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

News for Wednesday 091819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

An area of showers and storms in the Gulf of Mexico has really fired up. Tuesday system went from a 30% chance of development, to a 50% chance of development, to Tropical Depression Eleven, then Tropical Storm Imelda, followed quickly by Imelda making landfall near Freeport, Texas, in the matter of a couple hours. As Tropical Storm Imelda slowly moves to the north towards Houston it will weaken but over the next few days this relatively small storm will bring flooding rains to portions of SE Texas. The storm should stay well to the west of Cenla.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 


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

News for Tuesday 091719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports..

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Monday 091619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Sports…

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

News for Friday 091319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

On air….

 

Tonight..

Houston Astros @ Kansas City 6:40p 94.7 ESPN

 

Saturday September 14th

LA Tech @ Bowling Green 2:30p 94.7 ESPN

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

 

Sunday September 15th

Cowboys @ Redskins 11:30a 94.7 ESPN

N.O. Saints @ Rams 1p 96.9 KZMZ

Eagles @ Falcons 6:30p 94.7 ESPN

 

Monday September 16th

Browns @ Jets 6:30p 94.7 ESPN


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

News for Thursday 091219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Wednesday 091119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports..

 

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

 

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


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

News for Tuesday 091019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Sports..

 

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

 

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


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

News for Monday 090919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

Audio Link  //podcast.ksyl.com:8000/710.mp3

 

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

The deployment is expected to last nine months.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports…

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Friday 090619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Weekend Games!!

 

Friday September 6th

Houston Astros vs Seattle 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

 

Saturday September 7th

LA Tech vs Grambling State 1p 94.7 ESPN

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

 

Sunday September 8th

Titans @ Browns 11:30a 94.7 ESPN

Steelers @ Patriots 6:30p 94.7 ESPN

 

Monday September 9th

N.O. Saints vs Texans 4p 96.9 KZMZ

Broncos @ Raiders 8:45p 94.7 ESPN


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

News for Thursday 090519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

HURRICANE DORIAN LATEST

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

PRESIDENT TRUMP/ADMINISTRATION

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

TODAY’S WEATHER

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

Thursday night.

 

ECONOMIC NEWS

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

WORLD FOOD PRICES DIP IN AUG FOR THIRD MONTH RUNNING

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

 

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

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

 

WASHINGTON

 

OWNER OF ONLINE MESSAGE BOARD 8CHAN TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE

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

 

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

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

 

STEVE KING CLAIMS HE DRANK FROM TOILET AT BORDER DETENTION CENTER

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

BIDEN DEFENDS TIES TO FORMER FOSSIL FUEL EXECUTIVE AT CLIMATE FORUM

 

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

 

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE

 

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

 

DEFENSE SECRETARY TRAVELS

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

US JUDGE: TERROR WATCHLIST VIOLATES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

PLÁCIDO DOMINGO ACCUSED BY 11 MORE WOMEN OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

ESTRANGED HUSBAND OF MISSING NEW CANAAN MOM FACING MORE CHARGES

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

CONSPIRACY THEORIST JACOB WOHL CHARGED WITH SELLING FAKE SECURITIES

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

 

JUDGE RULES MISSISSIPPI VIOLATED THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

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

NFL SEASON BEGINS

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

 

SERENA'S US OPEN TITLE QUEST CONTINUES

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

 

FEATURES

SAME-SEX MALE COUPLES LOSING OUT ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

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

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AFFECT NURSES' PERFORMANCE

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

 

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT DATE ARE NOT SOCIAL MISFITS

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

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

 

HEALTH

 

STUDY REVEALS LINKS BETWEEN EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS AND POOR MENTAL HEALTH

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

 

TRADITIONAL AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES LINKED TO POOR SLEEP

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

 

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

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

 

EATING MUSHROOMS MAY HELP LOWER PROSTATE CANCER RISK

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

 

MIGRAINES LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF DEMENTIA

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

 

COFFEE MAY PROTECT AGAINST GALLSTONES

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

 

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

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

 

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Sports..

 

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


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

News for Wednesday 090419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports..

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

News for Tuesday 090319

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports….

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Good Morning... News For Friday 08/23/2019

News for Friday 082319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria Police have arrested two juveniles and one adult, and are looking for one more suspect, in connection with 32 burglaries at two apartment complexes over the past weekend. The burglaries happened on Sunday at Pecan Grove and Walden Point apartments. Police are still looking for 18 year old Kennedy Ryan Green. He faces 32 counts of simple burglary and has three existing warrants through city court for contempt of court, and one through RPSO for contempt of court.

 

A public visitation will be held today in former Governor Kathleen Blanco’s hometown of Lafayette. Services were held in Baton Rouge Thursday to honor the state’s first and only female governor.  Hundreds paid their respects at the state capitol and they were also able to view mementos from her life. They included the red suit she wore during her inauguration, her wedding photo and a picture of her son Ben who died in an accident in 1997. Visitation will be at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette . The public can pay respects from 12:30 until 8pm. Mass and the funeral will be on Saturday at 10:30 am. A private burial will follow.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry is launching an antitrust probe of big tech companies.  Among the concerns, Landry says companies may be stifling competition in the digital ad space, content suppression, and data mining of consumers. When asked what steps may be taken to discourage companies from nefarious practices, Landry says that is open for discussion.

 

Cheap crude prices may be foreshadowing incredibly cheap gas prices at the pump in Louisiana for the upcoming fall season.  A barrel of crude oil is sitting at just above 55 dollars today after a summer with limited production interruptions and only a brief mid-east flareup. AAA Fuel Analyst Don Redman says crude prices are translating to a statewide average of 2.22 a gallon, nearly 40 cents a gallon lower than the same time last year. Redman says we could see prices under 1.90 a gallon in certain areas of the state later this year..

 

New evidence leads to the arrest of a 70-year-old Lonnie Frazier of Ruston on Second Degree Murder charges, fifteen years after Cheryl Williams went missing in Lincoln Parish. Lincoln Parish Lt. J.D. Driscol says the arrest has been a relief to Williams’ family, who’ve waited more than a decade to see justice served.

 

The state’s most powerful business lobby, The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, endorses both Republican contenders in the Governor’s race. It’s a change of pace for the political powerhouse that did not endorse in the primary last year. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says securing LABI endorsements is vital for a Republican candidate. The primary will be held on October 12th. If no candidate cracks 50 percent of the vote a run-off will be held on November 16th.

 

The ACLU sues the Ascension Parish Sheriff, accusing the department of detaining a US Citizen for four days for immigration review because he was Hispanic. Legal Director Katie Schwartzmann says the office has a policy of unconstitutionally detaining Hispanic or Hispanic appearing people for immigration review by ICE, regardless of their citizenship status. In August of last year Ramon Torres was arrested on a DUI charge. Schwartzmann says Ascension court policy dictates he be released the morning immediately after. Schwartzmann says Torres owned a home and worked in Baton Rouge and had several items on him at the time of his arrest that demonstrated his citizenship. The complaint is seeking an end to the office’s policy and demanding the court provide punitive damages to Mr. Torres. It also alleges that this is not just a onetime incident…

 

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James Donelon has issued a cease and desist order against State Farm in a dispute over hurricane deductibles before Hurricane Barry. The state Department of Insurance received a complaint July 17 from a policyholder who claimed the company was requiring a hurricane deductible for losses that happened before the storm was declared a hurricane July 13. Donelon said State Farm claimed it would impose a hurricane deductible on losses rather than a less expensive out-of-pocket deductible known as "all peril."  State Farm has 30 days to appeal the order.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints wrapped up their last Metairie training camp practice yesterday and are preparing for their last two pre-season games before starting off a make or break season. The prepares takes on the Jets this Saturday.

 

Nationally the Saints is still considered major contenders for the Lombardi this year. Now that a few pre-season games are in the books are rosters are mostly set we’ve seen both NFL.com and ESPN put out their pre-season power rankings, with the Saints taking third in both of the publications.

 

LSU Cornerback Kelvin Joseph let twitter know exactly where he is hoping to transfer to. The Tiger put in for the transfer portal earlier this summer, and his list shows a growing number of SEC teams on the ballot, plus Grambling and Maryland. Thursday  he added Kentucky to that list.

 

Four-star freshman linebacker Donte Starks appears to be nearing eligibility to join the Purple and Gold. He’s been a no show at camp this summer as he works out some issues with his academic eligibility.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/22/2019

News for Thursday 082219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The first of several services for late Governor Kathleen Blanco happens this morning with an interfaith ceremony at St. Joseph Cathedral in Downtown Baton Rouge. For those that cannot make it to the cathedral, a telecast can be seen on affiliates of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Following the ceremony, the casket will be transported to the Capitol to lie in state. 

 

The public will have an opportunity to pay their respect today to Former Governor Kathleen Blanco, who will lie in state starting at 1 pm at the State Capitol Rotunda.

Commissioner of Higher Ed and former Blanco Aide Kim Hunter Reed says the state’s first female Governor is getting a fitting send-off. The public viewing will be continue  through 6pm.

 

AG Jeff Landry says yesterday an armed law enforcement officer from his office was on campus to help educate students and protect them from crime, which may have triggered the armed intruder false alarm. LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard says they are reviewing Tuesday’s response, adding they have recently trained for a similar scenario.

Ballard says campus safety is a shared responsibility and if someone sees something, they should say something.

 

The largest employer in Minden ,a company that employs 750 people, is threatening to relocate to east Texas if the state does not upgrade several bridges in the area that have structural problems. Fibrebond builds huge structures that can measure 16 by 75 feet and weigh 150,000 pounds, making them ineligible to cross de-rated bridges. Fibrebond is a Louisiana owned and operated company that’s been open for the last 37 years.

