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Good Morning... News For Friday 12/06/2019

News for Friday 121619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot, posted a bond of $510,000 Thursday and was released from jail. Earlier this week, Judge Greg Beard granted an October a motion to reduce the bond filed by her attorney. Giles is facing charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for the Sept. 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr.

 

Another shooting in the city has claimed the life of a 24-year-old man. The APD reports the shooting took place late Wednesday night in the 200 block of Sunset. Police say they found the victim shot multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the victim has not been released. The APD also announced yesterday it was investigating the death of a 46-year-old man in the 5600 block of Eddie Williams Road. No other details were released.

 

An ATRANS passenger bus and a pickup truck were involved in a traffic accident at the intersection of Elliott and Foisy streets yesterday morning. A total of 15 passengers from the bus were taken to local hospitals for treatment as was the driver of the other vehicle. Most of the injuries were reported as minor to moderate, but one passenger from the bus had what were described as potentially life-threatening injuries. APD is investigating the accident. No official cause has been determined nor have any charges been announced.

 

Alexandria Police Department officers rescued a 14-year-old Florida girl at a motel as she was being held captive by an Alabama man. 30 year old Jonathan Gibson of Lillian, Alabama, remains in the Rapides Parish Detention Center with no bond on one count of second-degree kidnapping and four counts of first-degree rape.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards told the board overseeing Louisiana's largest university system Thursday that he will propose to again raise spending on public college campuses next year, trying to steer more dollars to campuses that struggled through nearly a decade of state financing cuts. The Governor pledged that he'll keep working to boost funding for higher education across his second, four-year term, which begins in January.

 

A Conservative group says sexual harassment rules in place at Louisiana universities  chills free speech on campus. This ranking by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, called FIRE, puts LSU, Tulane, UNO, Southeastern and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the same league as Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Georgetown. The six Louisiana schools were among the 114 nationwide with a “red light” rating, meaning that the policies “both clearly and substantially, according to the group, restricts protected speech.”

 

A new Hepatitis C treatment agreement will allow the Louisiana Department of Health to treat 2,290 Medicaid and Corrections patients in just 75 days, more than all of 2019 combined. Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says Hep C kills more Americans than all other infectious diseases combined, but you might not be aware of how deadly it is because of how slowly symptoms progress. The homeless, drug users, and those who live or work in non-sterile environments are most at risk for catching Hep C.

 

Three Louisiana men were cited for transporting harvested deer from Texas into Louisiana and now the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding hunters returning from other states of the ban put in place to mitigate the risk of spreading the deer-killing virus known as Chronic Wasting Disease to local herds. CWD has been detected in 26 states, including the three that border Louisiana.

 

Grambling State completes one of the institution’s largest fundraising campaigns, collecting more than $6.6 million over the course of three years. University Vice President of Advancement Marc Newman says basketball star Magic Johnson’s company was the biggest contributor…


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 12/05/2019

News for Thursday 120519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Bond has been reduced for Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr.,  in the Highway 28 West Walmart parking lot in September of last year. Judge Greg Beard granted an October motion to reduce her bond  from $1,100,000 to $510,000.  The Judge set forth several conditions if Giles is able to post bond. She will be required stay in Rapides Parish, she is prohibited from owning or possessing weapons, she must forfeit her passport and comply with a gag order. Finally, she is prohibited from any contact with her late husband’s family.

 

Nearly 50,000 Louisiana residents could be impacted by the Trump administration’s new work requirement changes for food stamp recipients. DCFS Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Division of Family Support Sammy Guillorie says the requirement would change the criteria for states to request a waiver of the three-month time limit of receiving SNAP benefits within a 36-month period for able-bodied adults without dependents. Louisiana has a statewide waiver that will remain in effect through March 31, 2020, so recipients do not need to worry about losing their food assistance during the holidays because of this rule change. Estimates show the changes could result in roughly 700,000 losing SNAP benefits nationwide.

