KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-10

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/22/2019

News for Tuesday 102219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

An Alexandria man, who while impaired, killed a young mother and her 6 year old son in a horrific traffic accident in March of last year, will spend only 15 years behind bars. 44 year old John Scott changed his plea to "guilty" on Monday morning to two counts of vehicular homicide and a single count of first degree vehicular negligent injuring. He will receive 15 years in prison for each count of vehicular homicide and five years for first degree vehicular negligent injuring. The sentence will run concurrent, thus the 15 years.. and as a result of the change of plea, the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will dismiss charges of reckless operation, driving under suspension, running a red light, and possession of marijuana.

 

The SEC has ended the speculation that the LSU-Alabama game will be played in primetime. The league announced today that the Tigers and Crimson Tide will have a 2:30 kick-off. 2010 was the last time these two SEC West rivals played each other in the afternoon.

 

Governor Edwards and Eddie Rispone will face off in what is likely to be the only gubernatorial debate of the run-off October 30th on Louisiana Public Broadcasting. LPB partnered with Council for a Better Louisiana to host the debate. The questions will be posed by a panel of journalists but CABL President Barry Erwin says they’ll give plenty of opportunities for the candidates to interrogate each other. The program will be stream-able on LPB.org.

 

New Orleans' mayor says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of a hotel more than a week ago. Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke Monday during a news conference one day after the city used controlled explosions to bring down two cranes that had been looming over the building. The Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter was under construction when part of it collapsed. Three people were killed. One of the bodies has been removed. Cantrell said they are still working on recovering the other two bodies.

 

Five predominantly African American churches in Crowley have been vandalized since July, with the most recent incident being discovered Monday morning. Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard says thankfully so far damage to the churches has been limited, but it’s still unnerving for congregants. The first incident occurred in early July, with the rest occurring within the last month.

 

State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding Louisiana consumers to be vigilant when purchasing used vehicles that may have been flooded in Texas as a result of Tropical Storm Imelda. These damaged vehicles are sold at auction and unscrupulous sellers may ship automobiles, trucks, boats and RV's to other states and not disclose their origin to unsuspecting buyers. Buyers are encouraged to run a vehicle history report and ask to see the physical title.

 

State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday night in Ferriday. Authorities say a Concordia Parish Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a vehicle pursuit and the deputy shot at the subject, 19-year-old Tyler Conner. Conner was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital for treatment and no deputies were injured.

 

A vehicle found its way into a Lake Charles elementary school cafeteria yesterday morning. Lake Charles Police say they responded to Oak Park Elementary School in Lake Charles in reference to a vehicle striking the building. Upon their arrival, officers say they found a Chevrolet Impala inside the school cafeteria. The driver allegedly told officers that they were dropping someone off at the school when the incident occurred. The driver began to leave and, believing the car was in reverse, drove forward into the school. No one was in the building at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.

 

Connor Croll, the 19-year-old Alabama freshman accused of calling in a bomb threat to Tiger Stadium during the LSU-Florida game because a friend was on the verge of losing a large bet, pleads not guilty.  Croll faces up to 20 years for the felony charge.  His next court date is scheduled for January 8th.

 

Sports…

 

Tonight, it’s game one of the World Series, as the Houston Astros play host to the Washington Nationals. Airtime 6pm on 94.7 ESPN..

 

Saints QB Drew Brees intends to practice with the team this week ahead of their Week 8 clash with the Cardinals this Sunday. In an interview with WWL Radio, Brees says this week’s practice will be the gauge on the possibility of a return. The Saints are on a five-game win streak with Teddy Bridgewater starting in the absence of Brees.

 

The Pelicans announce rookie sensation and first overall pick Zion Williamson will miss the next six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his knee. Williamson was expected to miss tonight’s season opener against the Raptors in Toronto, and the home opener Friday against the Mavericks. In the meantime Williamson’s absence clarifies the team’s starting lineup, as former Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will slot into the positional void left open by the injury.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 10/21/2019

News for Monday 102119

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Panhandlers seem to be everywhere in the city lately, at intersections and in parking lots. The city has decided it is time to address the matter in a positive way. Beginning today the APD will be carrying a pocket sized card that lists services available to the homeless. APD Chief Jerrod King says the panhandlers create a potential safety hazard as they interact with traffic.  If someone truly needs help, King says we need to get them this information so they can get the help they need from the trained professionals we have in the area.  King did however caution saying if they are just looking for a handout, they need to move on.

 

The Louisiana unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for September is at an 11-year-low according to a report from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.  Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie says the Bayou State has seen all kinds of industry expansion. Dejoie says some sectors that have seen the most growth have been education and healthcare. The employment picture is not rosy everywhere. Shreveport lost three-thousand jobs over the year, Houma 28-hundred and Monroe lost one-hundred. The Preliminary numbers for Cenla show slight growth.

 

A poll shows Governor Edwards in a dead heat tie with Eddie Rispone 47 to 47 with less than a month until voters head to the polls. Edwards ended the primary with 47 percent of the vote, and We Ask America Pollster Andrew Weissert his lack of gains point towards a troubling sign that his support may be capped out. Despite his lack of electoral support, Edwards remains a popular figure with a 55 percent approval rating compared to Rispone’s 49 percent.

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has so far not agreed to participate in any run-off debates or forums with Governor Edwards before the November 16 election.  UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Rispone has the momentum and a finely crafted message that is working, so there’s little incentive for the candidate to participate. Governor Edwards says he’ll debate Rispone, and has RSVP’d to the October 30th Louisiana Public Broadcasting run-off debate. Cross does not expect there to be a run-off debate.

 

President Trump signed the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act into law to close a loophole that allows drug companies to overcharge taxpayers. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy authored the law that he says will save Americans over 3 billion dollars in taxes. Cassidy says he hopes the newly passed law is not the only healthcare reform he can push through Congress. Cassidy says 20 other pieces of bipartisan legislation are in the pipeline to send a message to drug companies…

 

Authorities say the demolition of two cranes leaning precariously over a partially collapsed New Orleans hotel went exactly as expected and the "next objective" is to retrieve the bodies of two dead workers still in the ruined building. Fire Chief Tim McConnell says part of one crane fell and got "hooked on the building like we wanted. It's very stable." He says it will be cut away in pieces and removed. The other crane crashed to the ground.

 

The state’s latest tally of hepatitis A cases is up to just shy of 600, the highest case count in twenty years.  It’s part of a larger nationwide outbreak.  Louisiana Department of Health immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the state’s number of new cases appears to be slowing down. The average number of cases each year in the state is 10 to 15 cases.  Livingston Parish has the largest concentration of cases with between 121 and 240 cases. East Baton Rouge and Ouachita parishes reported the second highest concentration.

 

A Shreveport man accused of shooting two people early Friday Morning, including a police officer, on the Grambling State campus is in custody. There were concerns the incident was the start of a mass shooting event on campus but State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says this was just an isolated incident. Reichardt says the officer’s injury is non-life threatening, while the other shooting victim is in serious condition at a Shreveport hospital.

 

Sports..

 

The Houston Astros did it defeating the New York Yankees 6 tp 4 to win the American League Championship series  4 to2 .. The Astros no face The Washington Nationals Tuesday Night for game one of the World Series. Hear all the games here in Cenla on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Second ranked LSU started slow, but eventually cruised to another SEC road victory as the Bayou Bengals scored 27 unanswered points on their way to a 36-13 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

 

The LSU football team stayed at No. 2 in the latest rankings of the AP Top 25 poll, which was updated and released Sunday afternoon.

 

The Saints stretched their winning streak to five straight with a dominating performance in Chicago beating the Bears 36-25. New Orleans returns home next Sunday to host the suddenly hot Cardinals, who have won three in a row.

 

For the first time in five seasons, Louisiana Tech beat its biggest Conference USA Rival as the Bulldogs downed Southern Miss Saturday Afternoon  45-30 to improve to 6-1 overall, 3-and-0 in Conference USA.

 

Reports say Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson will miss the next several weeks after injuring his knee. That means Williamson is expected to miss the season opener in Toronto next Tuesday, and the team’s home opener against the Mavericks next Friday. Williamson has dominated in pre-season play, leading the team to an undefeated 4 and 0 pre-season record.

