KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-09

Good Morning... News For Friday 09/20/2019

News for Friday 092019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Rapides superintendent of schools Jeff Powell says he believes residents of the parish are healing, that in the wake of a viral Snapchat video featuring members of Buckeye's football team using racial slurs, but that there may be safety concerns.  For that reason and after consulting Sheriff Hilton tonight’s football game between Buckeye and Tioga High School has been cancelled.

 

The first gubernatorial debate of the race is in the books and the candidates took turns tearing at each other during an occasionally lively night of discussion, with one new revelation from the Governor. Governor Edwards made news, saying he does not support abortion exceptions for rape or incest. He voiced his full support for every part of the abortion ban he passed last session. Top polling Republican Ralph Abraham spent most of the night swinging at the Governor over the state of the Louisiana economy. Edwards shot back that Abraham’s contention was “absurd” saying the state economy is the biggest it’s been in state history. Republican Eddie Rispone stayed mostly out of the fray, instead using his time to sell himself as a businessman and outsider.

 

The Cajun Navy has volunteers heading to Texas as the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda has forced numerous water rescues in an area east of Houston. United Cajun Navy founder Todd Terrell says they are receiving frantic phone calls and Facebook messages from those that are stranded. The heavy rainfall also closed a part of I-10 in Texas.

 

A new poll on the governor’s race has Governor Edwards receiving 41-percent of the vote, Ralph Abraham at 24-percent and Eddie Rispone garnering 16-percent. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says two main questions in this governor’s race, can Edwards gain additional support from undecideds and can Rispone catch Abraham and get in a November run-off with the incumbent.

 

A Mansura man died Wednesday following a single-vehicle crash on HWY 361 near HWY 71 in St. Landry Parish. State Police say 61 year old Steven Lambert was driving a tractor-trailer when he failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The truck struck a tree and burst into flames.

 

A Webster Parish woman who ran a non-profit that oversaw a program to help feed low-income children has admitted to stealing one-point-one million dollars from the federal government. 59-year-old Myrna Thomas Quarles of Cotton Valley faces up to 10 years in prison. U-S Attorney David Joseph says Quarles deposited checks from a federal feeding service program into her own banking account. Joseph says Quarles also used the Greater Horizons credit card to the tune of 370-thousand dollars on herself.

 

Governor Edwards says the estimated 500-million-dollar surplus for the last fiscal year is evidence state’s economy is doing well. Critics say the surplus is evidence that the .45 percent sale tax pushed by the governor in 2018 was not necessary, but Edwards countered, saying at the time estimates underrated the state economy, but that changed.

 

The Board of Regents is hosting Hazing Prevention Summit today in Baton Rouge. Board spokesperson Meg Casper Sunstrom says the event is an opportunity for state’s highest-level leaders to continue the conversation about eliminating hazing culture.

Sunstrom says bringing awareness to the dangers of hazing is just the first step in the fight against the activity, but what is really important is seeing a culture shift.

Next week is National Hazing Prevention week.

 

Metairie Senator Danny Martiny says Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone’s attacks on the 2017 Legislative criminal justice reform package are off-base, and not true. Rispone’s TV ads claim “John Bel Edwards’” criminal justice reform put dangerous criminals back on the street, but Martiny, A Republican, says no criminal convicted of a violent crime got out early. The Department of Corrections reported 17.8 million dollars in savings in the last fiscal year due to the reforms. Martiny says Rispone’s attacks disrespect the bipartisan support for the reforms which were rolled out over ten different bills. He says seven of those bills were authored by Republicans.

 

A Bossier City man who was also a former high school band director has been arrested for “revenge porn.” Bossier Sherriff Julian Whittington says they arrested 43-year old Patrick Neff Wednesday on two separate charges of Obscenity and Unauthorized Disclosure of a Private Image. Whittington says their investigation found that Neff disclosed several nude photos of his former dating partner with a student at Airline High School without the partner’s permission.

 

Statewide West Nile virus cases are down from this same time last year.  So far, Department of Health stats have only recorded twelve cases, compared to seventy-nine, this week last year.  State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says the weather in the spring has proven to have lingering effects in mitigating impacts on the mosquito population. Ratard says regardless of a year’s infection rate, it is important to always safeguard yourself and other from mosquitos, because it takes just one bite to make it a bad West Nile season for you.

 

Sports..

 

LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow should be able to do well Saturday when the fourth-ranked Tigers visit Vanderbilt. The Commodores rank last in total defense, as they’ve given up nearly eight yards a play in their first two games this season. Vandy Head Coach Derek Mason has high praise for Burrow, who has emerged as a Heisman candidate. Mason compared Burrow to a great quarterback who plays in Louisiana, Drew Brees. Kick off on Saturday is at 11 AM. Airtime 9am. On 96.9 KZMZ & KSYL 970am /104.9FM.

 

The Pelicans announced Thursday that Fox Sports New Orleans will broadcast 72 regular-season games this year, plus a preseason game at the Smoothie King Center on October 11th versus the Utah Jazz. The 10 regular-season games not being televised by Fox Sports New Orleans are already set to air on national television. You can hear the games in Cenla on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Louisiana Tech plays a rare Friday night home game tonight against F-I-U. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz understands Friday is reserved for high school football, but he’ll take the national TV exposure they’ll get on the CBS Sports Network…Airtime 5:30p on 94.7 ESPN.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/19/2019

News for Thursday 091919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The three major candidates for Governor will square off tonight at LSU for the first gubernatorial debate of the race. Republicans Congressman Abraham and Eddie Rispone hope to dent the governor’s incumbent armor and force a November run-off. A recent poll shows Rispone in third place at 16 percent, with Abraham at 24 percent, and Edwards at 47 percent. 14 percent remain undecided. The debate starts at 7 pm You can watch it here in Cenla on Fox 48 and hear it on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

It was a 10 sec video on snapchat that has many residents here in Cenla Upset. The Video posted Tuesday features a few Buckeye High School football players in the school’s locker room spewing racial slurs. Rapides Parish Superintendent Jeff Powell said they are investigating the video and discussing how they'll address it.

 

New Orleans Saints veteran quarterback Drew Brees underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb of his throwing hand Wednesday afternoon.  The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Steven Shin, the hand specialist Brees saw for his first consultation. Sean Payton said the Saints are optimistic, but declined to give a timetable for his return. Brees posted on Instagram that the surgery was successful and did his best to give a thumb's up in his selfie.

 

Lisa Rabalais found guilty for accessory after the fact to the 2015 disappearance and death of Ray Paul Lachney. Rabalais who was the last to take the stand in the trial,

repeatedly denied any involvement with Lachney’s death or disappearance

 

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise rallied with other three other congressmen and shooting survivors to push back against a Democratic effort in the House to pass gun control in the upcoming session. Scalise says Democrats are politicizing mass shooting tragedies and grandstanding with their recent gun control offerings and should adopt a different tactic instead. Scalise saying first and foremost, we should pray. Yesterday’s rally was put on by the Tea Party Patriots.

 

LSU leaders are urging students and faculty to seek help coping with the sudden deaths of three students who died in separate incidents less than a month since the fall semester started. President F. King Alexander said in a statement to students Wednesday that the recent deaths have shocked and saddened the campus community. They include two 18-year-olds who died this week, one in a skateboarding accident and another student whose death is still being investigated,  as well as the shooting death of an international student during a gas station robbery in Baton Rouge.

 

Clay Higgins is the first Republican from Louisiana’s House delegation to give an endorsement in the governor’s race. Higgins is backing fellow Congressman Ralph Abraham. U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the endorsement comes after Republican candidate Eddie Rispone attacked Abraham in a campaign ad. The Republican Party has previously request there be no interparty attack ads.

 

Moody’s Investors Service changes the state’s credit outlook from stable to positive, which could result in a rating upgrade in a year or two. Moody’s says that’s because there has been a significant improvement in the state’s financial position. The better the credit rating the lower the interest rate when the state has to borrow money for roadwork and construction projects.

 

Louisiana has the second-highest rate of women who were murdered by men in the country according to the Violence Policy Center. The study shows 67 percent of the victims were shot, and over 90 percent of the women knew their killers. VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand says most of the murderers were husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends. Alaska is at the top of the list.

 

According to the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey, Louisiana ranks second-worst in the nation in the eyes of business owners.  The study was released by the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and COO Harold Kim the environment is impacting insurance rates, adding the state needs to send a message to businesses that Louisiana is moving toward an environment not steered by trial lawyers.

 

Sports..

 

Saints Coach Sean Payton says he will not name a starting quarterback for this Sunday’s afternoon game against the Seahawks in Seattle. That means we could get a heavy dose of both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. This week’s game will be followed by a Sunday night home game against the Cowboys.

 

ESPN.com’s Andrew Lopez reports that Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram and guard Lonzo Ball have been full participants in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. Both players had significant injuries last season.

 

LSU has released its 2020 baseball schedule. The Tigers will open the season at home against Indiana on Valentine’s Day. LSU’s first road game will be February 19th in Thibodaux versus the Nicholls Colonels. SEC play begins March 13th at Ole Miss. The Tigers will host the defending national champion Vanderbilt Commodores during the first weekend of April.

 

On Air Tonight..

Titans @ Jaguars 7p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/18/19

News for Wednesday 091819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

An area of showers and storms in the Gulf of Mexico fired up rapidly Tuesday. When it went from a 30% chance of development, to a 50% chance of development, to Tropical Depression Eleven, then Tropical Storm Imelda, followed quickly by Imelda making landfall near Freeport, Texas all of that in just a few hours.  The storm has now been downgraded to a depression, but will still bring heavy rains across Texas over the next 24 to 48 hours. The heaviest rain should stay well to the west of Cenla.

 

Legendary political reporter and New Orleans native Cokie Roberts has passed away at the age of 75. Roberts was named one of the 50 greatest women in broadcasting history. Roberts was highly respected for her political coverage in radio, at PBS, CBS News, and ABC News. She passed away from complications resulting from breast cancer.

 

Following an examination by two specialists, Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ passing hand is undergoing surgery today in Los Angeles. The timetable for a return will not be known until after the surgery is complete. Brees tore a ligament in his right thumb during Sunday’s loss to the Rams.

 

The RPSO has arrested 60 year old Kathy Lynn Walker of Alexandria after an audit at her employer showed over $70,000 has been misappropriated. Deputies say Walker issued herself additional pay checks without her employer’s permission. Walker was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on the active warrants. She was released later that day on a $1,000 bond.

 

Though it appears now there was no credible threat, administrators played it safe and locked down Ruby Wise Elementary School yesterday following reports of a suspicious vehicle parked near the school.  The RPSO responded around 10:00 a.m .but Detectives were unable to locate neither the person in question nor any credible threats.

 

Outside of the hotly contested governor’s race, Louisiana politicos are keeping a close eye on the legislative contests to see whether Republicans can get a 70-seat supermajority in the House. LSU Assistant Professor of Political Communication Mike Henderson says the state’s gradual deep redshift gives Republicans a solid opportunity to have the votes to override vetoes in the House. The winner of the 2019 races will be in the driver’s seat for 2021 redistricting.

