News for Friday 101819
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The Fight The Flu Vaccination Clinic is today at the Rapides Parish Health Unit on Coliseum Blvd. It’s a chance to get you Flu shot at little or no cost. The Clinic will be open from 8 to 3. Just a reminder, if you have insurance, bring you card with you.. If not, just show up..
Demolition experts will be using explosives to take down the heavily damaged cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans. The “T” at the top of each crane weighs about 145,000 pounds. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says recent movement detected indicates they may not have much time to spare before the cranes come down on their own. McConnell hopes to have the crane demolition done by dark as they are racing the clock to beat the bad weather.
A lawauit filed Thursday claims the half-built Hard Rock Hotel collapse Saturday that killed three workers and injured dozens more occurred because delays, design changes and “shortcuts” that created an unstable construction site. The suit adds 10 people who claim they were hurt in the catastrophe to a mounting list of plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits in recent days seeking damages from those in charge of the construction site at North Rampart and Canal streets. Unlike those earlier complaints, however, Thursday’s lawsuit explicitly accuses the builders of negligence ahead of the deadly disaster.
Governor John Bel Edwards says his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone’s plan to freeze Medicaid enrollment if elected will rip away healthcare from more than 300,000 people. Edwards says seasonal workers who see pay fluctuations would feel the biggest impact. Rispone’s campaign responded calling Edwards address a political stunt and says the expansion is unstable and full of waste.
You hear it time and time again.. Every Vote Counts.. But in this case it was absolutely true. A recount in the Baton Rouge Senate race where Steve Carter and Franklin Foil were previously in a tie for second now has Foil up by three votes. Foil will go on to face Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson in the November 16th runoff. There’s controversy as Foil was reportedly offered help winning a future judgeship if he dropped out of the race. The Advocate reports Republican mega-donor Lane Grigsby allegedly tried calling Foil to make the offer.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for a portion of coastal southeast Louisiana as Nestor is expected to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and quickly move to the northeast. National Weather Service forecaster Mike Efferson says areas south of Lake Pontchartrain could see some effects, but the system is not expected to become a hurricane. Efferson says this mid-October storm is not expected to have a major impact on the state.
Louisiana Economic Development will invest $3.6 million in an infrastructure project in Madison Parish Port so a natural gas pipeline can be expanded and attract new industries to the state. LED’s contributions along with $4 million from Complex Chemical and a half a million from the Port will provide installation of a pipeline double the capacity as previously planned. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says this is a unique opportunity to help a rural area that’s in the need of new jobs.
Two of five people charged in a horrific Amite case in which an autistic woman was kept in a backyard cage and psychologically and physically abused have been sentenced in federal court. 43 year old Raylaine Knope, who authorities considered a ringleader in the case, was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. Her daughter 28 year old Bridget Lambert was sentenced to four years in prison. Three others in the family were charged in the case. The victim, a relative of the Knopes, had been living with the family since 2015 when the woman's own mother died.
State Police arrested four juveniles Wednesday afternoon in Shreveport after the car they were traveling in was reported stolen from Monroe. After they pulled over the 2013 Mercedes the teens fled on foot, but were captured a short time later. Inside the vehicle was more than one-hundred thousand dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise. All four were booked into the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Center.
Connor Croll, the Alabama student who allegedly called in a false bomb threat to Tiger Stadium during Saturday’s game, has been released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a 100,000 dollar bond.It’s unclear what charges he will face at the moment, but legal analyst Tim Meche says expect Croll’s defense to be based around the fact that the threat had no teeth. Croll reportedly told police he called in the threat to stop the game because his friend was at risk of losing money on a bet.
A big game last night in New York as the Houston Astros again beat the Yankees, but this time it hurt the home team even more.. the final 8 to 3. Game 5 of the American League Championship series is tonight.. Airtime 5:30p on 94.7 ESPN.. Game 6 if needed will be Saturday @ 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN
Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss will meet for the 51st time on Saturday and the winner will have sole possession of first place in the West Division of Conference USA. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says there’s no doubt, this is a big game. Airtime 1p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
Second-ranked LSU begins the second half of the regular season tomorrow against Mississippi State with a 6-0 record. Airtime 12:30p 96.9 KZMZ & KSYL .
Saints running back Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle and knee injury and there’s concern he might not play Sunday in Chicago. New Orleans has provided themselves some insurance if Kamara can’t play as they’ve signed Zach Zenner. The 28-year-old played with the Detroit Lions last season and rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
League coaches in Conference USA has picked Louisiana Tech to finish third in the 14-team league. Tech’s DaQuan Bracey has been selected to the league’s preseason all-conference team.