News for Monday August 3rd, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The latest Covid-19 numbers are in for the weekend and state Health officials are reporting 3,477 new cases since Friday, for a total of 119,747 cases statewide since the Pandemic began. There were 58 more fatalities as well over the weekend, to bring the total to 3,893 deaths. To put that number in perspective, that would be like 10 and ½ fully loaded 747 jet liners crashing, killing all on board. Here in Rapides Parish we saw 92 new cases and 2 fatalities.
Twitter has banned the account of former KKK leader and state lawmaker David Duke for violating the platform’s rules on hate speech. Duke was already banned from YouTube. Duke infamously ran for Governor against Edwin Edwards in 1991, and last ran for office in 2016, getting 58,000 votes in a campaign for the Senate seat that was won by John Kennedy.
Governor Edwards tells Louisiana residents not to expect major changes with the Phase Two coronavirus guidelines as he expects to extend the mask mandate and bar closure order next week. The current order expires next Friday and Edwards it will likely be extended for another two weeks.
A traffic stop in Franklin Parish leads to a trooper discovering a dead body in a trunk. Master Trooper Michael Reichardt says the trooper saw bullet holes in the side of the vehicle and asked the driver if he could do an inspection, leading to the discovery and arrest of 18-year-old Michael Mitchell Jr. That arrest led to another arrest, that of 19-year-old Cameron Powe, who allegedly joined with Mitchell Jr. in the robbery that led to the death of, Michael Robinson.
Three candidates have signed up to take on incumbent Congressman Clay Higgins in the 3rd District November race. Former oil driller, Democrat Rob Anderson, Democrat and Mount Olive Baptist Church Pastor Braylon Harris and Restaurant manager Brandon Leleux, a Libertarian, is also in the race. Higgins won the 2018 race with 55 percent of the vote in a first-round that featured another Republican that also received twelve percent of the vote.
A state health department study finds that most pregnancy-related deaths of women in 2017 were preventable. State Perinatal Medical Director Dr Veronica Gillispie-Bell says 65 total deaths were reviewed and 80-percent could have been prevented. The most common cause of death that that was not pregnancy-related was homicide, followed by motor vehicle crashes and accidental overdose. In researching the homicides among pregnant women, they found that many were connected to intimate partner violence.
The SEC agrees to play a ten game conference only schedule this year starting September 26th. LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron says he’s excited to play more SEC games this year, and the team is ready for whatever the pandemic throws at it…
LSU is polling season ticket holders to get an idea of how many of them still want to watch football inside Tiger Stadium this season. LSU ticket manager Brian Broussard says they are planning to have fans in attendance, but to get an idea on how many season ticket holders want to attend games this year, they are sending them an online questionnaire this week. The governor, state and local health officials will have final say on how many fans can be inside Tiger Stadium. The governor’s office says it would be purely speculative to say what kind of capacity guidelines there will be for gatherings and events in two months and any state guidance would come in September.
If you ever doubted college sports was all about the money.. The SEC’s decision to play only conference games this season, leaves ULM with two holes on their football schedule and the school will miss out on a reported three-point-two million dollars. That’s how much the school would have received for playing Arkansas and Georgia.