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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/15/2019

News for Tuesday 101519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Kayla Giles, the woman charged with the 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr., was back in court on yesterday for a status conference. Giles was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the charge was changed to second-degree because her case didn't meet the requirements for first-degree. The change in degree doesn’t change much. If convicted Giles would still be facing life behind bars. A motion to reduce her bond as well as a discovery conference will be held on Nov. 4.


UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says analysts underrated Rispone’s uncomplicated, straight forward branding as a President Trump-loving businessman. He says it was a clarion call for white voters. Cross says Rispone was able to tap into a growing sense of identity politics among many white voters in the United States whose views align closely with Rispone’s messaging. Cross says roughly 200,000 more rural, mostly white voters showed up to vote in this primary than in 2015’s


Rescue operations are still underway at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, but officials are increasingly concerned the incoming rainy weather could make the site even more unstable. Two people are confirmed dead as a result of the Saturday morning construction site collapse. McConnell says they aren’t giving up hope for a third unaccounted for person. The collapse occurred on Canal Street and Conti, and forced the evacuation of nearby businesses including the Saenger Theatre, which was airing the Broadway musical Wicked. The structure has two cranes attached, one of which is visibly damaged and could come down at any moment.


St. George is set to become the newest city in Louisiana following a vote that sees the area break away from Baton Rouge.  St. George spokesperson Drew Murrell says for the next step, the Governor will soon appoint a mayor and city council. Murrell says the city now surpasses Lake Charles as the fifth largest city in the state. The population shift also means Shreveport overtakes Baton Rouge as the second-largest city in Louisiana.


Based on the results from the October 12th election, Republicans are two seats away from capturing a Super Majority in the state House, but Democrats can end that possibility by winning in either in a runoff the 70th or 94th district. LSU Communications Professor Dr. Michael Henderson says a GOP supermajority would cripple a potential Edwards administration’s veto power. Republicans have already achieved a supermajority in the Senate.


Now this is something you don’t hear every day.. A recount is likely the Senate District 16 race in Baton Rouge as there’s a tie for second place between term-limited state representatives Steve Carter and Franklin Foil. Both are hoping to get in a runoff against Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson. Former state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Nichol says when the recount occurs, each campaign can select two representatives to witness the recount… If the vote remains tied, a three-way run-off will be held.


A deputy with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s office shot and killed a man early Monday morning who was in the process of robbing a convenience store. When the Deputy arrived 31 year old Christopher Whitfield took off running. The Deputy then shot the man. Family members say Whitfield had mental issues and didn’t carry a gun and posed no danger to anyone. The owner of the store said the only thing that been disturbed in the store was some raw chicken. The Sheriff declined to say what led to the Deputy firing or if Whitfield had a weapon.


State Police have temporarily suspended their defensive tactics training program after several cadets sustained injuries that raised concern. Defensive tactics training consists of handcuffing, use of the expandable baton, pressure points, physical strikes, blocking and grappling techniques. Although injuries are not uncommon during this training phase, the injuries reported last week were enough to raise concerns.


Authorities in Alabama report an University of Alabama student is accused of making a threat against LSU's Tiger Stadium on Saturday evening. 19 year old Connor Bruce Croll was arrested early Sunday. He is accused of calling in a threat to the stadium as LSU played the University of Florida on Saturday.


The US Department of Education awards Louisiana $115 million in grants.  A total of five grants will help support students and teachers over several years. Superintendent of Education John White the lion’s share of the funding comes from the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program Grant, which will see $100 million awarded over five years.  White says the state aims to serve 600 high-need schools and early education providers by the end of the grant period.


The Coast Guard says they have ended its search for a person in the water near Lafitte on Monday. Officials say a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans recovered a body matching the description of 55-year-old Kevin Lege, who had been reported overdue early Monday morning.




With the American League Championship Series now tied at 1 all, the Astros face the New York Yankees in the Big Apple in game three this afternoon.. Airtime 2:30 on 94.7 ESPN.


LSU’s impressive win over Florida on Saturday moved the Fighting Tigers to number two in the latest AP Top 25. Alabama is ranked number one, even though LSU has two victories over Top 10 teams and the Crimson Tide’s schedule has not been as difficult.


After a two-touchdown victory over Florida, LSU gets ready to visit Mississippi State for a 2:30 kick-off against the Bulldogs. Two years ago, the Tigers went into Starkville and were handed 37-7 loss. Coach Ed Orgeron says his guys were not prepared to play that night. LSU is 6-0, but the Tigers defense has had trouble stopping teams at times. Orgeron says he doesn’t want LSU involved in games like last Saturday, when both teams are trading touchdowns. Tiger Stadium was electric on Saturday and plenty of recruits were in attendance. Orgeron says the feedback he’s received has been outstanding.


Louisiana Tech is receiving one vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs clobbered U-Mass 69-21 on Saturday and will host Southern Miss on the NFL Network this Saturday at 2:30. Tech and the Golden Eagles are tied for first place in the Conference USA West Division.


ULM leads the Sun Belt West Division with a 2-and-0 mark and the Warhawks will travel to 24th ranked Appalachian State on Saturday. The Ragin Cajuns have a Thursday night game against Arkansas State.


Nicholls has moved up to number nine in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 ranking. The Colonels defeated Northwestern State 45-35. Nicholls is at Sam Houston State this Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana is also out of the Top 25, after losing to Incarnate Word.


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees started throwing an NFL ball last week and feels like his injured thumb is getting stronger, he said in an interview Sunday with Cox Sports Television after the team's win at Jacksonville. Saints coach Sean Payton and Brees have an understanding that Brees will return when the QB feels like he's ready to be at his best.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 10/14/2019


News for Monday 101419

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Eddie Rispone will face off in a November 16th run-off. Edwards received 47-percent of the vote in the gubernatorial primary and plans to campaign on the accomplishments during his first term. Rispone received 27-percent of the vote and now has the support of the third-place finisher in the race, Congressman Ralph Abraham. Rispone says with the help of voters he can make Louisiana one of the best states in the country.


Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Governor Edwards 47 percent showing in the primary is a bad sign for his chances of being the first incumbent Louisiana Governor to win a run-off. Pinsonat says Edwards lagged statewide despite having a remarkable day in Orleans Parish. Edwards secured 87 percent of the vote in Orleans Parish.

Pinsonat says now that there’s only one Republican in the race the state and national party can focus all of it’s attention on boosting Eddie Rispone as a specific alternative to Governor Edwards.


Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon will serve another four years after defeating fellow GOP challenger Tim Temple.  Donelon received 53% of the vote and says the victory comes after an intense campaign where his opponent self-funded $1.1 million into the race. Donelon, who was first appointed to the position in 2006, is now the longest-serving Insurance Commissioner in the state’s history. Donelon says the work to bring down car insurance rates continues. Donelon believes the key to lowering car insurance rates is through tort reform so that the state doesn’t have such a friendly litigation climate.


Here in Cenla, there will be a runoff between Mark Wood and Kris Cloessner for the position of Rapides Parish Sheriff.  But there will be no run off in Grant Parish. Sheriff Steven McCain easily won reelection with 74% of the vote.


In the Rapides Parish Police Jury Races.. Seats in District A and F were unopposed. Joe Bishop easily won reelection to District B as did Craig Smith in District C. Sean McGlothlin in District G and Scott Perry in District I. It it was a big win for David Johnson in District H who took 77% of the vote. There will be a runoff in Districts E & F


In the Mayor’s race in the Town of Ball, there will be a runoff  Gail Wilking  and Terry Allen Baker


In The State Senate races.. District 29 Jay Luneau easily won reelection with 61%

In District 31 Louie Bernard was the winner in a field of three.. District 32 will see a  Runoff between Glen Womack  and Steve May and District 35 A runoff between Jim Fannin and Jay Morris.


In the lone State Rep’s Race in Cenla, Ed Lavadain III Wins reelection with 54% in District 26.


The body of one man who died in the collapse of the Hard Rock New Orleans Hotel has been located and removed from the building, and emergency officials said search and rescue missions will continue for the body of a second man as well as one person that was still missing as of Sunday evening. The area is still blocked off from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. About 100 residents have been displaced from their homes due to mandatory evacuations in a zone near the site. The city is asking people to please avoid the downtown area near the disaster..


The National World War II Museum's $33 million education and outreach building will open Thursday. After an opening ceremony, it will break ground for its final exhibit hall and hold an open house at the new building, called the Hall of Democracy. It features a research library, classrooms, an auditorium, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, and the WWII Media and Education Center. The new building is the museum's sixth, including three exhibit pavilions, a theater and a restoration building.


The National Audubon Society releases a report that finds 389 species could lose more than 50-percent of the habitat they need to survive by 2080 under a three-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures. The report also indicates fifteen percent of species in Louisiana are at risk, including the state bird. Director of Bird Conservation, Dr. Erik Johnson. Johnson says birds are early responders to stressors and offer us signals of what’s to come in regard to climate change. Johnson says you can help locally by planting native foliage to the state to help reinforce the birds’ natural habitat. For more information go to climate-dot-audubon-dot org




In the American League Championship series, the Houston Astros Tied the series up One All last night with a 3 to 2 victory over the New York Yankees. Game Three is tomorrow at 2:30 in the afternoon in NYC and you can hear the game on 94.7 ESPN


Sean Payton used one word twice in his postgame news conference Sunday:

"Outstanding." He used the term to describe the defense, as well as punter Thomas Morstead's performance in the New Orleans Saints' 13-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Saints head to Chicago to next play the Bears who are coming off of a bye. Kickoff at Soldier Field is at 3:25 p.m. Sunday


What seemed like a simple religious tweet from Pope Francis on Sunday turned into a social media moment that New Orleans Saints fans likely will remember for a long time.

On Sunday, Pope Francis tweeted out his gratitude to God for a group of newly canonized Saints. What he didn't realize is that when he tweeted "#Saints," Twitter's algorithm automatically added a fleur-de-lis to his tweet.


The LSU football team jumped to No. 2 in the latest rankings of the AP Top 25 poll, which was updated and released Sunday afternoon. LSU is now 6-0 after outlasting Florida on Saturday night as the Bayou Bengals defeated the Gators 42-28 in front of a raoucous Tiger Stadium. The game was tied at 21 at halftime and Florida took the lead early in the third quarterback, but LSU Coach Ed Orgeron’s team responded by scoring 21 unanswered points. With Georgia’s upset loss at home to South Carolina, LSU moves up in the polls and the Tigers have now defeated two teams that were ranked in the Top 10. Burrow says they can’t let up now. LSU is at Mississippi State this Saturday.

Good Morning... News For Friday 10/11/2019

News for Friday 101119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


A cold front is invading the state bringing with it a welcome reprieve from the heat.

State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s a bit later than usual, but the state is about to experience some of it’s first light jacket weather of the season today. Temperatures across the southern portion of the state will remain in the 80s today as the cold front works it’s way down from the north. By tomorrow the cold will set in with temperatures in the 40s in north Louisiana, 50s in the central portions, and 60s along the coast. Kiem says prepare for some chilly temperatures if you’re heading to the LSU/Florida game.


It’s a big investment, The city of Alexandria announced yesterday the installation of 65 new security cameras in the downtown area. Last week the City and APD installing 15 surveillance camera pods, with four to five cameras inside each. The cameras will be monitored 24 & 7. The extra security is part of Mayor Jeff Hall's plan to revitalize the downtown area.