 

A 19 year old Pollock man, who was accused of setting fire to a home in Pineville and killing two animals inside back in April 2017, has been sentenced two years of supervised probation and will have to pay close to $12,000 in restitution. Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office believe Shea Dubrock may have been responsible for other fires in the same area of Pineville. Dubrock was charged with seven counts of simple arson, a single count each of burglary of a dwelling and obstruction of justice, two counts of cruelty to animals, and a dozen counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. On Wednesday, he changed his plea and pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of simple criminal damage and simple burglary. In exchange, the other charges he faced were all dismissed.

 

The United States Attorney’s office announced yesterday that a former corrections officer at the Federal Correctional Complex in Pollock was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison and two years of supervised release for accepting bribes to smuggle contraband to prisoners. 39 year old Byron Wyatt of Marksville was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell. He was previously found guilty of the offense on April 5, 2018, after a three-day trial.

 

St. Landry Parish Sheriffs are trying to identify a body they discovered left just off Highway 10 in the Beggs area. Authorities say it appears to be an African American female in her early 20s. Foul play is suspected and hey believe he woman had been dead for four to five days.

 

Slidell police have arrested two people after a school resource officer found cocaine on a five-year-old. Authorities say the child didn’t know he had the drugs. 23-year-old Angelica Stanley and 51-year-old Ellis Cousin were taken into custody at their home and they are facing several charges.

 

West Monroe Police have arrested a man they say was in unlawful possession of an AR15-style rifle and body armor. 46-year-old Stewart Wayne Hayes was discovered in his vehicle in the armor, with the gun.

 

The Eastbank Little League baseball team from River Ridge advances in the World Series after beating New Jersey 4-1 yesterday, putting them one win away from competing in the US final and two wins from the championship game against an international team. Coach Scott Frazier says the kids are staying focused despite possible distractions. This is the first team from the New Orleans area to play in the Little League World Series. 

 

Drano or Liquid Plummer would not have helped this situation. An underwater camera employed by the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board on Tuesday revealed what appeared to be at least one, and possibly more, vehicles crammed into a drainage culvert known as the Lafitte Canal that runs under Jefferson Davis Parkway near the Lafitte Greenway. The cars, embedded in a pile of other debris, are clogging up one of the key pipelines used by the pump station that drains parts of Mid-City. Their removal is now underway..


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 08/21/19

News for Wednesday 082119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The state’s first human cases of West Nile Virus of the year have been reported by the Department of Health.  While the West Nile season may be off to a later start than usual, Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter  he is hesitant to call it an optimistic trend. Kanter says the virus has three levels of seriousness and cases have been discovered in East Baton Rouge, Washington, Livingston, St. Tammany, and Caddo parishes. The department recommends people mitigate the risk of contracting the virus by wearing more clothes and use bug repellants that contains DEET. 

 

While there turned out to be no threat, it was an intense scene at LSU’s campus yesterday after police received a report of an armed intruder at Coates Hall.  Just before 3pm the school sent out an alert telling students in the area to Run, Hide, or Fight.  Just before 5pm, another alert was sent, giving the all-clear.  Director of Media Relations Ernie Ballard says they believe one possibility was that a plainclothes officer with a gun on his belt was walking around the building just before the call came in, but that has yet to be confirmed as the reason for the call.

 

A record 8,084 students earned college credit while in high school due to the CLEP in the last school year according to the Louisiana Department of Education. Assistant Superintendent Ken Bradford says it’s an incredibly valuable program that can save students and their families a lot of money. The CLEP tests are graded on a 20 to 80 scale, with 50 being a passing grade. Bradford says for the students who pass, doors can start opening across the country. FYI, The lowest pass rate for any class taken by more than a thousand students was US History II at 29 percent.

 

The state continues to mourn the death of former Governor Kathleen Blanco who passed away from an Ocular Melanoma that she’d been fighting for eight years. LSU Health New Orleans Retina Specialist Maria Reinoso says it’s a tragic cancer, but a rare one that only impacts a small percentage of the population. Reinoso says people with light-colored eyes, fair skin, and northern European ancestry are more prone to the disease. Reinoso says the best way to stay ahead of any potential eye diseases is yearly dilated eye exams.

 

Louisiana soybean farmers continue to take a beating as the trade war with China drags on with no apparent long term deal on the horizon. Soybeans were going for 10 bucks a bushel before the trade war began, and have dipped noticeably since then. Kyle McCann assistant to Louisiana Farm Bureau President says that’s a significant problem for the state’s largest crop by acre. Many farmers would be out of business by now if not for the Market Facilitation payments that are covering an estimated 80 percent of lost profits. Another round of the payments are reportedly on the way now to embattled farmers.

 

Raw chicken is dirty, but a new USDA study indicates washing raw poultry before cooking can be dangerous.  Researcher Dr. Mindy Brashears says washing chicken is a common mistake that could lead to foodborne illness from salmonella spread from splashing. Brashears says the CDC estimates each year, millions get sick from foodborne illness, with 128,000 hospitalizations and 3000 deaths. Solution, run the water out of the tap at little more than a trickle and avoid splashing the area surrounding the sink. If you do, bleach on a rag or one of those sanitary wipes should be used to wipe down the area.

 

29-year-old Andrew Caufman of Shreveport faces 35 counts associated with revenge porn for allegedly distributing nude photos of his ex-girlfriend in a school parking lot. Lt. Bill Davis, with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office says the revenge porn law was enacted in 2015 to address the unlawful and non-consent distribution of images intended to be private.

 

Two Lafayette Police Officers are recovering from injuries after they were dragged by an allegedly drunk suspect’s vehicle. Corporal Bridgette Dugas says the officers tried to remove a suspect from his vehicle when he threw it in reverse. The 31-year-old driver was arrested.

 

An investigation is underway into the death of a worker in a salt mine in St. Mary Parish.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Mine and Health Administration now investigating an incident that claimed the life of a Franklin man. According to a spokesman for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, mine worker Shawn Clements was inside a salt mine owned by Compass Minerals when he was electrocuted last Thursday August 15, 2019. Clement's death was ruled as an accident by the Sheriff's office.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 08/20/2019

News for Tuesday 082019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Two Oakdale men have been arrested in a cold-case homicide, accused in the kidnapping, rape and homicide of an 18-year-old woman whose remains were found in in the Gardner area in November 1980. The identity of the victim, Donna Brazzell, remained a mystery until July, when the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office got information about her identity that was confirmed through DNA testing. That happened five years after the sheriff's office also received other information that led detectives to identify 64 year old Leo Laird and 54 year old Gary Haymon as suspects.  After Brazzell was identified, warrants were obtained for Laird and Haymon on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and aggravated kidnapping in the 39-year-old case. Detectives state their investigation is still ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

 

Two of the three candidates running for the Alexandria City Council District 1 seat were disqualified on Monday.  One candidate,  Reddex Washington for failure to file taxes from 2015 to 2017.  The second was Charles Gilmore.  Rapides Parish Judge Monique Rauls ruled that Gilmore's 13th St. home wasn't actually in District 1. Washington says he will appeal the judge’s decision. Charles Gilmore says he will not appeal.

 

Funeral arrangements are set for former Governor Kathleen Blanco who died from cancer at age 76. The public memorials and services will begin Thursday in Baton Rouge. An interfaith service will take place at 10 AM at St. Joseph Cathedral and then the former governor will lie in state at the state capitol that afternoon.  A public visitation is set for Friday in Lafayette and the funeral will also take place in Lafayette on Saturday morning at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral. Governor Edwards has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until her private burial on Saturday.

 

Popular charter fisherman Theophile (Toe-fill) Bourgeois died Sunday when his plane crashed off the coast of St. Bernard Parish. Two others were on the seaplane and they were rescued by the U-S Coast Guard. The condition of the other two victims is not known.

 

And funeral services for WVUE Fox 8 New Orleans TV anchor Nancy Parker are Friday. Parker was shooting a story in a stunt plane when the crash happened in a field near the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. Nance Parker is survived by her husband and three children. Parker was 53.

 

Congressman Ralph Abraham pledges that if he is elected Governor any new tax increases passed in the Legislature will be offset with equal or greater tax reductions in other areas. The candidate made the pledge yesterday after after being asked if he would pledge to reject new taxes on any front.

 

The Pelican Institute is hosting a public forum at the Old State Capitol today aimed at getting a framework in place for a potential future state constitutional convention. CEO Daniel Erspamer says interest is growing in reforming the state constitution, and more politicians come on board to the idea every year. The only problem is folks don’t exactly know what that would entail. Louisiana’s constitution is thousands of pages long and reportedly the 3rd largest in the nation.

 

Caddo Parish Sheriff deputies arrested a DeSoto Parish man for a rape that allegedly occurred in the mid-1990s. Detective Larry Pierce says a 34-year-old woman told investigators last month that she was forced to perform sex acts upon Glenn Miller Senior on multiple occasions over two decades ago. He says Detective Chris Ardoin found enough evidence to charge Miller with two counts of First Degree Rape. Miller is being held on a 500-thousand dollar bond.

 

The two losing bidders for Louisiana’s new round of multi-billion dollar Medicaid contracts have filed protests of the state’s decision, claiming the bid process was tainted and that officials were biased against them. Louisiana Healthcare Connections and Aetna, two of Louisiana’s five existing Medicaid managed care organizations, or MCOs, filed lengthy protests of the bidding process Monday. The new contracts, set to go into effect Jan. 1, are worth billions of dollars and involve managing care for 1.7 million patients in Louisiana as part of the state’s privatized Medicaid program.

 

The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Specialist Clayton James Horne, 23, of Atlanta, Louisiana died August 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a result of wounds sustained by a noncombat related incident. The incident is currently under investigation, according to the defense officials.

 

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical secures $16.4 million in funding to research how optimized nutrition can help soldiers maintain their physical and mental performance.  Researcher Dr. Jennifer Rood says previous studies showed how weight loss from military activity affects the mind and body, but a testosterone injection made an impact.

Rood says the new study will result in participants living in a setting comparable to being in the military and researchers will throw in an extra factor not previously accounted for,  sleep deprivation. Rood says participants in the study will be paid $7,500 for twenty days.

