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Good Morning... News For Friday 12/13/2019

News for Friday 121319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Downtown Alexandria is the focal point of holiday spirit this weekend in Rapides Parish with the Alex Winter Fete.  There is no shortage of arts and craft vendors for holiday shopping, a gumbo cook-off, and Interim Director of Community Services TJ Nash, Sr. says for those feeling they need to burn holiday calories, an ugly sweater 5k. Festivities run through Sunday and more details can be found at alexwinterfete.com.

 

The state Office of Public Health says only 25-percent of healthy adults have received a flu shot this year. Immunization medical director, Doctor Frank Welch, says Louisiana is already close to matching the peak of last year’s flu season and that was one of the worst in years. He says the B strain of flu is going around Louisiana, while the rest of the country is getting sick from the more severe A-strain. During the 2018-19 flu season, 15-hundred Louisianians died from the virus.

 

The Board of Regents and BESE sets a goal of ensuring that every high school freshman by 2025 will graduate with at least one college credit or job skill credential. Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says making sure all high school grads have post-secondary credits will inspire more of them to attend college. The state has set the goal of doubling the number of post-secondary credentials by 2030.

 

Conservatives in the US Senate are signaling they may not support a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada that is backed by Democrats in the House and President Trump. The US Trade Representative is briefing Senate Republicans, hoping to allay concerns that the deal is too liberal after it won the backing of a major labor union.  Most of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation and Ag Commissioner Mike Strain support the USMCA deal.  Senator John Kennedy though is not onboard at this time.

 

Fifty-four years after the storm’s landfall on southeast Louisiana, Hurricane Betsy is upgraded to the Category 4 storm. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the reclassification comes as weather researchers are reanalyzing Atlantic hurricane seasons and are having a better interpretation of historic data. Hurricane Betsy was blamed for about 75 deaths and was the first storm to surpass a billion dollars in US damage.

 

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has been named Associated Press College Football Player of the Year. Burrow received 50 of 53 first-place votes. On Saturday, Burrow is expected to win the Heisman Trophy and Governor John Bel Edwards will be on hand in person to see it. The governor’s office says Edwards is leaving for New York today.

 

Former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn is among a group of NFL retired players involved in an alleged scheme to defraud an NFL health care benefit program. Prosecutors say these former players submitted false claims to the plan and received money for expensive medical equipment never purchased. Horn could be charged with fraud.

 

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees will appear in an episode of the C-B-S TV Show Undercover Boss. Walk-on’s founder and co-owner Brandon Landry along with Brees will be on the season premiere show on January 8th. Brees is in disguise, with long hair and a beard and goes by the name of “Chris.” Chris will be a busser and dishwasher.

 

The 2019 LHSAA Prep Classic kicks-off today in the Superdome. Six championship games over the next two days. The Class 2A title game between Many and Ferriday is the only one featuring a one versus two seed. Two teams will try to complete undefeated seasons. At 7 PM tonight, St. James will face Jennings for the 3A title.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 12/12/19

News for Thursday 121219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The investigation continues into another shooting in the city yesterday morning. APD reports a man was shot on Holly Street neat 16th when police arrived at the scene they discovered a man had been shot 3 times. He was transported to a local hospital where he is now in stable condition. KALB reports detectives learned that the man who was shot approached a truck that another man was sitting in. Words were exchanged, followed by a struggle that actually took place inside the truck. During which time the owner of the truck drew a weapon and shot the other man.  No other information has been released.

 

The Louisiana Supreme Court rules today on a case between Jefferson Parish and Walmart that could determine whether large online marketplaces could be required to collect sales taxes on third-party retailer transactions.  Tax law expert Bill Backstrom says the tax administrators and businesses all over the country are waiting for the outcome of the case. Jefferson Parish has been previously successful in two similar cases.

 

The AP reports nearly all of Louisiana’s legislators are utilizing perk of the job that allows them to buy rare Tigers postseason tickets at face value. Lawmakers are offered a range of tickets reportedly running 425 dollars a pop to 875 dollars for end zone tickets to the national championship in New Orleans. Tickets are also available for the Peach Bowl. 95 out of 105 Representatives, and 38 of 39 Senators have taken LSU up on the offer this year.

 

A Louisiana law that automatically transfers 15-year-old suspects to adult court if they are indicted by a grand jury for certain violent crimes was upheld Wednesday by the state's Supreme Court. The 4-3 ruling came in the case of a suspect who had just turned 15 when he was accused of raping a child. A lower court ruled that transferring him from juvenile to a regular criminal court following his indictment,  without a hearing, was an unconstitutional violation of due process. The high court disagreed.

 

New Orleans, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge make Wallethub’s list of top 25 cities most in need of charitable giving during the holiday season. The Crescent city came in at three, and while the city is known for it’s cuisine, it ranked two in highest rate of food borne illnesses. Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzales says the Capital came in at 21, but where New Orleans’ problems were health focused, Gonzales says Baton Rouge’s issues were very much economic. In particular because of the excessive school dropout rate. Shreveport was ranked 19th, and Gonzales says the city economy is suffering, leading to very high adult and child poverty rates.

 

The Corps of Engineers New Orleans District has identified five flood mitigation projects across south Louisiana they feel stand a good chance of winning federal backing and eventually funding. The five studies looked at the south-central coastal region, the upper Barataria, the Amite River, Lake Ponchartrain and surrounding areas, and the West Bank of the Mississippi south of New Orleans.

 

The state is filing suit against a California law banning transactions involving alligator products.  The law was passed in sixty years ago with implementation in 2020.  At the time of passage, the alligator population was not doing so hot, but Attorney General Jeff Landry says the sale of alligator products in recent decades has funded effective conservation efforts. Louisiana now has more alligators than registered voters and he says he has given a heads up of the oncoming lawsuit to California’s AG. Harvesting gator skin and meat is a nearly 60 million dollar industry.  California makes up 30 percent of the world’s alligator market.

 

For five years, the Achieving a Better Life Experience program, known as ABLE, has been helping the parents of individuals with disabilities to save money without being penalized or losing benefits and services.  The cutoff age is 26, but State Treasurer John Schroder is backing legislation to raise the age to 46 to help vets who develop disabilities later in life. Schroder says the ABLE Age Adjustment Act isn’t a hand-out and is designed as an account to bridge the gap between insurance, benefit programs, and personal savings.

 

Two Acadiana hospital systems announce their intent to merge. Jennings American Legion Hospital and Lafayette General Health signed a letter of intent to explore a merger with LGH assuming management. LGH anticipates a $6-million investment in the merger. President David Callecod says that includes, infrastructure upgrades…

 

If it upsets you to see campaign signs lingering, long after the election is over it could be a thing of the past in Monroe. The City of Monroe is taking steps to fix that with a crackdown on such signage. Keep Monroe Beautiful says campaigns or candidates could be fined $25 per sign for any left standing in the city after December 26th.

 

Sports..

 

After leading the Bayou Bengals to a 13-0 record and LSU’s first College Football Playoff appearance, Coach Ed Orgeron is being recognized as the Home Depot Coach of the Year. He’s the first Tigers coach to win the award since Les Miles in 2011 and the second ever in the 25-year history of the award.

 

Tough news for Saints fans as reports in the last 24 hours indicate both defensive end Marcus Davenport and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins will be out for the year. Davenport is 23 and Rankins is 25, and both figured to be young cornerstones to build the future defense around, but it’s two years in a row they’ve ended the season on IR

 

Rumors of LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda becoming the next head coach of U-N-L-V has died down. There were reports yesterday that says Aranda and the Running Rebels were close to a deal. But the latest report from ESPN says no job offer was made, and Aranda and UNLV had just initial talks.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 12/11/2019

News for Wednesday 121119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

If there ever was a time to heed the warning to “Lock Your Car” this is it. According to the Alexandria Police Department, more than 75 vehicle burglaries have taken place in the first nine days of December. While there isn't a specific trend following the burglaries, the majority of the crimes are happening in apartment complexes and neighborhoods.

