News for Tuesday 100218
Compiled By Dave Graichen
A Candlelight vigil for slain LSU basketball player Wayde Sims is set for tonight. The vigil will be held at 8 p.m. in front of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, where Sims, a Baton Rouge native and former University High star, played for the Tigers the past two seasons. Funeral services for Sims will be held Saturday at noon at Healing Place Church. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.
Louisiana has the highest FAFSA submission rates in the nation according to a new report. That means more students than ever are applying to see what financial aid they qualify for when it comes to post-secondary education. EdTech Senior Consultant Stephanie Marcum says the 84 percent participation rate comes down to a new mandate for graduating high school seniors. And it wasn’t just in submission rate, the Bayou State led the nation in growth rate as well.
The sexual assault hotline has seen an uptick in call volume. The day of the testimony of Dr. Christine Ford, the service saw an increase of 201% compared to a typical day. Assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU, Michelle Many says that activity is likely do to the barrage of news reports about this case and other allegations of sexual abuse. Many says although the call volume has increased, she believes that until there is a change in the way allegations are received and those that raise allegations are treated, many will still keep it to themselves.
The Louisiana Health Department announces they did not identify elevated levels of lead in 12 elementary schools built before 1986. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says the results from this first round of testing is encouraging, but it doesn’t mean there is not a case of elevated levels of lead at an older school. He says they will conduct testing in 12 more schools next year and 12 more after that.
The GPSO reports the arrest of a Ball man after a detective spotted drugs, drug paraphernalia and a gun during a routine stop. 55 year old Eric Jones told the detective he and his girlfriend were on a date “Dumpster Diving”. Jones was arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.
Grant Parish authorities report the arrests of two people who were spotted by a sheriff’s deputy smoking meth in the parking lot of a store. Arrested were 26 year old Tyler Vanderwater of Pineville and 32 year old Megan Olson of Dry Prong. Both were charged with possession of crystal meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Avoyelles Parish authorities have arrested Joshua Viola of Bunkie after he allegedly set fire to a mobile home he shared with his girlfriend over the weekend. Viola was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center Sunday on simple arson, domestic abuse battery and criminal damage to property. No one was injured in the incident.
Louisiana has again been dubbed one of the most dangerous states in the nation to ride a bicycle, sparking debate on just why a seemingly innocent exercise seems to carry inordinate risks. Last week, an analysis by The Wall Street Journal concluded that the state is No. 2 nationally in bicyclist deaths, behind only Florida. The same review said New Orleans is the sixth most dangerous of 50 metro areas when it comes to bike riding. The grim review is not the first of its kind. In 2015, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Louisiana had the third highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the nation, behind Florida and Delaware.
The east coast saw the season’s only major Hurricane landfall incident when Florence slammed the Carolinas, killing 29 and causing an estimated 38 billion in damage in September, and as we move into October there’s only two months of hurricane season left. State Climatologist Barry Keim says another major storm is unlikely but possible.
Keim says there’ve been a few storms to hit Louisiana in October, but the last was Juan in 1985.
LSU Health New Orleans has received a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human services to be used to increase the availability of sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANEs, across twelve southeast Louisiana parishes. With many of those parishes being limited on resources, LSU’s Dr. Jessica Landry says they are hoping to train more nurses with the funds.
A dog is dead after being thrown out of a moving vehicle in Webster Parish on I-20. The animals was bound with tape and rope, and was thrown out of the vehicle and dragged while still alive. Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director Jeff Dorson says the injuries were brutal, and called it torture.The Webster Parish Humane Association, who took custody of the animal and tried to save it, to no avail, is offering a 2,500 dollar award for information about the case, and Dorson says they’re considering an additional 750 dollars to help get people’s attention. Dorson says it’s clearly Felony Animal Abuse, which comes with a hefty sentence for those found guilty.
Yet again, researchers are finding that communities along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans are at a greater risk for exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Three years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared that St. John the Baptist Parish had the highest cancer risk from airborne pollutants nationwide because of the "likely carcinogen" chloroprene. Now, the most recent Assessment conducted by the EPA notes dangers from ethylene oxide. The numbers are even more staggering downstream.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss. LSU is at 22nd ranked Florida this Saturday.
t was a no brainer for Conference USA to name Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson as the Defensive Player of the Week. He set a career-high with four sacks in a single game. He’s only 4.5 sacks away from tying the program record. Bulldogs kicker Bailey Hale was also named Special Teams Player of the Week, he tied a program record with five field goals in the win over North Texas.