 

Good Morning... News For Friday 10/18/2019

News for Friday 101819

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Fight The Flu Vaccination Clinic is today at the Rapides Parish Health Unit on Coliseum Blvd. It’s a chance to get you Flu shot at little or no cost. The Clinic will be open from 8 to 3. Just a reminder, if you have insurance, bring you card with you.. If not, just show up..

 

Demolition experts will be using explosives to take down the heavily damaged cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.  The “T” at the top of each crane weighs about 145,000 pounds.  New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says recent movement detected indicates they may not have much time to spare before the cranes come down on their own.  McConnell hopes to have the crane demolition done by dark as they are racing the clock to beat the bad weather.

 

A lawauit filed Thursday claims the half-built Hard Rock Hotel collapse Saturday that killed three workers and injured dozens more occurred because delays, design changes and “shortcuts” that created an unstable construction site. The suit adds 10 people who claim they were hurt in the catastrophe to a mounting list of plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits in recent days seeking damages from those in charge of the construction site at North Rampart and Canal streets. Unlike those earlier complaints, however, Thursday’s lawsuit explicitly accuses the builders of negligence ahead of the deadly disaster.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards says his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone’s plan to freeze Medicaid enrollment if elected will rip away healthcare from more than 300,000 people. Edwards says seasonal workers who see pay fluctuations would feel the biggest impact. Rispone’s campaign responded calling Edwards address a political stunt and says the expansion is unstable and full of waste.

 

You hear it time and time again.. Every Vote Counts.. But in this case it was absolutely true.  A recount in the Baton Rouge Senate race where Steve Carter and Franklin Foil were previously in a tie for second now has Foil up by three votes.  Foil will go on to face Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson in the November 16th runoff. There’s controversy as Foil was reportedly offered help winning a future judgeship if he dropped out of the race.  The Advocate reports Republican mega-donor Lane Grigsby allegedly tried calling Foil to make the offer.

 

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for a portion of coastal southeast Louisiana as Nestor is expected to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and quickly move to the northeast. National Weather Service forecaster Mike Efferson says areas south of Lake Pontchartrain could see some effects, but the system is not expected to become a hurricane. Efferson says this mid-October storm is not expected to have a major impact on the state.

 

Louisiana Economic Development will invest $3.6 million in an infrastructure project in Madison Parish Port so a natural gas pipeline can be expanded and attract new industries to the state. LED’s contributions along with $4 million from Complex Chemical and a half a million from the Port will provide installation of a pipeline double the capacity as previously planned. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says this is a unique opportunity to help a rural area that’s in the need of new jobs.

 

Two of five people charged in a horrific Amite case in which an autistic woman was kept in a backyard cage and psychologically and physically abused have been sentenced in federal court. 43 year old Raylaine Knope,  who authorities considered a ringleader in the case, was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. Her daughter 28 year old Bridget Lambert was sentenced to four years in prison. Three others in the family were charged in the case. The victim, a relative of the Knopes, had been living with the family since 2015 when the woman's own mother died.

 

State Police arrested four juveniles Wednesday afternoon in Shreveport after the car they were traveling in was reported stolen from Monroe. After they pulled over the 2013 Mercedes the teens fled on foot, but were captured a short time later. Inside the vehicle was more than one-hundred thousand dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise. All four were booked into the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Center.

 

Connor Croll, the Alabama student who allegedly called in a false bomb threat to Tiger Stadium during Saturday’s game, has been released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a 100,000 dollar bond.It’s unclear what charges he will face at the moment, but legal analyst Tim Meche says expect Croll’s defense to be based around the fact that the threat had no teeth. Croll reportedly told police he called in the threat to stop the game because his friend was at risk of losing money on a bet.

 

 

Sports..

 

A big game last night in New York as the Houston Astros again beat the Yankees, but this time it hurt the home team even more.. the final 8 to 3.  Game 5 of the American League Championship series is tonight.. Airtime 5:30p on 94.7 ESPN.. Game 6 if needed will be Saturday @ 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN

 

Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss will meet for the 51st time on Saturday and the winner will have sole possession of first place in the West Division of Conference USA. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says there’s no doubt, this is a big game.  Airtime 1p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Second-ranked LSU begins the second half of the regular season tomorrow against Mississippi State with a 6-0 record.  Airtime 12:30p 96.9 KZMZ  & KSYL .

 

Saints running back Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle and knee injury and there’s concern he might not play Sunday in Chicago. New Orleans has provided themselves some insurance if Kamara can’t play as they’ve signed Zach Zenner. The 28-year-old played with the Detroit Lions last season and rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

 

League coaches in Conference USA has picked Louisiana Tech to finish third in the 14-team league. Tech’s DaQuan Bracey has been selected to the league’s preseason all-conference team.

 

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/17/2019

News for Thursday 101719

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office has charged a 71-year-old Alexandria man with two counts of first-degree murder for the 1989 deaths of his wife and her friend. Lt Stephen Phillips says Robert Blair was responsible for the disappearances of 34-year-old Isabelle Blair and 31-year-old Marian Coutee after finding a vehicle in a pond on a piece of property that once belonged to Robert Blair… Phillips says a detective assigned to the case 30 years ago received some new information about two months ago, which led to a search of the pond that turned up the vehicle. On Tuesday, Robert Blair was taken into custody without incident. His bond has been set at two-million dollars.

 

An area of low pressure just off the southern Mexican coast has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression and possibly a storm according to the National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Michael Hill says forecasts show the system moving away from Mexico, and heading towards the central Gulf coast this weekend. And Hill says depending on which way the storm tilts over the next two days, we could be looking at a very wet weekend.

 

Ville Platte City Marshal Ronald "Big T" Doucet has died. Doucet started his political career over 20 years ago when he was elected to the Evangeline Parish Police Jury. There he served the citizens of Evangeline Parish for 13 years. In 2008 Big T decided to run for Ville Platte City Marshal where he became the first African American to hold that position. Doucet led the Marshal's office for 11years. Doucet was 51-years-old.

 

Bill pay scammers are back in action taking advantage of Cleco customers through fraudulent phone calls that demand immediate payment and threaten disconnection of power. Individuals who appear knowledgeable of a customer's account call demanding payment of an electric bill using a pre-paid card. The caller will even tell customers where to buy the cards. Cleco says they would never require a customer to purchase a Pre-Paid card to pay their bill. Cleco says if you receive a call that raises doubt, hang up the phone immediately, and call Cleco's toll free number not the number given by the caller.

 

The aunt of a two year that died after being left in a vehicle on October 4th in St. Charles Parish has been charged with negligent homicide. Police say the woman told them she thought someone else took her niece inside, but the child was left in the car in Destrehan while the aunt was shopping in Metairie.

 

New Orleans officials are racing against the clock to bring down damaged cranes attached to the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel before the possible arrival of a tropical system this weekend. Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s meeting with his modified unified command group in New Orleans at 1 o’clock to figure out what to do about the two cranes that are dangerously close to collapsing. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says if they can’t get the cranes down in time, the heavy winds and rains from the system could send them careening into nearby structures.

 

A video posted on Facebook by a local contractor purports to show the concrete slab above an upper level of the since-collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans sagging to the point of bending the temporary posts supporting it. Randy Gaspard, a local concrete contractor, said the video was shot by a worker on Oct. 10, two days before the structure pancaked from the top Saturday morning, killing at least two workers. Gaspard said he received the video from the worker who took it. That worker, who narrated in Spanish,  had some choice words for the engineering work as he panned across the open floor to show signs of failure. And fail it did.

 

KALB reports a former deputy is suing the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office for allegedly suggesting he retire when he asked for a health accommodation, and firing him when he refused to retire. Jerry McKinney, who worked for RPSO for twenty years at the Rapides Parish Courthouse metal detector station, suffered a stroke in November 2017. He had some impairment but he continued to work his 8-hour shifts at the Courthouse til the following November.  That’s when McKinney was transferred to a 12-hour shift at the Rapides Parish Detention Center. When McKinny wrote a formal request for accommodation, requesting another job with an 8-hour shift, Allegedly, Sheriff Hilton replied that there were no other positions McKinney was qualified for and that they feel it is time for him to retire. When he refused, he was fired, five days before Christmas. McKinney filed a suit in federal court, saying that RPSO violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws.

