KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-11

Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/18/2019

News for Monday 111819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Governor John Bel Edwards survived a difficult re-election campaign beating Republican challenger Eddie Rispone by two percentage points. Rispone poured millions of dollars of his own money into the campaign and President Trump made Three visits to the state on his behalf. But Edwards says this was always a race about Louisiana issues. Edwards looks forward to the next four years. Rispone says despite the loss the Republican Party has nothing to be ashamed of and says his  main platform during the campaign was to improve Louisiana’s standing and make it the best state in the south. He says that remains the goal.

 

LSU Poli Sci Professor Robert Hogan says Edwards’ blend of cultural conservatism and dedication to popular services like healthcare and education put him at the center of the state’s political gravity. This comes despite three visits to the state by President Trump in just over a month. Hogan says Rispone worked hard to tie himself to the President, but it may have been a double-edged sword. Turnout in Orleans parish, the state’s Democratic stronghold, surged in the run-off to 49 percent, up from 39 percent in the primary. Edwards returns for a four-year stint that Hogan says will be a lot tougher than his first term now that Republicans have a near-supermajority in the lower chamber.

 

It was almost like the academy awards a few years back when they announced the wrong winner for the movie of the year.. Saturday night, in the race for Rapides Parish Sheriff,  Mark Wood held a slim lead most of the night. But, but when all 113 precincts reported, Kris Cloessner jumped in front. At that point, many thought he was the winner. Turns out is wasn’t over.. "Technical difficulties" had delayed the reporting of absentee votes all night, and those gave Wood the lead again to become the new sheriff, in the end, Mark Wood won by 743 votes.

 

In Avoyelles Parish, Three term Sheriff Doug Anderson is out and David Dauzat is in.. Dauzat, a retired state trooper, took the seat with 57 of the vote.

 

In Ball Gail Wilking was the winner in that town’s mayoral runoff. Wilking beat Terry Allen Baker         by taking 52% of the vote.

 

In the District 35 senate race Jay Morris eked out a win over Jim Fannin in what turned out to be a nasty race.

 

Republicans won a super-majority in the state Senate during the Oct. 12 primary. The GOP added to their number Saturday night by winning a competitive race in southeast Baton Rouge and conservatives replaced a northwest Louisiana senator not considered Republican enough. Republicans in the 105-member Louisiana House needed to win seven seats to have a two-thirds majority but came up two short of the 70 needed to have their way unfettered after being inaugurated on Jan. 13.

 

Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of a pretty amazing lady.. For countless soldiers deploying overseas, Sara Simmonds, the founder of the “Apple Pie Brigade”  was there to see them off with a hug and a warm apple pie. When they came home, she was there to welcome them the same way. Sara Simmonds passed away Saturday after a short illness. A memorial service for Simmonds will be held at noon Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. Sara Simmonds was 101.

 

A Late Night single vehicle Saturday crash killed a young woman from Urania.

Troopers responded to the crash around 10:45 p.m. after a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Corbin Cahoon of Olla left LA Hwy 127 and struck a tree. The only passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Calla Matthews was pronounced dead at the scene. Cahoon received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was  later transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail and booked for vehicular homicide, careless operation, no driver’s license, and no seat belt. Impairment is suspected in the accident.

 

China lifts a ban on poultry imports from the United States.  In Louisiana, poultry is a $2 billion industry and the decision opens the market for Louisiana producers as the port of New Orleans is one of the largest poultry exporters in America.  Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says it is welcomed news. China banned all US poultry imports in January 2015 after a bird flu outbreak in December 2014.  Strain says in 2013, the US was selling about $500 million in poultry annually to China.

 

Sports..

 

The New Orleans produced the bounce-back performance they were looking for as they defeated Tampa Bay 34-17 to improve their record to 8-2. The Saints started fast and built a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Thomas had a strong game with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. The Saints host Carolina on Sunday. The Panthers lost to Atlanta.

 

Number one LSU is one win away from winning its first SEC West title since 2011 after defeating Ole Miss 58-37 in a wild game in Oxford. The Tigers had 714 total yards as Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns. But LSU’s defense couldn’t stop the Rebels ground game. Coach Ed Orgeron on what led to allowing 402 rushing yards…

Good Morning... News For Friday 11/15/2019

News for Friday 111519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Shreveport-Bossier City area was a battleground in the race for the Governor’s mansion on Thursday, just days before Saturday’s runoff election.  President Trump says Democratic Governor Edwards is being controlled by, as he puts it, the extremists pushing the impeachment witch hunt. President Trump’s appearance marks the third visit to the state to support GOP challenger Eddie Rispone. Governor Edwards says Rispone does not have a plan for the state, which is why he’s reverting to the use of DC politicians.

 

The Secretary of State’s race on the Saturday ballot sees a run-off rematch of incumbent Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup.

Ardoin won the contest last year 59-41 after escaping a packed primary full of Republican contenders. Ardoin initially took over the position in an interim capacity in 2018 after his predecessor, Tom Schedler, resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.

 

Election day is Tomorrow and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is giving Louisiana residents a few reminders. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters should bring an picture ID with them to vote  Voters without an ID will be required to fill out an affidavit, but will be allowed to vote.  Secretary Ardoin is predicting 51% turnout in the runoff election.

 

Smoke could be seen from points all across the city yesterday after as a fire broke out shortly after 1pm on Bolton Avenue. The structure, a business with living quarters attached was located right next to the Western Auto store. A resident living at location was rescued by an APD officer who was first on the scene. The man suffered smoke inhalation, but will be fine. AFD Chief Larry King says the cause of the fire was electrical, resulting from a bad extension cord.  

 

In what is an important and somewhat controversial program, the city of Alexandria has launched a Safe Syringe Program. The program will allow Drug users to dispose of their used needles and in exchange, receive clean needles free of charge. The safe syringes will be administered by Central Louisiana Aids Support Services, or CLASS on Jackson Street. Counselors will be present to talk to drug users. They will also get tested for Hepatitis C and HIV. Alexandria is currently the only city in Central Louisiana with such a program in place.

