News for Friday 101119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A cold front is invading the state bringing with it a welcome reprieve from the heat.
State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s a bit later than usual, but the state is about to experience some of it’s first light jacket weather of the season today. Temperatures across the southern portion of the state will remain in the 80s today as the cold front works it’s way down from the north. By tomorrow the cold will set in with temperatures in the 40s in north Louisiana, 50s in the central portions, and 60s along the coast. Kiem says prepare for some chilly temperatures if you’re heading to the LSU/Florida game.
It’s a big investment, The city of Alexandria announced yesterday the installation of 65 new security cameras in the downtown area. Last week the City and APD installing 15 surveillance camera pods, with four to five cameras inside each. The cameras will be monitored 24 & 7. The extra security is part of Mayor Jeff Hall's plan to revitalize the downtown area.
President Donald Trump will be in Lake Charles tonight to rally Louisiana voters to vote for one of the two main Republican candidates. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says getting an endorsement from sitting President is huge, but this is different since Mr. Trump is not back one particular candidate. Recent polls show Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone neck and neck in the race for the second-place slot, and a spot in a potential run-off.
Thousands are descending upon Baton Rouge for the Top Ten showdown between the Tigers and the Florida Gators. Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson says give yourself extra time to get where you need to go. College Game Day will also be broadcasting on ESPN ahead of the game. Munson says you can go to LSUsports.net/gameday for a list of resources to surviving Saturday.
KALB Reports the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole has denied a parole attempt by 45 year old Larry McClinton who is serving life for the murder of a woman in Pineville back in 1991. McClinton shot and killed 21-year-old Angela Hargons and wounded her mother in April 1991. He received a life sentence at the age 17. But, in 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Montgomery v. Louisiana that juveniles sentenced to life in prison must have a meaningful chance at parole. McClinton tried to get that chance on Thursday, but was denied.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry filed rules and regulations with the State Register's office on Thursday for the Louisiana Industrial Hemp Program. Commissioner Mike Strain said his staff worked diligently to complete and file the industrial hemp administrative rules and regulations. The goal is to have everything in place and licenses issued in time for the 2020 planting season.
The first question asked at Thursday night’s debate was about the hiring and firing of former Governor Edwards’ Deputy Chief of Staff Johnny Anderson, and his sexual harassment scandal. Former Edwards employee Juanita Washington accused Anderson of sexual harassment and assault while working under him in the administration, and Edwards says he was forced to resign less than six hours after the incident was reported. Edwards says Anderson was hired after he received praises from civic, political and religious leaders from across the state recommending Anderson for the job. Washington is now suing the Governor over the incident.
The Eastbank Little League baseball team visits President Trump at the White House today. The team claimed a world championship victory in August and Head Coach Scott Frazier says it all started at a press conference with a suggestion that the team should get a trip to DC if they were victorious. The team is based in the suburbs of New Orleans and is the first team from the area to achieve the championship.
A CDC report shows that Louisiana dropped in the rankings for new cases of gonorrhea and early-stage syphilis. Assistant Secretary for the state Office of Public Health Dr. Alex Billioux says Medicaid expansion has been effective in the decline.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says state waters hold enough red snapper for at least three more weekends of sport fishing, starting today. The second and third weekends will start Oct. 18 and Oct 25.
The Houston Astros won the American League Divisional series last night with a 6 to 1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Now, just one day to rest up before they host the NY Yankees tomorrow and Sunday night..
Tonight Game 1 of the National League Championship Series Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 6p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron expects senior linebacker Michael Divinity will start on Saturday after getting hurt in the Vanderbilt game. And Orgeron expects senior defensive end Rashard Lawrence will play, but he doesn’t know if he’ll start. The match-up of the week in the SEC is LSU versus Florida. The Tigers lead the country in scoring, averaging 55 points per game, while the Gators are fifth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense. Airtime 5p on 96.9 KZMZ
After a week to rest up, The LA Tech Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow as they play host to U-Mass. Airtime 4:30p on 94.7 ESPN.
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. Evans is once again, putting up numbers for the Warhawks as he’s averaging 292 yards of total offense per game. He’s averaging 234 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Kick-off tonight is at 8:15.