 

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the education field can now take a special progression of courses focused on building the skills needed for the job.  Assistant Superintendent of Student Opportunities with the Department of Education Ken Bradford says students can take classes that are a part of collegiate level teacher prep programs. Bradford hopes the pre-education pathway will elevate education profession as a career option.

 

A report says coastal southeastern parishes could see significant economic benefits from the planned construction of the mid-Barataria and mid-Breton sediment diversion projects. The study, by Dr. Loren Scott and Associates, says the projects will generate three billion dollars in regional sales and support 4,000 new jobs. Restore the Mississippi Delta Director Steve Cochran says it’s a win-win. The two projects will cost 1.8 billion dollars to complete.

 

Polling data conducted for a foundation that aims to improve the quality of life in and around East Baton Rouge show that only 8% of area parents want their children to stay in the parish when they are adults, with many saying they don't believe there are enough job opportunities to make it worth sticking around. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation released its annual City Stats data Tuesday.

 

Sports..

 

Game Four of the American League Championship Series rained out last night in the New York. The Astros and the Yankees will meet tonight to continue the series. Here that game starting at 6:30 on 94.7 ESPN. Last night’s game will be made up Friday night.  If necessary, games six and seven will be played in Houston this weekend. The Astros lead the series 2 to 1.

 

Freshman LSU cornerback Derek Stingley has emerged as one of LSU’s best players on defense. He received SEC Freshman of the Week honors after coming up with a crucial interception against Florida.

 

The Ragin Cajuns face the Arkansas State Red Wolves tonight in a battle between two teams in the Sun Belt Conference.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/16/19

News for Wednesday 101619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The influenza season in Louisiana is off to an early start, so in an effort to fight the flu, the Louisiana Health Department has scheduled days where residents can get vaccinated for free. L-D-H immunization director Doctor Frank Welch says most parish health clinics have selected a day to give out free flu shots. Here in Alexandria, the annual DRIVE THRU FLU SHOTS will be administered at the Rapides Parish Health Unit this Friday. No out of pocket expense.  Bring ID and insurance care (if available).

 

State Police have responded to allegations of hazing at the academy by reassigning three trainers linked to training exercises that injured up to ten cadets, including one that had a fractured arm. Captain J-B Slaton says the injuries occurred during defensive tactics training and they are investigating. State Police did not say they believe the actions were hazing but did say the training went beyond “normal parameters”.

 

The first few ads of the governor’s race run-off are now in rotation as the first salvos in what one analyst says will be the most expensive one month period ever in Louisiana political history. Political consultant Roy Fletcher says an incredible 20 million dollars will likely be spent over the next few weeks.

 

Representative Franklin Foil will request a recount in the hotly contested Baton Rouge Senate race that currently is set for a three-way run-off after the two Republican candidates tied. Foil was initially shown to be the 2nd place winner by eight votes, but late Saturday night the Secretary of State informed him a correction put him in a 12,522 vote tie with Representative Steve Carter. Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson took 1st place in the race.

 

It is day five of rescue operations at the Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans and officials remain hopeful that a missing construction worker may be found still alive.  There has been no shift in the structure or cranes, but New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says with the uncertainty of stability, they are being very thorough in accounting for rescue workers. Two construction workers have been confirmed dead as a result of Saturday’s collapse.

 

Despite many women being on the recent ballot, Louisiana has one of the lowest percentages of seats assigned to women in the state legislature. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says the national average is about 30% while in Louisiana it is about 16%.

 

Raheem T. Pierce was still in high school when he set out to run for the Iberville Parish Council  a race the 19-year-old won handily over three others and will make him the parish's youngest elected official when he takes office next year.

 

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said Tuesday she and her senior advisers are exploring all options the Parish has in a possible challenge to the pending incorporation of the city of St. George. Voters over the weekend voted overwhelmingly to part company with the City Parish Government and form the state’s 4th largest city. A letter Broome sent Tuesday to the St. George organizers hints at what's likely to become a legal face-off between St. George and the city-parish.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide in-state testing for Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal ailment impacting the deer population nationally, but has not yet been detected in Louisiana. LDWF deer program manager Johnathan Bordelon says the disease is a neurological infection that can be spread multiple ways, including deer to deer. The disease is has been detected in 26 states including all three that border Louisiana.  Bordelon says while there has been no human sickness linked to CWS, the CDC does have a warning for hunters out of an abundance of caution.

 

Sports..

 

The Houston Astros took game three of the American Championship series yesterday by defeating the Yankees in the house the Ruth built. The Astros now lead the series 2 to 1. They’ll go for three tonight at Yankee Stadium. Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN.

 

The Washington Nationals wrapped up the National League Championship series last night with a 4 game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.  They will now face either the Yankees or Astros in the World Series.

 

LSU is 6-and-0, ranked second in the country but the Tigers defense has had trouble stopping opposing offenses at times. Coach Ed Orgeron says he doesn’t want LSU involved in games like Saturday when both teams are trading touchdowns. LSU made the proper corrections on defense last week as the Gators did not score in the final 26 minutes.

 

TV viewership for the LSU-Florida game was the highest for the network in nearly two years. On average there were six-point-four million viewers and it peaked late in the fourth quarter at seven-point-four million.

 

The 5-and-1 Saints are off today as the players will begin to work on the Chicago Bears. The Monsters of Midway are allowing just 14 points a game. But one of their best defensive players was put on injured reserve today. Former Saint and pro bowl defensive tackle Akeim Hicks is out with an elbow injury. The Bears are now a three-point favorite.

 

The media picks LSU basketball to finish third in the SEC after winning the conference championship with a 16-and-2 league record last season. Senior guard Skylar Mays earned a spot on the league’s preseason second team. He averaged 13 points a game last season. Kentucky is the favorite to win the SEC, followed by Florida, LSU, Auburn and then Tennessee.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/15/2019

News for Tuesday 101519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Kayla Giles, the woman charged with the 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr., was back in court on yesterday for a status conference. Giles was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the charge was changed to second-degree because her case didn't meet the requirements for first-degree. The change in degree doesn’t change much. If convicted Giles would still be facing life behind bars. A motion to reduce her bond as well as a discovery conference will be held on Nov. 4.

 

UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says analysts underrated Rispone’s uncomplicated, straight forward branding as a President Trump-loving businessman. He says it was a clarion call for white voters. Cross says Rispone was able to tap into a growing sense of identity politics among many white voters in the United States whose views align closely with Rispone’s messaging. Cross says roughly 200,000 more rural, mostly white voters showed up to vote in this primary than in 2015’s

 

Rescue operations are still underway at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, but officials are increasingly concerned the incoming rainy weather could make the site even more unstable. Two people are confirmed dead as a result of the Saturday morning construction site collapse. McConnell says they aren’t giving up hope for a third unaccounted for person. The collapse occurred on Canal Street and Conti, and forced the evacuation of nearby businesses including the Saenger Theatre, which was airing the Broadway musical Wicked. The structure has two cranes attached, one of which is visibly damaged and could come down at any moment.

 

St. George is set to become the newest city in Louisiana following a vote that sees the area break away from Baton Rouge.  St. George spokesperson Drew Murrell says for the next step, the Governor will soon appoint a mayor and city council. Murrell says the city now surpasses Lake Charles as the fifth largest city in the state. The population shift also means Shreveport overtakes Baton Rouge as the second-largest city in Louisiana.

 

Based on the results from the October 12th election, Republicans are two seats away from capturing a Super Majority in the state House, but Democrats can end that possibility by winning in either in a runoff the 70th or 94th district. LSU Communications Professor Dr. Michael Henderson says a GOP supermajority would cripple a potential Edwards administration’s veto power. Republicans have already achieved a supermajority in the Senate.

 

Now this is something you don’t hear every day.. A recount is likely the Senate District 16 race in Baton Rouge as there’s a tie for second place between term-limited state representatives Steve Carter and Franklin Foil. Both are hoping to get in a runoff against Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson. Former state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Nichol says when the recount occurs, each campaign can select two representatives to witness the recount… If the vote remains tied, a three-way run-off will be held.

 

A deputy with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s office shot and killed a man early Monday morning who was in the process of robbing a convenience store. When the Deputy arrived 31 year old Christopher Whitfield took off running. The Deputy then shot the man. Family members say Whitfield had mental issues and didn’t carry a gun and posed no danger to anyone. The owner of the store said the only thing that been disturbed in the store was some raw chicken. The Sheriff declined to say what led to the Deputy firing or if Whitfield had a weapon.

