this afternoon starting at 4:30p on 94.7 ESPN.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/14/2019

News for Thursday 111419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Prosecutors still are debating on whether to pursue the death penalty against a woman accused of burning her girlfriend’s baby to death, at the girlfriend’s request. News outlets report prosecutors debated the move Tuesday at hearing for 27 year old Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith. Smith has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 6-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbe, whose mother now faces the death penalty on the same charge.

 

President Trump is once again in Louisiana tonight, where he’ll rally Republicans at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City to vote for Eddie Rispone in Saturday’s run-off.

Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Rispone won’t win unless he can get enough conservative votes in north Louisiana, and this is his last chance to get it done. It’s the President’s third trip to the Bayou State for the campaign, having previously visited Lake Charles before the primary in October, and Monroe last week.

 

A poll of 660 likely voters puts the Governor’s race at a dead heat 49-49 tie between Governor Edwards and GOP challenger Eddie Rispone with just four days until the polls open in the run-off. Edgewater Research pollster Doctor Edward Chervenak says the poll shows there is a lot of partisan loyalty. Polls are open on Saturday from 7 AM to 8 PM.

 

A New Orleans judge has ordered an anti-Edwards ad to be taken off the air after a suit from the Edwards campaign alleged the TV spot was “demonstrably false”. The ad alleged Edwards gave a fellow West Point alum a substantial state contract. The Edwards campaign is celebrating, calling the ad disgraceful, but the spots’ backers say they plan to appeal the restraining order, claiming the ad is “100 percent truthful.”

 

The Legislative Auditor warns 18 towns, cities, and villages on this year’s list of Fiscally Distressed Municipalities are on the edge of budgetary disaster. Director of Local Government Services Brad Cryer says unless these 18 locations change course, they could be headed for bankruptcy and state-run Fiscal Administration of their finances.

It’s not just small villages that have been named. Grambling, Tallulah, Jonesboro, Winnsboro, Baldwin, Clinton, Ball, and others made the list. Cryer says difficult decisions in those places will have to be made.

 

The Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education releases a report showcasing Louisiana’s progress in fighting the opioid epidemic. Council chair Dr. James Hussey says Louisiana doctors wrote 90,000 fewer opioid prescriptions in 2018 compared to the previous year. Overdoses involving prescribed opioids are down for the first time in five years.

 

A federal judge has refused to set bond for a Louisiana man accused of threatening President Donald Trump via social media posts last week. KTBS-TV reports 31-year-old Friedrich Ishola was arrested Nov. 6 and accused of making "threats against (the) president and successors to the presidency." Details were not released.

 

A movie called “Christmas in Louisiana” showcases New Iberia to a national audience this Saturday night on the Lifetime Channel.  Mayor Freddie Decourt says tonight they are having an event to premiere the film for locals. Production from the movie took place in August.  The plot involves a young woman who returns home to New Iberia from Boston for the Sugar Cane Christmas Festival and has a romantic twist with an old flame. Decourt says the many of the locals were cast as extras in the production and it stimulated the economy of the area.

 

The state Department of Environmental Quality has two new Mobile Air Monitoring Labs. Assistant secretary for environmental assessment Roger Gingles says the units have all the bells and whistles to help sample and analyze air quality data on-site and in real-time. Settlements from civil penalties helped pay for the new mobile air monitoring laboratories.

 

A Baton Rouge police officer is receiving no citations or criminal charges, not even a speeding ticket, after investigators found he was driving 94 mph on Airline Highway, at almost twice the speed limit, when he caused a 2017 wreck that killed an infant and severely injured several other people. Christopher Manuel was arrested on negligent homicide after the crash, which occurred while he was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle. The child's mother was also arrested on the same charge because detectives determined the baby likely wouldn't have died if her car seat had been properly strapped in. Manuel remains an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department after charges were dropped against him and the child’s mother.

 

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 60-year-old man for allegedly throwing nails and screws on his neighbors’ driveway. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Glen Springfield says apparently Prentice Lamar Tedeton could not get along with his neighbors. He has been charged with three counts of stalking and four counts of criminal mischief.

 

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help in solving a four-year-old missing person’s case where a man seemingly disappeared into thin air. 33-year-old Kenneth Cole was reported missing November 21st, 2015, and spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says Cole’s family last spoke to him a few days before. Cole’s vehicle was recovered days after he was reported missing, but Chadwick says there was no evidence of foul play in it, and friends and family say he gave no indication he was set to disappear…

 

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Saints offensive guard Andrus Peat will miss the next six weeks after undergoing surgery for a broken arm. With seven games left, Peat will miss most of the rest of the season. The Saints offensive line is coming off a bad performance where they gave up six sacks.

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said on Wednesday’s SEC teleconference that offensive tackle Austin Deculus is questionable for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. Defensive back Kary Vincent is also questionable.

 

The Ragin Cajuns will head to Mobile to face South Alabama on Saturday. Quarterback Levi Lewis is coming off his best game in a Cajun uniform. He threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in a blowout win over Coastal Carolina. U-L Lafayette Coach Billy Napier says Lewis’ hard work is paying off…

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LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady and U-L Lafayette defensive coordinator Ron Roberts are among the 41 nominees for the Broyles Award, which goes to college football’s top assistant coach. The Tigers are fourth in scoring offense, while the Cajuns are 11th in scoring defense.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/13/2019

News for Wednesday 111319

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

If you thought yesterday was cold, State Climatologist Barry Keim says this morning’s temps are even lower. Keim says you’ll need cold-weather gear before you walk out that door. Later today the temps will rebound into the low 50s statewide. But Keim says Canadian air has settled in on the Bayou State with a vengeance and another front is coming through the state tomorrow to extend the stay.

 

The American Lung Association’s “State of Lung Cancer” 2019 report indicates Louisiana has one of the lowest five-year survival rates in the nation at 17%.  LSU pulmonary critical care professor of medicine Dr. Stephen Kantrow says the alarming stat comes at a time when there has been so much progress in the treatment and screening for the disease. 19% of cases in Louisiana are caught in an early stage when five-year survival rates are much higher, compared to 22% on the national level.  The bug culprit is smoking. Many patients never stop smoking even after diagnosis.   

 

Ten-million dollars in hurricane recovery money will go towards building new homes to replace the old FEMA trailers that have been at Camp Beauregard in Pineville since 2005. Guardsmen and their families live in these trailers and Louisiana National Guard Colonel Ed Bush says the soldiers will appreciate an upgrade. There are 40 trailers that are in place at Camp Beauregard.

 

It’s been nearly three decades since David Duke ran for Governor, but the former KKK Grand Wizard’s legacy remains a point of contention, even in this year’s gubernatorial run-off. GOP gubernatorial challenger Eddie Rispone called a recent radio ad linking him to David Duke “disgusting”, but Duke says like many Republicans, they now share many of the same policies. Duke highlighted the similarities between his and Rispone’s immigration, welfare, and tax policy. The former Metairie State Rep says even though his 91’ gubernatorial platform has been adopted by the Republican Party at large. No comments from the state party.

 

Owners of a New Orleans hotel that partly collapsed during construction said Tuesday they are planning to implode the remaining floors. City officials said the implosion will take place in about nine weeks. According to a news release from 1030 Canal Development LLC, multiple engineers have said implosion is the safest way to demolish the project. Parts of its upper stories collapsed Oct. 12 , killing three workers. The cleanup after the implosion will take about three more months.

 

Agents from the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rescued two men, who were reported missing, on the Red River in Avoyelles Parish Monday night after their boat started to take on water and they were forced to swim to a Rock Jetty. Agents were able to ping the boaters phones to track them down. Temps were in the 30’s at the time of the rescue.

 

Louisiana Tech reaches its Forever Loyal campaign goal raising more than $125 million to support University initiatives. Vice President for University advancement Brooks Hull says the money will go toward scholarships, faculty recruitment, research and teaching grants, as well as campus building improvements.

 

Bogalusa is now home to the 50 bed Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center, which may be able to help over 1,000 patients a year in one of the areas hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Bogalusa Representative Malinda White says it’s sorely needed as Washington Parish has a ten times higher rate than the national average of babies born with addiction, because of addicted moms. And the Parish holds the unfortunate title of having the most per capita opioid-related deaths as well.

 

A 24-year-old woman is in Iberia Parish jail after deputies responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home yesterday. Witnesses identified Jessica Mooney as the suspect in the shooting of 46-year-old Kenneth Broussard of New Iberia. Broussard sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was found outside of the home. He was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition.

 

A 44-year-old Eunice man is accused of multiple child sex crimes after meeting a juvenile on an online dating site.  Anthony James Richardson was charged with pornography involving juveniles, computer solicitation, and sexual battery of a victim under the age of 14 years old. The grandfather of the victim caught Richardson and his grandson together then reported it to authorities. The victim and Richardson allegedly met on the social media site called Grinder. Both the victim and Richardson lied about their ages.

 

LSU leads the College Football Playoff Rankings, followed by Ohio State at 2, Clemson at 3, and Georgia at 4. Alabama is on the outside looking in at 5. Last week the Buckeyes took top billing, but Tiger Rag editor Tyler Nunez says the Purple and Gold’s massive win this weekend could not be ignored by voters.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 11/12/2019

News for Tuesday 111219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Late Sunday Night RPSO deputies and the Pineville Police Department responded to a location near Orchard Loop in Wardville in reference to a deceased male juvenile. The cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is completed. The identity is being withheld due to the victim’s age. If anyone has information relating to this investigation contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office .

 

Today marks the beginning of a brutally cold stretch of winter weather in Louisiana with temperatures near freezing in the south and wind advisories and freeze warnings for parts of the north. State Climatologist Barry Keim says wind gusts could hit as high as 30 miles per hour today, with widespread frost expected tonight. Keim says it’s time to wrap the pipes, bring in the pets, and dust off your heaviest coats while we endure the first true winter weather of the season. Keim says don’t put those winter coats away any time soon either, because we may not see a return to warmer weather until next week.

 

A Gray Television poll puts Governor Edwards ahead of Eddie Rispone 48-46 percent with five days until voters hit the polls for the run-off. Only six percent of voters remain undecided, a number LSU Poli Sci Professor Robert Hogan says is remarkably low for a major statewide election. 39 percent of white voters approve of the job the Governor is doing, but only 28 percent say they plan to vote for him. Hogan says the Democratic Edwards is running into major partisan opposition. 88 percent of black voters approve of Edwards’ tenure.

 

Senator John Kennedy continues to address the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  While speaking in Baton Rouge Monday, Kennedy says Representative Adam Schiff’s role as the lead investigator in the inquiry is stacking the deck against fairness to the President. Kennedy says if the case is properly analyzed, the results will come down to whether the President had a good faith basis for believing in the possible corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s business dealings in Ukraine.

 

A navigation lock on the Red River here in Cenla has reopened. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it reopened the John H. Overton Lock and Dam at Alexandria earlier this month. The Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District closed the lock in September, draining all the water from inside the lock chamber for the first time since it was built in 1982. Pumping out the water allowed engineers to inspect the lock, perform maintenance and make repairs. More than 4 million tons of cargo is shipped on the Red River waterway each year.

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services. News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit late last week on behalf of five children, representing 47,500 children in the state who need mental health services.

The lawsuit says children on Medicaid in Louisiana have few options when they experience a mental health crisis. SPLC sued Mississippi in 2010 on similar grounds. That case is still processing.

 

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron on Monday addressed a video that went viral Saturday following the Tigers'  46-41 win over Alabama. In the livestream video filmed by one of the LSU players, Orgeron can be heard addressing his team in the locker room by using an expletive and referencing the well-known "roll tide" chant by Crimson Tide fans. Orgeron did not name the player who recorded the video. “I wish that wouldn’t have happened," Oregon said. He also said he addressed the player that did it. Case closed.

 

College Football Playoff rankings are due out tonight and after their big win in Tuscaloosa LSU is hoping to slide into pole position at number one, possibly for the rest of the season. Many Tigers fans were shocked to see Ohio State take the top position last week, despite LSU’s record against top ten teams. CBS Sports-dot-com analyst Jerry Palm says the Tigers clearly proved a point. Ohio State is undefeated with a number of blowout wins against teams in the Top 25, but unlike LSU, no victories against Top 10 opponents.

 

The Saints are recovering from their shocking 26-9 loss to Atlanta in the Dome Sunday, and are hard at work making sure the same sloppy play that plagued them in that loss doesn’t follow them to Tampa. Coach Sean Payton says the film from Sunday’s loss was pretty nasty, but everyone on the team has to take their medicine and correct the mistakes that lead to their season-high 12 penalties.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/11/2019

News for Monday 111119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Veterans Day honors military service members across the nation today. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will be a part of 42 different events to help celebrate those who have served. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs spokesperson Alex Juan says Veterans Day gives people the opportunity to thank veterans and ponder the many sacrifices service members make to serve the country.  Veterans Day is a significant day in history as we remember the day the guns of the First World War went silent.

