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Good Morning... News For Friday 11/22/2019

News for Friday 112219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Vernon Parish authorities are reporting a Hineston woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 121 at Hwy 489 Late Tuesday afternoon.  73 year old Myra Turner was traveling west on Hwy 489 when she failed to stop at the stop sign. As a result, she collided with a southbound vehicle on Hwy 121. Turner was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending.

 

The State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of a Wednesday night mobile home fire that claimed the life of an elderly Natchitoches parish man. The report says the man and his son were inside the trailer at the time of the fire. The son managed to escape but was injured. Officials have not released the name of the man killed.

 

The cyberattack on state computer servers will keep Louisiana O-M-V offices closed for the rest of the week. Governor John Bel Edwards announced today the Office of Motor Vehicles will reopen on Monday. The ransomware attack on Monday impacted 132 servers in state government and the Office of Motor Vehicles has struggled to get its computer system to work properly. Over the summer, several public school systems suffered a similar cyberattack and Edwards says more of them are coming, so the state will need to be prepared.

 

Louisiana has the seventh-highest rate of distracted driving incidents in the nation according to a report by QuoteWizard. 5,037 drivers died in what was deemed distracted driving incidents in Louisiana between 2013 and 2017. New Mexico, New Jersey, and Washington State topped the list. Mississippi was the least distracted state.

 

Crowley Police now have a person of interest in a string of church vandalism incidents after another church was targeted this week, the sixth such incident since July. Chief Jimmy Broussard says the feds have been contacted and information has been passed to them. Hate crime charges could apply.

 

La Tech has unveiled plans for new baseball, softball and soccer stadiums. They were destroyed last April by a tornado. Athletics Director Tommy McClelland says the new baseball stadium will remain in the same place, while softball and soccer will relocate next to the track stadium. FEMA reimbursement, insurance, state dollars and private donors will pay for the new facilities. Construction will take several months.

 

LSU’s return on investment ranks number one among SEC public universities according to a new report from Georgetown University.  The report compares earnings versus average student debt.   LSU President F. King Alexander says the earnings-to-debt ratio return is almost 300 percent, adding few undergrads leave LSU with saddled with debt.

 

Governor Edwards addresses some of the issues that will be the benchmarks of his second term.  Following a reinvestment in higher education and the locking in a pay raise for public school teachers in his first term, Edwards says his focus on education and infrastructure will continue. Edwards says he will entertain the idea of rolling back the .45 percent state sales tax, but it is dependent on what the revenue estimating conference shows for a particular year and what economists show for the outlook.

 

Period Equity is hosting a protest against the state’s sales taxing of feminine products today at Tulane and they want attendees to bring receipts of their latest tampon or pad purchase along with them. LIFT Louisiana is helping organize the event, and Legal Advisory Board Member Laura Fine says the demand is for feminine products to be exempted from the sales tax in the same way that other necessities are. The organizers are also demanding diapers be removed from the state sales tax as well.

 

The St. John Parish Sheriff’s office is offering 3,500 dollars for information leading to an arrest of anyone involved in an August shooting ambush of an autistic man in Reserve. Authorities believe vehicle drove up behind 57-year-old man and opened fire.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/21/2019

News for Thursday 112119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The state Motor Vehicle offices will remain closed today due to a cyber attack earlier this week. Officials with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Technology Services have worked continuously since the beginning of the incident making progress to ensure all public systems are operational and ready for full service. Individual office openings will be evaluated as electronic services are restored throughout the day today.

 

State police report a Marksville man is dead after a single vehicle crash early Tuesday morning on Highway 71. Troopers say 25 year old Jonathan Decuir lost control and left the roadway colliding with an overpass column. Decuir, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Governor Edwards says he’s not daunted by Republicans near supermajority in the Legislature. The GOP came two seats in the House shy of being able to override vetoes after the run-off.  Edwards says he’s built a career in politics working with both sides of the aisle, and just because the Capitol is red and he’s blue, doesn’t mean they get some major accomplishments passed. Analysts note the increased Republican presence in Baton Rouge will likely doom many of the Governor’s pushes for campaign promises like an increased minimum wage.

 

Louisiana’s unemployment rate fell nearly a half a percent year-to-year for October, having added 3,600 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs. The state’s unemployment rate now sits at 4.5 percent, up from 4.3 percent last month, but Workforce Commission Chief Economist Ali Bustamante says the trend is still towards growth. New Orleans lost 500 jobs over the last month, but has still gained 8,600 year to year. The state also remains in “Full Employment”.