 

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office arrest a 29-year-old man for allegedly using his cell phone to record a 12-year-old take a bath. Detective Larry Pierce says Christopher Ashby of Mooringsport cracked the door open, so he could record the girl while she was nude.

 

Sports..

 

LSU is ranked sixth in the A-P preseason poll which was released Monday. Tiger Rag Magazine Editor James Moran says the ranking matches the hype that surrounds this team. Moran says it remains to be seen if LSU can live up to its ranking, but based on what you see on paper, the Tigers should be one of the best teams in the country.

 

The Saints coaches have been evaluating the tape from yesterday’s 19-17 victory over the Chargers in preseason action. The first half did not go well as New Orleans fell behind 17-3, but third string Q-b Taysom Hill led the Black and Gold on a big second half comeback. But second-string quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s performance was forgettable as he completed just five passes for 40 yards and there was an interception. Coach Sean Payton says Bridgewater was sick and he didn’t get much help. The third preseason game of the year is Saturday at the New York Jets.


Good Morning.. News For Monday 08/19/2019

News for Monday 081819

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Louisiana’s only elected female governor, Kathleen Blanco, has passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. Blanco was a mother to six children and a former school teacher. It wasn’t until her early 40s that she got into politics when she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1983. Blanco served five years in the House of Representatives and in 1988 the New Iberia native became the first woman elected to the Public Service Commission. In 2003, she defeated Republican Bobby Jindal to become the state’s first female governor. In 2017 she announced that she had a rare cancer which eventually attacked her whole body. In public appearances leading up to her death, the former governor said she had made peace with her future and the devout Catholic said she had an extraordinarily full life.

 

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who died Sunday, will be honored with several events in Baton Rouge on Thursday, and there will be a funeral Mass on Saturday with a private burial. There will be a public visitation in Lafayette on Friday. Details will be released on Today.

 

A multiple Emmy-award winning TV news anchor and a stunt pilot are dead after a fiery plane crash in New Orleans East Friday afternoon. Nancy Parker was shooting a story about the stunt pilot, who has been identified as 69-year-old Franklin J-P Augustus of New Orleans. Parker was from Alabama and a beloved on Fox 8 television in New Orleans. It appears the crash was due to engine problems on the plane.

 

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics show since July 2018, seasonally adjusted private-sector employment increased by 11-hundred jobs. L-W-C Secretary Ava Dejoie says Education and Health services gained 8,700 jobs year-to-year and is at a record high at 323,000 jobs. But it’s not all good news, Shreveport lost 3,100 jobs over the year, while Houma lost 2,900 jobs.

 

A Caddo Parish court judge has ruled that Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton does not live in Senator Greg Tarver’s district and she’s not eligible to run against him in the fall elections. Norton has 48 hours to appeal. If her appeal is unsuccessful, Republican Jim Slagle will be Tarver’s lone opponent on the October 12th ballot.

 

Saturday was the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille’s devastating landfall along the Mississippi coast in 1969. Before Hurricane Katrina, Camille was the Gulf Coast’s defining storm. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the impact was so devastating that it led to the creation of the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which categorized hurricanes in a way the public could understand. The system is one of only four Cat 5s to make landfall.

 

A new report shows the Asian market’s craving for hot sauce is on the rise and is expected to push international hot sauce sales from 2.3 billion dollars to 3.7 billion in 2026.  The report by Fortune Business Insights says that’ll be a real boon to Louisiana products like Tabasco which Chef Kevin Belton says has a unique flavor. Tabasco Pepper sauces control the largest share of the market at 22.6 percent, which is good news for Louisiana produced Tabasco.

 

Sports..

 

The New Orleans Saints experienced contrasting halves in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The first half was filled with mistakes and sloppy play, while the second half produced an energized team that fought back to make the game close.

 

LSU made it official over the weekend by announcing the hiring of Bill Johnson as the team’s defensive line coach. Johnson fills in for Dennis Johson, who badly injured his knees in a pickup basketball game. Johnson was the Rams defensive line coach the last two season and before that he was with the Saints from 2009 to 2016. Coach Ed Orgeron says Johnson has a long track record of coaching and developing top defensive linemen…

 

Despite criticism, U-L Lafayette Football Coach Billy Napier says he still wants his scholarship players to give 50-dollars annually to the Ragin Cajun Athletic Foundation, which raises funds for the athletic department. Napier says his goal is to create a culture where players are grateful for the opportunity. Napier says if a player can’t afford the 50 dollars or has a problem with giving money to the R-C-A-F, while being an unpaid student-athlete, he’ll cover the cost.


Good Morning... News For Friday 08/16/2019

News for Friday 081619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall has announced the Alexandria Amphitheater will get a face lift. The work will include the addition a hard covering to the stage area. Mayor Hall says that will allow them to add stage lighting. The plan is to also add security cameras and additional lighting for safety as well. The project is a joint endeavor with the Red River Waterway Commission, who will pay for 80% of the project. The mayor says the project should be done sometime next year

 

The State Bond Commission has approved a 450-million dollar financing plan to pay for renovations to the 44-year-old Superdome. The state will spend 90-million dollars on the project, the Superdome Commission 210-million dollars and the Saints will put up the rest. Governor Edwards to the media earlier this week the planned improvements will improve the fan experience, expanded concourses, more concession stands and replace the ramps with escalators and elevators. The 4-year overhaul process will begin after this football season.

 

The state Democratic Party will issue it’s official endorsements tomorrow night, hoping to find the right candidates to knock out a slew of GOP incumbents. State Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk says this year they’re celebrating the fact that 43 of the 77 women running for the state legislature are Democrats. Currently only 15 percent of Louisiana legislators are women, the third-lowest rate in the nation.

 

The Louisiana State Police Academy is on the cusp of a milestone, they are prepping to recruit men and women for their 100th Cadet Class. Since LSP’s conception in 1936 the department has had several hiring freezes over the years and so it’s taken a bit longer to reach this mark. Sgt Melissa Matey says to reach potential troopers for the 100th cadet class the department is using modern recruitment methods like Facebook and they are not limiting the themselves to just the Bayou State.

 

Former State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson has been cleared in an investigation into his alleged repeated misuse of department funds during his tenure. Edmonson left State Police two years ago after coming under fire for findings of a Legislative audit. Edmonson Attorney Gray Sexton says any actions his client did take did not meet the threshold of an ethics violation.

 

Superintendent of Education John White receives a favorable rating from the Board of Elementary Secondary Education for the seventh year in a row. White says he’s proud to continue his work in Louisiana, and says the education system’s ability to get 5,000 more students TOPS than the year that he started is his proudest achievement. The state saw an 81.4 percent high school graduation rate last year, the first time the state has ever cracked 80%.

 

The US Department of Health and Human Services awards nearly $400 million nationally in grant funding to combat the opioid crisis with nearly $5 million coming to Louisiana.  Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Dr. Alex Billioux says

while the state’s number opioid overdose deaths continues to grow, the rate of growth has slowed down. Billioux says much of the spending will lay infrastructure to continue with other health goals linked to drug use, including eliminating hepatitis C within the next five years.

 

Former St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain pleads not guilty to charges of aggravated rape, aggravated incest, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and sexual battery.  Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says at this point the trial moves into discovery as the defense tries to get a hold of police reports and evidence.  The allegations carry up to a mandatory life sentence.

 

Former Lake Charles Police officer Robert Hammac has pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom to using excessive force during a police chase in 2017. Hammac will be sentenced in November and The DA says the 45-year-old faces up to ten years in prison.

 

Sports…

 

LSU freshman offensive guard Kardell Thomas will reportedly miss the next two months because of an ankle injury suffered in Wednesday’s practice. Thomas was the nation’s number one offensive guard in the 2019 recruiting class. He was not getting reps with the first team, but Coach Ed Orgeron has been encouraged by his development.

 

Orgeron is reportedly bringing in former Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson to coach the LSU Tigers D-Line. Current defensive line coach Dennis Johnson is in a wheelchair after badly injuring both knees while playing basketball.

 

LSU football will hold its second scrimmage of fall camp tomorrow. Sophomore linebacker Damone Clark from Southern Lab High School was the leading tackler in last week’s preseason game and Coach Ed Orgeron says Clark is pushing Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen for one of the starting inside linebacker spots. Michael Divinity who started at outside linebacker last year will start at one of the inside spots.

 

ESPN reports former Pelican and current Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a serious knee injury while working out in Las Vegas. Doctors fear the four-time All Star tore his ACL. It would be Cousins third major injury since tearing his Achilles while playing with the Pelicans in 2018.

 

LSU basketball lost to the Dominican Republic 92-88 in an exhibition game in Spain. Sophomore forward Emmitt Williams led LSU with 28 points.

 

On Air Tonight… Houston Astros @ Oakland A’s 8:30p 94.7 ESPN


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/15/2019

News for Thursday 081519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

30-year-old Justin Burnett, of Sikes was taken into custody after a shooting Wednesday morning that left two people in critical condition. The shooting occurred around six yesterday morning in the town of Dodson. For a period of time, Dodson High School was placed on lockdown.  No word yet from Winn Parish authorities on what led to the shooting.

 

Grant Parish authorities have arrested 26 year old Joshua Thompson of Pollock after receiving a report of someone breaking into a home. When the GPSO arrived at the scene they arrested Thompson and booked him with Aggravated burglary and criminal trespassing.

 

It may be peak hurricane season, but it’s been a month since any named storm has popped up in the Atlantic Basin despite estimates from NOAA that this season would see above-average activity. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s eerily quiet out there and this type of lull from July 15th-August 15th is rare, the last time, 1982.

That being said Keim warns you not to let your guard down even if we escape the month of August without any trouble because the last time this happened the Atlantic woke up in a rage for September.

 

71 percent of Louisianans believe in climate change according to a survey that was aimed at measuring support for coastal restoration. While a strong majority of Louisianans agree climate change is real, pollster Greg Rigamer says the percentage of those who believe in the phenomenon can vary wildly between different regions.