 

State Police have temporarily suspended their defensive tactics training program after several cadets sustained injuries that raised concern. Defensive tactics training consists of handcuffing, use of the expandable baton, pressure points, physical strikes, blocking and grappling techniques. Although injuries are not uncommon during this training phase, the injuries reported last week were enough to raise concerns.

 

Authorities in Alabama report an University of Alabama student is accused of making a threat against LSU's Tiger Stadium on Saturday evening. 19 year old Connor Bruce Croll was arrested early Sunday. He is accused of calling in a threat to the stadium as LSU played the University of Florida on Saturday.

 

The US Department of Education awards Louisiana $115 million in grants.  A total of five grants will help support students and teachers over several years. Superintendent of Education John White the lion’s share of the funding comes from the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program Grant, which will see $100 million awarded over five years.  White says the state aims to serve 600 high-need schools and early education providers by the end of the grant period.

 

The Coast Guard says they have ended its search for a person in the water near Lafitte on Monday. Officials say a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans recovered a body matching the description of 55-year-old Kevin Lege, who had been reported overdue early Monday morning.

 

Sports..

 

With the American League Championship Series now tied at 1 all, the Astros face the New York Yankees in the Big Apple in game three this afternoon.. Airtime 2:30 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

LSU’s impressive win over Florida on Saturday moved the Fighting Tigers to number two in the latest AP Top 25. Alabama is ranked number one, even though LSU has two victories over Top 10 teams and the Crimson Tide’s schedule has not been as difficult.

 

After a two-touchdown victory over Florida, LSU gets ready to visit Mississippi State for a 2:30 kick-off against the Bulldogs. Two years ago, the Tigers went into Starkville and were handed 37-7 loss. Coach Ed Orgeron says his guys were not prepared to play that night. LSU is 6-0, but the Tigers defense has had trouble stopping teams at times. Orgeron says he doesn’t want LSU involved in games like last Saturday, when both teams are trading touchdowns. Tiger Stadium was electric on Saturday and plenty of recruits were in attendance. Orgeron says the feedback he’s received has been outstanding.

 

Louisiana Tech is receiving one vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs clobbered U-Mass 69-21 on Saturday and will host Southern Miss on the NFL Network this Saturday at 2:30. Tech and the Golden Eagles are tied for first place in the Conference USA West Division.

 

ULM leads the Sun Belt West Division with a 2-and-0 mark and the Warhawks will travel to 24th ranked Appalachian State on Saturday. The Ragin Cajuns have a Thursday night game against Arkansas State.

 

Nicholls has moved up to number nine in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 ranking. The Colonels defeated Northwestern State 45-35. Nicholls is at Sam Houston State this Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana is also out of the Top 25, after losing to Incarnate Word.

 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees started throwing an NFL ball last week and feels like his injured thumb is getting stronger, he said in an interview Sunday with Cox Sports Television after the team's win at Jacksonville. Saints coach Sean Payton and Brees have an understanding that Brees will return when the QB feels like he's ready to be at his best.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 10/14/2019

 

News for Monday 101419

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Eddie Rispone will face off in a November 16th run-off. Edwards received 47-percent of the vote in the gubernatorial primary and plans to campaign on the accomplishments during his first term. Rispone received 27-percent of the vote and now has the support of the third-place finisher in the race, Congressman Ralph Abraham. Rispone says with the help of voters he can make Louisiana one of the best states in the country.

 

Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Governor Edwards 47 percent showing in the primary is a bad sign for his chances of being the first incumbent Louisiana Governor to win a run-off. Pinsonat says Edwards lagged statewide despite having a remarkable day in Orleans Parish. Edwards secured 87 percent of the vote in Orleans Parish.

Pinsonat says now that there’s only one Republican in the race the state and national party can focus all of it’s attention on boosting Eddie Rispone as a specific alternative to Governor Edwards.

 

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon will serve another four years after defeating fellow GOP challenger Tim Temple.  Donelon received 53% of the vote and says the victory comes after an intense campaign where his opponent self-funded $1.1 million into the race. Donelon, who was first appointed to the position in 2006, is now the longest-serving Insurance Commissioner in the state’s history. Donelon says the work to bring down car insurance rates continues. Donelon believes the key to lowering car insurance rates is through tort reform so that the state doesn’t have such a friendly litigation climate.

 

Here in Cenla, there will be a runoff between Mark Wood and Kris Cloessner for the position of Rapides Parish Sheriff.  But there will be no run off in Grant Parish. Sheriff Steven McCain easily won reelection with 74% of the vote.

 

In the Rapides Parish Police Jury Races.. Seats in District A and F were unopposed. Joe Bishop easily won reelection to District B as did Craig Smith in District C. Sean McGlothlin in District G and Scott Perry in District I. It it was a big win for David Johnson in District H who took 77% of the vote. There will be a runoff in Districts E & F

 

In the Mayor’s race in the Town of Ball, there will be a runoff  Gail Wilking  and Terry Allen Baker

 

In The State Senate races.. District 29 Jay Luneau easily won reelection with 61%

In District 31 Louie Bernard was the winner in a field of three.. District 32 will see a  Runoff between Glen Womack  and Steve May and District 35 A runoff between Jim Fannin and Jay Morris.

 

In the lone State Rep’s Race in Cenla, Ed Lavadain III Wins reelection with 54% in District 26.

 

The body of one man who died in the collapse of the Hard Rock New Orleans Hotel has been located and removed from the building, and emergency officials said search and rescue missions will continue for the body of a second man as well as one person that was still missing as of Sunday evening. The area is still blocked off from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. About 100 residents have been displaced from their homes due to mandatory evacuations in a zone near the site. The city is asking people to please avoid the downtown area near the disaster..

 

The National World War II Museum's $33 million education and outreach building will open Thursday. After an opening ceremony, it will break ground for its final exhibit hall and hold an open house at the new building, called the Hall of Democracy. It features a research library, classrooms, an auditorium, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, and the WWII Media and Education Center. The new building is the museum's sixth, including three exhibit pavilions, a theater and a restoration building.

 

The National Audubon Society releases a report that finds 389 species could lose more than 50-percent of the habitat they need to survive by 2080 under a three-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures. The report also indicates fifteen percent of species in Louisiana are at risk, including the state bird. Director of Bird Conservation, Dr. Erik Johnson. Johnson says birds are early responders to stressors and offer us signals of what’s to come in regard to climate change. Johnson says you can help locally by planting native foliage to the state to help reinforce the birds’ natural habitat. For more information go to climate-dot-audubon-dot org

 

Sports..

 

In the American League Championship series, the Houston Astros Tied the series up One All last night with a 3 to 2 victory over the New York Yankees. Game Three is tomorrow at 2:30 in the afternoon in NYC and you can hear the game on 94.7 ESPN

 

Sean Payton used one word twice in his postgame news conference Sunday:

"Outstanding." He used the term to describe the defense, as well as punter Thomas Morstead's performance in the New Orleans Saints' 13-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Saints head to Chicago to next play the Bears who are coming off of a bye. Kickoff at Soldier Field is at 3:25 p.m. Sunday

 

What seemed like a simple religious tweet from Pope Francis on Sunday turned into a social media moment that New Orleans Saints fans likely will remember for a long time.

On Sunday, Pope Francis tweeted out his gratitude to God for a group of newly canonized Saints. What he didn't realize is that when he tweeted "#Saints," Twitter's algorithm automatically added a fleur-de-lis to his tweet.

 

The LSU football team jumped to No. 2 in the latest rankings of the AP Top 25 poll, which was updated and released Sunday afternoon. LSU is now 6-0 after outlasting Florida on Saturday night as the Bayou Bengals defeated the Gators 42-28 in front of a raoucous Tiger Stadium. The game was tied at 21 at halftime and Florida took the lead early in the third quarterback, but LSU Coach Ed Orgeron’s team responded by scoring 21 unanswered points. With Georgia’s upset loss at home to South Carolina, LSU moves up in the polls and the Tigers have now defeated two teams that were ranked in the Top 10. Burrow says they can’t let up now. LSU is at Mississippi State this Saturday.

Good Morning... News For Friday 10/11/2019

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A cold front is invading the state bringing with it a welcome reprieve from the heat.

