News for Thursday 100815
By Dave Graichen
LSU fans are getting ready to tailgate at Tiger Stadium this Saturday. That’s because the Fighting Tigers will host South Carolina in an SEC match-up after it was determined the South Carolina floods were too severe to hold the game in Columbia. South Carolina is expected to fly into Baton Rouge on Friday for the game in Tiger Stadium. Kick-off is at 2:30.
LSU football season ticket holders have until 5 PM Tthis afternoon to purchase tickets for Saturday’s game against South Carolina in Tiger Stadium. At six PM, tickets will be available to the general public.
With the unexpected change of venue to Baton Rouge for the LSU-South Carolina game the Capital City is expecting a bump in tourism. Just one problem, Baton Rouge is already hosting a soccer tournament, a major business conference and a beer festival this weekend. Tourism officials say, there should be hotel rooms available.
Funeral arrangements are still pending for a Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who died in a two vehicle crash, while off duty, Tuesday night. 32 year old Tony Verheyden was killed when his pickup truck collided with a car, on La. Highway 115. The 16 driver of the car failed to stop at a stop sign. Verheyden, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from his vehicle. Sheriff Hilton says Verheyden served with the RPSO since January 2013. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Early voting for the Oct. 24 begins Saturday. In addition to seven statewide offices, including governor, voters will decide on four proposed constitutional amendments, legislative and other district races, and local elections. Early voting will take place in parish registrars of voters’ offices from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Saturday, Oct. 10-17, with the except for Sunday.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they are sending emergency management personnel to South Carolina to work with officials there in making damage assessments. GOHSEP says their employees have the experience needed when it comes to disasters like this and they stand ready to help whenever needed.
Gannett, the publishing company that owns The Town Talk, USA TODAY and media businesses in 91 other local markets, said late Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Journal Media Group for about $280 million, following through on its strategy of acquiring additional local news outlets after it was spun off from its former parent in June. Journal Media Group owns more than 12 daily newspapers, 18 weeklies and their affiliated websites in 14 local markets in the U.S. Shares of Gannett closed yesterday up almost 4 percent.
The newest campaign ad from Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards spotlights his anti-abortion position. In the commercial, Edwards’ wife Donna tells of how the couple decided to carry their first child to term after being advised by a doctor to abort the pregnancy. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says Edwards is sending a strong message. The commercial indicates their daughter is now 20 years old and is getting married next spring.
The LSU faculty senate has censure president F King Alexander over the firing of a tenured professor, who was dismissed in June after allegations surfaced she used profanity and sexual content in the classroom. LSU Faculy Senate President Kevin Cope says the censure is a signal from the academic community that Alexander isn’t providing good leadership. Alexander says LSU supports tenure but action must be taken to prevent damaging and counterproductive classroom environments.
The state department of corrections says the that prisoner who was accidentally released from prison is back in Louisiana. Spokesperson Pam LaBorde says 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson is at Angola. Johnson, who was convicted on manslaughter, was released as a result of an error by department of corrections worker. Johnson was found last Friday at a motel in an Atlanta suburb.