62 percent agree that climate change is real in the Lafourche/Terrebonne Parish region, where a significant amount of the state’s coastal erosion is taking place. 68 percent of respondents agree that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, and Rigamer says a majority are concerned about those impacts. While 71 percent may agree that climate change is real, only half of the respondents think it’s having an impact on their lives right now.

 

The state bond commission is scheduled to vote on the financing plans for the $450 million upgrade to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. State Treasurer John Schroder says he doesn’t foresee any hurdles in getting the greenlight on the overhaul. The venue, which first opened in 1975, is in need of modifications to keep the venue competitive for hosting major events and keep the Saints in New Orleans for 30 more years. Schroder says although there has been some public pushback, the investment into the dome is a good one. The renovation process will take three to four years to complete.

 

State Superintendent of Education John White won a satisfactory job evaluation Wednesday from Louisiana's top school board. Gary Jones, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, made the announcement after a BESE executive session of about 40 minutes behind closed doors. The review marked the seventh year in a row that White has gotten favorable remarks during his annual job check.

 

Louisiana takes the top spot for the safest state for kids to be online.  CenturyLink Quote spokesperson Elaine Thompson says the rankings take into consideration the number of victims of internet crimes, and the reported rates of malware infections.

Thompson says few other states have more law pertaining to cyberbullying and sexting.

 

Two Eunice men, 21-year-old Logan Bertrand, and 18-year-old Carlos Juan Flores, have been arrested for setting fire to a neighboring mobile home. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the fire is one of two to rock the Eunice community in recent days, including an unrelated blaze in a fourplex that displaced the families that lived there. No one was injured in the fires. The two are charged with simple arson and criminal trespassing.

 

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has teamed up with Governor John Bel Edwards to help get the word out about the state’s new Veterans First Business Initiative. In a P-S-A, Brees encourages the public to visit l-a-veterans-first-dot-org to search for Louisiana veteran-owned businesses. The goal is to encourage consumers to do business with Louisiana’s veteran-owned firms.

 

Medical marijuana may be legal but it’s still against the law to drive while under the influence of the substance, even if you have a prescription. Medical marijuana is designed to not include some of the psychoactive properties of recreational pot, but State Police Lt. Nick Manale says the substance can still impact your perception.

Due to the effects of THC, employers still have a legal right to deny you work if you test positive, even if you have a prescription.

 

Sports…

 

Tonight, it’s NFL Pre-Season Football as the Cardinals play host to the Raiders. Airtime 6:30 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

LSU true freshman offensive guard Kardell Thomas suffered an injury during Wednesday's practice and according to coach O he will be out for a while. Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 329-pound Baton Rouge native, was one of Orgeron's prize recruits in a 2019 class that ranked No. 5 nationally, according to 247Sports Composite rankings, and the former five-star recruit was expected to provide depth at a position that needed it. Orgeron told the press yesterday at this point they don’t know how serious the injury is.

 

The expectation is that LSU will be good on offense this season. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says the offensive production will start with quarterback Joe Burrow and the second-year starter sure seems more comfortable in this offense, compared to the one he ran last year. Former LSU standout and ESPN football analyst Ryan Clark posted on twitter the Tigers finally got their guy after watching Burrow practice yesterday. Clark says Burrow made some big-time NFL throws.

 

Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz says his guys continue to grind through fall camp under sweltering temperatures in Ruston. Holtz says even though they are in the dog days of camp, the team is coming together well. The Bulldogs will have their second scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday. Fanfest is also this Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center from 12:30 to 2:00.

 

The Saints are in California, for two joint practices with the Chargers today. New Orleans and Los Angeles will also face each other in a preseason game on Sunday. The temperatures will be much more comfortable in Cali, with temps in the 80s.

 

Sports Illustrated ranks LSU’s Mike the Tiger as the third best mascot in college football, behind only Oregon’s Duck and Georgia’s Bulldog.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 08/14/19

News for Wednesday 081419

 

A very slight drop in temps is expected today.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says a cold front is coming and will bring with it cloud cover and an increased chance of rain.

Keim says the drop should bring conditions closer to normal, but the high humidity will present dangerous heat index values. Keim says hotter weather should present itself again over the weekend.

 

A Public Religion Research Institute study shows Louisiana has the lowest levels of support for abortion rights in the nation, with only 34 percent saying it should be legal. 60 percent of respondents replied that abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. This compares to 54 percent nationwide who said abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while only 40 percent said the procedure should be illegal in most or all cases.

 

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the 2016 south Louisiana flood. The Advocate reports that only a third of the 2016 flood victims who applied for assistance through the Louisiana Restore Program actually received money. But Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes says many of the applicants were not eligible for the federal funds. The state received one-point-two billion dollars from the feds to rebuild. Forbes says 90-percent of the homeowners eligible for Restore grant dollars have received checks, the other 10-percent will get their money soon. Forbes says 15-thousand households have received assistance through the Restore Louisiana program.

 

It’s been a week since medical marijuana became available to patients in Louisiana and grower GB Sciences says about 10,000 vials of the treatment have been sent out to select pharmacies. GB President John Davis says all nine of the state’s medical marijuana pharmacies have received product, and the pharmacies are reporting few hiccups, and steady demand. GB is partnered with the LSU AgCenter in growing the plants that are turned into the non-psychoactive treatment.

 

A Pro-Edwards super PAC called Gumbo PAC releases two statewide television ads attacking both major Republicans in the race, Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham. The anti-Rispone ad claims the Baton Rouge businessman failed to properly pay workers and attempted to hire foreign workers instead of labor from Louisiana. Rispone’s campaign doesn’t deny the facts but says the ad is an attempt to distract voters that Louisiana ranks dead last in almost every category. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says the Gumbo PAC spent millions four years ago, and it appears they are going for a repeat.

 

A grisly scene in New Orleans East as a rock band shooting a music video stumbles upon the charred remains of several dogs.  Authorities say they’re not sure what happened to the dogs. The Louisiana Humane is investigating.

 

Surveillance video has been released that shows the punch that knocked comedian Andy Dick to the ground after a performance in the French Quarter this past weekend. In the video you can see an unidentified man sucker punch Dick outside of One eyed Jack’s and then walk away. No arrests have been made.

 

A police officer assigned to Baker High in Baton Rouge was forced to use his stun gun to break up a fight among students gathered Monday morning in the gym. The fight which was captured on video and posted online, shows the officer breaking up a fight between two students when other students jumped in, sparking a brief brawl. It was only brought to a halt after the officer discharged his stun gun. School officials say the officer did his job and brought a stop to an escalating situation.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 08/13/2019

News for Tuesday 081319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The brutal heatwave continues across the state, with conditions now getting so bad that the National Weather Service has issued its first excessive heat warning of the year for the northern half of the state. Meteorologist Gary Chatelain says heat indices will climb over 110-degrees or more today here in Cenla.

 

The Catholic Diocese of Alexandria has announced that Father August Thompson, a local retired priest, died Sunday at the age of 93. Fr. Thompson served as pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Mansura, rector of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and pastor of St. James Memorial Church in Alexandria. Arrangements for Fr. Thompson’s wake and funeral Mass are pending.

 

It’s been a year and a half since 20 year old Akeeley Blade of Alexandria, was found guilty by a Rapides Parish jury of the first-degree murder of 55 year old Michael Butler of Lecompte at a Motel 6 in Alexandria. Three other defendants in the case have already been sentenced for their roles. A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. On Monday August 26th Blade will be sentenced.

 

If you were up early this morning you may have noticed an unusual amount of shooting stars. Actually what you saw was the annual Perseid meteor shower. The brilliant display comes courtesy of the Comet Swift-Tuttle’s yearly voyage around the sun.  LSU Astronomy Professor Brad Schaefer says every year around August 12th the Earth’s orbit intersects with the trail of sand grains the comet leaves behind as it travels through the solar system. Schaefer says Arabic records indicate the shower could be at least 800 years old.

 

A new online service allows residents to securely view, download, and print official copies of immunization records on-demand for free.  Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Dr. Alexander Billioux says it adds convenience for those who may need records for school or recreational activities. Billioux says the signup and verification process is relatively quick, taking about five minutes to complete. The website can be found at LA.MyIR.net.

 

A man convicted of raping and murdering a four-year-old child in 2001 has had his death sentence put on hold by a federal judge, just a week before his scheduled execution date. Jason Reeves’s attorneys filed a federal appeal that could extend the case another few years Calcasieu Parish DA John DeRosier says it’s a ploy to hold out until the Legislature outlaws the death penalty. Reeves kidnapped, raped, and then stabbed four-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen to death in November of 2001.

 

An arrest has been made in connection with a Sunday shooting at a Vernon Parish club.

 

Monday, Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of 25-year-old Andrez Jones of Fort Polk in connection with shots fire call at a local club early Sunday. VPSO says the shooting happened at a club located in the area of Billy Goat Hill. Several people were injured, but not seriously.

 

An LSU study shows over the last six decades rain events have gotten more intense and drop more rain in a shorter period of time, causing increased risk of flash flood events. LSU Assistant Professor of Research Dr. Vincent Brown was on the research team and the research is pretty clear about why this is: Gulf sea surface temperatures have been rising over the decades.  Brown says the higher the humidity, the more water available in the air for storm systems to utilize, thus increasing the chance of an intense downpour.

 

Along with Texas and Oklahoma, Louisiana is one of only three states where drivers can buy gas for under $2 a gallon.  The statewide average for a gallon of gasoline has dipped 8 cents over the last week to $2.24.  GasBuddy.com spokesperson Patrick Dehaan says the escalating trade tensions between the US and China can take credit for the decline.

 

Louisiana sees a 59 percent decrease in the number of wildfires when comparing 2018 to 2008. Arson cases are also down 82 percent, going from 893 in 2008 to 160 in 2018. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain credits a cooperative effort between his department and the Fire Marshal for putting pyromaniacs behind bars. Strain says those arrests were linked back to 5,240 acres of burned timberland.