 

Inauguration activities to swear-in Governor Edwards and statewide elected officials will take place on Monday, January 13, at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Due to the College Football National Championship game being held in New Orleans that night, an inauguration ball has been cancelled.  However, plans are tentatively being made for a “Governor’s Ball” in New Orleans in late 2020.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy, along with Two Democrat and one Republican senator, has  introduced bipartisan legislation that will allow parents to receive a larger child tax credit in their year after they have a child, or adopt. The child tax credit is currently 2,000 dollars a year, and Cassidy says this bill would allow them to borrow against the next six years of tax credits and receive 5,000 dollars in the child’s first year. The Legislation does not call for increased taxes to fund the program, or for people to dip into their Social Security.

 

Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana and stolen guns made up some of the findings of an executed search warrant by the St. Landry SWAT team at the Opelousas home of 35-year-old Kelonda Thibodeaux  and her husband 30-year-old Brandon Thibodeaux.  Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the total value of the drugs is nearly six-figures. All the guns seized still have serial numbers, so investigators are going through ATF to get info as to who they belong to. 

 

The House Judicial Committee held it’s first impeachment hearings, with Louisiana’s lone Democrat stating the case for impeachment while questioning the panel’s legal experts. Democrats released a compilation of revelations from Intelligence Committee hearings into the Ukraine Scandal Tuesday, and New Orleans Representative Cedric Richmond says it’s damning. Richmond reiterated Democratic accusations that the Ukrainian “Quid Pro Quo” was no only unethical, it endangered national security. Republicans on the panel called yesterday’s hearings a partisan witch-hunt.

 

The Caddo Parish Commission has, during a special meeting,  approved funding to remove a Confederate monument that was erected in 1905 on the north side of the Caddo Courthouse lawn. The commission allocated $500,000 to remove the 30-foot tall marble and granite Confederate monument, but will have to wait to do so. The United Daughters of the Confederacy filed a temporary restraining order against the parish and the commission, halting the removal of the statue. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13.

 

A Gonzales Dutchtown High School was arrested Wednesday on allegations he had shared inappropriate messages and photographs with underage students for more than five years. 32 year old Mark Ebarb, a former Ascension Parish teacher of the year and finalist for the state title in 2014-15, surrendered to deputies Wednesday morning.

 

You might want to watch your spending limit on gifts this year, according to CreditCards-dot-com Louisianians have the second highest credit card debt burden in the nation.  CreditCards-dot-com analyst Ted Rossman says the typical Louisiana household carries $8,364 in credit card debt. The report says Louisiana’s median annual household income is just $48,000, which is the fourth-lowest in the country. New Mexico ranked first for credit card debt, West Virginia third, followed by Arkansas and Mississippi.

 

Savoie's Sausage and Food Products Inc. is expanding their facility in St. Landry Parish. On Wednesday the President of the company, Frederick Lafleur, along with  Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a $12.7 million expansion of the company’s food production facility near Opelousas. The Expansion, according to a release, will broaden its distribution area.

 

LSU remains second in the latest college football rankings, right behind Ohio State. The final rankings will be unveiled on Sunday. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says the Tigers can regain the top spot if LSU wins in the SEC Championship game and Ohio State doesn’t play well in the Big 10 title game. LSU faces Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday.

 

Saints defensive end Cam Jordan has been named the N-F-C Defensive Player of the Week. Jordan had four sacks in the Thanksgiving night win over Atlanta. Jordan is now second in the N-F-L in sacks with 13.5. New Orleans hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Black and Gold are just a 2.5 point favorite.

 

And there’s reports the Ragin’Cajuns and Louisiana Tech could meet each other in the New Orleans Bowl later this month.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 12/04/2019

News for Wednesday 120419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Tiger fans are Atlanta bound this Saturday as the Bayou Bengals take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game.  StubHub spokesperson Erin Exum says over a thousand tickets are currently available with an average price of $567. Exum also says be sure to purchase your tickets from a reputable reseller and not a scalper..  

The Tigers are a touchdown favorite to win on Saturday.

