News for Wednesday 071019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A disorganized area of low pressure is expected to become a tropical depression by tonight and head in the direction of Louisiana. National Hurricane Center Senior Hurricane Specialist Jack Bevan says forecasting a weather system of this nature is challenging. Some forecast models project the system has a shot at becoming a hurricane. Bevan says between warm surface temps in the gulf and upper-level winds, conditions are favorable for further development. Gov. John Bel Edwards will host a Unified Command Group meeting today to discuss potential developments and the possible impacts in Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center expects a tropical depression will form by Thursday from a broad area of low pressure that’s moving into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the Florida panhandle. State Climatologist Barry Keim says conditions in the Gulf are ripe for tropical development. Currently, the system is labeled as Invest 92.
A motion to revoke Micah Dean Baden's probation has been filed after his June 25 arrest on a domestic violence charge, less than a year after he was sentenced for the death of a 16-year-old Ball girl in a 2016 wreck. Baden was arrested on June 25 by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office on a felony charge of domestic abuse battery with a child present, as well as a parish probation violation. He has been in jail since that time.
The hearing is set for Aug. 19.
Get ready, the governor’s race is about to get ugly. Louisiana Republican Treasurer John Schroder and the Republican Governors Association blistered Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday saying Edwards "has done nothing" to boost the state's economy. The governor, on the other hand, has noted data showing Louisiana's economy is on the rise and that the state has emerged from recession under his leadership. Schroder criticized Edwards for supporting two temporary sales taxes to avert a budget crisis. It should be noted both were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
John Bel Edwards’ re-election campaign says they have a record amount of cash on hand for an incumbent Louisiana Governor, with 9.6 million dollars in the bank. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Edwards is in a good position to be re-elected, because along with the hefty war chest, the Governor has something that money can’t buy. The primary for the governor’s race will take place October 12th.
57-year-old Kevin Daigle has been found guilty of first-degree murder in in what was called a “cold blooded ambush” shooting death in 2015 of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent. Vincent was killed during a traffic stop near Bell City, with much of the incident caught on dash cam video, which was played for jurors. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty in the case.
The former mayor of Turkey Creek, Heather Cloud, announced her campaign for state senate in District 28, which includes Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes. If elected, Cloud says she will be a bold conservative voice in the legislature.
Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond launches “Lion Up Recovery,” the first and only public university collegiate recovery program in the state addressing issues with drug and alcohol abuse in the college setting. Interim program coordinator Madison Evans says the program will have on-campus support groups and sober social events.
Evans says 37% of college students report they have used illicit drugs or have abused alcohol on a regular basis.
12-year-old Shreveport wunderkind health food advocate and chef Owen Osborne showed off his skills last night on the Food Network’s Chopped Junior cooking competition. The program challenges chefs to prepare meals with a seemingly random collection of ingredients, testing the cook’s creativity. Osborne says despite the national spotlight, he kept a cool head. The competition is judged by a rotating cast of celebrity judges, with the winner walking away with 10,000 dollars.
The Saints released their training camp schedule Tuesday. The first practice open to the public will be Friday, July 26th at 8:50 in the morning. A total of 12 practices will be open to the public. On Sunday night, August 4th, the Black and Gold will practice at Turchin Stadium on Tulane’s campus. The Saints are also set to hold joint practices with the Chargers in Costa Mesa, California on August 15th and 16th, prior to their preseason game in Carson, California on August 18th. The Saints also announced that the seating for fans who watch practice at the team’s training facility in Metairie will be covered and misted.
Hall of Fame high school football coach James Waguespack has passed away after suffering a stroke on Sunday night. Waguespack was a head football coach for 32 years and won 231 games and two state championships at St. James and Cecilia. The St. James grad also coached at Beau Chene. Waguespack was 76 years old.
Pelicans first-round pick Jaxon Hayes put on an impressive performance in his Summer League Debut last night in Las Vegas. Hayes had 28 points, four rebounds, and three blocked shots. The eighth overall pick had a nasty one-handed dunk as he skied over a Bulls player in a 109-72 victory. The Pels next Summer League game is tomorrow night against Cleveland.