 

After a weekend shooting in the Koln area over the weekend, RPSO has arrested 25 year old Kyle Ryland and charged him with one count of second degree murder in the shooting death of 56 year old Steven Saucier. According to witnesses, Ryland and Saucier engaged in a verbal altercation. During the altercation, Ryland allegedly brandished a firearm and fatally shot Saucier. Ryland is currently being held at the Rapides Parish Detention Center in lieu of posting a $250,000 bond.

 

Senator John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry warn Republicans not to allow Democrats any influence in the selection of the next Speaker of the Louisiana House. The letter says the move is aimed at guaranteeing a more conservative Speaker takes office January 13th when the election is held. The letter says the move is aimed at guaranteeing a more conservative Speaker takes office January 13th when the election is held. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says such a demand bucks decades of bipartisan precedent. The Senate Presidency is reportedly close to being wrapped up, with Lafayette’s Page Cortez the favorite.

 

The odds of a new trade agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico just get better as the House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced support for the package. If the U-S-M-C-A replaces NAFTA, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says experts believe it could generate up to 75 billion dollars more a year for the American economy. Strain says this deal will open up the Mexican market to new items like Louisiana poultry, and expand the market for others. Mexico is second only to China as a U-S trading partner. Louisiana currently exports 8.3 billion dollars’ worth of agriculture products each year.

 

Two Articles of Impeachment were revealed yesterday, one accusing the President of abusing the power of his office, and the other accusing him of obstruction of justice.

Senator John Kennedy expects Democrats to vote within the week on Impeachment, and he expects the vote to clear the House. Afterward the Senate will take up a full trial on removing the President from office. Kennedy says the trial will take a minimum of two weeks, with it possibly lasting as long as five to six weeks.

 

If you caught the halftime show during the SEC Championship game you saw Baton Rouge native Andrea Gathercole win a $100,000 scholarship after throwing the most footballs through an oversized Dr. Pepper can. Gathercole says the extra cash will help her at Baylor before graduating December 2020. In case you were wondering, Gathercole has already ruled out transferring to LSU to fill the void left by QB Joe Burrow next season.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy introduces new legislation aimed at incentivizing Medicare Part D recipients to choose generic prescriptions when available.  Cassidy says if the Medicare program can save money with the use of lower cost drugs that are just as effective by enticing them with a cut of the savings, it gives patients a reason to care. Cassidy says a patient is just as well off using cheaper generic drugs compared to the more expensive name brand drugs and adds if someone has been on a specific name brand medication for years, there is a good chance it is available as a generic now.

 

The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustees released a final Open Ocean restoration plan with projects totaling almost $226 million dollars. The goals of the 18 projects include helping restore the habitats for natural gulf habitats.

 

A Webster Parish inmate was shot after allegedly stealing a vehicle and escaping while on work detail at the Webster Parish school board. Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says after an all-night search, authorities located 40-year-old Norman Guthrie, then he lead officers on a high-speed chase in Bossier City. Sexton says Guthrie was set to be released in March after serving time for aggravated battery, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to appear charges. Sexton says a motive for the attempted escape is unclear.

In addition to several new charges Guthrie may be facing attempted murder charges for trying to use a vehicle as a weapon against police.

 

New Orleans Police have arrested two suspects in connection with shooting of a dozen people on Canal Street December first. Police Chief Shaun Ferguson says they executed search warrants Tuesday morning in St Mary’s Parish and arrested 21-year-old Stafford Starks, on eight counts of attempted murder. Also arrested, 22-year-old LaBryson Polidore, on 10 counts of attempted murder.