 

A trial date has been set for 40 year old Sherman Nash Jr of Pineville. Nash will face a trial by jury on April 6th on seven counts of animal cruelty, that after an investigation into an alleged dog fighting ring last year led to his arrest.

 

Hundreds of local newspapers, including The Town Talk, are now under one umbrella company. New Media Investment Group, parent company of GateHouse Media, announced its plan to acquire Gannett in August. On Thursday, the deal was approved in a shareholder vote at Gannett's Virginia headquarters. New Media shareholders also voted to approve the deal earlier in the day. The merger combines the two largest US newspaper chains under a new company, which will keep the Gannett name.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry says police officers, firefighters, and other first responders were allowed to go to last night’s Trump rally, despite concerns about the legality of state workers at political rallies. Landry says he got a call from Congressman Mike Johnson and Representative Alan Seabaugh and had his lawyers dig into the question. He says they found ample constitutional support for the decision.

 

Louisiana Republican Congressman Mike Johnson has concerns the impeachment proceedings will not be conducted fairly. He says precedent calls for the House Judiciary to consider matters of impeachment, instead House leadership has decided to allow two other committees to conduct impeachment proceedings. Democrats say testimony from the public hearings show Trump abused his office when he threatened to hold back foreign aid in exchange for an investigation on a political rival.

 

The state board that oversees Louisiana's Superdome has approved a contract for the first phase of a $450 million renovation of the 44-year-old stadium. Thursday's vote by the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District was to approve a $53 million contract for initial work on the New Orleans landmark. The state is to cover $90 million of the project cost. The Saints are to put up $150 million and the district is to pay $210 million. The upgrade is expected to take four years.

 

The Cajundome in Lafayette announced Thursday morning that KISS is bringing their End of the Road World Tour to the Cajundome in 2020. KISS will perform on Saturday, March 14at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale a week from today at 10am. Tickets will start at $45.

 

Deputies in Vermilion Parish are investigating after a homeowner shot an intruder during an alleged home invasion. Authorities say 29-year-old Landon Hebert was killed after he allegedly broke into a residence around 2:15 Thursday morning. That’s when he was confronted by the homeowner, who fired a weapon killing Hebert. The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for further review.

 

A community activist who was found fatally shot at his Port Allen home had criticized city leaders about an unsolved murder in the city and the need to curb violence just hours before he was found dead. 62 year old Larry Profit was found Thursday morning lying unresponsive in the street near his home. Neighbors say they heard gunshots Wednesday evening, but officers didn’t find Profit until around 8 a.m. when a passerby discovered him.

 

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron found himself earning praise on his radio show from a caller who identified himself as “John B. from Amite”  … That caller was Governor John Bel Edwards.  The Governor congratulated the coach for the big win over Alabama, expressed his pride in LSU, and commended Orgeron for representing the state well during his postgame interview.

 

The Saints look to get back in the win column on Sunday when they visit Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans is coming off a bad loss at home to last-place Atlanta. Saints Offensive tackle Terron Armstead says there’s no panic in the Saints lockerroom…

 

Louisiana Tech takes its perfect Conference USA on the record tonight to face the Marshall Thundering Herd. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says this is not an easy assignment for his team… Hear the game this afternoon starting at 4:30p on 94.7 ESPN.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/14/2019

News for Thursday 111419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Prosecutors still are debating on whether to pursue the death penalty against a woman accused of burning her girlfriend’s baby to death, at the girlfriend’s request. News outlets report prosecutors debated the move Tuesday at hearing for 27 year old Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith. Smith has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 6-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbe, whose mother now faces the death penalty on the same charge.

 

President Trump is once again in Louisiana tonight, where he’ll rally Republicans at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City to vote for Eddie Rispone in Saturday’s run-off.

Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Rispone won’t win unless he can get enough conservative votes in north Louisiana, and this is his last chance to get it done. It’s the President’s third trip to the Bayou State for the campaign, having previously visited Lake Charles before the primary in October, and Monroe last week.

 

A poll of 660 likely voters puts the Governor’s race at a dead heat 49-49 tie between Governor Edwards and GOP challenger Eddie Rispone with just four days until the polls open in the run-off. Edgewater Research pollster Doctor Edward Chervenak says the poll shows there is a lot of partisan loyalty. Polls are open on Saturday from 7 AM to 8 PM.

 

A New Orleans judge has ordered an anti-Edwards ad to be taken off the air after a suit from the Edwards campaign alleged the TV spot was “demonstrably false”. The ad alleged Edwards gave a fellow West Point alum a substantial state contract. The Edwards campaign is celebrating, calling the ad disgraceful, but the spots’ backers say they plan to appeal the restraining order, claiming the ad is “100 percent truthful.”

 

The Legislative Auditor warns 18 towns, cities, and villages on this year’s list of Fiscally Distressed Municipalities are on the edge of budgetary disaster. Director of Local Government Services Brad Cryer says unless these 18 locations change course, they could be headed for bankruptcy and state-run Fiscal Administration of their finances.

It’s not just small villages that have been named. Grambling, Tallulah, Jonesboro, Winnsboro, Baldwin, Clinton, Ball, and others made the list. Cryer says difficult decisions in those places will have to be made.

 

The Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education releases a report showcasing Louisiana’s progress in fighting the opioid epidemic. Council chair Dr. James Hussey says Louisiana doctors wrote 90,000 fewer opioid prescriptions in 2018 compared to the previous year. Overdoses involving prescribed opioids are down for the first time in five years.

 

A federal judge has refused to set bond for a Louisiana man accused of threatening President Donald Trump via social media posts last week. KTBS-TV reports 31-year-old Friedrich Ishola was arrested Nov. 6 and accused of making "threats against (the) president and successors to the presidency." Details were not released.

 

A movie called “Christmas in Louisiana” showcases New Iberia to a national audience this Saturday night on the Lifetime Channel.  Mayor Freddie Decourt says tonight they are having an event to premiere the film for locals. Production from the movie took place in August.  The plot involves a young woman who returns home to New Iberia from Boston for the Sugar Cane Christmas Festival and has a romantic twist with an old flame. Decourt says the many of the locals were cast as extras in the production and it stimulated the economy of the area.