President Donald Trump will be in Lake Charles tonight to rally Louisiana voters to vote for one of the two main Republican candidates. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says getting an endorsement from sitting President is huge, but this is different since Mr. Trump is not back one particular candidate. Recent polls show Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone neck and neck in the race for the second-place slot, and a spot in a potential run-off.


Thousands are descending upon Baton Rouge for the Top Ten showdown between the Tigers and the Florida Gators. Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson says give yourself extra time to get where you need to go. College Game Day will also be broadcasting on ESPN ahead of the game. Munson says you can go to LSUsports.net/gameday for a list of resources to surviving Saturday.


KALB Reports the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole has denied a parole attempt by 45 year old Larry McClinton who is serving life for the murder of a woman in Pineville back in 1991. McClinton shot and killed 21-year-old Angela Hargons and wounded her mother in April 1991. He received a life sentence at the age 17. But, in 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Montgomery v. Louisiana that juveniles sentenced to life in prison must have a meaningful chance at parole.  McClinton tried to get that chance on Thursday, but was denied.


The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry filed rules and regulations with the State Register's office on Thursday for the Louisiana Industrial Hemp Program. Commissioner Mike Strain said his staff worked diligently to complete and file the industrial hemp administrative rules and regulations. The goal is to have everything in place and licenses issued in time for the 2020 planting season.


The first question asked at Thursday night’s debate was about the hiring and firing of former Governor Edwards’ Deputy Chief of Staff Johnny Anderson, and his sexual harassment scandal. Former Edwards employee Juanita Washington accused Anderson of sexual harassment and assault while working under him in the administration, and Edwards says he was forced to resign less than six hours after the incident was reported. Edwards says Anderson was hired after he received praises from civic, political and religious leaders from across the state recommending Anderson for the job. Washington is now suing the Governor over the incident.


The Eastbank Little League baseball team visits President Trump at the White House today. The team claimed a world championship victory in August and Head Coach Scott Frazier says it all started at a press conference with a suggestion that the team should get a trip to DC if they were victorious. The team is based in the suburbs of New Orleans and is the first team from the area to achieve the championship.


A CDC report shows that Louisiana dropped in the rankings for new cases of gonorrhea and early-stage syphilis. Assistant Secretary for the state Office of Public Health Dr. Alex Billioux says Medicaid expansion has been effective in the decline.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says state waters hold enough red snapper for at least three more weekends of sport fishing, starting today. The second and third weekends will start Oct. 18 and Oct 25.




The Houston Astros won the American League Divisional series last night with a 6 to 1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Now, just one day to rest up before they host the NY Yankees tomorrow and Sunday night..


Tonight Game 1 of the National League Championship Series  Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 6p  94.7 ESPN / 1410AM


LSU Coach Ed Orgeron expects senior linebacker Michael Divinity will start on Saturday after getting hurt in the Vanderbilt game. And Orgeron expects senior defensive end Rashard Lawrence will play, but he doesn’t know if he’ll start. The match-up of the week in the SEC is LSU versus Florida. The Tigers lead the country in scoring, averaging 55 points per game, while the Gators are fifth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense. Airtime 5p on 96.9 KZMZ


After a week to rest up, The LA Tech Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow as they play host to U-Mass. Airtime 4:30p on 94.7 ESPN.


After losing to Memphis last Saturday, ULM jumps back into Sun Belt Play tonight when they visit Texas State. The Warhawks rank third in the Sun Belt in total offense and Coach Matt Viator likes what he sees from his quarterback Caleb Evans and his junior running back. Evans is once again, putting up numbers for the Warhawks as he’s averaging 292 yards of total offense per game. He’s averaging 234 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Kick-off tonight is at 8:15.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/10/2019

News for Thursday 101019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Louisiana has yet to get a firm grasp on normal fall temps this year. While a cold front is expected to impact the state starting tomorrow, National Weather Service Lake Charles Meteorologist Andrew Tingler says it will be hotter than average today with highs near 90. Tingler says don’t let the small chance of rain Saturday morning before 8a but, the weekend should be amazing. The cold front will be short lived as the state will have another warm up at the start of next week.


It was the final debate before the gubernatorial primary last night and at times it sounded more like an episode of the Housewives of Atlantic city.. For the most part nothing new was discussed  as the candidates were uncontrolled by the moderator and at each other throats. Slanted Facts or a total lack of them seemed to dominate the evening. Governor Edwards continued blasting Ralph Abraham for his record of missed votes in the House. Abraham returned fire slamming the governor over what he called a slow, setback riddled 2015 Flood recovery. Eddie Rispone continued hammering his fellow Republican Abraham over a campaign pledge made in Abraham’s initial run for office that he would donate his Congressional salary to charity. The primary is now less than three days away.


Congressman Ralph Abraham who is in third place in the recent gubernatorial polls introduces a resolution calling for the expulsion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated. Political analyst Clancy DuBos says it appears to be an 11th hour effort to drum up support and that the resolution will not materialize into any sort of action. A statement from Abraham says Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected president is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped.


Site selection magazine has listed Louisiana ranks No. 2 for infrastructure investment that supports economic growth. States are ranked for investment in corporate facilities as well as roads, bridges, airports and railroads. In a statement, Governor  Edwards noted that groundbreaking ceremonies are set this week on a $125.6 million project to improve access to the new, $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Earlier this year the ground was broken on a $71.8 million plan make it easier to enter Barksdale Air Force Base from Interstate 20 and I-220 in the Shreveport area. Both projects are being financed with federal bonds. In August Edwards pledged $85 million in state capital outlay dollars to help finance a new, I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles.  Who was #1 on the list? Texas.


About 1500 immigrant detainees are being held in the Winn Correctional Center.  It’s one of eight jails in the state to be housing immigrants.  The facility is run by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Cranford Jordan says work with ICE fills a gap created by criminal justice reform. The detainees are all men, ages 18 plus, and are being kept separate from prisoners.  Jordan says the facility results in $35-40 million being put into the local economy and with the ICE partnership, the 275 employees are seeing a pay bump.


Baton Rouge Metro Airport will soon charge Lyft a $3 fee for each ridesharing pickup at its facility, a move that's expected to help defray losses in revenue from people renting cars at the airport. The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted Wednesday evening to green-light contract negotiations between the on-demand car service and the airport commission. The contract, which has yet to be finalized, is expected to go into effect on November 1.


Books by former Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate Albert Woodfox, New Orleans native Sarah M. Broom and Shreveport poet Jericho Brown are finalists for this year's 70th annual National Book Awards. Woodfox spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement in Angola before his murder conviction was overturned and he was released, in 2016. His memoir "Solitary," written with Leslie George, is a finalist for nonfiction. Broom's 1961-set "The Yellow House," released in August and also nominated for nonfiction, is a memoir "about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. And Brown's "The Tradition" is vying in the poetry category. This year's winners will be announced Nov. 20.


After losing to Memphis last Saturday, ULM jumps back into Sun Belt Play tonight when they visit Texas State. The Warhawks rank third in the Sun Belt in total offense and Coach Matt Viator likes what he sees from his quarterback Caleb Evans and his junior running back. Texas State comes into the game averaging just 20 points a contest. But Viator says the Bobcats feature some good skill position players…

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/09/19

News for Wednesday 100919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Three men from Alexandria have been identified as suspects in the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial that saw former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger receive a ten-year sentence for the killing of her neighbor.  One suspect, 20-year-old Jacquerious Mitchell, is in custody. Two others, 32-year-old Michael Mitchell and 22-year-old Thaddeous Green, are still being sought. According to authorities the three men traveled from Alexandria to purchase drugs from Brown in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex.


The Final Gubernatorial Debate for is tonight on Gray TV stations across the state. The First Debate was held in Baton Rouge, the second in Lafayette and tonight’s will be conducted in Shreveport. You can watch tonight’s debate here in Cenla on KALB TV CBS 2 starting to 7pm.


51 percent of Louisianans would vote for President Trump if the election were held today according to a new Gray Television poll. 58 percent of men support the President while only 45 percent of women say the same. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says it’s a consistent trend. 625 registered voters were questioned in the survey.


An Emerson College gubernatorial poll puts Governor Edwards at 48 percent, Eddie Rispone at 25 percent, and Ralph Abraham at 19 percent. Polling Director Spencer Kimball says the two Republican candidates are polling neck and neck across south Louisiana, and the race could come down to who brings out the most voters in north Louisiana. The poll surveyed 467 likely voters and has a 4.5 percent margin of error.


Progress is being made on a very deadly section of I-10 . State officials broke ground Tuesday on the third phase of the I-10 widening project in St. Marin Parish. Nearly 88-million dollars will go towards expanding I-10 from four to six lanes between Breaux Bridge and Henderson. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says 70-thousand motorists travel that stretch of I-10 daily and by 2035, the number of vehicles is expected to increase to over 105-thousand daily.


New research shows rough, congested, and unsafe roads are costing Louisiana motorists around $6.9 billion annually, which could cost up to almost $2,300 per driver. Spokesperson for the transportation research group TRIP, Rocky Moretti, says nearly half of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condition.


Uncertainty among small business owners rose slightly in September sending the small business Optimism index down to 101.8.  NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says Election Day in Louisiana has the potential to bring more clarity to business owners to the future of the business climate in the state. However, She says optimism does remain at a historical high.


The “On the Road Again” project is being considered a huge success. The program lets parents who’ve lost their license for falling behind on child support to catch up in and get their license reinstated.  Department of Children and Families Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard says they’ve seen an 85% increase in collections this year.  The money will benefit 365 families with 480 children.


Caddo Sheriff’s deputies are investigating incidents that lead to 33-year-old Shatira Caldwell being struck by a car on Monday night. The drive of the vehicle that hit her is not currently under investigation, but deputies say the circumstances behind the woman being in the roadway are suspicious and remain under investigation. Caldwell later died of her injuries.


State Police arrested a 21 year old St. Martinville man on 806 counts of child pornography Friday. Bryson Daigle was booked after an investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit. He was booked on 806 counts distribution of pornography involving juveniles.




The Houston Astros Divisional Title series it tied up 2 all, that after the Astros lost to the Tampa Bay Rays last night 1 to 4. They will play the rubber game tomorrow night.


Big game tonight for the Ragin Cajun football team as they host Appalachian State in a game that will be televised by ESPN Two starting at 7 PM. The two teams met in the first Sun Belt championship game last year and both teams could meet again in the conference title game.


LSU’s offense, which leads the country in scoring, faces its toughest test by far on the season when they host Florida. The Gators lead the SEC in scoring averaging 10 points a game and they lead the conference in sacks with 26. Last year, Florida dominated LSU’s o-line, beating the Tigers 27-19.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/08/2019

News for Tuesday 100819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Tickets are in high demand for the Top 10 matchup between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers.  The game is sold out and the only way to get into Tiger Stadium is buy getting tickets from the secondary market.  StubHub spokesperson Adam Budelli says there are about 4400 tickets up for grabs on their website right now. The cheapest ticket to get in is still just over $100.  However, the average ticket is going for close to $250.


One of the town of Ball’s mayoral candidate has been cited for theft of non-profit organization he was involved with. 69 year old Roger Toney, the former mayor of the Town of Ball, who is also running for mayor in this year's election, was issued a criminal citation for theft under $1,000. The Sheriff’s office says Toney was never booked in jail, he was just issued a citation.


