News for Monday 090919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
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The longest running war in the history of our country comes with a high cost. Friday afternoon 56 Louisiana National Guard soldiers left out of Esler field for deployment to Afghanistan. Colonel Ed Bush says these men and women will provide aviation support. It should be noted all of them have been previously deployed multiple times.
The deployment is expected to last nine months.
Investigators believe a child playing with a lighter led to a home fire in Jackson Parish that killed two kids, a two-month girl and a three-year-old boy who just celebrated a birthday. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says there were five children in the home when the blaze started. Three kids were able to get out unharmed, but Browning says the lone adult at home at the time couldn’t get to the two kids who died. Saturday night’s fatal fire occurred in the town of Hodge. It’s the second fire in north Louisiana in two weeks that was started by a child using a lighter.
The number of cases of lung disease or other pulmonary issues linked to vaping has ballooned since concerns were made public early last week. LSU Health New Orleans Pulmonary Expert Dr. Stephen Kantrow says 450 cases from 33 states and three, possibly four deaths from pulmonary issues have been reported. Alongside a link to CBD and THC oil use, Vitamin E oil is another suspect in the rash of cases. Kantrow says these products have little testing, and it’s becoming clear we just don’t know much about their side effects. Many of the cases have been linked back to off-brand vape usage, or alteration of brand name vapes to facilitate the use of non-approved chemicals.
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says over 520 cases of hepatitis A have been linked to an ongoing outbreak declared in Dec. As of Sept. 6, 2019, Louisiana has 528 reported cases of HAV infection. The largest concentration of cases is in Livingston Parish, with over 125, followed by East Baton Rouge Parish with more than 75. The hepatitis A outbreak in Louisiana has reached the highest number of cases in 20 years. In an average year, Louisiana has 10 to 15 cases of hepatitis A.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says skyrocketing insurance costs threaten the state’s 13-billion dollar timber industry. Strain says those who work in the forestry industry say they can’t continue to pay those high rates and stay in business. He says it’s a significant issue that can have an impact on the state’s economy.
Wanhua Chemical has withdrawn it’s plans to build a billion-dollar chemical facility in St. James Parish after previously agreeing to build the facility earlier this year. The company is citing increased construction costs are the primary concern, but previously mentioned lower possible profits at the facility based on concerns about the trade war. The facility was also delayed by a lawsuit from St. James citizens over environmental concerns.
After performing one of the first heart transplants in the Gulf South fifty years ago, Ochsner Health System sets a milestone of completing their 1,000th heart transplant, joining 13 other prestigious healthcare systems in the country to accomplish the feat. The late Dr. John Ochsner Sr. pioneered heart value and coronary bypass surgery.
An LSU graduate student was months away from returning home to Bangladesh to get married when he was fatally shot early Saturday morning during a robbery at a East Baton Rouge Convenience store. Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the 29 year old was working as a clerk at the Airline Highway store when a man entered the building, shot and killed him and then robbed the store.
The New Orleans Saints will face the Houston Texans tonight in the Superdome to kick off the season. The Saints will need all hands on deck to avoid their sixth consecutive Week 1 loss. The addition of pro bowl tight end Jared Cook will give Drew Brees another offensive weapon. Cook has lost practice time to a preseason injury but he says he is ready to get to work. The Superdome is sold. Airtime is 4 this afternoon on 96.9 KZMZ. Kickoff is at 6:10
After a thrilling victory over the Texas Longhorns Saturday night in Austin, the LSU Tigers made a big leap in the latest AP poll. LSU is now in the top 4, leapfrogging both Ohio State and Oklahoma to No. 4 following the 45-38 win on the road and have 1,336 points in the poll. Texas, who entered Saturday's matchup ranked No. 9, fell 3 spots to No. 12.
LSU’s new spread offense is legit. The sixth ranked Tigers went into a hostile environment on Saturday night and left Texas with a 45-38 victory over the 9th ranked the Longhorns. Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards, second-highest total in school history, and three receivers had more than 100 yards in a single game for the first time in program history. Justin Jefferson had nine catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns.