News for Friday 100716
By Dave Graichen
Hurricane Matthew is tracking northward just off Florida's Atlantic coast. It is now a category three storm with top sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. National Hurricane Center specialist John Cangialosi says the southeast will experience only a fraction of its strength. It is expected to stay off shore and gradually make a slight Northeasterly turn hugging the Georgia and Carolina coastline.
Yesterday was a day to pay respect to a man who gave so much of his life to make Alexandria a great place to live and raise a family, Former Mayor Ned Randolph. Hundreds of well-wishers paid their final respects to Randolph’s family Thursday during a public viewing and wake at Alexandria Convention Hall. Today, a day of regrouping for the Randolph family. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tomorrow in First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. Visitation will run from 8:30 a.m. until time of services Saturday in the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park.
It’s a decision that has many LSU fans irate. The SEC has decided to postpone Saturday’s scheduled game at Florida, because of Hurricane Matthew. The league says they will attempt to try and reschedule the game for later in the year, but it will take the reshuffling of games. But a source tells Tiger Rag-dot-com there’s zero chance the game will be rescheduled. The Tiger Rag report also says LSU offered Tiger Stadium, it’s charter plane and buses to accommodate a possible relocation to Baton Rouge.
Some are concerned that potential damage from Hurricane Matthew could impact Louisiana’s fight to get more federal aid for flood relief. Congress is expected to return in December to discuss more financial flood relief for Louisiana and what will need to be down to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Louisiana has already received over $400 million in federal disaster aid, Governor John Bel Edwards has requested $2.8 billion.
Northwestern State University President Jim Henderson has been appointed president of the University of Louisiana system by the Board of Supervisors. Henderson says he would like to have a more hands on relationship with students in the UL system. He says he also wants to see more student involvement at the system level to give them a voice in policy decisions.
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s appeal of his 2014 public corruption conviction. Legal analyst Chick Foret says this means Nagin will have to serve out the remaining 8 years of his 10-year sentence, because there is no other court that can hear his appeal. Nagin was convicted on 20 counts of bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns.
Saturday marks one month until election days, and political experts say the US Senate race is tightening in Louisiana. ULM political science professor Dr. John Sutherlin says campaign ads are starting to roll out, but mainly on the Republican side. He says the two major Democrats in the race Caroline Fayard and Foster Campbell are working on get out the vote campaigns.
Sutherlin says Early Voting begins October 25th and that will be a critical time for the 24 candidates running for US Senate.
Republican Congressman Charles Boustany is outraged at an ad that he says was released by a third-party group supporting State Treasurer John Kennedy’s campaign. The ad alleges Boustany voted to send tax dollars to Iraq and Pakistan, which the commercial says are breeding grounds for terrorists. The ad also claims that one of Boustany’s biggest supporters is a company that builds weapons for Middle Eastern regimes. Boustany says the company they’re referring to is Swiftships, a company that employs 200 Louisianans in Morgan City.
Embattled Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni is no longer in the state. He’s a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve and has been deployed to respond to Hurricane Matthew. He has yet to address allegations that he sent sexually explicit messages to a 17-year-old boy. But his media consultant says Yenni will respond to the accusations in a commercial that will air on New Orleans TV stations.
It’s officially sugar cane grinding season in Louisiana and the harvest is expected to be better than last year. General Manager of the American Sugar Cane League Jim Simon says it’s still early in the season but there are indications that the sugar content of the cane is very good. He says the mild winter last year really helped the crop get off to a good start.
The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says a traffic stop along I-10 in Port Allen resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine. They say 44-year-old Jesus Alberto Villafranco, of Deer Park, Texas, was arrested after a search of his vehicle turned up nearly 70 pounds of cocaine hidden in a compartment beneath a tow trailer. Authorities said the total street value of the drugs is more than $3 million.
No LSU football game this weekend. The Tigers and Gators contest scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of Hurricane Matthew. Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron says the team is disappointed. Orgeron says they’ll treat the postponement as a regular open date, which will give them a chance to focus on recruiting and game planning. LSU’s next game is October 15th at home against Southern Miss.