News for Tuesday 100819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Tickets are in high demand for the Top 10 matchup between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers. The game is sold out and the only way to get into Tiger Stadium is buy getting tickets from the secondary market. StubHub spokesperson Adam Budelli says there are about 4400 tickets up for grabs on their website right now. The cheapest ticket to get in is still just over $100. However, the average ticket is going for close to $250.
One of the town of Ball’s mayoral candidate has been cited for theft of non-profit organization he was involved with. 69 year old Roger Toney, the former mayor of the Town of Ball, who is also running for mayor in this year's election, was issued a criminal citation for theft under $1,000. The Sheriff’s office says Toney was never booked in jail, he was just issued a citation.
A Mason-Dixon poll shows Governor Edwards topping Eddie Rispone 51-43 and Ralph Abraham 53-38 percent in a potential post primary run-off. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat warns it’s just too early to trust any run-off polling. He says given the poor track record of Louisiana governors in run-offs, Edwards should do all he can to avoid one. No Louisiana Governor has won a run-off since the state adopted the jungle primary system in the 70s.
Donald Trump Jr. headlined a special Louisiana Republican Party event at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette on Monday. The Louisiana Republican Party said the event aimed to build momentum for a higher Republican turnout on Election Day, this Saturday. Trump Jr. was joined at the event by Republican gubernatorial candidates Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone.
The US Supreme Court heard opening arguments Monday in a 2015 case questioning the constitutionality of non-unanimous jury verdicts. Louisianans voted to require unanimous juries in felony trials last year. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says this case has the potential to have a huge impact on the nation’s legal system outside of just unanimous juries.
Accidental poisonings surpass car crashes as the number one cause of unintentional deaths in the state. The opioid crisis is the big contributing factor as opioid related deaths seen a steady incline over the last ten years. LSU Health New Orleans Medical Toxicologist Dr. James Diaz says the stats are alarming. Two out of three overdose deaths in the state are linked to opioids. While the opioid prescription rate has gone down in recent years, Diaz says the state is on the biggest distribution pathway in the south of illegal drugs, that being I-10.
State Police identify the 16-year-old bicyclist killed Sunday night in St. Landry Parish. Trooper Thomas Gossen says Lane Leger of Opelousas was hit from behind by a Nissan Altima on the I-49 North Service Road, adding the driver of the vehicle did not see the bicyclist and is not facing any charges. Gossen says Leger was riding his bike after the sun went down without lights in a not lit well part of the service road.
Governor Edwards’ suggestion that the closure of Bayou Steel in LaPlace may have been linked to the ongoing trade war has sparked a fierce rebuttal from the Trump Administration. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says it’s unlikely the closure was tariff-related because the point of a tariff on imported steel is to protect companies from foreign competition, not to make things worse. The Bayou Steel announcement is another blow to the River Parishes that were already hit by the cancellation of a significant project by Wanhua Chemical. Scott says neither appears to be tariff-related.
Perficient Inc. will hold a technology recruitment open house at its downtown Lafayette location located. on Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The company is a global digital transformation consulting firm. Perficient is seeking both entry-level and experienced IT professionals to expand software development services in Lafayette, and plans to fill more than 70 positions. All attendees are encouraged to register at the company’s website.. You can find a like on our website under the news tab.
The hype is building for Saturday night’s showdown between 5th ranked LSU and 7th ranked Florida as the two teams are set to meet in Death Valley. In previous matchups between these two teams, there’s been a lot of talk on social media between the players, but Coach Ed Orgeron wants his guys focused on the task. After back-to-back 11 AM kick offs for the Tigers, Orgeron expects the crowd will be fired up for a Saturday night kickoff in Death Valley. LSU enters the game with a 5-0 record and they lead the country averaging 55 points a game.
A very tough day yesterday in Game three of the American League Divisional Playoffs as the Astros dropped a big game to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Final 10 to 3. The Astros, who lead the series 2 to 1 will attempt to finish up the series this afternoon in game 4. Airtime 2:40 on 94.7 ESPN.