News for Tuesday 021919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
It’s one of those weeks you don’t want to be caught without your umbrella as the state is bracing for the impact of rain throughout the week. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the rain is the result of a front that is stalled along the coast. Keim says much of Louisiana could see three to five inches of rain over the next five of six days. Keim notes there is a slight to marginal risk for severe weather, especially tonight and into tomorrow morning that includes severe thunderstorms, hail, and tornados.
KALB TV reports; A motion date is set for March 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in Alexandria for a federal lawsuit filed by a former football coaching prospect who claims he was denied a job at Louisiana College due to his "Jewish blood." Louisiana College and President Dr. Rick Brewer, who is also named in the lawsuit, have denied the claims made by Joshua Bonadona.
While the state hasn’t seen a case this year, the Louisiana Department of Health is urging doctors to be on the lookout for measles following an upswing of cases of the disease across the country. Assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Kanter, says cases have been spotted in areas as close as Houston and Georgia. Kanter says measles is one of the more contagious diseases out there and it can be spread just by breathing in the same room as someone who is infected. The CDC says the main cause of the outbreak is parents who refuse to get their kids vaccinated.
There’s less than 72 hours until a one million dollar lottery ticket bought at the Ideal Mart in New Orleans expires, becoming one of the highest jackpots to ever have not been claimed in Louisiana. Lotto spokesperson Dustin Annison says if you have the winning ticket from the August 25th drawing, high tail it to the capital city. Lotto players have a 180-day deadline to claim their prizes if they hold a winning ticket.
An aide to Congressman Clay Higgins has been charged with pandering. Lafayette Parish Sheriff deputies say 47-year-old Jerod Prunty was one of eight arrested as part of an investigation looking into human sex trafficking and prostitution at massage parlors.
The legislative session is now on the horizon, and every year there are calls for the Louisiana film tax credit to be revoked and the 180 million to be deposited back into the general fund. Louisiana Entertainment’s Chris Stelly hopes the legislature maintains the program, which he says supports thousands of jobs that pay 60-65 thousand on average…
The latest Governor’s race campaign finance numbers show Governor Edwards has eight-point-four million dollars in his bank account, while Eddie Rispone has five-point-five million and Ralph Abraham only has 350-thousand through the 2018 fundraising period. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says Edwards is in a good position heading into the October 12th election…
State GOP operative Scott Wilfong says he’s aware of efforts to find a more competitive candidate to take on the governor in the fall primary. Incumbent Governor and Democrat John Bel Edwards is currently lapping his two Republican opponents in fundraising and statewide name recognition, but that may not be the case for long.
Wilfong says while the GOP field may grow more crowded, he hopes low performing candidates will drop out by qualifying in August, leaving the state GOP with one standard bearer to back.
A 14-year-old has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his mother and a dog at a home in Vivian Sunday night. Caddo Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says after the incident, the teenager stormed out of the house. Chadwick says the boy fled on a four-wheeler, but was captured a short time later.
A 75-year old Bossier woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her husband. Sunday morning Bossier police were called a residence where they found 71-year old, Robert Walker unresponsive with a puncture wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife Betty Walker was arrested and has been charged with second degree murder. Bond is set at $250-thousand.
Louisiana-based food delivery service Waiter announces its creating 200 new jobs in downtown Lafayette with new offices. Waiter CEO Chris Meaux says the company he founded in Lake Charles continues to grow as they’ve are now servicing 624 cities and 85-hundred restaurants, which resulted in gross food sales of 279-million dollars. Waiter is now a publicly traded company and will release a full earnings report next month.
A well-known New Orleans Radio show host is recovering after he was injured in a hit-and-run in downtown New Orleans last week. According to WWL and New Orleans police, "Scoot" was walking across Canal Street when he was struck and knocked unconscious by a speeding motorcycle. While the injuries were serious, Scoot is expected to make a full recovery.
LSU basketball moved up six spots today in the latest A-P Top 25 poll to number 13. No other team in the country made a larger leap. 2009 was the last time the Tigers were ranked in the Top 15. The Bayou Bengals have two home games this week, Wednesday against Florida and then Saturday they’ll host fifth ranked Tennessee. The Vols were previously ranked number one, but were knocked down from the top spot after losing to Kentucky on Saturday.
LSU football now has the nation's top-ranked recruiting class of 2020, according to 247Sports. A Monday evening defensive line commitment pushed the Tigers over the edge from No. 2. Four-star Alec Bryant, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound Texas native who is the nation's No. 9 weak-side defensive end according to 247Sports, announced his commitment to LSU on Twitter.