 

Early voting for next Saturday's election ended over the weekend and the numbers show that a lot of Louisiana voters took advantage of the option. Statistics from the Secretary of State's office show that 489,649 people voted early for the run-off election, compared to 270,144 for the run-off in 2015. Since there are now 2.9 million registered voters in Louisiana, about 16 percent of voters cast their ballots early.

 

It’s the last week of the gubernatorial campaign.  UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says both candidates need to focus on their core constituents. He says Rispone must appeal to his base of rural conservatives and Trump supporters and he needs the support of his former opponent, Ralph Abraham. Cross says while the candidates focus on voters this week we can expect the PACS to only sharpen their attack ads. Take heart, it will be all over with the run-off this Saturday.

 

Governor Edwards’ campaign is highlighting recent tweets from the White House touting the success of the Louisiana economy, a sentiment that runs counter to local Republican messaging. The tweets celebrate the state’s “booming” economy. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says that’s not helping Eddie Rispone, who is seeking to paint a grim picture of the state economy…

 

They call it Due Dilligence and it was a lack there of that led to an attack ad against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards being pulled from TV airwaves late Friday. The spot claimed the Democratic governor's West Point roommate landed a state contract worth up to $65 million, but the truth is the contract was never awarded. A Republican-financed, anti-Edwards group called Truth in Politics, headed up by GOP donor Lane Grigsby paid for the ad.  

 

Some very cold temperatures are instore for Louisiana this week and with that in mind, the State Fire Marshal's Office is urging home owners to be safe when it comes to heating their homes. Some tips that could save your life,  Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets. Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords.  Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes.  Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves.  Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) unattended. And at  the top of the list, have working smoke alarms in your home!

 

The eight-game losing streak to Alabama is over. The Fighting Tigers went into Tuscaloosa on Saturday and beat the Crimson Tide 46-41 in a game that was quite the departure from LSU’s last victory over Bama, 9-to-6 in 2011. The victory puts the Tigers in the driver’s seat to win the SEC West and play in the conference championship game in December. On a side note; the LSU-Alabama game was the highest-rated regular season college football game on any network in eight years.

 

The Saints were on the wrong end of the biggest upset of the NFL season on Sunday as the one and seven Falcons came into the Superdome and flew back to Atlanta 26-9 win over New Orleans. The loss drops the Black and Gold’s record to 7-and-2. The Saints never found the end zone as Quarterback Drew Brees was sacked six times. New Orleans only had 52 rushing yards as the offensive line had a bad day. Brees says the 12 penalties against New Orleans didn’t help…

 

Ruston has secured a 17.2-million-dollar federal grant to connect the city to the Louisiana Tech campus with smart corridors. The grant will fund smart city technology along new streets, bike and walking paths. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant for Ruston that will embed sensors that provide real-time data for traffic, parking and create a network to develop self-driving cars.

 

New Orleans has a contract in hand from the Hard Rock hotel developers to begin removing the compromised structure that sits right on the iconic Canal Street. Structural Engineer Kerwin Julien says the unique infrastructure challenges of New Orleans will make the process lengthy, and expensive because traditional options are not on the table. Julien says crews will have to carefully analyze the site, and figure out how to take it apart piece by piece without damaging nearby structures like the Saenger Theater.

 

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Good Morning... News For Friday 11/08/2019

News for Friday 110819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A single vehicle crash yesterday afternoon claimed the life of an Elmer woman. State police report shortly before 2pm yesterday 23 year old Kelsey Broussard of Alexandria lost control of the vehicle she was driving. The vehicle left the highway and overturned several times. Broussard was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.  Broussard’s only adult passenger, identified as 25-year-old Brooke Deville, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A toddler, who was properly restrained in a child safety seat, survived the crash and sustained only minor injuries.

 

Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall made it official yesterday; AlexWinterFe?te will take place this year from December 12th to the 15th. The Mayor saying at yesterday’s press conference “Through the years, AlexWinterFe?te has become recognized throughout the state as a signature holiday event.  AlexWinterFe?te will open at 5 p.m. the evening of Dec. 12 with the traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree and Santa’s arrival in Santa’s Village.

 

Turnout remains strong as the first four days of early voting has resulted in 295,000 showing up to the ballot box.  JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says he would not be surprised if nearly 500,000 total votes are cast when early voting wraps up.  That’s a boost from the primary.

 

Republicans already hold a super-majority in the Senate, but House runoffs between Democrats and Republicans could see five seats come to the GOP side. resulting in a super-majority for both chambers. Seven Republicans are in runoffs that could determine a super-majority in the House.

 

Campaign finance reports are out for the late September to late October fundraising period and Eddie Rispone has seen a fundraising explosion since entering the run-off.  Rispone pulled in 2.9 million dollars during the period. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says you’ll start to see a lot more local Republican money pour into the race because donors won’t have to fear playing favorites like in the primary. Edwards raised 5.2 million during the period.

 

Department of Children and Families is celebrating having found 893 foster care children permanent homes over the last year.  The number is the second highest on record, slightly trailing last year’s total of 912.   DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters highlights a 22 percent rise in teen adoptions, which can be a tough age group to find homes for. The state also had a two percent increase in the adoption of sibling groups.

 

The LSU Center for Energy Studies is projecting employment in the oil and gas sectors will remain flat even as the industry as a whole sees expansion in the coming years.

Study co-author, LSU professor Greg Upton, says because of changes in technology, Louisiana will likely never see the kinds of oil industry employment it had in the 70s, or even six years ago. Upton says Louisiana saw peak industry employment in the 70s at 100,000, but that fell to 50,000 a few decades later, and roughly 30,000 after the 2014 crash.

 

All eyes are on Tuscaloosa this weekend for the biggest game in college football and the LSU’s Traveling Tigers are making the trip as well. Alumni Engagement Travel Manager Ali Brooks says LSU was allotted five-thousand tickets for the game but she says many Tiger fans are being resourceful and finding tickets on the secondary market.

 

Sports..

 

LSU basketball tips off its season tonight at home against Bowling Green. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9FM airtime 6:30p

 

The Pelicans will host the Raptors tonight at the nest… Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN.. Zion Williamson continues to rehab and no timetable has been established on when he’ll return.

 

We’re just a day away from a potentially season-defining game between LSU and Alabama, a game that could get QB Joe Burrow a Heisman. Despite playing three other top ten teams this year, there’s no doubt this is the biggest game of the year, every year for the Tigers. Burrow says they aren’t letting that get to their heads.

 

La Tech will look to win its eighth in a row when they host North Texas for homecoming tomorrow. The Mean Green are 4-and-5, but Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says they have one of the best players in the league, Q-B Mason Fine. Louisiana Tech is coming off a bye and they are receiving votes in the AP and Top 25 coaches poll. The Bulldogs are in a position to win the West division, but Holtz says there are still four games left.  You can hear the game starting at 1:30p on 94.7 ESPN

 

Saturday will be a big day of football in northeast Louisiana. Grambling hosts Alcorn State, Louisiana Tech takes on North Texas for homecoming and ULM will host Georgia State.

 

In nearby Natchitoches, Northwestern State hosts Lamar, Nicholls will host Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana is at Central Arkansas. The Bears are in first place in the Southland.

 

The Saints face their biggest rival for the first time this season when they host the Falcons at noon. Atlanta is a dreadful one and seven, but they lead the NFL in passing yards. Coach Sean Payton says the Dirty Birds are still explosive. After missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain, Saints running back Alvin Kamara is expected to play Sunday.

 

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/07/2019

News for Thursday 110719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A cold front moves across Louisiana today, dropping temps ahead of what should be a chilly weekend.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says the front will bring scattered showers to the state. Some shower activity could linger into early Friday, but will most likely be cleared out in time for high school football action.  Keim says the weekend forecast does call for temps in the 30’s for some portions of the state, which could mean frost.

 

Monroe was home to dueling rallies yesterday as Governor Edwards and President Trump descended on the city to rally for the Governor’s race. The President was in town last night to hype up Eddie Rispone to voters in a region that went for Ralph Abraham in the primary. Edwards rallied earlier that day. He slammed Rispone for bringing the President into the race, saying the Baton Rouge businessman had to bring in a national leader because he had no local plans. Early voting for the run-off runs through Saturday.

 

Tiger fans are flocking to Tuscaloosa for the biggest college football game in the nation this week as LSU takes on Bama on Saturday.  Don’t already have accommodations?  President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Jim Page says putting your head in a bed might be costly. T-Town has a population of about 100,000 but on any typical game day, but Page says that number can double or triple.

Traffic is expected to be intense.  College Gameday will be broadcasting from the campus and security will also be slowing things down as President Trump will be in attendance at the game.  Page says extra time and patience is something all game-day revelers need to account for.

 

Public school report cards are out and the state’s overall performance score is up slightly, but the report shows more work needs to be done to improve struggling schools. 16 percent of schools scored an A, 32 percent a B, 29 percent a C, 14 percent a D, and nine percent a failing grade. 571 schools have been identified as needing improvement after achieving low marks for two consecutive years. Here in Rapides Parish, the School District maintained a high “B”.  There were three 'A' school, 18 ‘B’ schools, 11 ‘C's, 7 ‘D's and 6 ‘F's.

 

An Alexandria man has been sentenced to two years' supervised probation for raping a 40-year-old resident of an assisted living facility in 2016. 63-year-old Bernard Jones pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of cruelty to the infirm. He had faced up to four years of hard labor if convicted of his initial charge of first-degree rape at his trial that was set to start this week. Jones also was ordered Monday to avoid all contact with the victim and the victim's family.

 

The State D.O.T.D. announced yesterday that one of the oldest, if not the oldest bridge in Rapides parish has been closed until further notice. The Military Highway bridge in Pineville, which dates back to 1918, is literally falling apart and has been shut down until it can be replaced. The replacement of the bridge was already on the table, but it is a slow process. Bidding for the project is expected to begin in February. Work should start in early spring at the earliest.

 

A study of the Louisiana gubernatorial primary results show President Trump’s October rally in Lake Charles was not a major factor in pushing Governor Edwards to a run-off.  LSU political researcher Dr. Michael Henderson says that naturally leads to a question about the effectiveness of injecting national politics into state races. After last night’s visit in Monroe, the President will be back in the state in Bossier City on November 14th.

 

Ex-"Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden's convictions and life prison term for raping two preteen girls in East Baton Rouge Parish have been upheld by the state's highest court. The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, without issuing written reasons, denied Hayden's appeal of his aggravated rape and forcible rape convictions, and his life sentence plus 40 years. Hayden is also serving a life term for sex crimes in Livingston Parish.

 

A water main broke yesterday afternoon in Ville Platte, leaving the entire city without water. Crews worked late into the night to restore service. Now the entire city is under a boil advisor until further notice.

 

Sports…

 

Thursday Night NFL.. Chargers @ Raiders 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

In the first college football playoff ranking, LSU is number two, behind Ohio State. Alabama is ranked third, Penn State Fourth. So two teams from the SEC and Big 10 are in the top four, but Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says that will change this weekend. LSU is at Alabama this Saturday and the other big game is Penn State at Minnesota.

 

The Falcons will likely have two of their top players back for Sunday’s game against the Saints in the Dome. Coach Dan Quinn said today that quarterback Matt Ryan and cornerback Desmond Trufrant have returned to practice. Rayn missed Atlanta’s last game with an ankle sprain and Trufant has been out since week five with a toe injury.

 

And the Saints are also getting healthier. Running back Alvin Kamara, tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and cornerback Patrick Robinson were back on the practice field today for the portion viewed by the media.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/06/2019

News for Wednesday 110619

Compile by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The investigation continues into the discovery of a body of an unidentified man Monday on highway 71 south near Lecompte. The RPSO says it will take the coroner’s autopsy to determine the cause of death. Anyone with any information that may help authorities is asked to call the Sheriff’s office or Crime Stoppers.

 

Monroe is the epicenter of the Governor’s race today with visits from both campaigns, including President Trump stumping for Eddie Rispone.  Rispone says the President’s trip at this time emphasizes the need to turn the state around with the November 16th runoff election. Rispone says the man he edged out of the runoff, Congressman Ralph Abraham, will be in attendance tonight as well. Edwards campaign spokesperson Eric Holl says the Governor’s stop in Monroe highlights a different campaign strategy, working together. Holl says President Trump and Governor Edwards have great working relationship and expects that to resume after the political tension that comes with an election ceases. Finally KSYL’s Moon Griffon will interview The President on his show this morning at 9:05..

 

Flu season is heating up and Louisiana leads the nation in flu activity. State Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says most of the cases seem to be focused in south Louisiana, particularly New Orleans and the North Shore. While the cases are piling up, thankfully most of them do not appear to be the more serious A-strain of the flu.

