News for Tuesday 092716
By Dave Graichen
Ed Orgeron has taken over as interim head coach at LSU. Athletic Director Joe Alleva spoke to reporters yesterday about the decision to let former head Coach Les Miles go. Alleva says Miles cares a lot for the players, and he did a great job developing them into fine young men. He says at this time, he feels Coach O is the right man to take over the program. Alleva says making such a change is never easy, but changes within the program needed to happen.
Miles spoke about the issue Yesterday as well when he made an appearance on the Dan Patrik Show. He said he didn’t fight the decision, but hinted that he would like to coach again.
Miles was the head coach for over 11 seasons and won 77-percent of his games.
A new poll on Louisiana’s US Senate race finds Republican Charles Boustany and Democrat Foster Campbell tied at 15-percent. Republican John Fleming and Democrat Caroline Fayard are just behind them, while GOP Treasurer John Kennedy is at 11-percent. Pollster John Couvillion of JMC analytics says his survey shows 25-percent of voters are undecided.
Education leaders in Louisiana are looking at ways to improve public education, in compliance with a new federal law that goes into effect for the next school year. State Superintendent John White says the Every Student Succeeds Act is the first federal education law that’s been passed since 2001, and it requires states to outline a plan for improving education. He says he’s confident Louisiana can make great strides in education, as long as the students remain the focus of the discussions.
Five weeks after the historic flooding in south Louisiana, many people still have debris piled up in their front yards. Spokesperson for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Mike Steele, says crews have hit the 55-percent mark for completion of debris removal. Steele says crews have been hard at work for the past several weeks, and it will likely be a few more weeks before all the debris has been removed. He says they are asking the public to be patient.
A body was found floating in the Cane River in Natchitoches Monday. Detectives have been able to determine that the deceased individual is a 28-year-old Hispanic male by the name of Antonio Francisco. Authorities are still trying to determine a cause of death.
A man who was convicted in August of second degree murder in the death of his wife in 1962 has been sentenced to life in prison. A jury found Felix Vail guilty of killing Mary Horton Vail and trying to make it look like a drowning accident on the Calcasieu River.
As thousands of residents in south Louisiana continue to put the pieces of their life back together, many people feel like this nightmare will never end. But former Governor Kathleen Blanco says one of her biggest takeaways from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is that people in Louisiana are fighters, and they don’t give up. Blanco says last night’s game in the Superdome was a reminder about how resilient communities can be. She says we will recover from this and she encourages residents to keep their heads held high, because this too shall pass.
For the second consecutive year, the Saints start their season with three consecutive losses. New Orleans lost to Atlanta 45-32 Monday night.
LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron promises changes to LSU’s offense. The Tigers rank dead last in the SEC in passing and 12th in the league in total offense. Orgeron says they want to spread the ball around and make the passing game more dynamic. Orgeron will make his debut as interim head coach on Saturday night when the Tigers take on Missouri.