News for Tuesday 111919
Compiled By Dave Graichen
African American voter participation jumped six percent from the primary to the run-off, a major reason why Governor Edwards will be returning to office for another four years. The Power Coalition was at the center of that effort, and Executive Director Ashley Shelton says this year’s minority turnout will help keep minority priorities in the conversation, regardless of party affiliation.
President Donald Trump has gone Twitter silent on the Louisiana election after Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards was reelected Saturday, but he did call Edwards Monday afternoon to congratulate him on his victory. He told the governor he "ran a hell of a campaign" and looks forward to working with him again. Edwards pledged to continue building a working relationship with the President.
Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh criticizes his party’s inability to flip the Governor’s mansion but celebrates the substantial gains the GOP made in the Legislature. This election cycle saw the GOP take a supermajority in the Senate and a near super-majority in the House. Seabaugh says if the Governor felt he had trouble working with GOP legislative leaders in his first term, he hasn’t seen anything yet.
Seabaugh is a candidate to be the next House Speaker.
Governor Edwards tweets that the cyber-attack on state websites that shuttered them, and closed down the OMV Monday was the result of a ransomware attack. The attack was initially discovered on one state website, and in order to stop it from spreading across the rest of the network the decision was made to shut down all state sites. The Division of Administration reports that no data was compromised, and no ransom was paid as a result of the attack.
This year’s big race is over but it’s never too soon to start looking towards 2020. Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is up for re-election. ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says even though Democratic Governor Edwards just won re-election, don’t expect another statewide upset for the party. All of Louisiana’s U-S House delegation is up for re-election in 2020, but Stockley says none of the incumbents will face a real threat. The only question is whether Congressman Ralph Abraham will retire. Stockley says a decision needs to be made soon.
Louisiana sees the first death from the outbreak of vaping related illness. Nationally, over 2,000 cases of illness have been detected and are to blame in 40 deaths. Assistant state health officer Doctor Joseph Kanter says so far, thirty cases of vaping lung injuries have been diagnosed in the state. The identity of the deceased has not been released due to privacy laws. The median age for victims is 29-years-old, with the youngest person being 17 and the oldest being 71. Kanter says there is still much mystery surrounding vaping and what is causing the lung injuries to happen.
Multiple classrooms were broken into at a Evangeline Parish school over the weekend.
Police believe it's the same suspect who broke into the same school last week.
Thirteen classrooms in two separate buildings at James Stephens Montessori were damaged. Police were able use surveillance video to identify the suspect.
Two men have been booked in connection with the Saturday slaying of a woman in Lake Charles over the weekend. Police say the two men are brothers. 27 year old Kayla Jones was pregnant when she was slain Saturday. Detectives identified two men who had an altercation with Jones. Those men have been arrested and booked.
The Sixth case of church vandalism this year was reported in Acadia Parish over the weekend. One of the churches vandalized in Acadia Parish has been hit a second time.
Detectives say someone threw a marble slab into a glass door at First Lutheran Church in Crowley.
The body of missing fisherman, Robert Thibodeaux Sr. of New Iberia, has been recovered. Thibodeaux was reported missing on November 7 when he failed to return home from a fishing trip near Marsh Island. Thibodeaux's overturned boat was found between Cypremort Point and Marsh Island but he was not with the boat. A local fisherman spotted a body Monday morning and notified the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.
Folks who come down with the flu can turn to Baloxivir (bal-OX-uh-veer), an anti-viral treatment that’s been out a little over a year publicly and appears to help. LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Fred Lopez, says the drug can reduce the severity and amount of time you’ll be sick. That being said Lopez says there’s no substitute for the flu vaccine. The treatment is approved for anyone over the age of 12.
The state Department of Transportation announces work will begin in January on improving the 1-20 bridge over the Mississippi River. The two-mile bridge connects Madison Parish to Warren County, Mississippi and it was built in 1973. DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says crews will make several significant repairs.
An LSU win on Saturday against Arkansas and the Tigers will clinch an SEC West title and punch their ticket into the SEC Championship game. Coach Ed Orgeron says he hasn’t really thought about postseason play yet. The oddsmakers are not expecting much of a game on Saturday. LSU is a 44.5 point favorite.
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