 

Republican Congressman Mike Johnson still feels strongly that the impeachment inquiry is a charade; this ahead of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing over the case. Johnson says he hasn’t had access to the underlying evidence that has been gathered by the House Intelligence Committee, adding they’ve been secretive. Johnson says a number of House Democrats who have predetermined this political outcome, with some vowing to impeachment just days into the Presidency. There are 17 Republicans on the Committee of 41.

 

There are few details on this story but authorities are reporting 41 year old Herbert Pollard Jr. of Lecompte has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual conduct with juveniles.  Pollard was charged with three counts of aggravated crimes against nature. His bond has been set at $450,000.

 

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to allow Medicaid recipients to enroll via an app.

Medicaid Deputy Director Jen Katzman says Healthy Louisiana has been popular with users so far, garnering a 4.5 star rating on app stores for its ease of use, and utility.

LDH advertises that the app also simplifies the process for choosing between the five managed care plans. Along with options for enrollment in one of the state’s health plans, Katzman says you can also use it to look up nearby providers.

 

An Arkansas man is under arrest after allegedly shooting his way into an empty West Monroe School and barricaded himself in a bathroom in hopes of sparking a standoff with police. Jeffery Smith allegedly fired over a dozen shots in the school. Just one problem, Sgt. CJ Beck says the police never came because the school’s burglar alarm never went off. So after 12 hours Smith went home. He was later arrested.

 

Two men have lost their jobs with Livingston Parish Public Works after allegedly stealing guns from a home while they were supposed to be working. Livingston police chief Randy Dufrene says 37-year-old Kelby Henderson and 24-year-old Adam Church knew the homeowner was a gun collector. Dufrene says they also used a parish vehicle to drive to the victim’s home.

 

The St. Martinville City Council held a special session Tuesday to discuss the contents of a packet mailed from an anonymous sender, accusing St. Martinville Chief of Police Richard "Ricky" Martin of owning a falsified GED certificate. Chief Martin addressed the city council and provided proof that his GED certificate was not falsified. He raised concerns about how this packet, mailed from an anonymous source, had content from his confidential personnel file, which is held at city hall. The St. Martinville City Council voted unanimously to fully investigate all parties involved in the defamation of character against Chief Martin.

 

The driver of a tanker truck that spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline Monday near the Interstate 10 bridge at Port Allen had a suspended driver's license. Environmental crews continued to work Tuesday to clean up the area while limits were placed on access to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.

 

The performance of Louisiana teams on the football field is resulting in a spike in sports apparel sales.  Sara Sanders is the co-owner of the Purple and Gold Sports Shop in Baton Rouge and says many fans are inquiring about the specialized jersey that Joe Burrow wore when he took the field for the final time at Tiger Stadium. Sanders says the Black and Gold Sports Shop is also seeing a spike based on the success of the 10-and-2 Saints and several players are seeing strong sales on their jerseys as well.

 

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In N-F-L news , the Panthers have fired longtime head coach Ron Rivera. Carolina is 5-and-7 and they just lost to the Redskins.

 

Seattle’s win over Minnesota Monday night gives the Saints the number one seed in the N-F-C playoffs. New Orleans hosts San Francisco this Sunday.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 12/03/2019

News for Tuesday 120319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Monday Morning Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall gave his final State of the Community briefing for the year. The Mayor recapped his first year in office and discussing what he's looking forward to accomplishing in the coming year. At the top of the list, filling the 26 vacancies at the Alexandria Police Department, as well as eliminating blight and improving customer service across the city.

 

Grant Parish authorities report a school bus was involved in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 165 South of Georgetown when, according to Sheriff McCain, a pickup truck drove into the back of a bus. The unnamed driver of the truck received injuries to his legs, but it appears none of the children received anything other than minor injuries.

 

It’s been two weeks since a ransomware attack crippled state services and the Office of Motor Vehicles is still operating at a limited capacity with less than half of the state OMV officer back on line. Division of Administration spokesperson Jacques Berry says even if your local office is open, it doesn’t mean it’s at full service yet. He says Expresslane.org will tell you what services your local station is offering. Over a thousand workstations were impacted by the attack across all state agencies by the attack.

