News for Thursday January 23rd, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of a well-known Philanthropist and broadcasting pioneer, Dr. Judith “Judy” Karst-Campbell. Many will remember Judy as a broadcast journalist here in Cenla at the radio stations she owned KRRV and KDBS, but she was so much more. She opened a Rape Crisis Center here in Alexandria and supported multiple charities and community outreach centers in Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina. For many others, including myself, she was a mentor. The full obituary can be found on our website. Dr. Judy Karst-Campbell was 78. Click here for the full Obituary.
Matthew Carter, the 17-year-old who was shot during an armed robbery over the weekend in Lafayette, has died. The Comeaux senior succumbed to his injuries Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Charges against the two juveniles, 13- and 14-year-old boys, arrested in the case were upgraded Wednesday to first-degree murder.
Washington Mardi Gras kicks off today with Louisiana’s biggest movers and shakers in D.C. for three days of politicking and celebrations. The tradition was started over 50 years ago by Senator Russel B. Long, and was an event only for those Louisianans stuck in D.C. for the carnival season. LSU Communications Professor and veteran political staffer Bob Mann says each night will feature a ball attended by state leaders based both here and in D.C., capped off by Saturday night’s mini-parade. This year’s theme is based around Louisiana’s contributions to the United States.
The first US case of the Wuhan Coronavirus has been reported in Washington State, and while it’s has spread rapidly in China the CDC says the virus doesn’t pose much of a threat to Americans. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says the lone US case does not appear to be serious. Flights from China are being routed through the screening airports which include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York.
Four people are now in police custody for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Kendall Thompson, Jr. of Jeanerette following the arrest of two suspects here in Rapides Parish Tuesday night. Interim Jeanerette Police Chief Fernest Martin says investigators are still searching for answers as to why the shooting happened.
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies conduct a major drug bust on Interstate 20, discovering about $900,000 in meth. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Glenn Springfield says the Special Crimes Apprehension Team was working Tuesday night when they noticed the suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Springfield says while talking to the suspect, he consented to a search of a vehicle and deputies deployed a K-9 on the vehicle who uncovered the drugs. The driver of the vehicle was from Houston.
The Louisiana Family Forum wants to highlight couples that have been married for seven-decades or longer in the 2020 Marriage Hall of Fame. President of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills says he wants to showcase couples who make marriage a lifetime commitment. To nominate a couple, contact the Louisiana Family Forum at 1-800-606-6470. The due date for nominations is February 5th.
Experts estimate LSU received more than $200 million in free media exposure in the seven weeks between December 1st and January 21st as a result of the football team’s successful championship run. Director of sponsorship analytics for Joyce Julius and Associates, Jeremy Creutz. says by their calculations, LSU got just over 150,000 mentions across TV, internet and print media. Creutz says while it may not be tangible dollars LSU has earned, the exposure can be parlayed into merchandise sales and interest in receiving an education as a Tiger.
Eli Manning, who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowls in a 16-year career that saw him set almost every team passing record, has retired. The Giants said Wednesday that Manning would formally announce his retirement on Friday. The recently turned 39-year-old's future had been in doubt since the end of the season. Manning's contract with the Giants expired after the 4-12 season and there was little chance he would be returning after losing his long-time starting job to rookie Daniel Jones.