 

The state Department of Environmental Quality has two new Mobile Air Monitoring Labs. Assistant secretary for environmental assessment Roger Gingles says the units have all the bells and whistles to help sample and analyze air quality data on-site and in real-time. Settlements from civil penalties helped pay for the new mobile air monitoring laboratories.

 

A Baton Rouge police officer is receiving no citations or criminal charges, not even a speeding ticket, after investigators found he was driving 94 mph on Airline Highway, at almost twice the speed limit, when he caused a 2017 wreck that killed an infant and severely injured several other people. Christopher Manuel was arrested on negligent homicide after the crash, which occurred while he was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle. The child's mother was also arrested on the same charge because detectives determined the baby likely wouldn't have died if her car seat had been properly strapped in. Manuel remains an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department after charges were dropped against him and the child’s mother.

 

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 60-year-old man for allegedly throwing nails and screws on his neighbors’ driveway. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Glen Springfield says apparently Prentice Lamar Tedeton could not get along with his neighbors. He has been charged with three counts of stalking and four counts of criminal mischief.

 

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help in solving a four-year-old missing person’s case where a man seemingly disappeared into thin air. 33-year-old Kenneth Cole was reported missing November 21st, 2015, and spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says Cole’s family last spoke to him a few days before. Cole’s vehicle was recovered days after he was reported missing, but Chadwick says there was no evidence of foul play in it, and friends and family say he gave no indication he was set to disappear…

 

Sports..

 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Saints offensive guard Andrus Peat will miss the next six weeks after undergoing surgery for a broken arm. With seven games left, Peat will miss most of the rest of the season. The Saints offensive line is coming off a bad performance where they gave up six sacks.

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said on Wednesday’s SEC teleconference that offensive tackle Austin Deculus is questionable for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. Defensive back Kary Vincent is also questionable.

 

The Ragin Cajuns will head to Mobile to face South Alabama on Saturday. Quarterback Levi Lewis is coming off his best game in a Cajun uniform. He threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in a blowout win over Coastal Carolina. U-L Lafayette Coach Billy Napier says Lewis’ hard work is paying off…

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LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady and U-L Lafayette defensive coordinator Ron Roberts are among the 41 nominees for the Broyles Award, which goes to college football’s top assistant coach. The Tigers are fourth in scoring offense, while the Cajuns are 11th in scoring defense.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/13/2019

News for Wednesday 111319

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

If you thought yesterday was cold, State Climatologist Barry Keim says this morning’s temps are even lower. Keim says you’ll need cold-weather gear before you walk out that door. Later today the temps will rebound into the low 50s statewide. But Keim says Canadian air has settled in on the Bayou State with a vengeance and another front is coming through the state tomorrow to extend the stay.

 

The American Lung Association’s “State of Lung Cancer” 2019 report indicates Louisiana has one of the lowest five-year survival rates in the nation at 17%.  LSU pulmonary critical care professor of medicine Dr. Stephen Kantrow says the alarming stat comes at a time when there has been so much progress in the treatment and screening for the disease. 19% of cases in Louisiana are caught in an early stage when five-year survival rates are much higher, compared to 22% on the national level.  The bug culprit is smoking. Many patients never stop smoking even after diagnosis.   

 

Ten-million dollars in hurricane recovery money will go towards building new homes to replace the old FEMA trailers that have been at Camp Beauregard in Pineville since 2005. Guardsmen and their families live in these trailers and Louisiana National Guard Colonel Ed Bush says the soldiers will appreciate an upgrade. There are 40 trailers that are in place at Camp Beauregard.

 

It’s been nearly three decades since David Duke ran for Governor, but the former KKK Grand Wizard’s legacy remains a point of contention, even in this year’s gubernatorial run-off. GOP gubernatorial challenger Eddie Rispone called a recent radio ad linking him to David Duke “disgusting”, but Duke says like many Republicans, they now share many of the same policies. Duke highlighted the similarities between his and Rispone’s immigration, welfare, and tax policy. The former Metairie State Rep says even though his 91’ gubernatorial platform has been adopted by the Republican Party at large. No comments from the state party.

 

Owners of a New Orleans hotel that partly collapsed during construction said Tuesday they are planning to implode the remaining floors. City officials said the implosion will take place in about nine weeks. According to a news release from 1030 Canal Development LLC, multiple engineers have said implosion is the safest way to demolish the project. Parts of its upper stories collapsed Oct. 12 , killing three workers. The cleanup after the implosion will take about three more months.

 

Agents from the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rescued two men, who were reported missing, on the Red River in Avoyelles Parish Monday night after their boat started to take on water and they were forced to swim to a Rock Jetty. Agents were able to ping the boaters phones to track them down. Temps were in the 30’s at the time of the rescue.

 

Louisiana Tech reaches its Forever Loyal campaign goal raising more than $125 million to support University initiatives. Vice President for University advancement Brooks Hull says the money will go toward scholarships, faculty recruitment, research and teaching grants, as well as campus building improvements.

 

Bogalusa is now home to the 50 bed Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center, which may be able to help over 1,000 patients a year in one of the areas hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Bogalusa Representative Malinda White says it’s sorely needed as Washington Parish has a ten times higher rate than the national average of babies born with addiction, because of addicted moms. And the Parish holds the unfortunate title of having the most per capita opioid-related deaths as well.

 

A 24-year-old woman is in Iberia Parish jail after deputies responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home yesterday. Witnesses identified Jessica Mooney as the suspect in the shooting of 46-year-old Kenneth Broussard of New Iberia. Broussard sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was found outside of the home. He was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition.

 

A 44-year-old Eunice man is accused of multiple child sex crimes after meeting a juvenile on an online dating site.  Anthony James Richardson was charged with pornography involving juveniles, computer solicitation, and sexual battery of a victim under the age of 14 years old. The grandfather of the victim caught Richardson and his grandson together then reported it to authorities. The victim and Richardson allegedly met on the social media site called Grinder. Both the victim and Richardson lied about their ages.