 

The red wave in this year’s Legislative elections guarantees Republicans will hold the Speakership and Senate Presidency, so who’s set to replace the outgoing Speaker Barras and President Alario? Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the race for Speaker is a tossup, with names like Lance Harris of Alexandria, Sherman Mack of Albany, and Stephen Dwight of Lake Charles in the running. Pinsonat says Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Ronnie Johns of Lake Charles, and Rick Ward of Iberville are up for the Presidency, but one name has emerged as an early favorite in the Upper Chamber The Speakership and Presidency will be decided in a January 13th vote.

 

New Orleans Police continue to search for those responsible for a mass shooting in the 700 block of Canal Street early Sunday morning. Crime stoppers President Darlene Cusanza says the reward has been bumped up from $5,000 to $10,000 for info leading to an arrest. The shooting rampage occurred while the city was hosting the annual Bayou Classic football festivities, and the shooter is thought to live outside of New Orleans.

 

LSU President F. King Alexander told The Los Angeles Times over the weekend that he is leaving his options “open” when asked about his name being included among potential candidates to fill presidencies at one of the two university systems in California. Alexander told the Baton Rouge Advocate Monday afternoon that he was very flattered, but news of his being on the list of potential candidates was news to him. Alexander, who is 56, came to LSU in July 2013 after heading Cal State Long Beach for seven years.

 

LSU Athletics offered free slabs of sod from Tiger Stadium to fans yesterday.  In total, roughly 3300 servings of grass were given away, causing traffic headaches around the pickup point at Alex Box Stadium. The sod was removed from the stadium as part of a months-long project to replace the field and improve drainage in the stadium.

 

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With LSU playing in the SEC Championship Game, that means less time on the road recruiting for the coaches. But Coach Ed Orgeron says what the Tigers have done on the field this season has been their best recruiting tool, especially for skill position players. New college football playoff rankings will be released tonight. Most believe the Tigers are in the four-team College Football playoff, even if they lose to Georgia. But Orgeron is not taking anything for granted.

 

LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow has broken most LSU passing records and SEC records on his way to possibly winning the Heisman. He’s considered a top-five pick in next year’s N-F-L draft, but the young man from Ohio says he’s living in the moment.

Burrow and the Tigers will head to Atlanta later this week to face Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

 

Louisiana Tech is not getting ready for the Conference USA Championship game, instead U-A-B will represent the West. But the Bulldogs can still win their sixth consecutive bowl game. Coach Skip Holtz says they will find out Sunday where they’ll be playing. The Independence Bowl in Shreveport and the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas are two possible bowl destinations for La Tech.

 

The Ragin Cajuns getting ready to make another trip to Boone, North Carolina where they’ll play Appalachian State for the second straight year in the Sun Belt Championship game.

 

The Saints will be back in the Superdome Sunday to host San Francisco. The winner will have the best record in the N-F-C.


Good Morning.. News For Monday 12/02/2019

News for Monday 120219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

There were three shooting incidents in Alexandria over the weekend; one of which claimed the life of a 20 year old man. The APD reports the fatal shooting took place late Saturday night on Louisiana Avenue,  the second around 3:30 Sunday morning on Mary Street and the third on Monroe around 11 Sunday morning. No one was injured in the second and third incidents. The name of the Saturday night victim has not been released. The investigation continues.

 

It was also a very deadly weekend in New Orleans where eleven people were shot on Canal Street early Sunday morning leaving two in critical condition. Authorities say the shooting occurred in the 700 block of Canal St. around 3:25 in the morning. The shooting comes on a busy weekend with thousands of people in town for the Bayou Classic. Louisiana State Police and federal officers are assisting NOPD in response and investigation.

 

In Lafayette last night a 36 year old man was shot multiple times and is in critical condition.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy has a new challenger for his seat, Baton Rouge Democrat and Louisiana Juvenile Justice Advisory Board member Antoine Pierce. Cassidy’s 2017 vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act partly inspired the run and Pierce says Cassidy misled the public about how many people would lose coverage under his replacement plan.   Pierce says Cassidy is beholden to moneyed special interests and needs to be replaced with a Senator who focuses on working-class economic issues.

