News for Wednesday 090915
By Dave Graichen
The APD is investigating the death of a person who’s body was found yesterday morning beside a Masonic Drive convenience store yesterday morning shortly before 11. No ID has been released pending notification of family members. All police are saying is that foul play is not suspected in the death. However, An autopsy is pending.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Betsy made landfall in Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Betsy was the signature storm of New Orleans and a turning point for the city up until Hurricane Katrina. He says the hurricane made landfall at night and created major flooding across the region. Hurricane Betsy killed more than 75 people and caused over one billion dollars’ worth of damage along the coast.
Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton was the first in line yesterday, the first day of qualifying, for the October 24th elections. Later Tuesday, Robert Dukes of Hineston and Roy James Jr. of Pineville, both republicans, qualified to run against the sheriff. Hilton, a Democrat from Hineston, is seeking re-election to a sixth term.
The four major candidates in Louisiana’s governor’s race Republicans David Vitter, Scott Angelle, Jay Dardenne & Democrat John Bel Edwards, all qualified for the election Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge.. If necessary, a runoff election will be held November 21st.
The three major Republican candidates in the Lt. Governor’s race qualified for this fall’s election Tuesday morning. Opelousas state Senator Elbert Guillory, Jefferson Parish President John Young and Former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser . Democrat Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden is expected to qualify this afternoon.
Two republicans, Marty Maley and Jeff Landry, have filed paperwork to challenge current attorney general Buddy Caldwell, who is also a republican. Caldwell is seeking a third term as attorney general.
A couple of new polls show Governor Bobby Jindal gaining more support in Iowa. The governor has pledged to visit all 99 counties and has already spent a lot of time there. An NBC/Marist Poll shows four percent of Iowa caucus-goers plan on voting for Jindal, which is up from one percent in July. There is also a Gravis Poll that showed Jindal at 5 percent . Donald Trump and Ben Carson are the frontrunners, with Trump at 32 percent and Carson at 16 percent.
LSU has released its plans for refunding those who had tickets for Saturday’s cancelled McNeese State football game. If you purchased the tickets through LSU with a credit card or if you’re a season ticket holder, you will automatically be issued a refund on your credit card account by September 30th. If you paid for a ticket for the McNeese State game through the LSU ticket office with cash or check, then you’ll need to show proof of purchase before getting a refund. Those who bought tickets without using a credit card, will be reimbursed with a refund check by October 15th. Cancellation of game is expected to cost LSU between $1.2 to $3.2 million
The Natchitoches Police Department has identified the high school student who was shot to death Monday evening outside a home in the city. They say 17-year-old DeMarcus Pye was found lying in a ditch shot two times. Police say arrests may be forthcoming.
Governor Bobby Jindal is going to host a prayer rally on the steps of the state capitol on Monday at 11:30am to commemorate the statewide day of prayer for all law enforcement.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of a bomb threat from school officials at Cecilia Jr. High yesterday morning. They say both the Jr. High and the High School in Breaux Bridge were evacuated out of an abundance of caution and students were dismissed. Officials found nothing suspicious in either school.
The motoring public continues to enjoy falling prices at the pump. The American Automobile Association says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.11 down almost twenty five cents from a month ago.
Officials with Barksdale Air Force Base have identified the airman who died over the weekend at Muddy Bottoms in Webster parish. They say 24-year-old Dustin Reinhart was in an accident at the ATV Park and was killed. A 30-year-old female also died in a separate accident. The incidents are both under investigation.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced the arrest of two individuals who fired shots at deputies who were on patrol last week in Marrero. Normand says neither man is showing any remorse about the shooting. Both men face 20 to 50 years in prison if convicted. No officers were injured in the shooting.
14th ranked LSU is getting ready to face 25th ranked Mississippi State on Saturday night in Starkville. The Bulldogs have been tough to beat at home the last couple of years.
Last year, Mississippi State came into Baton Rouge and beat the Tigers 34-29.
LSU dropped two spots to No. 15 in the USA today Coaches’ Poll after Saturday’s severe weather canceled their game against McNeese State. But in the AP the Tigers remained at No. 14. The SEC has a record 10 teams ranked in the AP poll.