News for Thursday 092216
By Dave Graichen
Today is the start of the fall season and Louisianans can expect above average temperatures and below normal rainfall. That’s according to state climatologist Barry Keim. Keim says the basis for this forecast is due to a high probability for a La Nina. Keim says we’re still seeing high temperatures but we just need to sit tight because fall weather is coming soon.
The Town Talk reports The company that plans to build an aluminum plant in Pineville is having some financial problems. Creditors allege in court filings that the companies involved owe more than $2 million in unpaid loans and contracts. A petition has been filed to force Revolution Aluminum Propco LLC, which purchased the property for the proposed complex, into bankruptcy to collect loans that have not been repaid. The full story is in today’s “Towntalk”.
Two men and a woman, all from Alexandria, remain in jail accused of beating and shooting at a woman before carjacking her vehicle early Saturday morning. The incident occurred, according to the APD, at a Masonic Drive convenience store. Police say the woman was not shot, but was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A former LSU player reportedly told a Baton Rouge radio station that Tigers Quarterback Brandon Harris got death threats following the season opening loss to Wisconsin, and it really bothered him. Jamie Howard, who was the starting quarterback for LSU in the early 90s, said he was giving Harris some advice because he was having a hard time with the death threats.
Governor John Bel Edwards is in Washington, D.C., today continuing the ongoing battle to get federal funding for flood recovery efforts in Louisiana. Edwards says he is optimistic they can get something done before lawmakers recess at the end of the month for the November election. The state has requested $2.6 billion in federal funding, but Edwards doesn’t expect to get the full amount at once. The initial flood recovery dollars would be contained in a stop-gap funding bill that would prevent a government shutdown.
A new poll released by Southern Media and Opinion Research finds Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating is at 63-percent. That’s a 13-percent increase from May. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says says the governor still faces some hurdles, especially with housing issues after the flooding. But he says this popularity will likely benefit him during the upcoming legislative session.
The survey also finds presidential candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton, has an unfavorable rating in Louisiana of 60-percent. Pinsonat says Republican Donald Trump has shot in front of her by a good margin and is very popular with white voters in Louisiana. According to the poll, if the election were held today, 49-percent would vote for Trump, 33-percent for Clinton, and 8-percent for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
A new poll from Southern Media Opinion and Research finds it’s a tight race for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy is still leading with 17-percent, followed by Republican Congressman Charles Boustany with 15-percent. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Democrat Caroline Fayard is improving in the polls and is up to 11-percent.
Blue Bell Creameries is recalling select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria. Texas-based ice cream maker said it’s recalling half gallons and pints of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and half gallons of Blue Bell Cookie Two. That’s after intensified internal testing found the cookie dough was potentially tainted. Blue Bell says no illnesses have been reported.
After deliberating for one hour, a six-person jury in Ouachita Parish determined West Monroe Police Officer Jody Ledoux was “Not Guilty” of negligent homicide in the shooting death of Raymond Martinez in December of 2014. Ledoux testified he thought the homeless man was reaching for a gun, when he was pulling a silver and gray cell phone from his pocket
LSU enrollment numbers are in and the Baton Rouge campus has set records. The incoming freshman class is the most academically talented class with composite ACT scores of 25.6 and average GPA of 3.4. The enrollment of African American and Hispanic students is at an all-time high. Louisiana Tech also saw record enrollment numbers. The freshman class topped 2-thousand, which is the largest in the school’s history.
The investigation is ongoing in Lafayette parish about a body that was discovered in a tool box on the side of the road. Cpl. Bridgett Dugas says they have connected the victim, Alannah Montalvo, with a naked man who was recently shot and killed while trespassing. Dugas says Montalvo was in a relationship with the naked trespasser, 36-year-old Barrett Farabee. She says they still do not know the exact cause of death for Montalvo, but they do believe Farabee was involved.
The living were not the only ones affected by the August flood in south Louisiana. Henry Yennie with the Department of Health says over 350 graves were disrupted in at least 8 parishes. Yennie says so far they have only identified roughly 15-percent of the caskets.
A new study from Triple A finds millions of drivers are wasting their money on premium gasoline. Spokesperson Don Redman says they encourage people to check their car’s owner’s manual to see what kind of gas their car requires. He says 70-percent of vehicles on the road just need regular gas. Redman says some high end vehicles do require premium gas because of the way the engine is calibrated and the only differences between regular and premium gas are the octane levels and the price.
A grand jury has rejected murder charges against the two men accused of fatally shooting two Southern University students in April. 25-year-old Brandon Henderson could still stand trial for aggravated assault with a firearm. The grand jury did not take action against 23-year-old Ernest Felton, so right now his charges are in limbo.
The Saints have put cornerback PJ Williams on injured reserve, after the second-year pro was carted off the field last Sunday after taking a knee to the helmet twice while trying to make a tackle. The Saints will host Atlanta on Monday night.