News for Wednesday 110216
By Dave Graichen
Early voting is over and Louisiana saw a record number of voters during the one week period. As of Monday, 427-thousand people went to cast their votes ahead of the actual Election Day. John Couvillon with JMC Analytics says 89-percent of those who voted early, are individuals who normally do vote when there’s an election. But Couvillon says 75-percent of registered voters have yet to vote, so candidates still need to campaign hard and make a favorable last impression, especially with those who have yet to make up their minds.
Six U.S. Senate candidates face off tonight in a televised debate at Dillard University less than a week before Election Day. That includes Republican candidate and former KKK leader David Duke, who will take the stage alongside five opponents at the historically black university. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Republican Charles Boustany and Democrat Foster Campbell have the most at stake and this debate could decide which candidate makes the runoff with John Kennedy. Cross expects a higher viewership since Duke is in the debate.
The most anticipated SEC matchup of the season is almost here, and fans are scrambling to get their tickets. Chris Leyden with Seat Geek says the average resale price is $372, which is a typical ticket cost when the Crimson Tide comes to Death Valley. He encourages people to look at tickets in different sections because prices vary depending on where you sit. FYI, tickets on the Alabama sideline are 28-percent less than on LSU’s sideline.
The Louisiana National Guard says the final successful burn of 85-thousand pounds of clean burning igniter and 40-thousand pounds of MG propellant stored in a bunker at Camp Minden in Webster Parish took place Tuesday. All in all, it took three burns like yesterday’s to get rid of this explosive material.
A school janitor has been arrested by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office for allegedly touching a 14-year-old girl’s genitals at the school’s haunted house. Major Eddie Thibodaux says 57-year-old Olan Bienvenue was charged with Sexual Battery upon a victim under 15. He reminds the public that this type of crime can happen anywhere to anyone and encourages parents to have open conversations with their children. Bienvenue’s bond has been set for 6-thousand dollars.
As of the first of the month, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles no longer accepts cash. OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germaine hopes this new policy will not inconvenience customers, but she says paying electronically is a much safer way to make a purchase. OMV will now only accept debit and credit cards, checks, and money orders.
Governor John Bel Edwards is asking President Obama to reconsider lessening the state’s share of disaster response for the March flooding event in north and central Louisiana. Currently, Louisiana must pay 25-percent of the cost rather than the requested 10-percent. Deputy Director of Recovery at GOHSEP Mark Riley says a 10-percent cost share would save the state about 28-million dollars.
The EPA proposes to re-designate the five-parish Baton Rouge region as in attainment for the federal ozone standards. Department of Environmental Quality air quality senior scientist, Vivian Aucoin, says the area has worked hard for years to improve air quality in order to lower harmful ozone levels.
Yesterday, a Houma jury gave the death penalty to 38-year old David Brown, who was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder on Sunday. In 2012, Brown killed of 29-year-old Jacquelin Nieves and her 7 and 1-year-old daughters. Brown sexually assaulted Nieves and her oldest daughter Gabriela then stabbed them to death before lighting the apartment on fire. The infant died of smoke inhalation.
Many Louisiana farmers are benefiting from the lack of rainfall over the last month and a half. LSU Ag Center Economist Kurt Guidry says row crops like corn and soybeans are welcoming the dry conditions. But he says the dry weather is making to hard for ranchers to plant winter forages and harvest good hay. There’s no rain in the forecast.
Two people accused of taking part in the Kenner robbery that lead to the killing of a Raising Cane’s manager in June have entered not guilty pleas. Arianna Runner denies charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and obstruction of justice. Gregory J. Donald faces several charges including second-degree murder. Prosecutors have already said they are seeking the death penalty for 23-year-old Joshua Every in the death of 24-year-old Taylor Friloux.
The World Series is going to Game 7 after the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night defeated the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland in a solid 9-3 thumping. Game seven is tonight beginning at 6p on ESPN 1410 & 93.HD3
Alabama Coach Nick Saban considers LSU an “undefeated” team as he gets ready to take the top ranked Crimson Tide into Baton Rouge for a Saturday night SEC matchup in Tiger Stadium. LSU has not lost since Ed Orgeron was named head coach and Saban says the Tigers offense is more “open” and the players are executing the game plan. Alabama has won the last five games in this rivalry.