News for Tuesday 101519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Kayla Giles, the woman charged with the 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr., was back in court on yesterday for a status conference. Giles was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the charge was changed to second-degree because her case didn't meet the requirements for first-degree. The change in degree doesn’t change much. If convicted Giles would still be facing life behind bars. A motion to reduce her bond as well as a discovery conference will be held on Nov. 4.
UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says analysts underrated Rispone’s uncomplicated, straight forward branding as a President Trump-loving businessman. He says it was a clarion call for white voters. Cross says Rispone was able to tap into a growing sense of identity politics among many white voters in the United States whose views align closely with Rispone’s messaging. Cross says roughly 200,000 more rural, mostly white voters showed up to vote in this primary than in 2015’s
Rescue operations are still underway at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, but officials are increasingly concerned the incoming rainy weather could make the site even more unstable. Two people are confirmed dead as a result of the Saturday morning construction site collapse. McConnell says they aren’t giving up hope for a third unaccounted for person. The collapse occurred on Canal Street and Conti, and forced the evacuation of nearby businesses including the Saenger Theatre, which was airing the Broadway musical Wicked. The structure has two cranes attached, one of which is visibly damaged and could come down at any moment.
St. George is set to become the newest city in Louisiana following a vote that sees the area break away from Baton Rouge. St. George spokesperson Drew Murrell says for the next step, the Governor will soon appoint a mayor and city council. Murrell says the city now surpasses Lake Charles as the fifth largest city in the state. The population shift also means Shreveport overtakes Baton Rouge as the second-largest city in Louisiana.
Based on the results from the October 12th election, Republicans are two seats away from capturing a Super Majority in the state House, but Democrats can end that possibility by winning in either in a runoff the 70th or 94th district. LSU Communications Professor Dr. Michael Henderson says a GOP supermajority would cripple a potential Edwards administration’s veto power. Republicans have already achieved a supermajority in the Senate.
Now this is something you don’t hear every day.. A recount is likely the Senate District 16 race in Baton Rouge as there’s a tie for second place between term-limited state representatives Steve Carter and Franklin Foil. Both are hoping to get in a runoff against Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson. Former state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Nichol says when the recount occurs, each campaign can select two representatives to witness the recount… If the vote remains tied, a three-way run-off will be held.
A deputy with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s office shot and killed a man early Monday morning who was in the process of robbing a convenience store. When the Deputy arrived 31 year old Christopher Whitfield took off running. The Deputy then shot the man. Family members say Whitfield had mental issues and didn’t carry a gun and posed no danger to anyone. The owner of the store said the only thing that been disturbed in the store was some raw chicken. The Sheriff declined to say what led to the Deputy firing or if Whitfield had a weapon.
State Police have temporarily suspended their defensive tactics training program after several cadets sustained injuries that raised concern. Defensive tactics training consists of handcuffing, use of the expandable baton, pressure points, physical strikes, blocking and grappling techniques. Although injuries are not uncommon during this training phase, the injuries reported last week were enough to raise concerns.
Authorities in Alabama report an University of Alabama student is accused of making a threat against LSU's Tiger Stadium on Saturday evening. 19 year old Connor Bruce Croll was arrested early Sunday. He is accused of calling in a threat to the stadium as LSU played the University of Florida on Saturday.
The US Department of Education awards Louisiana $115 million in grants. A total of five grants will help support students and teachers over several years. Superintendent of Education John White the lion’s share of the funding comes from the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program Grant, which will see $100 million awarded over five years. White says the state aims to serve 600 high-need schools and early education providers by the end of the grant period.
The Coast Guard says they have ended its search for a person in the water near Lafitte on Monday. Officials say a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans recovered a body matching the description of 55-year-old Kevin Lege, who had been reported overdue early Monday morning.
With the American League Championship Series now tied at 1 all, the Astros face the New York Yankees in the Big Apple in game three this afternoon.. Airtime 2:30 on 94.7 ESPN.
LSU’s impressive win over Florida on Saturday moved the Fighting Tigers to number two in the latest AP Top 25. Alabama is ranked number one, even though LSU has two victories over Top 10 teams and the Crimson Tide’s schedule has not been as difficult.
After a two-touchdown victory over Florida, LSU gets ready to visit Mississippi State for a 2:30 kick-off against the Bulldogs. Two years ago, the Tigers went into Starkville and were handed 37-7 loss. Coach Ed Orgeron says his guys were not prepared to play that night. LSU is 6-0, but the Tigers defense has had trouble stopping teams at times. Orgeron says he doesn’t want LSU involved in games like last Saturday, when both teams are trading touchdowns. Tiger Stadium was electric on Saturday and plenty of recruits were in attendance. Orgeron says the feedback he’s received has been outstanding.
Louisiana Tech is receiving one vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs clobbered U-Mass 69-21 on Saturday and will host Southern Miss on the NFL Network this Saturday at 2:30. Tech and the Golden Eagles are tied for first place in the Conference USA West Division.
ULM leads the Sun Belt West Division with a 2-and-0 mark and the Warhawks will travel to 24th ranked Appalachian State on Saturday. The Ragin Cajuns have a Thursday night game against Arkansas State.
Nicholls has moved up to number nine in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 ranking. The Colonels defeated Northwestern State 45-35. Nicholls is at Sam Houston State this Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana is also out of the Top 25, after losing to Incarnate Word.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees started throwing an NFL ball last week and feels like his injured thumb is getting stronger, he said in an interview Sunday with Cox Sports Television after the team's win at Jacksonville. Saints coach Sean Payton and Brees have an understanding that Brees will return when the QB feels like he's ready to be at his best.