News for Friday 110416
By Dave Graichen
A front is moving through Louisiana today that’s expected to bring more fall-like temperatures. State climatologist Barry Keim says this is welcome news since temperatures have been running 10 degrees above average for the past week. But Keim says what we really need is rainfall, as drought has taken hold of Louisiana. He says there is no significant rain in the forecast for next week either.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain urged citizens to use caution as wildfire risk remains elevated due to dry conditions across much of our state. More than a dozen parishes, including Rapides and Grant, have already instituted burn bans as dry weather continues. A cool front is moving through the state bringing lower humidity and increased winds. Strain says that’s a recipe for potentially dangerous wildfires.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler expects a huge voter turnout for next week’s Presidential election. Schedler says 515-thousand residents early voted and we could see an overall voter turnout of around 69-percent. He says about 1.7 million registered voters have yet to vote
Schedler reminds voters to read up on the six constitutional amendments that are on the ballot. He also wants to put all the rumors to rest once again about voting machines being rigged because, he says, it isn’t possible.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has endorsed Republican Charles Boustany in the US Senate race. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says Norman’s endorsement of Governor John Bel Edwards helped him carry Jefferson parish in last year’s gubernatorial race, and it could have similar benefits for Boustany. Dubos says this is one of the more significant endorsements Boustany has gotten.
Northwestern State University has been ranked the most affordable online college in the country by College Choice. N-S-U Vice President for Technology Darlene Williams says this is a wonderful accolade. She says about 65-hundred students take at least one online class through Northwestern.
Louisiana is ranked number 2 nationally for worker safety in 2015 according to the state workforce commission. They say the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey indicates the rate of work-related injuries and illnesses among Louisiana’s private sector employers improved last year to the best level in 14 years. The numbers showed the state averaged 1.9 incidents per 100 full-time workers, down from 2.0 in 2014.
A Mississippi lawyer is dropping his lawsuit against Popeyes. Paul Newton Junior filed a suit, after he choked on a piece of fried chicken after only receiving a spork, instead of a plastic knife. Newton tells LRN that because of extreme comments directed at him, he will not pursue the matter further, but hopes Popeyes will provide plastic knives to their drive-thru customers.
The Louisiana Psychological Association is working to help flood victims recover and become more resilient. Psychologist Darlyne Nemeth says they are holding workshops, starting this Saturday.
McNeese State visits the top ranked team in the FCS on Saturday, the Sam Houston State Bearcats. The Cowboys defeated Sam Houston in the regular season, but lost to them in the playoffs.
Former LSU basketball star Ben Simmons tells a Showtime documentary that the NCAA is messed up and he shouldn’t have had to play a year of college before going pro. NCAA President Mark Emmert says that rule is the NBA’s and he doesn’t agree with it.
LSU goes into the Alabama game ranked 13th in the college football playoff rankings. So do the Tigers have a chance at being one of the four teams that’s playing for the national championship. Jerry Palm, with C-B-S sports-dot-com says LSU can’t afford another loss. This is the third year of the college football playoff and a two-loss team has yet to make the playoffs. The Tigers already have two losses.
LC Men’s basketball coach Reni Mason announced Thursday the addition of Jasmin Anderson to the basketball staff as director of basketball operations for the Wildcat program. A native of Shreveport, Anderson graduated from Loyola College Prep in 2012.