 

This week in Ascension Parish, LSU is holding an Active Threat Integrated Response Course for their Academy of Counter Terrorist Education Instructors. These instructors work with local law enforcement and first responders on how to provide care during active shooter incidents. Since 2018, the course has provided thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel valuable skills to use in mass shooting situations.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints are still reeling from a close loss to San Fran in the Dome Sunday, but so are the Saints fan, one of whom let it be known to coach Sean Peyton yesterday. Coach was at Whole Foods grabbing a few steaks when the butcher shot him a snide comment about Peyton’s decision to go for two points early in the contest. That 2 point attempt failed, and played a big role in San Fran being able to win the game on a last-second field goal. Peyton wasn’t having it, shooting back at the butcher “Hey, your steaks don’t look too good right now. Worry about your freaking meat.” Peyton says the post-game commentary on his decision has been driving him crazy. Peyton explained his thoughts behind the 2 point attempt, saying they were spotted at the one yard line thanks to a foul, and he figured the team could punch it in.

 

The Pelicans miserable season continued Monday night with a ninth straight loss, this time a 105-103 heart breaker to Detroit. At least offseason acquisition Brandon Ingram continued his tear, putting up 31 points in the loss. The Pelicans @ Bucks tonight for a late game, airtime 8p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

LSU’s new passing game coordinator Joe Brady wins the Broyles award for the nation’s top assistant coach in the nation. Brady was instrumental in implementing LSU’s recording breaking spread offense after coming over from the Saints.

 

Joe Burrow’s seemingly inevitable march to winning LSU’s first Heisman got a boost this week thanks to former Purple and Gold legend, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. The former Heisman finalist narrates a new hype video produced by the school celebrating Burrow’s status as an icon. The award will be handed out Saturday night in New York.

 

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, the highest-paid and one of the most well-respected assistant coaches in college football, is in "serious negotiations" to become the next head coach at UNLV, according to a Sports Illustrated report. Aranda was hired by former LSU coach Les Miles from Wisconsin in 2016, and he was retained when LSU coach Ed Orgeron took the job after Miles was fired. Since then Aranda has received a raise and become the sport's highest-paid assistant coach with an annual average salary of $2.5 million.

 

New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport will need season-ending surgery to repair a foot injury, according to an NFL Network report.  NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport first reported the news Tuesday evening. Rapoport later reported that Davenport saw Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot expert based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who serves as the Packers' assistant team physician, for a second opinion. Davenport left Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter with a non-contact injury.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 12/10/2019

News for Tuesday 121019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Heisman Trophy finalists are now official and Joe Burrow is one step closer to being only the second LSU player to accomplish the feat, the other being Billy Cannon, 60 years ago. USA Today LSU writer and Heisman voter Glenn Guilbeau says the win appears to be a lock for Burrow. The other finalists are Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields; Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts; and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. The trophy presentation takes place this Saturday in New York City.

 

We told you yesterday about a hit and run crash that claimed the lives of two Opelousas women and seriously injured one other Saturday night.. Authorities in St. Landry parish have arrested the driver to left the scene of the crash.. But, there is a very strange twist to the story. Detectives say 42-year old Kizzy Greene and 41-year old Angela Broussard were both killed when they run into the northbound lane of LA 749. Green had just received a call from an anonymous caller saying he son was dead. Detectives say the caller was accurate. The body of 18 year old Chance Greene was found later that evening on the side of road, a murder victim. An autopsy show he died of a single gunshot would.  

 

The trail was set to begin this week for one of the three people charged in a negligence  case that led to the death of 25-year-old Cyra Harrison. However, a motion for a sanity commission has put the trial of 57 year old Glen Maricle of Elizabeth on hold for now. On Friday, Maricle's public defenders, Phillip Robinson and Chris LaCour, filed a motion to have Maricle's sanity examined and also pushed for a delay because LaCour had just been added to the case. Prosecutor Brian Cespiva agreed to the continuance.

 

The Public Affairs Research Council is decrying what they say is an unconstitutional secret ballot nomination process for the Senate Presidency. The final vote for Senate President is public, but the crucial first step of nominating people for the position is not. PAR President Robert Travis Scott says the process is against the law. The Senate President is one of the most powerful positions at the Capitol, controlling appointments, chairmanships, procedures, and more. Scott says it’s too crucial a process for any secrecy.