A Mason-Dixon poll shows Governor Edwards topping Eddie Rispone 51-43 and Ralph Abraham 53-38 percent in a potential post primary run-off. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat warns it’s just too early to trust any run-off polling. He says given the poor track record of Louisiana governors in run-offs, Edwards should do all he can to avoid one. No Louisiana Governor has won a run-off since the state adopted the jungle primary system in the 70s.


Donald Trump Jr. headlined a special Louisiana Republican Party event at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette on Monday. The Louisiana Republican Party said the event aimed to build momentum for a higher Republican turnout on Election Day, this Saturday. Trump Jr. was joined at the event by Republican gubernatorial candidates Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone.


The US Supreme Court heard opening arguments Monday in a 2015 case questioning the constitutionality of non-unanimous jury verdicts. Louisianans voted to require unanimous juries in felony trials last year. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says this case has the potential to have a huge impact on the nation’s legal system outside of just unanimous juries.


Accidental poisonings surpass car crashes as the number one cause of unintentional deaths in the state.  The opioid crisis is the big contributing factor as opioid related deaths seen a steady incline over the last ten years.  LSU Health New Orleans Medical Toxicologist Dr. James Diaz says the stats are alarming. Two out of three overdose deaths in the state are linked to opioids. While the opioid prescription rate has gone down in recent years, Diaz says the state is on the biggest distribution pathway in the south of illegal  drugs, that being I-10.


State Police identify the 16-year-old bicyclist killed Sunday  night in St. Landry Parish. Trooper Thomas Gossen says Lane Leger of Opelousas was hit from behind by a Nissan Altima on the I-49 North Service Road, adding the driver of the vehicle did not see the bicyclist and is not facing any charges. Gossen says Leger was riding his bike after the sun went down without lights in a not lit well part of the service road.


Governor Edwards’ suggestion that the closure of Bayou Steel in LaPlace may have been linked to the ongoing trade war has sparked a fierce rebuttal from the Trump Administration. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says it’s unlikely the closure was tariff-related because the point of a tariff on imported steel is to protect companies from foreign competition, not to make things worse. The Bayou Steel announcement is another blow to the River Parishes that were already hit by the cancellation of a significant project by Wanhua Chemical. Scott says neither appears to be tariff-related.


Perficient Inc. will hold a technology recruitment open house at its downtown Lafayette location located. on Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The company is a global digital transformation consulting firm. Perficient is seeking both entry-level and experienced IT professionals to expand software development services in Lafayette, and plans to fill more than 70 positions. All attendees are encouraged to register at the company’s website.. You can find a like on our website under the news tab.




The hype is building for Saturday night’s showdown between 5th ranked LSU and 7th ranked Florida as the two teams are set to meet in Death Valley. In previous matchups between these two teams, there’s been a lot of talk on social media between the players, but Coach Ed Orgeron wants his guys focused on the task. After back-to-back 11 AM kick offs for the Tigers, Orgeron expects the crowd will be fired up for a Saturday night kickoff in Death Valley. LSU enters the game with a 5-0 record and they lead the country averaging 55 points a game.


A very tough day yesterday in Game three of the American League Divisional Playoffs as the Astros dropped a big game to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Final 10 to 3. The Astros, who lead the series 2 to 1 will attempt to finish up the series this afternoon in game 4. Airtime 2:40 on 94.7 ESPN.

Good Morning.. News For Monday10/07/19

News for Monday 100719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


If you’ve been looking for a break from the heat, today is your lucky day.  A long-awaited cold front arrives today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says our first cold front of fall is coming later than normal, but it is much welcomed. Keim says northern and central parishes will see high temps only hit the upper 70’s today. Tomorrow morning lows will be in the 50’s in northern parishes, 60’s in central parishes, and 70’s along the coast. Another cool front will move in towards the end of the week.


The US Supreme Court agrees to hear a Louisiana abortion case that deals with a 2014 state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges. Only three clinics in the state provide abortions and opponents of the Louisiana law say it could close two of them.  Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case gives the nation’s highest court a chance to reshape the nation’s law on abortion. This is the first major abortion case taken up by the court since the appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


A powerful ad hits the airwaves slamming Governor Edwards’ hiring of former Deputy Chief of Staff and alleged sexual harasser and assaulter Johnny Anderson. The ad features alleged victim Juanita Washington. Washington details her experience, and says when she reported the harassment; she was “out of a job”. The Edwards campaign has responded to the ad saying Anderson’s employment was ended hours after they were informed, and that the office has a zero-tolerance harassment policy.


President Trump visits Louisiana Friday, but his son Don Trump, Jr. will be part of a rally in Lafayette today.  UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says those close to the President are stepping up efforts to unseat Gov. Edwards.The event begins at noon at the Cajundome Convention Center.  The visit from Trump, Jr. comes following a weekend rally attended by Vice President Pence in Kenner.


Seven TV stations from across the state will be airing the final gubernatorial debate on Wednesday night from 7 to 8p. The debate, which will take place at the studios of KSLA in Shreveport, is the last scheduled debate ahead of the October 12 election. Here in Cenla the debate can be heard on KALB TV5.


We’re less than a week from the primary and the race for Insurance Commissioner could go either way with a recent independent poll showing most voters have yet to make up their mind. Incumbent Jim Donelon has been blasted on the airwaves by attack ads, including one showing Donelon nodding off at some kind of public hearing.

Donelon who says one look at his monthly schedule would soften any concerns about his work ethic. Donelon has served in the position since 2006 and says if re-elected he’ll continue fighting to get laws passed that will continue to drag down insurance rates.

Opponent and fellow Republican Tim Temple has sunk over a million dollars of his own money into the campaign.


Early voting for the October 12 election has officially ended and according to the Rapides Parish Registrar of Voters, 11 percent of registered voters cast an early ballot. The total number of early voters for the week, including mailed in ballots, 9,610.  Compare that to the 2015 Gubernatorial Race where only 4,942 voted . Voting locations will be open next Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Following three consecutive years of record-setting adoption rates resulting in over 2,400 kids finding permanent homes, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services receives a national award for its work in adoption from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters credits the state’s 2016 transformation of its approach to foster care and adoption with the Quality Parenting Initiative as a contributing factor in receiving the recognition. Recipients will be honored at the Children’s Bureau Celebration of National Adoption Month in November in Washington, DC.


Food Stamp benefits are going up about two to four dollars a month for Louisiana recipients thanks to a national cost of living readjustment. Department of Children and Family Services Economic Stability Director Kim Matherne says it’s part of the yearly change to the program, and how much more you’ll receive is based on your household’s size. The minimum allotment has also risen from 15 to 16 dollars.




5th ranked LSU finished off the non-conference portion of its schedule with a dominating 42-6 win over Utah State. Tigers Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 344 yards and five T-Ds as LSU rolled up 601 yards of offense, while the defense gave up just 159 yards. Coach Ed Orgeron says it was their most complete game of the season


The Saints improved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback as New Orleans topped Tampa Bay 31-24. Bridgewater threw an interception in the first half, but he was nearly perfect after that as he threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

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The latest finance reports are in and Governor Edwards has 3.1 million on hand, followed by Eddie Rispone at 2.7 million, and Ralph Abraham at 318,000.  Edwards continues to lap his opponents in fundraising, outraising Rispone and Abraham in the last period by a combined 574,000 dollars. Independent polls show Edwards close to avoiding a run-off.


If you’ve watched any TV lately you’ve likely seen Eddie Rispone’s extensive ad blitz in the governor’s race. Campaign finance reports show the Republican spent 3.5 million dollars between September 3rd and 22nd in the campaign that has vaulted him to 2nd in recent polls. JMC Analytics has Rispone up 21-18 over Republican Ralph Abraham.


Vice President Mike Pence will visit New Orleans Saturday to hold a rally to encourage Louisiana residents to vote for one of the two Republicans in the governor’s race. And Businessman Eddie Rispone has received an endorsement from Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.


Early voter turnout remains far above expectations as approximately 250,000 Louisianans have cast their ballot for the October 12th primary. We’ve had more early voters after just five days than in all of 2015 by 18,000 votes, but that may not mean a higher total turnout. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says 90 percent of ballots cast were cast by “chronic” voters, but those voters could inspire others to show up. Early voting continues through Saturday.


A new study from AAA indicates autonomous emergency braking systems are only sporadically effective in detecting pedestrians at speeds above 30 mph. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says the findings are a reminder to drivers to stay alert.

The study shows the detection systems are completely useless at night, which is when 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur. Redman says AAA encourages improvements to the technology, as braking systems do work well in avoiding collisions with other drivers.


Our Lady of the Lake cuts the ribbon today in Baton Rouge on its new five-story children’s hospital which took over three years to construct.  President of Children’s Health Trey Dunbar says they will begin moving patients into the facility tomorrow.

Dunbar anticipates the facility will treat patients from all over Louisiana as well as those traveling in from nearby states. Dunbar says the total cost of the construction was $230 million, which was funding with the help of many contributions from the community.


Forever 21 may close more than 150 locations across the US with three locations possibly closing in Louisiana. The apparel retailer could possibly close three stores in Louisiana including the location at the Mall of Acadiana. Other locations include stores in Denham Springs and Lake Charles. The Alexandria mall location appears to be safe for now.


An attorney representing some of the steel mill workers laid off by Bayou Steel in LaPlace this week is questioning whether the company complied with federal law when notifying workers of the layoffs. Attorney Brent Barriere says employees were blindsided by the mass layoff. The closure led to 376 being left without a job.


A Memorandum of Understanding signed at Fibrebond’s headquarters in Minden Thursday morning will result in road improvements in the area to keep the  Webster Parish manufacturer in northwest Louisiana. The state transportation department has agreed to replace eight bridges in the region, and Governor Edwards says these improvements help everyone. Because of deficient roads and bridges, Fibrebond is forced to travel many extra miles to ship their products out west.




LSU will welcome Utah State into Death Valley tomorrow for an 11 AM kick-off. Utah State is 3-1 on the season and coach Gary Andersen says his team looks forward to playing a team ranked in the top five. The forecast calls for hot and muggy with the high near 93 in Baton Rouge on Saturday. .


Injured Saints Quarterback Drew Brees tells WWL Radio in New Orleans that he’s rushing to get back, but is not putting a specific timetable on his return. Brees says he’s regaining strength in the hand that underwent surgery. The Saints are 2-and-0 with Teddy Bridgwater starting, but Coach Sean Payton wants to see fewer penalties and would like to get running back Latavius Murray more involved. The Saints host Tampa Bay at noon on Sunday. Week 5 of the NFL season begins tonight with Seattle hosting the Rams.


LSU pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson is expected to play Saturday against Utah State. Chaisson has missed the last two games after suffering an ankle injury in the Texas game. Coach Ed Orgeron says defensive end Rashard Lawrence is now probable. The former Neville star has also missed the last two games after suffering an injury in Austin. Coach O hopes Glen Logan can play next week and he says wide receiver Terrace Marshall is recovering quickly.


La Tech’s non-conference fooball schedule for next season is set. The Bulldogs will visit UNLV and Vanderbilt and host Baylor and Prairie View A-and-M. In 2021, Tech will host Southeastern Louisiana and SMU and travel to Mississippi State and North Carolina State. The 2022 non-conference schedule features a road trip to Clemson and at Nebraska in 2023. After spending the first four weeks on the road, Nicholls finally has a home game Saturday.


