News for Friday 110119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Sparks flew at the first and only run-off debate between Governor Edwards and Eddie Rispone. The debate came amidst a background of an increasingly competitive campaign with recent polls showing the two neck and neck. A survey released Thursday by My People Vote poll gives Governor Edwards just over 50 percent support, while Eddie Rispone is right behind him at 47 percent. Only three percent of likely voters surveyed were still undecided.
President Trump will be in Monroe Wednesday, November sixth to support GOP gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. The rally will begin at 7 PM at the Monroe Civic Center. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says the President’s visit falls during the middle of early voting. Monroe is in the 5th Congressional district, which is represented by Congressman Ralph Abraham. Abraham will be in attendance.
The House votes 232 to 196 to authorize public Impeachment hearings, the first step in what ultimately may be a formal impeachment of President Donald Trump. All House Republicans and two Democrats voted against the resolution. Five of Louisiana’s six Congressmen voted against the resolution, the sole supporter being New Orleans Representative and Democrat Cedric Richmond.
Middle and high school vaping rates have doubled since 2017 in Louisiana according to data from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. An estimated 32 percent of high schoolers and 15 percent of middle schoolers reported using vape products more than once. Tobacco-Free Living Director Tonia Moore says it’s a growing trend. Smoking rates in the state continue to decline among youth at the same time that vaping rates have exploded. Moore says the state has seen 26 vaping related cases of illness and hospitalization.
LSU’s online program enrollment has grown by 20% over last year. 1,200 students are now enrolled online, with the goal to boost that to 30,000 over the next decade. Vice provost of digital and continuing education Sasha Thackaberry says LSU’s growth outpaces the national rate of 4% for the same time frame. Currently the university offers 15 online programs, but Thackaberry says the goal is to grow that to 50 by the fall of 2021.
The Popeye’s chicken sandwich that captured the attention of the world this summer returns to the restaurant’s menu this Sunday. How did the sandwich make its way into the spotlight? Marketing faculty at UNO Lisa Palumbo says much of the hype can be traced to Popeye’s use of social media. The sandwich’s return on a Sunday seems to be a direct shot to the bow of Chick-fila, whose chicken sandwich has been used by many as the high water mark in the world of chicken sandwiches. Palumbo says good-natured jabs are trendy in marketing.
Authorities in Vernon Parish say a woman who worked at a medical clinic has been arrested for selling fake doctor's notes to high school students so they can get out of class. 52-year-old Belinda Gail Fondren was charged with filing or maintaining false public records. Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft says Fondren was selling medical excuses for $20 each. He says two students at Evans High School received excuses on 14 occasions. Deputies said a physician received a call from the Vernon Parish School Board about the absence notes. He told deputies that he didn't treat the students nor did he authorize the excuses.
An LSU freshman who was discovered dead in her campus residential hall recently died from acute viral meningitis. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office released the cause of death in a report about 18-year-old Marakah Dennis, of Washington, D.C., who died in September. The virus that caused Dennis' acute viral meningitis has not been identified, but possible viruses that can be responsible include West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and influenza, according to the coroner office’s chief investigator. The Coroner says none of the other students in the hall are at risk of contracting the illness.
The 49ers defeated the Cardinals last night on Thursday night NFL.. The final 28 to 25.
First win of the season last night for the Pelicans as they defeated the Denver Nuggets 100 to 107 at the nest. Up next, the Pels are at Oklahoma city to play the Thunder for a Saturday afternoon game.. Airtime 3:30 on 94.7 ESPN.
LSU basketball will travel to Ruston for an exhibition game versus Louisiana Tech tomorrow afternoon at four o’ clock. The Tigers are defending SEC champs, but they’ll miss Naz Reid and Tremont Waters who are playing professional basketball. Javonte Smart is the new point guard and Coach Will Wade expects the sophomore will do a good job, it just won’t be as pretty as it was with Waters running the offense. You can hear the game on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM airtime 3:45.