News for Tuesday 102015
By Dave Graichen
A federal judge rules that Louisiana must continue Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood at least 14 more days despite Governor Bobby Jindal’s push to stop payments to the clinics. Jindal’s effort began following the release of videos which allegedly show Planned Parenthood workers talking about selling fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood denies the allegation and said in a statement that the ruling protects the health and safety of thousands of Louisiana’s men and women.
The Secretary of State’s Office reports that 222,000 Louisianians cast an early ballot for October 24th’s election. A breakdown of early voting numbers reveal that 71-percent of participants were white, while just 27-percent were black. Pollster John Couvillon says the low percentage of black voters participating in early voting could have an impact on the number of voters hitting the polls Saturday. Polls will be open from 7AM to 8PM Saturday.
A longtime Louisiana political analyst finds the interest in this year’s governor’s race is a bad as he’s ever seen. Bernie Pinsonat says voters are very disappointed in the last four years with Jindal and reduced funding toward higher education and hospitals. Pinsonat says the four major candidates haven’t been able to generate any interest, because they’re all being muffled by the constant attack ads. Pinsonat says the voters are finding themselves shying away from believing the candidates can actually fix problems. He says 70-percent of voters give Jindal a negative rating and that’s rubbing off on the newest candidates.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry announce the arrest of 22-year-old Justin Murphy of Jonesboro who is charged with six counts of simple arson for intentionally setting fires when he worked as a volunteer firefighter in 2010 and 2011. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says Murphy’s confession came while he was being questioned about another fire in north Louisiana last week. He says Murphy has not been charged in that Hill fire.
A survey released from State Farm finds many teenagers are still texting and driving ever after understanding the potential dangers. Spokesperson Roszell Gadson says over 90-percent of teens admit to knowing it’s distracting, yet 44-percent confessed they still text and drive. He says this week is Teen Driver Safety week and hopes they can get the word out for young drivers to stay focused on the road.
US Senator David Vitter’s brother has been named the new Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. Jeffery Vitter previously served as provost at the University of Kansas. In a statement, the senator says he is proud for his brother but there’s going to be payback every time the LSU Tigers whoop Ole Miss in the SEC.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says two brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of Nanette Me’Shell King whose dead body was found inside a burned car. Sheriff Jack Strain says the victim’s ex boyfriend, 53-year-old Gary Harris, allegedly murdered her and his brother, 64-year-old Ray Harris, helped him cover it up. Gary Harris is charged with second degree murder and Ray Harris with accessory after the fact.
According to LSU, Mike the Tiger will not be attending anymore home games, at least for the rest of this season. Ginger Gutner, with the LSU Vet School, says they can’t force the giant tiger to do anything and they will reevaluate the matter next season. Mike VI didn’t attend any games last season, and in 2013 he was only at three and some fans aren’t happy this tradition isn’t being honored.
State police report a 25 year old Mamou man died Sunday morning in a single vehicle crash. Cody Hammon lost control of his vehicle on LA 26 east of Oberlin, ran off the road and struck a tree. Troopers say Hammon, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Governor Bobby Jindal’s second book is out today and in it the GOP presidential hopeful shares why he thinks he should be the next man in the White House. The title is “American Will: The Forgotten Choices That Changed our Republic.”