 

Renown Pointe Coupee literary icon Ernest Gaines has passed away at the age of 86. The writer was best known for his work, A Lesson Before Dying, which found national success after it was put into Opera’s Book Club in 1997. Gaines taught at UL Lafayette and was born on a plantation in New Roads in 1933, and his family had to move out of state when he was 15 because his parish did not offer high school for African Americans.

 

When it comes to the hottest ticket in college football, one thing is certain: The waiting game is an expensive one. In the days before No. 1 LSU faces off with No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the game is already tracking as the fourth-highest in average ticket sales across the college football landscape this season, according to sales data from multiple online marketplaces. That average price was $417 as of Tuesday, according to data from StubHub, which tracks higher than any game Alabama played in the 2018 season. The "get-in" price, which tracks the cheapest available tickets, was at $245.

 

After months of delays, the new billion-dollar terminal of Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans opens today.  MSY Director of Aviation Kevin Dolliele says the 82-85% of all visitors by air, into and out of the state, use the facility and the new terminal will drastically improve what they see. The concourse will feature over 40 different retail and food and beverage outlets and the parking now increases to over 8000 available parking spots.  Dolliole says the new facility will also feature a new system for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft as well as additional updates to technology that the 21st century air traveler is looking for in an airport.

 

A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to carrying out schemes that defrauded banks and private equity firms of $29 million. A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Louisiana says 57-year-old Michael Allen Worley pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud and wire fraud. With the guilty plea, Worley has admitted to obtaining $18 million in loans from banks in Baton Rouge and across the country between 2014 and 2018. He also admits to obtaining $11 million from private equity firms in Louisiana and Texas.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in March of 2020 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 24. Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS 9500 test to qualify for consideration.

 

A Denham Springs man is under arrest for stealing an electric shopping cart from a Walmart in Houma, allegedly to avoid getting a DWI. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson John DeSantis says 32-year-old Brice Kendell Williams had parked at one bar, started drinking, then decided to steal the cart and drive it half a mile down the road to another bar. Williams is facing felony unauthorized use of a moveable and a 2,500 dollar bond.

 

Gretna Police report two brothers shot a man to death in an argument over drugs and a woman.  32-year-old Harold Slater and 37-year-old Willie Slater were arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree murder accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old Walter Wilson on Saturday at an apartment complex in Gretna.  Wilson suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and legs.

 

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a Metairie man who disappeared Sunday while meeting with two people interested in buying his car was shot in the head during the vehicle test drive. After the shooting, the would-be buyers, 22 year old Herman Raney and 20 year old La'Shon Brown, both of Baton Rouge, are accused of dumping the 41-year-old man's body in a vacant lot in the middle of a Metairie neighborhood. The JPSO says the victim, 41 year old David Mancia was a father of three.

 

LSU Coach O Show 7p 96.9 KZMZ / 104.9 & 970 KSYL

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 11/05/2019

News for Tuesday 110519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone early voted today in Baton Rouge. Afterward, he told reporters he’s disgusted by a radio ad that links him and President Trump to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Rispone blames Governor Edwards for the ad, but the Edwards campaign says they are not responsible. The New Orleans-based Black Organization for Leadership Development produced the ad.

 

The demographics of Saturday’s record-breaking 89,623 early voters show Democrats are far more engaged in the run-off than they were in the primary, specifically blacks who increased their turnout from 25 to 31 percent. That may be good news for Governor Edwards, but JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says the voters most up for grabs in the coming election were notably absent Saturday… White Democrats and Independents.  Edwards holds a 60-37 percent lead among white Democrats, while Eddie Rispone sports a 56-38 percent lead among white independents according to JMC’s most recent poll. Cenla has also seen record early voter turnout.

 

The Shreveport Times is reporting that President Donald Trump will be campaigning in the Shreveport/Bossier city area this month. There are rumors a rally will be November 14th at the CenturyLink Center. The President will be in Monroe this Wednesday and the Advocate reports that Trump will attend the LSU-Alabama game Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

 

Three months after medical marijuana became available in Louisiana, doctors and clinics say some patients are finding the cost for therapeutic cannabis too high for treatment, pricing them out of a medication they waited years to obtain. The only cannabis currently available comes in a flavored liquid tincture, a bottle containing a dropper to use. One bottle can range from about $90 to $220, depending on concentration and pharmacy. The average chronic pain patients would be spending maybe $1,000 a month at current prices for what they need. Insurance does not cover the prescription.

 

Eunice Police have identified the man who died in a shooting Monday morning. Police say 21 year old De'Omaante  Frank of Eunice was riding a when vehicle pulled up beside him and, according to witnesses started firing. The victim was struck once in the side. He was transported to Acadian Medical Center in Eunice where he died from his injuries.

 

Republicans are blasting a request from the Ukrainian Scandal whistleblower that they be allowed to submit written answers instead of publicly testify at an impeachment inquiry hearing. Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins says a desire for anonymity is understandable, but that can be done while still offering authorities a chance to question the whistleblower in person.  Higgins says they’re fairly confident they know who the whistleblower is, and that person is ethically compromised.

Higgins says the whistleblower had contact with Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff prior to the complaint. Something the whistleblower’s attorneys strongly denies.

 

Louisiana earns an F-grade on preterm birth rates from the March of Dimes’ report card on maternal and infant health.  The state’s preterm birthrate is at 13%, slightly higher than last year.  March of Dimes spokesperson Frankie Robertson says among the recommendations to improve the grade are, group prenatal care, eliminating structural racism in health care, and increased availability of Medicaid.

 

Lafayette based Iberia Bank is merging with Tennessee based First Horizon and moving it’s headquarters to Memphis. It’s the first move out of state in Iberia’s 132-year history, and the merger will create one of the larger financial institutions in the entirety of the south. The merger will be completed in the second quarter of 2020.

 

For Mardi Gras we have Boudin King Cake.. So how about Gumbo Beer?? Bayou Teche Brewing and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine have combined forces to release Gumbo Stout, a craft beer aimed at capturing the spirit of the signature Louisiana dish. Brewery founder Karlos Knott says the beer was brewed around the flavor of a chicken and sausage gumbo. Gumbo Stout will be available for a limited time at select retailers around the state.

 

Sports…

 

Not that we would ever encourage gambling on a sporting event, Oddsmakers do not have top-ranked LSU beating Alabama this Saturday and ending the Crimson Tide’s eight-game winning streak over the Tigers. Bama is a 6.5 point favorite, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron says the previous eight games in the series between the two schools won’t have an impact on what happens Saturday…

 

The Saints are big 13.5 point favorites to beat their biggest rival, the one and seven Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the Superdome.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/04/2019

News for Monday 110419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The body of a man who went out fishing and never came home Saturday was found early Sunday afternoon in Kincaid lake. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reports another boater found an unoccupied boat floating in Kincaid Sunday morning.

LDWF is not releasing the man’s identity until all family members have been notified.

 

A single vehicle crash on Elliott Street in Alexandria Saturday morning claimed the life of an unidentified man. According to APD, the vehicle hit a pole and then a tree on a curve. The vehicle flipped and caught on fire. The driver died at the scene but has yet to be identified.

 

Early voting for the November 16th run-off is underway, giving voters a chance to weigh in on the two statewide elections left and a slew of local elections. 374,000 Louisianans early voted in the primary, a state record.  Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is hoping for a repeat performance this time around as well.  Early voting runs through this Saturday the 9th. The election if the following Saturday the 16th.

 

Republican gubernatorial challenger Eddie Rispone ignites controversy by telling Matt and Jim on KSYL’s Talkback that Governor Edwards’ career has hurt the reputation of West Point.  Governor Edwards says the comments were offensive to him and other veterans of the Academy. Eddie Rispone doubled down and called Edwards’ response “fake liberal outrage” by a career trial lawyer. Rispone made the comments on KSYL when asked about his debate performance. He was in the midst of attacking the Governor’s performance when he made the comments.

 

It’s the first workday after the time change so can it affect your health?  LSU Health Sciences New Orleans Chief Cardiologist Dr. Frank Smart says in the spring when we lose an hour, emergency rooms do see an increase in the number of heart attacks. However, The fall time change might actually benefit those with cardiac issues. Smart says the time change does throw off our circadian rhythm so if you have health issues pay attention to abnormal signs.

 

An explosion at a Dow chemical plant near Plaquemine rattled windows in nearby homes but caused no injuries, the company said Sunday morning. An official with Dow says there are no injuries on site, and they were conducting air monitoring. The statement said it had shut down the affected production unit, but the rest of the complex was continuing to run safely and there appeared to be no impact outside of the complex.

 

A Ville Platte man has lost his life after being struck head-on by an 18-wheeler Friday evening. The crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on LA Hwy 33 the driver of an 18 Wheeler attempted to avoid a vehicle stopped in the roadway and lost control, crossing the center line and striking a vehicle driven by 22 year old Trevor Trahan. Trahan, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Shoppers are expected to spend on average about 4% more on holiday gifts than they did last year.  The biggest growth comes in online shopping, with a 13% increase.  LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says when it comes to the amount people are spending, on average, it is forecast to be over a grand. Rice says a trend this year is seeing people start their shopping earlier.

 

The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding efforts of three Louisiana churches destroyed by arson. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel presented the pastors of three St. Landry Parish historically black Baptist churches with the money last week.

 

Sports..

 

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Cowboys @ Giants 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

The LSU Tigers football team remains the No. 1 team in the country, according to the AP Top 25 poll released Sunday afternoon. After not playing a game during an open date, the Tigers are still on track to play No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) in a "Game of the Century"-type showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

It will be the first time since the 2011 season that LSU and Alabama will meet as the top two teams in the country in the regular season.

 

Louisiana got off to a sluggish start on Saturday afternoon, but 21 points in the second half and a staunch defensive performance clinched bowl eligibility for the Ragin’ Cajuns for the second-straight season after they defeated Texas State, 31-3, at Cajun Field.

Good Morning... News For Friday 11/01/2019

News for Friday 110119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Sparks flew at the first and only run-off debate between Governor Edwards and Eddie Rispone.  The debate came amidst a background of an increasingly competitive campaign with recent polls showing the two neck and neck. A survey released Thursday  by My People Vote poll gives Governor Edwards just over 50 percent support, while Eddie Rispone is right behind him at 47 percent. Only three percent of likely voters surveyed were still undecided. 

 

President Trump will be in Monroe Wednesday, November sixth to support GOP gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. The rally will begin at 7 PM at the Monroe Civic Center. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says the President’s visit falls during the middle of early voting. Monroe is in the 5th Congressional district, which is represented by Congressman Ralph Abraham. Abraham will be in attendance.

 

The House votes 232 to 196 to authorize public Impeachment hearings, the first step in what ultimately may be a formal impeachment of President Donald Trump. All House Republicans and two Democrats voted against the resolution. Five of Louisiana’s six Congressmen voted against the resolution, the sole supporter being New Orleans Representative and Democrat Cedric Richmond.

 

Middle and high school vaping rates have doubled since 2017 in Louisiana according to data from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. An estimated 32 percent of high schoolers and 15 percent of middle schoolers reported using vape products more than once. Tobacco-Free Living Director Tonia Moore says it’s a growing trend. Smoking rates in the state continue to decline among youth at the same time that vaping rates have exploded. Moore says the state has seen 26 vaping related cases of illness and hospitalization.

 

LSU’s online program enrollment has grown by 20% over last year. 1,200 students are now enrolled online, with the goal to boost that to 30,000 over the next decade. Vice provost of digital and continuing education Sasha Thackaberry says LSU’s growth outpaces the national rate of 4% for the same time frame. Currently the university offers 15 online programs, but Thackaberry says the goal is to grow that to 50 by the fall of 2021.

 

The Popeye’s chicken sandwich that captured the attention of the world this summer returns to the restaurant’s menu this Sunday.  How did the sandwich make its way into the spotlight?  Marketing faculty at UNO Lisa Palumbo says much of the hype can be traced to Popeye’s use of social media. The sandwich’s return on a Sunday seems to be a direct shot to the bow of Chick-fila, whose chicken sandwich has been used by many as the high water mark in the world of chicken sandwiches.  Palumbo says good-natured jabs are trendy in marketing.

 

Authorities in Vernon Parish say a woman who worked at a medical clinic has been arrested for selling fake doctor's notes to high school students so they can get out of class.  52-year-old Belinda Gail Fondren was charged with filing or maintaining false public records. Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft says Fondren was selling medical excuses for $20 each. He says two students at Evans High School received excuses on 14 occasions. Deputies said a physician received a call from the Vernon Parish School Board about the absence notes. He told deputies that he didn't treat the students nor did he authorize the excuses.