 

Sports…

 

The Pelicans will tip off the 2019-2020 regular season in Toronto where they’ll face the defending NBA champion Raptors on October 22nd. The home opener will be on Friday October 25th against the Dallas Mavericks. T-N-T will televise the season opener, while E-S-P-N will broadcast the home opener nationally. The Pels can be heard all season on 94.5 ESPN and on T-N-T, ESPN and A-B-C a record 20 times.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards visited Saints training camp today in Metairie and discussed the 450-million dollar plan to renovate the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Edwards says the massive renovation would also result in a new long-term lease agreement between the state and the NFL franchise. Edwards says artist renderings could be made public later this week and the renovations would start after the football season.

 

Game one of the Houston Astros series in Chicago against the white sox was rained out last night.. Tonight they will try again to play.. airtime 6:35 on 94.7 ESPN.


Good Morning.. News For Monday 08/12/2019

News for Monday 081219

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Get ready for another scorcher across Louisiana today as the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory. State Climatologist Barry Keim says temps are going to be in the low to mid 90s, but it is the very high humidity with very little chance of rainfall that will make conditions extremely uncomfortable. The advisory is in effect through 7PM.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health says now 450 cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed as part of an ongoing outbreak in the state. LDH says five of those cases are unrelated to the current outbreak in the state and could be the result of infections happening outside of Louisiana. Of the outbreak 58-percent have been hospitalized with only one death reported. The majority of the cases are in Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.

 

President Trump announces he’s backing stronger background checks for gun purchases and red flag laws allowing authorities to remove firearms from those who are a danger to themselves or others. Despite the White House’s shift in policy many Congressional Republicans say they’re still strongly against the proposals. Congressman Ralph Abraham says the President’s shift hasn’t changed his mind.  

Abraham voted against recent background check and red flag laws that cleared the House on a party-line vote. The biggest fight over background checks will likely be in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he’d allow discussion of the issue.

 

Four Eunice families lost their homes Saturday when an apartment fourplex burned. Eunice Fire officials say no one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the complex on the Eunice-Iota Highway. So far there is no determined cause of the fire, which is still under investigation.

 

Louisiana food delivery company Waitr's stock price fell by half Friday, sending the company's market value to $134 million from a peak of $910 million just five months ago. The company was coming off a financial report Thursday and a shake-up of its workforce, including its top executive's role in the company.

 

A Monroe woman has been arrested for allegedly shooting at a mosquito abatement aircraft that she says she thought was a drone circling her home. Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s spokesman Glenn Springfield says they received a call from a woman who said a drone had been circling her home, taunting her, so she shot at it three times with her revolver to knock it out of the sky. After deputies determined what had actually happened, 40-year-old Stacy Rodgers was arrested on illegal use of weapons.

 

The US Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center in the Ruston City Hall in an effort to issue low-interest loans to those impacted by a tornado outbreak in April.  SBA spokesperson Louise Porter says anyone who has received damage is eligible to apply.  Porter says while there is consideration put into a person’s ability to handle repayment, the SBA is a bit more flexible than a conventional lender.

 

Statewide incumbents appear to have gotten off pretty easy this year with few high profile, or well-funded challengers signing up to run for their seats. Prominent Republicans sat out this cycle with all statewide offices except for Governor controlled by the party. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says challengers are rare in states with one-party rule.

 

New Orleans city council unanimously bans property owners from renting out homes for Airbnb use unless the home itself is the owner’s primary residence. Supporters say real estate speculators have been buying up historic residential neighborhoods, pricing locals out of owning homes, and drastically cutting the supply of rental units. The ruling also caps the percentage commercial “short term rentals” to 25 percent of the units in a single property, and a substantial limit on private business use of Airbnb as well.

 

A Shreveport woman is accused of intentionally slamming the head of her 23-month old child following a bus accident in an effort to collect an insurance pay day.  State Police Trooper Brent Hardy says the arrest of 38-year-old Deidra Lee comes after an investigation into the incident that took place on a city bus.

 

The American Hotel and Lodging Association announces the “No Room for Trafficking” campaign aimed at helping hotel workers recognize the warning signs to look for when dealing with potential human trafficking situations.  AHLA President and CEO Chip Rodgers says in 2018, Louisiana had 149 cases with 19 of those in hotels.

 

 

Sports ..

 

The Saints first preseason game of 2019 saw the Black and Gold coming up short against the Minnesota Vikings with a final score of 34-25 on Friday night.  The spotlight was placed firmly on backup QB Teddy Bridgewater, who took plenty of snaps throughout the first half.  Bridgewater spoke after the game, calling it a learning experience.

 

Major League Baseball announced it is going to play a professional game in Iowa, a first for that state…at the same field the movie Field of Dreams was filmed at.  A temporary 8000 seat ballpark will be constructed at the site where the 1989 classic sports flick was shot.  That game is set to take place August 13, 2020 between the Yankees and the White Sox.

 

On the air tonight….

 

Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox 6:35p 94.7 ESPN


Good Morning... News For Friday 08/09/2019

News for Friday 080919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Qualifying has officially closed and the rosters are set for the fall statewide elections.

 

In the marquee competition, Governor John Bel Edwards will face two major Republican opponents, Baton Rouge Businessman Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham. Five other candidates populate the ballot.

 

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is facing two Democrats.

 

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin will hope to secure his first full term after winning the special election for his seat last year. He’s up against the opponent he faced in the run-off last year, Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup, and two other Republicans.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry has one challenger, Plaquemine Democrat “Ike” Jackson Jr.

 

State Treasurer John Schroder will face the man who he beat for the job in 2017, Democrat Derrick Edwards, and one other.

 

Ag Commissioner Mike Strain will seek to keep the office he’s held since unseating Bob Odom in 2007. Democrats Margee Green, Charlie Greer, and Peter Williams, plus another Republican are challenging.

 

And in what should be the most hotly contested position outside of the Governor’s race, you’ve got 13 year incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon set to take on fellow Republican Tim Temple.

 

Gas is down nearly seven cents over last month in Louisiana as the typical fall gas price reduction appears to be arriving a month early. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman warns it’s not just the usual seasonal market forces at work. Prices are notably lower than they were this time last year. The average for a gallon in Louisiana is 2.31 a gallon, down from 2.38 last month, and 2.64 this time last year. The global economy appears to be slowing down, and there are growing fears the US could be looking at a similar fate in the near future. Redman says those concerns are translating into lower prices at the pump.

 

Mayors from four of Louisiana’s biggest cities joined 200 of their colleagues nationwide in signing a letter to Congress demanding the passage of gun background check and red flag legislation. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo was one of the signees. He says a rash of recent mass shootings demands a response. Opponents of the legislation say it’s an infringement on 2nd amendment rights and would do little to actually curb gun violence, but Mayo says it would at least help cut down on mass shooting events. Mayo was joined by Mayors Latoya Cantrell of New Orleans, Adrian Perkins of Shreveport, and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge.

 

A licensed medical marijuana physician is arrested in Ouachita Parish by State Police.  Dr. Benjamin Stage faces five counts of illegally prescribing controlled dangerous substances to a patient that was not one of his own.  Depending on the outcome of the case, the medical board may also take action against the doctor.

 

NOAA has upped it’s hurricane forecast for the year to five to nine hurricanes with two to four major storms. NOAA lead hurricane season forecaster Gerry Bell says all the ingredients are now in place for an above-average hurricane. There have only been two named storms so far, with Hurricane Barry impacting the state as a category 1 storm at landfall.

 

The family of a man shot dead in a motel room by a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy is requesting a federal investigation into the incident, stemming from their distrust of local authorities. Attorney for the family Ben Crump says State Police are not being transparent about their investigation into the death of 38-year-old Josef Richardson.

Richardson, who was unarmed, was killed by a shot to the back of the neck in a motel room near Port Allen as deputies were serving a warrant. Crump says the only thing the officers recovered in the incident was about $300 in marijuana and 3 pills of methamphetamine. Richardson was in the motel room with his girlfriend, who is facing drug charges. But investigators have not released any information on why the deputy fired his weapon.

 

The Slaughter Police Officer that was caught on video punching the local Fire Chief has resigned from the Police Department. A video surfaced on Snapchat Wednesday of the officer punching Slaughter Fire Chief Billy Poche at a local gas station. The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the altercation.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints kick off tonight with their first preseason game, this one against Minnesota in the Dome. Saints analyst Mike Detillier says don’t expect to see your favorites like Drew Brees, because preseason is for up-and-comers and journeymen fighting for a job. Detillier says it could be undrafted free agent Emmanuel Butler’s time to make a strong case for the job. Airtime 5pm on 96.9 KZMZ  Kickoff at 7.

 

Jrue Holiday says he has no ill will towards his former New Orleans Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis.  This season marks the first in six years that Holiday and Davis will not be sharing the court after Davis was traded to the Lakers.  Holiday says it is cool to see Davis head to a team he grew up a fan of.  But when the two teams go to battle with each other, Holiday says he’s ready to hand Davis an L.

 

Colin Kapernick says he’s still ready to return to the NFL even though he’s been un-employed for the past three seasons. In a video posted Wednesday on social media, the 31-year-old is shown working out in a gym. He says in his video 5 a.m. 5 days a week for 3 years…still ready. Kaepernick was with the 49’ers when he helped start a protest about social and racial injustice in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem during games.

 

On Air Tonight..

Houston Astros @ Baltimore 5:40p 94.7 ESPN

 

Saints vs Minnesota 5p 96.9 KZMZ


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/08/2019

News for Thursday 080819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A single vehicle crash early yesterday morning claimed the life of a DeRidder woman. Troopers responded to the crash around 4:50 a.m., which occurred on Bass Road, near U.S. Hwy 171. It appears 30 year old Rebecca Iles lost control of the vehicle she was driving, exited the road way and struck a culvert and some trees. Iles was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation continues and routine toxicology tests are pending.  