ULM hosts 23rd ranked Memphis on Saturday as the Tigers are the first ranked opponent to visit Malone Stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision era. The Tigers are 4-0, including a win over Ole Miss.

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Word yesterday of the passing of former Rapides Parish assistant DA Camille  Giordano, Sr.  Visitation will be held at the Kramer funeral home beginning Tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated starting at 1:00 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial. Camille Giordano, Sr. was 72.


The downtown Alexandria CLTCC main campus officially opened it’s doors Wednesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony that drew political and community figures from across the state. The $22 million project officially started in 2016 after state budget woes put the school in uncertainty. CLTCC is moving from its South Macarthur Dr. location here in Alexandria. Officials said the new campus is one of a kind in the state, being the only downtown community college.


Republicans appear to be far more motivated to pack the polls this year than they were in 2015, according to an analysis of the first three days of early voting. Early voting totals are nearly double what they were four years ago, and JMC Analytics publisher John Couvillon says it’s far more Republican as well. In 2015 Governor Edwards grabbed 40 percent of the primary vote, while the top three Republicans combined for 57 percent. Early voting continues through Saturday.


The Republican Governor’s Association and Gumbo Pac are flush with cash and blanketing the TV airwaves with some of the gubernatorial race’s toughest attack ads.

Gumbo Pac has dropped millions on the race, and Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says they’ve shifted their fire to the new top polling Republican, who they’ve labeled “Phony Eddie Rispone.”  The ad is targeting the Baton Rouge businessman’s business dealings. The RGA has poured money into a strictly anti-Edwards campaign, with their latest salvo seeking to tie the Governor to Georgia Democrat Stacy Abrams.


The Saints will induct Will Smith to the Ring of Honor inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday. Smith was a fan favorite and team captain on the Super Bowl team and the former first-round pick had 67.5 sacks during his Saints career. His life ended three years ago when he was shot by a motorist during a traffic dispute in the Lower Garden District.


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding hunters of the importance of tree stand safety with a new campaign. 86% of fall victims did not wear a harness, and LDWF Hunter Education manager Eric Shanks says someone may have gotten away unscathed without taking proper safety precautions, but there is no reason to test fate. For more information go to tree stand safety awareness.com


Baton Rouge-based insurance company Go Auto lowered its vehicle insurance rates in Louisiana by 3.6%, which is a total reduction of $5.6 million among 74,000 drivers across the state. The new rate was approved by the Louisiana Insurance Commissioner this week and is slated to go into effect on Oct. 7 for existing policies and on Nov. 7 for new insurance policies.


A Florida woman who freed herself from a camel by biting its testicles at an Iberville Parish truck stop last month said Wednesday she suffered broken bones and had to have her lungs drained of blood after the 600-pound animal knocked her over and sat on her. 68 year old Gloria Lancaster, speaking publicly for the first time since the Sept. 18 encounter, told The Advocate her injuries will require months of physical therapy and medical treatment. She said she doesn't fault the camel for defending its pen after she and her husband went in to fetch their dog.


The Department of Transportation and Capitol Region Planning Commission are conducting a survey to get a better picture of the daily travel habits of motorists in the area.  It’s the first study of its kind since the early 90s. Louisiana has a $14 billion backlog of transportation needs and the survey will help to prioritize improvements.


The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association is touring the state presenting the annual State of the Industry, including a stop in New Orleans today. LOGA President Gifford Briggs says among the highlights is increasing optimism over Gulf of Mexico drilling. Additional stops for the tour happen next week in Lafayette, Houma, and Baton Rouge.


There’s now three reports of a white male in his 40s allegedly impersonating a police officer and pulling over women on Louisiana and Mississippi highways. One incident occurred over the weekend near the Bonnet Carre Spillway. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Captain Donnie Smith says the woman was pulled over by a black charger flashing blue and red lights. Smith says after pulling the woman over the man allegedly told her he smelled marijuana in the car and demanded she exit the vehicle, then took her to the rear of the car. The woman says after she began expressing concern that the man was not an officer, he got in his vehicle and fled.




LSU running back Lanard Fournette is no longer on the team, according to LSU’s Athletics department. A university spokesperson confirmed the reports that Fournette withdrew from the school Wednesday morning. Sources reportedly told ESPN that Fournette “just wants to move on with his life.” Fournette’s brother, Leonard, was LSU’s star running back before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017.


LSU’s Superfan fan 9-year old Colton Moore lives in Alabama, but today he’s making the road trip of a lifetime with his parents to meet his idol, Coach O. Colton’s mother Jennifer Moore never dreamed this would happen. A photo of Colton who has spina bifida reached the athletic department an invite was sent. LSU fans responded as well.

Colton will tour the athletic facility tomorrow and meet his idol Coach O. He will also help Coach O with the Tiger Walk on Saturday morning and attend the Utah State game with his parents.


The Saints have been able to win with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback, but Coach Sean Payton says the offense could perform better if it wasn’t for all of the penalties. The o-line has been hit with 12 holding calls over the first four games and Payton blames poor technique. Payton would also like to get more touches for running back Latavius Murray, who has only touched the ball 21 times in four games. The Saints will host Tampa Bay this Sunday.


LSU Coach Ed Orgeron says outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson is looking better in practice and could play Saturday against Utah State. Chaisson has missed the last two games because of an ankle injury. Chaisson says the bye week allowed him to get healthier.

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Violent crime in Louisiana was down three percent year to year in 2018, and the murder rate is down eight points according to new FBI crime data. Despite the good news Louisiana still leads the nation with the highest murder rate, and LSU Health New Orleans Criminologist Peter Sharf says our murder rate is roughly ten times that of New York’s. He says there’s a lot of work to be done.


State police report 59 year old Michael Routon of Olla was killed early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Natchitoches Parish. Routon was driving an 18 wheeler that troopers say left the roadway, struck some trees and overturned. Routon , who was wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.


President Donald Trump tweets encouragement for Louisiana Republicans to vote for either Ralph Abraham or Eddie Rispone in the gubernatorial primary, calling them both “great”. Recent polls put Governor Edwards in the upper 40s with roughly 15 percent of voters still undecided.


Last month was the warmest September on record for the state dating back to 1895.  State climatologist Barry Keim says after calculating a preliminary value for the entire state, the state exceeded the previous record by half a degree.


The State Attorney General’s Office reports 21 people have been arrested as part of the 2019 National Health Care Fraud Takedown, including three from Cenla. The effort involved numerous federal and state agencies working together to fight health care fraud in the state.


Chevron is awarding up to 375,000 dollars to state teachers in the form of 1,000 dollar grants aimed at building up the STEM experience in Louisiana classrooms. H.L. Bourgeois High Math Teacher Melissa Williamson says it’s a big help because STEM classrooms can be incredibly expensive to maintain due to the need for hands-on work. Louisiana is an energy economy, and Williamson says emphasizing STEM skills increases the chances students can stay at home after they graduate and contribute to the local economy.


Ruston’s recovery from last April’s deadly EF-3 tornado has stalled due to the wait for FEMA assistance reimbursement. Mayor Ronny Walker says debris was removed and power restored in the days after the twister, but recovery efforts are going slower than desired now. The city owns its own power distribution system and dipped into reserve funds to restore electricity within four days.  Walker says it was much quicker than the initially anticipated two weeks. Plus, five miles of the city’s fiber network had to be replaced. 


More than 150 restaurants in the state have been cited for not disclosing to customers that their seafood is imported as opposed to domestic. The Louisiana Department of Health is issuing the citations since the new law is now in effect. However, no fines are associated with the citation.


A new gasoline tax took effect yesterday in our neighbor to the north, Arkansas. The gas tax rose by three-cents to 24.5 cents a gallon and diesel fuel went up an additional six-cents. It’s the first change in Arkansas’ fuel taxes in 20 years and it’s expected to generate an additional 95-million dollars annually.


A St. Landry Parish man is dead a week after falling out the back of a pickup truck that travelling down LA 103. 38-year-old Fredrick Freeman was in the back of the truck when for some reason he fell off the back and slammed his head on the concrete. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but the injuries turned out to be too severe. Neither the driver nor Freeman were impaired at the time.


A $100 million bio-fuel refinery could be coming to Acadiana and it could mean more money for local sugar cane farmers. Houston-based Praj industries has been working to create what it calls 2G Ethanol Technology. It takes what's left after the sugar refining process and makes a form of ethanol. This would be the first refinery of its kind in the United States and a milestone in the history of sugar cane harvesting.


At Christmas five years ago LSU grad Katelyn Williams came home and told her family she was going to make ice cream. When she learned her sister couldn’t have dairy anymore, it spawned what is now Kate’s Ice Cream, a dairy-free, gluten-free ice cream business in Portland, Oregon. Williams graduated from LSU in 2013. She says her goal is to have nationwide shipping available in a year so her native state can enjoy her dairy-free and gluten-free creations.




A new law signed in California will allow college athletes to hire agents and make money from the use of their image, name or likeness, starting in 2023.  LSU QB Joe Burrow says he believes it is a step in the right direction for athletes. California is the first state to pass a law that defies the NCAA’s stance on compensation for amateur athletes.



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So far early voting turnout for the primary is nearly double that of the 2015 election, and state officials say it could indicate higher than average interest in this year’s election. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the early results are incredibly promising as people packed polling stations Saturday. If turnout does hit the mid-40s Ardoin says they’ll still have plenty enough Blue Dog stickers, having printed 3.2 million.


A recent study shows that Louisiana ranks 9th in the U-S with one of the most underfunded transportation infrastructures.  That equates to more problems for drivers on the road like potholes, but most alarmingly, structurally unsound bridges. Louisiana Good Road Transportation Association President Ken Perret says the state’s 20-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax is the state’s primary means of funding road project and it’s one of the lowest in the country. Perret fears the $14 billion backlog of needed road projects will remain underfunded until there’s a disaster.


The Advocate reports the spokesman for Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry resigned Monday after being arrested last week on domestic violence charges involving his pregnant girlfriend. The paper reports that Jacques Ambers is accused of strangling his pregnant girlfriend and dragging her by her neck. He was booked into jail Thursday.


25 years after the first riverboat set anchor in Baton Rouge the market is now struggling as revenues are cratering. Baton Rouge peaked in the fiscal year ending June 2017 at $308.8 million and has slumped the last two years. Revenue has fallen to nearly one-fourth to $235.6 million for June 2019. Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board Ronnie Jones says new smoking bans have had a big hit. In New Orleans market, Jones says casinos saw a 20 percent drop in business after the smoking ban was implemented.


365 workers are out of a job in LaPlace after the unexpected closure of Bayou Steel in St. John the Baptist Parish. Local officials say they have not been given a reason for the closure yet, but the Governor’s office is indicating it may be tariff related as the company imports scrap recycled metals. The state says they’re working quickly to get the workers back into a job. The company has been a major employer in the area for many years.


On Monday the Federal Aviation Administration announced it will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to airports across the U.S. 34 airports from 19 states and the US Virgin Islands will receive funding to complete various infrastructure projects. Four Louisiana airports are among those to receive funding. Beauregard Regional Airport in DeRidder, Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Leesville Airport and Shreveport Regional Airport.


