News for Monday 111615
By Dave Graichen
Following a request from Gov. Bobby Jindal for more information about Syrian refugees after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, the State Department confirmed Sunday that 14 Syrian refugees have been allowed into Louisiana this year. The State Department confirmed to WWL TV in New Orleans Seven Syrian refugees have resettled in Kenner, six in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge. On Saturday, Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking him for more information about Syrian refugees, saying the state has been “kept in the dark.” Multiple blogs reported earlier this month that 10,000 Syrian refugees had settled in New Orleans
Governor Jindal will reportedly not endorse a candidate in the runoff. The Republican Presidential candidate said voters can make up their own minds without him announcing who he is backing. A recent UNO poll of likely voters in Louisiana showed Jindal had a 70 percent disapproval rating, so analysts say it’s not likely his endorsement would have helped either candidate.
Early voting for Saturday’s runoff elections for governor and other offices is up 16 percent from primary figures, with the largest increases in urban areas. Elections officials said 257,021 of Louisiana’s 2.89 million registered voters had cast ballots by the time early voting ended Saturday. Saturday’s ballot is topped by the race for governor between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter. Political analyst John Couvillon said the early voting figures suggest that a 44 percent turnout is likely Saturday, up from 39 percent in the Oct. 24 primary. Increases were higher among African-Americans and registered Democrats than among whites and registered Republicans.
In the 2015 University of New Orleans Louisiana Gubernatorial Runoff survey, polls show Republican Bill Nungesser in a 10 point lead over Democrat Kip Holden in the Lt. Governor’s race. Ed Chervenak, director of the UNO Survey Research Center, says the poll also showed that two-thirds of people feel Louisiana is headed in the wrong direction and Governor Jindal with a 70 percent disapproval rating. This was the same poll that found Democrat John Bel Edwards with a 22 point lead over Republican David Vitter.
Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bell Edwards will meet in another televised debate this evening. The debate will begin at 6PM and is being hosted by Nexstar Television stations.
Lawyers for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs have agreed to mediation over Benson’s lawsuit to remove them as future owners of the teams. Legal analyst Tim Meche believes this is a sign that the judge presiding over the case indicated to Benson’s lawyers that they would not win the case during trial. . Benson’s lawsuit seeks to take back stock in the team from his heirs and force them out as non-voting owners of the teams. Meche says, at the end of the day, both parties are going to have to sit together and come to some understanding.
Due to this year’s outbreak of avian influenza, will there be enough turkeys for Thanksgiving? Professor and Poultry Extension Specialist with the LSU Ag Center Theresia Lavergne says the last confirmed case of this flu was in June and it affected almost four percent of turkeys in the country. She says but you’ll still be able to find a turkey. But, it will cost, we could see a 20 to 40 cent increase per pound for the bird.
LSU is in jeopardy of having its once promising football season spiral out of control. The Tigers were manhandled for a second straight week on Saturday, this time by Arkansas, who beat LSU 31-14. It was a rough game for the offense line as LSU only rushed for 59 yards and allowed five sacks.
It was a brutal performance for the Saints on Sunday as they were routed by the Redskins 47-14. Coach Sean Payton says it will be hard to look at the tape and find anything that went well. The Saints defense set the tone for this one, as they allowed Washington to march 96 yards down the field on its first drive and score a touchdown. New Orleans allowed 514 yards of total offense. The Saints are entering the bye week with a 4-6 record.