News for Friday 111315
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana has a nice weekend coming up with cooler temperatures as a front moves through the state today. Meteorologists say the air is going to be dry and temps are expected to me in the mid to upper 60s for the next several days.
The father of the six-year-old who was killed in an officer involved shooting last week in Marksville has reportedly been released from the hospital. Chris Few was said to be critically injured by gunfire that ended the life of Jeremy Mardis. Two city marshal deputies are the accused shooters and one of them is in the process of trying to bond out.
A gag order remains in place when it comes to information authorities can release to the public about last week’s fatal shooting by two Marksville deputy marshals. State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson visited with District Judge William Bennett and Edmonson says the judge is adamant that no evidence can be released. An attorney for Few says police body camera footage shows Few with his hands up, but Edmonson says only a select group of people have seen the video.
The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office says one of the Marksville officers involved in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy was not bonded out yesterday because of a technical issue. It’s reportedly due to a state law banning attorneys from bonding out defendants. Sheriff Doug Anderson says the father of 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr., who is an attorney, was preparing a million dollar property bond to get his released. It appears it may be Monday before that happens..
A new poll on the governor’s race published by The Advocate shows Democrat John Bel Edwards’ double-digit lead over Republican David Vitter slipping a bit. According to the survey, conducted by Market Research Insight, Edwards beats Vitter, 52 to 38 percent, if roughly 26-percent of African-Americans vote in the election. The survey shows Edwards support among white voters has fallen 10-percent while Vitter gained 8-percent support. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says this could signify some backlash over Edwards’ negative “prostitutes over patriots” ad.
A telephone poll of 600 likely voters conducted by the University of New Orleans found that Democrat John Bel Edwards has a 22-percent lead over Republican David Vitter in the governor’s race. UNO survey research center director, Doctor Ed Chervenak, says the unpopularity of Governor Bobby Jindal seems to be spilling over into the governor’s race. Jindal had a 70-percent disapproval rating in the poll.
According to fundraising totals released Thursday, Edwards has received $4.5 million in contributions since the primary while Vitter raised $2.6 million during the same time.
Republican gubernatorial candidate David Vitter is out with a new ad which features he and Willie Robertson of the Duck Dynasty clan. In the commercial, Robertson says he knows Vitter has made some mistakes but adds, “Who hasn’t?
Early voting ends tomorrow and Secretary of State Tom Schedler urges everyone to go out and exercise your right to vote. Schedler says it’s important to early vote, because November 21st is the weekend before Thanksgiving, which will be a busy time for many. Schedler says the number of early voters is outpacing what we saw in the primary. Total voter turnout in October was 39-percent and he says we could possibly have the anomaly where the general election receives a better turnout than in the primary.
Gas prices in Louisiana continued to creep up Thursday as the statewide average is about to reach the $2.00 mark for a gallon of regular. Petroleum analysts say the creep up is the result of volatility in oil prices at the end of October. As of this morning, Louisiana gas prices are still among the lowest five states in the nation.
Some seafood shops will be selling crawfish this weekend. Alan Matherne, with the LSU AgCenter, says farmers have recently flooded their ponds and the crawfish they caught are holdovers from last year’s season, so they have good size to them, but they will be a little pricey. He says January through March is typically when the harvest is at its peak.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the nation’s obesity rate has climbed to almost 38-percent, which is up from 32-percent ten years ago. Department of Health and Hospitals Assistant Secretary of Public Health JT Lane says Louisiana’s obesity rate is at 35 percent and although they’d like to see it lower, we’re heading in the right direction. The C-D-C found the obesity rate for women in the country is now higher than men. Lane says in Louisiana the obesity rate for women is 36-percent and for men it’s 33-percent. He says there is an even greater disparity between white and black adults.
The Thibodaux Police Department says a woman who has been convicted on theft charges five times is under arrest again this time for allegedly stealing crayons and ink pens. Since 36-year-old Janell Davis of Franklin has been convicted 5 times for theft of goods within the past 10 years, the theft of the crayons is a felony.
LSU basketball tips off a new season filled with high expectations tonight as they host McNeese State. Many believe the Tigers can make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
You can hear that game tonight beginning at 6:30 on 970 KSYL.
The 4-and-5 Saints visit the Washington Redskins, who also has a losing record at 3-and-5. New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees says with the playoffs fast approaching, now is the time to string some victories together. After the Sunday’s game against the Redskins, New Orleans will have a bye week. Brees says with an open week coming up, it makes it even more important to get a victory. That game Sunday morning starting at 10 on 96.9 kzmz.