 

Governor Edwards and GOP candidate Eddie Rispone have produced conflicting campaign ads focusing on the current administration’s handling of criminal justice reform. Rispone’s ad paints a picture of bad criminals now free due to the reform.

Rispone’s ad says between the sanctuary city status of New Orleans and criminals not serving whole sentences, Louisiana is a hub of lawlessness. Edwards’ ad says accusations that his criminal justice reform legislation is bad for the state not true and uses several law enforcement professionals to make the case.

 

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2020 induction class and the headliner is Alabama coach Nick Saban. The former LSU football coach won 75-percent of his games and the 2003 national championship during five seasons in Baton Rouge. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Doug Ireland says Saban’s impact on LSU football is immense. Two former NFL pro-bowlers are being inducted as well. Former Ragin Cajun and Chicago Bear Charles Tillman and former Saints superstar wide receiver Joe Horn will receive the honor.

 

Gasoline prices are on the rise following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.  The current statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.22, about a nickel higher than last week. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says he expects the prices to continue to rise.

 

China purchases 67 million dollars’ worth of US soybeans and exempts the product from a new set of tariffs set to take effect this month as a sign of goodwill in ongoing trade negotiations. Louisiana Soybean Grain Research and Promotion Board Chairman Charles Canatella says it’s great news for one of the state’s biggest crops. In exchange, the US will delay the onset of a new set of tariffs on China until October 15th.

 

A St. Landry Parish father says he's furious after his son suffered a concussion at school. It happened during PE class at Lawtell Elementary School. That father claims his son didn't get medical attention fast enough and he now wants procedures to change. Wilbert Brown says when he arrived at the school he was told his son was sick from the heat. Brown says the were pouring water on his son, who was sitting in a daze and covered with vomit. Brown says his son had been hit with a football and had a huge bruise on the side of his head.  An ambulance was called; the boy is expected to make a complete recovery.

 

Employment in energy efficiency here in Louisiana is up 6.3% from 2017 to 2018, much faster than the national average growth rate of 3.4%.  Policy Director at E for the Future Pat Stanton says those jobs range over various sectors such as construction, manufacturing, and services to track and lower energy consumption. Stanton says there are various perks to energy efficiency, but the one that gets lots of attention are the monetary savings.

 

Opelousas Police have arrested four people in connection to a drive-by shooting that left a 15-year-old hospitalized in critical condition. Three Opelousas High school students and one adult are facing attempted first degree murder, attempted assault by drive-by and violation of a fire arm free zone charges in connection with the Sunday morning shooting.

 

 

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 09/16/2019

News for Tuesday 091719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Multiple reports say Saints quarterback Drew Brees will miss at least the next six weeks as he needs surgery to repair his injured throwing hand. The league’s highest-paid backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater replaces Brees and NFL analyst Mike Detillier expects the Saints will also use Taysom Hill at Q-B as well. Saints now sit at 1-1 on the season and face the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.

 

The two candidates in the Insurance Commissioner’s race were face to face in a debate at Baton Rouge Press Club. One of the major focal points of discussion was on Louisiana’s auto insurance rates. Incumbent Commissioner Jim Donelon blames the broken legal system for rates being as high as they are. Challenger Tim Temple touts 20-plus years of industry knowledge and says the state is facing an insurance crisis as the most unaffordable state for insurance.

 

Republican Eddie Rispone is now running a TV attack ad against fellow GOP gubernatorial candidate, Congressman Ralph Abraham. A recent independent poll puts Rispone eight points back of Abraham for the right to take Governor Edwards to a run-off. LSU-Shreveport Poli Sci Professor Jeff Sadow says it’s a concerning move for Republicans. Rispone has spent over seven million dollars to raise his statewide profile, but he’s stuck polling below 20 percent. A run-off would be triggered if Governor Edwards does not earn more than 50 percent of the vote on October 12th.

 

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office could be facing a lawsuit after deputies broke down the wrong door in an early morning raid. The Sheriff's Office blames miscommunication and has apologized. However, Heather Walker, who lives at the home, says that isn't enough. The Sheriff's Office's Detective Unit had a "no knock warrant" to search a home in a stolen weapons case. The Detectives Unit went inside Walker's home emptying draws and spewing personal belongings on the floor.. Walker says when she got home from work she found her front door off the hinges, she also found the warrant and immediately noticed the address was wrong.

 

State Police says dating back to April they’ve discovered 14 products marketed as CBD gummy bears sold illegally sold in Louisiana were spiked with synthetic marijuana. Louisiana Department of Health Chief of Specialty Operations Justin Gremillion says

CBD is non-psychoactive, but synthetic marijuana can give users an intense high and has been linked to medical problems such as seizures and hospitalizations. All legally sold CBD products must be labeled as such and permitted with the Department of Health.

 

Two people are in the hospital after an early-morning shooting in which a mobile home was struck. Police say it happened just after 2 a.m. Monday morning. According to Opelousas police Chief Martin McLendon, several people were in the home at the time of the shooting. The two victims are in stable condition. Police say it was likely a targeted attack.

 

A record 1.2 million passengers took a cruise out of the Port of New Orleans last year, and they’re expecting another 1.4 million passengers for this year. Port of New Orleans spokesperson Jessica Ragusa says if they continue to see this rate of growth, they’ll have to make a substantial expansion. The numbers are set to rise again in 2020 as Disney and Royal Caribbean prepare to launch from New Orleans, along with an additional up-river cruise.

 

Sports..

 

LSU heads into week four of the college football season ranked third in the nation in scoring, averaging 55 points a game. But Tigers Coach Ed Orgeron says the players on offense are not satisfied with their results… LSU’s defense allowed Northwestern State to move the ball against them in the first half. Orgeron says adjustments were made that resulted in the shutout in the second half, but he wants to see more turnovers

 

Injuries are mounting for LSU on defense. Coach Ed Orgeron said Monday that safety Todd Harris will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the lopsided win over Northwestern State. Coach “O” also said defensive ends Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan will miss a second straight week and will not play Saturday at Vanderbilt.

 

Saints defensive end Cam Jordan spoke with the media yesterday and says the loss of Drew Brees due to injury is a huge blow to the organization, but adds at the same time, the team has not seen backup QB Teddy Bridgewater showcase what he brings to the table to the fullest extent yet. Jordan says while he still feels strongly that poor officiating once again cost the team points on Sunday, the game also displayed other areas where improvement is needed.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 09/16/2019

News for Monday 091619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Authorities in Zachary have arrested two Pineville men in connection with the murder of an Alexandria woman. The body of 33 year old Whitney Durant was found in a home in East Baton Rouge Parish on September 13. Durant had been shot with a .40 caliber weapon.  27 year old Steven Ortiz-Morales was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. EBRSO officials later said 43 year old Zebbie Berthelot had also been arrested in connection with the crime and charged with second-degree murder, accessory after the fact, obstruction of justice and felon in possession of a firearm. EBRSO officials say while being questioned, Ortiz-Morales admitted to murdering the woman.

 

An updated forecast shows Louisiana will run an anticipated 500 million dollar surplus for the last fiscal year, up from the previously expected 300 million dollar surplus. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says they plan to use some of the funds to help replenish the state’s depleted “Rainy Day” savings fund, which was drained in the Jindal years. The administration defended the surplus saying it was larger than expected do to better than expected economic performance from the state, and the federal tax reform.

 

An independent poll shows 82 percent of Louisianans say TOPS should be a funding priority for legislators. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat, who conducted the survey, says it’s clear that TOPS is an absolutely untouchable government program that has widespread support. The program pays for the in-state tuition of all Louisiana high school grads who earn a 2.5 GPA and 20 or higher on the ACT.

 

A statewide charity is encouraging those hunters that need to clear their freezers of last year’s bounty to donate that meat to those that may be less fortunate. Hunters for the Hungry executive director Julie Grunewald says they are hoping to double the already massive amounts of donations received last year. For more details on drop off locations, visit cleanoutyourfreezer.com.

 

Governor Edwards is outpacing his gubernatorial challengers in fundraising, pulling in over twice as much as the top polling Republican in the race Ralph Abraham. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the latest campaign finance reports shows Abraham with one-point-four million dollars on hand and he’ll have to spend nearly all of that to secure a spot in the run-off. Fellow GOP challenger Eddie Rispone has six-point-three million dollars on hand, most of it is his own, while Edwards has five-point-seven million dollars to spend.

 

Opelousas Police are investigating an early Sunday Morning shooting, that has left  a 15-year-old victim is in critical condition. Chief Martin McLendon says the victim was walking home from a party at about 1 a.m. with some others, when a car pulled up to their group and someone shot at them. Detectives believe there was a fight at that party that might be related to the shooting.

 

The Coast Guard rescued a man after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday.

The crash happened about 8 miles southeast of Southwest Pass. The Eighth Coast Guard District received a distress alert from an emergency locator transmitter at 11:46 a.m. The Houston Traffic Control Center also reported that a Southwest Airlines flight had relayed a mayday call from an unknown aircraft. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:04 p.m. and located the man, who was the only person aboard the plane. The man was in the water and wearing a life jacket. The aircrew hoisted the man and transported him to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero in stable condition.

 

Plant-based shrimp could be the next big thing if Tyson Foods recent investment into New Wave Foods is any indication. Tyson is the world’s second-largest processor of chicken, beef, and pork, and now moving into the plant-based realm. The product is aiming to launch next year and look like a peeled, deveined and tailless shrimp. It’ll be hypoallergenic, lower in calories and cholesterol, and higher in fiber. Roll out of the product is expected next year.

 

The state continues to collect data on the impact of aquatic life in southeast Louisiana as a result of the record long opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Harry Blanchet says some of the most widespread impacts are in the state’s oyster beds, some areas seeing a 100% mortality rate.

Oyster populations will take years to regenerate.  Blanchet says the brown shrimp harvest was down as well, but that population can bounce back much quicker.

 

Sports…

 

The Saints suffer a frustrating defeat to the Rams as another officiating call goes against them, plus they lose quarterback Drew Brees to a thumb injury in a 27-9 loss.

Brees suffered the thumb injury in the first quarter and how much time he’ll miss is unknown. Teddy Bridgewater came in and threw for 165 yards. Payton says the rest of the offense, especially the o-line, didn’t play well around him. The Saints next game is at the Seahawks, so the team will spend the week in Seattle getting ready for the game on Sunday.

 

Fourth-ranked LSU started slowly but eventually rolled to a 65-14 win over Northwestern State on Saturday night. The defense allowed the Demons to score two touchdowns in the first half and it took a while before the offense got into a rhythm.

LSU will begin SEC play on Saturday when they visit Vanderbilt for an 11 o’clock kick-off.