 

Advocates say after the successful implementation of 2017’s criminal justice reform, the state needs to turn its attention next to its highest in the nation percentage of inmates in prison for life without parole. Promise of Justice Attorney Jamila Johnson says attempts to include changes to life without parole sentencing in 2017 were scrapped, leaving Louisiana as a major, international outlier. A Sentencing Project study showed Louisiana topped the nation in 2017 with 13 percent of it’s prison population being lifers without the chance of parole.

 

The US Department of Justice awards jurisdictions in the Western District of Louisiana a million dollars to help boost crime-fighting efforts in cities and parishes across the region. The City of Shreveport was the biggest recipient, bringing in 127,000 dollars, followed by the Rapides and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Offices at 82,000 and 72,000 dollars respectively. On the downside, Louisiana was named the state with the most violent crime in the nation per capita according to FBI crime stats.

 

Impeachment proceedings continue In the House Judiciary Committee today.  Following 7.5 hours of action, Judiciary Committee member and Benton Congressman Mike Johnson spoke during yesterday’s hearing saying they’ve been operating under haphazardly drawn special parameters for the hearings. Johnson says this is not the way to impeach an American President and that the American people see the proceedings as a sham.

 

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the two people aboard an overdue helicopter that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard says their crews searched over 4,117 square-nautical miles for approximately 68 hours but were unable to find the passengers. The search continued Monday morning for that helicopter that was reported overdue on Saturday. During that search, debris matching the helicopter's description was found.

 

Sports..

 

Four LSU stars make first-team All-SEC as the Purple and Gold head into the College Football playoffs. QB Joe Burrow, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, receiver Ja’Marr Chase and freshman cornerback Derrick Stingley Jr all made first-team. Tiger Rag Magazine Assistant Editor Tyler Nunez says safety Jacoby Stevens was a shocking snub on the list despite his numerous weekly awards and consistently high level of play.

 

LSU's Ed Orgeron named AP SEC Coach of the Year. Orgeron's Tigers completed a perfect regular season in which the team snapped an eight-game losing streak to Alabama, then LSU beat Georgia 37-10 on Saturday to win the program's first SEC championship game since 2011. The Larose native will also receive a $25,000 bonus check for being named AP SEC Coach of the Year, which adds to the cash pile he's collecting in incentives this season, per his contract. Orgeron will also collect $500,000 for 12 regular season victories, plus $200,000 for winning the SEC championship.

If LSU wins the national championship, Orgeron's postseason incentives will max out at $1.2 million.

 

After losing to the 49ers Sunday the Saints will need some luck to win home-field for the NFC playoffs.  Over the next three weeks, Green Bay must lose once and San Fran needs to lose twice or a lose to Seattle, plus the Saints need to win out. QB Drew Brees says they are a better-performing squad than what was put out on Sunday..


Good Morning.. News For Monday 12/09/2019

News for Monday 120919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

All of us at Cenla Broadcasting would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who came out to support the Cenla Broadcasting Cares for Kids event at the Pineville Walmart Saturday… The event, thanks to you, was a major success.

 

The House Judiciary Committee meets again this morning to review articles of impeachment drafted this weekend by Democrats. Impeachment proceedings are beginning to move quickly, and Judiciary Committee member and Benton Congressman Mike Johnson says we could see a resolution soon. The articles are being drawn up in response to the President’s alleged effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating political rivals using congressionally appropriated military aid.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested of two of their deputies on malfeasance charges. An investigation began into one of the deputies after it was determined his K-9 died from a lack of food and water.  Corporal Robert Fain from Bossier Parish faces several charges including a count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. Another corporal, Clay Barrett of Calcasieu Parish, has been arrested on malfeasance after an investigation discovered he allegedly took steps to cover-up incomplete and -or incorrect investigative work in two of his fire cases.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards pledges more money for higher education. Edwards increased funding for public colleges by 47-million for this fiscal year, but the Board of Regents is requesting a 156-million-dollar boost for the upcoming budget. UL System President Jim Henderson says the increase would entice high quality faculty and more money is needed to ensure that TOPS students will have their tuition paid for throughout a four-year college career…

 

State Police report Two women are dead as the result of a hit and run accident. The accident happened around 10:30 Saturday Night on La. 749 when three pedestrians were struck by a vehicle that just kept going.