 

An LSU freshman who was discovered dead in her campus residential hall recently died from acute viral meningitis. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office released the cause of death in a report about 18-year-old Marakah Dennis, of Washington, D.C., who died in September. The virus that caused Dennis' acute viral meningitis has not been identified, but possible viruses that can be responsible include West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and influenza, according to the coroner office’s chief investigator. The Coroner says none of the other students in the hall are at risk of contracting the illness.

 

Sports..

 

The 49ers defeated the Cardinals last night on Thursday night NFL.. The final 28 to 25.

 

First win of the season last night for the Pelicans as they defeated the Denver Nuggets 100 to 107 at the nest. Up next, the Pels are at Oklahoma city to play the Thunder for a Saturday afternoon game.. Airtime 3:30 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

LSU basketball will travel to Ruston for an exhibition game versus Louisiana Tech tomorrow afternoon at four o’ clock. The Tigers are defending SEC champs, but they’ll miss Naz Reid and Tremont Waters who are playing professional basketball. Javonte Smart is the new point guard and Coach Will Wade expects the sophomore will do a good job, it just won’t be as pretty as it was with Waters running the offense. You can hear the game on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM airtime 3:45.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/31/2019

News for Thursday 103119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone shared a stage Wednesday night for likely the only time during the runoff election that will decide Louisiana’s next governor, laying out starkly different assessments of the state’s progress and delivering rebukes of each other’s records during a televised debate in Baton Rouge. The debate, hosted by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Council for a Better Louisiana, was a rare public appearance for Rispone, who is seeking public office for the first time and who has mostly shunned gubernatorial forums in favor of closed-door fundraisers. Edwards agreed to a second TV debate, which Rispone declined.

 

It’s going to be a chilly night of trick-or-treating for families across the state. Nation Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist Aaron Davis says tonight temperatures will be about 20 degrees lower than we’ve been used to over the past week. Davis cautions parents to bundle up their kids, or put on a few extra layers under those costumes tonight. He says it’ll be incredibly windy, and that will exacerbate the already low temperatures. And those frigid temperatures will continue into Friday morning. Davis says the season’s first freeze is set to come about two weeks ahead of schedule…

 

State Police has some tips to keep your kids safe as you head out into the cold tonight for some trick-or-treating. To start, Trooper Taylor Scrantz says make your kids wear wristbands with your cellphone number just in case they get lost and make sure they are visible to drivers. He also recommends planning your route along well-lit streets on sidewalks. Scrantz also advises parents not allow their children to go out tonight without a guardian.

 

Yesterday we told you about a petition on social media that was attempting to gather 2,000 signatures in an effort to give kids a day off to recover from Trick or Treating.. Well, that petition was garnered over 6,000 signatures. However it appears it was all for nothing. Rapides Parish Superintendent of Schools Jeff Hall announced yesterday that school will be in session on Friday.

 

36 year old William Branch, who was arrested back in May for allegedly walking into Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and threatening a priest with a knife, was arraigned Wednesday at the Rapides Parish courthouse. Branch entered a plea of "not guilty by reason of insanity". Last week, Branch was deemed competent to stand trial by Judge Chris Hazel, and stand trial he will. A bench trial is set for Dec. 17.

 

The nation’s report card indicates Louisiana has made the more improvements than any other state in 8th grade math. But still, Eighth graders were ranked 48th nationwide for math. State Superintendent of Education John White says among the challenges to tackle in Louisiana is attracting STEM teachers to the education field. On the downside,  ACT scores in the state fell from 45th to 49th. Louisiana is one of 15 states requiring all high school students to take the ACT and ranked 13th among those.

 

Four contractors are expected to submit bids by Friday with their plans on how to clear the site of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says the responsibility of taking down the building is on the property owner, but the city has been hands-on with the analysis of the demolition plans. The building collapsed on October 12th, killing three and injuring numerous others.

 

A Monroe man is charged with seven counts of assisting escape and accessory after the fact in the escape of seven men from the Richland Parish Detention Center.  38-year old Trevor Toney is accused of helping seven inmates during their escape to Ouachita Parish on Monday. Investigators say Toney helped the inmates force their way out of the facility and then paid for a hotel room for them. All seven have been booked in the Ouachita Correctional Center as fugitives from justice.

 

Brent Ballard said he left his Great Dane in the care of a Lafayette dog trainer in September with the expectation that his pup would return to his Denham Springs home as a service dog. Instead, Gauge came back in October malnourished and in need of immediate veterinary care for a number of injuries including cuts, infections and burns, according to Ballard. A veterinarian told him the dog was 24 to 48 hours away from death and that Gauge would no longer be able to perform as a service dog as a result of the trauma. 64 year old Patrick Darcey is the Lafayette man who allegedly abused Gauge and at least two dozen other dogs through his home dog training business, K9 Kajun Farm. Darcey is facing up to 38 counts of animal cruelty.

 

State Police releases a report detailing concerns by a counselor in 2014 that former Livingston Parish SWAT Commander Dennis Perkins was engaging in “grooming” with a young girl that would prep her for future abuse. Perkins and his wife were arrested last week on numerous child sex crimes charges, and Perkins has been fired from LPSO. Livingston Sheriff Jason Ard spoke earlier in the day before the new revelations came out, defending his office’s decision to retain Perkins in 2013 after a Baton Rouge officer personally reported inappropriate conduct against his step-daughter outlined in the State Police report. Ard blamed the BR cop for coming to him personally instead of filing a paper report. The Sheriff says there are no reports of incidents or allegations against Perkins’ in his official file.

 

A Louisiana appeals court has overruled a judge who said prosecutors could not use the word "rape" during a man's rape trial. In a ruling filed Wednesday, Judge Ben Willard in New Orleans granted a defense request to bar prosecutors and prosecution witnesses from using the word rape in an ongoing trial. Prosecutors appealed, noting the defendant faces multiple charges, including first-degree rape. A three-judge panel of Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal agreed the judge was wrong to ban the use of the word rape by prosecutors.

 

Sports..

 

One of the more unusual World Series is now history with the Washington Nationals winning it all.  Last night, in game 7 of the series, the Nationals defeated the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park 6 to 2 in a series where neither team won a game on their home turf.

 

Thursday Night NFL. 49ers @ The Cardinals 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

LSU will likely be the number one team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll when they visit second-ranked Alabama on November ninth. But Coach Ed Orgeron says they are not paying attention to the current rankings. The hype is just starting to build on this potential number one versus number two match-up.

 

Through eight games, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 73 carches for 875 yards. Thomas is on pace to catch 146 passes, which would break Marvin Harrison’s single season NFL record when the former Colt caught 143 passes in 2002.

 

In the high school football polls, Lafayette Christian is the new number one ranked team in Two-A. Newman was ranked number one last week, but lost by one point to St. Charles Catholic. Notre Dame has moved to two in the rankings, St. Charles Catholic is third, Newman fourth and Ferriday is ranked fifth. Just two more weeks left in the regular season.

 

ULM returns from a bye week to host Arkansas State for homecoming Saturday. The Warhawks are 3-and-4 overall, two and one in the Sun Belt West Division and tied with the Ragin Cajuns for first place.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/30/19

News for Wednesday 103019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Louisiana is in for a stormy day today.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s just the beginning of a bumpy ride of different weather conditions the state can expect over the next few days. Later this evening, a cold front is going to sweep across Louisiana from northwest to southeast.  Keim says that will bring in some cold air from Canada, with temps falling into the mid 30’s Friday morning. Keim says it is a dicey forecast for Halloween, but weather models are indicating the rain should move out by tomorrow evening.

 

If children go out and trick or treat tomorrow, should they get the day off on Friday to rest up? An online petition has been circulating through social media, requesting just that for the Parish’s public and private schools. The petition is hoping to receive 2,500 signatures; however there is now indication yet that the school board will go along with the request if the signatures are obtained.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone will share the stage tonight for the first and only gubernatorial run-off debate. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says expect the candidates to take a much more aggressive posture than they did in the previous three primary debates. Rispone has been criticized for not providing details about the kinds of policies his potential administration would pursue, but Cross says tonight could give voters a better idea. The debate kicks off at 7 PM on LBP. You can also stream the debate live at L-P-B-Dot-Org.

 

LSU-Shreveport Poli Sci Professor Jeff Sadow says don’t expect President Trump to visit the state for a run-off rally to hype up Eddie Rispone until after November 9th, but assuming the President visits sometime between November 9th and the 16th, the Commander in Chief is likely to hold court in north Louisiana. President Trump has a 52 percent approval rating as of Monday’s JMC Analytics poll.

 

Parents have a new app to keep their kids safe, Safe Virtual Neighborhoods, which lets them know when a sex offender tries to contact their children. All parents need to do is download the app and plug-in their children’s information and they’ll be forwarded any alerts. You will need to input a full list of your child’s contact numbers and social media accounts to have proper coverage for the service. The app was developed by Covington based Offenderwatch.

 

New research indicates teen suicide rates are up 87 percent over the last decade, with LGBTQ teens being the most at risk for suicide attempts. Researcher at Trust for America’s Health Rhea Farberman says the data finds 48 percent of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents report considering or attempting suicide. The research suggests the rise is due to the stressors and pressures in a teen’s life. LGBTQ teens often experience discrimination, they experience bullying, and in some cases, violence and family rejection. Farberman says there is a need for programs and policy aimed at enabling teens with coping and emotional skills.

 

The drunk driver who killed two bicycle riders and injured seven following a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade in March was sentenced Tuesday to 90 years in prison.

State Judge Laurie White gave 32 year old Tashonty Toney the maximum sentence.

The sentencing hearing came a day after Toney pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and heard emotional testimony from the relatives of those killed and from some of the injured.

 

A Lafayette man who has been gaining attention on social media as a Drew Brees look-alike got to meet the genuine article Tuesday. The Saints Quarterback was in Lafayette  to promote his newest Lafayette business, and Ragin Crossfit owner Jeremy Hohle showed up to meet Brees. Following the game on Sunday, Brees says his wife texted him about Hohle, showing him photos of a man with a striking resemblance to himself. Before parting, Brees snapped a selfie with Hohle. Brees was quoted as saying "Long lost cousin, here.

 

The ballooning cost of Sasol Ltd.'s $12.9 billion Lake Charles Chemicals Project prompted the board of directors to negotiate a separation agreement for its co-CEOs this week and for several other top executives to leave. The joint CEOs of the South Africa-based petrochemical business are leaving the company Thursday. Fleetwood Grobler, the executive vice president of chemicals, will become the new CEO of the business on Friday and will be responsible for the final stages of construction at the Lake Charles complex, which includes an ethane cracker that will produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene each year.

 

Sports..

 

And we go to game 7.. the World Series is tied up a three games a piece and tonight it all comes down to game 7. What is unusual about this series.. all games have been won on the road. The home team advantage has not been an issue in even one game. Hopefully tonight the Astros can change that.. game 7 tonight at 6 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

The NCAA says it will develop a plan so athletes can make money off their name, image and likeness. Tiger Rag Magazine assistant editor Tyler Nunez says with all of the money that football and basketball produces for schools, it’s time for players to see their cut.  The NCAA says it must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes. It could be several years before any changes are made.

 

Joe Burrow’s record-breaking season at LSU has some NFL scouts salivating over the prospect of making the fifth-year senior the new face of their franchise next year. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says the Tiger’s captain is clearly in the first-round conversation, and is likely being looked at by teams like the Bengals, Dolphins, and Broncos.

Burrow has thrown for 2,800 yards and 30 TDS while completing 79 percent of his passes this year.

 

The Ragin Cajuns will host Texas State this Saturday for homecoming. U-L Lafayette is 5-and-2, while the Bobcats are two and five.

 

In his absence, fans have focused on the team’s other first-round picks. Guard Nikeil Alexander-Walker is averaging six points a game on 30 percent shooting but perked up against the Warriors Monday. Coach Alvin Gentry says the rook just needs minutes.

With Jrue Holiday out, Alexander-Walker saw a season-high 24 minutes Monday and put up 15 points and nine assists on 54 percent shooting.

 

Coach O announced yesterday LSU defensive end Justin Thomas has withdrawn from school for personal reasons. Orgeron said he hopes Thomas will return in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 256-pound junior did not dress out for the Auburn game, and he last played in LSU's 42-28 win over Florida.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/29/19

News for Tuesday 102919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The man accused of burning a Pineville nursing home patient has been indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury. 28-year old Marcus Casson is facing second-degree murder charges now after he was originally arrested for cruelty to the infirm. The victim suffered third-degree burns consistent from scalding liquids and died four months later.

 

A new run-off poll from JMC Analytics shows Governor Edwards at 48 percent and Eddie Rispone at 46 percent with a little under three weeks until the race is decided. Pollster John Couvillon says it’s the first time he’s seen Edwards make real progress towards the 50 percent plus one he will need on November 16th to keep his job. 5th district congressman Ralph Abraham endorsed Rispone after the primary, but it’s unclear whether or not the Congressman plans on campaigning for his fellow Republican. There’s only six percent of voters who remain undecided.

