News for Friday 103015
By Dave Graichen
Forecasters say the weather on Halloween could be frightening, as severe storms and heavy rainfall is expected. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a front will stall along the Louisiana coast and it will help to produce another significant rain event, similar to what we saw last weekend. Keim says it’s a good thing many parishes have moved Trick or Treating to Friday, because heavy downpours are expected Saturday.
With that in mind, the cities of Pineville, Alexandria, Oakdale, Ball, Boyce and Colfax have moved Trick Or Treating time to tonight from 5p to 9p. Leesville, while planning many inside activities, plans to celebrate Halloween Saturday night.
The State Police reminds kids and parents as you hit up neighborhoods, please remain on guard for possible hazardous or dangerous situations. He says parents should make sure kids have flashlights and something reflective on their costume
The state Department of Education says the percentage of high schools in Louisiana who have received an “A” grade under the state’s accountability system have increased from 10-percent last year to 23-percent this year. Education Superintendent John White says higher graduation rates and ACT scores led to 73-percent of high schools receiving at least a “C. On the scale, schools scoring 100 points or higher receive an A. Rapides Parish has three high schools with scores in the 90s, with Pineville High School coming closest to an A at 97.4. White says the state plans to raise the bar on standards over the next ten years.
The latest data has been released about students who receive state-financed tuition from the TOPS program. The study, presented Wednesday to the Board of Regents, shows students who start college with the free tuition aid graduate at higher rates than students without TOPS.
On the down side, awards from the program, which costs more than $280 million this year, continue to go disproportionately to white students and students from wealthier families.
A new survey on the governor’s race shows Democrat John Bel Edwards leading Republican David Vitter by a 52 to 40-percent margin. The survey also shows Vitter’s unaffordability rating has climbed to 52-percent. Political analyst Clancy Dubos believes Edwards could actually be higher than 12 points. The survey was conducted on behalf of the anti-Vitter Gumbo PAC.
Meanwhile Vitter is staying busy on the campaign trail. The US Senator was in Lafayette yesterday announcing endorsements of a group that represents Louisiana’s oil and gas industry and also several politicians from the Acadiana region, many of of whom supported Republican Scott Angelle in the primary.
The NAACP of New Orleans says they’ve been getting complaints about Vitter’s ad targeting Edwards and using the words “dangerous thugs” to describe people recently released from prison. They feel it’s a veiled attempt by the US Senator to scare the white community. The Vitter campaign says they don’t plan to pull the spot.
The Shreveport Police department says two people have been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting that claimed the life of one woman and injured two others. Police say 29-year-old Elbert Fredieu was arrested in the shooting and 24-year-old Scarlett Groce as an accomplice. The the surviving victims remain hospitalized. Authorities are still trying to figure out the motive for the shootings.
Fans are scrambling to get tickets for the top 10 matchup next weekend between LSU and Alabama. But Cameron Papp with Stub Hub says tickets for the November 7th showdown are not as pricey as previous LSU-Alabama games in 2013 and 2011. He says the cheapest ticket available for the November 7th game is 195-dollars.
Festival Productions announced yesterday that next year’s Bayou Country Superfest will be expanded to three days and promises to include an explosive line up. BCS in Tiger Stadium will take place Memorial Day weekend 2016 from Friday through Sunday, May 27th-29th. Organizers say they will announce the performers on November 10th.
Louisiana Tech will face Rice tonight in a big Conference USA matchup. The Bulldogs are 3-and-1 in league play, while Rice is 2-and-1. A loss for either team, likely knocks them out of contention to play in the CUSA title game. The game will be on Fox Sports One at seven o’ clock. You can also hear the game tonight starting at 5:30p on espn 1410.
Thursday night NFL it wal the Patriots over the Dolphins 36 to 7..