State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s a bit later than usual, but the state is about to experience some of it’s first light jacket weather of the season today. Temperatures across the southern portion of the state will remain in the 80s today as the cold front works it’s way down from the north. By tomorrow the cold will set in with temperatures in the 40s in north Louisiana, 50s in the central portions, and 60s along the coast. Kiem says prepare for some chilly temperatures if you’re heading to the LSU/Florida game.

 

It’s a big investment, The city of Alexandria announced yesterday the installation of 65 new security cameras in the downtown area. Last week the City and APD installing 15 surveillance camera pods, with four to five cameras inside each. The cameras will be monitored 24 & 7. The extra security is part of Mayor Jeff Hall's plan to revitalize the downtown area.

 

President Donald Trump will be in Lake Charles tonight to rally Louisiana voters to vote for one of the two main Republican candidates. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says getting an endorsement from sitting President is huge, but this is different since Mr. Trump is not back one particular candidate. Recent polls show Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone neck and neck in the race for the second-place slot, and a spot in a potential run-off.

 

Thousands are descending upon Baton Rouge for the Top Ten showdown between the Tigers and the Florida Gators. Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson says give yourself extra time to get where you need to go. College Game Day will also be broadcasting on ESPN ahead of the game. Munson says you can go to LSUsports.net/gameday for a list of resources to surviving Saturday.

 

KALB Reports the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole has denied a parole attempt by 45 year old Larry McClinton who is serving life for the murder of a woman in Pineville back in 1991. McClinton shot and killed 21-year-old Angela Hargons and wounded her mother in April 1991. He received a life sentence at the age 17. But, in 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Montgomery v. Louisiana that juveniles sentenced to life in prison must have a meaningful chance at parole.  McClinton tried to get that chance on Thursday, but was denied.

 

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry filed rules and regulations with the State Register's office on Thursday for the Louisiana Industrial Hemp Program. Commissioner Mike Strain said his staff worked diligently to complete and file the industrial hemp administrative rules and regulations. The goal is to have everything in place and licenses issued in time for the 2020 planting season.

 

The first question asked at Thursday night’s debate was about the hiring and firing of former Governor Edwards’ Deputy Chief of Staff Johnny Anderson, and his sexual harassment scandal. Former Edwards employee Juanita Washington accused Anderson of sexual harassment and assault while working under him in the administration, and Edwards says he was forced to resign less than six hours after the incident was reported. Edwards says Anderson was hired after he received praises from civic, political and religious leaders from across the state recommending Anderson for the job. Washington is now suing the Governor over the incident.

 

The Eastbank Little League baseball team visits President Trump at the White House today. The team claimed a world championship victory in August and Head Coach Scott Frazier says it all started at a press conference with a suggestion that the team should get a trip to DC if they were victorious. The team is based in the suburbs of New Orleans and is the first team from the area to achieve the championship.

 

A CDC report shows that Louisiana dropped in the rankings for new cases of gonorrhea and early-stage syphilis. Assistant Secretary for the state Office of Public Health Dr. Alex Billioux says Medicaid expansion has been effective in the decline.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says state waters hold enough red snapper for at least three more weekends of sport fishing, starting today. The second and third weekends will start Oct. 18 and Oct 25.

 

Sports..

 

The Houston Astros won the American League Divisional series last night with a 6 to 1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Now, just one day to rest up before they host the NY Yankees tomorrow and Sunday night..

 

Tonight Game 1 of the National League Championship Series  Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 6p  94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron expects senior linebacker Michael Divinity will start on Saturday after getting hurt in the Vanderbilt game. And Orgeron expects senior defensive end Rashard Lawrence will play, but he doesn’t know if he’ll start. The match-up of the week in the SEC is LSU versus Florida. The Tigers lead the country in scoring, averaging 55 points per game, while the Gators are fifth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense. Airtime 5p on 96.9 KZMZ

 

After a week to rest up, The LA Tech Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow as they play host to U-Mass. Airtime 4:30p on 94.7 ESPN.

 

After losing to Memphis last Saturday, ULM jumps back into Sun Belt Play tonight when they visit Texas State. The Warhawks rank third in the Sun Belt in total offense and Coach Matt Viator likes what he sees from his quarterback Caleb Evans and his junior running back. Evans is once again, putting up numbers for the Warhawks as he’s averaging 292 yards of total offense per game. He’s averaging 234 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Kick-off tonight is at 8:15.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/10/2019

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Louisiana has yet to get a firm grasp on normal fall temps this year. While a cold front is expected to impact the state starting tomorrow, National Weather Service Lake Charles Meteorologist Andrew Tingler says it will be hotter than average today with highs near 90. Tingler says don’t let the small chance of rain Saturday morning before 8a but, the weekend should be amazing. The cold front will be short lived as the state will have another warm up at the start of next week.

 

It was the final debate before the gubernatorial primary last night and at times it sounded more like an episode of the Housewives of Atlantic city.. For the most part nothing new was discussed  as the candidates were uncontrolled by the moderator and at each other throats. Slanted Facts or a total lack of them seemed to dominate the evening. Governor Edwards continued blasting Ralph Abraham for his record of missed votes in the House. Abraham returned fire slamming the governor over what he called a slow, setback riddled 2015 Flood recovery. Eddie Rispone continued hammering his fellow Republican Abraham over a campaign pledge made in Abraham’s initial run for office that he would donate his Congressional salary to charity. The primary is now less than three days away.

 

Congressman Ralph Abraham who is in third place in the recent gubernatorial polls introduces a resolution calling for the expulsion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated. Political analyst Clancy DuBos says it appears to be an 11th hour effort to drum up support and that the resolution will not materialize into any sort of action. A statement from Abraham says Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected president is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped.

 

Site selection magazine has listed Louisiana ranks No. 2 for infrastructure investment that supports economic growth. States are ranked for investment in corporate facilities as well as roads, bridges, airports and railroads. In a statement, Governor  Edwards noted that groundbreaking ceremonies are set this week on a $125.6 million project to improve access to the new, $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Earlier this year the ground was broken on a $71.8 million plan make it easier to enter Barksdale Air Force Base from Interstate 20 and I-220 in the Shreveport area. Both projects are being financed with federal bonds. In August Edwards pledged $85 million in state capital outlay dollars to help finance a new, I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles.  Who was #1 on the list? Texas.

 

About 1500 immigrant detainees are being held in the Winn Correctional Center.  It’s one of eight jails in the state to be housing immigrants.  The facility is run by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Cranford Jordan says work with ICE fills a gap created by criminal justice reform. The detainees are all men, ages 18 plus, and are being kept separate from prisoners.  Jordan says the facility results in $35-40 million being put into the local economy and with the ICE partnership, the 275 employees are seeing a pay bump.

 

Baton Rouge Metro Airport will soon charge Lyft a $3 fee for each ridesharing pickup at its facility, a move that's expected to help defray losses in revenue from people renting cars at the airport. The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted Wednesday evening to green-light contract negotiations between the on-demand car service and the airport commission. The contract, which has yet to be finalized, is expected to go into effect on November 1.

 

Books by former Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate Albert Woodfox, New Orleans native Sarah M. Broom and Shreveport poet Jericho Brown are finalists for this year's 70th annual National Book Awards. Woodfox spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement in Angola before his murder conviction was overturned and he was released, in 2016. His memoir "Solitary," written with Leslie George, is a finalist for nonfiction. Broom's 1961-set "The Yellow House," released in August and also nominated for nonfiction, is a memoir "about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. And Brown's "The Tradition" is vying in the poetry category. This year's winners will be announced Nov. 20.

 

After losing to Memphis last Saturday, ULM jumps back into Sun Belt Play tonight when they visit Texas State. The Warhawks rank third in the Sun Belt in total offense and Coach Matt Viator likes what he sees from his quarterback Caleb Evans and his junior running back. Texas State comes into the game averaging just 20 points a contest. But Viator says the Bobcats feature some good skill position players…

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/09/19

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Cenla Broadcasting

 

Three men from Alexandria have been identified as suspects in the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial that saw former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger receive a ten-year sentence for the killing of her neighbor.  One suspect, 20-year-old Jacquerious Mitchell, is in custody. Two others, 32-year-old Michael Mitchell and 22-year-old Thaddeous Green, are still being sought. According to authorities the three men traveled from Alexandria to purchase drugs from Brown in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex.