 

The Times Picayune and Advocate announced over the weekend the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton have reached an agreement on a 5-year contract extension for the head coach.  The deal will keep Payton in New Orleans through the 2026 season.

Payton and quarterback Drew Brees will forever be linked, but having Payton in place ensures stability for if/when Brees eventually retires. The 55-year-old Payton joined the Saints in 2006, taking over a team that went 3-13 in 2005.

 

The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild wants to see more local brews sold at Tiger Stadium. Currently, the only Louisiana beer on sale inside Death Valley is Abita’s Strawberry Lager. And Guild executive director Cary Koch says of the seven beers offered, two are from a neighboring state.

Good Morning... News For Friday 09/13/2019

News for Friday 091319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The National Hurricane Center is now issuing advisories near the Bahamas for Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine. If it becomes a named storm, it would be Humberto The track, as of now, shows the storm moving towards Florida.

 

State Climatologist Barry Keim says while the system does bear watching from the perspective of Louisiana, Keim says local temps are more worth focusing on as it looks like another really hot weekend, with temps about 5 degrees above normal. Keim says the high pressure that is causing clear skies, lack of rainfall, and hot temps are serving as protection from tropical systems, creating an environment steering them up the east coast.

 

Desmond Harris the man accused of killing a transgender person in Alexandria back in 2017 was found Not Guilty yesterday. Harris was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 29 year old Jeffery McGlory in August 2017. The two were in a relationship, and according to a neighbor, they fought a lot. Harris was facing an automatic sentence of life in prison.

 

A report from the Trust for America’s Health says Louisiana’s adult obesity rate is at 37-percent, fourth highest in the nation. President for T-F-A-H, John Auerbach says obesity puts people at risk for type two diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and many types of cancers. He says obesity is also estimated to increase national healthcare spending by 149-million dollars a year…the organization is suggesting a tax on sugary drinks.

 

A recent poll shows voters are for the most part undecided on who they’ll cast their ballot for Insurance Commissioner in October. Surprisingly, incumbent Jim Donelon polled with just 35-percent compared to his challenger Tim Temple’s 20-percent.  Pollster Bernie Pisonat says for a long-time incumbent it’s not ideal. 45-percent of voters surveyed are undecided or wouldn’t say who they want as Insurance Commissioner.

 

The Louisiana Department of Education has revoked the license at Assembly Kidz Care in West Monroe and pulled funding after an investigation shows the mistreatment of several three year olds. Police have charged 48-year old Yolanda Jackson with felony cruelty to juveniles. Video was obtained showing Jackson dropping, grabbing and dragging children.  She’s also been accused of hitting and shaking children.

 

A Sam Houston High School Student is behind bars after threatening to shoot his fellow classmates in Moss Bluff. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kim Myers says they might not know if the student intended to carry thru with the threat or not but classmates took the threat seriously and reported it to the school resource officer.

The teen was booked at the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

In a developing story.. Lake Charles Police report one person is dead following a casino robbery in Lake Charles Thursday.  Police were called to the EZ Aces Truck Stop at 5:00 am in reference to a robbery. Upon arrival, it was discovered that two people had been shot; one fatally. Police say the two suspects were in the process of brutally attacking the victim within the casino when the victim was able to shoot them.

 

The Louisiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs holds its Second Annual Suicide Prevention Summit today in in Baton Rouge. L-D-V-A spokesperson Alex Juan says the event is open to everyone and it’s not just limited to veterans. Juan says a simple small act of support can have a big impact.  Juan says for each suicide, 135 people are directly impacted and making the public aware of resources is critical.

 

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 30-year-old man for taking two school buses for a joyride. Sheriff Jason Ard says surveillance footage from inside the bus was distributed to the public, which helped them nab the want a be bus driver.

 

A former Iberville Parish deputy accused of coercing a woman to perform a sex act on a 1-year-old in exchange for not jailing her pleaded not guilty Thursday to a litany of sex crime felonies. Authorities say 42 year old Shaderick Jones asked a woman to perform a sex act on the child in exchange for not arresting her on an open warrant obtained following a traffic infraction. The child's mother, 26 year old Iyehesa Todd was also arrested and indicted on several child pornography and sexual assault felonies with Jones.

 

The father of a 1-year-old Baton Rouge boy who died May 4 of blunt force injuries to his chest and abdomen has been indicted on second-degree murder. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury returned that charge Wednesday against  33 year old Terence  Ransom in the death of Josiah Crockett. A second-degree murder conviction would carry a mandatory term of life in prison.

 

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is touring the state in an effort to drum up support for constitutional amendment 4 on the October ballet that she says would help to combat the affordable housing shortage. The campaign is known as “Vote Yes 4 NOLA homes” aims to allow New Orleans to exempt properties with no more than 15 residential units from ad valorem taxes to incentivize the creation of more units, more affordably. Cantrell says where the parish needs help is in altering state law, so the action needs a statewide ballot vote, which is why she is highlighting the need across the state.

 

On air….

 

Tonight..

Houston Astros @ Kansas City 6:40p 94.7 ESPN

 

Saturday September 14th

LA Tech @ Bowling Green 2:30p 94.7 ESPN

LSU vs Northwestern St. 4:30p 96.9 KZMZ / 104.9 & 970 KSYL

 

Sunday September 15th

Cowboys @ Redskins 11:30a 94.7 ESPN

N.O. Saints @ Rams 1p 96.9 KZMZ

Eagles @ Falcons 6:30p 94.7 ESPN

 

Monday September 16th

Browns @ Jets 6:30p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/12/2019

News for Thursday 091219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The National Hurricane Center announced a tropical depression is "likely to form" near Florida in the next day or so and move into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

Invest 95L has a 70% percent of forming into a tropical depression. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon, if necessary.

 

A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to authorizing fraudulent loans, which cost her former employer almost $250,000. A press release from U.S. Attorney David Joseph says 48-year-old Cynthia J. Feazell plead guilty Tuesday and faces 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, restitution and a $1 million fine. Feazell's sentencing date is in December.

 

An independent poll surveys the job performance of several elected officials, including Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, Governor John Bel Edwards and President Trump. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says 54% of the chronic voters polled have a favorable rating of the Commander-in-chief, compared to 43% who rated him poorly. Senator Cassidy is up for re-election next year, and Pinsonat says his 59%. Favorable rating should bode well. Senator Kennedy polled equally as favorable to Cassidy. Pinsonat says Governor John Bel Edwards is viewed at 54% favorable, just like The persident.

 

A new independent poll shows Governor Edwards within striking distance of winning re-election without a run-off. The survey of 500 chronic voters conducted last week has Edwards at 47-percent, and Republican challengers Ralph Abraham at 24-percent and Eddie Rispone at 16-percent. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says a factor in the race is that Abraham and Rispone do not have a lot of support in metro New Orleans and the Baton Rouge area and that’s not good for Rispone, who lives in the capital city. Pinsonat says 30-percent of white voters support Edwards, while 14-percent are undecided.

 

On a 3-2 vote, the Public Service Commission gave the thumbs up on new rules that will lower the amount power companies pay solar users that feed their excess energy into the grid from 10 cents per kilowatt-hour to 4 cents.  PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell voted against the measure saying  taking away the incentives for clean energy is another example of not being rigid enough on companies with environmental stewardship. Commissioner Mike Francis voted in favor of the payout changes, but says even with the changes, Louisiana has much more affordable energy costs that other states.

 

Louisiana’s uninsured rate dropped to eight percent in 2018, below the national average of 8.9 percent. Progressive advocate and Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says the uninsured rate has been cut in half since 2013 thanks to the Governor’s Medicaid expansion. The uninsured rate in 2013 was 16.6 percent in Louisiana.

 

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration says cases of road rage that lead to a fatal crash has increased nearly 500-percent in a decade. Road rage is on the rise and it leads to hundreds of deaths nationwide every year. State Police Trooper Monroe Dillon says they’ve noticed. Dillon says if you see road rage happening, dial star L-S-P or call 9-1-1.

 

A Marksville police officer, who also worked part time in Moreauville, has been arrested for alleged illegally downloading personal data from a police database in Mansura and giving it to someone else for non-law enforcement purposes. 33-year-old Torrick Friels was charged with malfeasance and misuse of the database. State Police have not provided details of what data was retrieved. Friels is now out on bond.

 

The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of mailboxes being damaged, patio furniture being rearranged and items removed or damaged from residents' yards south of Pollock. Following an investigation, three Pollock men, 19 year old Kobe Killian, 20 year old Kameron Killian and 19 year old Triston Williams were arrested. All three facing charges of Criminal Mischief, Tampering with property, damage to property and theft.

 

An Acadiana man was sentenced to life in prison on August 5, 2019, for raping an 11-year-old. 36 year old Noah Drake Primeaux was found guilty of aggravated rape of a juvenile by a unanimous jury after a four-day trial. Primeaux also had a history, he previously pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Lafayette Parish in 2009, for that conviction he spent 3 years behind bars.

 

A Covington area woman and her daughter were arrested after THC-laced gummy candy caused students at a local school to get sick. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Alexandra Price after her 11-year-old was found in possession of THC-laced edibles at school. The child's mother admitted that she had been making the products.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/11/19

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Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

According to a 24/7 Wall Street  report, Alexandria has lost better than 2,300 jobs over the past 5 years. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed percent change in total employment over the five years from June 2014 to June 2019 in U.S. metro areas, Employment, the total size of the labor force and the number of unemployed workers. All  stats were obtained from  the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Alexandria was 12 in the nation when it came to the total number of jobs lost. Lafayette came in at #3 showing a decrease of 7.2%. Nationally, at  #1 Houma-Thibodaux, who saw an employment change from 2014-2019 of a negative 16.7%. The decrease in the two south Louisiana cities was due to the down swing in the oil patch.

 

Yesterday the Alexandria’s Riverfront center was officially renamed the Randolph Riverfront Center, in honor of long time Alexandria mayor Ned Randolph.

Last year the Alexandria City Council under Mayor Jacques Roy's administration voted to rename the riverfront center after, and in honor of, Randolph. At Tuesday's ceremony, Deborah Randolph, the former mayor’s widow, received a plaque dedicating the name change. Mayor Jeff Hall also declared Sept. 9 as Ned Randolph Day in the city. Signage across the building has been changed as well to show the new name.

 

Investigations are underway in Opelousas after a 4-year-old student walked off the Park Vista Elementary campus on Monday. St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins says that the school board is looking into how and why the kindergarten student walked off campus Monday. Jenkins says someone who was in the area saw the child with his backpack walking down the street. That person brought the child to the school's office.

 

Ten inmates at David Wade Correctional Center in Homer suffered injuries after lightning strikes the field where they were playing flag football. Department of Corrections spokesperson Ken Pastorick says a weather event was closing in, but the flag football game was not called off because there were no signs of imminent danger. The strike hit just adjacent to where the inmates were playing.

 

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance near the southeast Bahamas that’s expected to move over the Florida straits and into the Gulf of Mexico late this week and into this weekend. Forecasters give the tropical wave a low chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next five days.