 

Remember the viral video that was released the day after the collapse of the Hard Rock hotel in New Orleans where a construction worker videoed the sagging girders of the building and narrated in Spanish, with fear in his voice, what he was seeing?  That worker was also injured in the collapse of the building when he fell several stories and survived. What he didn’t survive was I.C.E. 38 year old Delmer Palma was flown to his native Honduras last Friday. Workplace safety advocates had hoped he could remain in the United States to facilitate the federal investigation of the collapse, which killed three workers and left dozens more injured.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office executed a warrant last week in an effort to arrest a man who is wanted for domestic abuse battery, theft, and more. The homeowner said police pulled up with "guns drawn, lights on." Officers put handcuffs on the woman and walked her to the corner of the street. The man they were searching for was not there and had never been. The homeowners are a former teacher and her husband, a reverend. Also inside were the couple's two grandchildren. It took police 30 minutes and a total search of the home before they realized they were at the wrong home.

 

A 122-year hardware and department store that once saw a visit from Bonnie and Clyde is closing in northwest Louisiana. N.J. Caraway & Company has been serving customers in the town of Logansport since 1897. The DeSoto Parish store nestled on the bank of the Sabine River sells an eclectic collection of hardware, antiques, clothing, candles and much more.Store owner Janet Palmer says she's ready to retire. She's having health issues, and her husband died nine years ago. The couple had run the store for nearly 40 years. The store's final day of operations will be Dec. 28.

 

The trade war between the U.S. and China is forcing many Louisiana farmers to question whether they’ll continue to grow soybeans next year as the federal aid package keeping them afloat by offsetting their losses isn’t covering all their costs.

Across the state, farmers have collected more than $180 million since the federal government rolled out its program to make up for a steep slump in soybean sales after China, the biggest buyer of American soy, raised retaliatory tariffs for several U.S. agriculture products last year.

 

Christmas decorating is in full effect and State Fire Marshal Butch Browning has a few tips to keep the holidays fire-free. Browning says do not daisy chain power strips and check them about every 4 hours to make sure the strips are not being overloaded. The Fire Marshal’s Office recommends both artificial and live trees should be treated with a fire retardant material. Browning says it may sound small but using outdated lights can also be a fire hazard…

 

52 percent of workers admit they will shop online while on the job this holiday season. That’s according to a study conducted by the staffing firm Robert Half Technology.  Senior Recruiting Manager Carrie Lewis of New Orleans says the workshopping divide was starker among generational lines, with 65 percent of those 25-40 to admitting to it, but Lewis says there’s also a gender gap, with more men actually doing the cyber shopping than women. Today’s Cyber Monday deals will attract the most workshoppers, with 43 percent saying they will participate.

 

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The LSU football team remains the No. 1 team in the country, according to the Associated Press, after the Tigers beat Texas A&M 50-7 on Saturday night. LSU still ranks No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and the next rankings will be released Tuesday evening on ESPN. LSU finished its first undefeated regular season since 2011, and the Tigers will play Georgia in the SEC championship game on Dec. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

 

LSU will head to Atlanta later this week to play Georgia on Saturday in the SEC Championship game. The Tigers are 12-0 and college football analysts say the Tigers are in the college football playoff even if they lose to the Bulldogs, Coach Ed Orgeron says his team is not entertaining that thought. Georgia is in the SEC Championship Game for a third straight season. The Bulldogs are 11-and-1.

 

Louisiana Tech did not win the Conference USA Western Division, but they finished off the regular season with a 41-27 victory over UTSA. U-A-B’s win over North Texas puts them in the Conference USA championship game over La Tech and Southern Miss. But the Bulldogs will go for a sixth consecutive bowl victory. Tech will have to wait until next weekend to find where they’ll be playing…

 

Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls have advanced to the second round of the F-C-S playoffs. The Lions rallied from 31-14 deficit to beat Villanova 45-44 in Hammond.