 

LSU leads the College Football Playoff Rankings, followed by Ohio State at 2, Clemson at 3, and Georgia at 4. Alabama is on the outside looking in at 5. Last week the Buckeyes took top billing, but Tiger Rag editor Tyler Nunez says the Purple and Gold’s massive win this weekend could not be ignored by voters.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 11/12/2019

News for Tuesday 111219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Late Sunday Night RPSO deputies and the Pineville Police Department responded to a location near Orchard Loop in Wardville in reference to a deceased male juvenile. The cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is completed. The identity is being withheld due to the victim’s age. If anyone has information relating to this investigation contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office .

 

Today marks the beginning of a brutally cold stretch of winter weather in Louisiana with temperatures near freezing in the south and wind advisories and freeze warnings for parts of the north. State Climatologist Barry Keim says wind gusts could hit as high as 30 miles per hour today, with widespread frost expected tonight. Keim says it’s time to wrap the pipes, bring in the pets, and dust off your heaviest coats while we endure the first true winter weather of the season. Keim says don’t put those winter coats away any time soon either, because we may not see a return to warmer weather until next week.

 

A Gray Television poll puts Governor Edwards ahead of Eddie Rispone 48-46 percent with five days until voters hit the polls for the run-off. Only six percent of voters remain undecided, a number LSU Poli Sci Professor Robert Hogan says is remarkably low for a major statewide election. 39 percent of white voters approve of the job the Governor is doing, but only 28 percent say they plan to vote for him. Hogan says the Democratic Edwards is running into major partisan opposition. 88 percent of black voters approve of Edwards’ tenure.

 

Senator John Kennedy continues to address the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  While speaking in Baton Rouge Monday, Kennedy says Representative Adam Schiff’s role as the lead investigator in the inquiry is stacking the deck against fairness to the President. Kennedy says if the case is properly analyzed, the results will come down to whether the President had a good faith basis for believing in the possible corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s business dealings in Ukraine.

 

A navigation lock on the Red River here in Cenla has reopened. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it reopened the John H. Overton Lock and Dam at Alexandria earlier this month. The Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District closed the lock in September, draining all the water from inside the lock chamber for the first time since it was built in 1982. Pumping out the water allowed engineers to inspect the lock, perform maintenance and make repairs. More than 4 million tons of cargo is shipped on the Red River waterway each year.

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services. News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit late last week on behalf of five children, representing 47,500 children in the state who need mental health services.

The lawsuit says children on Medicaid in Louisiana have few options when they experience a mental health crisis. SPLC sued Mississippi in 2010 on similar grounds. That case is still processing.

 

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron on Monday addressed a video that went viral Saturday following the Tigers'  46-41 win over Alabama. In the livestream video filmed by one of the LSU players, Orgeron can be heard addressing his team in the locker room by using an expletive and referencing the well-known "roll tide" chant by Crimson Tide fans. Orgeron did not name the player who recorded the video. “I wish that wouldn’t have happened," Oregon said. He also said he addressed the player that did it. Case closed.

 

College Football Playoff rankings are due out tonight and after their big win in Tuscaloosa LSU is hoping to slide into pole position at number one, possibly for the rest of the season. Many Tigers fans were shocked to see Ohio State take the top position last week, despite LSU’s record against top ten teams. CBS Sports-dot-com analyst Jerry Palm says the Tigers clearly proved a point. Ohio State is undefeated with a number of blowout wins against teams in the Top 25, but unlike LSU, no victories against Top 10 opponents.

 

The Saints are recovering from their shocking 26-9 loss to Atlanta in the Dome Sunday, and are hard at work making sure the same sloppy play that plagued them in that loss doesn’t follow them to Tampa. Coach Sean Payton says the film from Sunday’s loss was pretty nasty, but everyone on the team has to take their medicine and correct the mistakes that lead to their season-high 12 penalties.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/11/2019

News for Monday 111119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Veterans Day honors military service members across the nation today. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will be a part of 42 different events to help celebrate those who have served. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs spokesperson Alex Juan says Veterans Day gives people the opportunity to thank veterans and ponder the many sacrifices service members make to serve the country.  Veterans Day is a significant day in history as we remember the day the guns of the First World War went silent.

 

Early voting for next Saturday's election ended over the weekend and the numbers show that a lot of Louisiana voters took advantage of the option. Statistics from the Secretary of State's office show that 489,649 people voted early for the run-off election, compared to 270,144 for the run-off in 2015. Since there are now 2.9 million registered voters in Louisiana, about 16 percent of voters cast their ballots early.

 

It’s the last week of the gubernatorial campaign.  UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says both candidates need to focus on their core constituents. He says Rispone must appeal to his base of rural conservatives and Trump supporters and he needs the support of his former opponent, Ralph Abraham. Cross says while the candidates focus on voters this week we can expect the PACS to only sharpen their attack ads. Take heart, it will be all over with the run-off this Saturday.

 

Governor Edwards’ campaign is highlighting recent tweets from the White House touting the success of the Louisiana economy, a sentiment that runs counter to local Republican messaging. The tweets celebrate the state’s “booming” economy. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says that’s not helping Eddie Rispone, who is seeking to paint a grim picture of the state economy…

 

They call it Due Dilligence and it was a lack there of that led to an attack ad against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards being pulled from TV airwaves late Friday. The spot claimed the Democratic governor's West Point roommate landed a state contract worth up to $65 million, but the truth is the contract was never awarded. A Republican-financed, anti-Edwards group called Truth in Politics, headed up by GOP donor Lane Grigsby paid for the ad.  

 

Some very cold temperatures are instore for Louisiana this week and with that in mind, the State Fire Marshal's Office is urging home owners to be safe when it comes to heating their homes. Some tips that could save your life,  Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets. Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords.  Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes.  Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves.  Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) unattended. And at  the top of the list, have working smoke alarms in your home!

 

The eight-game losing streak to Alabama is over. The Fighting Tigers went into Tuscaloosa on Saturday and beat the Crimson Tide 46-41 in a game that was quite the departure from LSU’s last victory over Bama, 9-to-6 in 2011. The victory puts the Tigers in the driver’s seat to win the SEC West and play in the conference championship game in December. On a side note; the LSU-Alabama game was the highest-rated regular season college football game on any network in eight years.

