News for Tuesday 102516
By Dave Graichen
Early voting begins today for the Presidential election. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says polls will be open at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations from 8:30 am until 6 pm everyday but Sunday through November 1. He reminds voters that Election Day is on a Tuesday, so it might be easier for people to early vote. Schedler says there are 220 races statewide involving more than 700 candidates, as well as 6 constitutional amendments and 78 propositions in 38 parishes. Schedler says voters can use the Geaux Vote app to find out where they can cast their ballots. Here in Rapides parish you can early vote at the Registrar Of Voters Office In The Courthouse and in Pineville at the Keys Park Rec Center.
A tragic fire in Vermilion Parish claimed the lives of two young children, aged 1 and 3, and the woman who was trying to save them. State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Brant Thompson says the blaze broke out just prior to 5am on Sunday. 3 of the 6 occupants, including the mother of the children, escaped from the home. He says a second adult and close friend of the family, 22-year-old Felicie Cloteaux, did not leave the house when the fire broke out but instead ran to the children’s bedroom. Thompson says Cloteaux’s body was recovered from the home still clutching the two small children in her arms. Investigators suspect an electrical malfunction sparked the blaze. There were no working smoke alarms in the home at the time.
Recent polls show Republican Donald Trump will defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Louisiana on November 8th. But Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, Stephen Handwerk, says they are not throwing in the towel yet. But Executive Director of the Louisiana Republican Party, Jason Dore, believes Louisiana will be dark red on November 8, fully supporting Donald Trump. Dore says Trump is energizing voters. He says they have seen record high participation in the Trump campaign in Louisiana.
Usually competitive elections have their fair share of negative TV commercials, but that’s the not case in the 4th Congressional District race. LSU-Shreveport political science professor Jeffrey Sadow it’s likely the lone Democrat on the ballot, Marshall Jones, will make the run-off and the negative ads will come leading up to the December 10th runoff.
The Pegasus Equine Guardian Association is raising concerns about Fort Polk’s efforts to rehome over 700 horses that roam on the Army base. PEGA President Amy Hanchey says about 150-thousand American horses are sent to slaughter houses each year, and they’re afraid that’s where these horses will end up because the horse market is already flooded.
PEGA suggests heard management techniques and fertility control methods to keep the horses away from training areas and reduce the population. Hanchey says these horses have been roaming this land for nearly a century. Hanchey says they respect that the soldiers need to train, but they feel that in the Kitsatchie National Forest’s 600-thousand acres surrounding Ft. Polk, there should be room for the horses.
Basketball Hall of Famer and former LSU star Shaquille O’ Neal has signed a deal to become the global spokesman for Krispy Kreme’s Orginal Glazed doughnut. He’s also purchased a franchise in Atlanta. If you follow Shaq on social media, you know he’s outspoken for his love of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. You’ll also notice he has put on a few pounds. Coincidence?
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office continues to search for a man they believe fatally shot his ex-wife Sunday morning in front of a home in Hammond. If caught, Jerry Williams Junior will be charged with second-degree murder. Linda Williams, was found on the ground, with a gunshot wound to her head. Jerry Williams is considered armed and dangerous.
A 22-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to the shooting of a Tulane medical student who tried to stop an attempted kidnapping of a woman in the Lower Garden District. Authorities say Euric Cain shot Peter Gold once and tried to shoot him again, but the gun jammed. Cain will be formally sentenced next week to a 50-year prison sentence.
A study by Tulane University finds that women and racial minorities are not widely present in Louisiana’s judicial system. The report shows that while women make up 51-percent of Louisiana’s population, only 30-percent of state judgeships are held by women. Political scientist Sally Kenney with Tulane’s Newcomb College Institute says we need to start conversations about women and minority inclusion.
Louisiana Tech looks to make it five victories in a row when they host the Rice Owls on Saturday. Rice has struggled this year as they just 1-and-6. Rice won its first game of the season last week, as they defeated Prairie View A-and-M 65-44. You’ll be able to hear the Saturday game on ESPN 1410 and 93.1 HD3 starting at 4:30