The office of the Attorney General announces the Broussard Police Department is the home of the newest prescription drug drop box.  Special projects coordinator at the AG’s office Monica Taylor says the boxes are having a huge impact on the number of drugs being taken out of circulation. Taylor describes the boxes similar to a mailbox where items drop in, but they don’t come out.


A dog trainer is under arrest after allegedly faking the death of his client’s 25,000-dollar duck hunting Labrador. 44-year-old Lester Langley of Monroe had been tasked with training a local family’s pet during the hunting offseason when authorities say out of the blue he called the family and told them their dog had died. After the initial call Langley refused to respond to future calls or house visits. The family called authorities who showed up with a warrant. Authorities say Langley has refused to say what actually happened to the canine, but authorities suspect he sold the pup on one of his out of state trips. They hope to find out where the dog went.




The Pelicans begin training camp today as the Zion Williamson is ready to take off in New Orleans. The first overall pick says he’s excited and also feels at home in the Big Easy, thanks to love he’s only received from the state and the veteran leadership on the team. Williamson is already considered one of the best players in the NBA.


The saints are now 2-and-0 without quarterback Drew Brees as the Black and Gold defeated Dallas 12-10 Sunday night, handing the Cowboys their first loss of the season. It was a dominant performance by the defense. The Saints will now get ready to host the Bucaneers.


The fifth ranked LSU football team is gearing up to host Utah State this Saturday. The Aggies are led by quarterback Jordan Love who has thrown for over 6,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career. Coach Ed Orgeron is hopeful a couple of defensive starters will return for Saturday’s game. He says pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson is questionable, while defensive end Rashard Lawrence and linebacker Michael Divinity will try to practice this wee. Defensive end Glen Logan is out.


Ragin Cajuns linebacker Jacques Boudreaux has been named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week. The senior from New Orleans is the first Cajun to earn the defensive honor since 2014. Boudreaux had a career-high 12 tackles in U-L Lafayette’s 37-34 win over Georgia Southern. The Cajuns next game is Wednesday October 9th at home against Appalachian State.


In the Southland, Southeastern Louisiana is one of two teams in the league that is 2-0 in conference play. The Lions handed Northwestern State another loss last Saturday in Natchitoches as S-L-U thumped the Demons 44-27. Chason Virgil threw for 344 yards in the game. Southeastern is at McNeese this Saturday. The Cowboys are coming off a 28-17 loss to Sam Houston State.


Also Good news about the LSU-Florida game on October 12th, the SEC has announced the conference home opener will kick off at 7 PM on October 12th.

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The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office along with the GPSO reports an 18 year old was killed Saturday in a motor vehicle accident at Louisiana Mudfest just outside of Colfax. While No other details have been made available, KALB is reporting the victim was struck by another vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.    


Early voting began Saturday for the October 12th  election and more people went in person to cast ballots on the first day than have since early voting began, with the exception of the 2016 presidential campaign. The Secretary of State reported Sunday morning that 77,059 people voted Saturday on the first day of early voting. It’s the second highest first day in history. But Saturday’s numbers are more than twice the 37,611 who early voted on the first day in the 2015 gubernatorial race.


A We Ask America poll of the governor’s race has Governor Edwards at 47 percent, Eddie Rispone at 23 percent, and Ralph Abraham at 17 percent. Pollster Andrew Weissert says Edwards continues to sit just shy of avoiding a run-off because while he has a 56 percent approval ratings, voters still aren’t confident he’s righted the ship. The poll did have one encouraging bit of news for Edwards, 61 percent of independents have a favorable view of him. It’s the second independent poll to show Rispone climbing ahead of Abraham.


We’re two weeks from the primary and recent independent polls show the biggest question remaining is whether Governor Edwards can avoid a run-off with top polling Republican Eddie Rispone. Ralph Abraham used to be the Republican favorite, but that’s changed. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Abraham’s fundraising woes finally caught up to him. This month’s campaign finance report shows Rispone with 6.3 million on hand, Governor Edwards with 5.7 million, and Abraham with 1.4 million.

Rispone appears to have vaulted Abraham thanks to a series of attack ads calling Abraham disloyal to the President. Pinsonat says the attacks were effective.


Voters casting their ballots early can expect to do so with new voting equipment. Voters will receive a card to insert into the machines that will pull up their ballot on a touchscreen. The machines are not connected to the internet and store the voting data to memory sticks inside the computer. It’s expected that the operation on the new machines will be easy for voters. But, just in case each poll site will have a person to assist in the voting process if necessary.


October is typically quiet time for hurricane activity for Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says historical data reflects favorably for the month as the average is having two named storms to make landfall on the Bayou state. Keim says once the state makes it through Halloween, the chances of a named storm drops significantly.


Coastal parishes have reached a $100 million settlement with one of the oil and gas companies accused of causing damage and land loss along the coast.  Attorney John Carmouche calls the settlement with Freeport McMoRan Inc. a huge victory for those that live in coastal parishes. Carmouche says nearly all of the money goes toward restoration efforts for coastal marshes and wetlands, which often serve as a buffer from hurricanes and flooding. The settlement could set the standard on future litigation with other oil and gas firms.


Attorneys in the Middle District of Louisiana are charging two men for their connection to a Medicare scheme that defrauded the federal government of more than $1.7 billion.

The feds in Louisiana have charged 42-year-old Prairieville resident Kevin Hanley and 51-year-old South Carolina resident Mark Allen for their alleged roles in the scheme.

Allen and co-conspirators ran companies that solicited unnecessary DNA tests from elderly and low-income Medicare recipients. The tests were approved by tele-medicine doctors who did not know the patients they were recommending tests for.


State Police report former Louisiana Sen. Heulette "Clo" Fontenot Jr. was killed in a car wreck Sunday morning after he drove into the path of another car. Fontenot, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries and died after being brought to the hospital. Fontenot, a Republican, served 12 years in the Legislature until he retired from state politics in 2007.


U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise joined NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning to defend President Donald Trump from the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Scalise told host Chuck Todd "The Framers did not put the power of impeachment in the Constitution so that you could stop somebody from getting reelected”. Scalise insisted people have misinterpreted the transcript and that Trump was seeking Ukraine’s help in continuing to probe Russian’s attempted meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, Jennings Police report  they stopped a 10-year-old who was driving a school bus today Sunday. When officers arrived they found a 10-year-old driving a Jeff Davis Parish School bus and determined he had driven the bus all the way across town from Jennings High. The juvenile was taken into custody and the bus was released back to the school board.


One woman is dead and another is critical after the ATV they were riding hit a trailer in the dark. Iberia Sheriff's deputies were called about midnight after two women, who had left their home at about 10 p.m., didn't come back. The women had gone for a ride on the cane field headlands on a four-wheeler. Deputies began searching for them, and found them about 5 a.m. one of the women was pronounced dead at the scene. Her companion had suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.


Police arrested a Baton Rouge man who they say was among three people who robbed a man at gunpoint in his yard before riding away on bicycles. The victim told officers four people approached him Saturday afternoon at his home and pointed handguns in his face and demanded that he empty his pockets. The victim told officers he recognized some of the assailants from the neighborhood. Police later arrested on of the four.  The search continues for the remaining three.



The Saints’ defense shuts down an explosive Cowboys offense to give the Black and Gold a 12-10 win in front of the home crowd.

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The gubernatorial candidates got a chance to ask each other questions at last night’s debate and they did not hold back. Eddie Rispone continued his attack against fellow Republican Ralph Abraham over what he says is disloyalty to President Trump.

The attack is based on comments Abraham made in 2016 after the Access Hollywood tapes were released, where Abraham said Trump should drop out of the race. Abraham said Governor Edwards wasn’t doing his job, attacking him for questionable staff hirings and other sordid allegations. Edwards shot back that Abraham doesn’t show up to Congress for votes. Governor Edwards highlighted Eddie Rispone’s past financial support for Governor Bobby Jindal, saying a Rispone Administration would be Jindal 2.0.


52 year old Vernon Holden will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after he was arrested earlier this year for holding a gun to the head of an APD officer during a stop for a traffic violation. Holden, who was out of jail on probation at the time of the incident, was found guilty by a jury of attempted first degree robbery (20 year sentence), two counts of disarming a police officer (5 years on each count), two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon (15 years on each count), and resisting an officer (6 month sentence). The sentences will run concurrent, but consecutive to the parole violation.


A helicopter crash at Fort Polk Army base in Louisiana Thursday morning has killed one and injured three others. The Army chopper crash happened at the Joint Readiness Training Center according to Army officials. Four crew members were on the chopper and names have not been released until relatives are notified. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


Early voting locations open tomorrow morning for the gubernatorial primary.  Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says location hours are 8:30am until 6pm and early ballots can be cast until October 5th. Election Day falls on October 12th, which is also the day of an SEC matchup at Tiger Stadium, so Ardoin encourages voters to take care of voting early so more attention can be put on football. Early voting typically represents 20-25% of all votes cast. 


A Legislative Fiscal Office analysis of the estimated 500-million-dollar state budget surplus credits most of the higher-than-expected revenue to the 2017 federal tax reform. Chief Economist Greg Albrecht says the state’s economy is improving, but it’s not the biggest reason for the huge surplus. Louisiana’s tax code is tied in parts to federal tax levels, which means a federal cut is always partially offset by state tax liability increases. Albrecht says that’s how federal reforms can bolster state coffers. Albrecht says part of the reason revenue exceeded their forecast this year is because the Revenue Estimating Conference is trying to be conservative with their estimates.


The US drought monitor currently lists five percent of the state in severe drought and 13-percent in moderate drought.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says hopefully, in the not too distant future, a cold front will bring in more fall-like temps and some much needed rain. However, Keim says there is very little rain in the forecast for the next week.


Census Bureau numbers show Louisiana’s poverty rate dropped from 19.7 percent in 2017 to 18.6 percent last year. That’s dropped Louisiana from the 2nd most impoverished state in the nation to the 3rd. Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says it’s an improvement, but we have a long way to go. Moller says the poverty rate for African American children saw a four-point decline. That decline has resulted in about 22,000 fewer African American children in poverty.


Governor Edwards announces Fibrebond will remain in Minden following indications from the company that it may leave due to the poor condition of bridges in north Louisiana that forced them to take a 247-mile detour to ship products west.  Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says Fibrebond builds huge structures that can measure 16 by 75 feet and weigh 150,000 pounds, making them ineligible to cross de-rated bridges.  Pierson says the details of the agreement will be announced soon.

Pierson says the company is a huge economic driver for the rural Webster Parish.


Claiming, “pit bull dogs are, by the nature and purpose of their breeding alone, innately vicious” the Village of Fenton in Jefferson Davis Parish has passed an ordinance banning pit bulls and several pit bull mixes. This comes in the village of 300 people after a man was bitten. Alderwoman Ollie Clophus  told reporters they decided they just didn’t want the dogs in town, he went on to say “you never know what they are going to do. They’re bad.” Statistics nationally show many more people are bitten by people than Pit Bulls every year.


A Ville Platte man has been arrested for setting fire to a storage structure. After being evicted from a storage building, authorities in Evangeline Parish say 32 year old Wayne Meyers came back and set the building on fire. Meyers, in an interview with police, admitted to setting the fire but said he tried unsuccessfully to put it out. Meyers  was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail on one count of aggravated arson.