 

The former LSU frat member at the center of the hazing death of fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver receives a five-year prison sentence, half of the sentence is suspended, so Matthew Naquin (Na-Can) is set to serve two and half years. Naquin, who was found guilty in July of negligent homicide, also was sentenced to one-thousand hours of community service and three years’ probation. Naquin’s attorney John McLindon says not enough blame has been put on Gruver who had a history of heavy drinking.

 

If you feel like you have been getting a lot of robocalls lately, you're not alone. We have all gotten them. YouMail , a robocall blocking app, found there were 5.7 billion robocalls during the month of October. This is a 25% increase from September, with 49 billion in total for the year. As you may suspect, those numbers are higher than 2018.

 

Walgreens has ranked Lafayette #1 in the country in their most recent Flu Index. The numbers are compiled using retail prescription data for antiviral medication used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations across the country. Following Lafayette is Las Vegas, Nevada and Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi. Other Louisiana cities on the list are New Orleans (#4) and Baton Rouge (#6). Louisiana is also ranked #2 on list of states with highest flu activity.

 

Tim McGraw, Meghan Trainor, Bastille and others are coming to New Orleans to put on a free concert as part of the celebration around the College Football Playoff National Championship game.  Host Committee Executive Director Jeff Hundley says the fun starts Saturday, January 11th, at the Woldenberg Park. Lafayette native Lauren Daigle will perform the National Anthem prior to the game. More info can be found at collegefootballplayoff.com.

 

Shared Hope International says Louisiana needs to address laws allowing children who’ve been victims of sex trafficking to be charged with prostitution. Founder Linda Smith says the state scored an A on their yearly legal report card on all other child sex trafficking issues, but one relic from the past keeps us from a perfect score. Smith says allowing children who’ve been trafficked to be charged with prostitution creates is physiologically damaging to the child and potentially deprives them of much-needed services.

 

A 14-year-old is under arrest after allegedly stabbing his 50-year-old father to death with a spear inside their Terrytown home.  Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto says they aren’t sure what provoked the outburst Wednesday Morning, but they suspect the son may have a mental illness.

 

Over a million dollars’ worth of drugs were seized during a bust in Shreveport thanks to K-9 cop named Mingo who sniffed out the narcotic filled shipping container. Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond says most of the bust was THC related. The container was recovered from a car parked in front of a Shreveport residence.

 

A drunken driver has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally hitting a Louisiana man waiting at a Baton Rouge bus stop. The Advocate reports 40-year-old Ever M. Hernandez was sentenced Tuesday to 15-years for vehicular homicide and 10 years for hit and run, to be served consecutively, in the 2018 death of Eric Joseph.

 

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Louisiana Tech played poorly on Friday against Marshall and lost their first conference game. Starting quarterback J’Mar Smith, leading receiver Adrian Hardy and starting linebacker James Jackson were suspended for the game, but Coach Skip Holtz is not using that as an excuse for why they lost. Smith and Hardy will also miss Saturday’s game at UAB.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/20/2019

News for Wednesday 112019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Division of Administration says most online state services are now back in action after yesterday’s ransomware attack. Authorities now believe the attack was initiated after an illicit file was downloaded to a state computer, and roughly 1,600 computers and 130 servers will need to be rebuilt as a result.  The department of Motor Vehicles is still closed this morning. No word yet on when it may open.

 

Legislation that would direct hundreds of millions of dollars more in offshore oil and gas revenue to Louisiana clears a Senate Committee. If it gets signed into law the change could result in a windfall for the state, but one that Senator Bill Cassidy, who authored the legislation, says is constitutionally mandated to fund coastal restoration.

 

U.S. Senator John Kennedy weighs in on growing concerns over of whether multi-millionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein killed himself in jail as was reported by officials. Kennedy voiced his concerns to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Sawyer, saying “Christmas ornaments, drywall, and Jeffery Epstein, name three things that don’t hang themselves. Kennedy is asking for a thorough investigation.

 

The 2019 Governor’s race is in the books and ambitious Republican state leaders are reportedly eyeing a 2023 race that won’t feature a popular incumbent Democrat. Two prominent statewide elected figures stand out as early frontrunners, one of them is Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, who tends to stay out of partisan fights, and is highly popular across party lines. Cross says the other is AG Jeff Landry.

 

Former LSU frat member Matthew Naquin who was found guilty of negligent homicide in the 2017 hazing death of Max Gruver is scheduled for sentencing today.  Judge Beau Higginbotham previously sentenced two others involved in the death to the maximum sentence, but legal analyst Franz Borghardt says the judge is known to give reasonable sentences and many were surprised he gave maximum sentences to the two others involved in the case.  The judge does have the authority to give Naquin felony probation.

