News for Tuesday 072319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A very rare mid-summer cold front is making its way through the state this week. State Climatologist Barry Keim says in addition to cooler temps, rainfall will be widespread across Louisiana. Keim expects the front to last through the work week with Wednesday and Thursday being the coolest. By Sunday the cooler weather should essentially be over.
KALB TV reports a sanity commission has been appointed by the 9th Judicial District Court to hear the case of 36 year old William Justin Branch of Alexandria, who was arrested back in May for allegedly entering Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and threatening a priest with a knife. The request for a sanity commission came from Michael Brewer, Branch's attorney. The next step is to have Branch seen by doctors to evaluate his mental health.
A study by Project Know shows Louisiana high schoolers consume alcohol and injectable drugs at the highest rate in the nation. American Addiction Centers Researcher Ruchi Dhani says the national average for alcohol use is 28 percent, but Louisiana topped the list at 34 percent, and led in another concerning category as well, that in injectable drugs. 8% of students say they use them. Louisiana’s high school rate of marijuana use was about average at 18.8 percent.
Two Gretna Police officers have been fired after one of them wrote a threatening Facebook post about New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the other liked it. The post by former officer Charlie Rispoli read “This vile idiot needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve”. Ocasio-Cortez is one of the four members of “The Squad”, a group of freshman, minority women Democratic lawmakers whose were the target of a tweet from the president last week.
Hundreds showed up yesterday in Baton Rouge to pay tribute and celebrate the life of slain Baton Rouge legend Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Family and friends reflected on Roberts-Joseph’s legacy with everything from uplifting gospel numbers to passionate messages about the activist and community leader from those who knew her well. Roberts-Joseph, the founder of the African-American Museum in Baton Rouge, was found suffocated in the trunk of her car on Friday, July 12. She was 75-years-old.
The Discovery Channel is airing a special tonight on the Cajun Navy, following the group through Hurricane’s Florence, Harvey, and even to it’s early roots in Hurricane Katrina. Discovery sent crews out to interview and follow members as they deployed to rescue people during natural disasters. Cajun Navy member Allen Lenard says none of what you’ll see tonight was staged. The program airs at 9PM central tonight.
A young Louisiana woman died Monday after a swimming accident over the weekend in Orlando. 19 year old Jayla Tassin was swimming at Daytona Beach when a large wave swept her out and under deeper water. Tassin graduated from East St. John High School in May. She planned to start at UL on August 18.
LSU believes it has set the standard with its renovated football operations building that includes a new training room, players’ lounge, cafeteria and locker room. Equipment manager Greg Stringfellow says each player’s locker features a pod as a chair that folds out into a bed, allowing a player to take a nap. The 23-million project also includes a new performance nutrition center that will serve healthy and delicious meals.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife says during the summer months, alligators are more active and officials are encouraging residents and visitors to not feed the giant reptilians. LDWF fur and alligator program manager Jeb Linscombe says feeding gators may lead to a situation where someone gets bit when one approaches another human looking for a snack. Linscombe says the high waters around the state mean people are seeing more gators in areas where they may not be used to seeing them.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has begun to close the Bonnet Carre Spillway. This year marks the first time the spillway has had to be opened twice in one year, with the current opening lasting 74 days. Corps spokesperson Matt Roe says the decision to begin closure comes as the river levels have seen a downward trend.
The state’s sugarcane crop is on track for another successful harvest, despite the impact of Hurricane Barry that delivered anywhere from three to fourteen inches of rain across the sugarcane belt. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois says he expects mills to open for processing around September 17th, an early start date because of this year’s large crop.
On the air tonight….
Houston Astros vs Oakland A’s 6:35p 94.7 ESPN