 

A report by the D.C. based Environmental Integrity Project shows the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality saw its budget cut by 35 percent between 2008 and 18. DEQ Secretary Chuck Brown notes the department does not get money from the state general fund, but their staffing levels, and how much they can charge in fees are determined by the state. The department saw a 35 percent decline in staffing during that period, the fourth-highest percentage of cuts to staffing of any state.

 

A Calhoun man is in jail accused of holding his girlfriend captive for days and beating her multiple times at various locations. Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Glen Springfield says if it wasn’t for the quick response of witnesses calling authorities after they saw 22-year old Michael Vaughn pulling the victim by the hair, this situation could have seen a different conclusion. The victim was covered in bruises and had a broken tooth. The suspect was already on probation and now faces four felonies.

 

Louisiana officials don't yet know how many of the state's food stamp recipients could be at risk of losing their benefits because of a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements on the program. About 49,000 of the 810,000 people in Louisiana who rely on the federal food stamp program meet the definition of work-eligible adults as outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that takes effect in April. Under current figures, 761,000 would could lose benefits in the state.

 

Members of the LSU Board of Supervisors express concern that a new ACT policy allowing students to retake specific sections of the test is economically discriminatory. Board member Remy Starns says many kids from poor families don’t have the luxury of constantly retaking the vital college admissions test. Starns notes 15 percent of students take the test four or more times already. The company that distributes the ACT says their studies show allowing multiple retakes does not advantage kids from higher-income families.

 

Sports…

 

High stakes game comes down to the last play, as Saints lose to the 49ers on last-second field goal  45 – 48. The Saints (10-3) will play their final regular-season game in the Superdome, hosting the Indianapolis Colts next Monday Night.

 

Joe Burrow collected a shiny award as the Saturday game's MVP. However, LSU's fans had another trophy on their minds, namely the Heisman! Burrow turned in another dazzling performance on the big stage, leading No. 1 LSU to a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 37-10 rout of No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.

 

LSU is officially the team to beat in the 2019 College Football Playoff.  On Sunday, the selection committee anointed the Tigers the No. 1 seed in its playoff rankings, setting up a matchup against No. 4 Oklahoma in the national semifinals. The game will be played at 3 p.m. CT on Dec. 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will be billed as the Peach Bowl.


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

News for Friday 121619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Thursday 120519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Wednesday 120419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

The Tigers are a touchdown favorite to win on Saturday.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Tuesday 120319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Monday 120219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Wednesday 112719

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

News for Monday 112519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Good Morning... News For Friday 11/22/2019

News for Friday 112219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Vernon Parish authorities are reporting a Hineston woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 121 at Hwy 489 Late Tuesday afternoon.  73 year old Myra Turner was traveling west on Hwy 489 when she failed to stop at the stop sign. As a result, she collided with a southbound vehicle on Hwy 121. Turner was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending.

 

The State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of a Wednesday night mobile home fire that claimed the life of an elderly Natchitoches parish man. The report says the man and his son were inside the trailer at the time of the fire. The son managed to escape but was injured. Officials have not released the name of the man killed.

 

The cyberattack on state computer servers will keep Louisiana O-M-V offices closed for the rest of the week. Governor John Bel Edwards announced today the Office of Motor Vehicles will reopen on Monday. The ransomware attack on Monday impacted 132 servers in state government and the Office of Motor Vehicles has struggled to get its computer system to work properly. Over the summer, several public school systems suffered a similar cyberattack and Edwards says more of them are coming, so the state will need to be prepared.

 

Louisiana has the seventh-highest rate of distracted driving incidents in the nation according to a report by QuoteWizard. 5,037 drivers died in what was deemed distracted driving incidents in Louisiana between 2013 and 2017. New Mexico, New Jersey, and Washington State topped the list. Mississippi was the least distracted state.

 

Crowley Police now have a person of interest in a string of church vandalism incidents after another church was targeted this week, the sixth such incident since July. Chief Jimmy Broussard says the feds have been contacted and information has been passed to them. Hate crime charges could apply.

