News for Friday 110819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A single vehicle crash yesterday afternoon claimed the life of an Elmer woman. State police report shortly before 2pm yesterday 23 year old Kelsey Broussard of Alexandria lost control of the vehicle she was driving. The vehicle left the highway and overturned several times. Broussard was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. Broussard’s only adult passenger, identified as 25-year-old Brooke Deville, was pronounced dead at the scene. A toddler, who was properly restrained in a child safety seat, survived the crash and sustained only minor injuries.
Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall made it official yesterday; AlexWinterFe?te will take place this year from December 12th to the 15th. The Mayor saying at yesterday’s press conference “Through the years, AlexWinterFe?te has become recognized throughout the state as a signature holiday event. AlexWinterFe?te will open at 5 p.m. the evening of Dec. 12 with the traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree and Santa’s arrival in Santa’s Village.
Turnout remains strong as the first four days of early voting has resulted in 295,000 showing up to the ballot box. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says he would not be surprised if nearly 500,000 total votes are cast when early voting wraps up. That’s a boost from the primary.
Republicans already hold a super-majority in the Senate, but House runoffs between Democrats and Republicans could see five seats come to the GOP side. resulting in a super-majority for both chambers. Seven Republicans are in runoffs that could determine a super-majority in the House.
Campaign finance reports are out for the late September to late October fundraising period and Eddie Rispone has seen a fundraising explosion since entering the run-off. Rispone pulled in 2.9 million dollars during the period. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says you’ll start to see a lot more local Republican money pour into the race because donors won’t have to fear playing favorites like in the primary. Edwards raised 5.2 million during the period.
Department of Children and Families is celebrating having found 893 foster care children permanent homes over the last year. The number is the second highest on record, slightly trailing last year’s total of 912. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters highlights a 22 percent rise in teen adoptions, which can be a tough age group to find homes for. The state also had a two percent increase in the adoption of sibling groups.
The LSU Center for Energy Studies is projecting employment in the oil and gas sectors will remain flat even as the industry as a whole sees expansion in the coming years.
Study co-author, LSU professor Greg Upton, says because of changes in technology, Louisiana will likely never see the kinds of oil industry employment it had in the 70s, or even six years ago. Upton says Louisiana saw peak industry employment in the 70s at 100,000, but that fell to 50,000 a few decades later, and roughly 30,000 after the 2014 crash.
All eyes are on Tuscaloosa this weekend for the biggest game in college football and the LSU’s Traveling Tigers are making the trip as well. Alumni Engagement Travel Manager Ali Brooks says LSU was allotted five-thousand tickets for the game but she says many Tiger fans are being resourceful and finding tickets on the secondary market.
LSU basketball tips off its season tonight at home against Bowling Green. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9FM airtime 6:30p
The Pelicans will host the Raptors tonight at the nest… Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN.. Zion Williamson continues to rehab and no timetable has been established on when he’ll return.
We’re just a day away from a potentially season-defining game between LSU and Alabama, a game that could get QB Joe Burrow a Heisman. Despite playing three other top ten teams this year, there’s no doubt this is the biggest game of the year, every year for the Tigers. Burrow says they aren’t letting that get to their heads.
La Tech will look to win its eighth in a row when they host North Texas for homecoming tomorrow. The Mean Green are 4-and-5, but Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says they have one of the best players in the league, Q-B Mason Fine. Louisiana Tech is coming off a bye and they are receiving votes in the AP and Top 25 coaches poll. The Bulldogs are in a position to win the West division, but Holtz says there are still four games left. You can hear the game starting at 1:30p on 94.7 ESPN
Saturday will be a big day of football in northeast Louisiana. Grambling hosts Alcorn State, Louisiana Tech takes on North Texas for homecoming and ULM will host Georgia State.
In nearby Natchitoches, Northwestern State hosts Lamar, Nicholls will host Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana is at Central Arkansas. The Bears are in first place in the Southland.
The Saints face their biggest rival for the first time this season when they host the Falcons at noon. Atlanta is a dreadful one and seven, but they lead the NFL in passing yards. Coach Sean Payton says the Dirty Birds are still explosive. After missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain, Saints running back Alvin Kamara is expected to play Sunday.