News for Friday 100915
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana lost a state treasure Thursday as internationally known chef Paul Prudhomme passed away at the age of 75. Wendy Waren of the Louisiana Restaurant Association says this is a tremendous loss for their industry. Prudhomme was born in Opelousas. The youngest of 13 children, his rise to culinary stardom started in 1975 when he became head chef at Commander’s Palace. In the early 1980s he opened his own restaurant in the quarter, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen. Paul Prudhomme will always be known as the man who brought Louisiana cooking to the rest of the world.
Early voting for the October 24th Election begins Tomorrow and runs through October 17th, excluding Sunday. Early voting will be available from 8:30AM to 6PM daily at registrar of voters offices across the state and other select locations. You can go online to geauxvote-dot-com to find out where to vote and what’s exactly on your ballot.
State Police say three people were killed in Terrebonne Parish yesterday as a result of a natural gas explosion and fire at Williams Partners’ natural gas facility in Gibson. A cause of the explosion is not known. Company officials say the workers were performing maintenance on the facility which was not operational at the time of the explosion.
A big surprise yesterday as Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veterans affairs secretary abruptly resigned. Without explanation, Jindal’s office announced Thursday that David LaCerte had left the position he’s held since June 2014, effective immediately. Robin Keller, a spokeswoman for the Department of Veterans Affairs, confirmed that the agency has been contacted by the inspector general’s office. She said she doesn’t know what is being investigated. The governor has named his office’s chief lawyer, Thomas Enright, to work as interim secretary.
Louisiana Republicans expressed disappointment Thursday that Rep. Steve Scalise won’t have a chance to become House majority leader now that Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California has decided to remain in the post. Scalise, the House majority whip, had hoped to replace McCarthy, who had been favored to win his bid for speaker.
State Police say a 5-year-old was struck and killed by a passing vehicle on LA 83 in St. Mary Parish last night. Master Trooper Brooks David says the child was outside chasing his dog. The child died at a hospital. David says the driver of the vehicle was unable to avoid hitting the child and was not cited.
State Police announces they will use the Louisiana Department of Transportation’s website, twitter accounts, and smart phone app to relay information about traffic crashes, congestion and roadway construction. Trooper Dustin Dwight says the State Police and DOTD are teaming up to give drivers a more unified message about what’s going on in your specific region. He says drivers can see real time traffic updates on the “Way to Geaux” app, which is available in the iTunes App store and Google Play.
SEC officials say the game between South Carolina and LSU at 2:30 on Saturday in Tiger Stadium will be televised on ESPN. Reports indicate the network had to move around at least 5 other games to make this happen. The contest was moved to Baton Rouge due to historic flooding and devastation response in Columbia. LSU says minus expenses for hosting the game, all ticket sales will be transferred to South Carolina as it is the Gamecocks’ home game.
The Saints will visit Philadelphia on Sunday to take on the Eagles. Both teams are 1-and-3 and who ever losses this game, will likely not make the playoffs. New Orleans running back CJ Spiller is expecting an intense battle. Saints Coach Sean Payton says Philadelphia’s up tempo offense makes it difficult to substitute, so that’s a concern going into this game.