It’s not bad enough getting robo calls at home and on your cell phones, now politicians seeking your vote are texting you.. Attorney General Jeff Landry's reelection campaign on Thursday blamed a technical issue for a burst of text messages sent to thousands of cell phones across the state in the late night and early morning hours, causing a backlash from angry voters. Those folks were slated to receive another text, during more normal business hours apologizing for the late-night disturbance.


Louisiana is one of seven states under a federally declared fishing disaster, which makes state anglers and businesses eligible to request assistance from a 165 million dollar Congressionally approved fund. LDWF Biologist Administrator Jason Froeba says the state was included due to the devastating impact of the Bonnet Carre’s prolonged opening resulting from record high Mississippi River levels. The rush of fresh water killed off many of the state’s oyster beds and had a very negative effect on the state’s shrimp crop. Mississippi and Alabama were the only other southern states to receive the declaration.


Suicide by police? Three St. Tammany Parish deputies were involved in a fatal shooting in LaCombe Wednesday night. Authorities say the deputies went to a home to take a man with suicidal tendencies to a hospital when lethal force was used.




Thursday Night Football last night it was Philadelphia Eagles over the Green Bay Packers 34 to 27


Two Super Bowl contenders meet in the Superdome on Sunday night as Cowboys visit the Saints. Dallas is 3-and-0 and Louisiana native and  Q-B Dak Prescott has thrown nine touchdown passes. New Orleans linebacker DeMario Davis says Prescott is not an easy quarterback to defend. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will make his second straight start for the injured Drew Brees. Davis says the Saints have Bridgewater’s back.


Louisiana Tech is at Rice Airtime 4:30p 94.7 ESPN


Northwestern State hopes to break into the win column on Saturday night when they host Southeastern Louisiana. The Demons dropped their Southland opener last week in a 48-21 loss to Houston Baptist.


Tonight… Houston Astros @ LA Angles 8:30p 94.7 ESPN


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/26/2019

News for Thursday 092619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Tonight is the second televised gubernatorial debate where candidates will try to sway voters as to why they should lead the state.  Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says tonight’s will provide clarity on what candidates will do to tackle many of the issues that will impact the state’s future, if elected. The debate airs tonight at 7 on Louisiana Public Broadcasting from UL Lafayette. 


SeatGeek says Sunday night’s Saints/Cowboys showdown is the hottest selling ticket of the week, and one of the five hottest-selling tickets of the year. Seatgeek Communications Manager Chris Leyden says the lowest ticket prices are hovering around 150 bucks a pop, but the average ticket is selling for significantly more.


House Republican Whip Steve Scalise says the transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president proves no laws were broken. Scalise says the conversation was not about attacking political rivals, but it was a joint effort to clean up corruption in the country that was a home base for Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

House Democrats disagree and say before the call was made, President Trump had frozen hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the country.


The Department of Health releases the state’s first opioid response plan, aiming to reduce the state’s opioid crisis. Assistant secretary of the Office of Behavioral Health Karen Stubbs says they’re aiming to enhance interventions and the capacity for treatment. Over 450 deaths were attributed to opioids in the state last year.


Lafayette General Health is set to merge with Ochsner Health System, with the combination becoming the largest healthcare provider in the Gulf South.  Lafayette General Health System President David L. Callecod says the merger means a big investment into the southwest Louisiana area.


Members of a Texas motorcycle gang are under arrest for allegedly stealing two ATM machines, resulting in over 150,000 dollars stolen in Westlake.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says two ATM’s were ripped out of the ground by the gang who stole a number of other vehicles to pull off the heists. So far five people have been arrested and the search is on for two others. The gang is known as the Brother East Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, or B*EAST.


DeRidder Police say they’ve had nine cases since last March where fake money used in movies was used as real currency. Chief Detective James Halbert says they are urging cashiers to take a hard look at the bills, before putting them in the cash register. Halbert says one person has been arrested as part of their investigation.


The felony trial of former Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum is set to begin today.

Tatum, who was indicted in 2017, faces multiple charges of theft, forgery and malfeasance related to a nearly $13,000 overtime payment he received after the August 2016 floods. He’s also accused of forging time sheets for some council members.


U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declared fishing disasters for seven states on three coasts. Ross' action makes people and businesses eligible for NOAA fisheries disaster assistance. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Ross' action could qualify Louisiana for millions of dollars in federal aid.


The Baton Rouge Advocate reports Police arrested eight people and seized 15 guns after receiving a call about people waving guns on a Baton Rouge street. The group had been filming a rap video. When police arrived, they saw people holding assault rifles and trying to walk away from police. Three of the weapons turned out to be stolen.

Fifteen people were initially detained and eight were later arrested.


Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office announced yesterday an arrest had been made in the 25-year-old unsolved homicide of Baby Jane Doe. The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit along with the Jeanerette City Marshal's Office arrested 50-year-old Sonia S. Charles, of New Iberia, on a warrant for the death of the infant, which occurred in  January of 1994, when the baby, only days old was left inside a trash can and died of hypothermia. The case was recently reopened when new leads were developed. In the end, it was DNA that linked the woman to her infant.


Want a job at McDonald's? Just ask Alexa. Starting Wednesday, McDonald's Corp. will let job seekers start an application by using voice commands with Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant. If users say, "Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald's," Alexa will ask which country they want to work in and play McDonald's catchy "I'm lovin' it" jingle. After that, users can share their phone number and get a link to continue the application process. Alexa also shares some facts about working for the company, such as how it can lead to jobs in other fields. According to McDonald's, voice-initiated hiring is a way to stand out in a tight job market.




Good news for anglers. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will re-open the recreational red snapper season for the next two weekends. Based on LA Creel surveys, the estimate red snapper landings still has not reached the quota for the year, therefore the state can provide additional fishing days.


LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron said he hopes that wide receiver Terrace Marshall will be able to return before the Alabama game in November. Marshall had surgery on Sunday to repair a stress fracture in his foot. Orgeron says senior Stephen Sullivan will move from tight end to wide receiver to make up for Marshall’s loss. Sullivan has seven catches for 99 yards this season.


The Saints are putting rookie linebacker Kaden Elliss on injured reserve. The 7th round draft pick out of Idaho suffered a knee injury in the win over Seattle. Elliss played on special teams and just started filling in for the injured Alex Anzalone. The Black and Gold are bringing back former first-round pick Stephone Anthony to take Elliss’ spot on the roster.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/25/2019

News for Wednesday 092519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The Alexandria Police Department arrested a man and a woman in connection with a fatal shooting in the city Monday night. The two, identified as 24 year old Deon Guidry and 24 year old Sharessia Mix. Both are charged with murder and attempted murder for the Monday night shooting on Wellington Boulevard.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the House will begin an impeachment inquiry in light of recent allegations that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine into investing Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son. The Louisiana Republican Party has responded, saying the attempt is a political move and an admission that the President cannot be beat at the ballot box. The State Republican Delegation has expressed support for the President as well.


The LSU Economics Department’s Louisiana Economic Outlook projects the state will add 53,800 jobs over the next two years, pushing the state past two million total jobs for the first time ever. LSU Economist Lauren Scott says he expects the number of gulf rigs to increase from about 20 to 33 to 35, and for the state to see the end of it’s much-maligned construction lull. Those predictions are based on one significant assumption, the end of the US/China trade war. While the outlook south of the I-10 is rosy, regions north of the interstate are projected to continue stagnating.


Louisiana Department of Health is seeing an early start to flu activity, even resulting of a school closure in the Lafayette area due to flu cases.  Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says it is a reminder the time to get the annual flu vaccine is now. Kanter says flu shot is in stock in preparation for the flu season. Kanter says flu season can be unpredictable as to when it can begin or how intense the season can be from year to year.


While nationally the number of children living in concentrated poverty has gone down, it is estimated that Louisiana has 27,000 more kids living in poverty from 2013 to 2017 than the previous five year period.  Annie E. Casey Foundation Advocacy and Influence Associate Director Scot Spencer says the state is one of only ten states to see a rate increase.


The Caddo Sheriff’s office says they arrested 59-year-old Sandra Martin after treating over 100 patients while posing as a registered nurse. Detective Mike King says Martin used the identity of another Sandra Martin to convince a nursing home she was a licensed practical nurse. King says thankfully none of the patients saw a decline in their condition because of Martin’s scheme. King says they suspect Martin posed as a nurse to cash in on overtime opportunities. She was originally hired as a social worker.


An Avoyelles Parish man was arrested after APSO began investigating a report of a juvenile being molested in August.  A fifteen-year-old victim alleged that she had been inappropriately touched on multiple occasions and had received a number of sexually explicit text messages from the suspect. Arrested was 78 year old Robert Lee McCann. He’s been charged with four counts of molestation of a juvenile and 11 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles. He was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond


In the first 20 days of enforcement, at least 20 restaurants have been cited for the violation of the seafood labeling law requiring businesses to disclose if their shrimp and crawfish products are imported.  Department of Health spokesperson Bob Johanessen says the citations are considered a minor violation. Johanessen says LDH is providing restaurants with educational materials that will help them get into compliance.


Two Thibodeaux residents allegedly stole their grandmother’s identity and used it to go on a spending spree racking up over 5,000 dollars’ worth of bills. State Police Senior Trooper Jesse LaGrange says 30-year-old Megan Hebert and 31-year-old Roger Thibodaux conspired to rip off their grandma by stealing her Identity. Hebert and Thibodaux are both in jail.


Yesterday was the 14 year anniversary of Hurricane Rita making landfall in southwest Louisiana. State climatologist Barry Keim says Rita was a Category 5 storm in the Gulf.

Keim says Rita produced a storm surge of nearly 18 feet, making it the second-highest storm surge measured in Louisiana in over a century. Keim says 95% of homes and businesses in Cameron Parish were destroyed and combined with the damage sustained by Hurricane Katrina in the weeks earlier, much of the Louisiana coastline was devastated.


Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso say members of motorcycle gang based in Texas are responsible for stealing two ATM machines in Westlake. Mancuso says the suspects stole over 150-thousand dollars and in both cases, a stolen forklift was used to take the money on two separate weekends over the summer. Authorities have arrested five people and searching for two others.


A Louisiana prison inmate tied by DNA evidence to six rape cases from the 1980s has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports 52-year-old inmate Alfred Berry was sentenced Friday in New Orleans.




The Saints will return to practice today to get ready for Sunday night’s big home game against Dallas Cowboys. New Orleans will attempt to cut down on the penalties; they were flagged 11 times in the win at Seattle.


LSU has three receivers ranked in the top 50 in receiving yards, led by Ja’Marr Chase who has 397 yards receiving. He’s second in the nation in receiving yards per game, with 132 yards a contest. Remember he didn’t play against Northwestern State. Coach Ed Orgeron says they knew the sophomore from Rummel would have a breakout season…


Coach Ed Orgeron appeared Tuesday morning on 94.7 ESPN’s “Off the Bench” and said that linebacker Michael Divinity will miss a couple of weeks after suffering a leg injury in the win over Vanderbilt. And wide receiver Terrace Marshall will be back toward the latter part of the season, after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured foot. LSU’s next game is Saturday, October 5th at 11 AM against Utah State.


