News for Thursday 101019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Louisiana has yet to get a firm grasp on normal fall temps this year. While a cold front is expected to impact the state starting tomorrow, National Weather Service Lake Charles Meteorologist Andrew Tingler says it will be hotter than average today with highs near 90. Tingler says don’t let the small chance of rain Saturday morning before 8a but, the weekend should be amazing. The cold front will be short lived as the state will have another warm up at the start of next week.
It was the final debate before the gubernatorial primary last night and at times it sounded more like an episode of the Housewives of Atlantic city.. For the most part nothing new was discussed as the candidates were uncontrolled by the moderator and at each other throats. Slanted Facts or a total lack of them seemed to dominate the evening. Governor Edwards continued blasting Ralph Abraham for his record of missed votes in the House. Abraham returned fire slamming the governor over what he called a slow, setback riddled 2015 Flood recovery. Eddie Rispone continued hammering his fellow Republican Abraham over a campaign pledge made in Abraham’s initial run for office that he would donate his Congressional salary to charity. The primary is now less than three days away.
Congressman Ralph Abraham who is in third place in the recent gubernatorial polls introduces a resolution calling for the expulsion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated. Political analyst Clancy DuBos says it appears to be an 11th hour effort to drum up support and that the resolution will not materialize into any sort of action. A statement from Abraham says Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected president is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped.
Site selection magazine has listed Louisiana ranks No. 2 for infrastructure investment that supports economic growth. States are ranked for investment in corporate facilities as well as roads, bridges, airports and railroads. In a statement, Governor Edwards noted that groundbreaking ceremonies are set this week on a $125.6 million project to improve access to the new, $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Earlier this year the ground was broken on a $71.8 million plan make it easier to enter Barksdale Air Force Base from Interstate 20 and I-220 in the Shreveport area. Both projects are being financed with federal bonds. In August Edwards pledged $85 million in state capital outlay dollars to help finance a new, I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles. Who was #1 on the list? Texas.
About 1500 immigrant detainees are being held in the Winn Correctional Center. It’s one of eight jails in the state to be housing immigrants. The facility is run by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Cranford Jordan says work with ICE fills a gap created by criminal justice reform. The detainees are all men, ages 18 plus, and are being kept separate from prisoners. Jordan says the facility results in $35-40 million being put into the local economy and with the ICE partnership, the 275 employees are seeing a pay bump.
Baton Rouge Metro Airport will soon charge Lyft a $3 fee for each ridesharing pickup at its facility, a move that's expected to help defray losses in revenue from people renting cars at the airport. The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted Wednesday evening to green-light contract negotiations between the on-demand car service and the airport commission. The contract, which has yet to be finalized, is expected to go into effect on November 1.
Books by former Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate Albert Woodfox, New Orleans native Sarah M. Broom and Shreveport poet Jericho Brown are finalists for this year's 70th annual National Book Awards. Woodfox spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement in Angola before his murder conviction was overturned and he was released, in 2016. His memoir "Solitary," written with Leslie George, is a finalist for nonfiction. Broom's 1961-set "The Yellow House," released in August and also nominated for nonfiction, is a memoir "about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. And Brown's "The Tradition" is vying in the poetry category. This year's winners will be announced Nov. 20.
After losing to Memphis last Saturday, ULM jumps back into Sun Belt Play tonight when they visit Texas State. The Warhawks rank third in the Sun Belt in total offense and Coach Matt Viator likes what he sees from his quarterback Caleb Evans and his junior running back. Texas State comes into the game averaging just 20 points a contest. But Viator says the Bobcats feature some good skill position players…