 

A Cottonport Police Officer was injured Tuesday morning when, during a high speed chase, the officer lost control and flipped the vehicle. Cottonport Police Chief Earnest Anderson says the injured officer was assisted by bystanders and then airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment. Her condition is unknown at this time. The suspect involved was taken into custody.

 

Eleven more juvenile whooping cranes have been brought to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan as the state wildlife officials attempt to re-establish the population of the rare bird. LDWF Biologist Sara Zimorski says one of the contributing factors to the bird’s decline was the disappearance of wetlands in favor of agriculture development.  Now, the birds are starting to take a liking to some of those areas too.

 

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of potential fake money that may still be in circulation after a counterfeiting operation was busted this month.  Captain Scott Lee says it’s mostly small bills. Lee is asking area businesses to be cautious when receiving cash payments for now because they’re not exactly sure how much fake money is still out there.

 

A spokesperson for Frank's International is reporting layoffs at its Lafayette facility.

Spokeswoman Alison Greene says there are about 600 employees at that location, and a "small percentage" of them were terminated. According to Greene, the reason for the layoffs is because of Frank's "company-wide profitability improvement project."

The layoffs are a part of the broader efforts to streamline their organization.

 

A Tangipahoa Parish man who was reported missing Friday has been found dead in a wooded area, believed to be the victim of a homicide. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Pere Jackson's body was recovered around 4 p.m. Monday in a wooded area in Natalbany. Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm the manner and cause of death.

 

UL Lafayette researchers develop technology that can predict an epileptic seizure in a patient up to an hour before it happens with a 99 percent rate of accuracy. Epileptic patients face a precarious life in which seizures can strike at any moment, often without warning. The device on the person’s head will sync up to an app that is accessible not just by the patient, but by anyone the patient wants to keep in the loop…

 

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The College Football Playoff rankings were unchanged at the top this week, with LSU first followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. The selection committee's third weekly rankings had little movement in the top 10, with Alabama fifth followed by Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Oklahoma and Minnesota.

 

Louisiana Tech has set a press conference for 11:30 Thursday. That’s when they’ll announce new plans for the complete rebuild of the University’s baseball, softball and soccer complexes. Those facilities were destroyed by an EF 3 tornado that hit Ruston last April.

 

In the latest F-C-S Coaches poll, Southeastern Louisiana is ranked 22nd and Nicholls is 23rd. The two teams will meet Thursday night in Hammond, the winner will earn at least a share of the Southland Conference title and an automatic bid to the F-C-S playoffs.

 

In high school football playoffs, rain is in the forecast on Friday night and some games are moving to Thursday. West Monroe will host Captain Shreve on Thursday, instead of Friday and the Union Parish-Caldwell Parish gave has been moved to Thursday too. Oberlin versus Gueydan has also moved to Thursday as well.

 

After playing the last two games on the road, the Ragin Cajuns return home Saturday to host Troy. The Trojans rank 10th in the F-B-S in scoring, averaging 39 points a game.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 11/19/2019

News for Tuesday 111919

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

African American voter participation jumped six percent from the primary to the run-off, a major reason why Governor Edwards will be returning to office for another four years. The Power Coalition was at the center of that effort, and Executive Director Ashley Shelton says this year’s minority turnout will help keep minority priorities in the conversation, regardless of party affiliation.

 

President Donald Trump has gone Twitter silent on the Louisiana election after Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards was reelected Saturday, but he did call Edwards Monday afternoon to congratulate him on his victory. He told the governor he "ran a hell of a campaign" and looks forward to working with him again. Edwards pledged to continue building a working relationship with the President.

 

Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh criticizes his party’s inability to flip the Governor’s mansion but celebrates the substantial gains the GOP made in the Legislature. This election cycle saw the GOP take a supermajority in the Senate and a near super-majority in the House. Seabaugh says if the Governor felt he had trouble working with GOP legislative leaders in his first term, he hasn’t seen anything yet.

Seabaugh is a candidate to be the next House Speaker.

 

Governor Edwards tweets that the cyber-attack on state websites that shuttered them, and closed down the OMV Monday was the result of a ransomware attack. The attack was initially discovered on one state website, and in order to stop it from spreading across the rest of the network the decision was made to shut down all state sites. The Division of Administration reports that no data was compromised, and no ransom was paid as a result of the attack.

