News for Monday 120114
By Dave Graichen
Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu and republican challenger Bill Cassidy will meet in a televised Senate debate tonight. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says you can bet Landrieu will bring up the recent allegations that Cassidy, who is a doctor, was paid by the LSU Health Sciences Center for work he never did. In published reports, Cassidy denies the accusations that he received payments for work he didn’t do. As far as the debate goes, Dubos expects Cassidy will continue to connect Landrieu’s voting record with President Obama’s policies.
After spending the weekend shopping for great deals at the mall and other retail stores, consumers will now turn to the internet for Cyber Monday. LSU marketing professor Dan Rice says savvy consumers held off on buying certain items this past weekend to see what kind of deals they’ll get today. Rice says Cyber Monday is becoming a bigger deal then Black Friday for many consumers.
The State Police Cadet Class #93 has started training to earn the privilege of wearing the “gold boot” badge of the Louisiana State Police. The cadets will go through 20 weeks of training. Trooper Jared Sandifer says about 70 new cadets reported to the Training Academy yesterday. He’s hopeful this class will produce 50 new troopers.
State Police report a single vehicle crash Saturday night involving a motorcycle killed a man from Leesville, LA and seriously injured his wife, after their motorcycle collided with a deer. Troopers responded to the crash around 9:30 p.m. on Hwy 28 West near Walnut Hill Road. Killed in the crash was 53 year old Gordon Bolton. His passenger and wife 57 year old Monika Bolton received serious injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. Troopers say Both were wearing helmets.
The State Attorney General’s Office reminds shoppers to stay safe and shop smart this holiday season. Director of the Public Protection Division, Sam Pleasant, says you should be on the lookout for holiday shopping scams to protect your identity and make sure you keep credit and debit cards in a secure place.
The welders and pipefitters union in the Lake Charies area is seeking to train craftsmen for the industry work that will come online in the next few years, at no cost to its students. Roy McGraw, training director of United Association Local 198, said that individuals who want training in fields such as welding, plumbing and pipefitting, can pick up an application at the union’s new facility at 5432 Broad St. in Lake Charles.
Prospective students much have a high school diploma with transcripts or a GED with their test scores to be considered. They also must have a valid driver’s license, birth certificate and Social Security card. Prospects must also pass an aptitude test, which covers basic math and reading skills, and an interview with union representatives
Staying fit or maintaining your current weight is difficult for some during the holiday season. State department of health and hospital’s Well-Ahead Director, Melissa Martin, says staying hydrated is one way to make sure you don’t eat too much during one sitting. Martin says during the holiday season, many people take in more calories than they do during other months of the year, so she says find ways to burn off those calories. Martin says also try to plan out your meals and avoid eating on the run.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries now has a series of online hunting safety videos to help hunters be safe during the season. They cover firearms, tree stands, boats and other gear. You can view the videos online on their website, or Facebook search ldwf.
Louisiana Tech will play this Saturday in the Conference USA Championship game against Marshall after routing Rice 76-31 on Saturday. Tech will take on the Thundering Herd in the league title game this Saturday at 11 AM in Huntington, West Virginia.
The Saints continue to do the unexpected. Lose games when you expect them to win, but win games when you think they’ll get beat. New Orleans went into Pittsburgh yesterday and beat the Steelers 35-32. Quarterback Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers, Mark Ingram rushed for 122 yards and the defense forced two turnovers. Coach Sean Payton says it feels good to beat a good team on the road.
The LSU Tigers are No. 23 in The Associated Press Top 25 and No. 24 in the new coaches poll released Sunday. The tigers finish the regular season ranked for the sixth straight season and the ninth time in coach Les Miles’ 10 years.