 

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning is commemorating the anniversary of 9/11 by seeking donations to construct a museum to house the Spirit of Louisiana fire truck that was built by donations and sent to New York following the attacks. A GoFundMe campaign has been created so anyone can make a donation of any size, so far they’ve raised about 15-hundred dollars  Browning says hopes construction can begin around the holidays.

 

Parents who have lost their driver’s license due to falling behind on child support payments only have three weeks left to correct the issue as part of the “On the Road Again” project. Department of Children and Families Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard says so far, the project has result in 140 people getting their license back. Broussard say anyone interested in settling up on their child support enough to receive their license back needs to contact DCFS to speak with a caseworker. The program ends September 30.

 

West Monroe Police say they have identified the two men accused of sparking a lockdown at West Monroe High on Tuesday. Police say a teacher saw the armed men at the school and alerted administration. Police, who were already on campus, quickly detained the two men.

 

The University of Texas claims LSU Coach Ed Orgeron’s comments about the visitor’s locker room having no air conditioning was the first time they were made aware of the issue.  Coach O says he had intel about the situation before showing up.Temps peaked at 103 for Saturday’s game in Austin that saw the Tigers win 45-38.  Orgeron says the humidity was not as bad as it is typically in Louisiana.

 

A Haughton man has been arrested on charges that he had sexual relations with juveniles and solicited minors over the internet the past several years. 45-year-old Saunders King Jr. was suspected in a similar case involving a pre-teen in 2016 but was ultimately not arrested. Bossier Sherriff’s spokesperson Bill Davis says that all changed recently when a victim came forward. King faces Computer Solicitation of a Minor, 1st Degree Rape, Molestation of a Juvenile, and Felony Carnal Knowledge.

 

Sports..

 

Saints fans are celebrating the team’s hard-fought 30-28 win over the Texans but Coach Sean Payton says the Black and Gold will need to play better, especially on defense. Houston QB DeShaun Watson put on a show, scoring four total TDs and routinely breaking the Black and Gold’s back on third down. Payton says nothing seemed to slow him down.

 

LSU QB Joe Burrow is in the Heisman conversation after putting up 749 yards and nine touchdowns through just two games. Burrow saw his odds rise from 200 to 1 to five to one with some oddsmakers after dissecting Texas. US Today beat reporter Glenn Guilbeau says Burrow has a real shot.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 09/10/2019

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The APD has arrested 27 year old Natashia Jackson of Alexandria after a Saturday night shooting incident left three people injured and one, a 26 year old woman, dead.   Jackson was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder and booked into jail, where she’s being held on $100,000 bail. The name of the victim has not been released.

 

Friday night, 53 year old Allan Murrell of Alexandria was killed when a vehicle on Casson Street made an illegal turn and struck the motorcycle he was driving. Murrell was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Charges are pending against the unnamed driver of the car.

 

The land directly across from Lake Buhlow has been sold. The the Pineville Development district board unanimously approved the sale of land to St. Romain Oil Company for $400,000, the parent company of Y-Not-Stop. They plan to build a service station like the one they have on Versaille in Alexandria. The plan is to have the gas station will be open by 2022.

 

Today marks the statistical peak for the Atlantic hurricane season as conditions are favorable for storm development.  So far, there have been seven named storms and State Climatologist Barry Keim says the current rate of storm development is in line with NOAA’s August forecast. So far, Hurricane Barry has been the only storm to impact Louisiana this season, but Keim says it’s too soon to let your guard down.

 

The national discussion over measures to stop gun violence heats up as lawmakers are heading back into session in DC.  Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins says solutions need to be found that do not infringe on second amendment rights of citizens. North Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson serves on the House Judiciary Committee that will oversee three Democrat bills on the issue as early as today.  Johnson says the biggest hurdle facing lawmakers is finding a reasonable middle ground, as he says many of the ideas presented from the left offer false hope.

 

Governor Edwards met with equal pay advocates Monday to brainstorm solutions to reduce the largest gender pay gap in the nation. Edwards says in the Bayou State the average pay disparity is 69-cents to every dollar and adds the majority of voters in Louisiana are for equal pay and want the legislature to pass legislation.

 

The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching in Louisiana if you’re looking to get your name on the list of approved voters for the October 12th election you have until September 21st to get it done. Officials recommend using the www-dot-Geaux-Vote-dot-com website to complete your registration online, or you can register in person at Parish Registrars of Voters. Early voting begins on September 28th.

 

The NOLA No Call lawsuit pitting a New Orleans attorney and Saints fan Antonio LeMon against the NFL will not move forward after being dismissed by the Louisiana Supreme Court.  LeMon called the ruling disappointing.  The NFL has declined to comment.

 

Medical marijuana has been legal for a little over a month and the program’s future is set to be a major issue in the race for Agriculture Commissioner, the department in charge of regulation. Incumbent Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Mike Strain says 10,000 vials of the product have been created under his department’s watch, and he expects the program to continue to grow. Evangeline Parish Democrat Charlie Greer has criticized what he called the Ag Department’s slow rollout of the product and New Orleans Democrat Margee Green says medical legalization isn’t enough, and the state’s goal should be the full legalization of recreational marijuana.

 

State Police say an 87-year-old Winnsboro man riding a lawnmower on the road was killed when he was hit by a pick-up truck. Master Trooper Michael Reichardt says 87-year-old Elmer Jennings was driving a zero-turn style lawn mower on U-S Highway 425 at a slow rate of speed Sunday morning when he was struck. No charges have been filed against the driver of the pickup.

 

Authorities in West Baton Rouge Parish are searching for a 19-year-old who they say fired an AR-style rifle into his mother and stepfather's house following a fight.

 

The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said Jacolby Dwayne Davis had gotten into a physical fight with his stepfather Saturday before grabbing a semi-automatic rifle and shooting into his parent's Port Allen home. Davis reportedly fired three shots before leaving. No one was injured by the gunfire.

 

The operators of a Caddo Parish mental health counseling firm have been indicted in federal court, accused of submitting nearly $8 million in fake bills to Medicaid, and paying kick-backs to people who were listed as clients. The Positive Change company

billed Medicaid $7,992,347 for psychiatric therapy, transportation, and other related mental health services from January 2014 to December 2018 that were never provided.

 

Louisiana's legislative auditor is questioning $47 million in Medicaid payments for mental health services, saying they didn't follow the health department's fee schedule.

The health department disagrees with Monday's report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, saying the payments complied with the law and were allowed. It was the latest report from Purpera's office digging into Louisiana's more than $13 billion Medicaid program.

 

Sports..

 

Wil Lutz career-long 58-yard field goal gives the saints their first season-opening win since 2013. The saints were down 14-3 at halftime but clawed their way back to a 30-28 win with Lutz’s last-second kick. The fourth-year pro nailed the game-winner after the offense lead a last-second drive after Houston went ahead by one in the last minute of the game.

 

For the second straight week, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has been named SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Burrow threw for a career-high 471 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-38 win over Texas. LSU hosts Northwestern State with a 6:30 kickoff Saturday night.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 09/09/2019

News for Monday 090919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

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The longest running war in the history of our country comes with a high cost. Friday afternoon 56 Louisiana National Guard soldiers left out of Esler field for deployment to Afghanistan. Colonel Ed Bush says these men and women will provide aviation support. It should be noted all of them have been previously deployed multiple times.

The deployment is expected to last nine months.

 

Investigators believe a child playing with a lighter led to a home fire in Jackson Parish that killed two kids, a two-month girl and a three-year-old boy who just celebrated a birthday. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says there were five children in the home when the blaze started. Three kids were able to get out unharmed, but Browning says the lone adult at home at the time couldn’t get to the two kids who died. Saturday night’s fatal fire occurred in the town of Hodge. It’s the second fire in north Louisiana in two weeks that was started by a child using a lighter.

 

The number of cases of lung disease or other pulmonary issues linked to vaping has ballooned since concerns were made public early last week. LSU Health New Orleans Pulmonary Expert Dr. Stephen Kantrow says 450 cases from 33 states and three, possibly four deaths from pulmonary issues have been reported. Alongside a link to CBD and THC oil use, Vitamin E oil is another suspect in the rash of cases. Kantrow says these products have little testing, and it’s becoming clear we just don’t know much about their side effects. Many of the cases have been linked back to off-brand vape usage, or alteration of brand name vapes to facilitate the use of non-approved chemicals.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says over 520 cases of hepatitis A have been linked to an ongoing outbreak declared in Dec. As of Sept. 6, 2019, Louisiana has 528 reported cases of HAV infection. The largest concentration of cases is in Livingston Parish, with over 125, followed by East Baton Rouge Parish with more than 75. The hepatitis A outbreak in Louisiana has reached the highest number of cases in 20 years. In an average year, Louisiana has 10 to 15 cases of hepatitis A.

 

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says skyrocketing insurance costs threaten the state’s 13-billion dollar timber industry. Strain says those who work in the forestry industry say they can’t continue to pay those high rates and stay in business. He says it’s a significant issue that can have an impact on the state’s economy.

 

Wanhua Chemical has withdrawn it’s plans to build a billion-dollar chemical facility in St. James Parish after previously agreeing to build the facility earlier this year. The company is citing increased construction costs are the primary concern, but previously mentioned lower possible profits at the facility based on concerns about the trade war. The facility was also delayed by a lawsuit from St. James citizens over environmental concerns.

 

After performing one of the first heart transplants in the Gulf South fifty years ago, Ochsner Health System sets a milestone of completing their 1,000th heart transplant, joining 13 other prestigious healthcare systems in the country to accomplish the feat. The late Dr. John Ochsner Sr. pioneered heart value and coronary bypass surgery.

 

An LSU graduate student was months away from returning home to Bangladesh to get married when he was fatally shot early Saturday morning during a robbery at a East Baton Rouge Convenience store. Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the 29 year old was working as a clerk at the Airline Highway store when a man entered the building, shot and killed him and then robbed the store.

 

Sports…

 

The New Orleans Saints will face the Houston Texans tonight in the Superdome to kick off the season. The Saints will need all hands on deck to avoid their sixth consecutive Week 1 loss. The addition of pro bowl tight end Jared Cook will give Drew Brees another offensive weapon. Cook has lost practice time to a preseason injury but he says he is ready to get to work. The Superdome is sold. Airtime is 4 this afternoon on 96.9 KZMZ.  Kickoff is at  6:10

 

After a thrilling victory over the Texas Longhorns Saturday night in Austin, the LSU Tigers made a big leap in the latest AP poll. LSU is now in the top 4, leapfrogging both Ohio State and Oklahoma to No. 4 following the 45-38 win on the road and have 1,336 points in the poll. Texas, who entered Saturday's matchup ranked No. 9, fell 3 spots to No. 12.