 

The Saints were on the wrong end of the biggest upset of the NFL season on Sunday as the one and seven Falcons came into the Superdome and flew back to Atlanta 26-9 win over New Orleans. The loss drops the Black and Gold’s record to 7-and-2. The Saints never found the end zone as Quarterback Drew Brees was sacked six times. New Orleans only had 52 rushing yards as the offensive line had a bad day. Brees says the 12 penalties against New Orleans didn’t help…

 

Ruston has secured a 17.2-million-dollar federal grant to connect the city to the Louisiana Tech campus with smart corridors. The grant will fund smart city technology along new streets, bike and walking paths. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant for Ruston that will embed sensors that provide real-time data for traffic, parking and create a network to develop self-driving cars.

 

New Orleans has a contract in hand from the Hard Rock hotel developers to begin removing the compromised structure that sits right on the iconic Canal Street. Structural Engineer Kerwin Julien says the unique infrastructure challenges of New Orleans will make the process lengthy, and expensive because traditional options are not on the table. Julien says crews will have to carefully analyze the site, and figure out how to take it apart piece by piece without damaging nearby structures like the Saenger Theater.

 

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Good Morning... News For Friday 11/08/2019

News for Friday 110819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A single vehicle crash yesterday afternoon claimed the life of an Elmer woman. State police report shortly before 2pm yesterday 23 year old Kelsey Broussard of Alexandria lost control of the vehicle she was driving. The vehicle left the highway and overturned several times. Broussard was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.  Broussard’s only adult passenger, identified as 25-year-old Brooke Deville, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A toddler, who was properly restrained in a child safety seat, survived the crash and sustained only minor injuries.

 

Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall made it official yesterday; AlexWinterFe?te will take place this year from December 12th to the 15th. The Mayor saying at yesterday’s press conference “Through the years, AlexWinterFe?te has become recognized throughout the state as a signature holiday event.  AlexWinterFe?te will open at 5 p.m. the evening of Dec. 12 with the traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree and Santa’s arrival in Santa’s Village.

 

Turnout remains strong as the first four days of early voting has resulted in 295,000 showing up to the ballot box.  JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says he would not be surprised if nearly 500,000 total votes are cast when early voting wraps up.  That’s a boost from the primary.

 

Republicans already hold a super-majority in the Senate, but House runoffs between Democrats and Republicans could see five seats come to the GOP side. resulting in a super-majority for both chambers. Seven Republicans are in runoffs that could determine a super-majority in the House.

 

Campaign finance reports are out for the late September to late October fundraising period and Eddie Rispone has seen a fundraising explosion since entering the run-off.  Rispone pulled in 2.9 million dollars during the period. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says you’ll start to see a lot more local Republican money pour into the race because donors won’t have to fear playing favorites like in the primary. Edwards raised 5.2 million during the period.

 

Department of Children and Families is celebrating having found 893 foster care children permanent homes over the last year.  The number is the second highest on record, slightly trailing last year’s total of 912.   DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters highlights a 22 percent rise in teen adoptions, which can be a tough age group to find homes for. The state also had a two percent increase in the adoption of sibling groups.

 

The LSU Center for Energy Studies is projecting employment in the oil and gas sectors will remain flat even as the industry as a whole sees expansion in the coming years.

Study co-author, LSU professor Greg Upton, says because of changes in technology, Louisiana will likely never see the kinds of oil industry employment it had in the 70s, or even six years ago. Upton says Louisiana saw peak industry employment in the 70s at 100,000, but that fell to 50,000 a few decades later, and roughly 30,000 after the 2014 crash.

 

All eyes are on Tuscaloosa this weekend for the biggest game in college football and the LSU’s Traveling Tigers are making the trip as well. Alumni Engagement Travel Manager Ali Brooks says LSU was allotted five-thousand tickets for the game but she says many Tiger fans are being resourceful and finding tickets on the secondary market.

 

Sports..

 

LSU basketball tips off its season tonight at home against Bowling Green. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9FM airtime 6:30p

 

The Pelicans will host the Raptors tonight at the nest… Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN.. Zion Williamson continues to rehab and no timetable has been established on when he’ll return.

 

We’re just a day away from a potentially season-defining game between LSU and Alabama, a game that could get QB Joe Burrow a Heisman. Despite playing three other top ten teams this year, there’s no doubt this is the biggest game of the year, every year for the Tigers. Burrow says they aren’t letting that get to their heads.

 

La Tech will look to win its eighth in a row when they host North Texas for homecoming tomorrow. The Mean Green are 4-and-5, but Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says they have one of the best players in the league, Q-B Mason Fine. Louisiana Tech is coming off a bye and they are receiving votes in the AP and Top 25 coaches poll. The Bulldogs are in a position to win the West division, but Holtz says there are still four games left.  You can hear the game starting at 1:30p on 94.7 ESPN

 

Saturday will be a big day of football in northeast Louisiana. Grambling hosts Alcorn State, Louisiana Tech takes on North Texas for homecoming and ULM will host Georgia State.

 

In nearby Natchitoches, Northwestern State hosts Lamar, Nicholls will host Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana is at Central Arkansas. The Bears are in first place in the Southland.

 

The Saints face their biggest rival for the first time this season when they host the Falcons at noon. Atlanta is a dreadful one and seven, but they lead the NFL in passing yards. Coach Sean Payton says the Dirty Birds are still explosive. After missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain, Saints running back Alvin Kamara is expected to play Sunday.

 

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/07/2019

News for Thursday 110719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A cold front moves across Louisiana today, dropping temps ahead of what should be a chilly weekend.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says the front will bring scattered showers to the state. Some shower activity could linger into early Friday, but will most likely be cleared out in time for high school football action.  Keim says the weekend forecast does call for temps in the 30’s for some portions of the state, which could mean frost.

 

Monroe was home to dueling rallies yesterday as Governor Edwards and President Trump descended on the city to rally for the Governor’s race. The President was in town last night to hype up Eddie Rispone to voters in a region that went for Ralph Abraham in the primary. Edwards rallied earlier that day. He slammed Rispone for bringing the President into the race, saying the Baton Rouge businessman had to bring in a national leader because he had no local plans. Early voting for the run-off runs through Saturday.