 

The RPSO has arrested an Elizabeth woman for first degree murder after an 81-year-old man was found dead on Chester West Road in Elizabeth. Deputies say the incident happened around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The victim was identified as Sherwood Emanuel Doyle. Detectives arrested 31 year old Kristina Hoffpauir an alleged acquaintance of Doyle's. Hoffpauir was booked into the parish jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

It took a federal jury less than 30 minutes yesterday to convict 40 year old Ronald Allen Jr of Fort Polk Guilty of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and sexual abuse of a minor. Allen now faces up to 45 years in prison when sentenced.

 

Politico names Louisiana one of 14 states where the election system is most at risk of being exploited due to the what they deem as an insufficient paper trail generated by Louisiana voting machines. The report says the state is one of the few left that has completely paperless voting machines, but Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says that’s not entirely accurate, nor a weakness. Louisiana was on track to have new machines in many precincts before the 2020 Presidential election, but a dispute over the bidding process put that date out of reach. Analysts say paper verification of each vote is necessary to combat the possibility of hackers altering election outcomes, but Ardoin says internet hackers aren’t a threat to the system.

 

Heated debate over car insurance rates and so-called tort reform ended during the legislative session earlier this year without the passage of any measure. Now, the issue is spilling into election season. The Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority, a political organization headed by Attorney General Jeff Landry and U.S. Sen. John  Kennedy, has hit at least three lawmakers — including a Republican — with direct mail attacks that accuse them of preventing lower insurance rates. The bill ultimately was defeated in Senate committee after its backers couldn’t prove the measure could lower car insurance rates.

 

Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says internationally, they’re working on a new trade deal with Britain, but it’s the trade war with China that has many farmers in Louisiana Hurting. Louisiana accounts for one percent of the soybean production in the US, with 60% of the national export being sent to China. Good news is, climate change is allowing farmers to grow crops farther north than they have in the past.

 

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is touting major numbers when it comes to his handling of tourism. Nungesser says he has two state parks generating revenue after being told some may be facing closure. Tourism has grown during his years in office as well.

Nungesser credits part of that growth to a push for staycations, keeping residents vacationing in a different part of the state they may not be familiar with. So far, Nungesser is running unopposed to maintain the Lt. Governor’s seat.

 

A Clinical Psychologist at LSU Health New Orleans says the conflicting reports of a shooter at a Walmart in Baton Rouge yesterday may be the result of the psychological impact of recent mass shootings.  Authorities say a gun was drawn during an altercation, but despite multiple eyewitness accounts, no shot was ever fired. Michelle Moore says when in fight or flight the nervous system just takes over. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says they’ve reviewed the video and did not see any shots fired during the event.

 

A 255 million dollar flood prevention project in East Baton Rouge Parish is set to break ground next year.  Transportation and Drainage Director for the Parish Fred Raiford says they’ve begun testing drainage models now, and they could be breaking ground as early as February of 2020.

 

A 63-year-old man is dead following a single motorcycle crash Wednesday morning in Lafayette. According to police, the victim struck a pole and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The identity will be released once family members are notified.

 

The defense for a Greenwell Springs man accused of double murder claims that the suspect’s heavily-tattooed face draws discrimination from potential jurors.  29-year-old William Bottoms faces a mandatory term of life in prison for the 2017 slayings.  Legal analyst Franz Borghardt says the facial markings could be claimed as a distraction from the case.

 

 

 

Sports..

 

The 2020 SEC schedule has officially dropped for all teams, with LSU set to start the year September 5th against UT San Antonio before taking on Texas September 12th, and finishing out their Texas trio with a contest against Rice September 19th at a neutral site in Houston. The team has a brutal stretch from October 10th-November 7th where they’ll play, Florida, MS State, and Alabama in less than a month. They end the regular season with Auburn November 21st and a major revenge game November 28th against A&M.

 

After missing five straight practices, today marked the return of Saints rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Butler. Butler didn’t do much outside of the indoor stretching and conditioning followed by individual position drills. It’s still welcomed news as Butler return comes just ahead of Friday night’s preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Sean Peyton is hopeful Butler can play Friday.

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Saints Hall of Fame Induction ceremony taking place this October. Those being honored in this year’s induction class are former Saints running back Reggie Bush, former Saints wide receiver Marques Colston and former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. Gov. Blanco will be honored with the Fleur de Lis award for her contributions in getting the Superdome repaired following damage sustained from Hurricane Katrina. The event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $75.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 08/07/19

News for Wednesday 080719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

First it was an active shooter situation inside a Baton Rouge Walmart, then a shooting that left one person injured near the customer service counter.  but ultimately it was just an argument between two store patrons that involved weapons drawn but no shots fired. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says It turns out the whole scenario started when one man threatened another with a pair of scissors during an argument that escalated while the two were waiting in line.

 

The trial for Kayla Giles, the woman accused of shooting and killing her estranged husband in the Alexandria Highway 28 West Walmart back in September of last year has been set to begin on May 4th of next year. The final pretrial conference is set for April 13. Any motions filed by the state or the defense will be heard on Feb. 10.

A status conference will be held on Oct. 14. Giles is charged with 1st degree murder.

 

The investigation continues in to the death of an unidentified 37 year old man early Saturday morning here in Alexandria. The APD say they responded to a report of shots fired on Huffman Street around 2:45 in the morning. At about the same time, another police officer followed a car that ran a downtown Alexandria red light to a hospital finding that a passenger had been shot. The man died a short time later.

 

Candidates lined up to qualify for the governor’s race at the Secretary of State’s office yesterday, the first day of qualifying. Governor Edwards two Republican opponents signed the papers first, but the Governor rolled in later to stake his claim to four more years. Edwards says he’s excited about the opportunity to preserve the momentum Louisiana has gained since he has taken office.

 

Congressman Ralph Abraham is the top polling Republican in the Governor’s race and says there’s a reason why two qualified GOP candidates are in the race, and it’s the Governor’s recent tax increases. But there was one area where Abraham is in agreement with the governor, and that’s the Medicaid Expansion. He says if elected he would maintain Governor Edwards’ Medicaid expansion, but adds his proposed tax cuts would lessen the need for the program as more businesses return to the state.

 

Tim Temple also officially filed qualifying paperwork Tuesday to challenge incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.  Temple is running following twenty-plus years working in different capacities in the insurance business.  Temple says the Louisiana families are paying entirely too much toward insurances. Current commissioner Jim Donelon said he’s excited to be on the campaign trail and joked that his wife is surprised anyone would want his job.

 

According to court documents unsealed Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted nearly two dozen people accused of smuggling large amounts of drugs into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, including five former guards and several inmates. Twenty-two people were indicted on conspiracy and drug trafficking charges following a federal and state investigation aimed at curbing marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines that were being brought into the state's largest prison through postal mail and prison staff. Authorities described the operation as "large-scale.

 

Patients at select pharmacies statewide have begun purchasing medical marijuana for the first time in the state’s history. The product is only available to those who have a prescription from board authorized doctors and runs about 90 to 200 dollars a vial for the treatment that comes in a liquid oil form that is placed under the tongue. Other versions of the treatment are set to become available in the next few months, including an inhalable version.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 08/06/2019

News for Tuesday 080619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Alexandria Daily Town Talk is one of thirteen Louisiana newspapers that are part of a merger of Gannett and GateHouse Media, two of the country's largest newspaper companies. Gannett owns The (Lafayette) Daily Advertiser, Opelousas Daily World, Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Monroe News-Star and Shreveport Times. Gatehouse owns newspapers in Leesville, DeRidder, Gonzales, Plaquemine, Donaldsonville, Houma, Thibodaux and Metairie. The companies said Monday that the deal will cut up to $300 million in costs annually and help speed up a digital transformation.

 

Medical marijuana is available in select pharmacies today four years after the Legislature passed a law authorizing the product.

 

Authorities arrested a Colfax woman in the Grant Parish court House after a search of her purse led to the discovery of Meth and Lorazepam. The twist to the story, 49 year old Myra Seals was appearing before a judge at the time for sentencing on a prior drug conviction.

 

27 year old Ashley Evans of Pineville was arrested yesterday after Grant Parish authorities received a tip from the Winn Parish sheriff’s office to be on the lookout for a vehicle and a suspect who had allegedly shoplifted from the Winfield Walmart.

The vehicle and woman were located, along with the stolen items. When she was transported to the Grant Parish jail, methamphetamine was also discovered in her possession. Evans was arrested for possession of stolen things and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

 

The race for the Governor’s Mansion officially starts today with candidates heading to the Secretary of State’s office to file their paperwork for qualifying. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Governor Edwards heads into the race as the odds on favorite to win, however he adds the limited polling available shows Edwards’ support in the mid to low 40s at the moment, a dangerously low level for a politician seeking re-election. Edwards’ top polling opponent Congressman Ralph Abraham doesn’t have much money heading into campaign season, but Cross says he’s got conservative cred and he expects Abraham’s cash problems to disappear as outside PACs join the race on his side. The other Republican in the race is Eddie Rispone, who’s running a self-funded campaign leaning heavily on his support for the President. Cross says his biggest issue is name recognition. Qualifying runs through 4:30PM Thursday.

 

More troubling news came out Monday about former Baton Rouge Police officer Blane Salmoni, the man who fatally shot Alton Sterling. An attorney for the Sterling family, Chris Stewart, released documents showing an EMS complaint accusing Salamoni of blocking paramedics from saving a 17-year-old’s life in 2014. The Sterling family has filed a civil suit against Salamoni, the police department and the East Baton Rouge Metro Council..

 

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana on Monday issued the first of two reports for those seeking to overhaul the state Constitution. The review includes the purposes of a constitution and what an ideal document should include. The second report will include recommendations. In the Monday release, the group said the report is intended to stimulate a discussion about what we should want, and not want, in our constitution. PAR regularly issues analysis of proposed constitutional amendments to aid voters.

 

The Mississippi River in Baton Rouge has been above flood stage for most of 2019, easily breaking the previous record. But on Sunday, the river finally dropped below 35 feet, ending that 211 day stretch. As of 2 p.m., the Mississippi River was at 34.93 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters believe the river will continue to fall through mid-August.

