News for Tuesday 102715
By Dave Graichen
It was an extremely wet weekend in Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says most of the state got 5 inches of rain or more and the wettest spot was in Baton Rouge at LSU which recorded 10.5 inches. He says there is some good news as 86 percent of Louisiana was in drought conditions last week and now there could be a 1 to 2 category improvement following the rain. He says it looks like we’ll be getting more rain this weekend which should further eliminate the drought.
Louisiana has always been a state of extremes when it comes to the weather and the past few days were no exception. After many areas of the state experienced extreme draught, much of the state saw several inches of rain over the weekend. In Tangipahoa Parish, about 50 people had to be rescued from a trailer park because of flooding. By the way, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning has lifted the statewide burn ban.
Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning had to rescue 20 children from a school bus that stalled in a flood . The bus got stuck on a flooded bridge in the northern part of the parish.
An inaugural Manufacturing Expo will be held at Central Louisiana Community Technical College’s main campus today. The expo will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the canteen area of the main campus at 4311 South MacArthur Dr. Several employers and workforce development groups are scheduled to attend the expo, which will allow industry and education to showcase the multiple job opportunities, skill requirements, and education opportunities available in Central Louisiana.
After a turnout of just 39-percent in the primary, Secretary of State Tom Schedler hopes for a bigger turn out for the November 21st runoff. Schedler says before the election, they predicted turnout anywhere from 45 to 50-percent and voters likely didn’t show up due to frustration with this election cycle or the major rainfall across the state. The headline items on the November 21st ballot are the governor’s race, lt. governor and attorney general. He says there are another 153 races to be decided statewide.
Despite finishing a distant second in the primary, Republican US Senator David Vitter says he will be elected as the state’s next governor on November 21st. Vitter believes voters will choose him over Democrat John Bel Edwards, because Edwards does not represent the values Louisiana is seeking. But Edwards says a vote for Vitter will continue to send Louisiana down the wrong path. Vitter got 23% of the vote in the primary and Edwards had 40%.
The Louisiana Sheriff’s Association has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards and the state’s Oil and Gas Political Action Committee is endorsing Republican David Vitter. Jeremy Alford of LA-Politics-dot-com (LApolitics.com) says this kind of support is a big deal coming so soon after the primary election. Alford says Vitter made an aggressive push to get an early endorsement from the Sheriffs and didn’t get it. He says Edwards comes from a long line of law enforcement so he had more of an advantage when it came to getting their support.
A Farmerville woman has been arrested in the kidnapping of an eight-year-old boy from Lincoln Parish. The child was found safe Sunday night in Ouachita Parish, while 23-year-old Sommer Hattaway was arrested Monday morning. Ruston Police deputy chief Clint Williams says the boy’s mother reported her son was in her vehicle asleep at a motel when a woman she was in the room with stole the vehicle. Williams says at this point they don’t think the woman knew the child was in the car when she took the vehicle and left.
The World Health Organization has announced that ham, sausage, and other processed meats could lead to colon, stomach, and other cancers. WHO researchers also said that red meat probably caused cancer, too. Leigh Ann Burns, Registered Dietician with the LSU Health Sciences Center, says meats that are transformed to improve its flavor or to preserve it are included in this category. The meat industry says the classification is unfair because cancer is a complex disease not caused by a single food.
In the latest A-P Top 25 poll, LSU is ranked fourth and they received five first place votes. Ohio State is number one, Baylor is second and Clemson is ranked third. The Tigers next opponent, Alabama, is ranked seventh and they received one first place vote. The SEC announced today that the LSU-Alabama game will kick off at 7 PM on November 7th. It will be televised by CBS.
Expectations are high as the Pelicans tip-off the regular season tonight against the defending NBA champs, the Golden State Warriors. New Orleans is considered by many as a team on the rise, but Jake Madison, who writes from the blog site, Bourbon Street Shots, says wins might be difficult early on, because the team is dealing with numerous injuries.