News for Monday 102615
By Dave Graichen
The heavy rainfall that has impacted much of the state the last couple of days should come to an end today. Gavin Phillips, with the National Weather Service, says the storm system that has dumped several inches of rain in some areas of the state is finally moving out. Phillips says it’s rare to have this kind of prolonged rain event in Louisiana in October, but it’s much needed after several weeks without significant rain.
Saturday was a good day for incumbents. All of the incumbent officials up for re-election in Saturday’s elections in Rapides Parish were reelected. Many by a large margin. At the top of that list, Sheriff William Earl Hilton. 75% of the voters in the parish wanted the popular sheriff for a 6th term. Another example, 27th District Rep. Chris Hazel. He walked away with 65% of the vote.
One of the more interesting races of the night was the race for the District 29 house of representatives seat. Jay Luneau, a white Alexandria attorney, was easily elected senator in District 29, a seat vacated by Sen. Rick Gallot. His opponent, African-American minister Joshua Joy Dara Sr. of Pineville, who ran to many people’s surprise as a republican. Nearly 60 percent of Senate District 29’s voters are black, and nearly 60 percent are Democrats.
In statewide races, most will face a runoff.
It’s Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter in the November 21st gubernatorial runoff. Edwards won the primary with 40-percent of the vote. He told his supporters he’ll run a honest campaign as he seeks to replace Bobby Jindal. Vitter, who got 23% of the votes, said in his post-election speech that Edwards is a liberal who supports the president.
Analysts are anticipating a close governor’s race as Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter will battle for votes leading up to the November 21st runoff. ULM political science professor Joshua Stockley says at this moment, he gives a slight edge to Edwards.
In the ever nasty Lt. Governor’s race, it was a close race. But, in the end, the runoff will be between Democrat Kip Holden and republican Billy Nungesser.
The attorney generals race, another close one, will be a runoff between incumbent Buddy Caldwell and Jeff Landry both men are republicans.
In the State Treasurer’s race it was a cakewalk for John Kennedy who pulled down better than 80% of the vote state wide.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon as well as State Ag Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain were easily reelected.
The APD reports A 12-year-old has been charged with negligent homicide in the Friday evening shooting death of an Alexandria man. Police responded to a call about a man down shortly before 7 firday night. Upon arrival, they found a man, 29-year-old Courtney Honore. It appears the man suffered a single fatal wound from an air-pellet-type weapon. Honore was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Residents of New Orleans’ French Quarter have overwhelmingly approved a new five year sales tax to keep more than 30 state troopers patrolling their historic district. Complete but unofficial returns show that nearly 1,000 people voted, and 78 percent of them voted for the tax. It will add about a quarter of a penny to each dollar spent at stores in the neighborhood. Supporters said tourists will pay most of the $2 million a year the tax is expected to bring in.
Authorities said four employees of a casino in Lake Charles have been arrested and booked on charges of computer fraud. The four were employees of the Golden Nugget casino. Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said the arrests that were made over the last week resulted from an investigation. The probe was sparked by a call earlier in the month to the state police Gaming Enforcement Division. All four face computer fraud charges. Two were booked with theft.
The Louisiana Lottery said nobody won the jackpots in three big weekend games — but one Powerball ticket sold in Louisiana is worth $150,000 and two others are worth $50,000 each.
Wednesday’s estimated jackpot rise to $110 million for the Powerball.
The Louisiana National Guard Museum at Jackson Barracks will open a Desert Storm exhibit in February to mark the 25th anniversary and they’re seeking the help of current and former guardsmen. Museum Director Captain Heather Englehart says they’re searching for items to help tell the story of how the National Guard assisted in Operation Desert Storm. Englehart says the museum is really struggling to find videos from that time period. She says if any guardsmen has a particularly interesting story, they’re willing to interview them on camera.
LSU enters the bye week with a perfect 7-0 record after beating Western Kentucky 48 to 20 in a mud-filled game at Tiger Stadium. It’s the eighth time the Tigers have started the season 7-0, but Coach Les Miles says there’s still room for improvement. In a couple of weeks, the Tigers will visit Alabama, who is 7-and-1.
The Saints have a two-game winning streak after holding on to beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-21. It looked like New Orleans would have an easy win in Indy, but the Colts mounted a furious comeback to have a chance in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 255 yards and one touchdown. But the biggest pass of the game was thrown by backup Luke McCown on a fake field goal. McCown’s 25-yard completion to Ben Watson set up New Orleans first touchdown of the game.