News for Friday 102519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Get ready for some rain.. A combination or two fronts in Louisiana is bringing massive amounts of rain to the entire state. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there is a cold front moving in from the north, interacting with a front draped along the coastline.
Keim says the rain chances will be cut down to 30% in time for the Auburn/LSU game, but expect the field to still be slick. Expect overcast skies and temps in the 60’s.
Due to the threat of heavy rains Zoo Boo at the Alexandria is cancelled for tonight. Depending upon the weather, the final evening of Zoo Boo will be tomorrow night.
Fifth District Congressman Ralph Abraham tells Greg Hilburn from the USA Today Network that he may not seek a fourth term in the U-S House of Representatives next year. Abraham just finished third in the gubernatorial primary and tells Hilburn he always planned to serve three or four teams in Congress. Abraham plans to make his decision known before the end of the year.
State Police have arrested a Pineville Man, Kevin Miles, for impersonating a female.
In July 2019, LSP’s Special Victims Unit began an investigation pertaining to a male pretending to be a female on social media, with the intent to convince other females to send illicit sexual images to a fake account. During the investigation, a person of interest was identified. Miles was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Authorities say Miles used the fake social media account for over 10 years. It was used to communicate and/or exchange images with over a thousand social media users.
Louisiana Tech announces two economic development partnerships, one of which is a $7.5 million commitment from LED for a new $15 million multitenant office building in the school’s enterprise campus. La Tech’s Chief Research and Innovation Officer Davey Norris says the addition will add 750 new jobs over the next decade. It’s estimated to create a half-billion-dollar economic impact over the next ten years.
A 51-year-old Monroe man is in custody in a fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of 15-year-old Neville High student Ashley Dorsey. Corporal Reggie Brown with the Monroe Police Department says tips from the public led to the arrest of Daniel Ross. Dorsey was riding her skateboard when she was hit on Tuesday night. According to Monroe P-D Ross was also charged with D-W-I in a separate incident earlier this month.
While the national average is decreasing by 4%, health insurance rates in Louisiana for those policies available in the Obamacare marketplace will see an average premium increase of 10% in 2020. Deputy Commissioner with the Louisiana Department of Insurance Frank Opelka says part of the reason is that Louisiana saw a rate decreases between 2018 and 2019. Annual enrollment for the program begins November 1 for 2020 coverage.
Mississippi's attorney general said Thursday that he will sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for environmental and economic damage the state experienced after the Corps opened The Bonnet Carre spillway for two extended periods this year to protect New Orleans from flooding. Attorney General Jim Hood says the freshwater pouring into the Gulf of Mexico killed some marine life and damaged Mississippi's oyster industry. Mississippi beaches closed for weeks because of toxic algae growth, and coast officials have said that hurt tourism that sustains a big part of the local economy.
The search for a fisherman who went missing in Toledo Bend Reservoir is over as authorities report his body has been found. Authorities were alerted after witnesses noticed a truck that had been parked and idling at the launch for several hours. The man’s wallet, keys and other personal belongings were still in the truck.
Child rape and porn charges have a former high ranking Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy and his school teacher wife behind bars. The charges could result in the Denham Springs husband and wife serving a life prison sentence. Legal analyst Tim Meche says a jury will take their professions into account, which will make it difficult on the defense lawyers. Meche says if their cases go to trial, he expects the defense lawyers to seek a change of venue.
Senator John Kennedy co-signs a resolution condemning the House’s impeachment inquiry amid growing rancor in D.C. over the President’s Ukraine scandal. Kennedy says the proceedings have been all behind closed doors, with the public only having access to leaked information, mostly from Democrats. Wednesday House Republicans stormed a secure meeting where a deposition in the inquiry was set to begin. Kennedy says it’s the result of weeks of pent-up frustration about closed-door hearings…
The World Series moves to Washington tonight as the Houston Astros desperately need a win. The Nationals lead the series 2 to 0. Airtime 6p on 94.7 ESPN.. And this programming note, Saturday’s game 4 will move from ESPN, due to the LATech Game, over to KSYL 970AM / 104.9 FM starting at 6p.
Second-ranked LSU continues its push for its first-ever college football playoff appearance when they host ninth-ranked Auburn tomorrow. The Tigers are undefeated with already two wins this season against teams from the Top 10. Auburn brings the SEC’s number one rushing attack into Death Valley. Airtime 12:30 on 96.9 KZMZ. Kick-off is at 2:30.
The Arizona Cardinals will bring a three-game winning streak to the Superdome on Sunday when they take on the six and one Saints. Arizona features one of the best cornerbacks in the game, former LSU star Patrick Peterson. Coach Sean Payton says they don’t want Peterson to have a big impact in the game… Airtime 10am on 96.9 KZMZ
After a big win over rival Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech heads on the road this Saturday to face UTEP, who has just one win on the season. Tech has won six straight matchups against the Miners, which dates back to 2013. Airtime 5:30p on 94.7 ESPN
LSU football has received a verbal commitment from five-star tight end Airk Gilbert from Marietta, Georgia. Gilbert stunned recruiting analysts by choosing the Tigers over Alabama, Clemson, Texas A-and-M and Georgia.
Northwestern State tries again this Saturday to get its first win of the season as the Demons visit U-I-W. The Cardinals have won four in a row, since losing its Southland opener to Sam Houston State.
After getting shut out last week by Sam Houston, Nicholls hosts Abilene Christian for homecoming. Southeastern Louisiana is at Houston Baptist and McNeese visits Stephen F Austin.
A Houston Astros executive accused of verbally accosting women journalists has been fired. The team announced Thursday that Brandon Taubman, the Astros' assistant general manager, was fired for his postgame outburst aimed at female reporters following Saturday night's American League Championship Series victory.