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News For Thursday 10/13/16

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By Dave Graichen


The Rapides Parish Health Unit will conduct a “Drive Through Flu Shot” Clinic. Today until 2pm at the Coliseum Blvd facility. The event is open to everyone age 19 and older, but it is especially intended for those at high risk of flu. The shots are free with an insurance card and for a $10 maximum charge without an insurance card. Those getting shots are asked to bring their insurance cards with them.


A regulation that calls for aspiring teachers to complete a full-year residency has been approved by the BESE board. BESE president Jim Garvey says some teachers have already gone through the apprenticeship as part of a pilot program and gave positive reviews.  Supporters of the program say it will better prepare teachers for the classroom. The residency will be required for certification beginning in July of 2018


About 23-percent of Louisiana adults have at least a four-year degree, according to a new report from 24/7 Wall Street. That’s 8 percentage points below the national average. Demographer Greg Rigamer says the low rate is due in part to Louisiana’s jobs.  He also says Louisiana has a high poverty rate and some families need to work instead of go to school. The report found New Orleans has the highest concentration of college grads in the state.


The deadline for August flood victims to apply for FEMA aid or low interest loans from the Small Business Administration has been extended until to November 14th. FEMA spokesperson Kurt Pickering says so far, individual households in Louisiana have received 699 million dollars in grants to repair their homes. Pickering says by applying for FEMA aid, it also starts the process to receive an SBA loan, which can provide flood victims up to 200-thousand dollars and up to 2 million dollars for businesses.


Over six weeks and three thousand miles later, three escaped Natchitoches parish inmates are once again behind bars. Capt. Tony Moran with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Walshea Mitchell, 24-year-old Michael Elliot, and 34-year-old Willie Ethridge were all captured in different states, and they’re working to figure out how they managed to get that far. He says the inmates escaped from Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on August 27th.


A petition has been filed to recall Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni from office, in the midst of a sexting scandal with a 17-year-old boy. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the petition will need 87-thousand signatures for a recall vote to occur, but they recommend petitioners try to get more. He says if the petition gets enough signatures, it will go to the governor for the final decision.


Livingston Parish deputies fatally shot a suspect after he allegedly shot at officers during a traffic stop, then fled into a barn and pointed his weapon at officers. LPSO spokesperson Lori Steele says 31-year-old Blaine Beason was wanted on several charges.


Fatalities on Louisiana’s waterways are well above what they were at this time last year, as 7 people died in boating accidents in September alone. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says there have been 22 deaths this year, compared to only 13 through September of last year. He says most of the deaths could have been prevented.


Tulane University researchers are teaming up to learn more about the brain in a new collaboration called the Brain Institute. Tulane Vice President for Research, Dr. Laura Levy, says understanding the brain is one of the true frontiers of the life sciences. She says scientists don’t know much about the brain, and they hope this university-wide collaboration will help them learn more.


In the wake of two historic floods in Louisiana, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana wants the public to know that research shows child abuse rates usually go up three months to a year after a disaster. Executive Director Amanda Brunson says tensions tend to rise as the family experiences more stress. She says parents can call their KIDLINE at 1-800-CHILDREN.



LSU Coach Ed Orgeron says it’s likely star running back Leonard Fournette will miss his second straight game due to an ankle injury. Fournette hasn’t played since the 18-13 loss to Auburn. Coach O said on the SEC coaches teleconference that it’s taken Fournette longer to recover than they thought.


The LSU Tigers are getting closer to taking the field after not playing last Saturday because of Hurricane Matthew. The Bayou Bengals face Southern Miss on Saturday night in Death Valley in just the third ever meeting between the two teams. LSU is a 26-point favorite.


The NFL’s competition committee says Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks will draw a flag if he continues his bow and arrow touchdown celebration. The league says the gesture mimics a violent act. Cooks says he plans to continue to do the celebration in some form and he’s surprised the NFL is cracking down on what he said started as sign of his faith in God.


The Saints welcome the defending NFC Champs to the Superdome this Sunday as they’ll battle the Carolina Panthers at noon. Carolina is a disappointing 1-and-4 on the season.

New Orleans comes into Sunday’s contest with a 1-and-3 record, but they went into an open week by beating San Diego on October 2nd.


In college basketball…Natchitoches Central star Brandon Rachal committed to the LSU Tigers today. Six-foot-six wingman has led the Chiefs to Class 5A state title appearance twice in the last three seasons. The four-star prospect averaged 15 points and six rebounds a game last year


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