 

Tiger fans are flocking to Tuscaloosa for the biggest college football game in the nation this week as LSU takes on Bama on Saturday.  Don’t already have accommodations?  President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Jim Page says putting your head in a bed might be costly. T-Town has a population of about 100,000 but on any typical game day, but Page says that number can double or triple.

Traffic is expected to be intense.  College Gameday will be broadcasting from the campus and security will also be slowing things down as President Trump will be in attendance at the game.  Page says extra time and patience is something all game-day revelers need to account for.

 

Public school report cards are out and the state’s overall performance score is up slightly, but the report shows more work needs to be done to improve struggling schools. 16 percent of schools scored an A, 32 percent a B, 29 percent a C, 14 percent a D, and nine percent a failing grade. 571 schools have been identified as needing improvement after achieving low marks for two consecutive years. Here in Rapides Parish, the School District maintained a high “B”.  There were three 'A' school, 18 ‘B’ schools, 11 ‘C's, 7 ‘D's and 6 ‘F's.

 

An Alexandria man has been sentenced to two years' supervised probation for raping a 40-year-old resident of an assisted living facility in 2016. 63-year-old Bernard Jones pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of cruelty to the infirm. He had faced up to four years of hard labor if convicted of his initial charge of first-degree rape at his trial that was set to start this week. Jones also was ordered Monday to avoid all contact with the victim and the victim's family.

 

The State D.O.T.D. announced yesterday that one of the oldest, if not the oldest bridge in Rapides parish has been closed until further notice. The Military Highway bridge in Pineville, which dates back to 1918, is literally falling apart and has been shut down until it can be replaced. The replacement of the bridge was already on the table, but it is a slow process. Bidding for the project is expected to begin in February. Work should start in early spring at the earliest.

 

A study of the Louisiana gubernatorial primary results show President Trump’s October rally in Lake Charles was not a major factor in pushing Governor Edwards to a run-off.  LSU political researcher Dr. Michael Henderson says that naturally leads to a question about the effectiveness of injecting national politics into state races. After last night’s visit in Monroe, the President will be back in the state in Bossier City on November 14th.

 

Ex-"Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden's convictions and life prison term for raping two preteen girls in East Baton Rouge Parish have been upheld by the state's highest court. The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, without issuing written reasons, denied Hayden's appeal of his aggravated rape and forcible rape convictions, and his life sentence plus 40 years. Hayden is also serving a life term for sex crimes in Livingston Parish.

 

A water main broke yesterday afternoon in Ville Platte, leaving the entire city without water. Crews worked late into the night to restore service. Now the entire city is under a boil advisor until further notice.

 

Sports…

 

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In the first college football playoff ranking, LSU is number two, behind Ohio State. Alabama is ranked third, Penn State Fourth. So two teams from the SEC and Big 10 are in the top four, but Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says that will change this weekend. LSU is at Alabama this Saturday and the other big game is Penn State at Minnesota.

 

The Falcons will likely have two of their top players back for Sunday’s game against the Saints in the Dome. Coach Dan Quinn said today that quarterback Matt Ryan and cornerback Desmond Trufrant have returned to practice. Rayn missed Atlanta’s last game with an ankle sprain and Trufant has been out since week five with a toe injury.

 

And the Saints are also getting healthier. Running back Alvin Kamara, tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and cornerback Patrick Robinson were back on the practice field today for the portion viewed by the media.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/06/2019

News for Wednesday 110619

Compile by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The investigation continues into the discovery of a body of an unidentified man Monday on highway 71 south near Lecompte. The RPSO says it will take the coroner’s autopsy to determine the cause of death. Anyone with any information that may help authorities is asked to call the Sheriff’s office or Crime Stoppers.

 

Monroe is the epicenter of the Governor’s race today with visits from both campaigns, including President Trump stumping for Eddie Rispone.  Rispone says the President’s trip at this time emphasizes the need to turn the state around with the November 16th runoff election. Rispone says the man he edged out of the runoff, Congressman Ralph Abraham, will be in attendance tonight as well. Edwards campaign spokesperson Eric Holl says the Governor’s stop in Monroe highlights a different campaign strategy, working together. Holl says President Trump and Governor Edwards have great working relationship and expects that to resume after the political tension that comes with an election ceases. Finally KSYL’s Moon Griffon will interview The President on his show this morning at 9:05..

 

Flu season is heating up and Louisiana leads the nation in flu activity. State Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says most of the cases seem to be focused in south Louisiana, particularly New Orleans and the North Shore. While the cases are piling up, thankfully most of them do not appear to be the more serious A-strain of the flu.

 

Renown Pointe Coupee literary icon Ernest Gaines has passed away at the age of 86. The writer was best known for his work, A Lesson Before Dying, which found national success after it was put into Opera’s Book Club in 1997. Gaines taught at UL Lafayette and was born on a plantation in New Roads in 1933, and his family had to move out of state when he was 15 because his parish did not offer high school for African Americans.

 

When it comes to the hottest ticket in college football, one thing is certain: The waiting game is an expensive one. In the days before No. 1 LSU faces off with No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the game is already tracking as the fourth-highest in average ticket sales across the college football landscape this season, according to sales data from multiple online marketplaces. That average price was $417 as of Tuesday, according to data from StubHub, which tracks higher than any game Alabama played in the 2018 season. The "get-in" price, which tracks the cheapest available tickets, was at $245.

 

After months of delays, the new billion-dollar terminal of Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans opens today.  MSY Director of Aviation Kevin Dolliele says the 82-85% of all visitors by air, into and out of the state, use the facility and the new terminal will drastically improve what they see. The concourse will feature over 40 different retail and food and beverage outlets and the parking now increases to over 8000 available parking spots.  Dolliole says the new facility will also feature a new system for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft as well as additional updates to technology that the 21st century air traveler is looking for in an airport.

 

A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to carrying out schemes that defrauded banks and private equity firms of $29 million. A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Louisiana says 57-year-old Michael Allen Worley pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud and wire fraud. With the guilty plea, Worley has admitted to obtaining $18 million in loans from banks in Baton Rouge and across the country between 2014 and 2018. He also admits to obtaining $11 million from private equity firms in Louisiana and Texas.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in March of 2020 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 24. Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS 9500 test to qualify for consideration.

