News for Wednesday 101619
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The influenza season in Louisiana is off to an early start, so in an effort to fight the flu, the Louisiana Health Department has scheduled days where residents can get vaccinated for free. L-D-H immunization director Doctor Frank Welch says most parish health clinics have selected a day to give out free flu shots. Here in Alexandria, the annual DRIVE THRU FLU SHOTS will be administered at the Rapides Parish Health Unit this Friday. No out of pocket expense. Bring ID and insurance care (if available).
State Police have responded to allegations of hazing at the academy by reassigning three trainers linked to training exercises that injured up to ten cadets, including one that had a fractured arm. Captain J-B Slaton says the injuries occurred during defensive tactics training and they are investigating. State Police did not say they believe the actions were hazing but did say the training went beyond “normal parameters”.
The first few ads of the governor’s race run-off are now in rotation as the first salvos in what one analyst says will be the most expensive one month period ever in Louisiana political history. Political consultant Roy Fletcher says an incredible 20 million dollars will likely be spent over the next few weeks.
Representative Franklin Foil will request a recount in the hotly contested Baton Rouge Senate race that currently is set for a three-way run-off after the two Republican candidates tied. Foil was initially shown to be the 2nd place winner by eight votes, but late Saturday night the Secretary of State informed him a correction put him in a 12,522 vote tie with Representative Steve Carter. Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson took 1st place in the race.
It is day five of rescue operations at the Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans and officials remain hopeful that a missing construction worker may be found still alive. There has been no shift in the structure or cranes, but New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says with the uncertainty of stability, they are being very thorough in accounting for rescue workers. Two construction workers have been confirmed dead as a result of Saturday’s collapse.
Despite many women being on the recent ballot, Louisiana has one of the lowest percentages of seats assigned to women in the state legislature. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says the national average is about 30% while in Louisiana it is about 16%.
Raheem T. Pierce was still in high school when he set out to run for the Iberville Parish Council a race the 19-year-old won handily over three others and will make him the parish's youngest elected official when he takes office next year.
East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said Tuesday she and her senior advisers are exploring all options the Parish has in a possible challenge to the pending incorporation of the city of St. George. Voters over the weekend voted overwhelmingly to part company with the City Parish Government and form the state’s 4th largest city. A letter Broome sent Tuesday to the St. George organizers hints at what's likely to become a legal face-off between St. George and the city-parish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide in-state testing for Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal ailment impacting the deer population nationally, but has not yet been detected in Louisiana. LDWF deer program manager Johnathan Bordelon says the disease is a neurological infection that can be spread multiple ways, including deer to deer. The disease is has been detected in 26 states including all three that border Louisiana. Bordelon says while there has been no human sickness linked to CWS, the CDC does have a warning for hunters out of an abundance of caution.
The Houston Astros took game three of the American Championship series yesterday by defeating the Yankees in the house the Ruth built. The Astros now lead the series 2 to 1. They’ll go for three tonight at Yankee Stadium. Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN.
The Washington Nationals wrapped up the National League Championship series last night with a 4 game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. They will now face either the Yankees or Astros in the World Series.
LSU is 6-and-0, ranked second in the country but the Tigers defense has had trouble stopping opposing offenses at times. Coach Ed Orgeron says he doesn’t want LSU involved in games like Saturday when both teams are trading touchdowns. LSU made the proper corrections on defense last week as the Gators did not score in the final 26 minutes.
TV viewership for the LSU-Florida game was the highest for the network in nearly two years. On average there were six-point-four million viewers and it peaked late in the fourth quarter at seven-point-four million.
The 5-and-1 Saints are off today as the players will begin to work on the Chicago Bears. The Monsters of Midway are allowing just 14 points a game. But one of their best defensive players was put on injured reserve today. Former Saint and pro bowl defensive tackle Akeim Hicks is out with an elbow injury. The Bears are now a three-point favorite.
The media picks LSU basketball to finish third in the SEC after winning the conference championship with a 16-and-2 league record last season. Senior guard Skylar Mays earned a spot on the league’s preseason second team. He averaged 13 points a game last season. Kentucky is the favorite to win the SEC, followed by Florida, LSU, Auburn and then Tennessee.