News for Thursday 081519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
30-year-old Justin Burnett, of Sikes was taken into custody after a shooting Wednesday morning that left two people in critical condition. The shooting occurred around six yesterday morning in the town of Dodson. For a period of time, Dodson High School was placed on lockdown. No word yet from Winn Parish authorities on what led to the shooting.
Grant Parish authorities have arrested 26 year old Joshua Thompson of Pollock after receiving a report of someone breaking into a home. When the GPSO arrived at the scene they arrested Thompson and booked him with Aggravated burglary and criminal trespassing.
It may be peak hurricane season, but it’s been a month since any named storm has popped up in the Atlantic Basin despite estimates from NOAA that this season would see above-average activity. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s eerily quiet out there and this type of lull from July 15th-August 15th is rare, the last time, 1982.
That being said Keim warns you not to let your guard down even if we escape the month of August without any trouble because the last time this happened the Atlantic woke up in a rage for September.
71 percent of Louisianans believe in climate change according to a survey that was aimed at measuring support for coastal restoration. While a strong majority of Louisianans agree climate change is real, pollster Greg Rigamer says the percentage of those who believe in the phenomenon can vary wildly between different regions.
62 percent agree that climate change is real in the Lafourche/Terrebonne Parish region, where a significant amount of the state’s coastal erosion is taking place. 68 percent of respondents agree that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, and Rigamer says a majority are concerned about those impacts. While 71 percent may agree that climate change is real, only half of the respondents think it’s having an impact on their lives right now.
The state bond commission is scheduled to vote on the financing plans for the $450 million upgrade to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. State Treasurer John Schroder says he doesn’t foresee any hurdles in getting the greenlight on the overhaul. The venue, which first opened in 1975, is in need of modifications to keep the venue competitive for hosting major events and keep the Saints in New Orleans for 30 more years. Schroder says although there has been some public pushback, the investment into the dome is a good one. The renovation process will take three to four years to complete.
State Superintendent of Education John White won a satisfactory job evaluation Wednesday from Louisiana's top school board. Gary Jones, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, made the announcement after a BESE executive session of about 40 minutes behind closed doors. The review marked the seventh year in a row that White has gotten favorable remarks during his annual job check.
Louisiana takes the top spot for the safest state for kids to be online. CenturyLink Quote spokesperson Elaine Thompson says the rankings take into consideration the number of victims of internet crimes, and the reported rates of malware infections.
Thompson says few other states have more law pertaining to cyberbullying and sexting.
Two Eunice men, 21-year-old Logan Bertrand, and 18-year-old Carlos Juan Flores, have been arrested for setting fire to a neighboring mobile home. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the fire is one of two to rock the Eunice community in recent days, including an unrelated blaze in a fourplex that displaced the families that lived there. No one was injured in the fires. The two are charged with simple arson and criminal trespassing.
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has teamed up with Governor John Bel Edwards to help get the word out about the state’s new Veterans First Business Initiative. In a P-S-A, Brees encourages the public to visit l-a-veterans-first-dot-org to search for Louisiana veteran-owned businesses. The goal is to encourage consumers to do business with Louisiana’s veteran-owned firms.
Medical marijuana may be legal but it’s still against the law to drive while under the influence of the substance, even if you have a prescription. Medical marijuana is designed to not include some of the psychoactive properties of recreational pot, but State Police Lt. Nick Manale says the substance can still impact your perception.
Due to the effects of THC, employers still have a legal right to deny you work if you test positive, even if you have a prescription.
Tonight, it’s NFL Pre-Season Football as the Cardinals play host to the Raiders. Airtime 6:30 on 94.7 ESPN.
LSU true freshman offensive guard Kardell Thomas suffered an injury during Wednesday's practice and according to coach O he will be out for a while. Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 329-pound Baton Rouge native, was one of Orgeron's prize recruits in a 2019 class that ranked No. 5 nationally, according to 247Sports Composite rankings, and the former five-star recruit was expected to provide depth at a position that needed it. Orgeron told the press yesterday at this point they don’t know how serious the injury is.
The expectation is that LSU will be good on offense this season. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says the offensive production will start with quarterback Joe Burrow and the second-year starter sure seems more comfortable in this offense, compared to the one he ran last year. Former LSU standout and ESPN football analyst Ryan Clark posted on twitter the Tigers finally got their guy after watching Burrow practice yesterday. Clark says Burrow made some big-time NFL throws.
Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz says his guys continue to grind through fall camp under sweltering temperatures in Ruston. Holtz says even though they are in the dog days of camp, the team is coming together well. The Bulldogs will have their second scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday. Fanfest is also this Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center from 12:30 to 2:00.
The Saints are in California, for two joint practices with the Chargers today. New Orleans and Los Angeles will also face each other in a preseason game on Sunday. The temperatures will be much more comfortable in Cali, with temps in the 80s.
Sports Illustrated ranks LSU’s Mike the Tiger as the third best mascot in college football, behind only Oregon’s Duck and Georgia’s Bulldog.