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News For Wednesday 102616

News for Wednesday 102616

By Dave Graichen


There’s talk about building an interstate that would run east and west through central Louisiana. Malcolm Morris of Leesville, who is with the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition, says they are awaiting for a possible route to receive a federal designation and once a corridor is selected, it will be at least another 10 years from being constructed. He says the plan is for I-14 to run mostly along Highway 28. He says I-14 could help drive economic development in central Louisiana and help Fort Polk as well.


A Pineville man facing trial on armed robbery and bank fraud charges was caught Tuesday after he led police on a chase from Grant Parish into Alexandria. 38 year old Eric Cleveland, was wanted on warrants issued just weeks ago when he failed to show for a court date on two counts of armed robbery and one of bank fraud. He was accused of robbing two Alexandria convenience stores in late 2015.


An Avoyelles Parish judge will hold a hearing on Nov. 7 on a motion filed Friday by the Avoyelles Parish Police Jury that asks him to reconsider his decision allowing their funds to be spent on the defense of Derrick Stafford, one of two men accused in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy. Attorneys representing the jury filed the motion to reconsider on Friday. Jurors declined to foot a bill for more than $4,300 for an accident reconstructionist, whom Stafford’s defense attorneys. hired after 12th Judicial District Judge William Bennett approved their motion for funds. In early August, Bennett approved motions that declared Stafford was indigent and, because of that, he could have access to public funds to hire the reconstructionist.


We’re two weeks away from Election Day, and party leaders on both sides are facing similar struggles. Candidates for US Senate have been going at it with opponents from their own party. Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Stephen Handwerk says those vicious blows will make it harder for the party to come together after November 8th.

After Senate candidate and former-KKK leader David Duke qualified to participate in next week’s Senate debate, Handwerk and Louisiana GOP executive director Jason Dore agreed that if he polled high enough, he should be included.  Oh, by the way, Selfies in the voting booth have been a big topic this election cycle. Both party leaders encourage people to exercise their First Amendment rights and selfie if they like. Dore says social media is a huge part of the world today and sees this as an extension of that.


Louisiana ranks fifth in the country when it comes to the percentage of cancer deaths that are attributable to smoking. The percentage is 33-percent and it’s higher for men. Chronic disease director with the Louisiana Department of Health, Melissa Martin, says the state is doing what it can to decrease exposure of second hand smoke. Martin says the state also offers a free comprehensive quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.


Louisiana flood victims have received over one billion dollars in flood insurance payments in less than three months after the historic flooding. Wayne Berggren (Berg-gren) with the National Flood Insurance Program says they’ve seen over 29-thousand claims submitted for review and payment and of that 48-percent have been closed out. Berggren says the average payment a homeowner covered under the National Flood Insurance Program is about 68,000. He expects when all claims are reviewed, flood victims overall will have received a little over two billion dollars.


The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center is making donations to community groups assisting with flood relief efforts in south Louisiana. Executive Director Cashauna Hill says $200-thousand dollars from their Baton Rouge Revitalization Fund will be distributed among faith-based and nonprofit organizations.


The LSU-Alabama game is still over a week and a half away and the hype is building. Tigers running back Leonard Fournette appeared on SEC Now with Peter Burns and played a game of “fact or fiction.” Leonard was asked if LSU will beat Alabama this year and Fournette said fact.


A dangerous couple is behind bars following a traffic stop in Covington that led to a disturbing discovery. Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says Monroe Myers and his girlfriend, Winter Flowers, were pulled over for a missing taillight. He says detectives discovered methamphetamine, heroin, and paraphernalia, as well as a gun that was disguised as a children’s toy.


A Baton Rouge teacher is under arrest amid allegations he made lewd sexual comments to a student after watching a video of her twerking. The Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Christopher Shepard, now on leave from Scotlandville High, was booked on a a misdemeanor charge of prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student.


LSU Health New Orleans is offering free well water testing in areas affected by the historic flooding in August. Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Adrienne Katner says test kits that could be used to analyze for metals and coliform bacteria will be distributed on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Katner says the main side effect of drinking contaminated water is diarrhea. She says a contaminated well can be cleaned through shock chlorination.


The Shreveport Times reports that workers at the Oscar award-winning animation studio, Moonbot Studios, have been laid off. Co-founder Brandon Oldenburgh has declined to comment, citing a non-disclosure agreement. There’s been speculation that Moonbot Studios was leaving Shreveport. The studio is known for its short films, commercials and mobile apps and they won an Academy Award.


Sports ..


The Cleveland Indians take game one of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.


The Pelicans tip-off a new season tonight as they host the Denver Nuggets at 7 PM inside the Smoothie King Center.


It will be awhile before the next time the LSU football team plays again. The Tigers next game is November fifth against Alabama. It will be a primetime kickoff as CBS has decided for the sixth consecutive season to air the game at night. In an interview with Peter Burns of the SEC Network, Leonard Fournette played a game of “fact or fiction” and said it’s a fact that LSU will beat Alabama.


The Saints defense has struggled this season, a big reason why New Orleans is 2-and-4 on the year. But maybe they’ll have a good game this Sunday when they host the Seahawks. Seattle has scored 111 points in six games, which is tied with the Chicago Bears for the fewest in the NFL. Kick-off is at noon.


In the Stats FCS Top 25 poll, Grambling has moved up one spot to number 21. McNeese and Southeastern are receiving votes.


In the High School football polls, three new teams are ranked in Four-A, Woodlawn-Shreveport, Rayne and Loranger are ranked 8th, 9th and 10th respectiviely.


The Cleveland Indians take game one of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

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