News for Wednesday 111115
By Dave Graichen
Today is Veterans Day, a day set aside each year to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces. Louisiana National Guard Col. Pete Schneider says Veterans Day is a day of reflection and thanks, but it’s also a day to celebrate those who served and kept us free… He says Veterans Day is not only a day to thank those who serve, but their families for the sacrifices they make, too. Schneider says there are about 10,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard and many have been deployed overseas. If you happen to see a veteran today, Schneider encourages you to thank them for their service.
Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards spent a lot of time attacking each other’s record during an hour long televised debate last night. Edwards made the case that Vitter is a very ineffective senator and says if he’s elected governor, he’ll just continue Governor Bobby Jindal’s failed policies. Vitter claims Edwards is completely misrepresenting his record, when in fact on many occasions he publically disagreed with Jindal. He says Edwards hasn’t ever stood up against his party leader, President Barack Obama.
During the debate the candidates did talk about education, Medicaid, transportation and workforce development. The conversation got testy towards the end when Vitter’s prostitution scandal was brought up. Edwards made reference to his “Patriots over Prostitutes” commercial. Vitter says Edwards is acting “holier than thou,”
The FBI is reportedly assisting in the case of the Marksville officer-involved shooting that killed a 6-year-old and left his father, Chris Few, injured. A judge issued a gag order and the media is being denied requests for public records. It’s also reported that the condition of the father, Few, is now listed as “confidential” — meaning there will be no more updates provided on his condition.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he’s seeing more participation during early voting in this election than for the primary. Schedler says typically the general election receives less votes than the primary, but numbers are looking good during this early voting period, even though there will be no voting today because of Veteran’s Day. Schedler says he thinks voters are much more engaged with the runoff election, possibly because the ballot is smaller and the candidates are more recognizable. Voter turnout for the primary was 39-percent. Schedler says he’s not ready to say we’ll see a higher turnout for the runoff.
A recent report by the Center for Public Integrity says Louisiana gets an F in a look at states on transparency and accountability. States were graded on things like access to public information, ethics enforcement and government accountability. Overall Louisiana ranked 41st in the CPI State Integrity Investigation.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand releases new information regarding the spying scandal involving a person hired by the David Vitter Campaign. Normand says he’s been able to recover deleted recordings from the device of PI Robert Frenzel. He says one of the videos shows the owner of the PI firm trying to coerce someone into saying a blog written by Jason Berry on Vitter’s previous relationship with a prostitute, was false. Normand says they also uncovered a secret video on Frenzel’s device, which shows a conversation with a potential witness to discredit the Wendy Ellis/Cortez prostitute’s story about her relationship with Vitter.
Normand says they will be meeting with the FBI on Thursday to discuss the findings.
LSU of Alexandria hired Richard Thiberville, Jr. Tuesday as its first sports information director. Thiberville comes to LSUA from Loyola University of New Orleans where he has served in the school's sports information department for the previous five years. Thiberville will take over updating the statistics for all LSUA athletics, managing the athletic website, coordinating press releases and press conferences as well as managing social media sites.
The music industry is mourning the death of New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint, who was a songwriter, performer and producer. Toussaint (Two-Saint) was on tour in Europe when he reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack after a performance in Spain. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame President Mike Shepherd says Toussaint was not only one of the biggest international figures in music, but was also a true gentleman. Toussaint (Two-Saint) was 77-years-old.
The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Louisiana can keep the final Angola 3 inmate in jail and try him again in the 1972 killing of a prison guard. This would be the third time Albert Woodfox would have to face trial as the other two convictions were thrown out on technicalities. Legal analyst Tim Meche says lawyers of Albert Woodfox and those who believe he is innocent, have been very successful in getting the public and the media on their side…:
Woodfox is the last incarcerated member of the Angola 3.
The acts for this year’s Bayou Country Superfest were announced. The annual country musical festival in Tiger Stadium will be three days long during the Memorial Day Weekend. The headliners are Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church. Producer Quint Davis says if you missed the six previous bayou country superfests, this is the year to go. Tickets go on sale one week from today.
CBS Sports reported Tuesday that the LSU/Alabama game in prime-time this past Saturday was the highest-rated and most-watched college football game so far in the 2015. Nielsen reports that 11.2 million people tuned in to view Bama’s 30-16 victory over the Tigers.
The rumors of New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton leaving the team after this season are not over. Yahoo Sports reporter Charles Robinson says he’s heard from a source that there’s a 50-50 chance Payton will not return for the 2016 season and a lot of the decision depends on the legal battle with Owner Tom Benson and his former heirs.