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News For Monday 10/03/16

News for Monday 100316

By Dave Graichen

 

Hurricane Matthew could dump as much as 40-inches of rain on vulnerable areas of Haiti. The eye of the approaching Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph is expected to pass to the east of Jamaica and then cross over or be very close to the southwestern tip of Haiti late today or early Tuesday.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain, and other state officials will be in Cuba today on a trade mission. Strain says representatives from LSU will also join them, because they want to trade more than just commodities. Strain says Cuba will import up to $2 billion worth of food next year, and as much as $1 billion of that could be from the US. He says they believe Louisiana is in a prime position to capture a lion’s share of that trade.

 

Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards plans to sue Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry for blocking state contracts that contains clauses preventing L-G-B-T discrimination. Edwards says Landry is over stepping his constitutional authority. But Landry says state lawmakers have refused numerous times to pass laws to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity and he’s protecting the will of the legislature.

 

There have been to reported incidents involving Local law enforcement officers being refused service at different restaurants. The first, at the Taco Bell in Kingsville Thursday night when employees waved a stuffed pig at the officer and made oink sounds. The second at Johnny Carino’s in Alexandria Saturday night, when employees refused to take the officers orders.  A Facebook post from Carino’s management they were deeply sorry for the miscommunication.

 

The LSU AgCenter is continuing with plans to grow medical marijuana and hope to have seeds in the ground early next year.  AgCenter President Dr. Bill Richardson says they should have a business plan in place this month and they are working closely with law enforcement to ensure they are comfortable with every aspect. Richardson says no students and no one under 21 will be able to work in the growing facility and security is their number one priority.

 

The City of Natchez must hire more firefighters to avoid a drop in its fire insurance rating.

The Natchez Democrat reports that the Mississippi State Rating Bureau notified the city last month that the city’s fire protection no longer warrants its current rating: five on a scale of one to 10. When ratings drop, residents’ insurance rates can go up. A tight city budget has prevented the hiring of all the needed firefighters so far.

 

Deepwater Horizon was a success at the box office this weekend and just in time for the release of the movie is a new study looking at how coastal marshlands recovered from the 2010 environmental disaster. Marine conservation biology professor at Duke University, Brian Silliman, says patches of marsh grass nearly covered by oil never recovered.  Silliman says marshes with less than 90-percent oil coating did not erode as quickly as they expected, but 40 to 50 acres of marsh is permanently lost and can’t be brought back without active restoration.

 

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is concerned about the rising number of deaths from prescription opioid overdoses in Louisiana, and the costs associated with prescription pill addiction. Donelon says for the first time since the Vietnam War, the life expectancy has gone down for white males ages 25 to 35, and he says that’s due in part to the opioid epidemic in the US. Donelon says in 2014, 750 people died of opioid overdoses in Louisiana. He says a rising cost of insurance for injured workers is the least of the concerns with this issue.

 

Louisiana State police say four people have been arrested in a human trafficking investigation that began more than a year ago. State police says a victim in the case was rescued in August of 2015, when two people were arrested. The subsequent investigation led to the recent jailing of four others accused of holding the victim against her will and forcing her to participate in sexual activity. Suspects are being held in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes on human trafficking and other charges.

 

Sports..

 

What a debut by Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron as he guided the Tigers to a 42-7 thrashing of the Missouri Tigers on Saturday night. LSU’s offense, which was stagnant through the first four games of the season, rolled up 634 yards of total offense, which is a school record for total offense in SEC games.

 

It wasn’t flashy, but Louisiana Tech picked up a much needed victory on Saturday with a 28-7 win over UTEP. Ryan Higgins threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns and Coach Skip Holtz says it was nice to get a win after losing two straight on the road

 

For the second straight week, UL Lafayette lost in overtime on the road. New Mexico State beat the Cajuns 37-31 in double overtime on Saturday night to drop U-L-L’s record to 2-3

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