News for Thursday 100115
By Dave Graichen
The four major gubernatorial candidates for governor are slated to appear tonight at 6 in a televised debate hosted by W-D-S-U T-V in New Orleans. It will also air online and on N-B-C affiliated stations across the state. L-S-U Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says this is the chance for Republican candidates Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne to gain some traction against frontrunner David Vitter. This is the only televised debate before the October 24th primary that the four major candidates have committed to attend.
Get ready for some beautiful weather Louisiana as another cold front settles over the state over the next several days. State Climatologist Barry Keim says today is just the beginning with slightly cooler and less humid conditions. By tomorrow morning, the minimum temperatures are going to be in the 50s, with high temperatures only in the 70s. Keim says this weather pattern is going to persist through the weekend and perhaps even into early next week.
A Ball woman is facing multiple charges of forgery and bank fraud in connection to checks police say were stolen from her grandfather. Catherine Renee Durand, of the 6000 block of Monroe Highway, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on Tuesday. She was charged with nine counts of forgery and nine counts of bank fraud.
There has been a second death this year from the West Nile virus according to DHH and there are now 54 total reported cases. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says the latest death is out of the Baton Rouge area. He says about 90 percent of the cases they see are asymptomatic, but about 10 percent will develop West Nile Fever. He says even though it’s starting to cool off, mosquitoes remain active through the end of the year in Louisiana and it’s important to protect yourself.
The Louisiana Chapter of the Americans for Prosperity is out with an ad letting voters know which of their lawmakers up for re-election in the fall voted for tax increases and Medicaid expansion. A-F-P State Director Phillip Joffrion says the radio spot includes information about how legislators dealt with the state’s fiscal crisis in the last session. He says the public can view their lawmaker’s record at Louisiana Score Card-dot-com. Louisiana AFP has ties to the Tea Party.
There is now a $6,000 reward being offered for information which leads to the arrest of the convicted killer who was released from prison by mistake in East Feliciana Parish. 32-year-old Benjueil Johnson is a black male, about 5’10 and 190 pounds and he lived in Plaquemine prior to incarceration. A human error allowed Johnson to bond out. If you see him please call 911.
New Orleans Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened Wednesday morning at a school in Treme. They say a teacher was walking into the Success Preparatory Academy around 7am while no children were at the school, when she was approached by a suspect with a gun who robbed her. Police say it also happened to another teacher. The gunman remains at large.
The Monroe Police Department says they are still looking for a suspect in the case of two people who were found shot dead at a bail bondsman’s office. They’ve identified the victims as Ivan Webb, who owns the business, and Catrina Wallace who worked there. Cops say no arrests have been made at this time but the investigation is ongoing.
A study shows more Louisiana drivers are buckling up this year. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Col. John LeBlanc says their 2015 Louisiana Seat Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Observation Survey found a record 86 percent of front seat passengers and drivers we’re using their seatbelt. LeBlanc says they’re still trying to get more young male drivers to buckle up. And he says front seat seatbelt use among African Americans measured lower than other races. LeBlanc says 58 percent of drivers killed in Louisiana are not buckled up.
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees says he feels good about playing against the Dallas Cowboys.
Brees says he took most of the reps at practice yesterday and he’ll continue to ramp up the volume leading up to the primetime game against the Cowboys.
A debate has started over whether star LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette should sit out his junior season so he doesn’t risk injury before heading to the NFL. The Heisman Trophy candidate is not eligible for the draft until after next season. Fournette weighed in on the topic by tweeting, “I will never jump ship.”
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announces its 2016 induction class and once again it’s a star studded group of athletes and coaches. Janice Joseph-Richard, who led Louisiana College to national prominence in women's basketball as both a player and a coach will be remembered forever among the state's athletic immortals. The group of eight will be enshrined next summer at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Natchitoches.