The Ragin Cajuns lead the nation in rushing yards with 1,295 and 18 touchdowns. UL-Lafayette ia also second in yards per carry. Trey Ragas is averaging 10 yards a carry, while Raymond Calais is averaging 9.5 yards an attempt. Coach Billy Napier says it’s an unselfish group. The Cajuns are on the road this Saturday when they visit Georgia Southern for a 5 PM kickoff.


After winning its Conference USA opener by beating F-I-U, Louisiana Tech hits the road this weekend to visit a winless Rice team. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz is telling his team not to overlook the Owls. After losing its season opener to Texas, Tech has won three straight. Holtz is interested to see if his team can keep the win streak going on the road


McNeese dropped its Southland opener last week to Abilene Christian and this Saturday the Cowboys return home to host Sam Houston State. McNeese scored 34 points in a season-opening win over Southern, but since then they’ve scored 41 points in three games.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 09/24/2019

News for Tuesday 092319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


There was a shooting in the city last night on Wellington Blvd around 7 p.m. According to the APD, suspects in one car shot at another car, leaving one male dead and injuring another. APD believes the shooting sparked from a dispute between the suspects and the victims. It’s reported the suspects fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.


Monday was the first day of Fall, but it doesn’t feel like it, as its hot and humid. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the Climate Prediction Center predicts we’ll continue to see above-normal temperatures during the fall months, while rainfall totals should be normal, which is not a lot. Keim adds it’s not going to feel like fall anytime soon and that  we’ll have to wait until October before that first significant cold front comes through.


The Diocese of Alexandria released on Friday the name of another clergy member against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.  The allegations date back to the mid-60’s.  The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in August 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible. Fr. Theodore Lelieveld died in October 1976, at the age of 50.


Trial dates were set Monday for a brother and sister accused of killing three people in Rapides Parish back October 2017. Matthew Sonnier's trial date was set for Aug. 24, 2020, while sister Ebony Nicole Sonnier will be tried March 2, 2020. Both face three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of obstruction of justice in the deaths of 28 year old Jeremy Norris, 33 year old Kendrick  Horn and 42 year old Latisha White.


An independent, post-first debate poll shows Governor Edwards has gained ground, and Eddie Rispone has jumped Ralph Abraham as the top polling Republican. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says the latest results have moved the likelihood of a run-off from high to a tossup, and it could all come down to minority voter turnout.

12 percent remain undecided.


The three main candidates in the governor’s race appeared at the Baton Rouge Press Club Mnday and discussed what they would prioritize if elected.  GOP challenger Eddie Rispone says he will let various sectors know how accommodating the state is under his leadership. Fellow Republican candidate Ralph Abraham says he will reverse ITEP changes, which is a property tax break for large manufacturers. Governor Edwards says he will continue investing into education.


A new Independent poll shows the race for Insurance Commissioner is at a statistical dead heat with incumbent Jim Donelon at 22 percent and challenger Tim Temple at 20 percent. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says the biggest number that stands out is the 58 percent of voters who remain undecided. Both Donelon and Temple are Republicans. Donelon has the endorsement of the State Party.


Truth in Accounting-dot-org gives Louisiana a D rating following a new analysis of the latest financial report showing Louisiana has $15.8 billion available to pay nearly $38 billion worth of bills. Truth in Accounting Founder and CEO Sheila Weinberg says the state has a long way to go to make improvements. Weinberg highlights the state’s pension debt of $9.4 billion and retiree healthcare debt of $9.6 billion as a major factor.

Overall, the state ranks 40th in the nation.


Louisiana wildlife agents say a stolen cellular game camera kept sending pictures, letting them identify the man who had it. He and the man he said he'd bought it from were arrested. A Department of Wildlife and Fisheries statement Monday said 55-year-old Kurt Wiggins is accused of theft and 53-year-old Ernie Jenkins of possessing stolen items. Both are from Woodworth.


The Advocate-Times Picayune reports at least 17 people have been shot in New Orleans since Friday, four of them fatally. Three were shot Monday alone. One of them died.


An investigation is underway after the body of an unidentified woman was found Monday on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus. A spokesperson for the university says that the woman is not a student or a member of university staff. A cause of death is under investigation.


Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn, former Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, died Sunday after a long illness. Flynn, who was most recently Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis in Minnesota, served as Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette from 1989-1994. Funeral services, which will be held in Minnesota, are still pending. Archbishop Harry Flynn was 86.


Casper the Camel will have a vet visit Monday after a Florida woman bit his testicles at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete (Tate) over the weekend. Truck stop manager Pamela Bossier (Bo-shay) says the woman and her husband entered Casper’s cage to retrieve their dog when the encounter went south and the camel sat on the women. Bossier says the camel, is usually a pretty nice animal. The camel reportedly didn’t have bite marks because the woman apparently didn’t have any teeth.


In Tanzania the death of a Zachary man is under investigation after his underwater marriage proposal ended in his death. Steven Weber Jr. died on Friday as he was trying to resurface after making an underwater proposal. That Proposal was being filmed for his girlfriend Kenesah Antoine. Antoine, a Baton Rouge attorney posted the video on facebook. Boaters that were passing by were unable to help revive Webber. A cause of death has not been determined.


An LSU Health New Orleans researcher finds that a common Diabetes medication was effective in treating certain forms of cancer in mice. Biochemistry Professor Dr. Suresh Alahari says certain cancers lack a protein known as Nischarin, and Metformin, the diabetes treatment, activates an enzyme that can help neutralize those cancers.

Research is also being done on how Metformin affects those with dementia, aging, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disorders




Teddy Bridgewater showed he is more than a capable backup to Drew Brees as he led the Saints to a 33-27 win over the Seahawks in Seattle yesterday. It’s an emotional victory for Bridgewater, who nearly saw his career come to an end because of a devastating knee injury during training camp in 2016. Since then he’s been traded twice, but kept telling himself before the game he’s a winner…


LSU QB Joe Burrow is named the SEC player of the week, marking the third time this season for Burrow to receive the distinction. In 2018, Burrow had received the honor two other times.


LSU football fans will have to get ready for another 11 AM kick-off. The SEC announced Monday that the Tigers next game on October 5th, will kick-off at 11 AM against Utah State. An LSU official says they can’t find a time when the Tigers had back-to-back morning kickoffs.


On The Air Today..

Houston Astros @ Seattle 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.. News For Monday 09/23/2019

News for Monday 092319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at an eleven-year low of 4.3 percent. Louisiana Workforce Commission Chief Economist Ali Bustamante says

the total number of employed workers in the state is 2,004,096, an increase of more than 7,600 last year. Bustamante says geographically, the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas are firing on all cylinders.


We note the passing of Jonathan E. Martin, The longtime Chairman of RoyOMartin.. Jonathan Martin was the grandson of the company’s founder and had been an iatrical  part of the company for 49 years. Visitation will be this Friday evening from 5 to 8p at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria and Saturday from 9 to 10a prior to a memorial service.  The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, or the individual’s charity of choice. Jonathan E Martin was 70 Years Old.


A Mandeville Police officer is dead and another is wounded following a Friday afternoon shooting. Police Chief Gerald Sticker says the fallen officer is 58-year-old Captain Vinny Liberto Junior. Liberto served in the U-S Marine Corps and joined the Mandeville Police department in 1994. He leaves behind seven children. State Police has charged 21-year-old Mark Spicer of Covington with the fatal shooting of Liberto. The other officer shot is expected to survive.


A new poll from Nexstar Media group finds that 47% of respondents support a higher gas tax if used on a $14 billion backlog on transportation projects. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says voters are more likely to be in favor of a tax with a specific direction. On the topic of gun control, Couvillon says 58% support limitations on the Second Amendment, 33% want zero limitations, and 27% back outlawing automatic rifles.


Early voting for the October 12 election starts in a week; are you ready for a long ballot?

Early voting is Sept. 28-Oct. 5 (except Sunday) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at your local registrar of voters office. There are four proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot. As usual, the Public Affairs Research Council has posted details about what each means, as well as arguments for and against each amendment. That address is reports.parlouisiana.org


Without giving any reason, The U.S. Postal Service has temporarily suspended operations at the Eunice Post Office. A flyer posted by the Developing Eunice Facebook page indicates the closure is for "safety concerns." No other information though was provided. Eunice customers may conduct retail transactions, including picking up mail from their PO Box at the Lawtell Post Office. Postal officials have given no target date for reopening.


A bizarre encounter unfolded at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete last week when a Florida truck driver and her husband crawled into a camel's enclosure at the truck stop to retrieve their dog. Police report the camel sat on the woman, who used her teeth to bite the camel's testicles to escape. They were both ticketed for allowing the dog off the leash, and for trespassing.




The Saints pulled off a stunning win in Seattle, beating the Seahawks 33-27 without Drew Brees.  It’s the Saints first win without Brees since 2005. Payton says he didn’t think about Brees not playing, they just worked to win the game. Brees tweeted after the game, “so proud of our TEAM! Who Dat baby!” New Orleans hosts Dallas on Sunday night.


LSU’s offense remains an offensive force, but questions remain about the Tigers defense after improving to 4-0 with a 66-38 win over winless Vanderbilt. Quarterback Joe Burrow set a school-record with six touchdown passes and he threw for 398 yards, 357 yards in the first half, which is also a school-record. But a once-dominant Tigers defense gave up 374 total yards of offense and numerous big plays. Coach Ed Orgeron says he’s bothered by the poor tackling.

Good Morning... News For Friday 09/20/2019

News for Friday 092019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Rapides superintendent of schools Jeff Powell says he believes residents of the parish are healing, that in the wake of a viral Snapchat video featuring members of Buckeye's football team using racial slurs, but that there may be safety concerns.  For that reason and after consulting Sheriff Hilton tonight’s football game between Buckeye and Tioga High School has been cancelled.


The first gubernatorial debate of the race is in the books and the candidates took turns tearing at each other during an occasionally lively night of discussion, with one new revelation from the Governor. Governor Edwards made news, saying he does not support abortion exceptions for rape or incest. He voiced his full support for every part of the abortion ban he passed last session. Top polling Republican Ralph Abraham spent most of the night swinging at the Governor over the state of the Louisiana economy. Edwards shot back that Abraham’s contention was “absurd” saying the state economy is the biggest it’s been in state history. Republican Eddie Rispone stayed mostly out of the fray, instead using his time to sell himself as a businessman and outsider.


The Cajun Navy has volunteers heading to Texas as the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda has forced numerous water rescues in an area east of Houston. United Cajun Navy founder Todd Terrell says they are receiving frantic phone calls and Facebook messages from those that are stranded. The heavy rainfall also closed a part of I-10 in Texas.


A new poll on the governor’s race has Governor Edwards receiving 41-percent of the vote, Ralph Abraham at 24-percent and Eddie Rispone garnering 16-percent. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says two main questions in this governor’s race, can Edwards gain additional support from undecideds and can Rispone catch Abraham and get in a November run-off with the incumbent.


A Mansura man died Wednesday following a single-vehicle crash on HWY 361 near HWY 71 in St. Landry Parish. State Police say 61 year old Steven Lambert was driving a tractor-trailer when he failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The truck struck a tree and burst into flames.


A Webster Parish woman who ran a non-profit that oversaw a program to help feed low-income children has admitted to stealing one-point-one million dollars from the federal government. 59-year-old Myrna Thomas Quarles of Cotton Valley faces up to 10 years in prison. U-S Attorney David Joseph says Quarles deposited checks from a federal feeding service program into her own banking account. Joseph says Quarles also used the Greater Horizons credit card to the tune of 370-thousand dollars on herself.


