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News For Tuesday 10/18/16

News for Tuesday 101816

By Dave Graichen


As many here and across the state remembered yesterday the Chairman of the Public Service Commission and former Congressman Clyde Holloway of Forrest Hill. Holloway passed away over the weekend. Former state representative and close friend of Holloway, Woody Jenkins, says Holloway was the type of man who took the initiative and didn’t wait for someone else to tell him what needed to be done. In a statement, Governor John Bel Edwards said Holloway always remained accessible and a powerful voice for his constituents. Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roger Villere says Holloway was one of the founders of the conservative movement in the state… Holloway is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cathie, four children, nine grandchildren and six siblings. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Clyde Holloway was 72 years old.


The APD has yet to release any information about a shooting on Levin Street Friday that injured four people, including a child. Two of the males shot Friday remain in the hospital, and the third male shot has been released. A child, who suffered minor injuries from broken glass but was not shot, was also released from the hospital. Police are saying Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department.


The RPSO is conducting an investigation after an inmate was found dead in his cell in the Rapides Parish Detention Center in downtown Alexandria early Sunday.  Foul play is not suspected at this time in the death of 37 year old Cory LaFleur of Alexandria.  LaFleur was found unconscious and not breathing during a routine check of his cell.


Five of the 24 candidates for US Senate will go head to head tonight in the first statewide televised debate of the race. Republicans Charles Boustany, John Fleming and John Kennedy, along with Democrats Foster Campbell and Caroline Fayard are the candidates who will participate tonight. The debate begins at 7 PM on LPB.


JMC Analytics has released a new poll that shows Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell leading with 23-percent in the upcoming US Senate race. John Couvillon says Republicans John Kennedy, John Fleming, and Charles Boustany are all on each other’s heels for the second spot. He says right now Kennedy is one point ahead of Fleming, but Fleming could make the runoff. The poll was commissioned by the Fleming campaign.


A poll of 800 likely Louisiana voters shows the presidential race in the state is tightening up. The survey conducted by JMC Analytics finds Republican candidate Donald Trump at 45-percent, but Democrat Hillary Clinton has creeped up to 38-percent. In July, Trump had a 15-percentage point lead. Pollster John Couvillon says white female Democrats are helping to narrow the gap.


A Baton Rouge judge has ruled in favor of Attorney General Jeff Landry for his refusal to sign state contracts that protect against LGBT discrimination, in spite of an executive order signed by Governor John Bel Edwards in April. Legal analyst Clancy Dubos says Landry is clearly trying to make a political statement, and in this case the judge has agreed with him. The governor could appeal the court’s decision or file another lawsuit. Dubos says even after this ruling; it still remains to be seen how this will play out.


Like the rest of the country, Louisiana has a graduation rate that’s higher than it’s ever been. The White House released a report showing the state’s graduation rate for the 2014-2015 school year is up almost three percentage points from the prior year. State Superintendent John White says there is mixed news. Louisiana’s rate of almost 78-percent is still well below the national average of over 83-percent.


Two interstate highways that stretch across Louisiana are ranked among the most dangerous roads in the country, according to a new report from the finance website ValuePenguin. Interstates 10 and 20 came in at numbers four and 8 respectively on the list. Research analyst Craig Casazza says I-10 is the second darkest interstate, and it’s also known for drunk drivers.

The report found that Louisiana has the third most fatal stretch of I-10, with a fatality rate of nearly 55 deadly accidents per 100 miles. Casazza says I-20 came in as the fifth darkest and eighth most dangerous highway with a fatality rate is 43 fatal crashes per 100 miles.


A new quarterly food cost survey by the American Farm Bureau shows the cost of groceries has gone down 13-percent over the last year. Louisiana Farm Bureau specialist Neil Melancon says they’ll release another survey before Thanksgiving, and he expects that trend to continue.

Whole milk prices are down 10-percent, and the cost of eggs dropped a shocking 51-percent.


Another creepy clown has been arrested in Louisiana. Authorities say three witnesses called to report that 21-year-old Bradley Mock of Deridder was wearing a clown mask and brandishing a gun inside a vehicle in Vernon parish. When Mock was arrested, police learned the firearm he had was actually an air-soft gun resembling an M-4. Mock has reportedly been arrested on one count of terrorizing, and his bond was set at $50-thousand.


The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has ruled Belaire High School must forfeit all five of its wins this season for scholastic rules violations. The school principal and coach were placed on paid leave while the LHSAA investigated whether an ineligible player was used after his grade was changed.


After missing the last two games because of an ankle injury, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is expected to play this Saturday against 23rd ranked Ole Miss. Starting left guard Will Clapp could also play this Saturday after missing the Southern Miss contest with an arm injury.

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