 

This year’s big race is over but it’s never too soon to start looking towards 2020. Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is up for re-election. ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says even though Democratic Governor Edwards just won re-election, don’t expect another statewide upset for the party. All of Louisiana’s U-S House delegation is up for re-election in 2020, but Stockley says none of the incumbents will face a real threat. The only question is whether Congressman Ralph Abraham will retire. Stockley says a decision needs to be made soon.

 

Louisiana sees the first death from the outbreak of vaping related illness.  Nationally, over 2,000 cases of illness have been detected and are to blame in 40 deaths.   Assistant state health officer Doctor Joseph Kanter says so far, thirty cases of vaping lung injuries have been diagnosed in the state. The identity of the deceased has not been released due to privacy laws.  The median age for victims is 29-years-old, with the youngest person being 17 and the oldest being 71.  Kanter says there is still much mystery surrounding vaping and what is causing the lung injuries to happen.

 

Multiple classrooms were broken into at a Evangeline Parish school over the weekend.

Police believe it's the same suspect who broke into the same school last week.

Thirteen classrooms in two separate buildings at James Stephens Montessori were damaged. Police were able use surveillance video to identify the suspect.

 

Two men have been booked in connection with the Saturday slaying of a woman in Lake Charles over the weekend. Police say the two men are brothers. 27 year old Kayla Jones was pregnant when she was slain Saturday. Detectives identified two men who had an altercation with Jones. Those men have been arrested and booked.

 

The Sixth case of church vandalism this year was reported in Acadia Parish over the weekend. One of the churches vandalized in Acadia Parish has been hit a second time.

Detectives say someone threw a marble slab into a glass door at First Lutheran Church in Crowley.

 

The body of missing fisherman, Robert Thibodeaux Sr. of New Iberia, has been recovered. Thibodeaux was reported missing on November 7 when he failed to return home from a fishing trip near Marsh Island. Thibodeaux's overturned boat was found between Cypremort Point and Marsh Island but he was not with the boat. A local fisherman spotted a body Monday morning and notified the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.

 

Folks who come down with the flu can turn to Baloxivir (bal-OX-uh-veer), an anti-viral treatment that’s been out a little over a year publicly and appears to help. LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Fred Lopez, says the drug can reduce the severity and amount of time you’ll be sick. That being said Lopez says there’s no substitute for the flu vaccine. The treatment is approved for anyone over the age of 12.

 

The state Department of Transportation announces work will begin in January on improving the 1-20 bridge over the Mississippi River.  The two-mile bridge connects Madison Parish to Warren County, Mississippi and it was built in 1973.  DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says crews will make several significant repairs.

 

An LSU win on Saturday against Arkansas and the Tigers will clinch an SEC West title and punch their ticket into the SEC Championship game. Coach Ed Orgeron says he hasn’t really thought about postseason play yet. The oddsmakers are not expecting much of a game on Saturday. LSU is a 44.5 point favorite.

 

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

News for Monday 111819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Friday 111519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Thursday 111419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports..

 

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

 

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

 

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

cut 18 (13) “….the team”

 

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


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

News for Wednesday 111319

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Tuesday 111219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Monday 111119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

News for Friday 110819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Sports..

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

News for Thursday 110719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports…

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Wednesday 110619

Compile by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

News for Tuesday 110519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports…

 

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

 

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


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

News for Monday 110419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports..

 

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Cowboys @ Giants 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

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

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

 

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


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

News for Friday 110119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sports..

 

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

 

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

 

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


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/31/2019

News for Thursday 103119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone shared a stage Wednesday night for likely the only time during the runoff election that will decide Louisiana’s next governor, laying out starkly different assessments of the state’s progress and delivering rebukes of each other’s records during a televised debate in Baton Rouge. The debate, hosted by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Council for a Better Louisiana, was a rare public appearance for Rispone, who is seeking public office for the first time and who has mostly shunned gubernatorial forums in favor of closed-door fundraisers. Edwards agreed to a second TV debate, which Rispone declined.

 

It’s going to be a chilly night of trick-or-treating for families across the state. Nation Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist Aaron Davis says tonight temperatures will be about 20 degrees lower than we’ve been used to over the past week. Davis cautions parents to bundle up their kids, or put on a few extra layers under those costumes tonight. He says it’ll be incredibly windy, and that will exacerbate the already low temperatures. And those frigid temperatures will continue into Friday morning. Davis says the season’s first freeze is set to come about two weeks ahead of schedule…

 

State Police has some tips to keep your kids safe as you head out into the cold tonight for some trick-or-treating. To start, Trooper Taylor Scrantz says make your kids wear wristbands with your cellphone number just in case they get lost and make sure they are visible to drivers. He also recommends planning your route along well-lit streets on sidewalks. Scrantz also advises parents not allow their children to go out tonight without a guardian.