Governor Edwards says the estimated 500-million-dollar surplus for the last fiscal year is evidence state’s economy is doing well. Critics say the surplus is evidence that the .45 percent sale tax pushed by the governor in 2018 was not necessary, but Edwards countered, saying at the time estimates underrated the state economy, but that changed.


The Board of Regents is hosting Hazing Prevention Summit today in Baton Rouge. Board spokesperson Meg Casper Sunstrom says the event is an opportunity for state’s highest-level leaders to continue the conversation about eliminating hazing culture.

Sunstrom says bringing awareness to the dangers of hazing is just the first step in the fight against the activity, but what is really important is seeing a culture shift.

Next week is National Hazing Prevention week.


Metairie Senator Danny Martiny says Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone’s attacks on the 2017 Legislative criminal justice reform package are off-base, and not true. Rispone’s TV ads claim “John Bel Edwards’” criminal justice reform put dangerous criminals back on the street, but Martiny, A Republican, says no criminal convicted of a violent crime got out early. The Department of Corrections reported 17.8 million dollars in savings in the last fiscal year due to the reforms. Martiny says Rispone’s attacks disrespect the bipartisan support for the reforms which were rolled out over ten different bills. He says seven of those bills were authored by Republicans.


A Bossier City man who was also a former high school band director has been arrested for “revenge porn.” Bossier Sherriff Julian Whittington says they arrested 43-year old Patrick Neff Wednesday on two separate charges of Obscenity and Unauthorized Disclosure of a Private Image. Whittington says their investigation found that Neff disclosed several nude photos of his former dating partner with a student at Airline High School without the partner’s permission.


Statewide West Nile virus cases are down from this same time last year.  So far, Department of Health stats have only recorded twelve cases, compared to seventy-nine, this week last year.  State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says the weather in the spring has proven to have lingering effects in mitigating impacts on the mosquito population. Ratard says regardless of a year’s infection rate, it is important to always safeguard yourself and other from mosquitos, because it takes just one bite to make it a bad West Nile season for you.




LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow should be able to do well Saturday when the fourth-ranked Tigers visit Vanderbilt. The Commodores rank last in total defense, as they’ve given up nearly eight yards a play in their first two games this season. Vandy Head Coach Derek Mason has high praise for Burrow, who has emerged as a Heisman candidate. Mason compared Burrow to a great quarterback who plays in Louisiana, Drew Brees. Kick off on Saturday is at 11 AM. Airtime 9am. On 96.9 KZMZ & KSYL 970am /104.9FM.


The Pelicans announced Thursday that Fox Sports New Orleans will broadcast 72 regular-season games this year, plus a preseason game at the Smoothie King Center on October 11th versus the Utah Jazz. The 10 regular-season games not being televised by Fox Sports New Orleans are already set to air on national television. You can hear the games in Cenla on 94.7 ESPN.


Louisiana Tech plays a rare Friday night home game tonight against F-I-U. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz understands Friday is reserved for high school football, but he’ll take the national TV exposure they’ll get on the CBS Sports Network…Airtime 5:30p on 94.7 ESPN.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/19/2019

News for Thursday 091919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The three major candidates for Governor will square off tonight at LSU for the first gubernatorial debate of the race. Republicans Congressman Abraham and Eddie Rispone hope to dent the governor’s incumbent armor and force a November run-off. A recent poll shows Rispone in third place at 16 percent, with Abraham at 24 percent, and Edwards at 47 percent. 14 percent remain undecided. The debate starts at 7 pm You can watch it here in Cenla on Fox 48 and hear it on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM


It was a 10 sec video on snapchat that has many residents here in Cenla Upset. The Video posted Tuesday features a few Buckeye High School football players in the school’s locker room spewing racial slurs. Rapides Parish Superintendent Jeff Powell said they are investigating the video and discussing how they'll address it.


New Orleans Saints veteran quarterback Drew Brees underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb of his throwing hand Wednesday afternoon.  The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Steven Shin, the hand specialist Brees saw for his first consultation. Sean Payton said the Saints are optimistic, but declined to give a timetable for his return. Brees posted on Instagram that the surgery was successful and did his best to give a thumb's up in his selfie.


Lisa Rabalais found guilty for accessory after the fact to the 2015 disappearance and death of Ray Paul Lachney. Rabalais who was the last to take the stand in the trial,

repeatedly denied any involvement with Lachney’s death or disappearance


House Minority Whip Steve Scalise rallied with other three other congressmen and shooting survivors to push back against a Democratic effort in the House to pass gun control in the upcoming session. Scalise says Democrats are politicizing mass shooting tragedies and grandstanding with their recent gun control offerings and should adopt a different tactic instead. Scalise saying first and foremost, we should pray. Yesterday’s rally was put on by the Tea Party Patriots.


LSU leaders are urging students and faculty to seek help coping with the sudden deaths of three students who died in separate incidents less than a month since the fall semester started. President F. King Alexander said in a statement to students Wednesday that the recent deaths have shocked and saddened the campus community. They include two 18-year-olds who died this week, one in a skateboarding accident and another student whose death is still being investigated,  as well as the shooting death of an international student during a gas station robbery in Baton Rouge.


Clay Higgins is the first Republican from Louisiana’s House delegation to give an endorsement in the governor’s race. Higgins is backing fellow Congressman Ralph Abraham. U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the endorsement comes after Republican candidate Eddie Rispone attacked Abraham in a campaign ad. The Republican Party has previously request there be no interparty attack ads.


Moody’s Investors Service changes the state’s credit outlook from stable to positive, which could result in a rating upgrade in a year or two. Moody’s says that’s because there has been a significant improvement in the state’s financial position. The better the credit rating the lower the interest rate when the state has to borrow money for roadwork and construction projects.


Louisiana has the second-highest rate of women who were murdered by men in the country according to the Violence Policy Center. The study shows 67 percent of the victims were shot, and over 90 percent of the women knew their killers. VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand says most of the murderers were husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends. Alaska is at the top of the list.


According to the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey, Louisiana ranks second-worst in the nation in the eyes of business owners.  The study was released by the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and COO Harold Kim the environment is impacting insurance rates, adding the state needs to send a message to businesses that Louisiana is moving toward an environment not steered by trial lawyers.




Saints Coach Sean Payton says he will not name a starting quarterback for this Sunday’s afternoon game against the Seahawks in Seattle. That means we could get a heavy dose of both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. This week’s game will be followed by a Sunday night home game against the Cowboys.


ESPN.com’s Andrew Lopez reports that Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram and guard Lonzo Ball have been full participants in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. Both players had significant injuries last season.


LSU has released its 2020 baseball schedule. The Tigers will open the season at home against Indiana on Valentine’s Day. LSU’s first road game will be February 19th in Thibodaux versus the Nicholls Colonels. SEC play begins March 13th at Ole Miss. The Tigers will host the defending national champion Vanderbilt Commodores during the first weekend of April.


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An area of showers and storms in the Gulf of Mexico fired up rapidly Tuesday. When it went from a 30% chance of development, to a 50% chance of development, to Tropical Depression Eleven, then Tropical Storm Imelda, followed quickly by Imelda making landfall near Freeport, Texas all of that in just a few hours.  The storm has now been downgraded to a depression, but will still bring heavy rains across Texas over the next 24 to 48 hours. The heaviest rain should stay well to the west of Cenla.


Legendary political reporter and New Orleans native Cokie Roberts has passed away at the age of 75. Roberts was named one of the 50 greatest women in broadcasting history. Roberts was highly respected for her political coverage in radio, at PBS, CBS News, and ABC News. She passed away from complications resulting from breast cancer.


Following an examination by two specialists, Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ passing hand is undergoing surgery today in Los Angeles. The timetable for a return will not be known until after the surgery is complete. Brees tore a ligament in his right thumb during Sunday’s loss to the Rams.


The RPSO has arrested 60 year old Kathy Lynn Walker of Alexandria after an audit at her employer showed over $70,000 has been misappropriated. Deputies say Walker issued herself additional pay checks without her employer’s permission. Walker was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on the active warrants. She was released later that day on a $1,000 bond.


Though it appears now there was no credible threat, administrators played it safe and locked down Ruby Wise Elementary School yesterday following reports of a suspicious vehicle parked near the school.  The RPSO responded around 10:00 a.m .but Detectives were unable to locate neither the person in question nor any credible threats.


Outside of the hotly contested governor’s race, Louisiana politicos are keeping a close eye on the legislative contests to see whether Republicans can get a 70-seat supermajority in the House. LSU Assistant Professor of Political Communication Mike Henderson says the state’s gradual deep redshift gives Republicans a solid opportunity to have the votes to override vetoes in the House. The winner of the 2019 races will be in the driver’s seat for 2021 redistricting.


Governor Edwards and GOP candidate Eddie Rispone have produced conflicting campaign ads focusing on the current administration’s handling of criminal justice reform. Rispone’s ad paints a picture of bad criminals now free due to the reform.

Rispone’s ad says between the sanctuary city status of New Orleans and criminals not serving whole sentences, Louisiana is a hub of lawlessness. Edwards’ ad says accusations that his criminal justice reform legislation is bad for the state not true and uses several law enforcement professionals to make the case.


The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2020 induction class and the headliner is Alabama coach Nick Saban. The former LSU football coach won 75-percent of his games and the 2003 national championship during five seasons in Baton Rouge. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Doug Ireland says Saban’s impact on LSU football is immense. Two former NFL pro-bowlers are being inducted as well. Former Ragin Cajun and Chicago Bear Charles Tillman and former Saints superstar wide receiver Joe Horn will receive the honor.


Gasoline prices are on the rise following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.  The current statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.22, about a nickel higher than last week. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says he expects the prices to continue to rise.


China purchases 67 million dollars’ worth of US soybeans and exempts the product from a new set of tariffs set to take effect this month as a sign of goodwill in ongoing trade negotiations. Louisiana Soybean Grain Research and Promotion Board Chairman Charles Canatella says it’s great news for one of the state’s biggest crops. In exchange, the US will delay the onset of a new set of tariffs on China until October 15th.


A St. Landry Parish father says he's furious after his son suffered a concussion at school. It happened during PE class at Lawtell Elementary School. That father claims his son didn't get medical attention fast enough and he now wants procedures to change. Wilbert Brown says when he arrived at the school he was told his son was sick from the heat. Brown says the were pouring water on his son, who was sitting in a daze and covered with vomit. Brown says his son had been hit with a football and had a huge bruise on the side of his head.  An ambulance was called; the boy is expected to make a complete recovery.


Employment in energy efficiency here in Louisiana is up 6.3% from 2017 to 2018, much faster than the national average growth rate of 3.4%.  Policy Director at E for the Future Pat Stanton says those jobs range over various sectors such as construction, manufacturing, and services to track and lower energy consumption. Stanton says there are various perks to energy efficiency, but the one that gets lots of attention are the monetary savings.


Opelousas Police have arrested four people in connection to a drive-by shooting that left a 15-year-old hospitalized in critical condition. Three Opelousas High school students and one adult are facing attempted first degree murder, attempted assault by drive-by and violation of a fire arm free zone charges in connection with the Sunday morning shooting.



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