 

LSU’s new spread offense is legit. The sixth ranked Tigers went into a hostile environment on Saturday night and left Texas with a 45-38 victory over the 9th ranked the Longhorns. Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards, second-highest total in school history, and three receivers had more than 100 yards in a single game for the first time in program history. Justin Jefferson had nine catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns. 

Good Morning... News For Friday 09/06/2019

News for Friday 090619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Louisiana had seven of the top 100 fastest growing Community Colleges in the nation between 2007 and 2017 according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan says that’s because they’ve made a concerted effort to double down on job-ready degrees and certification programs. The growth is primarily in older students who are heading back to school to get post-secondary educations that can be applicable in their local economies.

The survey looked at the growth rates of 1,100 different schools.

 

LSU is rated the 295th best school among 500 public and private universities in a survey by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education released Thursday, up from No. 352 last year. The school is also ranked 84th among public universities and No. 6 in the 14-member Southeastern Conference. The top-rated school in Louisiana is Tulane University at No. 84, down from No. 56 last year. In a statement, LSU said the school has risen 148 places in the overall rankings since the survey began three years ago.

 

The body of 40 year old Dolly Laughlin was recovered from the Sabine River in Beauregard Parish yesterday morning. A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office says they received a call Wednesday afternoon that Laughlin had been swept away by the current near the Palmer Lake Boat Launch and could not be located.  An autopsy will be conducted by the Calcasieu Coroner’s Office.

 

This past Saturday, beer and wine were sold for the first time a Tiger Stadium. So, how did it go? An LSU official said Thursday that 27,235 beers were sold during last Saturday's football game against Georgia Southern. Domestic beers are priced at $8, meaning LSU generated at least $220,000 in revenue from sales. The amount of wine sold hasn't been determined yet. The sales figures are for general seating and don't include premium areas.

 

Tonight, viewers across the country will get an inside look at life in Angola when Dateline airs a segment about NBC Anchor Lester Holt’s two-night stay at the maximum-security facility. It’s part of an ongoing series about the effects of “Tough on Crime” bills that passed with bipartisan Congressional support in the 90s. The program highlights the new rehabilitation practices put into effect under the Edwards Administration’s criminal justice reform.

 

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Congressman Ralph Abraham lashed out at the Edwards administration’s handling of Medicaid. Abraham says he would save the state money and fixes Medicaid by implementing a more detailed income analysis for the program, and removing people who make over the 16,764 dollars annually.

 

State Farm announces the company is cutting its auto insurance rates by 2.6 percent effective November 25th. State Farm Spokesperson Felicia Van Frank says the savings come down to improving their expense situation and lower loss numbers. The 2.6 percent decrease comes out to 36.6 million dollars in savings for State Farm customers.

 

September is Airbag Recall Awareness Month and thousands of drivers in Louisiana are at risk because they’ve neglected to have the free repair completed. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesperson Chris Freeman says a defective airbag can cause more harm than good. To find out if your airbags are under a recall go to Check-To-Protect-dot-org and enter your Vehicle Identification Number. Then schedule an appointment for a repair. All repairs are free.

 

It’s a big match up this Saturday with Texas, and the LSU Traveling Tigers are making the trip to Austin to keep the Bayou Bengals on a winning streak. LSU Alumni Chief Operating Officer Steve Helmke says this trip is extra special seeing as outside of Louisiana, Texas has the highest number of LSU alumni. The last time the Longhorns and the Tigers played each other in the regular season was 1954. With both teams currently in the top 10, the matchup is even more intense.

 

Drew Brees’ appearance in a Bring Your Bible to School ad sparks controversy when LGBTQ advocates point out the organization who ran the ad has a history of anti-gay campaigning.  Brees says he wasn’t aware of Focus on Family’s anti-gay lobbying and campaign efforts. Brees adds he lives by the Christian fundamental of love thy neighbor.

The appearance came as a surprise to many considering the QB’s past participation in anti-bullying campaigns aimed at promoting LGTBQ tolerance. He says accusations of anti-gay bias are not true.

 

Weekend Games!!

 

Friday September 6th

Houston Astros vs Seattle 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

 

Saturday September 7th

LA Tech vs Grambling State 1p 94.7 ESPN

LSU @ Texas 4:30p 96.9 KZMZ / 104.9 & 970 KSYL

 

Sunday September 8th

Titans @ Browns 11:30a 94.7 ESPN

Steelers @ Patriots 6:30p 94.7 ESPN

 

Monday September 9th

N.O. Saints vs Texans 4p 96.9 KZMZ

Broncos @ Raiders 8:45p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/05/2019

News for Thursday 090519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Heat advisories are in effect across the state today with heat indexes over 110 degrees in some areas. We’re looking at highs of 96 in New Orleans, 98 in Baton Rouge, 98 here in Alexandria, and over 100 in north Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’ll last through the weekend. Keim says the excessive heat levels will come close to record highs and could even break a few records by the end of the day. The good news is temperatures should return to normal early next week.

 

The tropics are heating up, with hurricane forecasters on Wednesday tracking five systems in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, including powerful Hurricane Dorian.

None of the storms pose an immediate threat to Louisiana, but forecasters say now is the time to assess your weather plans. This is the historical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.

 

A mysterious illness is impacting vapers and E-cigarette users across the country and the Louisiana Department of Health is warning medical professionals to keep an eye out for symptoms. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says they’ve only discovered isolated incidents so far, and it does not appear to be widespread. Those affected in Louisiana ranged from ages 20 to 33.

 

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was released from a Baton Rouge hospital yesterday after he was found unresponsive Tuesday. The 92 year old says he suffered from dehydration and a drop in blood sugar. He says he doing much better now. Edwards said he’s extremely appreciative of all the calls and texts he’s received from people concerned about him.  Edwards also expressed his gratitude to his wife Trina who he says takes very good care of him.

 

KALB TV reports the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will take the mother of a young woman with cerebral palsy, who died in November from severe neglect, to trial first in November before prosecuting the two other people charged in the case. 48 year old Karen Harrison the mother of Cyra Harrison, is charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile. A couple that Harrison was living with were also indicted on the same charges.

 

Cattle rustling, it sounds like something from an old TV western, but it continues today and a Hineston man has been arrested for a second time for theft of livestock. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested Justin G. Thompson on three warrants from the state of Texas for theft of livestock in excess of $91,000.

 

South Louisiana authorities say over 40 handguns were reportedly stolen from a shooting range in Youngsville over the weekend. Youngsville Police Chief Ricky Boudreaux says it’s likely the guns will find their way into criminal hands.

Boudreaux says it’s an ongoing investigation with a few persons of interest, but no arrests have been made so far.

 

A lull in construction jobs is one of the reasons the Louisiana economy seems to have slowed down a bit, but those in the industry are optimistic the tides are set to turn.

Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors CEO David Helveston says it’s true that this year and last year haven’t been great for the construction industry. But Helveston says that could change quickly as he’s been informed of over 100 billion dollars of new construction projects on the horizon centered on petrochemical plants in southeast Louisiana.

 

The White House and Homeland Security are utilizing a storm surge model developed by LSU to better respond to Hurricane Dorian. Director of Louisiana Sea Grant Robert Twilley says the data gathered isn’t just useful for the public it also allows government agencies to swoop into effected areas a lot faster after a storm hits. The current projections show storm surge concerns ranging from the northeast Florida coast all the way up to Maine.

 

LSU fans will soon make their way to Austin, Texas for Saturday night’s showdown against the 9th ranked Texas Longhorns. Sara Sanders with Purple and Gold sports says they’ve seen an increase in merchandise sales since the 55-3 blowout victory over Georgia Southern. A side note, No need for long sleeve shirts this Saturday. The high temperature in Austin on Saturday is forecasted to be 102-degrees.

 

NBC Dateline reporter Lester Holt thought it was a joke when his coworkers proposed he spend a few nights in prison in the Bayou State. But they weren’t joking. Holt spent two nights in Angola on death row alongside prisoners who were locked inside expect for one hour a day.  You can see how his stay went this Friday on Dateline NBC and again on Sunday on MSNBC.

 

Congress returns to session next week and one of the most discussed topics many Americans are waiting to see how lawmakers tackle is gun control. Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy hasn’t had the opportunity to review any democratic proposed gun laws yet but he has his opinions. Kennedy, an admitted gun owner himself, has remained constant on his stance against gun control laws. Despite the increase in mass shootings, Kennedy says the Democrats will have to present convincing facts in order to change his vote. Kenney stated a hundred-million Americans exercise the right to own guns and that the majority of them exercise the right responsibly.

 

 

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING on… Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

HURRICANE DORIAN LATEST

 

- Hurricane Dorian picked up strength as it moved away from Florida’s coast and grew, again, into a major storm possibly targeting the Carolinas as it slowly moved north, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. At 5 a.m., Dorian was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, making it a Category 3 storm, as it moved toward the north at a slow 8 mph.

 

- Hurricane Dorian has left more than 170,000 customers in Georgia and South Carolina without power this morning.

 

- The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood warning for portions of South Carolina, including the southeastern counties of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester County until 10:15 a.m. ET.

 

- As of 6AM 788 flights have been cancelled. Most of the flights are from South and North Carolina. (FlightAware)

 

- Carnival Corporation, the Miami-based cruise giant, announced today it would donate $1 million dollars “in monetary and in-kind donations in support of immediate relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.” Company chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine said they would also match the donation with another $1 million from their private foundation. “A portion of the combined pledge will immediately go to support efforts being managed by Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organization that provides critical medications and supplies during emergency situations. Direct Relief is currently assembling and delivering requested medical aid and additional emergency medical caches with first-aid supplies to the affected areas in The Bahamas,” said the company said in a press release.

 

- Berkeley County Animal Control officers responded Wednesday in the hours before Hurricane Dorian approached the South Carolina coastline to an unwelcome subject. But it wasn’t the kind you’d expect. “We tried to tell you all...there is zero-tolerance for looters!” a tongue-in-cheek post on the agency’s Facebook page stated. “Even those with a tail...and claws.” Officers were able to capture the three-and-a-half foot alligator they named -- what else? -- Dorian. The state’s Department of Natural Resources helped in relocating little Dorian to a safer area.

PRESIDENT TRUMP/ADMINISTRATION

 

- After drawing criticism for inaccurately warning over the weekend that Alabama could get hit by Hurricane Dorian -- even after government meteorologists disputed that was the case -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday held up a map that appeared to have a line drawn on it in black making it seem as if he had been right all along. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley tweeted Wednesday night that the line was, in fact, from a black Sharpie, and he criticized the media for focusing on it. Late Wednesday, Trump did tweet an additional map displaying raw data -- an "ensemble" of different computer models, and variations of those models, that meteorologists use to formulate a forecast. "This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages," the president wrote. "As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama."