 

At the Bayou Classic in New Orleans Saturday, Southern Beat Grambling 30 to 28..


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/27/2019

News for Wednesday 112719

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Alexandria City Council held a public meeting last night to discuss the shortage of police officers.  The city’s force is down by 26 officers or about 15%. At the meeting,  Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King discussed recruiting efforts, but that was about it.

There were no solutions presented by city council members or Mayor Jeff Hall. The meeting comes on the heels of the Police union asking for a higher base pay for new officers. The current starting salary for a police officer is $34,000 dollars. It’s hoped the pay boost would encourage  new officers to stay with the city rather than leaving for better or higher-paying positions.

 

A Shreveport TV station is reporting that prosecutors and the defense attorney have submitted seven south Louisiana parishes as possible venues for the first-degree murder trial of Hanna Barker, in the burning death of Levi Ellerbe in July of last year.  Earlier this month, the judge granted a change of venue request. Felicia Smith, Barker's girlfriend, was also indicted for first-degree murder. They both plead not guilty.

 

Across the nation, AAA forecasts over 55 million people are traveling for the holiday weekend, about a 3% increase over last year.  AAA spokesperson Don Redman say in the Gulf States region, about 13 million will be traveling, with many of them opting for driving over flying. The statewide average for a gallon of gasoline is $2.22, just a few cents cheaper than last year.  But Redman says travelers should budget more for rental cars as the average price is $75 per day, a new record for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Hotel rates are also up.

 

More than 46-million turkeys will be cooked this week for Thanksgiving according to the USDA. The Department of Agriculture wants to encourage food safety so leftovers are all that linger after the traditional meal. USDA Food Safety Expert Janice Lopez-Munoz USDA says always clean your hands and surfaces while prepping, but don’t clean the turkey.

 

Livingston Parish authorities report a Boy Scout leader is in jail and charged with 500 counts of possession of child pornography. Fifty year old, Randy Miller Jr. was booked Tuesday and is being held on a 50 million dollar bond.

 

More OMV offices re-opened Tuesday following last week’s cyberattack on state computers. At last check 14 locations were open statewide.

 

A Bossier City man has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for the death of his 13-month-old son. 24-year-old Cory Hannon was sentenced Monday in the 2016 manslaughter death of his baby boy. The Bossier City District Attorney's Office says Hannon admitted to being responsible for the baby's death and blamed his action on years of drug abuse.

 

A man accused of fatally shooting a 19-year-old on a Louisiana college campus said he and the victim had been "play fighting. 20-year-old Andrew Gant confessed to killing Jace Scott on Sunday at a business incubator at Southern University New Orleans. Documents say Gant told police he and Scott had pointed guns at each other when Gant got scared and shot him. He's charged with negligent homicide and obstruction of justice. Witnesses told police the men had similar confrontations before, but all said they thought the shooting was accidental.

 

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At long last, LSU’s resume wasn’t enough to keep the Tigers in front of Ohio State.

LSU slipped to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday evening. The 11-0 Tigers were eclipsed by the 11-0 Buckeyes after Ohio State beat then No. 8 Penn State 28-17 Saturday while LSU was routing struggling Arkansas (now 2-9) 56-20. Clemson (also 11-0) and Georgia round out the top four in the CFP top 25.

 

LSU Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Joe Burrow will play in his final game in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Burrow, who has been on campus for less than a year and a half, wishes he had another season left to play at LSU. Burrow will likely get a huge ovation when he’s introduced prior to the Texas A-and-M game when he jogs on the field for the senior day ceremony. Burrow says he and his family have been treated great by Tiger Nation…

 

Three years after Ed Orgeron was tapped to lead the LSU Tigers football team, his overall recruiting efforts paved the way for the Bayou Bengals to be currently ranked at number one. Football analyst Mike Detillier says Joe Burrow’s record-breaking season will attract other great quarterbacks and skill position players to LSU, which should help the program remain as one of the best in the country.