 

Governor Edwards is rolling out a new line of attack in the governor’s race, prodding Eddie Rispone for declining to attend nearly any candidate forums or other public events with the line “Where’s Eddie?” Rispone has only agreed to meet face to face for one event in the run-off, the October 30th LPB debate. Edwards slammed the Republican at Monday’s press club candidate forum for dodging questions. The Governor singled out his opponent’s support for repealing the Medicaid expansion, and Rispone’s past support for the state’s voucher program that’s been panned by the Department of Education.

 

37 year old Michael Stroud has been arrested by the APD on several charges, following an investigation that began earlier this month when three victims reported he had sexual contact with them when they were children. The incidents allegedly occurred between 2004-2012 when the victims were between the ages of 6-16 years of age. Stroud, who is a Deville resident  is charged three counts of crime against nature, two counts of sexual battery of a victim under 13, one count of oral sexual battery and one count of molestation of a juvenile.

 

About 67-hundred Entergy customers in southeast Louisiana remain without power as a result of the strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Olga over the weekend. Entergy spokesperson Lee Sabatini says some of the damaged infrastructure is difficult to get too. Cleco has about two-thousands without power on the Northshore.

 

The State Fire Marshal and Operation Save a Life are partnering together to put more working smoke alarms in homes to reduce fire fatalities. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the $55-thousand dollar FEMA grant will help a lot of families. This year’s current fire fatality count is at 52, which is lower compared to time last year’s count of 60.

 

Funeral Services for former ULM President Dwight D. Vines, who died Saturday at age 88, are taking place today. Vines was at the helm of the university from 1976-1991. University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson remembers Vines as a great example for higher education leaders. Under Vines’ leadership, 40 new degree programs were added.

 

Halloween means kids heading door-to-door in search of candy, but for children with autism, they may not be able to verbalize phrases like “Trick-or-treat” or “Happy Halloween,” so the newest trend for those children is carrying blue buckets or pumpkins to bring awareness.  Autism Society Acadiana spokesperson Robin Blackwell says those kids will still be excited to get candy. The CDC estimates that 1 in 57 children are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

 

Sports…

 

Game 6 of the world series tonight finds the Houston Astros at home and one game away from winning it all. Airtime tonight at 6pm on 94.7 ESPN..

 

After a tough start to the season with 3 losses, the New Orleans Pelicans made it 4 last night as they lost to the Golden State Warriors at home. The Final 123 to 134. The Pels play host to the Denver Nuggets Thursday night.

 

Monday Night Football last night the Steelers easily took care of the Dolphins 27 to 14. Up next the San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Thursday night.s

 

LSU is ranked number one in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2011. The win over Auburn was LSU’s third over a Top 10 team and it convinced voters to rank the Tigers over number two Alabama and number three Ohio State. Assistant Tiger Rag Editor Tyler Nunez says there’s not much separation between the top three teams

 

 

Good Morning.. News For Monday 10/28/2019

News for Monday 102819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Vice President Mike Pence returns to Louisiana today to hold a closed-door fundraiser for Eddie Rispone in Baton Rouge. Tickets are 5,000 dollars per couple for general access and $15,000 for VIP access. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it’s likely the money won’t be headed directly into the Rispone campaign and will more likely go to a PAC. Either way, It’s a boon for the Baton Rouge businessman who’s poured over 11 million dollars of his own funds into the campaign but appears to have stopped self-funding.

 

It’s now official, Paul Coreil was named chancellor of Louisiana State University of Alexandria during the October Board of Supervisors meeting last week. LSU President F. King Alexander says “Dr. Coreil has served LSU admirably for many years, and he is a proven leader who will help guide LSUA forward and build on the successes already established there over the last few years.”

 

It started Saturday night as a high speed chase of a stolen vehicle and ended with an APD cruiser perched on top of a fire hydrant. The cruiser crashed onto the sidewalk next to Reichman Law Firm downtown, then smashed into a tree next to the building landing on the fire hydrant. The officer received none life threatening injuries in the crash.

 

Assumption Parish native and Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette is awaiting Senate confirmation as the nation’s next Energy Secretary. President Trump nominated Brouillette and says his experience is unparalleled. Brouillette is a U-S Army veteran, who previously worked for former Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin. He also had a position in the George W. Bush administration and served on the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board.

 

Former ULM President Dwight Vines has passed away at the age of 87. He served as the school’s president from 1976 to 1991.

 

The man behind the wheel of a pickup truck that slammed into another vehicle in August, killing two people, including a two-year-old girl in St. Landry Parish, is now charged with two counts of negligent homicide. State police report 48-year-old Michael Shane Guidry of Carencro was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

35-year-old Lacy Leger of Sunset and her two-year-old daughter were traveling along the I-49 service road when the wreck happened, killing both of them.

 

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s project E Pluribus Unum surveyed 800 people across the South for their views on race, with the report finding substantial disparities in how different groups view key issues. The survey found a slight plurality of both black and white respondents do not believe the Civil War was fought over slavery. Landrieu says that’s a sign that more education on the topic is needed.

 

An Accountemps survey shows nine in ten workers admit to coming into work with cold or flu-like symptoms, and a third of workers admit to always going into work when sick. Senior Recruiting Manager for Robert Half in New Orleans, Carrie Lewis, says bosses should set the expectation that sick workers can stay home. 54 percent of those who admit they’ve rolled into work with a cold or the flu say it’s because they have too much work to do, another 40 percent admit to not wanting to use up sick leave.

 

The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is celebrating 100-years of conservation on 70,000 acres of coastal land in Cameron and Vermillion Parish. Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Program Manager Scooter Trosclair says thousands of visitors from around the world every year spend a weekend at this fabulous recreational spot. Edward Avery Mcllhenny, the son of Tabasco founder Edmund Mcllhenny, agreed to donate the land to the state in exchange for a promise that it would be used for research purposes. The deal led to research breakthroughs in the 50s, 60s and, 70s that helped out gators worldwide.

 

 

Sports..

 

The Houston Astros can win it all on their home turf tomorrow night when they play host to the Nationals in game 6 of the series.. The Astros swept the Nationals in Washington over the weekend. Taking three games and leading the series 3 to 2. It was a 4 to 1 win Friday, 8 to 1 Saturday and 7 to 1 Sunday.. Next game issa tomorrow night starting at 6 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Tonight the World Series it put on hold as Monday Night Football is Front and Center.. Tonight it’s the Dolphins @ Steelers 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

LSU is the new number one college football team in the country after a hard fought 23-20 win over Auburn. The Tigers have won a lot of games on pure execution this season, but LSU used grit on Saturday to beat Auburn for a third straight season. Coach Ed Orgeron says its the kind of game you need to win to have a championship season.  Now the Tigers can finally focus on the Alabama game which will take place on November 9th. Both teams do not play this weekend. LSU has lost eight in a row to Bama.

 

Drew Brees was sharp on Sunday as he came off a five-week absence to lead New Orleans to a sixth straight win, a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Brees tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 373 yards. Some were concerned that the Saints were rushing Brees back, but Coach Sean Payton was not concerned. Brees says it was great to be back. The Saints are off Sunday and return to the field November 10th to host the struggling Falcons, a stretch of four straight games against divisional opponents.

 

 

Good Morning... News For Friday 10/25/2019

News for Friday 102519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Get ready for some rain.. A combination or two fronts in Louisiana is bringing massive amounts of rain to the entire state.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says there is a cold front moving in from the north, interacting with a front draped along the coastline.

Keim says the rain chances will be cut down to 30% in time for the Auburn/LSU game, but expect the field to still be slick.  Expect overcast skies and temps in the 60’s.

 

Due to the threat of heavy rains Zoo Boo at the Alexandria is cancelled for tonight. Depending upon the weather, the final evening of Zoo Boo will be tomorrow night.

 

Fifth District Congressman Ralph Abraham  tells Greg Hilburn from the USA Today Network that he may not seek a fourth term in the U-S House of Representatives next year. Abraham just finished third in the gubernatorial primary and tells Hilburn he always planned to serve three or four teams in Congress. Abraham plans to make his decision known before the end of the year.

 

State Police have arrested a Pineville Man, Kevin Miles, for impersonating a female.

In July 2019, LSP’s Special Victims Unit began an investigation pertaining to a male pretending to be a female on social media, with the intent to convince other females to send illicit sexual images to a fake account.  During the investigation, a person of interest was identified. Miles was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Authorities say Miles used the fake social media account for over 10 years.  It was used to communicate and/or exchange images with over a thousand social media users.  

 

Louisiana Tech announces two economic development partnerships, one of which is a $7.5 million commitment from LED for a new $15 million multitenant office building in the school’s enterprise campus.  La Tech’s Chief Research and Innovation Officer Davey Norris says the addition will add 750 new jobs over the next decade. It’s estimated to create a half-billion-dollar economic impact over the next ten years.

 

A 51-year-old Monroe man is in custody in a fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of 15-year-old Neville High student Ashley Dorsey. Corporal Reggie Brown with the Monroe Police Department says tips from the public led to the arrest of Daniel Ross. Dorsey was riding her skateboard when she was hit on Tuesday night. According to Monroe P-D Ross was also charged with D-W-I in a separate incident earlier this month.

 

While the national average is decreasing by 4%, health insurance rates in Louisiana for those policies available in the Obamacare marketplace will see an average premium increase of 10% in 2020.  Deputy Commissioner with the Louisiana Department of Insurance Frank Opelka says part of the reason is that Louisiana saw a rate decreases between 2018 and 2019. Annual enrollment for the program begins November 1 for 2020 coverage.

 

Mississippi's attorney general said Thursday that he will sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for environmental and economic damage the state experienced after the Corps opened The Bonnet Carre spillway for two extended periods this year to protect New Orleans from flooding. Attorney General Jim Hood says the freshwater pouring into the Gulf of Mexico killed some marine life and damaged Mississippi's oyster industry. Mississippi beaches closed for weeks because of toxic algae growth, and coast officials have said that hurt tourism that sustains a big part of the local economy.

 

The search for a fisherman who went missing in Toledo Bend Reservoir is over as authorities report his body has been found. Authorities were alerted after witnesses noticed a truck that had been parked and idling at the launch for several hours. The man’s wallet, keys and other personal belongings were still in the truck.

 

Child rape and porn charges have a former high ranking Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy and his school teacher wife behind bars. The charges could result in the Denham Springs husband and wife serving a life prison sentence. Legal analyst Tim Meche says a jury will take their professions into account, which will make it difficult on the defense lawyers. Meche says if their cases go to trial, he expects the defense lawyers to seek a change of venue.

 

Senator John Kennedy co-signs a resolution condemning the House’s impeachment inquiry amid growing rancor in D.C. over the President’s Ukraine scandal. Kennedy says the proceedings have been all behind closed doors, with the public only having access to leaked information, mostly from Democrats. Wednesday House Republicans stormed a secure meeting where a deposition in the inquiry was set to begin. Kennedy says it’s the result of weeks of pent-up frustration about closed-door hearings…

 

Sports..

 

The World Series moves to Washington tonight as the Houston Astros desperately need a win. The Nationals lead the series 2 to 0. Airtime 6p on 94.7 ESPN.. And this programming note, Saturday’s game 4 will move from ESPN, due to the LATech Game,  over to  KSYL 970AM / 104.9 FM starting at 6p.

 

Second-ranked LSU continues its push for its first-ever college football playoff appearance when they host ninth-ranked Auburn tomorrow. The Tigers are undefeated with already two wins this season against teams from the Top 10. Auburn brings the SEC’s number one rushing attack into Death Valley. Airtime 12:30 on 96.9 KZMZ. Kick-off is at 2:30.

 

The Arizona Cardinals will bring a three-game winning streak to the Superdome on Sunday when they take on the six and one Saints. Arizona features one of the best cornerbacks in the game, former LSU star Patrick Peterson. Coach Sean Payton says they don’t want Peterson to have a big impact in the game… Airtime 10am on 96.9 KZMZ

 

After a big win over rival Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech heads on the road this Saturday to face UTEP, who has just one win on the season. Tech has won six straight matchups against the Miners, which dates back to 2013.  Airtime 5:30p on 94.7 ESPN

 

LSU football has received a verbal commitment from five-star tight end Airk Gilbert from Marietta, Georgia. Gilbert stunned recruiting analysts by choosing the Tigers over Alabama, Clemson, Texas A-and-M and Georgia.

 

 

Northwestern State tries again this Saturday to get its first win of the season as the Demons visit U-I-W. The Cardinals have won four in a row, since losing its Southland opener to Sam Houston State.

 

After getting shut out last week by Sam Houston, Nicholls hosts Abilene Christian for homecoming. Southeastern Louisiana is at Houston Baptist and McNeese visits Stephen F Austin.

