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News For Monday 08/08/16

News for Monday 080816

By Dave Graichen

 

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a low-pressure system in the Atlantic, just off the Bahamas. The system has a chance of developing over the next five days if it remains over the water.

 

There’ll never be another. New Orleans music legend Pete Fountain died over the weekend.  Fountain had faced health problems in recent years, including undergoing heart surgery and suffering a stroke. Fountain retired from his 60 year jazz career in 2014. Pete Fountain was 86.

 

The city of Natchitoches and its mayor are being sued for not allowing the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Louisiana to display confederate flags while marching in last year’s Christmas parade. Thomas Taylor, the Louisiana division’s former commander, says flag-carrying members have participated in the parade for decades without causing any problems.

 

LSU says they won’t be able to host Bayou Country Superfest at Tiger Stadium for the next couple of years due to renovations that need to be made during the off season. Visit Baton Rouge President Paul Arrigo says it’s disappointing, but they are glad LSU was nice enough to allow BCS to be held there for the past several years. BCS Producer Quint Davis says they are exploring alternative locations to hold the festival.

 

LSU research indicates feral hogs are contaminating some central Louisiana water bodies. Dr. Michael Kaller with the LSU School of Renewable Resources says these hogs, like other wildlife, are putting pathogens into the water through their waste. Kaller says they looked at bodies of water between Alexandria and Natchitoches. He says these pathogens can pose serious health risks if someone ingests them, but he says some can also be absorbed through the skin. Kaller says these hogs have always been in the area, but not in such high numbers. He says population control is needed to keep contamination levels down.

 

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is leading in the national polls over Donald Trump, so could that affect the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana? University of Louisiana at Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross doesn’t think it will have much impact, because there are many highly qualified GOP candidates on the ballot. But Cross expects Republican candidates will stay away from supporting Trump, if he continues to drop in the polls.

 

Former four-term governor Edwin Edwards says he is well on his way to becoming the oldest governor of Louisiana, as he just turned 89-years-old on Sunday. Edwards’s youngest son Eli just turned 3, and he says it’s given him a chance to be a better father than he was to his first four children. Edwards is still moving around quite well for someone who is pushing 90.. But Edwards says he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, and he believes he’ll live to see 100. Former-governor Jimmy Davis lived to be 102.

 

Police say 42-year-old Franklinton man was killed over the weekend when a an oncoming vehicle turned directly in his path. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

 

Lafayette Metro Narcotics and the Sheriff’s Office are warning the public about a dangerous drug believed to be responsible for over 13 deaths in Acadiana. Lafayette Police Corporal Paul Mouton says the drug’s name is Fentanyl and it’s a potent synthetic opioid that’s similar to Heroin. Mouton says Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin so when it’s used in the same manner it can be deadly. He says if you know someone who is a drug user, you need to get them help before they purchase Fentanyl.

 

A former Assistant Administrator at a war veteran’s home in Monroe has been arrested after stealing thousands of dollars from a patient there. Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street says 51-year-old Tommy Shoemaker has been booked on counts of exploiting persons with infirmities and theft of an aged or disabled person.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed four more Zika cases in Louisiana. Officials say like the other cases in Louisiana, these people also traveled to South America. This brings the total number of travel-related cases in Louisiana to 19. Local transmission has still not occurred in the Bayou State.

 

There are three Louisiana natives representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Rio. Baton Rouge native Seimone Augustus seeks her third gold medal with the women’s basketball team. Shreveport weightlifter Kendrick Farris is making his second Olympic games appearance and Baton Rouge’s Meghan O’ Leary is a rower.

 

Louisiana Tech starting quarterback Ryan Higgins was booked on DWI charges early Friday morning. The Bulldogs began Fall Camp on Sunday. No word yet as to whether or nor Higgins was allowed to hit the field.

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