 

The Final Gubernatorial Debate for is tonight on Gray TV stations across the state. The First Debate was held in Baton Rouge, the second in Lafayette and tonight’s will be conducted in Shreveport. You can watch tonight’s debate here in Cenla on KALB TV CBS 2 starting to 7pm.

 

51 percent of Louisianans would vote for President Trump if the election were held today according to a new Gray Television poll. 58 percent of men support the President while only 45 percent of women say the same. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says it’s a consistent trend. 625 registered voters were questioned in the survey.

 

An Emerson College gubernatorial poll puts Governor Edwards at 48 percent, Eddie Rispone at 25 percent, and Ralph Abraham at 19 percent. Polling Director Spencer Kimball says the two Republican candidates are polling neck and neck across south Louisiana, and the race could come down to who brings out the most voters in north Louisiana. The poll surveyed 467 likely voters and has a 4.5 percent margin of error.

 

Progress is being made on a very deadly section of I-10 . State officials broke ground Tuesday on the third phase of the I-10 widening project in St. Marin Parish. Nearly 88-million dollars will go towards expanding I-10 from four to six lanes between Breaux Bridge and Henderson. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says 70-thousand motorists travel that stretch of I-10 daily and by 2035, the number of vehicles is expected to increase to over 105-thousand daily.

 

New research shows rough, congested, and unsafe roads are costing Louisiana motorists around $6.9 billion annually, which could cost up to almost $2,300 per driver. Spokesperson for the transportation research group TRIP, Rocky Moretti, says nearly half of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

 

Uncertainty among small business owners rose slightly in September sending the small business Optimism index down to 101.8.  NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says Election Day in Louisiana has the potential to bring more clarity to business owners to the future of the business climate in the state. However, She says optimism does remain at a historical high.

 

The “On the Road Again” project is being considered a huge success. The program lets parents who’ve lost their license for falling behind on child support to catch up in and get their license reinstated.  Department of Children and Families Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard says they’ve seen an 85% increase in collections this year.  The money will benefit 365 families with 480 children.

 

Caddo Sheriff’s deputies are investigating incidents that lead to 33-year-old Shatira Caldwell being struck by a car on Monday night. The drive of the vehicle that hit her is not currently under investigation, but deputies say the circumstances behind the woman being in the roadway are suspicious and remain under investigation. Caldwell later died of her injuries.

 

State Police arrested a 21 year old St. Martinville man on 806 counts of child pornography Friday. Bryson Daigle was booked after an investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit. He was booked on 806 counts distribution of pornography involving juveniles.

 

Sports…

 

The Houston Astros Divisional Title series it tied up 2 all, that after the Astros lost to the Tampa Bay Rays last night 1 to 4. They will play the rubber game tomorrow night.

 

Big game tonight for the Ragin Cajun football team as they host Appalachian State in a game that will be televised by ESPN Two starting at 7 PM. The two teams met in the first Sun Belt championship game last year and both teams could meet again in the conference title game.

 

LSU’s offense, which leads the country in scoring, faces its toughest test by far on the season when they host Florida. The Gators lead the SEC in scoring averaging 10 points a game and they lead the conference in sacks with 26. Last year, Florida dominated LSU’s o-line, beating the Tigers 27-19.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/08/2019

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Cenla Broadcasting

 

Tickets are in high demand for the Top 10 matchup between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers.  The game is sold out and the only way to get into Tiger Stadium is buy getting tickets from the secondary market.  StubHub spokesperson Adam Budelli says there are about 4400 tickets up for grabs on their website right now. The cheapest ticket to get in is still just over $100.  However, the average ticket is going for close to $250.

 

One of the town of Ball’s mayoral candidate has been cited for theft of non-profit organization he was involved with. 69 year old Roger Toney, the former mayor of the Town of Ball, who is also running for mayor in this year's election, was issued a criminal citation for theft under $1,000. The Sheriff’s office says Toney was never booked in jail, he was just issued a citation.

 

A Mason-Dixon poll shows Governor Edwards topping Eddie Rispone 51-43 and Ralph Abraham 53-38 percent in a potential post primary run-off. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat warns it’s just too early to trust any run-off polling. He says given the poor track record of Louisiana governors in run-offs, Edwards should do all he can to avoid one. No Louisiana Governor has won a run-off since the state adopted the jungle primary system in the 70s.

 

Donald Trump Jr. headlined a special Louisiana Republican Party event at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette on Monday. The Louisiana Republican Party said the event aimed to build momentum for a higher Republican turnout on Election Day, this Saturday. Trump Jr. was joined at the event by Republican gubernatorial candidates Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone.

 

The US Supreme Court heard opening arguments Monday in a 2015 case questioning the constitutionality of non-unanimous jury verdicts. Louisianans voted to require unanimous juries in felony trials last year. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says this case has the potential to have a huge impact on the nation’s legal system outside of just unanimous juries.

 

Accidental poisonings surpass car crashes as the number one cause of unintentional deaths in the state.  The opioid crisis is the big contributing factor as opioid related deaths seen a steady incline over the last ten years.  LSU Health New Orleans Medical Toxicologist Dr. James Diaz says the stats are alarming. Two out of three overdose deaths in the state are linked to opioids. While the opioid prescription rate has gone down in recent years, Diaz says the state is on the biggest distribution pathway in the south of illegal  drugs, that being I-10.

 

State Police identify the 16-year-old bicyclist killed Sunday  night in St. Landry Parish. Trooper Thomas Gossen says Lane Leger of Opelousas was hit from behind by a Nissan Altima on the I-49 North Service Road, adding the driver of the vehicle did not see the bicyclist and is not facing any charges. Gossen says Leger was riding his bike after the sun went down without lights in a not lit well part of the service road.

 

Governor Edwards’ suggestion that the closure of Bayou Steel in LaPlace may have been linked to the ongoing trade war has sparked a fierce rebuttal from the Trump Administration. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says it’s unlikely the closure was tariff-related because the point of a tariff on imported steel is to protect companies from foreign competition, not to make things worse. The Bayou Steel announcement is another blow to the River Parishes that were already hit by the cancellation of a significant project by Wanhua Chemical. Scott says neither appears to be tariff-related.

 

Perficient Inc. will hold a technology recruitment open house at its downtown Lafayette location located. on Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The company is a global digital transformation consulting firm. Perficient is seeking both entry-level and experienced IT professionals to expand software development services in Lafayette, and plans to fill more than 70 positions. All attendees are encouraged to register at the company’s website.. You can find a like on our website under the news tab.

 

Sports..

 

The hype is building for Saturday night’s showdown between 5th ranked LSU and 7th ranked Florida as the two teams are set to meet in Death Valley. In previous matchups between these two teams, there’s been a lot of talk on social media between the players, but Coach Ed Orgeron wants his guys focused on the task. After back-to-back 11 AM kick offs for the Tigers, Orgeron expects the crowd will be fired up for a Saturday night kickoff in Death Valley. LSU enters the game with a 5-0 record and they lead the country averaging 55 points a game.

 

A very tough day yesterday in Game three of the American League Divisional Playoffs as the Astros dropped a big game to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Final 10 to 3. The Astros, who lead the series 2 to 1 will attempt to finish up the series this afternoon in game 4. Airtime 2:40 on 94.7 ESPN.

Good Morning.. News For Monday10/07/19

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Cenla Broadcasting

 

If you’ve been looking for a break from the heat, today is your lucky day.  A long-awaited cold front arrives today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says our first cold front of fall is coming later than normal, but it is much welcomed. Keim says northern and central parishes will see high temps only hit the upper 70’s today. Tomorrow morning lows will be in the 50’s in northern parishes, 60’s in central parishes, and 70’s along the coast. Another cool front will move in towards the end of the week.

 

The US Supreme Court agrees to hear a Louisiana abortion case that deals with a 2014 state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges. Only three clinics in the state provide abortions and opponents of the Louisiana law say it could close two of them.  Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case gives the nation’s highest court a chance to reshape the nation’s law on abortion. This is the first major abortion case taken up by the court since the appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

 

A powerful ad hits the airwaves slamming Governor Edwards’ hiring of former Deputy Chief of Staff and alleged sexual harasser and assaulter Johnny Anderson. The ad features alleged victim Juanita Washington. Washington details her experience, and says when she reported the harassment; she was “out of a job”. The Edwards campaign has responded to the ad saying Anderson’s employment was ended hours after they were informed, and that the office has a zero-tolerance harassment policy.