 

A Denham Springs man is under arrest for stealing an electric shopping cart from a Walmart in Houma, allegedly to avoid getting a DWI. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson John DeSantis says 32-year-old Brice Kendell Williams had parked at one bar, started drinking, then decided to steal the cart and drive it half a mile down the road to another bar. Williams is facing felony unauthorized use of a moveable and a 2,500 dollar bond.

 

Gretna Police report two brothers shot a man to death in an argument over drugs and a woman.  32-year-old Harold Slater and 37-year-old Willie Slater were arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree murder accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old Walter Wilson on Saturday at an apartment complex in Gretna.  Wilson suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and legs.

 

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a Metairie man who disappeared Sunday while meeting with two people interested in buying his car was shot in the head during the vehicle test drive. After the shooting, the would-be buyers, 22 year old Herman Raney and 20 year old La'Shon Brown, both of Baton Rouge, are accused of dumping the 41-year-old man's body in a vacant lot in the middle of a Metairie neighborhood. The JPSO says the victim, 41 year old David Mancia was a father of three.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 11/05/2019

News for Tuesday 110519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone early voted today in Baton Rouge. Afterward, he told reporters he’s disgusted by a radio ad that links him and President Trump to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Rispone blames Governor Edwards for the ad, but the Edwards campaign says they are not responsible. The New Orleans-based Black Organization for Leadership Development produced the ad.

 

The demographics of Saturday’s record-breaking 89,623 early voters show Democrats are far more engaged in the run-off than they were in the primary, specifically blacks who increased their turnout from 25 to 31 percent. That may be good news for Governor Edwards, but JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says the voters most up for grabs in the coming election were notably absent Saturday… White Democrats and Independents.  Edwards holds a 60-37 percent lead among white Democrats, while Eddie Rispone sports a 56-38 percent lead among white independents according to JMC’s most recent poll. Cenla has also seen record early voter turnout.

 

The Shreveport Times is reporting that President Donald Trump will be campaigning in the Shreveport/Bossier city area this month. There are rumors a rally will be November 14th at the CenturyLink Center. The President will be in Monroe this Wednesday and the Advocate reports that Trump will attend the LSU-Alabama game Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

 

Three months after medical marijuana became available in Louisiana, doctors and clinics say some patients are finding the cost for therapeutic cannabis too high for treatment, pricing them out of a medication they waited years to obtain. The only cannabis currently available comes in a flavored liquid tincture, a bottle containing a dropper to use. One bottle can range from about $90 to $220, depending on concentration and pharmacy. The average chronic pain patients would be spending maybe $1,000 a month at current prices for what they need. Insurance does not cover the prescription.

 

Eunice Police have identified the man who died in a shooting Monday morning. Police say 21 year old De'Omaante  Frank of Eunice was riding a when vehicle pulled up beside him and, according to witnesses started firing. The victim was struck once in the side. He was transported to Acadian Medical Center in Eunice where he died from his injuries.

 

Republicans are blasting a request from the Ukrainian Scandal whistleblower that they be allowed to submit written answers instead of publicly testify at an impeachment inquiry hearing. Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins says a desire for anonymity is understandable, but that can be done while still offering authorities a chance to question the whistleblower in person.  Higgins says they’re fairly confident they know who the whistleblower is, and that person is ethically compromised.

Higgins says the whistleblower had contact with Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff prior to the complaint. Something the whistleblower’s attorneys strongly denies.

 

Louisiana earns an F-grade on preterm birth rates from the March of Dimes’ report card on maternal and infant health.  The state’s preterm birthrate is at 13%, slightly higher than last year.  March of Dimes spokesperson Frankie Robertson says among the recommendations to improve the grade are, group prenatal care, eliminating structural racism in health care, and increased availability of Medicaid.

 

Lafayette based Iberia Bank is merging with Tennessee based First Horizon and moving it’s headquarters to Memphis. It’s the first move out of state in Iberia’s 132-year history, and the merger will create one of the larger financial institutions in the entirety of the south. The merger will be completed in the second quarter of 2020.

 

For Mardi Gras we have Boudin King Cake.. So how about Gumbo Beer?? Bayou Teche Brewing and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine have combined forces to release Gumbo Stout, a craft beer aimed at capturing the spirit of the signature Louisiana dish. Brewery founder Karlos Knott says the beer was brewed around the flavor of a chicken and sausage gumbo. Gumbo Stout will be available for a limited time at select retailers around the state.

 

Sports…

 

Not that we would ever encourage gambling on a sporting event, Oddsmakers do not have top-ranked LSU beating Alabama this Saturday and ending the Crimson Tide’s eight-game winning streak over the Tigers. Bama is a 6.5 point favorite, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron says the previous eight games in the series between the two schools won’t have an impact on what happens Saturday…

 

The Saints are big 13.5 point favorites to beat their biggest rival, the one and seven Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the Superdome.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/04/2019

News for Monday 110419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The body of a man who went out fishing and never came home Saturday was found early Sunday afternoon in Kincaid lake. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reports another boater found an unoccupied boat floating in Kincaid Sunday morning.

LDWF is not releasing the man’s identity until all family members have been notified.

 

A single vehicle crash on Elliott Street in Alexandria Saturday morning claimed the life of an unidentified man. According to APD, the vehicle hit a pole and then a tree on a curve. The vehicle flipped and caught on fire. The driver died at the scene but has yet to be identified.

 

Early voting for the November 16th run-off is underway, giving voters a chance to weigh in on the two statewide elections left and a slew of local elections. 374,000 Louisianans early voted in the primary, a state record.  Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is hoping for a repeat performance this time around as well.  Early voting runs through this Saturday the 9th. The election if the following Saturday the 16th.

 

Republican gubernatorial challenger Eddie Rispone ignites controversy by telling Matt and Jim on KSYL’s Talkback that Governor Edwards’ career has hurt the reputation of West Point.  Governor Edwards says the comments were offensive to him and other veterans of the Academy. Eddie Rispone doubled down and called Edwards’ response “fake liberal outrage” by a career trial lawyer. Rispone made the comments on KSYL when asked about his debate performance. He was in the midst of attacking the Governor’s performance when he made the comments.