 

Yesterday we told you about a petition on social media that was attempting to gather 2,000 signatures in an effort to give kids a day off to recover from Trick or Treating.. Well, that petition was garnered over 6,000 signatures. However it appears it was all for nothing. Rapides Parish Superintendent of Schools Jeff Hall announced yesterday that school will be in session on Friday.

 

36 year old William Branch, who was arrested back in May for allegedly walking into Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and threatening a priest with a knife, was arraigned Wednesday at the Rapides Parish courthouse. Branch entered a plea of "not guilty by reason of insanity". Last week, Branch was deemed competent to stand trial by Judge Chris Hazel, and stand trial he will. A bench trial is set for Dec. 17.

 

The nation’s report card indicates Louisiana has made the more improvements than any other state in 8th grade math. But still, Eighth graders were ranked 48th nationwide for math. State Superintendent of Education John White says among the challenges to tackle in Louisiana is attracting STEM teachers to the education field. On the downside,  ACT scores in the state fell from 45th to 49th. Louisiana is one of 15 states requiring all high school students to take the ACT and ranked 13th among those.

 

Four contractors are expected to submit bids by Friday with their plans on how to clear the site of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says the responsibility of taking down the building is on the property owner, but the city has been hands-on with the analysis of the demolition plans. The building collapsed on October 12th, killing three and injuring numerous others.

 

A Monroe man is charged with seven counts of assisting escape and accessory after the fact in the escape of seven men from the Richland Parish Detention Center.  38-year old Trevor Toney is accused of helping seven inmates during their escape to Ouachita Parish on Monday. Investigators say Toney helped the inmates force their way out of the facility and then paid for a hotel room for them. All seven have been booked in the Ouachita Correctional Center as fugitives from justice.

 

Brent Ballard said he left his Great Dane in the care of a Lafayette dog trainer in September with the expectation that his pup would return to his Denham Springs home as a service dog. Instead, Gauge came back in October malnourished and in need of immediate veterinary care for a number of injuries including cuts, infections and burns, according to Ballard. A veterinarian told him the dog was 24 to 48 hours away from death and that Gauge would no longer be able to perform as a service dog as a result of the trauma. 64 year old Patrick Darcey is the Lafayette man who allegedly abused Gauge and at least two dozen other dogs through his home dog training business, K9 Kajun Farm. Darcey is facing up to 38 counts of animal cruelty.

 

State Police releases a report detailing concerns by a counselor in 2014 that former Livingston Parish SWAT Commander Dennis Perkins was engaging in “grooming” with a young girl that would prep her for future abuse. Perkins and his wife were arrested last week on numerous child sex crimes charges, and Perkins has been fired from LPSO. Livingston Sheriff Jason Ard spoke earlier in the day before the new revelations came out, defending his office’s decision to retain Perkins in 2013 after a Baton Rouge officer personally reported inappropriate conduct against his step-daughter outlined in the State Police report. Ard blamed the BR cop for coming to him personally instead of filing a paper report. The Sheriff says there are no reports of incidents or allegations against Perkins’ in his official file.

 

A Louisiana appeals court has overruled a judge who said prosecutors could not use the word "rape" during a man's rape trial. In a ruling filed Wednesday, Judge Ben Willard in New Orleans granted a defense request to bar prosecutors and prosecution witnesses from using the word rape in an ongoing trial. Prosecutors appealed, noting the defendant faces multiple charges, including first-degree rape. A three-judge panel of Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal agreed the judge was wrong to ban the use of the word rape by prosecutors.

 

Sports..

 

One of the more unusual World Series is now history with the Washington Nationals winning it all.  Last night, in game 7 of the series, the Nationals defeated the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park 6 to 2 in a series where neither team won a game on their home turf.

 

Thursday Night NFL. 49ers @ The Cardinals 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

LSU will likely be the number one team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll when they visit second-ranked Alabama on November ninth. But Coach Ed Orgeron says they are not paying attention to the current rankings. The hype is just starting to build on this potential number one versus number two match-up.

 

Through eight games, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 73 carches for 875 yards. Thomas is on pace to catch 146 passes, which would break Marvin Harrison’s single season NFL record when the former Colt caught 143 passes in 2002.

 

In the high school football polls, Lafayette Christian is the new number one ranked team in Two-A. Newman was ranked number one last week, but lost by one point to St. Charles Catholic. Notre Dame has moved to two in the rankings, St. Charles Catholic is third, Newman fourth and Ferriday is ranked fifth. Just two more weeks left in the regular season.

