News for Wednesday 091014
By Dave Graichen
A major disruption of classes a four Rapides Parish schools yesterday, that after local authorities received bomb threats. Evacuated for a period of time yesterday were Alexandria Senior High, Brame Middle School, Bolton High and Pineville High. A search of all facilities was conducted and no suspicious items were found. Just after 10 p.m last night police issued a statement saying that 17 year old Reuben Byon of Fredricksburg, Texas, a former Bolton student, had been arrested and had been charged with three counts of communicating false information. It’s expected Byron will face more charges in the Pineville High School threat today. The investigation continues with the help of local, state and federal officials.
President Obama will address the nation tonight speaking on his strategy for defeating the ISIS militant group in the Middle East. Republican Minden Congressman and member of the House Armed Forces Committee, John Fleming, says the President should clarify the reason why we need to go after ISIS. The President recently returned from a NATO summit where the US and nine allies agreed to take on the militants. President Obama’s address is scheduled to begin at 8PM.
The Louisiana Democratic Party announced its endorsement of Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo Tuesday as he seeks to represent Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District. Mayo is the only Democrat in the ten person field and state Democratic Party Chairman Karen Peterson says the endorsement will provide Mayo with the resources he needs to run an effective campaign. Mayo ran in last year’s special election in the 5th District and finished third in the primary.
Republican Louisiana Senate candidate Representative Bill Cassidy is getting some criticism over a remark he made regarding Democratic House Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an interview with E&E Publishing, Cassidy said Reid was running “the Senate like a plantation.” The comment is already receiving backlash from Democrats and some Republicans who say it is offensive. Fellow Republican Senate candidate Rob Maness has called for Cassidy to immediately apologize for the comment since it included a term that is “incredibly offensive to many Americans”. In a statement regarding criticism over the remark, Cassidy said he thinks the leadership style of Reid is more offensive than his analogy.
Today is the statistical peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that means, historically, half of all the hurricanes in the season occur before September 10th and then half occur after. Keim says really we’ve seen almost zero tropical activity in the United States this season which is following almost exactly what we saw last year. Bottom line, if we can hang in there for another eight weeks we probably wouldn’t have to worry about a storm threatening Louisiana at all
A hearing has been set for November 20th in Bobby Jindal’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration over Common Core. Lawyers for the Governor claim the federal government illegally used federal money to convince states to adopt the controversial education standards.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne unveils the next round of Louisiana’s out of state “Pick Your Passion” ad campaign. He says this year the marketing focused on Louisiana culture and next year the ads will concentrate on food in The Bayou State. He says the marketing efforts are working well and they just learned this week that there is a 7.6% increase in hotel occupancy so far this year.
LSU climbed a few notches in U.S. News and World Report’s latest ranking of the top schools in the country, while Tulane University and Louisiana Tech slid slightly on the annual sizing-up of university and colleges. Tulane remains Louisiana’s highest ranked university at No. 54 — down from last year’s No. 52. Meanwhile, LSU went from 135th to 129th in the “Best Colleges 2015” list released Tuesday. Louisiana Tech University slipped from 190th to No. 201 this year. All three made U.S. News’ top tier of national universities, the only three in the state to do so.
A former LSU football player has been arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend. 25-year-old DeAngelo Peterson, an LSU tight end from 2008-2011, was booked on one count of simple battery.
A twelve year-old boy from Pearl River is in the hospital recovering from alligator bites while he was fishing in Lake Pontchartrain. Matthew Kelly told a New Orleans TV station he felt the large gator clamp down on his leg, and the boy’s father said, amazingly, he saw his son pull the 10 foot alligator off his leg and fight him off.
As the ULM football team prepares to travel down to Baton Rouge for the big game against the Tigers this weekend, Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom says there is a lot of excitement from the Warhawk Nation. He says lots of the Monroe college football fans are scooping up tickets for the LSU game. Wickstrom says they’ve sold about 3000 tickets from their office and they get more requests coming in every day.