News for Thursday 110719
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A cold front moves across Louisiana today, dropping temps ahead of what should be a chilly weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the front will bring scattered showers to the state. Some shower activity could linger into early Friday, but will most likely be cleared out in time for high school football action. Keim says the weekend forecast does call for temps in the 30’s for some portions of the state, which could mean frost.
Monroe was home to dueling rallies yesterday as Governor Edwards and President Trump descended on the city to rally for the Governor’s race. The President was in town last night to hype up Eddie Rispone to voters in a region that went for Ralph Abraham in the primary. Edwards rallied earlier that day. He slammed Rispone for bringing the President into the race, saying the Baton Rouge businessman had to bring in a national leader because he had no local plans. Early voting for the run-off runs through Saturday.
Tiger fans are flocking to Tuscaloosa for the biggest college football game in the nation this week as LSU takes on Bama on Saturday. Don’t already have accommodations? President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Jim Page says putting your head in a bed might be costly. T-Town has a population of about 100,000 but on any typical game day, but Page says that number can double or triple.
Traffic is expected to be intense. College Gameday will be broadcasting from the campus and security will also be slowing things down as President Trump will be in attendance at the game. Page says extra time and patience is something all game-day revelers need to account for.
Public school report cards are out and the state’s overall performance score is up slightly, but the report shows more work needs to be done to improve struggling schools. 16 percent of schools scored an A, 32 percent a B, 29 percent a C, 14 percent a D, and nine percent a failing grade. 571 schools have been identified as needing improvement after achieving low marks for two consecutive years. Here in Rapides Parish, the School District maintained a high “B”. There were three 'A' school, 18 ‘B’ schools, 11 ‘C's, 7 ‘D's and 6 ‘F's.
An Alexandria man has been sentenced to two years' supervised probation for raping a 40-year-old resident of an assisted living facility in 2016. 63-year-old Bernard Jones pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of cruelty to the infirm. He had faced up to four years of hard labor if convicted of his initial charge of first-degree rape at his trial that was set to start this week. Jones also was ordered Monday to avoid all contact with the victim and the victim's family.
The State D.O.T.D. announced yesterday that one of the oldest, if not the oldest bridge in Rapides parish has been closed until further notice. The Military Highway bridge in Pineville, which dates back to 1918, is literally falling apart and has been shut down until it can be replaced. The replacement of the bridge was already on the table, but it is a slow process. Bidding for the project is expected to begin in February. Work should start in early spring at the earliest.
A study of the Louisiana gubernatorial primary results show President Trump’s October rally in Lake Charles was not a major factor in pushing Governor Edwards to a run-off. LSU political researcher Dr. Michael Henderson says that naturally leads to a question about the effectiveness of injecting national politics into state races. After last night’s visit in Monroe, the President will be back in the state in Bossier City on November 14th.
Ex-"Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden's convictions and life prison term for raping two preteen girls in East Baton Rouge Parish have been upheld by the state's highest court. The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, without issuing written reasons, denied Hayden's appeal of his aggravated rape and forcible rape convictions, and his life sentence plus 40 years. Hayden is also serving a life term for sex crimes in Livingston Parish.
A water main broke yesterday afternoon in Ville Platte, leaving the entire city without water. Crews worked late into the night to restore service. Now the entire city is under a boil advisor until further notice.
Thursday Night NFL.. Chargers @ Raiders 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
In the first college football playoff ranking, LSU is number two, behind Ohio State. Alabama is ranked third, Penn State Fourth. So two teams from the SEC and Big 10 are in the top four, but Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says that will change this weekend. LSU is at Alabama this Saturday and the other big game is Penn State at Minnesota.
The Falcons will likely have two of their top players back for Sunday’s game against the Saints in the Dome. Coach Dan Quinn said today that quarterback Matt Ryan and cornerback Desmond Trufrant have returned to practice. Rayn missed Atlanta’s last game with an ankle sprain and Trufant has been out since week five with a toe injury.
And the Saints are also getting healthier. Running back Alvin Kamara, tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and cornerback Patrick Robinson were back on the practice field today for the portion viewed by the media.