News for Monday 101915
By Dave Graichen
An early morning crash Saturday claimed the life of a 43 year old Pitkin man. State troopers say Keith Perkins apparently lost control of his vehicle on LA Highway 10, ran off the road and struck some trees. Perkins was wearing a seatbelt, but the impact was so severe Perkins died at the scene from his injuries. Investigators believe impairment may have been a factor.
NOAA weather forecasters predict that a very strong El Nino will bring some much needed rain to Louisiana in the coming months. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the state can expect cooler and wetter than normal conditions for the coming winter and spring. He says rainfall typically runs about 25-percent above average during an El Nino event. El Ninos also tend to bring more freezing weather as well. Forecasters call this El Nino one of the strongest on record.
Governor Bobby Jindal’s latest presidential campaign fundraising report shows he raised less than $600,000 in the third quarter and has only $261,000 on hand. By comparison, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson raised over $20 million during the same time frame.
Recent polls show Republican David Vitter has the highest unfavoribility ratings out of the four candidates running for governor, but yet, analysts believe Vitter has the best shot at succeeding Bobby Jindal. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says once Vitter makes the runoff, his negatives will begin to go away. Many analysts predict a Vitter versus John Bel Edwards runoff.
An LSU Public Policy Research Lab report surveying people’s opinions about the 2015 election cycle found that 56-percent of Louisianans believe the state is heading in the wrong direction. Dr. Michael Henderson says only 29-percent of voters surveyed thought the state was going in the right direction. Henderson says even though voters feel this way, these negative sentiments don’t seem to be translating into positive or negative attitudes toward the candidates. He says none of the four major candidates have succeeded in consolidating the support of the dissatisfied voters.
After more than two decades of gambling in Natchez, the Isle of Capri Casino closed its doors Sunday. Isle of Capri, one of the oldest gambling houses in Mississippi, first announced the closure and sale of its hotel in August. The casino closed at noon Sunday. The hotel’s approximately $11.5 million sale to parent company, Casino Holding Investment Partners, will be completed Today. The casino should be reopening under the new banner later this week. Complete renovations of the facility will be on going for the next few months.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 22-year-old woman is under arrest after authorities discovered her 3-year-old child sitting in the middle of the road with his blanket. They say upon arrival they realized the child was about 150 yards away from his house and found the mother searching for him. Halie Prejean of Lake Charles left her 3 month old inside the house to look for the other child and she was booked with two counts of child desertion.
LSU is reportedly giving Athletic Director Joe Alleva another contract extension — one year to July 2020. The Board of Supervisors will officially vote on the proposed extension at its meeting in a week. Alleva’s pay will remain the same at $725,000. Last year his deal was extended three years to July 2019.
After a thrilling, 35-28 win against No. 11/8 Florida, LSU remained at No. 5 in this week’s USA Today / coaches poll and rose one spot to No. 5 in the Associated Press poll. The Tigers picked up one first-place vote in both polls for their efforts. LSU is now the only undefeated team in the Southeastern Conference at 6-0, 4-0. The Tigers’ next opponent, Western Kentucky, received five votes in the coaches’ poll.
Governor Bobby Jindal could be getting an answer as soon as Monday on whether or not he can defund Planned Parenthood in Louisiana. The organization could lose its funding next week unless the federal judge intervenes. Jindal announced he’d stop making payments to Planned Parenthood after secretly taped videos surfaced showing its leaders discussing the sale of fetal tissue. The group denies the allegation.
The State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants to hear from hunters about the proposed changes to the waterfowl hunting zones. Waterfowl program manager Larry Reynolds says they’re seeking public comment through November 5th and the changes they are proposing could be significant for some hunters. Reynolds says the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission can alter waterfowl hunting zones every five years and want to make sure these choices are what hunters want. He says these are pretty significant changes being purposed.