News for Tuesday 092319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
There was a shooting in the city last night on Wellington Blvd around 7 p.m. According to the APD, suspects in one car shot at another car, leaving one male dead and injuring another. APD believes the shooting sparked from a dispute between the suspects and the victims. It’s reported the suspects fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.
Monday was the first day of Fall, but it doesn’t feel like it, as its hot and humid. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the Climate Prediction Center predicts we’ll continue to see above-normal temperatures during the fall months, while rainfall totals should be normal, which is not a lot. Keim adds it’s not going to feel like fall anytime soon and that we’ll have to wait until October before that first significant cold front comes through.
The Diocese of Alexandria released on Friday the name of another clergy member against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The allegations date back to the mid-60’s. The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in August 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible. Fr. Theodore Lelieveld died in October 1976, at the age of 50.
Trial dates were set Monday for a brother and sister accused of killing three people in Rapides Parish back October 2017. Matthew Sonnier's trial date was set for Aug. 24, 2020, while sister Ebony Nicole Sonnier will be tried March 2, 2020. Both face three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of obstruction of justice in the deaths of 28 year old Jeremy Norris, 33 year old Kendrick Horn and 42 year old Latisha White.
An independent, post-first debate poll shows Governor Edwards has gained ground, and Eddie Rispone has jumped Ralph Abraham as the top polling Republican. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says the latest results have moved the likelihood of a run-off from high to a tossup, and it could all come down to minority voter turnout.
12 percent remain undecided.
The three main candidates in the governor’s race appeared at the Baton Rouge Press Club Mnday and discussed what they would prioritize if elected. GOP challenger Eddie Rispone says he will let various sectors know how accommodating the state is under his leadership. Fellow Republican candidate Ralph Abraham says he will reverse ITEP changes, which is a property tax break for large manufacturers. Governor Edwards says he will continue investing into education.
A new Independent poll shows the race for Insurance Commissioner is at a statistical dead heat with incumbent Jim Donelon at 22 percent and challenger Tim Temple at 20 percent. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says the biggest number that stands out is the 58 percent of voters who remain undecided. Both Donelon and Temple are Republicans. Donelon has the endorsement of the State Party.
Truth in Accounting-dot-org gives Louisiana a D rating following a new analysis of the latest financial report showing Louisiana has $15.8 billion available to pay nearly $38 billion worth of bills. Truth in Accounting Founder and CEO Sheila Weinberg says the state has a long way to go to make improvements. Weinberg highlights the state’s pension debt of $9.4 billion and retiree healthcare debt of $9.6 billion as a major factor.
Overall, the state ranks 40th in the nation.
Louisiana wildlife agents say a stolen cellular game camera kept sending pictures, letting them identify the man who had it. He and the man he said he'd bought it from were arrested. A Department of Wildlife and Fisheries statement Monday said 55-year-old Kurt Wiggins is accused of theft and 53-year-old Ernie Jenkins of possessing stolen items. Both are from Woodworth.
The Advocate-Times Picayune reports at least 17 people have been shot in New Orleans since Friday, four of them fatally. Three were shot Monday alone. One of them died.
An investigation is underway after the body of an unidentified woman was found Monday on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus. A spokesperson for the university says that the woman is not a student or a member of university staff. A cause of death is under investigation.
Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn, former Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, died Sunday after a long illness. Flynn, who was most recently Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis in Minnesota, served as Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette from 1989-1994. Funeral services, which will be held in Minnesota, are still pending. Archbishop Harry Flynn was 86.
Casper the Camel will have a vet visit Monday after a Florida woman bit his testicles at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete (Tate) over the weekend. Truck stop manager Pamela Bossier (Bo-shay) says the woman and her husband entered Casper’s cage to retrieve their dog when the encounter went south and the camel sat on the women. Bossier says the camel, is usually a pretty nice animal. The camel reportedly didn’t have bite marks because the woman apparently didn’t have any teeth.
In Tanzania the death of a Zachary man is under investigation after his underwater marriage proposal ended in his death. Steven Weber Jr. died on Friday as he was trying to resurface after making an underwater proposal. That Proposal was being filmed for his girlfriend Kenesah Antoine. Antoine, a Baton Rouge attorney posted the video on facebook. Boaters that were passing by were unable to help revive Webber. A cause of death has not been determined.
An LSU Health New Orleans researcher finds that a common Diabetes medication was effective in treating certain forms of cancer in mice. Biochemistry Professor Dr. Suresh Alahari says certain cancers lack a protein known as Nischarin, and Metformin, the diabetes treatment, activates an enzyme that can help neutralize those cancers.
Research is also being done on how Metformin affects those with dementia, aging, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disorders
Teddy Bridgewater showed he is more than a capable backup to Drew Brees as he led the Saints to a 33-27 win over the Seahawks in Seattle yesterday. It’s an emotional victory for Bridgewater, who nearly saw his career come to an end because of a devastating knee injury during training camp in 2016. Since then he’s been traded twice, but kept telling himself before the game he’s a winner…
LSU QB Joe Burrow is named the SEC player of the week, marking the third time this season for Burrow to receive the distinction. In 2018, Burrow had received the honor two other times.
LSU football fans will have to get ready for another 11 AM kick-off. The SEC announced Monday that the Tigers next game on October 5th, will kick-off at 11 AM against Utah State. An LSU official says they can’t find a time when the Tigers had back-to-back morning kickoffs.
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