 

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its 2019 induction ceremony in Baton Rouge and the Hall could build a new museum in the Capitol City. The 2006 inaugural Hall of Fame class included legendary LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman. Ceremonies have been in Lubbock, Texas, but the foundation is looking for a new home. Sports B-R President Patrick Coogan says a new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Baton Rouge would be more than just old uniforms and baseballs. The 2019 induction ceremony will take place on November 2nd at the Raising Cane’s River Center in downtown Baton Rouge.

 

The St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their deputies who was killed in a head-on collision in Mississippi. Corporal Jonathan Panks was reportedly driving back from his own bachelor party in Florida. Mississippi Highway Patrol says another driver on I-10 crossed the median and hit Panks head-on.

 

Four companies have been chosen to manage the care of 1.7 million Louisiana Medicaid patients. Louisiana's health department announced Monday that the contracts, worth billions, will go to AmeriHealth, Community Care Health Plan of Louisiana, Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana and United Healthcare Community Plan. Terms of the deals remain to be negotiated. Louisiana contracts with managed care companies to oversee services provided to 90 percent of its Medicaid recipients.

 

The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office released more details Monday into the death of a Crowley man, and is asking the public for help with information on solving the homicide.

Tim Breaux's vehicle was found Friday night abandoned in the West Crowley Cemetery. Evidence within the vehicle led police to believe that foul play could have occurred and a short time later that suspicion was confirmed when Deputies found nearby in a ditch. Deputies were able to confirm the body was Tim Breaux. Sheriff officials say Breaux died from a gunshot wound to the head.

 

Shreveport police are investigating an early Saturday morning drive-by shooting left a one-month old child dead in the Sunset Acres neighborhood.  Police Chief Ben Raymond believes there is someone out there that has details that can lead to an arrest, and says they need to come forward. Authorities have identified the infant victim as Queen Dean, who was struck in the head when a bullet entered her family’s home.

 

In St. Charles Parish a Luling woman has been arrested, accused of setting fire to her apartment unit with her children inside. The State Fire Marshal's Office says that fire also affected other occupied units in the complex. 39-year-old Cassandra Jones was booked into the St. Charles Parish Jail on one count of Aggravated Arson.

 

On the air tonight….

Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox 6:35p 94.7 ESPN


Good Morning.. News For Monday 08/05/2019

News for Monday 080519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A Bunkie man is dead following an ATV accident early Saturday morning. Bunkie Police Chief Scotty Ferguson reported officers spotted a man driving the ATV at a high rate of speed without lights around 1 a.m. police believe 20 year old Reginald Smith hit an embankment and was unresponsive at the scene. He was reported dead a short time later at Bunkie General.

 

Sunday  a crash involving a UTV killed a woman from Ball, LA. Troopers responded to the crash around 12:45 p.m., which occurred on Cunningham Camp Road.  The crash involved a 2017 Honda Pioneer 700, driven by a 16-year-old juvenile.  The Honda was eastbound on Cunningham Camp Road when the juvenile driver lost control causing the vehicle to begin overturning. The juvenile received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.  A passenger, identified as 40-year-old Amanda Preble, was pronounced dead.  Both occupants were ejected during the crash.

 

Congratulations to the city of Pineville for winning the 2019 Lieutenant Governor's Beautification Award. The award was handed out during the 82nd Annual Louisiana Municipal Association meeting in Monroe. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser presented the award along with representatives from the Louisiana Municipal Association, Keep America Beautiful and the Louisiana Garden Club Federation. It should be noted Pineville has also won the Louisiana Garden Club Federation's 'Cleanest City' award 11 times.

 

Louisiana has another significant budget surplus, this time 300 million dollars, good for 10 percent of the total size of the budget that was passed. Legislative Fiscal Office Chief Economist Greg Albrecht says the state is generating a lot more revenue thanks to federal changes in the tax code that have reduced the size of state tax returns, and the steady elimination of a series of corporate income tax deductions over the past four years, which increased state revenue. That makes three years in a row the state has run a surplus.

 

Governor Edwards and Congressman Ralph Abraham painted two very different pictures of the current status of state at the Louisiana Municipal Association convention in Monroe.  Edwards touted his hard work in pulling the state out of its largest budget deficit and an economy that was deep in the ditch. But Abraham says the state can do a lot more, and still lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to economic growth.

The third man currently on the ballot in the Governor’s race, Eddie Rispone, was absent from the event.

 

Medical marijuana products will be delivered to nine licensed pharmacies across the state on Tuesday. In order to be able to purchase the product, a patient will need to be diagnosed as having one of the qualifying conditions and have a prescription from a physician. The process is similar to filling other prescriptions. At first the product will come in a droplet form that goes under the tongue with three different strengths to choose from. Other variations of the product are expected in the near future. Medical marijuana products are not covered by insurance. Thibodeaux says the going price for a bottle is between $90 and $200.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy announces Louisiana will receive one-point-two billion dollars in flood mitigation dollars. Cassidy this money will help reduce Louisiana’s flood risk which will lower flood insurance premiums. The release from Cassidy’s office does not say where the money will be spent.

 

Tomorrow is qualifying for the fall election, and while most eyes are on the governor’s race there are some undercard competitions for other statewide offices to keep an eye on.  The most competitive appears to be Insurance Commissioner, where incumbent Jim Donelon is taking on Tim Temple, who has invested 800-thousand dollars in his own campaign.  

 

Before last week it appeared Ag Commissioner Mike Strain could be vulnerable to a candidate who hammered him on medical marijuana delays, but the product will be hitting shelves on Tuesday. Strain faces Democrats Margee Green and Charlie Greer.

 

No major contenders seem interested in taking on Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser or Attorney General Jeff Landry despite their high-profile offices, But anything could happen until the 4:30PM Thursday deadline to sign up. Secretary of State and Treasurer will also be on the ballot.

 

New Orleans attorney Randy Boudreaux files a lawsuit against the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association saying attorneys are unconstitutionally forced to pay bar fees. General Counsel at the Pelican Institute James Baehr says the association does not handle regulation like similar organizations in other states. The Supreme Court mandates that to practice law, attorneys must pay dues to the private group. The Louisiana State Bar Association says it’s in compliance with the law and denies the allegations that are contained in the lawsuit.

 

Sports..

 

ESPN is reporting that the Pelicans will play on Christmas Day. New Orleans will travel to Denver as the league looks to feature Zion Williamson on what is a big day for the Association. It’s also been reported that Anthony Davis will make his first return trip to the Big Easy on November 27.

 

After a four-decade plus wait, Delhi native Johnny Robinson is finally in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Robinson was a standout safety for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in three A-F-L title games and two Super Bowls. Robinson’s last game was in 1971.

Former Leesville and LSU star Kevin Mawae was also enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 16-year career in the NFL, in which he made eight Pro Bowls.

Former Destrehan star Ed Reed also gave an emotional speech on Saturday night as his bust was unveiled.


Good Morning... News For Friday 08/02/2019

News for Friday 080219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

State agriculture regulators have cleared Louisiana's first batch of medical marijuana for release to pharmacies, ending months of delays getting the product cleared for patients. John Davis, the head GB Sciences Louisiana, said medical marijuana will be released to pharmacies on Tuesday and that's when the first patients can get access to the drug. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said Thursday evening it completed testing of a random sample of the marijuana tincture, which was produced by LSU and its contractor, GB Sciences.

 

Congressman Ralph Abraham picks up another endorsement from a Republican lawmaker in his bid to defeat Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards this fall with Winnfield Representative Jack McFarland. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says for now the endorsements help to offset Eddie Rispone’s large advantage in campaign dollars. Governor Edwards is in the front-runner in the polls heading into the October 12th primary.

 

Over 200 new laws took effect yesterday, including an effort to prevent the harassment of refs in amateur and high school sports. Metairie Representative Cameron Henry’s law would allow officers to remove, and possibly arrest people who threaten physical violence against those amateur refs. Henry says he brought the legislation on request from his local playground, which was tired of dealing with raging parents…

 

Another new law expands a judge’s abilities to order chemical castrations. Marrero Representative Patrick Connick’s bill would allow judges to sentence those who commit sexual battery to chemical castration. He says previously that wasn’t an option.

 

A new child safety seat law is in place. And medication abortions can now only take place at the state’s three licensed abortions clinics, no longer in a gynecologist’s office.

 

A 5- year-old boy from Ville Platte is now recovering after he was shot in the leg late Wednesday night. The alleged drive-by shooting happened when he was riding in the car with his dad, sister and step-mother. Ville Platte has seen some major cutbacks in it’s Police Department leading to the elimination of 11 positions, almost half the police force. A 17-year-old has been identified as a suspect in this shooting.

 

Baton Rouge police announce that Blane Salamoni, the officer who fired six shots into the body of Alton Sterling, will never work as a B-R-P-D officer as part of a settlement reached. The department has learned that Salamoni had an arrest record that he did not disclose to police when he applied to be an officer. That should have prevented him from being hired. The shooting of Sterling led to days of protest and civil unrest. Police Chief Murphy Paul says the healing process continues. Salamoni will be allowed to voluntarily resign retroactive to March 2018, instead of being fired.

 

A new report from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network evaluates Louisiana’s effort to fight the disease.  In 2007, a law was put into place requiring all indoor workplaces to be smoke-free, with the exception of bars and casinos.  ACS-CAN spokesperson Lance Barbour says the state has fallen short to combat second-hand smoke. Among the areas of concern, access to care, quality of life, and prevention.

Barbour says the findings in the report indicate that Louisiana could combat smoking by raising the state’s cigarette tax.

 

Beginning in fall all Louisiana public schools will have to display “In God We Trust” and educate students about the origin of the national motto. The law was written by Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow, who says the motto must at minimum be displayed on a paper sheet. The law also allows teachers to freely choose to display the motto in their classroom. The law requires that the history of the motto be added to the mandatory curriculum in public schools. Barrow says it’s meant to teach students about the “patriotic history” of the USA. That will be taught alongside instruction on proper flag etiquette.