 

- The former Trump campaign staffer who accused the president of forcibly kissing her during an August 2016 rally has decided to drop her lawsuit. “I’m fighting against a person with unlimited resources, and repeatedly the judicial system has failed to find fault in his behavior,” Alva Johnson, 44, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “That’s a huge mountain to climb.” Johnson initially filed her lawsuit in February, claiming that Trump grabbed her and leaned in to kiss her on the lips in an RV during the Tampa event, and that she turned her head at the last minute to avoid the “super-creepy and inappropriate” encounter, causing him to plant the kiss on her cheek instead. She also accused Trump of gender and race pay discrimination.

 

- Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday to waive some visa requirements for citizens of the Bahamas, which was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. In a letter to Trump, Rubio and Scott requested that the administration make it easier for citizens of the Bahamas to seek shelter with their families in the United States, in the aftermath of the Category 5 hurricane that left at least seven dead and devastated much of the island nation.

 

- St. Martin’s Press will announce Thursday that former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will publish a memoir about her Trump administration experiences in fall 2020 — right before the election.

TODAY’S WEATHER

The center of Dorian will pass near the South Carolina coast. A landfall of the center in South Carolina can't be ruled out, which would bring the most damaging winds and storm-surge flooding. However, these impacts will also occur even if Dorian's center does not make a landfall. Heavy rain will also lead to flooding in this area. Coastal flooding, wind and rainfall flooding will worsen and spread from south to north in eastern North Carolina, then into the Virginia Tidewater and the southern Delmarva Peninsula

Thursday night.

 

ECONOMIC NEWS

 

CHINA, U.S. TO HOLD TRADE TALKS IN OCTOBER

China and the United States agreed to hold high-level trade talks in early October in Washington, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday, amid fears that an escalating trade war could trigger a global economic recession.

 

DOW FUTURES JUMP MORE THAN 250 POINTS AFTER CONFIRMATION OF TRADE TALKS

 

U.S. stock index futures rallied Thursday morning, after China confirmed it planned to hold trade talks with the U.S. in early October. Around 6:05 a.m. ET, Dow futures indicated a positive open of more than 250 points. Futures on the S&P and Nasdaq were both higher.

 

WORLD FOOD PRICES DIP IN AUG FOR THIRD MONTH RUNNING

World food prices fell for a third month running in August, pushed down by a sharp drop in the prices of sugar, wheat and maize, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

 

OIL HOLDS ABOVE $60 ON TRADE HOPES; U.S. INVENTORIES EYED

Oil edged further above $60 a barrel on Thursday as hopes of progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade row boosted investor sentiment, although a report showing U.S. crude inventories rose unexpectedly weighed on prices.

 

WASHINGTON

 

OWNER OF ONLINE MESSAGE BOARD 8CHAN TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE

A key House committee was scheduled to hear testimony Thursday from the owner of 8chan, an online message board favored by white nationalists. The Homeland Security Committee in August subpoenaed Jim Watkins, saying in a letter that "at least three acts of deadly white supremacist extremist violence have been linked to 8chan in the last six months." The man suspected of killing 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, posted hateful screeds to 8chan, along with the gunman accused of killing 51 worshipers at a New Zealand mosque and the man accused of terrorizing a synagogue in Poway, California. The website was shut down following the El Paso shooting.

 

DOJ STAFFER ACCUSED OF USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO FIND THOSE WHO AGREE WITH TRUMP

A Trump-appointed Justice Department official is accused of using social media to weed out Trump critics from the process for awarding grants to organizations that assist victims of crime, Reuters reports. A public employees union filed a complaint to the DOJ’s Inspector General against Office for Victims of Crime director Darlene Hutchinson Biehl—who leads the division that compensates crime victims and gives grants to local governments, nonprofits, and other crime organizations. In an Aug. 16 complaint, the union alleged that Biehl was selecting peer reviewers—or experts hired by the department to ensure grants are given in a fair manner—based on their political views displayed on social media. More specifically, Biehl is accused of looking on platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to see if a peer reviewer’s immigration views lined up with the Trump administration or if the peer reviewer supported prostitution legalization. The union reportedly asked the Inspector General to look into the matter in the complaint.

 

STEVE KING CLAIMS HE DRANK FROM TOILET AT BORDER DETENTION CENTER

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has spent most of his recent career defending himself against allegations that he is a white nationalist, told constituents at a town hall in Eagle Grove, Iowa, on Wednesday that he drank out of a toilet at a migrant detention facility to prove that criticisms of the conditions in those facilities are unfounded. “I actually went into that cell where it was reported that they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet,” King reportedly said. “I took a drink out of there. And actually, pretty good!”

BIDEN DEFENDS TIES TO FORMER FOSSIL FUEL EXECUTIVE AT CLIMATE FORUM

 

Joe Biden had to play defense during CNN's climate town hall Wednesday, starting his portion of the night answering a question about news he would attend a fundraiser hosted by a former fossil fuel executive the following day. An audience member asked Biden about the scheduled fundraiser with Andrew Goldman, a co-founder of Houston-based natural gas producer Western LNG. The meeting was first reported Wednesday by CNBC. Biden has signed the No Fossil Fuel Pledge, an agreement that his campaign would not accept donations from the fossil fuel industry or its executives. "He's not a fossil fuel executive," Biden said, adding that he supports suing the fossil fuel industry over its contributions to climate change. CNN's Anderson Cooper later clarified that Goldman no longer had any day to day functions with the company.

 

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE

 

Vice-President Mike Pence is in London, where he meets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pence is the keynote speaker at the International Trade Dinner. The Vice President will then return to Washington.

 

DEFENSE SECRETARY TRAVELS

 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper travels to Stuttgart, London and Paris to meet with the combat commanders for the US Africa and US European Command.

 

GLENDALE OFFICER RESIGNS, VIDEO SHOWS JOSHUA CARROLL HITTING SUSPECT IN HEAD

A Glendale police officer has resigned after an internal investigation found he improperly used force on an unarmed suspect by striking him repeatedly on the head with his Taser, officials said Wednesday. An internal report provided by the department says Officer Joshua Carroll also had five previous disciplinary action against him between 2016 and January of this year before the latest incident, which took place in June. "Officer Carroll has a pattern of discipline involving poor decision making that has escalated to a point that I no longer have confidence in his ability during routine contacts and stressful situations,'' wrote a Glendale police commander, in a memo to an assistant police chief. "He has demonstrated an inability to maintain composure and appropriate officer presence, and to respond appropriately to the situations with which he is faced,'' the memo said, "these poor decisions have occurred while he is on and off duty and he has violated multiple policies. These decisions have put our Department, other officers and our community at risk." A review panel voted that Carroll did not respond properly when he used his Taser to repeatedly strike the suspect, identified as David Dulaney, on June 13 after he approached Dulaney as he was sitting behind the wheel of his parked car. Department officials on Wednesday released video of the incident recorded by Carroll's police body camera.

 

TENAJA FIRE CHARS NEARLY 1,000 ACRES NEAR MURRIETA AND PROMPTS EVACUATIONS

A fast-moving fire erupted in hillside terrain near Murrieta on Wednesday night, quickly scorching almost 1,000 acres and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for multiple residential enclaves as fire officials urged others nearby to voluntarily leave. At least 300 firefighters in Riverside County responded to the Tenaja fire, which sent up an eerie and massive plume of smoke at dusk. By nightfall, hillsides were aglow in hot and windy conditions on a day marked by thunderstorms in the region. By late Wednesday, the fire had burned hillsides in unincorporated Riverside County and appeared to be headed northeast toward Murrieta. The mandatory evacuation orders included all homes along The Trails Circle in La Cresta and Copper Canyon, as well as the Santa Rosa Plateau Visitor Center along Clinton Keith Road. Residents of Murrieta’s Bear Creek community were under voluntary evacuation. Campuses in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will be closed Thursday as a precaution. The fire took hold in heavy brush and was reported about 4 p.m. near Tenaja and Clinton Keith roads, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

 

US JUDGE: TERROR WATCHLIST VIOLATES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

The government’s watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgment to nearly two dozen Muslim U.S. citizens who had challenged the watchlist with the help of a Muslim civil-rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But the judge is seeking additional legal briefs before deciding what remedy to impose. The plaintiffs said they were wrongly placed on the list and that the government’s process for adding names is overbroad and riddled with errors. The watchlist is disseminated to a variety of governmental departments, foreign governments and police agencies.

 

KOCH FOODS: MISSISSIPPI ICE RAID SEARCH ILLEGAL. EVIDENCE SHOULD BE EXCLUDED

Koch Foods of Mississippi says the federal government illegally searched its chicken processing plant during an immigration raid and any evidence collected should not be used against the company. The company claims the government's search warrant affidavit for its Morton plant was based on suspicion, not the legally-required standard of probable cause. While the affidavit says Koch Foods "willfully and unlawfully" employed undocumented immigrants, company attorneys argue the document doesn't contain "any evidence" to back that up. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 680 people on Aug. 7 during seven food processing plant raids in Mississippi. No charges have been brought against the four companies or their officials, but authorities have indicated that is likely. Southern District of Mississippi U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst declined to comment about Koch's motion. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said his agency had "lawfully executed federal criminal search warrants signed by a judge."

 

AUTHORITIES RAID HOME OF PERSON BELIEVED TO HAVE SOLD RIFLE TO ODESSA SHOOTER

CBS 11 has confirmed a raid took place in Lubbock on Wednesday on the home of the person suspected of illegally building and selling the AR-style rifle to the Midland-Odessa shooter. The identity of the suspect hasn’t been disclosed by authorities because this is an ongoing investigation. Charges are pending based on the outcome of the investigation into this transaction. ATF is conducting the operation and investigation in the 3400 block of Mesa Road in North Lubbock. Authorities in Odessa said Seth Ator, 36, went on a shooting rampage in Midland-Odessa on Saturday August 31, killing seven and injuring more than 20 others. Ator was shot and killed by police.

 

PLÁCIDO DOMINGO ACCUSED BY 11 MORE WOMEN OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Eleven more women have come forward to accuse Plácido Domingo of sexual harassment, per the Associated Press. Among these is Angela Turner Wilson, who related a story about the 1999-2000 season when Domingo came over to her and put his hand down her bra straps and “groped” her. The new story by the AP also notes testimonials from several backstage employees, including Melind McLain, the production coordinator of the LA Opera during its 1986-87 season; she also worked with Domingo at the Houston Grand Opera. Per McLain’s account, she made it a point to avoid putting the famed tenor alone with young female singers in rehearsal rooms and also emphasized giving him male dressers.

 

SOME MIGRANT PARENTS DEPORTED WITHOUT KIDS CAN RETURN TO U.S.

A federal judge ordered the U.S. government Wednesday to allow the return of 11 parents who were deported without their children during the Trump administration’s wide-scale separation of immigrant families. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that government agents unlawfully prevented those parents from pursuing asylum cases. In some cases, Sabraw found, agents coerced parents to drop their claims and accept deportation by having them sign documents they didn’t understand or telling them that asylum laws had changed. More than 400 parents were deported without their children when President Donald Trump’s administration was implementing a zero-tolerance policy last year on border crossings. The policy was rescinded in June 2018 amid worldwide condemnation of the family separation practice. Days later, Sabraw ordered the re-unification of separated families.

