News for Thursday 100616
By Dave Graichen
Saying Good Bye.. Today the city of Alexandria will host a wake and an opportunity for citizens to pay their respects to the late Mayor Ned Randolph, who passed on Tuesday. Randolph’s body will lie in repose beginning at noon Today in Alexandria Convention hall, the public is encouraged to pay their respects. Tonight, a public wake ceremony. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. Visitation will run from 8:30 a.m. until time of services Saturday in the church.
Hurricane Matthew's winds have strengthened to 125 miles per hour - which is a Category three hurricane. Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia are bracing for the storm next. National Hurricane Center forecaster Robbie Berg says storm surge is a big concern for Florida. Right now Matthew is about 60 miles south of Nassau, Bahamas.
Northwestern State University President Jim Henderson is expected to become the new president of the University of Louisiana System, as he is the only candidate that will go before the Board of Supervisors today. Henderson says though if the job doesn’t allow him to continue to work with Northwestern, he won’t even consider it. Henderson has been the Northwestern president since January of 2015.
Despite Hurricane Matthew’s threat on the east coast, the LSU-Florida game is still scheduled to be played in Gainesville, but it’s unclear whether it will kick-off at 11 AM on Saturday. Officials say a final decision on the start time will be made by noon central time tomorrow. But there are no plans to move the game out of Gainesville.
Sad news yesterday about L-S-U’s live mascot, Mike the Tiger. His veterinarian, Doctor David Baker, says the tumor on his face has resumed growing and his cancer has spread, and the 420-pound Tiger only has one to two months to live. Baker says Mike will no longer receive radiation treatment and their plan is to give the LSU community time to say their goodbyes. The doctor says they plan to euthanize Mike, once it gets to become too painful for him to live. Baker added that LSU has instructed him to find another live mascot.
According to research from the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity, Louisiana is one of eight states that has more opioid prescriptions than residents. Dr. David Holcombe with the state Office of Public Health says pharmaceutical companies push these pills as being safer than they are, and there’s a problem with patients demanding the painkillers.
Louisiana’s opioid prescription rate was 1.03 per capita in 2015.
The federal government has set a goal for zero traffic fatalities within the next 30 years. The Transportation Department has outlined a plan that includes increasing seatbelt use and more rumble strips. Louisiana Highway Safety Commissioner Dr. Katara Williams says that’s the perfect ultimate goal, because even one traffic fatality is one too many. Williams says the first step to reducing these deaths is raising awareness about safe driving habits. She says drivers must put down their cellphones when they’re behind the wheel, buckle up, and never drive drunk.
An unbuckled 19-year-old was killed in a single vehicle crash after her vehicle was split in half in Catahoula Parish. State Police Trooper Scott Moreau says police responded to a crash in Harrisonburg, Tuesday morning involving, Reagan Rainey of Jonesville. Police say she lost control of her vehicle and hit a tree.
A Grand Jury in Baton Rouge has formally charged the former assistant principal accused in the death of Lyntell Washington and her unborn baby. 39-year-old Robert Marks was handed a true bill for second degree murder and second degree feticide. Washington was positively identified as the badly decomposed body found in a ditch in Rosedale, and autopsy reports show she died from a gunshot wound to the head.
The final shelter set up for victims of the south Louisiana flood is now closed. Red Cross spokesperson Todd James says they will help anyone who is still in the Baton Rouge shelter at Celtic Studios find their next place to go.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrests a woman accused of trying to kill her ex-boyfriend. They say 49-year-old Lisa Snowten allegedly broke into her ex’s house and attacked him before pointing a gun at him and shooting it — but it didn’t discharge. Cops say Snowten then went to the victim’s current girlfriend’s place of employment where she was apprehended and arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder and domestic abuse battery.
Louisiana Tech hosts Western Kentucky in a big Conference USA matchup at Ruston tonight. The Hilltoppers are considered one of the favorites to win the league and they have won 12 straight conference games. Tech Coach Skip Holtz says it’s important Bulldog nation comes out tonight, because they need that home field advantage. You can hear the game this evening at 5:30 on Alexandria’s ESPN 1410 and 93.1 HD3