 

ULM returns from a bye week to host Arkansas State for homecoming Saturday. The Warhawks are 3-and-4 overall, two and one in the Sun Belt West Division and tied with the Ragin Cajuns for first place.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/30/19

News for Wednesday 103019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Louisiana is in for a stormy day today.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s just the beginning of a bumpy ride of different weather conditions the state can expect over the next few days. Later this evening, a cold front is going to sweep across Louisiana from northwest to southeast.  Keim says that will bring in some cold air from Canada, with temps falling into the mid 30’s Friday morning. Keim says it is a dicey forecast for Halloween, but weather models are indicating the rain should move out by tomorrow evening.

 

If children go out and trick or treat tomorrow, should they get the day off on Friday to rest up? An online petition has been circulating through social media, requesting just that for the Parish’s public and private schools. The petition is hoping to receive 2,500 signatures; however there is now indication yet that the school board will go along with the request if the signatures are obtained.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone will share the stage tonight for the first and only gubernatorial run-off debate. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says expect the candidates to take a much more aggressive posture than they did in the previous three primary debates. Rispone has been criticized for not providing details about the kinds of policies his potential administration would pursue, but Cross says tonight could give voters a better idea. The debate kicks off at 7 PM on LBP. You can also stream the debate live at L-P-B-Dot-Org.

 

LSU-Shreveport Poli Sci Professor Jeff Sadow says don’t expect President Trump to visit the state for a run-off rally to hype up Eddie Rispone until after November 9th, but assuming the President visits sometime between November 9th and the 16th, the Commander in Chief is likely to hold court in north Louisiana. President Trump has a 52 percent approval rating as of Monday’s JMC Analytics poll.

 

Parents have a new app to keep their kids safe, Safe Virtual Neighborhoods, which lets them know when a sex offender tries to contact their children. All parents need to do is download the app and plug-in their children’s information and they’ll be forwarded any alerts. You will need to input a full list of your child’s contact numbers and social media accounts to have proper coverage for the service. The app was developed by Covington based Offenderwatch.

 

New research indicates teen suicide rates are up 87 percent over the last decade, with LGBTQ teens being the most at risk for suicide attempts. Researcher at Trust for America’s Health Rhea Farberman says the data finds 48 percent of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents report considering or attempting suicide. The research suggests the rise is due to the stressors and pressures in a teen’s life. LGBTQ teens often experience discrimination, they experience bullying, and in some cases, violence and family rejection. Farberman says there is a need for programs and policy aimed at enabling teens with coping and emotional skills.

 

The drunk driver who killed two bicycle riders and injured seven following a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade in March was sentenced Tuesday to 90 years in prison.

State Judge Laurie White gave 32 year old Tashonty Toney the maximum sentence.

The sentencing hearing came a day after Toney pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and heard emotional testimony from the relatives of those killed and from some of the injured.

 

A Lafayette man who has been gaining attention on social media as a Drew Brees look-alike got to meet the genuine article Tuesday. The Saints Quarterback was in Lafayette  to promote his newest Lafayette business, and Ragin Crossfit owner Jeremy Hohle showed up to meet Brees. Following the game on Sunday, Brees says his wife texted him about Hohle, showing him photos of a man with a striking resemblance to himself. Before parting, Brees snapped a selfie with Hohle. Brees was quoted as saying "Long lost cousin, here.

 

The ballooning cost of Sasol Ltd.'s $12.9 billion Lake Charles Chemicals Project prompted the board of directors to negotiate a separation agreement for its co-CEOs this week and for several other top executives to leave. The joint CEOs of the South Africa-based petrochemical business are leaving the company Thursday. Fleetwood Grobler, the executive vice president of chemicals, will become the new CEO of the business on Friday and will be responsible for the final stages of construction at the Lake Charles complex, which includes an ethane cracker that will produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene each year.

 

Sports..

 

And we go to game 7.. the World Series is tied up a three games a piece and tonight it all comes down to game 7. What is unusual about this series.. all games have been won on the road. The home team advantage has not been an issue in even one game. Hopefully tonight the Astros can change that.. game 7 tonight at 6 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

The NCAA says it will develop a plan so athletes can make money off their name, image and likeness. Tiger Rag Magazine assistant editor Tyler Nunez says with all of the money that football and basketball produces for schools, it’s time for players to see their cut.  The NCAA says it must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes. It could be several years before any changes are made.

