News for Tuesday 090319
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center continues to be busy with their attention focused on Hurricane Dorian which is barely moving. But, there’s also an area of low pressure in the central Gulf of Mexico that has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression as it moves towards Mexico’s coastline. We’ll keep you posted.
Louisiana emergency responders are in Florida and South Carolina to assist with the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian. Deputy Director of the governor’s office of homeland security and emergency preparedness, Casey Tingle, says about 200 men and women have been deployed. Tingle says Louisiana received assistance from other states during its major hurricanes and it’s returning the favor.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation has received 76 million dollars from the federal government that will go towards expanding I-12 between U-S 190 and LA 59 and five bridge replacement projects around the state. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says this year’s allocation from the feds is slightly lower than last year and below the 100 million anticipated, but it comes after years of record levels of funding.
Its voter registration week, so the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office is making a push to get adults registered to vote for the fall elections. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says
you can register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at voterportal.sos.la.gov. He says you can also register in person at your parish Registrar of Voters Office .
Now with Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the Governor’s race is expected to get ugly as we approach the October 12 primary. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says
A recent independent poll shows self-funding Eddie Rispone closing in on Congressman Ralph Abraham for the GOP slot in a potential November run-off. Pinsonat says that’s what ten million dollars can buy you in politics. Abraham has pulled in the lion’s share of state GOP endorsements but has raised only a few million dollars.
The State’s job market is getting lots of attention in the governor’s race with the Edwards administration touting full employment, but the Republican challengers say Louisiana is the only state to have lost jobs over the last year. LSU Economist Loren Scott confirms the economy is not growing at a rapid pace. Scott says the offshore oil and gas industry remains stagnant and the boom in the petro chemical industry has tapered off.
You can expect to see this in other areas of the state soon, The Ascension Parish public school system has installed a lightning detection system to protect their student athletes when thunderstorms roll in. Perry Weather is the company behind the technology and owner Colin Perry says the units are also linked to a web tool so that the public nearby can check the status of outdoor activities. The National Lightning Detection Network ranked Louisiana second in the nation for highest density of lightning.
After 26-hours the Coast Guard called off the extensive search for a 26-year-old missing man late Sunday who was last seen swimming near Venice Saturday afternoon. The guard searched 216 square miles of open water around the state’s most southeastern tip, and utilized a coast guard helicopter, two coast guard boats, and a marine unit from the Plaquemine Parish Sherriff.
Medical marijuana became available in Louisiana almost a month ago, and the 1,500 legal consumers of the drug since then have included attorneys, war veterans, teachers and former Gov. Kathleen Blanco. Blanco’s family sought a prescription on Aug. 6, when she was suffering excruciating pain and appeared to be on the verge of death from a rare type of cancer known as ocular melanoma. Drops of medical marijuana mixed with methadone not only kept Blanco alive for nearly two more weeks, but according to the former Governor’s family, they dramatically improved her quality of life over that time.
A law requiring restaurants to inform customers of the origins of their seafood is now in effect in Louisiana. The law, which was signed in June by Governor John Bel Edwards requires the labeling on menus and other signage of whether seafood, namely shrimp and crawfish, served in Louisiana restaurants is of foreign origin. The Louisiana Department of Health says it will enforce the law.
Two people and a dog were rescued from a disabled vessel that was taking on water near Venice on Sunday. The Coast Guard says they received a report at 8:05 p.m. Sunday of a disabled 35-foot sailing vessel which was taking on water. On board was one adult, one child and a dog. Officials say the boat was 15 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The Coast Guard reports they were aided by several good Samaritan vessels in the area.
Wearing a leopard skin-patterned shirt and zebra pants, movie star Jeff Goldblum strode at the front of Sunday’s Southern Decadence parade in the French Quarter, to the delight of fans. The 6-foot-4-inch actor, known for his roles in blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day,” was accompanied by videographers capturing his participation in the parade for an upcoming Disney-produced television show devoted to glitter.
LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow was named SEC offensive player of the week today for tying a school-record by throwing five touchdown passes in the blowout victory over Georgia Southern. Burrow and the Tigers visit 10th ranked Texas this Saturday.
Former LSU Tiger and now Tulane starting quarterback Justin McMillan was named as the American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week as the senior accounted for three touchdowns in the Green Wave’s season opening win over F-I-U. McMillan had 250 total yards, 199 threw the air and 51 yards on the ground.
And the Louisiana Sports Writers Association gives its defensive player of the week honors to ULM linebacker Chase Day, who recorded a career-high 12 tackles in the Warhawks 31-9 victory over Grambling. Day also had his second-career interception.
A week from tonight the Saints will open the regular season against the Houston Texans. Coach Sean Payton says starting linebacker Alex Anzalone should be able to play after leaving the preseason opener with an undisclosed injury. Anzalone is entering his third season after recording 59 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles last season. And Payton there’s a possibiltiy the team will bring back veteran safety Chris Banjo, who was cut on Saturday. Banjo was a leader on special teams.
Southeastern Louisiana is ranked 23rd in this week’s STATS FCS Top 25 poll. The Lions upset five-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State on Thursday to break into the Top 25. Nicholls, who lost to Kansas State in its season opener, actually moved up a couple of spots to number 10. The Lions are scheduled to play at Bethune-Cookman this Saturday, while the Colonels are at Prairie View.
After losing to Mississippi State in the Superdome, the Ragin Cajuns return home this Saturday to face Liberty. UL Lafayette hung with the Bulldogs this past weekend, but ended up losing 38-28