 

The 6,952 square mile “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Mississippi isn’t quite as big as NOAA predicted this year due to the disturbance of Hurricane Barry. The nearly 7,000 square mile Zone was still good for the 8th largest on record.

 

Four juveniles were arrested Thursday on felony criminal damage and other counts on allegations they took school buses on an evening joy ride at Donaldsonville High School, smashed a brick building and damaged three buses. No injuries were reported and the building sustained moderate damage to the exterior.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday Louisiana will likely have another $300 million budget surplus when the state closes the books on the fiscal year. That's 10 percent more than the original estimates. This latest surplus is for Fiscal Year 2019, which ended on June 30.

 

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LSU hits the practice field today for the start of preseason camp. Coach Ed Orgeron plans to be heavily involved in the development of the defensive line, especially with D-Line coach Dennis Johnson in a wheelchair after severely injuring both of his knees while playing basketball. Orgeron says for LSU to accomplish its goals this season, they have to play better on the offensive and defensive lines.

 

Can’t Guard Mike is back in Black and Gold after a short holdout led to him becoming the highest paid receiver in NFL history. The 26-year-old grabbed a five year, 100-million-dollar contract to set the new record. After breaking the record for most receptions through a player’s first three years, he’s confident he’s worth every penny.

Thomas caught 83 percent of the passes sent his way over his first three years.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/01/2019

News for Thursday 080119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The RPSO reports that 24 year old Jasmine Anderson, the woman arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on July 23 for the alleged murder of her 5-year-old daughter, has officially passed after she committed suicide late last week. The report stated an autopsy had been conducted and results should be back within six to eight weeks, which is a standard practice.

 

Tuesday’s heavy rains and subsequent flooding has left many Alexandria residents upset over a continuing problem in the city. Mayor Jeff hall says the city did everything they could to prevent Tuesday’s flooding, unfortunately, more funding is needed to fix the overall problem. The mayor explained that they are going to need some help from the state and federal government. Something he says the city is exploring. In the meantime, Mayor Hall, along with Alexandria’s Councilman At-Large, Joe Fuller said, the city will continue working together to prevent any more major flooding events.

 

State Police have updated a story involving that two vehicle crash Monday that claimed the lives of three people, including a toddler. Troopers have now arrested and charged Joseph Pardue with three counts of negligent homicide, one count of negligent injuring, reckless operation, and unsafe vehicle. The 18 wheeler Pardue was driving struck the back of a Ford Fiesta that had slowed to make a right turn. The initial report also stated that the Toddler that was killed in the crash was not properly restrained. Troopers now say the child was in indeed in a child safety seat. The crash remains under investigation.

 

The family of a black man killed last week during an encounter with a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy is demanding justice. An autopsy shows 38-year-old Josef Richardson was fatally shot in the back of the neck. Richardson was in a motel room with his girlfriend, who is facing drug charges. Investigators have not released any information on why the deputy fired his weapon. The identity of the deputy involved in the shooting has not been released.

 

Beginning today, the average Cleco customer will see a bill credit of approximately $14 a month for the next 12 months.  The benefit stems from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) which reduces the company’s corporate tax rate and is being passed along to customers.  Last month CLECO’s plan to credit customers over $84 million gained approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

 

Tulane releases a report comparing pre and post-expansion quality of life for the Medicaid expansion’s 475,000 enrollees, and the results look positive. The study also shows the number of people who report they did not take medication as prescribed due to cost dropped by 66 percent. Providers who accept Medicaid saw a 35 percent increase in Medicaid patients post-expansion. Diana says that’s resulted in a substantial increase in the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The report came out Yesterday, which was the three year anniversary of the Governor’s executive order permitting the expansion.

 

Louisiana now has a minimum age for marriage in the state.  The new law that goes into effect today sets the age at 16.  During discussion by lawmakers, the age limit for marriage received pushback from GOP lawmakers saying it puts a roadblock in front of marriage in the event of teenage pregnancy. 

 

Delhi Senator Francis Thompson is term-limited in the Senate but will attempt to continue his four-decade tenure in the legislature with his announcement that he’s running for the House. There are some concerns that the chamber flipping is against the spirit of the state’s term limit law, but Thompson says the Capitol is at it’s best when it has a few people who know all the ins and outs. Thompson previously served in the Louisiana House from 1975 to 2007. Thompson is 77 years old.

 

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Tonight it’s a sample of what’s to come.. the Hall of Fame Game, the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos 6:30p 94.7 ESPN

 

The Saints and Michael Thomas have reportedly agreed to a new contract that makes him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history. Sources say the deal is worth 100-million dollars over five years. The media has picked LSU to finish second in the SEC West.

 

Louisiana has lost a sport legend in the boxing community, Beau Williford a professional trainer who once sparred with Muhammad Ali and founder of the Ragin’ Cajun Boxing Club in Lafayette has died. Williford died early Wednesday morning after a brief battle with cancer, he was 69 years old. Services will be held Saturday at First Baptist Church in Lafayette.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 07/31/19

News for Wednesday 073119

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Clean up gets underway today after a severe thunderstorm that dumped a lot  of rain in a short period of time Tuesday morning caused widespread street flooding as well as scattered power outages. Several neighborhoods, including Martin Park and Charles Park, were impacted by rising waters as motorists were stranded and homes and businesses sustained damage.  According to the National Weather Service's Lake Charles office, the area got between 4 and 6 inches of rain Tuesday, with isolated spots getting between 6 and 8 inches, and possibly more.

 

A 62-year old Coushatta man is facing several molestation charges of a juvenile. The Red River Parish Sheriff’s office received a complaint earlier this month from a victim and obtained forensic evidence to support the claim. Steven Pierce Weir (Ware) was a basketball coach and teacher at Riverdale Academy. The victim told police them the abuse began when he was a student in 2006 and continue after his graduation in 2012. Weir is in jail awaiting bond.

 

GOP governor’s race candidate Eddie Rispone is set to start spending five million-plus dollars on an ad buy that Rispone campaign communications director Anthony Ramirez says will let the voters know exactly who the Baton Rouge business magnate is. Ramirez says expect to see the candidate’s message on everything from nightly news to Monday Night Football.

 

House Republican Chairman Lance Harris says he’s seeing a lot of support for Congressman Ralph Abraham for Governor in his Alexandria based district. After the Alexandria Republican’s attempt in the last session to roll back a 2018 sales tax failed, he got a call from the Congressman, who vowed, if elected, that he would get that effort over the finish line.

 

For years the Louisiana Treasury Department has returned unclaimed money to folks, and now they’re looking to do the same thing for lost military medals. Louisiana has an above-average rate of military service, and Treasurer John Schroder says the proposal flew through the Legislature unanimously. The law would allow the Department to collect lost medals and military paperwork from depositories and return them to the owner, or next of kin.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy releases a paid leave proposal for new parents.  Cassidy says with the plan, new parents would be allowed to take $5,000 advance on the child tax credit, reducing the $2,000 annual benefit to $1,500 for ten years after the birth or adoption of a child.  Cassidy says the proposal presents great benefits to families. The bill has bi-partisan support.  

 

48-year-old James William Eaton of West Monroe is in jail after posing online as a woman and luring another man to drive from California to Ouachita Parish thinking he was marrying that woman.  It is unclear how long the relationship had been going on.

 

The St. John Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide. Sheriff Mike Tregre says the victims are cousins, 18 and 20-years old and they were found in a vehicle on West Airline Highway in Reserve, and says violence like this involving young men is far too common. They’re currently hunting for suspects.

 

Louisiana Tech is investing in building new residence halls and parking by fall of 2021 as the student body continues to expand year to year. Louisiana Tech assistant VP for student advancement Dickie Crawford says 600 new beds will be created, along with a thousand new parking spaces in and around the campus. The new halls will mean Harper, Mitchell, and Cottingham halls will be discontinued by 2021. Crawford says the old halls aren’t unsafe or falling apart, but they are outdated and with interest in the Ruston institution growing, they’re pushing to show a more modern face.

 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber releases their 2019 legislative and gubernatorial election platform that calls for a major focus on making south Louisiana competitive for business growth with reinvestment in infrastructure.  BRAC Senior VP of Economic Competitiveness Liz Smith says they’d like to see a special session called in 2020.  

Smith says the platform lays out a plan to pay for infrastructure needs via a gas tax.

 

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The Louisiana Select Association has been formed within the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The L-S-A is made up of private schools. Catholic High of Baton Rouge athletics director J-P Kelly says finding a host site for their championship games is a top priority…

 

The Saints made some roster moves yesterday, dropping running back veteran Buck Allen and defensive back Chris Campbell, while picking up former Washington running back Robert Kelly and practice squad player Travin Dural. Kelly had a great start to his career, running for over 700 yards his rookie year and appeared to be set to take on a featured roll for the teams before falling out of favor and eventually off of the roster. Dural was originally signed to the practice squad out of LSU in 2017, but spent the 2018 season on IR.

 

LSU football is off to a strong start for their recruiting… in the 2021 season. Four-star defensive end of out Texas Landyn Watson tweeted that he’s planning on joining the Purple and Gold. Watson is a junior at Hutto High, and is already clocking in at 6’3 240 pounds as the no. 11 defensive end of the class according to 247 Sports, and the number 33 overall prospect.

 

LSU’s basketball team has picked up former Southeastern Louisiana University guard Parker Edwards, a former St. Pauls of Covington star to fill a roster spot left open by Will Reese, who is leaving the program to focus on an internship. Edwards is best known for putting on a show against the Tigers last season in the opener against SLU, dropping 25 points on 6 of 8 from behind the arc. Coach Will Wade says he’ll be a great addition.

 

Wade is also calling for LSU to find the rest of the funds needed to complete a 15 million dollar renovation of the basketball facility after seeing the new, 28 million dollar football operations center.


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