News for Friday 080919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Qualifying has officially closed and the rosters are set for the fall statewide elections.
In the marquee competition, Governor John Bel Edwards will face two major Republican opponents, Baton Rouge Businessman Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham. Five other candidates populate the ballot.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is facing two Democrats.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin will hope to secure his first full term after winning the special election for his seat last year. He’s up against the opponent he faced in the run-off last year, Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup, and two other Republicans.
Attorney General Jeff Landry has one challenger, Plaquemine Democrat “Ike” Jackson Jr.
State Treasurer John Schroder will face the man who he beat for the job in 2017, Democrat Derrick Edwards, and one other.
Ag Commissioner Mike Strain will seek to keep the office he’s held since unseating Bob Odom in 2007. Democrats Margee Green, Charlie Greer, and Peter Williams, plus another Republican are challenging.
And in what should be the most hotly contested position outside of the Governor’s race, you’ve got 13 year incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon set to take on fellow Republican Tim Temple.
Gas is down nearly seven cents over last month in Louisiana as the typical fall gas price reduction appears to be arriving a month early. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman warns it’s not just the usual seasonal market forces at work. Prices are notably lower than they were this time last year. The average for a gallon in Louisiana is 2.31 a gallon, down from 2.38 last month, and 2.64 this time last year. The global economy appears to be slowing down, and there are growing fears the US could be looking at a similar fate in the near future. Redman says those concerns are translating into lower prices at the pump.
Mayors from four of Louisiana’s biggest cities joined 200 of their colleagues nationwide in signing a letter to Congress demanding the passage of gun background check and red flag legislation. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo was one of the signees. He says a rash of recent mass shootings demands a response. Opponents of the legislation say it’s an infringement on 2nd amendment rights and would do little to actually curb gun violence, but Mayo says it would at least help cut down on mass shooting events. Mayo was joined by Mayors Latoya Cantrell of New Orleans, Adrian Perkins of Shreveport, and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge.
A licensed medical marijuana physician is arrested in Ouachita Parish by State Police. Dr. Benjamin Stage faces five counts of illegally prescribing controlled dangerous substances to a patient that was not one of his own. Depending on the outcome of the case, the medical board may also take action against the doctor.
NOAA has upped it’s hurricane forecast for the year to five to nine hurricanes with two to four major storms. NOAA lead hurricane season forecaster Gerry Bell says all the ingredients are now in place for an above-average hurricane. There have only been two named storms so far, with Hurricane Barry impacting the state as a category 1 storm at landfall.
The family of a man shot dead in a motel room by a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy is requesting a federal investigation into the incident, stemming from their distrust of local authorities. Attorney for the family Ben Crump says State Police are not being transparent about their investigation into the death of 38-year-old Josef Richardson.
Richardson, who was unarmed, was killed by a shot to the back of the neck in a motel room near Port Allen as deputies were serving a warrant. Crump says the only thing the officers recovered in the incident was about $300 in marijuana and 3 pills of methamphetamine. Richardson was in the motel room with his girlfriend, who is facing drug charges. But investigators have not released any information on why the deputy fired his weapon.
The Slaughter Police Officer that was caught on video punching the local Fire Chief has resigned from the Police Department. A video surfaced on Snapchat Wednesday of the officer punching Slaughter Fire Chief Billy Poche at a local gas station. The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the altercation.
The Saints kick off tonight with their first preseason game, this one against Minnesota in the Dome. Saints analyst Mike Detillier says don’t expect to see your favorites like Drew Brees, because preseason is for up-and-comers and journeymen fighting for a job. Detillier says it could be undrafted free agent Emmanuel Butler’s time to make a strong case for the job. Airtime 5pm on 96.9 KZMZ Kickoff at 7.
Jrue Holiday says he has no ill will towards his former New Orleans Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis. This season marks the first in six years that Holiday and Davis will not be sharing the court after Davis was traded to the Lakers. Holiday says it is cool to see Davis head to a team he grew up a fan of. But when the two teams go to battle with each other, Holiday says he’s ready to hand Davis an L.
Colin Kapernick says he’s still ready to return to the NFL even though he’s been un-employed for the past three seasons. In a video posted Wednesday on social media, the 31-year-old is shown working out in a gym. He says in his video 5 a.m. 5 days a week for 3 years…still ready. Kaepernick was with the 49’ers when he helped start a protest about social and racial injustice in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem during games.
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