 

A Houston Astros executive accused of verbally accosting women journalists has been fired. The team announced Thursday that Brandon Taubman, the Astros' assistant general manager, was fired for his postgame outburst aimed at female reporters following Saturday night's American League Championship Series victory.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/24/2019

News for Thursday 102419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A former Alexandria Police Officer, 44 year old Kenneth Thomas, has had his appeal of a 2018 conviction rejected by the appellate court. Thomas was arrested back in September of 2017 after an investigation into allegations that he had distributed marijuana and had sex with at least one woman while one duty. Ad hoc Judge Harry Randow sentenced Thomas, a Deville resident, to three years in prison without hard labor and made him eligible for work release.

 

Tickets are in high demand for the Auburn/LSU game.  LSU’s third top-ten matchup of the season is sold out.  StubHub spokesperson Erin Exum says the days of finding a reputable scalper are in the rearview mirror, so the safest way to buy tickets on the secondary market are through a verifiable ticketing source such as StubHub. There are about 5000 tickets up for grabs on StubHub right now. No word from the company as to prices for those tickets..

 

Louisiana's top higher education board is asking lawmakers to increase spending on public college programs by nearly $156 million next year, to raise faculty pay, boost student aid and work toward new achievement goals. The Board of Regents approved the budget request Wednesday at its meeting in Shreveport, saying the money is aimed at doubling the number of degrees and workforce credentials by 2030, as envisioned by the state's updated higher education master plan.

 

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is adding a metabolic surgery center that will allow the world-renown facility to research new tools in the fight against obesity.

Pennington Biomedical Executive Director John Kirwan says the new building will help them research the science behind a mystery involving patients who receive lap band surgery. The facility will also offer bariatric and metabolic surgery on-site for patients.

The facility will add 55 new direct jobs, and generate an estimated 100 million in economic activity over its first four years.

 

Parents who have lost children to hazing are pushing lawmakers to support the End All Hazing Act and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy was the first the back the measure in the Senate. The House bill requires schools to publicly share information about student organizations that have been disciplined for hazing. Cassidy says schools must be clear about what takes place on campus. This week Cassidy and lawmakers met with parents who have buried their children because of hazing, one of those parents was Steve Gruver the father of Maxwell Gruver who was killed at LSU in 2017.

 

As the State Fair of Louisiana opens, organizers say you can expect a "Gumbo of Fun" - this year's theme. The fair runs today through Nov. 10 at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. The fair draws an average of 425,000 people through the gates every year. Organizers say it has a $24 million economic impact.

 

A woman claims Carencro Police broke the wrist of her autistic 28-year-old son Derrick and has filed a lawsuit against the department.  Police Chief David Anderson says Cynthia Moody contacted the department after an officer had an altercation with her son. The mother says she believes the officer-involved went too far when dealing with her son.

 

The Poor People’s Campaign is touring through Louisiana this week, aiming to mobilize more activists to join their national push for elected leaders to address poverty and adopt their “Moral Agenda”. Campaign speakers have ruffled feathers at the State Capitol by accusing lawmakers of rejecting moral legislation like a minimum wage increase.

 

Police are hunting for a white vehicle that is suspected to have struck and killed a Monroe teenager in a hit and run incident in Monroe Tuesday evening. Monroe Police Detective Reggie Brown says the tragedy was compounded by the driver not even stopping to try and help the young girl he just hit. He says it shouldn’t matter what condition the driver may have been in.

 

A Livingston Parish School System employee, 34-year-old Cynthia Perikins, has been arrested on charges of first-degree rape and pornography involving juveniles, and her husband 44-year-old Dennis Perkins, A Livingston Parish SWAT Commander, has been arrested on three counts of pornography involving juveniles, two counts of video voyeurism, and obstructing justice. Details are limited at this point, but we do know that the investigation is being headed up by the state AG’s office.

 

Louisiana State Police arrested an Alabama man who was on the run for a double homicide. Police say 48-year old Aaron Gess was apprehended without incident in Webster Parish on Interstate 20 Tuesday. He is wanted in connection with the murder of his brother and twin sister in Macon County. Alabama authorities say the suspect has a history of mental illness and had made threats to resist apprehension.

 

More than 30 students have been arrested at a magnet high school in Independence after a large brawl Tuesday and a smaller fight Wednesday. Tangipahoa Parish Schools Superintendent Melissa Stilley tells news outlets 26 students were removed the first day  at Independence High Magnet School and another six yesterday. Sheriff Daniel Edwards says the students were arrested on charges of disturbing the peace. Stilley says the students won't be allowed back until after disciplinary hearings.

 

Law enforcement and health officials be accepting unused medications for safe disposal, as well as vape products, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, scheduled for Saturday.  Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says there will be no questions asked as to the type of vape products being turned in. Kanter says a recent outbreak of lung disease believed to be linked to vaping sees a majority of cases linked to vape products containing THC, but officials have yet to pinpoint what exactly is causing the ailments.

 

Sports..

 

In Game Two of the World Series last night… The Washington Nationals took a two game lead by defeating the Astros 12 to 3. The Nationals scored 6 runs in the 7th inning alone. The series now moves to Washington for Friday night game..

 

A break from the World Series Tonight as Thursday night NFL takes center stage.. it’s The Redskins @ The Vikings 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Drew Brees says the plan is for him to suit up and play Sunday in the Dome against the Cardinals, potentially his first game action since injuring his hand against the Rams week two. The QB says he’ll track his progress in practice this week, but if he feels ready, Sean Payton will play him. It’s an earlier than expected return, but Brees says he’s close enough with the help of some equipment. Brees says he’s loved cheering on backup Teddy Bridgewater, but the lack of competition has been killing him the past few weeks.

 

There were some positives in Tuesday night’s season-opening loss to the Raptors as Toronto topped New Orleans 130-122. Brandon Ingram looked good in his first regular-season game with the Pels, 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists. New Orleans bench outscored Toronto 56 to 23, but Jrue Holiday had just 13 points and the Pels had 19 turnovers. New Orleans home opener is Friday against Dallas.

 

After a big win over rival Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech heads on the road this Saturday to face UTEP, who has just one win on the season. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says after watching the tape, he can’t believe the Miners are just one and five on the season. Louisiana Tech is 3-0 in Conference USA and in first place in the West Division. Holtz says having a letdown performance in El Paso is not an option.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/23/19

News for Wednesday 102319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

As their cold case homicide investigation continues, today R.P.S.O. Detectives, Deputies and Support Services executed a search warrant at an undisclosed location near the residence of Robert Blair.  Robert Blair was recently arrested in reference two counts of First Degree Murder relating to the deaths of Isabelle Blair and Marian Coutee.  The two females were reported missing in July of 1989.  On Thursday October 10th, 2019 the vehicle in which Isabelle and Marian were last known to have been traveling in was discovered submerged in a pond located near the residence of Robert Blair.  During Yesterday’s search, items of evidence consistent with human remains were collected. Detectives state their investigation is still ongoing.     

 

It’s starting to get a lot cooler around the state as a high-pressure system that originated over the north pacific invades the region, bringing with it lower temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that means perfect temperatures for a Saturday at Tiger Stadium. The front brings with it a chance of rain Friday and a slight chance over the weekend.

 

Louisiana is leading the nation in the number of reported flu cases, while not even halfway into flu season.  Assistant Secretary for the state Office of Public Health Dr. Alex Billioux says the hotbed for activity is the Greater New Orleans area, but experts are not sure why the uptick is happening so early. Billioux says if someone is sick, they shouldn’t show up to work and infect their coworkers, no matter how much an employer may pressure them to do so. The flu resulted in over 14,000 hospitalizations and 1,400 deaths in Louisiana alone last year.

 

Governor Edwards’ campaign is hoping to court Ralph Abraham voters with a new ad highlighting Eddie Rispone’s attacks against the Congressman during the primary.  Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Edwards hopes the ad will pick off disillusioned conservatives who voted for Abraham but can’t stomach Rispone. If the voting population remains the same in the run-off that it was in the primary, Edwards would need to attract about 11 percent of Abraham voters to win.

 

The head of America's Cajun Navy who has traveled to flooded areas with a volunteer rescue crew faces a theft charge after police accused him of taking money donated for children through a Go Fund Me Account he created. Lafayette Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested John Billiot Jr. of Scott at about noon Tuesday. Billiot, in an interview Tuesday, denied he stole money and claimed the accusation stems from jealousy of other competing Cajun Navies.

 

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Monday  Louisiana's farmers could start growing industrial hemp by the spring if federal and state agriculture agencies keep their regulatory work on track. Lawmakers earlier this year agreed to legalize hemp production in Louisiana, saying that would help farmers diversify their crops. The law is in line with what's allowed under the 2018 federal Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances.  Hemp is used for textiles, fuels, rope and chemical absorbents, among other products.

 

USA Today says LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s four million dollar a year contract is good for only ninth highest in the SEC, but USA Today LSU writer Glenn Guilbeau says if Orgeron can finish the season the way he started it, he’ll get a pay raise and fans will rush to crown Orgeron a king if he beats Bama November 9th. Guilbeau says Orgeron could still score a major raise even if they lose to Bama by taking the team into, or close to the NCAA playoffs.

 

State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says authorities have arrested two men who stole two brand new tractors from a business in Many. 38-year-old Stephan Morton of Shreveport and 41-year-old Michael Bayone of Alexandria have been charged with felony theft. Strain says The stolen tractors have not been recovered. The two tractors valued $80-thousand dollars.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry is pushing websites like Ebay, Facebook, Craigslist, and others to crack down on counterfeit booze being sold on their platforms. Landry says those sites are not regulating the alcohol that’s being sold on their sites. He says that poses a serious health risk, and invites scammers to have a field day with popular brand name liquors. Those sites claim they’re just the middlemen that connect sellers with buyers, but Landry says it’s clear they’re more than that, and as such should be responsible for the sales they help facilitate.

 

A Natchitoches Parish logging operation is shut down after vandals destroyed two vital pieces of equipment in Winn Parish. Officials say the culprits entered the operation and destroyed the radiator on a skidder and cut a hole in the engine block of a cutter, damages requiring 16,000 dollars in repairs. Authorities are asking for the public’s help. The equipment was in St. Maurice when it was damaged.

 

State Police arrest 34-year-old Jessie Joseph III of Raceland for the man’s tenth DWI arrest. Joseph faces up to thirty years in jail.

 

Sports..

 

In Game one of the world series last night.. The Washington Nationals after making runs in the 2nd and 4th innings scored three in the 5th and walked away a 5 to 4 winner. Game two is tonight.. Airtime 6p on 97.7 ESPN.

 

The New Orleans Pelicans opened regular season play last night in Toronto. … New Orleans came out strong in the first half. But, the Raptors were able to bring it to overtime where they 13 points.. enough to give them a 130 to 122 win over the Pels.. Upnext, it’s back home for New Orleans for the Pelicans where they’ll meet the Dallas Mavericks on Friday..

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/22/2019

News for Tuesday 102219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

An Alexandria man, who while impaired, killed a young mother and her 6 year old son in a horrific traffic accident in March of last year, will spend only 15 years behind bars. 44 year old John Scott changed his plea to "guilty" on Monday morning to two counts of vehicular homicide and a single count of first degree vehicular negligent injuring. He will receive 15 years in prison for each count of vehicular homicide and five years for first degree vehicular negligent injuring. The sentence will run concurrent, thus the 15 years.. and as a result of the change of plea, the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will dismiss charges of reckless operation, driving under suspension, running a red light, and possession of marijuana.

 

The SEC has ended the speculation that the LSU-Alabama game will be played in primetime. The league announced today that the Tigers and Crimson Tide will have a 2:30 kick-off. 2010 was the last time these two SEC West rivals played each other in the afternoon.

 

Governor Edwards and Eddie Rispone will face off in what is likely to be the only gubernatorial debate of the run-off October 30th on Louisiana Public Broadcasting. LPB partnered with Council for a Better Louisiana to host the debate. The questions will be posed by a panel of journalists but CABL President Barry Erwin says they’ll give plenty of opportunities for the candidates to interrogate each other. The program will be stream-able on LPB.org.

 

New Orleans' mayor says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of a hotel more than a week ago. Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke Monday during a news conference one day after the city used controlled explosions to bring down two cranes that had been looming over the building. The Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter was under construction when part of it collapsed. Three people were killed. One of the bodies has been removed. Cantrell said they are still working on recovering the other two bodies.

 

Five predominantly African American churches in Crowley have been vandalized since July, with the most recent incident being discovered Monday morning. Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard says thankfully so far damage to the churches has been limited, but it’s still unnerving for congregants. The first incident occurred in early July, with the rest occurring within the last month.

 

State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding Louisiana consumers to be vigilant when purchasing used vehicles that may have been flooded in Texas as a result of Tropical Storm Imelda. These damaged vehicles are sold at auction and unscrupulous sellers may ship automobiles, trucks, boats and RV's to other states and not disclose their origin to unsuspecting buyers. Buyers are encouraged to run a vehicle history report and ask to see the physical title.