 

Tickets for Saturday’s Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling State are hot commodities and expected to sell-out. The two H-B-C-U schools take the field Saturday afternoon in the Superdome. The Bayou Classic is expected to draw over 200,000 visitors and produce an economic impact of 50-million dollars.

 

Louisiana Tech will need to beat UTSA on Saturday and get some help in order to win the Conference USA Western Division. Quarterback J-Mar Smith is eligible to play Saturday after missing the last two games because of a suspension. Coach Skip Holtz said today that the Bulldogs will play the quarterback that gives them the best chance to win. Freshman Q-B Aaron Allen has started the last two games, both losses.


Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/25/2019

News for Monday 112519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

State officials plan to re-open eight of the main Office of Motor Vehicles locations today, a week after a cyberattack crippled Louisiana state government computers and websites. State Police said Sunday that IT technicians have been working to restore downed OMV services over the weekend and plan to open eight of the department's main branches today. Offices opened today for limited service are  Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Monroe, Lafayette and Thibodaux. The remainder of the offices is due to open later in the week.  

 

With Thanksgiving on the way, drivers need to be aware of the Click or Ticket campaign that will run this week. State Police Lt. Nick Manale says state troopers and local law enforcement will be on the lookout to see if drivers are buckled up. Authorities will also be looking for aggressive drivers and drivers who are texting.

 

The Trump Administration will begin allowing new shallow water Gulf of Mexico oil and gas rigs to operate at reduced royalty, or royalty-free rates to incentivize new activity.

Rig activity is expected to increase over the next year, but Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle says that’s only in deep water areas.

The number of shallow water drills has dropped 89 percent in the last decade.

Angelle says lowering or eliminating the royalties in shallow water zones will allow companies to tap into a significant amount of untapped oil and gas. Shallow water leases currently have a 12.5 percent royalty rate.

 

The American Farm Bureau finds that Louisiana residents can expect to pay $47.54 for a Thanksgiving dinner that caters to a party of ten. That’s $1.37 less than the national average price of $48.91. Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation spokesperson Avery Davidson says the farmer’s share of Thanksgiving food spending is about eight cents on the dollar, meaning farmers will see only $3.80 for each meal.

 

Beginning January 14th Windows will no longer offer patches and updates for their Windows 7 or 8 operating system. That’s a serious matter since nearly a third of all computers in circulation still run Windows 7, and a lot of those folks are in serious danger of being hit by malware that’s sat dormant on their computer. Good news for Windows users is that the company offers a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8 users and for the most part, it is an easy job to update. But, keep in mind,  Windows 10 may not run well on older computers, so if your system is four years old or older, it’s time to look at getting an upgrade.

 

Senator John Kennedy is demanding VH1 cancel one of their Reality series Cartel Crew, a new series that follows the lives of family members and friends of drug cartel leaders. The series new addition is the wife of the imprisoned El Chapo, kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel which has been linked to tens of thousands of murders. Kennedy says that’s unacceptable.

 

LSU is SEC West champions for the first time since 2011 with a 56-20 victory over Arkansas. Quarterback Joe Burrow had another solid day on Saturday as he threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns. But Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the story in the game  with 188 yards rushing and three touchdowns. His final carry was for 89 yards. The Tigers can complete an undefeated regular season on Saturday with a win over Texas A-and-M.

 

The Saints raced out to a 14-0 lead but needed a 33-yard game-winning field goal by Will Lutz as time expired to beat the Panthers 34-31 at the Superdome on Sunday. Lutz connected on his field goal a couple of minutes after Carolina missed a field goal to give them their first lead. Drew Brees marched the team 65 yards for the winning score. The Saints also committed 12 penalties. Coach Sean Payton says it wasn’t there best game and they need to cut down on the penalties.

 

Former LSU band members have formed an alumni group known as the Four Notes Club, aimed at supporting the university’s marching band.  Executive Board President Timothy Rodrigue says the group hopes to provide scholarships for band members, including the Colorguard and Golden Girls. More details can be found at TheFourNotesClub.com.


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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