 

La Tech has unveiled plans for new baseball, softball and soccer stadiums. They were destroyed last April by a tornado. Athletics Director Tommy McClelland says the new baseball stadium will remain in the same place, while softball and soccer will relocate next to the track stadium. FEMA reimbursement, insurance, state dollars and private donors will pay for the new facilities. Construction will take several months.

 

LSU’s return on investment ranks number one among SEC public universities according to a new report from Georgetown University.  The report compares earnings versus average student debt.   LSU President F. King Alexander says the earnings-to-debt ratio return is almost 300 percent, adding few undergrads leave LSU with saddled with debt.

 

Governor Edwards addresses some of the issues that will be the benchmarks of his second term.  Following a reinvestment in higher education and the locking in a pay raise for public school teachers in his first term, Edwards says his focus on education and infrastructure will continue. Edwards says he will entertain the idea of rolling back the .45 percent state sales tax, but it is dependent on what the revenue estimating conference shows for a particular year and what economists show for the outlook.

 

Period Equity is hosting a protest against the state’s sales taxing of feminine products today at Tulane and they want attendees to bring receipts of their latest tampon or pad purchase along with them. LIFT Louisiana is helping organize the event, and Legal Advisory Board Member Laura Fine says the demand is for feminine products to be exempted from the sales tax in the same way that other necessities are. The organizers are also demanding diapers be removed from the state sales tax as well.

 

The St. John Parish Sheriff’s office is offering 3,500 dollars for information leading to an arrest of anyone involved in an August shooting ambush of an autistic man in Reserve. Authorities believe vehicle drove up behind 57-year-old man and opened fire.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/21/2019

News for Thursday 112119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The state Motor Vehicle offices will remain closed today due to a cyber attack earlier this week. Officials with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Technology Services have worked continuously since the beginning of the incident making progress to ensure all public systems are operational and ready for full service. Individual office openings will be evaluated as electronic services are restored throughout the day today.

 

State police report a Marksville man is dead after a single vehicle crash early Tuesday morning on Highway 71. Troopers say 25 year old Jonathan Decuir lost control and left the roadway colliding with an overpass column. Decuir, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Governor Edwards says he’s not daunted by Republicans near supermajority in the Legislature. The GOP came two seats in the House shy of being able to override vetoes after the run-off.  Edwards says he’s built a career in politics working with both sides of the aisle, and just because the Capitol is red and he’s blue, doesn’t mean they get some major accomplishments passed. Analysts note the increased Republican presence in Baton Rouge will likely doom many of the Governor’s pushes for campaign promises like an increased minimum wage.

 

Louisiana’s unemployment rate fell nearly a half a percent year-to-year for October, having added 3,600 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs. The state’s unemployment rate now sits at 4.5 percent, up from 4.3 percent last month, but Workforce Commission Chief Economist Ali Bustamante says the trend is still towards growth. New Orleans lost 500 jobs over the last month, but has still gained 8,600 year to year. The state also remains in “Full Employment”.

 

The former LSU frat member at the center of the hazing death of fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver receives a five-year prison sentence, half of the sentence is suspended, so Matthew Naquin (Na-Can) is set to serve two and half years. Naquin, who was found guilty in July of negligent homicide, also was sentenced to one-thousand hours of community service and three years’ probation. Naquin’s attorney John McLindon says not enough blame has been put on Gruver who had a history of heavy drinking.

 

If you feel like you have been getting a lot of robocalls lately, you're not alone. We have all gotten them. YouMail , a robocall blocking app, found there were 5.7 billion robocalls during the month of October. This is a 25% increase from September, with 49 billion in total for the year. As you may suspect, those numbers are higher than 2018.

 

Walgreens has ranked Lafayette #1 in the country in their most recent Flu Index. The numbers are compiled using retail prescription data for antiviral medication used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations across the country. Following Lafayette is Las Vegas, Nevada and Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi. Other Louisiana cities on the list are New Orleans (#4) and Baton Rouge (#6). Louisiana is also ranked #2 on list of states with highest flu activity.