 

It’s the first workday after the time change so can it affect your health?  LSU Health Sciences New Orleans Chief Cardiologist Dr. Frank Smart says in the spring when we lose an hour, emergency rooms do see an increase in the number of heart attacks. However, The fall time change might actually benefit those with cardiac issues. Smart says the time change does throw off our circadian rhythm so if you have health issues pay attention to abnormal signs.

 

An explosion at a Dow chemical plant near Plaquemine rattled windows in nearby homes but caused no injuries, the company said Sunday morning. An official with Dow says there are no injuries on site, and they were conducting air monitoring. The statement said it had shut down the affected production unit, but the rest of the complex was continuing to run safely and there appeared to be no impact outside of the complex.

 

A Ville Platte man has lost his life after being struck head-on by an 18-wheeler Friday evening. The crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on LA Hwy 33 the driver of an 18 Wheeler attempted to avoid a vehicle stopped in the roadway and lost control, crossing the center line and striking a vehicle driven by 22 year old Trevor Trahan. Trahan, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Shoppers are expected to spend on average about 4% more on holiday gifts than they did last year.  The biggest growth comes in online shopping, with a 13% increase.  LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says when it comes to the amount people are spending, on average, it is forecast to be over a grand. Rice says a trend this year is seeing people start their shopping earlier.

 

The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding efforts of three Louisiana churches destroyed by arson. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel presented the pastors of three St. Landry Parish historically black Baptist churches with the money last week.

 

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The LSU Tigers football team remains the No. 1 team in the country, according to the AP Top 25 poll released Sunday afternoon. After not playing a game during an open date, the Tigers are still on track to play No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) in a "Game of the Century"-type showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

It will be the first time since the 2011 season that LSU and Alabama will meet as the top two teams in the country in the regular season.

 

Louisiana got off to a sluggish start on Saturday afternoon, but 21 points in the second half and a staunch defensive performance clinched bowl eligibility for the Ragin’ Cajuns for the second-straight season after they defeated Texas State, 31-3, at Cajun Field.

Good Morning... News For Friday 11/01/2019

News for Friday 110119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Sparks flew at the first and only run-off debate between Governor Edwards and Eddie Rispone.  The debate came amidst a background of an increasingly competitive campaign with recent polls showing the two neck and neck. A survey released Thursday  by My People Vote poll gives Governor Edwards just over 50 percent support, while Eddie Rispone is right behind him at 47 percent. Only three percent of likely voters surveyed were still undecided. 

 

President Trump will be in Monroe Wednesday, November sixth to support GOP gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. The rally will begin at 7 PM at the Monroe Civic Center. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says the President’s visit falls during the middle of early voting. Monroe is in the 5th Congressional district, which is represented by Congressman Ralph Abraham. Abraham will be in attendance.

 

The House votes 232 to 196 to authorize public Impeachment hearings, the first step in what ultimately may be a formal impeachment of President Donald Trump. All House Republicans and two Democrats voted against the resolution. Five of Louisiana’s six Congressmen voted against the resolution, the sole supporter being New Orleans Representative and Democrat Cedric Richmond.

 

Middle and high school vaping rates have doubled since 2017 in Louisiana according to data from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. An estimated 32 percent of high schoolers and 15 percent of middle schoolers reported using vape products more than once. Tobacco-Free Living Director Tonia Moore says it’s a growing trend. Smoking rates in the state continue to decline among youth at the same time that vaping rates have exploded. Moore says the state has seen 26 vaping related cases of illness and hospitalization.

 

LSU’s online program enrollment has grown by 20% over last year. 1,200 students are now enrolled online, with the goal to boost that to 30,000 over the next decade. Vice provost of digital and continuing education Sasha Thackaberry says LSU’s growth outpaces the national rate of 4% for the same time frame. Currently the university offers 15 online programs, but Thackaberry says the goal is to grow that to 50 by the fall of 2021.

 

The Popeye’s chicken sandwich that captured the attention of the world this summer returns to the restaurant’s menu this Sunday.  How did the sandwich make its way into the spotlight?  Marketing faculty at UNO Lisa Palumbo says much of the hype can be traced to Popeye’s use of social media. The sandwich’s return on a Sunday seems to be a direct shot to the bow of Chick-fila, whose chicken sandwich has been used by many as the high water mark in the world of chicken sandwiches.  Palumbo says good-natured jabs are trendy in marketing.

 

Authorities in Vernon Parish say a woman who worked at a medical clinic has been arrested for selling fake doctor's notes to high school students so they can get out of class.  52-year-old Belinda Gail Fondren was charged with filing or maintaining false public records. Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft says Fondren was selling medical excuses for $20 each. He says two students at Evans High School received excuses on 14 occasions. Deputies said a physician received a call from the Vernon Parish School Board about the absence notes. He told deputies that he didn't treat the students nor did he authorize the excuses.

 

An LSU freshman who was discovered dead in her campus residential hall recently died from acute viral meningitis. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office released the cause of death in a report about 18-year-old Marakah Dennis, of Washington, D.C., who died in September. The virus that caused Dennis' acute viral meningitis has not been identified, but possible viruses that can be responsible include West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and influenza, according to the coroner office’s chief investigator. The Coroner says none of the other students in the hall are at risk of contracting the illness.

 

Sports..

 

The 49ers defeated the Cardinals last night on Thursday night NFL.. The final 28 to 25.

 

First win of the season last night for the Pelicans as they defeated the Denver Nuggets 100 to 107 at the nest. Up next, the Pels are at Oklahoma city to play the Thunder for a Saturday afternoon game.. Airtime 3:30 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

LSU basketball will travel to Ruston for an exhibition game versus Louisiana Tech tomorrow afternoon at four o’ clock. The Tigers are defending SEC champs, but they’ll miss Naz Reid and Tremont Waters who are playing professional basketball. Javonte Smart is the new point guard and Coach Will Wade expects the sophomore will do a good job, it just won’t be as pretty as it was with Waters running the offense. You can hear the game on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM airtime 3:45.

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