News for Wednesday 103019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Louisiana is in for a stormy day today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s just the beginning of a bumpy ride of different weather conditions the state can expect over the next few days. Later this evening, a cold front is going to sweep across Louisiana from northwest to southeast. Keim says that will bring in some cold air from Canada, with temps falling into the mid 30’s Friday morning. Keim says it is a dicey forecast for Halloween, but weather models are indicating the rain should move out by tomorrow evening.
If children go out and trick or treat tomorrow, should they get the day off on Friday to rest up? An online petition has been circulating through social media, requesting just that for the Parish’s public and private schools. The petition is hoping to receive 2,500 signatures; however there is now indication yet that the school board will go along with the request if the signatures are obtained.
Governor John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone will share the stage tonight for the first and only gubernatorial run-off debate. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says expect the candidates to take a much more aggressive posture than they did in the previous three primary debates. Rispone has been criticized for not providing details about the kinds of policies his potential administration would pursue, but Cross says tonight could give voters a better idea. The debate kicks off at 7 PM on LBP. You can also stream the debate live at L-P-B-Dot-Org.
LSU-Shreveport Poli Sci Professor Jeff Sadow says don’t expect President Trump to visit the state for a run-off rally to hype up Eddie Rispone until after November 9th, but assuming the President visits sometime between November 9th and the 16th, the Commander in Chief is likely to hold court in north Louisiana. President Trump has a 52 percent approval rating as of Monday’s JMC Analytics poll.
Parents have a new app to keep their kids safe, Safe Virtual Neighborhoods, which lets them know when a sex offender tries to contact their children. All parents need to do is download the app and plug-in their children’s information and they’ll be forwarded any alerts. You will need to input a full list of your child’s contact numbers and social media accounts to have proper coverage for the service. The app was developed by Covington based Offenderwatch.
New research indicates teen suicide rates are up 87 percent over the last decade, with LGBTQ teens being the most at risk for suicide attempts. Researcher at Trust for America’s Health Rhea Farberman says the data finds 48 percent of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents report considering or attempting suicide. The research suggests the rise is due to the stressors and pressures in a teen’s life. LGBTQ teens often experience discrimination, they experience bullying, and in some cases, violence and family rejection. Farberman says there is a need for programs and policy aimed at enabling teens with coping and emotional skills.
The drunk driver who killed two bicycle riders and injured seven following a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade in March was sentenced Tuesday to 90 years in prison.
State Judge Laurie White gave 32 year old Tashonty Toney the maximum sentence.
The sentencing hearing came a day after Toney pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and heard emotional testimony from the relatives of those killed and from some of the injured.
A Lafayette man who has been gaining attention on social media as a Drew Brees look-alike got to meet the genuine article Tuesday. The Saints Quarterback was in Lafayette to promote his newest Lafayette business, and Ragin Crossfit owner Jeremy Hohle showed up to meet Brees. Following the game on Sunday, Brees says his wife texted him about Hohle, showing him photos of a man with a striking resemblance to himself. Before parting, Brees snapped a selfie with Hohle. Brees was quoted as saying "Long lost cousin, here.
The ballooning cost of Sasol Ltd.'s $12.9 billion Lake Charles Chemicals Project prompted the board of directors to negotiate a separation agreement for its co-CEOs this week and for several other top executives to leave. The joint CEOs of the South Africa-based petrochemical business are leaving the company Thursday. Fleetwood Grobler, the executive vice president of chemicals, will become the new CEO of the business on Friday and will be responsible for the final stages of construction at the Lake Charles complex, which includes an ethane cracker that will produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene each year.
And we go to game 7.. the World Series is tied up a three games a piece and tonight it all comes down to game 7. What is unusual about this series.. all games have been won on the road. The home team advantage has not been an issue in even one game. Hopefully tonight the Astros can change that.. game 7 tonight at 6 on 94.7 ESPN.
The NCAA says it will develop a plan so athletes can make money off their name, image and likeness. Tiger Rag Magazine assistant editor Tyler Nunez says with all of the money that football and basketball produces for schools, it’s time for players to see their cut. The NCAA says it must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes. It could be several years before any changes are made.
Joe Burrow’s record-breaking season at LSU has some NFL scouts salivating over the prospect of making the fifth-year senior the new face of their franchise next year. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says the Tiger’s captain is clearly in the first-round conversation, and is likely being looked at by teams like the Bengals, Dolphins, and Broncos.
Burrow has thrown for 2,800 yards and 30 TDS while completing 79 percent of his passes this year.
The Ragin Cajuns will host Texas State this Saturday for homecoming. U-L Lafayette is 5-and-2, while the Bobcats are two and five.
In his absence, fans have focused on the team’s other first-round picks. Guard Nikeil Alexander-Walker is averaging six points a game on 30 percent shooting but perked up against the Warriors Monday. Coach Alvin Gentry says the rook just needs minutes.
With Jrue Holiday out, Alexander-Walker saw a season-high 24 minutes Monday and put up 15 points and nine assists on 54 percent shooting.
Coach O announced yesterday LSU defensive end Justin Thomas has withdrawn from school for personal reasons. Orgeron said he hopes Thomas will return in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 256-pound junior did not dress out for the Auburn game, and he last played in LSU's 42-28 win over Florida.