 

Joe Burrow’s record-breaking season at LSU has some NFL scouts salivating over the prospect of making the fifth-year senior the new face of their franchise next year. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says the Tiger’s captain is clearly in the first-round conversation, and is likely being looked at by teams like the Bengals, Dolphins, and Broncos.

Burrow has thrown for 2,800 yards and 30 TDS while completing 79 percent of his passes this year.

 

The Ragin Cajuns will host Texas State this Saturday for homecoming. U-L Lafayette is 5-and-2, while the Bobcats are two and five.

 

In his absence, fans have focused on the team’s other first-round picks. Guard Nikeil Alexander-Walker is averaging six points a game on 30 percent shooting but perked up against the Warriors Monday. Coach Alvin Gentry says the rook just needs minutes.

With Jrue Holiday out, Alexander-Walker saw a season-high 24 minutes Monday and put up 15 points and nine assists on 54 percent shooting.

 

Coach O announced yesterday LSU defensive end Justin Thomas has withdrawn from school for personal reasons. Orgeron said he hopes Thomas will return in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 256-pound junior did not dress out for the Auburn game, and he last played in LSU's 42-28 win over Florida.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/29/19

News for Tuesday 102919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The man accused of burning a Pineville nursing home patient has been indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury. 28-year old Marcus Casson is facing second-degree murder charges now after he was originally arrested for cruelty to the infirm. The victim suffered third-degree burns consistent from scalding liquids and died four months later.

 

A new run-off poll from JMC Analytics shows Governor Edwards at 48 percent and Eddie Rispone at 46 percent with a little under three weeks until the race is decided. Pollster John Couvillon says it’s the first time he’s seen Edwards make real progress towards the 50 percent plus one he will need on November 16th to keep his job. 5th district congressman Ralph Abraham endorsed Rispone after the primary, but it’s unclear whether or not the Congressman plans on campaigning for his fellow Republican. There’s only six percent of voters who remain undecided.

 

Governor Edwards is rolling out a new line of attack in the governor’s race, prodding Eddie Rispone for declining to attend nearly any candidate forums or other public events with the line “Where’s Eddie?” Rispone has only agreed to meet face to face for one event in the run-off, the October 30th LPB debate. Edwards slammed the Republican at Monday’s press club candidate forum for dodging questions. The Governor singled out his opponent’s support for repealing the Medicaid expansion, and Rispone’s past support for the state’s voucher program that’s been panned by the Department of Education.

 

37 year old Michael Stroud has been arrested by the APD on several charges, following an investigation that began earlier this month when three victims reported he had sexual contact with them when they were children. The incidents allegedly occurred between 2004-2012 when the victims were between the ages of 6-16 years of age. Stroud, who is a Deville resident  is charged three counts of crime against nature, two counts of sexual battery of a victim under 13, one count of oral sexual battery and one count of molestation of a juvenile.

 

About 67-hundred Entergy customers in southeast Louisiana remain without power as a result of the strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Olga over the weekend. Entergy spokesperson Lee Sabatini says some of the damaged infrastructure is difficult to get too. Cleco has about two-thousands without power on the Northshore.

 

The State Fire Marshal and Operation Save a Life are partnering together to put more working smoke alarms in homes to reduce fire fatalities. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the $55-thousand dollar FEMA grant will help a lot of families. This year’s current fire fatality count is at 52, which is lower compared to time last year’s count of 60.

 

Funeral Services for former ULM President Dwight D. Vines, who died Saturday at age 88, are taking place today. Vines was at the helm of the university from 1976-1991. University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson remembers Vines as a great example for higher education leaders. Under Vines’ leadership, 40 new degree programs were added.

 

Halloween means kids heading door-to-door in search of candy, but for children with autism, they may not be able to verbalize phrases like “Trick-or-treat” or “Happy Halloween,” so the newest trend for those children is carrying blue buckets or pumpkins to bring awareness.  Autism Society Acadiana spokesperson Robin Blackwell says those kids will still be excited to get candy. The CDC estimates that 1 in 57 children are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

 

Sports…

 

Game 6 of the world series tonight finds the Houston Astros at home and one game away from winning it all. Airtime tonight at 6pm on 94.7 ESPN..

 

After a tough start to the season with 3 losses, the New Orleans Pelicans made it 4 last night as they lost to the Golden State Warriors at home. The Final 123 to 134. The Pels play host to the Denver Nuggets Thursday night.