 

President Trump visits Louisiana Friday, but his son Don Trump, Jr. will be part of a rally in Lafayette today.  UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says those close to the President are stepping up efforts to unseat Gov. Edwards.The event begins at noon at the Cajundome Convention Center.  The visit from Trump, Jr. comes following a weekend rally attended by Vice President Pence in Kenner.

 

Seven TV stations from across the state will be airing the final gubernatorial debate on Wednesday night from 7 to 8p. The debate, which will take place at the studios of KSLA in Shreveport, is the last scheduled debate ahead of the October 12 election. Here in Cenla the debate can be heard on KALB TV5.

 

We’re less than a week from the primary and the race for Insurance Commissioner could go either way with a recent independent poll showing most voters have yet to make up their mind. Incumbent Jim Donelon has been blasted on the airwaves by attack ads, including one showing Donelon nodding off at some kind of public hearing.

Donelon who says one look at his monthly schedule would soften any concerns about his work ethic. Donelon has served in the position since 2006 and says if re-elected he’ll continue fighting to get laws passed that will continue to drag down insurance rates.

Opponent and fellow Republican Tim Temple has sunk over a million dollars of his own money into the campaign.

 

Early voting for the October 12 election has officially ended and according to the Rapides Parish Registrar of Voters, 11 percent of registered voters cast an early ballot. The total number of early voters for the week, including mailed in ballots, 9,610.  Compare that to the 2015 Gubernatorial Race where only 4,942 voted . Voting locations will be open next Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Following three consecutive years of record-setting adoption rates resulting in over 2,400 kids finding permanent homes, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services receives a national award for its work in adoption from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters credits the state’s 2016 transformation of its approach to foster care and adoption with the Quality Parenting Initiative as a contributing factor in receiving the recognition. Recipients will be honored at the Children’s Bureau Celebration of National Adoption Month in November in Washington, DC.

 

Food Stamp benefits are going up about two to four dollars a month for Louisiana recipients thanks to a national cost of living readjustment. Department of Children and Family Services Economic Stability Director Kim Matherne says it’s part of the yearly change to the program, and how much more you’ll receive is based on your household’s size. The minimum allotment has also risen from 15 to 16 dollars.

 

Sports..

 

5th ranked LSU finished off the non-conference portion of its schedule with a dominating 42-6 win over Utah State. Tigers Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 344 yards and five T-Ds as LSU rolled up 601 yards of offense, while the defense gave up just 159 yards. Coach Ed Orgeron says it was their most complete game of the season

 

The Saints improved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback as New Orleans topped Tampa Bay 31-24. Bridgewater threw an interception in the first half, but he was nearly perfect after that as he threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

Good Morning... News For Friday 10/04/2019

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The latest finance reports are in and Governor Edwards has 3.1 million on hand, followed by Eddie Rispone at 2.7 million, and Ralph Abraham at 318,000.  Edwards continues to lap his opponents in fundraising, outraising Rispone and Abraham in the last period by a combined 574,000 dollars. Independent polls show Edwards close to avoiding a run-off.

 

If you’ve watched any TV lately you’ve likely seen Eddie Rispone’s extensive ad blitz in the governor’s race. Campaign finance reports show the Republican spent 3.5 million dollars between September 3rd and 22nd in the campaign that has vaulted him to 2nd in recent polls. JMC Analytics has Rispone up 21-18 over Republican Ralph Abraham.

 

Vice President Mike Pence will visit New Orleans Saturday to hold a rally to encourage Louisiana residents to vote for one of the two Republicans in the governor’s race. And Businessman Eddie Rispone has received an endorsement from Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.

 

Early voter turnout remains far above expectations as approximately 250,000 Louisianans have cast their ballot for the October 12th primary. We’ve had more early voters after just five days than in all of 2015 by 18,000 votes, but that may not mean a higher total turnout. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says 90 percent of ballots cast were cast by “chronic” voters, but those voters could inspire others to show up. Early voting continues through Saturday.

 

A new study from AAA indicates autonomous emergency braking systems are only sporadically effective in detecting pedestrians at speeds above 30 mph. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says the findings are a reminder to drivers to stay alert.

The study shows the detection systems are completely useless at night, which is when 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur. Redman says AAA encourages improvements to the technology, as braking systems do work well in avoiding collisions with other drivers.

 

Our Lady of the Lake cuts the ribbon today in Baton Rouge on its new five-story children’s hospital which took over three years to construct.  President of Children’s Health Trey Dunbar says they will begin moving patients into the facility tomorrow.

Dunbar anticipates the facility will treat patients from all over Louisiana as well as those traveling in from nearby states. Dunbar says the total cost of the construction was $230 million, which was funding with the help of many contributions from the community.

 

Forever 21 may close more than 150 locations across the US with three locations possibly closing in Louisiana. The apparel retailer could possibly close three stores in Louisiana including the location at the Mall of Acadiana. Other locations include stores in Denham Springs and Lake Charles. The Alexandria mall location appears to be safe for now.

 

An attorney representing some of the steel mill workers laid off by Bayou Steel in LaPlace this week is questioning whether the company complied with federal law when notifying workers of the layoffs. Attorney Brent Barriere says employees were blindsided by the mass layoff. The closure led to 376 being left without a job.

 

A Memorandum of Understanding signed at Fibrebond’s headquarters in Minden Thursday morning will result in road improvements in the area to keep the  Webster Parish manufacturer in northwest Louisiana. The state transportation department has agreed to replace eight bridges in the region, and Governor Edwards says these improvements help everyone. Because of deficient roads and bridges, Fibrebond is forced to travel many extra miles to ship their products out west.

 

Sports..

 

LSU will welcome Utah State into Death Valley tomorrow for an 11 AM kick-off. Utah State is 3-1 on the season and coach Gary Andersen says his team looks forward to playing a team ranked in the top five. The forecast calls for hot and muggy with the high near 93 in Baton Rouge on Saturday. .

 

Injured Saints Quarterback Drew Brees tells WWL Radio in New Orleans that he’s rushing to get back, but is not putting a specific timetable on his return. Brees says he’s regaining strength in the hand that underwent surgery. The Saints are 2-and-0 with Teddy Bridgwater starting, but Coach Sean Payton wants to see fewer penalties and would like to get running back Latavius Murray more involved. The Saints host Tampa Bay at noon on Sunday. Week 5 of the NFL season begins tonight with Seattle hosting the Rams.

 

LSU pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson is expected to play Saturday against Utah State. Chaisson has missed the last two games after suffering an ankle injury in the Texas game. Coach Ed Orgeron says defensive end Rashard Lawrence is now probable. The former Neville star has also missed the last two games after suffering an injury in Austin. Coach O hopes Glen Logan can play next week and he says wide receiver Terrace Marshall is recovering quickly.

 

La Tech’s non-conference fooball schedule for next season is set. The Bulldogs will visit UNLV and Vanderbilt and host Baylor and Prairie View A-and-M. In 2021, Tech will host Southeastern Louisiana and SMU and travel to Mississippi State and North Carolina State. The 2022 non-conference schedule features a road trip to Clemson and at Nebraska in 2023. After spending the first four weeks on the road, Nicholls finally has a home game Saturday.

 

ULM hosts 23rd ranked Memphis on Saturday as the Tigers are the first ranked opponent to visit Malone Stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision era. The Tigers are 4-0, including a win over Ole Miss.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/03/2019

News for Thursday 100319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Word yesterday of the passing of former Rapides Parish assistant DA Camille  Giordano, Sr.  Visitation will be held at the Kramer funeral home beginning Tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated starting at 1:00 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial. Camille Giordano, Sr. was 72.

 

The downtown Alexandria CLTCC main campus officially opened it’s doors Wednesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony that drew political and community figures from across the state. The $22 million project officially started in 2016 after state budget woes put the school in uncertainty. CLTCC is moving from its South Macarthur Dr. location here in Alexandria. Officials said the new campus is one of a kind in the state, being the only downtown community college.

 

Republicans appear to be far more motivated to pack the polls this year than they were in 2015, according to an analysis of the first three days of early voting. Early voting totals are nearly double what they were four years ago, and JMC Analytics publisher John Couvillon says it’s far more Republican as well. In 2015 Governor Edwards grabbed 40 percent of the primary vote, while the top three Republicans combined for 57 percent. Early voting continues through Saturday.