 

OFFICER WHO ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO DOWN FLIGHT 93 ON 9/11 GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW

The U.S. Navy officer who asked Dick Cheney for authority to shoot down hijacked airliners on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, has described that chilling moment in his first ever interview about the attacks. Commander Anthony Barnes recalled that he had to ask the vice president for authorization twice, saying: “For me, being a military member and an aviator—understanding the absolute depth of what that question was and what that answer was—I wanted to make sure that there was no mistake whatsoever about what was being asked. Without hesitation, in the affirmative, he said any confirmed hijacked airplane may be engaged and shot down.” The interview was held for the forthcoming book The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11.

MIT MEDIA LAB FOUNDER: I WOULD STILL TAKE JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S MONEY

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte on Wednesday defended director Joichi Ito's decision to take money from accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein years ago, saying at an internal meeting that he would accept the funds even now. “If you wind back the clock,” he said, even knowing about the allegations against Epstein now, “I would still say, ‘Take it,’” he was quoted as saying by the MIT Technology Review. He repeated, “‘Take it.’” Some people in the audience were reportedly shocked by Negroponte’s comments. In a statement to The Boston Globe after the meeting, Negroponte said he told Ito at the time that “he should” take the donation from Epstein, and “I would say that again based on what we knew at the time.” Ito revealed in August that the lab had received funding from Epstein, and at the meeting Wednesday revealed the total amount of $525,000. Ito’s disclosures have led to the resignations of two members of the lab, former director of the Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media Ethan Zuckerman, and Media Lab visiting scholar J. Nathan Matias.

 

ESTRANGED HUSBAND OF MISSING NEW CANAAN MOM FACING MORE CHARGES

The estranged husband of a missing New Canaan woman was arrested again on Wednesday. State police said Fotis Dulos was arrested at his Farmington home in connection to the disappearance of his estranged wife Jennifer Farber Dulos. He's facing another charge of tampering with evidence. Police said Dulos drove to an Avon car wash with a Toyota Tacoma, which they believe was used in Jenner's disappearance. At the car wash, surveillance video showed Dulos dumping a garbage bag into a trash can. Investigators claim the video shows "Dulos goes back in to the passenger compartment of the truck, retrieves a smaller item which is obscured by the truck and places it into the same trash can." Police said Dulos could not get rid of all of the evidence. The warrant alleges Dulos insisted an employee swap out the seats in the Toyota allegedly used in the disappearance. The worker did as Dulos asked but police say, "when he did remove the seats on this date, [the employee] decided to keep the seats without telling Dulos in the event they may be needed by police."

 

TEXAS EXECUTES MAN FOR KILLING 89-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND HER DAUGHTER IN 2003

A Texas death row inmate was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them. Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the 2003 killings of Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter Patricia Syren. Authorities said Crutsinger killed the two women and stole Syren's car and credit card. Crutsinger was arrested three days later at a bar in Galveston, more than 300 miles away. In a final statement that lasted four minutes, Crutsinger thanked three friends who witnessed the execution.

 

GHOST SHIP TRIAL: JURY ASKING TO RE-HEAR FIRE CAPTAIN'S TESTIMONY

The Ghost Ship jury wants to re-hear testimony from Oakland Fire Captain George Freelen, who was inside the warehouse after a 2014 arson fire. Freelen told jurors in May that during that 2014 visit, Derick Almena told him that no one lived in the warehouse. "It's a note that indicates they're in the midst of significant deliberations," said Almena's lawyer Tony Serra about the jury's request to re-hear significant portions of Freelen's testimony. "They asked for the direct and the cross. The witness was put on as a prosecution witness." Freelen also testified he wrote a report about fire dangers inside the warehouse back in 2014-- a report that has never been located. The jury will hear Freelen's testimony first thing Thursday morning when deliberations resume.

 

CONSPIRACY THEORIST JACOB WOHL CHARGED WITH SELLING FAKE SECURITIES

Conservative conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl has been charged with selling fake securities in California, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday. Between July and August 2016, Wohl and his former business partner, Matthew Johnson, allegedly tried to sell unqualified securities while representing themselves as members of a company called Montgomery Assets, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 19. Prosecutors had to file charges by the end of August in order to stay within a three-year statute of limitations, The Daily Beast reports. Warrants were issued for the men on Aug. 19, though Wohl told NBC News the warrant was recalled after he appeared in court on Wednesday. Wohl made national headlines last fall after claiming he had proof through "an intelligence firm" that former special counsel Robert Mueller had sexually assaulted an unnamed woman. The intelligence firm was quickly found to be a phone number registered to Wohl’s mother, while the document he provided in an attempt to support the claims had a slew of inaccuracies.

 

JUDGE RULES MISSISSIPPI VIOLATED THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Mississippi has consistently violated the rights of its residents with mental illnesses and a special master will be appointed to help the state comply with federal law, a judge reportedly ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeve's decision follows a four-week-long trial in which the Justice Department argued that the state's antiquated hospitals violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mississippi Today reports. "The United States’ experts provided dozens of examples of individuals who were unnecessarily hospitalized or hospitalized too long because they were excluded from community-based services,” Reeves wrote, according to the outlet. “Some of the persons the United States’ experts analyzed for this suit were still hospitalized when the experts interviewed them.”

NFL SEASON BEGINS

You'd better have your fantasy team lineup locked in. The NFL season begins with the Green Bay Packers visiting a division rival the Chicago Bears. (8:20 PM ET)

 

SERENA'S US OPEN TITLE QUEST CONTINUES

Serena Williams needed just 44 minutes to reach the US Open semifinals. No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina, however, likely will be a more rigorous test when the two square off Thursday night with a spot in Saturday's women's final at stake. Williams is on a quest to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slams. Williams remains stuck at 23, having finished as the runner-up in her last three Slam finals, one of them coming at the US Open last year.

 

FEATURES

SAME-SEX MALE COUPLES LOSING OUT ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

Same-sex male couples are losing out on paid parental leave when compared to both same-sex female and different-sex couples, according to new research. A study published in the Journal of Social Policy compared paid parental leave policies in 34 OECD countries. In the 33 countries with national paid parental leave, researchers found same-sex female couples received equal amounts of paid leave to different-sex couples in 19, while same-sex male couples got equal amounts of leave in only four. The United States was alone in offering no national paid parental leave to new birth parents. The team at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center looked at the countries' labor, social security and parental leave legislation, studying government websites and other trusted sources to confirm the way those laws were applied and regulated.

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AFFECT NURSES' PERFORMANCE

Addiction to social networking sites reduces nurses' performance and affects their ability to concentrate on assigned tasks, according to a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The study found that nurses can take "self-management" steps to address the issue, however. For the study, information was collected through an online-survey taken by nurses in 53 countries across the world.

 

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT DATE ARE NOT SOCIAL MISFITS

Prior research identified four distinct dating trajectories from 6th to 12th grade: Low, Increasing, High Middle School, and Frequent. In a new study published in the Journal of School Health, researchers found that adolescents who were not in a romantic relationship had good social skills and low depression,

and fared better or equal to peers who dated. The study included 594 10th graders. Investigators compared the four dating groups using teacher ratings and student questionnaires. The results refute the notion that non-daters are maladjusted. Efforts in schools that promote health should include non-dating as one option of healthy development.

 

HEALTH

 

STUDY REVEALS LINKS BETWEEN EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS AND POOR MENTAL HEALTH

People whose homes are damaged by storms or flooding are significantly more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, according to new research. The study, led by the University of York and the National Centre for Social Research, found that the risk to mental health associated with experiencing weather-damage to your home is similar to the risk to mental health associated with living in a disadvantaged area. People with weather-damaged homes are more likely to experience poor mental health even when the damage is relatively minor and does not force them to leave their homes, the study suggests.

 

TRADITIONAL AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES LINKED TO POOR SLEEP

Use of traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes was linked with more sleep difficulties in a recent Journal of Sleep Research study. The study included 1,664 college students, 41% of whom reported ever trying or currently using e-cigarettes and 29% of whom reported ever trying or currently using traditional cigarettes. Across all groups, average sleep scores indicated poor sleep for most students. Similar to traditional cigarette smokers, e-cigarette users reported worse sleep than individuals who did not use cigarettes. Users of e-cigarettes reported greater use of sleep medications than traditional cigarette users.

 

STUDY LINKS HEARING AIDS TO LOWER RISK OF DEMENTIA, DEPRESSION AND FALLS

Older adults who get a hearing aid for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression or anxiety for the first time over the next three years, and a lower risk of suffering fall-related injuries, than those who leave their hearing loss uncorrected, a new study finds. Yet only 12% of those who have a formal diagnosis of hearing loss actually get the devices - even when they have insurance coverage for at least part of the cost, the study shows. It also reveals gaps in hearing aid use among people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, geographic locations and genders. The findings, made by a University of Michigan team using data from nearly 115,000 people over age 66 with hearing loss and insurance coverage through a Medicare HMO between 2008 and 2016, are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

 

EATING MUSHROOMS MAY HELP LOWER PROSTATE CANCER RISK

A new study published in the International Journal of Cancer found an inverse relationship between mushroom consumption and the development of prostate cancer among middle-aged and elderly Japanese men, suggesting that regular mushroom intake might help to prevent prostate cancer.

 

MIGRAINES LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF DEMENTIA

Dementia is the most common neurological disease in older adults, whereas headaches, including migraines, are the most common neurological disorder across all ages. In a recent study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry that included 679 community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older, migraines were a significant risk factor for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

 

COFFEE MAY PROTECT AGAINST GALLSTONES

Drinking more coffee may help reduce the risk of developing gallstones, according to a new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Among 104,493 individuals, those who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a 23% lower risk of developing symptomatic gallstones compared with individuals who did not drink coffee. Drinking one extra cup of coffee per day was associated with 3% lower risk. Also, individuals with certain genetic variants that have been linked to increased coffee consumption had a lower risk of gallstones.

 

ZIKA VIRUS INFECTS THE HUMAN BRAIN AND CAUSES MEMORY DEFICITS IN ANIMAL MODELS

Zika virus attracted worldwide attention in recent years due to the devastating consequences of infection for pregnant women and their fetuses, many of which were born with microcephaly and other severe neurological malformations. Although ZIKV infection has historically been associated to relatively mild symptoms, a number of serious neurological complications were described in adult patients during the 2015 outbreak in America. Despite these clinical observations, how ZIKV is toxic to the adult brain and how neurological problems are caused in infected adults have remained unknown. Researchers led by neuroscientists Sergio T. Ferreira e Claudia Figueiredo and virologist Andrea Da Poian at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) have now come up with answers to these questions. First, they exposed small fragments of adult human brain tissue to ZIKV isolated from the blood of an infected Brazilian patient. Contrary to the previous belief that ZIKV only infects neuronal progenitor cells or neurons that are still immature in the developing brain, they found that the virus infected and replicated in adult human tissue, producing new viral particles capable of infecting more cells.

