News for Monday 110716
By Dave Graichen
All the excitement of the unusual 2016 election cycle comes to a head at the polls tomorrow. Meg Casper with the Secretary of State’s Office says they are anticipating a high voter turnout, like they saw with early voting. She says reminds the voters that poll times are different on Tuesday elections. The polls open at 6a and close at 8pm and remember, you are allowed only three minutes in the voting booth..
One of the state’s top political reporters believes the second runoff spot in the US Senate race will be decided by the black vote. LaPolitics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says Republican Treasurer John Kennedy is expected to be the top vote getter tomorrow and he could face one of two Democrats in the run-off, either Foster Campbell or Caroline Fayard, but Alford says if Campbell and Fayard split the African American vote, then neither of them will make the runoff. He says internal polling shows that Republican John Fleming is making a push to surpass fellow GOP Congressman Charles Boustany.
With the end of Daylight Savings Time comes shorter days. Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Dr. Katara Williams, says drivers need to take extra precautions, as they’ll now be driving home from work in the dark. She says make sure all the lights on your vehicle work. Williams says just because street lights will be coming on earlier, doesn’t mean kids will head home any sooner. She says motorists need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and children playing outside in residential areas.
For the seventh straight year, Louisiana is in the top 10 for Site Selector’s Best States for Business, coming in at number 7. The report looked at factors that allows a business to thrive in Louisiana, including the tax burden. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says this ranking could help bring more national companies to the Bayou State.
Monroe-based CenturyLink announced a deal Friday to sell its data centers to a group of companies for $2.15 billion. The company says it would use the net proceeds from the sale to partly fund its $24 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications Inc.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal has been found not guilty of covering up inmate beatings. The Sheriff was accused of ignoring excessive force used on inmates and suspects during his eight year tenure as sheriff. Ten deputies plead guilty in connection to the beatings, but Ackal’s defense attorney argued the prosecution witnesses were unreliable. The local district attorney reportedly dismissed over 100 criminal cases connected to the officers who entered guilty pleas.
Now that we have set our clocks back, the state Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone to check their smoke detectors and make sure the batteries in their fire alarms are working properly. Butch Browning says Louisiana ranks in the top 12 states for home fire deaths.
Browning encourages people to switch to lithium batteries, because non-lithium batteries need to be changed once a year.
Training is underway for the 95th cadet class of the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. 65 men and women are participating in the intensive training regimen. Sgt. Jared Sandifer says these individuals have embarked on a difficult 22 week journey where cadets learn about crash investigations, impaired driving detection, leadership skills and more. This is the first cadet class since December 2015 where 57 Troopers graduated.
You’re starting to see a lot more campaign ads now that we’re just a day away from the election, but are they doing any good? Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat doesn’t think so. He says the Senate race is certainly not boosting voter turnout for this election. He says most of the political ads he’s seeing in the Senate race are ridiculous and don’t even make sense.