News for Friday 090619
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Louisiana had seven of the top 100 fastest growing Community Colleges in the nation between 2007 and 2017 according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan says that’s because they’ve made a concerted effort to double down on job-ready degrees and certification programs. The growth is primarily in older students who are heading back to school to get post-secondary educations that can be applicable in their local economies.
The survey looked at the growth rates of 1,100 different schools.
LSU is rated the 295th best school among 500 public and private universities in a survey by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education released Thursday, up from No. 352 last year. The school is also ranked 84th among public universities and No. 6 in the 14-member Southeastern Conference. The top-rated school in Louisiana is Tulane University at No. 84, down from No. 56 last year. In a statement, LSU said the school has risen 148 places in the overall rankings since the survey began three years ago.
The body of 40 year old Dolly Laughlin was recovered from the Sabine River in Beauregard Parish yesterday morning. A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office says they received a call Wednesday afternoon that Laughlin had been swept away by the current near the Palmer Lake Boat Launch and could not be located. An autopsy will be conducted by the Calcasieu Coroner’s Office.
This past Saturday, beer and wine were sold for the first time a Tiger Stadium. So, how did it go? An LSU official said Thursday that 27,235 beers were sold during last Saturday's football game against Georgia Southern. Domestic beers are priced at $8, meaning LSU generated at least $220,000 in revenue from sales. The amount of wine sold hasn't been determined yet. The sales figures are for general seating and don't include premium areas.
Tonight, viewers across the country will get an inside look at life in Angola when Dateline airs a segment about NBC Anchor Lester Holt’s two-night stay at the maximum-security facility. It’s part of an ongoing series about the effects of “Tough on Crime” bills that passed with bipartisan Congressional support in the 90s. The program highlights the new rehabilitation practices put into effect under the Edwards Administration’s criminal justice reform.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Congressman Ralph Abraham lashed out at the Edwards administration’s handling of Medicaid. Abraham says he would save the state money and fixes Medicaid by implementing a more detailed income analysis for the program, and removing people who make over the 16,764 dollars annually.
State Farm announces the company is cutting its auto insurance rates by 2.6 percent effective November 25th. State Farm Spokesperson Felicia Van Frank says the savings come down to improving their expense situation and lower loss numbers. The 2.6 percent decrease comes out to 36.6 million dollars in savings for State Farm customers.
September is Airbag Recall Awareness Month and thousands of drivers in Louisiana are at risk because they’ve neglected to have the free repair completed. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesperson Chris Freeman says a defective airbag can cause more harm than good. To find out if your airbags are under a recall go to Check-To-Protect-dot-org and enter your Vehicle Identification Number. Then schedule an appointment for a repair. All repairs are free.
It’s a big match up this Saturday with Texas, and the LSU Traveling Tigers are making the trip to Austin to keep the Bayou Bengals on a winning streak. LSU Alumni Chief Operating Officer Steve Helmke says this trip is extra special seeing as outside of Louisiana, Texas has the highest number of LSU alumni. The last time the Longhorns and the Tigers played each other in the regular season was 1954. With both teams currently in the top 10, the matchup is even more intense.
Drew Brees’ appearance in a Bring Your Bible to School ad sparks controversy when LGBTQ advocates point out the organization who ran the ad has a history of anti-gay campaigning. Brees says he wasn’t aware of Focus on Family’s anti-gay lobbying and campaign efforts. Brees adds he lives by the Christian fundamental of love thy neighbor.
The appearance came as a surprise to many considering the QB’s past participation in anti-bullying campaigns aimed at promoting LGTBQ tolerance. He says accusations of anti-gay bias are not true.
Friday September 6th
Houston Astros vs Seattle 6:35p 94.7 ESPN
Saturday September 7th
LA Tech vs Grambling State 1p 94.7 ESPN
LSU @ Texas 4:30p 96.9 KZMZ / 104.9 & 970 KSYL
Sunday September 8th
Titans @ Browns 11:30a 94.7 ESPN
Steelers @ Patriots 6:30p 94.7 ESPN
Monday September 9th
N.O. Saints vs Texans 4p 96.9 KZMZ
Broncos @ Raiders 8:45p 94.7 ESPN