 

State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday night in Ferriday. Authorities say a Concordia Parish Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a vehicle pursuit and the deputy shot at the subject, 19-year-old Tyler Conner. Conner was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital for treatment and no deputies were injured.

 

A vehicle found its way into a Lake Charles elementary school cafeteria yesterday morning. Lake Charles Police say they responded to Oak Park Elementary School in Lake Charles in reference to a vehicle striking the building. Upon their arrival, officers say they found a Chevrolet Impala inside the school cafeteria. The driver allegedly told officers that they were dropping someone off at the school when the incident occurred. The driver began to leave and, believing the car was in reverse, drove forward into the school. No one was in the building at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.

 

Connor Croll, the 19-year-old Alabama freshman accused of calling in a bomb threat to Tiger Stadium during the LSU-Florida game because a friend was on the verge of losing a large bet, pleads not guilty.  Croll faces up to 20 years for the felony charge.  His next court date is scheduled for January 8th.

 

Sports…

 

Tonight, it’s game one of the World Series, as the Houston Astros play host to the Washington Nationals. Airtime 6pm on 94.7 ESPN..

 

Saints QB Drew Brees intends to practice with the team this week ahead of their Week 8 clash with the Cardinals this Sunday. In an interview with WWL Radio, Brees says this week’s practice will be the gauge on the possibility of a return. The Saints are on a five-game win streak with Teddy Bridgewater starting in the absence of Brees.

 

The Pelicans announce rookie sensation and first overall pick Zion Williamson will miss the next six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his knee. Williamson was expected to miss tonight’s season opener against the Raptors in Toronto, and the home opener Friday against the Mavericks. In the meantime Williamson’s absence clarifies the team’s starting lineup, as former Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will slot into the positional void left open by the injury.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 10/21/2019

News for Monday 102119

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Panhandlers seem to be everywhere in the city lately, at intersections and in parking lots. The city has decided it is time to address the matter in a positive way. Beginning today the APD will be carrying a pocket sized card that lists services available to the homeless. APD Chief Jerrod King says the panhandlers create a potential safety hazard as they interact with traffic.  If someone truly needs help, King says we need to get them this information so they can get the help they need from the trained professionals we have in the area.  King did however caution saying if they are just looking for a handout, they need to move on.

 

The Louisiana unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for September is at an 11-year-low according to a report from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.  Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie says the Bayou State has seen all kinds of industry expansion. Dejoie says some sectors that have seen the most growth have been education and healthcare. The employment picture is not rosy everywhere. Shreveport lost three-thousand jobs over the year, Houma 28-hundred and Monroe lost one-hundred. The Preliminary numbers for Cenla show slight growth.

 

A poll shows Governor Edwards in a dead heat tie with Eddie Rispone 47 to 47 with less than a month until voters head to the polls. Edwards ended the primary with 47 percent of the vote, and We Ask America Pollster Andrew Weissert his lack of gains point towards a troubling sign that his support may be capped out. Despite his lack of electoral support, Edwards remains a popular figure with a 55 percent approval rating compared to Rispone’s 49 percent.

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has so far not agreed to participate in any run-off debates or forums with Governor Edwards before the November 16 election.  UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Rispone has the momentum and a finely crafted message that is working, so there’s little incentive for the candidate to participate. Governor Edwards says he’ll debate Rispone, and has RSVP’d to the October 30th Louisiana Public Broadcasting run-off debate. Cross does not expect there to be a run-off debate.

 

President Trump signed the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act into law to close a loophole that allows drug companies to overcharge taxpayers. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy authored the law that he says will save Americans over 3 billion dollars in taxes. Cassidy says he hopes the newly passed law is not the only healthcare reform he can push through Congress. Cassidy says 20 other pieces of bipartisan legislation are in the pipeline to send a message to drug companies…

 

Authorities say the demolition of two cranes leaning precariously over a partially collapsed New Orleans hotel went exactly as expected and the "next objective" is to retrieve the bodies of two dead workers still in the ruined building. Fire Chief Tim McConnell says part of one crane fell and got "hooked on the building like we wanted. It's very stable." He says it will be cut away in pieces and removed. The other crane crashed to the ground.

 

The state’s latest tally of hepatitis A cases is up to just shy of 600, the highest case count in twenty years.  It’s part of a larger nationwide outbreak.  Louisiana Department of Health immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the state’s number of new cases appears to be slowing down. The average number of cases each year in the state is 10 to 15 cases.  Livingston Parish has the largest concentration of cases with between 121 and 240 cases. East Baton Rouge and Ouachita parishes reported the second highest concentration.

 

A Shreveport man accused of shooting two people early Friday Morning, including a police officer, on the Grambling State campus is in custody. There were concerns the incident was the start of a mass shooting event on campus but State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says this was just an isolated incident. Reichardt says the officer’s injury is non-life threatening, while the other shooting victim is in serious condition at a Shreveport hospital.

 

Sports..

 

The Houston Astros did it defeating the New York Yankees 6 tp 4 to win the American League Championship series  4 to2 .. The Astros no face The Washington Nationals Tuesday Night for game one of the World Series. Hear all the games here in Cenla on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Second ranked LSU started slow, but eventually cruised to another SEC road victory as the Bayou Bengals scored 27 unanswered points on their way to a 36-13 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

 

The LSU football team stayed at No. 2 in the latest rankings of the AP Top 25 poll, which was updated and released Sunday afternoon.

 

The Saints stretched their winning streak to five straight with a dominating performance in Chicago beating the Bears 36-25. New Orleans returns home next Sunday to host the suddenly hot Cardinals, who have won three in a row.

 

For the first time in five seasons, Louisiana Tech beat its biggest Conference USA Rival as the Bulldogs downed Southern Miss Saturday Afternoon  45-30 to improve to 6-1 overall, 3-and-0 in Conference USA.

 

Reports say Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson will miss the next several weeks after injuring his knee. That means Williamson is expected to miss the season opener in Toronto next Tuesday, and the team’s home opener against the Mavericks next Friday. Williamson has dominated in pre-season play, leading the team to an undefeated 4 and 0 pre-season record.

 

Good Morning... News For Friday 10/18/2019

News for Friday 101819

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Fight The Flu Vaccination Clinic is today at the Rapides Parish Health Unit on Coliseum Blvd. It’s a chance to get you Flu shot at little or no cost. The Clinic will be open from 8 to 3. Just a reminder, if you have insurance, bring you card with you.. If not, just show up..

 

Demolition experts will be using explosives to take down the heavily damaged cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.  The “T” at the top of each crane weighs about 145,000 pounds.  New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says recent movement detected indicates they may not have much time to spare before the cranes come down on their own.  McConnell hopes to have the crane demolition done by dark as they are racing the clock to beat the bad weather.

 

A lawauit filed Thursday claims the half-built Hard Rock Hotel collapse Saturday that killed three workers and injured dozens more occurred because delays, design changes and “shortcuts” that created an unstable construction site. The suit adds 10 people who claim they were hurt in the catastrophe to a mounting list of plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits in recent days seeking damages from those in charge of the construction site at North Rampart and Canal streets. Unlike those earlier complaints, however, Thursday’s lawsuit explicitly accuses the builders of negligence ahead of the deadly disaster.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards says his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone’s plan to freeze Medicaid enrollment if elected will rip away healthcare from more than 300,000 people. Edwards says seasonal workers who see pay fluctuations would feel the biggest impact. Rispone’s campaign responded calling Edwards address a political stunt and says the expansion is unstable and full of waste.

 

You hear it time and time again.. Every Vote Counts.. But in this case it was absolutely true.  A recount in the Baton Rouge Senate race where Steve Carter and Franklin Foil were previously in a tie for second now has Foil up by three votes.  Foil will go on to face Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson in the November 16th runoff. There’s controversy as Foil was reportedly offered help winning a future judgeship if he dropped out of the race.  The Advocate reports Republican mega-donor Lane Grigsby allegedly tried calling Foil to make the offer.

 

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for a portion of coastal southeast Louisiana as Nestor is expected to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and quickly move to the northeast. National Weather Service forecaster Mike Efferson says areas south of Lake Pontchartrain could see some effects, but the system is not expected to become a hurricane. Efferson says this mid-October storm is not expected to have a major impact on the state.

 

Louisiana Economic Development will invest $3.6 million in an infrastructure project in Madison Parish Port so a natural gas pipeline can be expanded and attract new industries to the state. LED’s contributions along with $4 million from Complex Chemical and a half a million from the Port will provide installation of a pipeline double the capacity as previously planned. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says this is a unique opportunity to help a rural area that’s in the need of new jobs.

 

Two of five people charged in a horrific Amite case in which an autistic woman was kept in a backyard cage and psychologically and physically abused have been sentenced in federal court. 43 year old Raylaine Knope,  who authorities considered a ringleader in the case, was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. Her daughter 28 year old Bridget Lambert was sentenced to four years in prison. Three others in the family were charged in the case. The victim, a relative of the Knopes, had been living with the family since 2015 when the woman's own mother died.

 

State Police arrested four juveniles Wednesday afternoon in Shreveport after the car they were traveling in was reported stolen from Monroe. After they pulled over the 2013 Mercedes the teens fled on foot, but were captured a short time later. Inside the vehicle was more than one-hundred thousand dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise. All four were booked into the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Center.

 

Connor Croll, the Alabama student who allegedly called in a false bomb threat to Tiger Stadium during Saturday’s game, has been released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a 100,000 dollar bond.It’s unclear what charges he will face at the moment, but legal analyst Tim Meche says expect Croll’s defense to be based around the fact that the threat had no teeth. Croll reportedly told police he called in the threat to stop the game because his friend was at risk of losing money on a bet.

 

 

Sports..

 

A big game last night in New York as the Houston Astros again beat the Yankees, but this time it hurt the home team even more.. the final 8 to 3.  Game 5 of the American League Championship series is tonight.. Airtime 5:30p on 94.7 ESPN.. Game 6 if needed will be Saturday @ 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN

 

Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss will meet for the 51st time on Saturday and the winner will have sole possession of first place in the West Division of Conference USA. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says there’s no doubt, this is a big game.  Airtime 1p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Second-ranked LSU begins the second half of the regular season tomorrow against Mississippi State with a 6-0 record.  Airtime 12:30p 96.9 KZMZ  & KSYL .

 

Saints running back Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle and knee injury and there’s concern he might not play Sunday in Chicago. New Orleans has provided themselves some insurance if Kamara can’t play as they’ve signed Zach Zenner. The 28-year-old played with the Detroit Lions last season and rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

 

League coaches in Conference USA has picked Louisiana Tech to finish third in the 14-team league. Tech’s DaQuan Bracey has been selected to the league’s preseason all-conference team.

 

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/17/2019

News for Thursday 101719

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office has charged a 71-year-old Alexandria man with two counts of first-degree murder for the 1989 deaths of his wife and her friend. Lt Stephen Phillips says Robert Blair was responsible for the disappearances of 34-year-old Isabelle Blair and 31-year-old Marian Coutee after finding a vehicle in a pond on a piece of property that once belonged to Robert Blair… Phillips says a detective assigned to the case 30 years ago received some new information about two months ago, which led to a search of the pond that turned up the vehicle. On Tuesday, Robert Blair was taken into custody without incident. His bond has been set at two-million dollars.

 

An area of low pressure just off the southern Mexican coast has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression and possibly a storm according to the National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Michael Hill says forecasts show the system moving away from Mexico, and heading towards the central Gulf coast this weekend. And Hill says depending on which way the storm tilts over the next two days, we could be looking at a very wet weekend.

 

Ville Platte City Marshal Ronald "Big T" Doucet has died. Doucet started his political career over 20 years ago when he was elected to the Evangeline Parish Police Jury. There he served the citizens of Evangeline Parish for 13 years. In 2008 Big T decided to run for Ville Platte City Marshal where he became the first African American to hold that position. Doucet led the Marshal's office for 11years. Doucet was 51-years-old.

 

Bill pay scammers are back in action taking advantage of Cleco customers through fraudulent phone calls that demand immediate payment and threaten disconnection of power. Individuals who appear knowledgeable of a customer's account call demanding payment of an electric bill using a pre-paid card. The caller will even tell customers where to buy the cards. Cleco says they would never require a customer to purchase a Pre-Paid card to pay their bill. Cleco says if you receive a call that raises doubt, hang up the phone immediately, and call Cleco's toll free number not the number given by the caller.

 

The aunt of a two year that died after being left in a vehicle on October 4th in St. Charles Parish has been charged with negligent homicide. Police say the woman told them she thought someone else took her niece inside, but the child was left in the car in Destrehan while the aunt was shopping in Metairie.