 

Monday Night Football last night the Steelers easily took care of the Dolphins 27 to 14. Up next the San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Thursday night.s

 

LSU is ranked number one in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2011. The win over Auburn was LSU’s third over a Top 10 team and it convinced voters to rank the Tigers over number two Alabama and number three Ohio State. Assistant Tiger Rag Editor Tyler Nunez says there’s not much separation between the top three teams

 

 


Good Morning.. News For Monday 10/28/2019

News for Monday 102819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Vice President Mike Pence returns to Louisiana today to hold a closed-door fundraiser for Eddie Rispone in Baton Rouge. Tickets are 5,000 dollars per couple for general access and $15,000 for VIP access. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it’s likely the money won’t be headed directly into the Rispone campaign and will more likely go to a PAC. Either way, It’s a boon for the Baton Rouge businessman who’s poured over 11 million dollars of his own funds into the campaign but appears to have stopped self-funding.

 

It’s now official, Paul Coreil was named chancellor of Louisiana State University of Alexandria during the October Board of Supervisors meeting last week. LSU President F. King Alexander says “Dr. Coreil has served LSU admirably for many years, and he is a proven leader who will help guide LSUA forward and build on the successes already established there over the last few years.”

 

It started Saturday night as a high speed chase of a stolen vehicle and ended with an APD cruiser perched on top of a fire hydrant. The cruiser crashed onto the sidewalk next to Reichman Law Firm downtown, then smashed into a tree next to the building landing on the fire hydrant. The officer received none life threatening injuries in the crash.

 

Assumption Parish native and Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette is awaiting Senate confirmation as the nation’s next Energy Secretary. President Trump nominated Brouillette and says his experience is unparalleled. Brouillette is a U-S Army veteran, who previously worked for former Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin. He also had a position in the George W. Bush administration and served on the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board.

 

Former ULM President Dwight Vines has passed away at the age of 87. He served as the school’s president from 1976 to 1991.

 

The man behind the wheel of a pickup truck that slammed into another vehicle in August, killing two people, including a two-year-old girl in St. Landry Parish, is now charged with two counts of negligent homicide. State police report 48-year-old Michael Shane Guidry of Carencro was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

35-year-old Lacy Leger of Sunset and her two-year-old daughter were traveling along the I-49 service road when the wreck happened, killing both of them.

 

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s project E Pluribus Unum surveyed 800 people across the South for their views on race, with the report finding substantial disparities in how different groups view key issues. The survey found a slight plurality of both black and white respondents do not believe the Civil War was fought over slavery. Landrieu says that’s a sign that more education on the topic is needed.

 

An Accountemps survey shows nine in ten workers admit to coming into work with cold or flu-like symptoms, and a third of workers admit to always going into work when sick. Senior Recruiting Manager for Robert Half in New Orleans, Carrie Lewis, says bosses should set the expectation that sick workers can stay home. 54 percent of those who admit they’ve rolled into work with a cold or the flu say it’s because they have too much work to do, another 40 percent admit to not wanting to use up sick leave.

 

The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is celebrating 100-years of conservation on 70,000 acres of coastal land in Cameron and Vermillion Parish. Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Program Manager Scooter Trosclair says thousands of visitors from around the world every year spend a weekend at this fabulous recreational spot. Edward Avery Mcllhenny, the son of Tabasco founder Edmund Mcllhenny, agreed to donate the land to the state in exchange for a promise that it would be used for research purposes. The deal led to research breakthroughs in the 50s, 60s and, 70s that helped out gators worldwide.

 

 

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The Houston Astros can win it all on their home turf tomorrow night when they play host to the Nationals in game 6 of the series.. The Astros swept the Nationals in Washington over the weekend. Taking three games and leading the series 3 to 2. It was a 4 to 1 win Friday, 8 to 1 Saturday and 7 to 1 Sunday.. Next game issa tomorrow night starting at 6 on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Tonight the World Series it put on hold as Monday Night Football is Front and Center.. Tonight it’s the Dolphins @ Steelers 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

LSU is the new number one college football team in the country after a hard fought 23-20 win over Auburn. The Tigers have won a lot of games on pure execution this season, but LSU used grit on Saturday to beat Auburn for a third straight season. Coach Ed Orgeron says its the kind of game you need to win to have a championship season.  Now the Tigers can finally focus on the Alabama game which will take place on November 9th. Both teams do not play this weekend. LSU has lost eight in a row to Bama.

 

Drew Brees was sharp on Sunday as he came off a five-week absence to lead New Orleans to a sixth straight win, a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Brees tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 373 yards. Some were concerned that the Saints were rushing Brees back, but Coach Sean Payton was not concerned. Brees says it was great to be back. The Saints are off Sunday and return to the field November 10th to host the struggling Falcons, a stretch of four straight games against divisional opponents.

 

 


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