News for Monday 102714
By Dave Graichen
The Department of Health and Hospitals now reports that two more people from Marrero are being watched for symptoms of Ebola after they returned from an infected area in West Africa. That brings the total number of people being monitored in the state to four. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there are no cases of Ebola in Louisiana and he feels comfortable that medical personnel are prepared if a case should develop in the state. All four being monitored are considered “low risk” for contracting Ebola.
The Pineville Police Department has received a grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to enhance its traffic safety enforcement activities for the rest of this year and throughout 2015.The grant will be used to help promote changes in dangerous behaviors on the roadway, by encouraging seatbelt usage, enforcing distracted driver regulations and encouraging sober driving.
We are now eight days away from the November 4th primary election. Polls still show a considerable amount of undecided voters. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says, at this point, candidates kind of throw most undecideds out the window. Pinsonat says if voters are undecided this late in the campaign, they are not likely to vote. He says in the final week of the campaign, candidates, especially in the US Senate race, will begin talking more about themselves and why you should vote for them. He says you’ll still see national ads attacking Bill Cassidy and Senator Mary Landrieu in the US Senate race.
With just over a week to go before election day, there is still a lot of uncertainty looming in the two big Congressional races. In the 5th District ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says things are starting to become a tad more clear that the front-runners could be Congressman Vance McAllister and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo. Stockley says Mayo will get the Democratic Vote in the District and McAllister has a substantial advantage on the republican side due to name recognition. But he says with such a large district, there is always the possibility of a surprise. With Zach Dasher, Harris Brown or Dr. Ralph Abraham — it’s all about who can get out the vote
The man who died at Tiger Stadium towards the end of LSU’s dramatic 10-7 win over Ole Miss has been identified. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Doctor Beau Clark says it appears 59-year-old Brian Tinley of Plaquemines Parish died of natural causes.
Clark says every effort was made to revive Tingley who died from complications related to cardiovascular disease.
The state police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Iberville Parish Friday night that left a 36-year-old man dead. The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened in a rural area near Bayou Pigeon as deputies were attempting to locate Shaun Ramo, who had been accused of raping a woman in the area. Deputies reported when they located Ramo, he aimed his rifle at the deputies, who then fired on the subject. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Louisiana soybean farmers are reporting that this year’s harvest is one of their best yet. LSU AgCenter Soybean Specialist, Ron Levy, says the state’s average yield will be between 53 and 54 bushels per acre. He says this the state’s best crop ever. He says several growers in north Louisiana are reporting 80 bushels an acre, while some in northeast Louisiana have broken the 100 bushel mark.
The Saints dominance in primetime games at the Superdome continued on Sunday as the Black-and-Gold sent the Packers back to Wisconsin with 44-23 loss. It was their 14th straight win at home in primetime. The Saints offense finally found the consistency it was looking for, as QB Drew Brees threw for 311 yards and 3 TDs.
The LSU Tigers won an old fashion type of game on Saturday night against Ole Miss. They used a powerful running game and outstanding defense to beat the Rebels 10-7.
It was an emotional game for Head Coach Les Miles. His 91-year-old mother, Martha Miles, passed away on Friday night. After the win, the players gave Miles the game ball.
Louisiana Tech is one of 12 teams in the FBS that is undefeated in conference play. The Bulldogs improved to 4-and-0 in league action by beating Conference USA rival Southern Miss 31-20.