 

New Orleans officials are racing against the clock to bring down damaged cranes attached to the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel before the possible arrival of a tropical system this weekend. Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s meeting with his modified unified command group in New Orleans at 1 o’clock to figure out what to do about the two cranes that are dangerously close to collapsing. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says if they can’t get the cranes down in time, the heavy winds and rains from the system could send them careening into nearby structures.

 

A video posted on Facebook by a local contractor purports to show the concrete slab above an upper level of the since-collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans sagging to the point of bending the temporary posts supporting it. Randy Gaspard, a local concrete contractor, said the video was shot by a worker on Oct. 10, two days before the structure pancaked from the top Saturday morning, killing at least two workers. Gaspard said he received the video from the worker who took it. That worker, who narrated in Spanish,  had some choice words for the engineering work as he panned across the open floor to show signs of failure. And fail it did.

 

KALB reports a former deputy is suing the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office for allegedly suggesting he retire when he asked for a health accommodation, and firing him when he refused to retire. Jerry McKinney, who worked for RPSO for twenty years at the Rapides Parish Courthouse metal detector station, suffered a stroke in November 2017. He had some impairment but he continued to work his 8-hour shifts at the Courthouse til the following November.  That’s when McKinney was transferred to a 12-hour shift at the Rapides Parish Detention Center. When McKinny wrote a formal request for accommodation, requesting another job with an 8-hour shift, Allegedly, Sheriff Hilton replied that there were no other positions McKinney was qualified for and that they feel it is time for him to retire. When he refused, he was fired, five days before Christmas. McKinney filed a suit in federal court, saying that RPSO violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws.

 

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the education field can now take a special progression of courses focused on building the skills needed for the job.  Assistant Superintendent of Student Opportunities with the Department of Education Ken Bradford says students can take classes that are a part of collegiate level teacher prep programs. Bradford hopes the pre-education pathway will elevate education profession as a career option.

 

A report says coastal southeastern parishes could see significant economic benefits from the planned construction of the mid-Barataria and mid-Breton sediment diversion projects. The study, by Dr. Loren Scott and Associates, says the projects will generate three billion dollars in regional sales and support 4,000 new jobs. Restore the Mississippi Delta Director Steve Cochran says it’s a win-win. The two projects will cost 1.8 billion dollars to complete.

 

Polling data conducted for a foundation that aims to improve the quality of life in and around East Baton Rouge show that only 8% of area parents want their children to stay in the parish when they are adults, with many saying they don't believe there are enough job opportunities to make it worth sticking around. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation released its annual City Stats data Tuesday.

 

Sports..

 

Game Four of the American League Championship Series rained out last night in the New York. The Astros and the Yankees will meet tonight to continue the series. Here that game starting at 6:30 on 94.7 ESPN. Last night’s game will be made up Friday night.  If necessary, games six and seven will be played in Houston this weekend. The Astros lead the series 2 to 1.

 

Freshman LSU cornerback Derek Stingley has emerged as one of LSU’s best players on defense. He received SEC Freshman of the Week honors after coming up with a crucial interception against Florida.

 

The Ragin Cajuns face the Arkansas State Red Wolves tonight in a battle between two teams in the Sun Belt Conference.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/16/19

News for Wednesday 101619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The influenza season in Louisiana is off to an early start, so in an effort to fight the flu, the Louisiana Health Department has scheduled days where residents can get vaccinated for free. L-D-H immunization director Doctor Frank Welch says most parish health clinics have selected a day to give out free flu shots. Here in Alexandria, the annual DRIVE THRU FLU SHOTS will be administered at the Rapides Parish Health Unit this Friday. No out of pocket expense.  Bring ID and insurance care (if available).

 

State Police have responded to allegations of hazing at the academy by reassigning three trainers linked to training exercises that injured up to ten cadets, including one that had a fractured arm. Captain J-B Slaton says the injuries occurred during defensive tactics training and they are investigating. State Police did not say they believe the actions were hazing but did say the training went beyond “normal parameters”.

 

The first few ads of the governor’s race run-off are now in rotation as the first salvos in what one analyst says will be the most expensive one month period ever in Louisiana political history. Political consultant Roy Fletcher says an incredible 20 million dollars will likely be spent over the next few weeks.

 

Representative Franklin Foil will request a recount in the hotly contested Baton Rouge Senate race that currently is set for a three-way run-off after the two Republican candidates tied. Foil was initially shown to be the 2nd place winner by eight votes, but late Saturday night the Secretary of State informed him a correction put him in a 12,522 vote tie with Representative Steve Carter. Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson took 1st place in the race.

 

It is day five of rescue operations at the Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans and officials remain hopeful that a missing construction worker may be found still alive.  There has been no shift in the structure or cranes, but New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says with the uncertainty of stability, they are being very thorough in accounting for rescue workers. Two construction workers have been confirmed dead as a result of Saturday’s collapse.

 

Despite many women being on the recent ballot, Louisiana has one of the lowest percentages of seats assigned to women in the state legislature. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says the national average is about 30% while in Louisiana it is about 16%.

 

Raheem T. Pierce was still in high school when he set out to run for the Iberville Parish Council  a race the 19-year-old won handily over three others and will make him the parish's youngest elected official when he takes office next year.

 

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said Tuesday she and her senior advisers are exploring all options the Parish has in a possible challenge to the pending incorporation of the city of St. George. Voters over the weekend voted overwhelmingly to part company with the City Parish Government and form the state’s 4th largest city. A letter Broome sent Tuesday to the St. George organizers hints at what's likely to become a legal face-off between St. George and the city-parish.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide in-state testing for Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal ailment impacting the deer population nationally, but has not yet been detected in Louisiana. LDWF deer program manager Johnathan Bordelon says the disease is a neurological infection that can be spread multiple ways, including deer to deer. The disease is has been detected in 26 states including all three that border Louisiana.  Bordelon says while there has been no human sickness linked to CWS, the CDC does have a warning for hunters out of an abundance of caution.

 

Sports..

 

The Houston Astros took game three of the American Championship series yesterday by defeating the Yankees in the house the Ruth built. The Astros now lead the series 2 to 1. They’ll go for three tonight at Yankee Stadium. Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN.

 

The Washington Nationals wrapped up the National League Championship series last night with a 4 game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.  They will now face either the Yankees or Astros in the World Series.

 

LSU is 6-and-0, ranked second in the country but the Tigers defense has had trouble stopping opposing offenses at times. Coach Ed Orgeron says he doesn’t want LSU involved in games like Saturday when both teams are trading touchdowns. LSU made the proper corrections on defense last week as the Gators did not score in the final 26 minutes.

 

TV viewership for the LSU-Florida game was the highest for the network in nearly two years. On average there were six-point-four million viewers and it peaked late in the fourth quarter at seven-point-four million.

 

The 5-and-1 Saints are off today as the players will begin to work on the Chicago Bears. The Monsters of Midway are allowing just 14 points a game. But one of their best defensive players was put on injured reserve today. Former Saint and pro bowl defensive tackle Akeim Hicks is out with an elbow injury. The Bears are now a three-point favorite.

 

The media picks LSU basketball to finish third in the SEC after winning the conference championship with a 16-and-2 league record last season. Senior guard Skylar Mays earned a spot on the league’s preseason second team. He averaged 13 points a game last season. Kentucky is the favorite to win the SEC, followed by Florida, LSU, Auburn and then Tennessee.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/15/2019

News for Tuesday 101519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Kayla Giles, the woman charged with the 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr., was back in court on yesterday for a status conference. Giles was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the charge was changed to second-degree because her case didn't meet the requirements for first-degree. The change in degree doesn’t change much. If convicted Giles would still be facing life behind bars. A motion to reduce her bond as well as a discovery conference will be held on Nov. 4.

 

UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says analysts underrated Rispone’s uncomplicated, straight forward branding as a President Trump-loving businessman. He says it was a clarion call for white voters. Cross says Rispone was able to tap into a growing sense of identity politics among many white voters in the United States whose views align closely with Rispone’s messaging. Cross says roughly 200,000 more rural, mostly white voters showed up to vote in this primary than in 2015’s

 

Rescue operations are still underway at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, but officials are increasingly concerned the incoming rainy weather could make the site even more unstable. Two people are confirmed dead as a result of the Saturday morning construction site collapse. McConnell says they aren’t giving up hope for a third unaccounted for person. The collapse occurred on Canal Street and Conti, and forced the evacuation of nearby businesses including the Saenger Theatre, which was airing the Broadway musical Wicked. The structure has two cranes attached, one of which is visibly damaged and could come down at any moment.

 

St. George is set to become the newest city in Louisiana following a vote that sees the area break away from Baton Rouge.  St. George spokesperson Drew Murrell says for the next step, the Governor will soon appoint a mayor and city council. Murrell says the city now surpasses Lake Charles as the fifth largest city in the state. The population shift also means Shreveport overtakes Baton Rouge as the second-largest city in Louisiana.

 

Based on the results from the October 12th election, Republicans are two seats away from capturing a Super Majority in the state House, but Democrats can end that possibility by winning in either in a runoff the 70th or 94th district. LSU Communications Professor Dr. Michael Henderson says a GOP supermajority would cripple a potential Edwards administration’s veto power. Republicans have already achieved a supermajority in the Senate.

 

Now this is something you don’t hear every day.. A recount is likely the Senate District 16 race in Baton Rouge as there’s a tie for second place between term-limited state representatives Steve Carter and Franklin Foil. Both are hoping to get in a runoff against Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson. Former state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Nichol says when the recount occurs, each campaign can select two representatives to witness the recount… If the vote remains tied, a three-way run-off will be held.

 

A deputy with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s office shot and killed a man early Monday morning who was in the process of robbing a convenience store. When the Deputy arrived 31 year old Christopher Whitfield took off running. The Deputy then shot the man. Family members say Whitfield had mental issues and didn’t carry a gun and posed no danger to anyone. The owner of the store said the only thing that been disturbed in the store was some raw chicken. The Sheriff declined to say what led to the Deputy firing or if Whitfield had a weapon.

 

State Police have temporarily suspended their defensive tactics training program after several cadets sustained injuries that raised concern. Defensive tactics training consists of handcuffing, use of the expandable baton, pressure points, physical strikes, blocking and grappling techniques. Although injuries are not uncommon during this training phase, the injuries reported last week were enough to raise concerns.

 

Authorities in Alabama report an University of Alabama student is accused of making a threat against LSU's Tiger Stadium on Saturday evening. 19 year old Connor Bruce Croll was arrested early Sunday. He is accused of calling in a threat to the stadium as LSU played the University of Florida on Saturday.

 

The US Department of Education awards Louisiana $115 million in grants.  A total of five grants will help support students and teachers over several years. Superintendent of Education John White the lion’s share of the funding comes from the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program Grant, which will see $100 million awarded over five years.  White says the state aims to serve 600 high-need schools and early education providers by the end of the grant period.

 

The Coast Guard says they have ended its search for a person in the water near Lafitte on Monday. Officials say a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans recovered a body matching the description of 55-year-old Kevin Lege, who had been reported overdue early Monday morning.

 

Sports..

 

With the American League Championship Series now tied at 1 all, the Astros face the New York Yankees in the Big Apple in game three this afternoon.. Airtime 2:30 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

LSU’s impressive win over Florida on Saturday moved the Fighting Tigers to number two in the latest AP Top 25. Alabama is ranked number one, even though LSU has two victories over Top 10 teams and the Crimson Tide’s schedule has not been as difficult.

 

After a two-touchdown victory over Florida, LSU gets ready to visit Mississippi State for a 2:30 kick-off against the Bulldogs. Two years ago, the Tigers went into Starkville and were handed 37-7 loss. Coach Ed Orgeron says his guys were not prepared to play that night. LSU is 6-0, but the Tigers defense has had trouble stopping teams at times. Orgeron says he doesn’t want LSU involved in games like last Saturday, when both teams are trading touchdowns. Tiger Stadium was electric on Saturday and plenty of recruits were in attendance. Orgeron says the feedback he’s received has been outstanding.

 

Louisiana Tech is receiving one vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs clobbered U-Mass 69-21 on Saturday and will host Southern Miss on the NFL Network this Saturday at 2:30. Tech and the Golden Eagles are tied for first place in the Conference USA West Division.

 

ULM leads the Sun Belt West Division with a 2-and-0 mark and the Warhawks will travel to 24th ranked Appalachian State on Saturday. The Ragin Cajuns have a Thursday night game against Arkansas State.

 

Nicholls has moved up to number nine in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 ranking. The Colonels defeated Northwestern State 45-35. Nicholls is at Sam Houston State this Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana is also out of the Top 25, after losing to Incarnate Word.

 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees started throwing an NFL ball last week and feels like his injured thumb is getting stronger, he said in an interview Sunday with Cox Sports Television after the team's win at Jacksonville. Saints coach Sean Payton and Brees have an understanding that Brees will return when the QB feels like he's ready to be at his best.

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