 

The Republican Governor’s Association and Gumbo Pac are flush with cash and blanketing the TV airwaves with some of the gubernatorial race’s toughest attack ads.

Gumbo Pac has dropped millions on the race, and Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says they’ve shifted their fire to the new top polling Republican, who they’ve labeled “Phony Eddie Rispone.”  The ad is targeting the Baton Rouge businessman’s business dealings. The RGA has poured money into a strictly anti-Edwards campaign, with their latest salvo seeking to tie the Governor to Georgia Democrat Stacy Abrams.

 

The Saints will induct Will Smith to the Ring of Honor inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday. Smith was a fan favorite and team captain on the Super Bowl team and the former first-round pick had 67.5 sacks during his Saints career. His life ended three years ago when he was shot by a motorist during a traffic dispute in the Lower Garden District.

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding hunters of the importance of tree stand safety with a new campaign. 86% of fall victims did not wear a harness, and LDWF Hunter Education manager Eric Shanks says someone may have gotten away unscathed without taking proper safety precautions, but there is no reason to test fate. For more information go to tree stand safety awareness.com

 

Baton Rouge-based insurance company Go Auto lowered its vehicle insurance rates in Louisiana by 3.6%, which is a total reduction of $5.6 million among 74,000 drivers across the state. The new rate was approved by the Louisiana Insurance Commissioner this week and is slated to go into effect on Oct. 7 for existing policies and on Nov. 7 for new insurance policies.

 

A Florida woman who freed herself from a camel by biting its testicles at an Iberville Parish truck stop last month said Wednesday she suffered broken bones and had to have her lungs drained of blood after the 600-pound animal knocked her over and sat on her. 68 year old Gloria Lancaster, speaking publicly for the first time since the Sept. 18 encounter, told The Advocate her injuries will require months of physical therapy and medical treatment. She said she doesn't fault the camel for defending its pen after she and her husband went in to fetch their dog.

 

The Department of Transportation and Capitol Region Planning Commission are conducting a survey to get a better picture of the daily travel habits of motorists in the area.  It’s the first study of its kind since the early 90s. Louisiana has a $14 billion backlog of transportation needs and the survey will help to prioritize improvements.

 

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association is touring the state presenting the annual State of the Industry, including a stop in New Orleans today. LOGA President Gifford Briggs says among the highlights is increasing optimism over Gulf of Mexico drilling. Additional stops for the tour happen next week in Lafayette, Houma, and Baton Rouge.

 

There’s now three reports of a white male in his 40s allegedly impersonating a police officer and pulling over women on Louisiana and Mississippi highways. One incident occurred over the weekend near the Bonnet Carre Spillway. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Captain Donnie Smith says the woman was pulled over by a black charger flashing blue and red lights. Smith says after pulling the woman over the man allegedly told her he smelled marijuana in the car and demanded she exit the vehicle, then took her to the rear of the car. The woman says after she began expressing concern that the man was not an officer, he got in his vehicle and fled.

 

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LSU running back Lanard Fournette is no longer on the team, according to LSU’s Athletics department. A university spokesperson confirmed the reports that Fournette withdrew from the school Wednesday morning. Sources reportedly told ESPN that Fournette “just wants to move on with his life.” Fournette’s brother, Leonard, was LSU’s star running back before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017.

 

LSU’s Superfan fan 9-year old Colton Moore lives in Alabama, but today he’s making the road trip of a lifetime with his parents to meet his idol, Coach O. Colton’s mother Jennifer Moore never dreamed this would happen. A photo of Colton who has spina bifida reached the athletic department an invite was sent. LSU fans responded as well.

Colton will tour the athletic facility tomorrow and meet his idol Coach O. He will also help Coach O with the Tiger Walk on Saturday morning and attend the Utah State game with his parents.

 

The Saints have been able to win with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback, but Coach Sean Payton says the offense could perform better if it wasn’t for all of the penalties. The o-line has been hit with 12 holding calls over the first four games and Payton blames poor technique. Payton would also like to get more touches for running back Latavius Murray, who has only touched the ball 21 times in four games. The Saints will host Tampa Bay this Sunday.

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron says outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson is looking better in practice and could play Saturday against Utah State. Chaisson has missed the last two games because of an ankle injury. Chaisson says the bye week allowed him to get healthier.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/02/19

News for Wednesday 100219

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Cenla Broadcasting

 

Violent crime in Louisiana was down three percent year to year in 2018, and the murder rate is down eight points according to new FBI crime data. Despite the good news Louisiana still leads the nation with the highest murder rate, and LSU Health New Orleans Criminologist Peter Sharf says our murder rate is roughly ten times that of New York’s. He says there’s a lot of work to be done.

 

State police report 59 year old Michael Routon of Olla was killed early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Natchitoches Parish. Routon was driving an 18 wheeler that troopers say left the roadway, struck some trees and overturned. Routon , who was wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

President Donald Trump tweets encouragement for Louisiana Republicans to vote for either Ralph Abraham or Eddie Rispone in the gubernatorial primary, calling them both “great”. Recent polls put Governor Edwards in the upper 40s with roughly 15 percent of voters still undecided.

 

Last month was the warmest September on record for the state dating back to 1895.  State climatologist Barry Keim says after calculating a preliminary value for the entire state, the state exceeded the previous record by half a degree.

 

The State Attorney General’s Office reports 21 people have been arrested as part of the 2019 National Health Care Fraud Takedown, including three from Cenla. The effort involved numerous federal and state agencies working together to fight health care fraud in the state.

 

Chevron is awarding up to 375,000 dollars to state teachers in the form of 1,000 dollar grants aimed at building up the STEM experience in Louisiana classrooms. H.L. Bourgeois High Math Teacher Melissa Williamson says it’s a big help because STEM classrooms can be incredibly expensive to maintain due to the need for hands-on work. Louisiana is an energy economy, and Williamson says emphasizing STEM skills increases the chances students can stay at home after they graduate and contribute to the local economy.

 

Ruston’s recovery from last April’s deadly EF-3 tornado has stalled due to the wait for FEMA assistance reimbursement. Mayor Ronny Walker says debris was removed and power restored in the days after the twister, but recovery efforts are going slower than desired now. The city owns its own power distribution system and dipped into reserve funds to restore electricity within four days.  Walker says it was much quicker than the initially anticipated two weeks. Plus, five miles of the city’s fiber network had to be replaced. 

 

More than 150 restaurants in the state have been cited for not disclosing to customers that their seafood is imported as opposed to domestic. The Louisiana Department of Health is issuing the citations since the new law is now in effect. However, no fines are associated with the citation.

 

A new gasoline tax took effect yesterday in our neighbor to the north, Arkansas. The gas tax rose by three-cents to 24.5 cents a gallon and diesel fuel went up an additional six-cents. It’s the first change in Arkansas’ fuel taxes in 20 years and it’s expected to generate an additional 95-million dollars annually.

 

A St. Landry Parish man is dead a week after falling out the back of a pickup truck that travelling down LA 103. 38-year-old Fredrick Freeman was in the back of the truck when for some reason he fell off the back and slammed his head on the concrete. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but the injuries turned out to be too severe. Neither the driver nor Freeman were impaired at the time.

 

A $100 million bio-fuel refinery could be coming to Acadiana and it could mean more money for local sugar cane farmers. Houston-based Praj industries has been working to create what it calls 2G Ethanol Technology. It takes what's left after the sugar refining process and makes a form of ethanol. This would be the first refinery of its kind in the United States and a milestone in the history of sugar cane harvesting.

 

At Christmas five years ago LSU grad Katelyn Williams came home and told her family she was going to make ice cream. When she learned her sister couldn’t have dairy anymore, it spawned what is now Kate’s Ice Cream, a dairy-free, gluten-free ice cream business in Portland, Oregon. Williams graduated from LSU in 2013. She says her goal is to have nationwide shipping available in a year so her native state can enjoy her dairy-free and gluten-free creations.

 

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A new law signed in California will allow college athletes to hire agents and make money from the use of their image, name or likeness, starting in 2023.  LSU QB Joe Burrow says he believes it is a step in the right direction for athletes. California is the first state to pass a law that defies the NCAA’s stance on compensation for amateur athletes.

 

 

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