News for Monday 092616
By Dave Graichen
Time ran out on the LSU Tigers on Saturday night in their loss to Auburn and time has also run out on head football coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Athletic Director Joe Alleva has made the decision over the weekend to fire Miles and Cameron and name defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron interim head coach. Miles leaves LSU as the second winningest coach in school history. Only the late Charlie McClendon had more, as he notched 137 wins in 18 years.
The Louisiana Department of Health has updated the number of Zika and West Nile cases in the state. There are now 26 confirmed cases of West Nile in Louisiana so far this year. There were no deaths linked to West Nile in 2016. There are 31 confirmed Zika cases in the state so far. All of the cases of Zika virus were travel related and there has been no local transmission.
Buckwheat Zydeco, legendary accordionist and singer, passed away Saturday morning of lung cancer at the age of 68. Stanley Dural, Jr, better known as Buckwheat, helped to introduce Louisiana Zydeco music to the world. He performed during the 1996 summer Olympics closing ceremony, President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and was featured on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Dural was diagnosed with lung cancer in January of 2013.
Presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, will duke it out tonight in their first debate. The debate will air from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Central Time. ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley expects viewers will see the combination of information and typical candidate sparring. He says these are two individuals who recognize the clock is ticking on the campaign and the polls are tight. You can hear the debate tonight starting at 8 on 970 KSYL
Tonight’s Saints-Falcons game marks the 10th anniversary of the Mercedes Benz Superdome reopening after Hurricane Katrina. Former Governor Kathleen Blanco says, after the storm, the building’s roof was badly damaged and it was a symbol of despair for New Orleans. She says repairing the stadium in nine months rather than the predicted 2 years was a huge endeavor. She says Saints owner Tom Benson promised if they could open the Superdome before the 2006 season, he wouldn’t move the franchise. The rest is history.
Over a month after the historic flooding in south Louisiana, many flood victims are still struggling to recover. Congressman Garret Graves of Baton Rouge has introduced a bill to help future disaster victims get assistance in a timely manner. He says the biggest complaint he’s heard is that it’s taking too long to get money from flood insurance claims. Graves’ bill would require the national flood insurance program to make determinations within 30 days of the claim being filed. He says people need this assistance now, and he wants to push this bill through in an expedited process.
The Advisory Council on Student Behavior finds over one-thousand kindergartners were suspended last school year. New Orleans attorney and chairwoman of the council, Jennifer Coco, says they hope to find better ways to discipline students than kicking them out of class.
After donating thousands of dollars to flood damaged schools in Louisiana, Taylor Swift is helping even more students get back in the classroom. Livingston Parish School System officials say the pop megastar is donating $50-thousand to help with the rebuilding process. Swift has already made similar donations in Ascension parish and Central.
In one of the largest protests the city of New Orleans has seen in years, several hundred people poured into Jackson Square on Saturday afternoon to protest the city’s failure to remove four Confederate monuments. The protesters were met by dozens of cops behind barricades and on horseback. The area around the square’s central equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson was barricaded because protesters had announced plans to toss ropes over it and try to pull it down.The New Orleans Police Department reported that a total of seven people were arrested
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office reports an apparent murder-suicide Sunday in Metairie took the lives of 67-year-old man and his 68-year-old wife. Two of the deceased couples family members called 911 after making the "gruesome" discovery of the two bodies. It appeared that Larry Townsend shot his wife Linda and then himself.
The Saints are 0-2 heading into their Monday night matchup with their NFC South rival the Atlanta Falcons. A loss tonight and it will be very difficult for the boys in Black and Gold to make the playoffs.