 

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Sports..

 

The two universities in Lincoln Parish will face each other on the football field on Saturday as Louisiana Tech will host Grambling. The NFL Network will televise the game, making it the first collegiate contest to air on the channel. Tech dropped its season-opening game to Texas, a 45-14 decision to the Longhorns. Grambling also lost its season opener, falling to ULM 31-9.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/04/19

News for Wednesday 090419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

State police report a Boyce man was killed yesterday morning shortly after 5:30 when he was struck by a pickup truck along highway 28 west. Troopers say 29 year old Shane Aiple was standing in the roadway near the centerline when he was struck by an eastbound pickup, driven by 28 year old Charles Johnson Jr. of Hineston. Aiple was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

 

A week ago Monday administrators and the Deputy School resource officer at Bolton High School in Alexandria were alerted to a student who was believed to be in possession of a gun. When they arrived they found a semi-automatic pistol on the student. The student is charged with carrying a firearm on school property and is being detained at the Renaissance Home for Youth in Alexandria.

 

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon when his wife found him unresponsive. Edwards’ biographer Leo Honeycutt tells us that it appears the former governor was suffering from low blood sugar and is in much better condition now. Honeycut attended an event two weeks ago with Edwards and he took questions from the audience and says it’s hard to believe the former governor is in his 9th decade. Edwards also attended former Governor Kathleen Blanco’s funeral.

 

The Louisiana Republican Party releases statewide office endorsements headlined by both major GOP gubernatorial candidates, and a clear favorite in the race for Insurance Commissioner. LSU-Shreveport Poli Sci Professor Jeff Sadow says it’s not a surprise that the party backed both Congressman Abraham and Eddie Rispone, as there’s little to gain from picking sides in a tight primary.

 

Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon got the nod over challenger Tim Temple. Sadow adds the state party is likely skeptical of Temple due to the prominent consulting role former Democratic Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley holds in the Temple campaign.  Campaign finance reports show Temple has paid at least 90,000 dollars to Wooley for consulting this year alone.

 

Lafayette Police have charged a 17-year-old boy with negligent homicide in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl. Corporal Bridgette Dugas says it appears the shooting was not intentional and it’s not the first time this year a lack of gun safety led to a death. Police have not released any details on what was happening when the gun went off.

 

The NTSBs initial report into last month’s plane crash that killed New Orleans news anchor Nancy Parker and pilot Franklin Augustus,  confirms Augustus requested to return to the airport shortly after takeoff but did not specify why. The report says the aircraft’s historical maintenance logs noted “no deficiencies.”

 

The Treasurer’s Office unveils a new transparency tool that lets Louisianans track government spending. Treasurer John Schroder says users can measure the state’s bond, general liability, and pension debt levels. Schroder says you can also measure how much each citizen would have to pay to clear the debt. Treasurer John Schroder says the website gives you an opportunity to see just where state government prioritizes construction spending. You can see the tracking tool at LATreasury.com under transparency.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health is hoping to raise awareness and share best practices for fighting the opioid epidemic this week at an Opioid Action Summit and Town Hall in Slidel. In 2018 there were more than 450 opioid-involved deaths in the state, a 187 percent increase from 2012.

 

Along I-49 in Caddo Parish DOTD will begin installing cable barriers along the medians north of Shreveport. The project will stretch 35 miles along the interstate. The barriers are designed to redirect the car along the median and potentially prevent a fatal crossover crash. Buchanan says for the last eleven years DOTD has invested more than $50 million in safety improvements to install the cable barriers across the state.

The Department’s goal is to have median cable barriers installed on interstates across the state by 2022.

 

State Police arrested two people involved in a wild shooting scene on I-10 in Jefferson Davis Parish. One of the men booked, 36-year-old Trinity Coleman of Franklin, is a suspect in the murder of a female in Franklin. Trooper Derek Senegal says while pursuing Coleman,  57-year-old Clarence Fine of Jeanerette pulled off the side of the road and started shooting at Coleman. No was injured by the gunfire.

 

Police in Breaux Bridge report a double shooting yesterday.  Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation between multiple people. During that altercation, one of the people involved pulled out a gun and shot two other people. The injuries to the two victims are not life-threatening. The two men are currently in stable condition.

 

One man is under arrest after an attempt was made to bring a weapon into the Lafayette Parish Courthouse Tuesday. 51 year old Alan Huval was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail after attempting to enter into the courthouse with a loaded hand gun and additional ammunition in a backpack. Bond has not been set.

 

Sports..

 

LSU’s new no-huddle, spread offense looked fantastic in the season-opening win over Georgia Southern, but it will be tested on Saturday against the 9th ranked Texas. The Longhorns forced three turnovers and held the La Tech Bulldogs to 73 yards rushing in a 45-14 win on Saturday. Plus the Bayou Bengals will be playing in a hostile stadium. Coach Ed Orgeron says they’ll have to use some silent count in Austin and they’ll practice this week for a loud crowd.

 

The new AP poll came out Tuesday, the Tigers remain ranked sixth, while Texas is up to number nine.

 

ULM defensive end Kerry Starks has been suspended for this Saturday’s game at Florida State because he spit in the face of a Grambling player. the incident occurred during the Warhawks 31-9 victory. Coach Matt Viator says Starks’ backup, Sam Miller, might also miss the game because of a shoulder injury.

 

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 09/03/2019

News for Tuesday 090319

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The National Hurricane Center continues to be busy with their attention focused on Hurricane Dorian which is barely moving. But, there’s also an area of low pressure in the central Gulf of Mexico that has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression as it moves towards Mexico’s coastline. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Louisiana emergency responders are in Florida and South Carolina to assist with the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian. Deputy Director of the governor’s office of homeland security and emergency preparedness, Casey Tingle, says about 200 men and women have been deployed. Tingle says Louisiana received assistance from other states during its major hurricanes and it’s returning the favor.

 

The Louisiana Department of Transportation has received 76 million dollars from the federal government that will go towards expanding I-12 between U-S 190 and LA 59 and five bridge replacement projects around the state. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says this year’s allocation from the feds is slightly lower than last year and below the 100 million anticipated, but it comes after years of record levels of funding.

 

Its voter registration week, so the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office is making a push to get adults registered to vote for the fall elections. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says

you can register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at voterportal.sos.la.gov. He says you can also register in person at your parish Registrar of Voters Office .

 

Now with Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the Governor’s race is expected to get ugly as we approach the October 12 primary. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says

A recent independent poll shows self-funding Eddie Rispone closing in on Congressman Ralph Abraham for the GOP slot in a potential November run-off. Pinsonat says that’s what ten million dollars can buy you in politics. Abraham has pulled in the lion’s share of state GOP endorsements but has raised only a few million dollars.

 

The State’s job market is getting lots of attention in the governor’s race with the Edwards administration touting full employment, but the Republican challengers say Louisiana is the only state to have lost jobs over the last year. LSU Economist Loren Scott confirms the economy is not growing at a rapid pace. Scott says the offshore oil and gas industry remains stagnant and the boom in the petro chemical industry has tapered off.

 

You can expect to see this in other areas of the state soon, The Ascension Parish public school system has installed a lightning detection system to protect their student athletes when thunderstorms roll in. Perry Weather is the company behind the technology and owner Colin Perry says the units are also linked to a web tool so that the public nearby can check the status of outdoor activities. The National Lightning Detection Network ranked Louisiana second in the nation for highest density of lightning.

 

After 26-hours the Coast Guard called off the extensive search for a 26-year-old missing man late Sunday who was last seen swimming near Venice Saturday afternoon. The guard searched 216 square miles of open water around the state’s most southeastern tip, and utilized a coast guard helicopter, two coast guard boats, and a marine unit from the Plaquemine Parish Sherriff.

 

Medical marijuana became available in Louisiana almost a month ago, and the 1,500 legal consumers of the drug since then have included attorneys, war veterans, teachers  and former Gov. Kathleen Blanco. Blanco’s family sought a prescription on Aug. 6, when she was suffering excruciating pain and appeared to be on the verge of death from a rare type of cancer known as ocular melanoma. Drops of medical marijuana mixed with methadone not only kept Blanco alive for nearly two more weeks, but according to the former Governor’s family, they dramatically improved her quality of life over that time.

 

A law requiring restaurants to inform customers of the origins of their seafood is now in effect in Louisiana. The law, which was signed in June by Governor John Bel Edwards requires the labeling on menus and other signage of whether seafood, namely shrimp and crawfish, served in Louisiana restaurants is of foreign origin. The Louisiana Department of Health says it will enforce the law.

 

Two people and a dog were rescued from a disabled vessel that was taking on water near Venice on Sunday. The Coast Guard says they received a report at 8:05 p.m. Sunday of a disabled 35-foot sailing vessel which was taking on water. On board was one adult, one child and a dog. Officials say the boat was 15 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The Coast Guard reports they were aided by several good Samaritan vessels in the area.

 

Wearing a leopard skin-patterned shirt and zebra pants, movie star Jeff Goldblum strode at the front of Sunday’s Southern Decadence parade in the French Quarter, to the delight of fans. The 6-foot-4-inch actor, known for his roles in blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day,” was accompanied by videographers capturing his participation in the parade for an upcoming Disney-produced television show devoted to glitter.

 

Sports….

 

LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow was named SEC offensive player of the week today for tying a school-record by throwing five touchdown passes in the blowout victory over Georgia Southern. Burrow and the Tigers visit 10th ranked Texas this Saturday.

 

Former LSU Tiger and now Tulane starting quarterback Justin McMillan was named as the American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week as the senior accounted for three touchdowns in the Green Wave’s season opening win over F-I-U. McMillan had 250 total yards, 199 threw the air and 51 yards on the ground.

 

And the Louisiana Sports Writers Association gives its defensive player of the week honors to ULM linebacker Chase Day, who recorded a career-high 12 tackles in the Warhawks 31-9 victory over Grambling. Day also had his second-career interception.

 

A week from tonight the Saints will open the regular season against the Houston Texans. Coach Sean Payton says starting linebacker Alex Anzalone should be able to play after leaving the preseason opener with an undisclosed injury. Anzalone is entering his third season after recording 59 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles last season. And Payton there’s a possibiltiy the team will bring back veteran safety Chris Banjo, who was cut on Saturday. Banjo was a leader on special teams.

 

Southeastern Louisiana is ranked 23rd in this week’s STATS FCS Top 25 poll. The Lions upset five-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State on Thursday to break into the Top 25. Nicholls, who lost to Kansas State in its season opener, actually moved up a couple of spots to number 10. The Lions are scheduled to play at Bethune-Cookman this Saturday, while the Colonels are at Prairie View.

 

After losing to Mississippi State in the Superdome, the Ragin Cajuns return home this Saturday to face Liberty. UL Lafayette hung with the Bulldogs this past weekend, but ended up losing 38-28

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