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News For Monday 10/24/16

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By Dave Graichen

 

A Raycom Media Poll on the US Senate race has Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy and Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell leading the large field of candidates. In the survey of 625 registered voters, 24 percent say they will vote for Kennedy, while 19 percent say Campbell is their choice. That same poll also found that 55-percent of the voters believe Governor John Bel Edwards is doing either an excellent or good job.

 

That same poll has Republican and former KKK leader David Duke polling at five-percent in the senate race, which means he’ll get an invite to a televised debate on November second. ULM political science professor John Sutherlin says Duke, who ran for US Senate and Governor in the early 90s, still has good support in rural areas. But Sutherlin doesn’t anticipate Duke making the run-off.

 

James Tullier, the father of Nick Tullier, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy that was critically wounded on the July 17th ambush of police officers by a gunman, tells CNN that they believe Nick is listening to them as he lies comatose in a Baton Rouge hospital. Nick Tullier was shot three times, once in the head. The family remains hopeful that Deputy Tullier can recover and be transferd to a rehabilitation facility in Houston.

 

The state is now asking for four billion dollars in federal flood disaster aid to help south Louisiana recover from the destructive flooding in August. The governor previously requested two-point-eight billion dollars. Edwards says they have a better grip on the amount of damage to homes and businesses.

 

Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says there’s growing support to increase the state’s gasoline tax. Wilson says that’s based on conversations with residents during meetings around the state. He anticipates several different proposals to increase the gasoline tax will be discussed during next year’s legislative session. Several that will be adjusted for inflation.

 

An effort to change the process in which an elected official is recalled in Louisiana is gaining steam due to Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni’s sexting scandal.  In Louisiana petitioners, must collect thirty-three and a third percent of the total number of registered voters to be successful. Many other states’ base signature requirements on the percentage of people who voted.

 

Former KKK leader and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Duke has been invited to participate in a November 2nd televised debate because he received 5-percent of the vote in a Raycom Media poll. Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Stephen Handwerk says they’re using this as an opportunity to raise money to get the word out to voters that Duke has this much support. Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, issued a statement saying Duke’s destructive rhetoric is a distraction from the campaign, which is about our future, not our past.

 

LSU has created a merit based scholarship for incoming freshman whose mom or dad graduated from LSU or are employed by the school. The Louisiana Tiger Legacy Scholarship Program will be a fixed amount that is only available to Louisiana residents. Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Amy Marix says the scholarship program starts with the fall 2017 incoming class.

 

U.S. Sen. David Vitter is leaving a guidebook for the person who will follow him into office.

The Republican incumbent, who isn’t seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 ballot, sent major candidates in the Senate race the comprehensive, 102-page guidebook. The document includes information about how he handled town hall meetings, flag and tour requests, satellite office hours and constituent communications. It outlines how to connect people to government agencies that handle individual problems, like issues with Social Security payments and veterans’ affairs. Vitter’s guide offers tips for using social media and Senate rules for mass mailings.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is trying to determine how a dead whale washed a shore in Cameron Parish. It’s a very rare occurrence. Marine biologist Mandy Tomlin says they took several samples from the whale’s body in the hopes they can figure out why this animal died and they hope to learn more about the sperm whale itself. Tomlin says it was young calf and somehow got separated from her mother.

 

Sports..

 

It was a historic night in Tiger Stadium on Saturday as running back Leonard Fournette rushed for a school record for 284 yards as LSU defeated Ole Miss 38-21. Fournette missed the two previous games, because of a bad ankle and says he’s still not 100 percent. Head Coach Ed Orgeron says it was good to have Fournette back.

 

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to overcome several mistakes that led to a 27-21 win for Kansas City. New Orleans was penalized 10 times and had two critical turnovers. Coach Sean Payton says they don’t have enough talent to overcome those kinds of errors.

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