News for Friday 100419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The latest finance reports are in and Governor Edwards has 3.1 million on hand, followed by Eddie Rispone at 2.7 million, and Ralph Abraham at 318,000. Edwards continues to lap his opponents in fundraising, outraising Rispone and Abraham in the last period by a combined 574,000 dollars. Independent polls show Edwards close to avoiding a run-off.
If you’ve watched any TV lately you’ve likely seen Eddie Rispone’s extensive ad blitz in the governor’s race. Campaign finance reports show the Republican spent 3.5 million dollars between September 3rd and 22nd in the campaign that has vaulted him to 2nd in recent polls. JMC Analytics has Rispone up 21-18 over Republican Ralph Abraham.
Vice President Mike Pence will visit New Orleans Saturday to hold a rally to encourage Louisiana residents to vote for one of the two Republicans in the governor’s race. And Businessman Eddie Rispone has received an endorsement from Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.
Early voter turnout remains far above expectations as approximately 250,000 Louisianans have cast their ballot for the October 12th primary. We’ve had more early voters after just five days than in all of 2015 by 18,000 votes, but that may not mean a higher total turnout. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says 90 percent of ballots cast were cast by “chronic” voters, but those voters could inspire others to show up. Early voting continues through Saturday.
A new study from AAA indicates autonomous emergency braking systems are only sporadically effective in detecting pedestrians at speeds above 30 mph. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says the findings are a reminder to drivers to stay alert.
The study shows the detection systems are completely useless at night, which is when 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur. Redman says AAA encourages improvements to the technology, as braking systems do work well in avoiding collisions with other drivers.
Our Lady of the Lake cuts the ribbon today in Baton Rouge on its new five-story children’s hospital which took over three years to construct. President of Children’s Health Trey Dunbar says they will begin moving patients into the facility tomorrow.
Dunbar anticipates the facility will treat patients from all over Louisiana as well as those traveling in from nearby states. Dunbar says the total cost of the construction was $230 million, which was funding with the help of many contributions from the community.
Forever 21 may close more than 150 locations across the US with three locations possibly closing in Louisiana. The apparel retailer could possibly close three stores in Louisiana including the location at the Mall of Acadiana. Other locations include stores in Denham Springs and Lake Charles. The Alexandria mall location appears to be safe for now.
An attorney representing some of the steel mill workers laid off by Bayou Steel in LaPlace this week is questioning whether the company complied with federal law when notifying workers of the layoffs. Attorney Brent Barriere says employees were blindsided by the mass layoff. The closure led to 376 being left without a job.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed at Fibrebond’s headquarters in Minden Thursday morning will result in road improvements in the area to keep the Webster Parish manufacturer in northwest Louisiana. The state transportation department has agreed to replace eight bridges in the region, and Governor Edwards says these improvements help everyone. Because of deficient roads and bridges, Fibrebond is forced to travel many extra miles to ship their products out west.
LSU will welcome Utah State into Death Valley tomorrow for an 11 AM kick-off. Utah State is 3-1 on the season and coach Gary Andersen says his team looks forward to playing a team ranked in the top five. The forecast calls for hot and muggy with the high near 93 in Baton Rouge on Saturday. .
Injured Saints Quarterback Drew Brees tells WWL Radio in New Orleans that he’s rushing to get back, but is not putting a specific timetable on his return. Brees says he’s regaining strength in the hand that underwent surgery. The Saints are 2-and-0 with Teddy Bridgwater starting, but Coach Sean Payton wants to see fewer penalties and would like to get running back Latavius Murray more involved. The Saints host Tampa Bay at noon on Sunday. Week 5 of the NFL season begins tonight with Seattle hosting the Rams.
LSU pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson is expected to play Saturday against Utah State. Chaisson has missed the last two games after suffering an ankle injury in the Texas game. Coach Ed Orgeron says defensive end Rashard Lawrence is now probable. The former Neville star has also missed the last two games after suffering an injury in Austin. Coach O hopes Glen Logan can play next week and he says wide receiver Terrace Marshall is recovering quickly.
La Tech’s non-conference fooball schedule for next season is set. The Bulldogs will visit UNLV and Vanderbilt and host Baylor and Prairie View A-and-M. In 2021, Tech will host Southeastern Louisiana and SMU and travel to Mississippi State and North Carolina State. The 2022 non-conference schedule features a road trip to Clemson and at Nebraska in 2023. After spending the first four weeks on the road, Nicholls finally has a home game Saturday.
ULM hosts 23rd ranked Memphis on Saturday as the Tigers are the first ranked opponent to visit Malone Stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision era. The Tigers are 4-0, including a win over Ole Miss.