 

Tim McGraw, Meghan Trainor, Bastille and others are coming to New Orleans to put on a free concert as part of the celebration around the College Football Playoff National Championship game.  Host Committee Executive Director Jeff Hundley says the fun starts Saturday, January 11th, at the Woldenberg Park. Lafayette native Lauren Daigle will perform the National Anthem prior to the game. More info can be found at collegefootballplayoff.com.

 

Shared Hope International says Louisiana needs to address laws allowing children who’ve been victims of sex trafficking to be charged with prostitution. Founder Linda Smith says the state scored an A on their yearly legal report card on all other child sex trafficking issues, but one relic from the past keeps us from a perfect score. Smith says allowing children who’ve been trafficked to be charged with prostitution creates is physiologically damaging to the child and potentially deprives them of much-needed services.

 

A 14-year-old is under arrest after allegedly stabbing his 50-year-old father to death with a spear inside their Terrytown home.  Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto says they aren’t sure what provoked the outburst Wednesday Morning, but they suspect the son may have a mental illness.

 

Over a million dollars’ worth of drugs were seized during a bust in Shreveport thanks to K-9 cop named Mingo who sniffed out the narcotic filled shipping container. Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond says most of the bust was THC related. The container was recovered from a car parked in front of a Shreveport residence.

 

A drunken driver has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally hitting a Louisiana man waiting at a Baton Rouge bus stop. The Advocate reports 40-year-old Ever M. Hernandez was sentenced Tuesday to 15-years for vehicular homicide and 10 years for hit and run, to be served consecutively, in the 2018 death of Eric Joseph.

 

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Louisiana Tech played poorly on Friday against Marshall and lost their first conference game. Starting quarterback J’Mar Smith, leading receiver Adrian Hardy and starting linebacker James Jackson were suspended for the game, but Coach Skip Holtz is not using that as an excuse for why they lost. Smith and Hardy will also miss Saturday’s game at UAB.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/20/2019

News for Wednesday 112019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Division of Administration says most online state services are now back in action after yesterday’s ransomware attack. Authorities now believe the attack was initiated after an illicit file was downloaded to a state computer, and roughly 1,600 computers and 130 servers will need to be rebuilt as a result.  The department of Motor Vehicles is still closed this morning. No word yet on when it may open.

 

Legislation that would direct hundreds of millions of dollars more in offshore oil and gas revenue to Louisiana clears a Senate Committee. If it gets signed into law the change could result in a windfall for the state, but one that Senator Bill Cassidy, who authored the legislation, says is constitutionally mandated to fund coastal restoration.

 

U.S. Senator John Kennedy weighs in on growing concerns over of whether multi-millionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein killed himself in jail as was reported by officials. Kennedy voiced his concerns to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Sawyer, saying “Christmas ornaments, drywall, and Jeffery Epstein, name three things that don’t hang themselves. Kennedy is asking for a thorough investigation.

 

The 2019 Governor’s race is in the books and ambitious Republican state leaders are reportedly eyeing a 2023 race that won’t feature a popular incumbent Democrat. Two prominent statewide elected figures stand out as early frontrunners, one of them is Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, who tends to stay out of partisan fights, and is highly popular across party lines. Cross says the other is AG Jeff Landry.

 

Former LSU frat member Matthew Naquin who was found guilty of negligent homicide in the 2017 hazing death of Max Gruver is scheduled for sentencing today.  Judge Beau Higginbotham previously sentenced two others involved in the death to the maximum sentence, but legal analyst Franz Borghardt says the judge is known to give reasonable sentences and many were surprised he gave maximum sentences to the two others involved in the case.  The judge does have the authority to give Naquin felony probation.

 

A Cottonport Police Officer was injured Tuesday morning when, during a high speed chase, the officer lost control and flipped the vehicle. Cottonport Police Chief Earnest Anderson says the injured officer was assisted by bystanders and then airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment. Her condition is unknown at this time. The suspect involved was taken into custody.

 

Eleven more juvenile whooping cranes have been brought to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan as the state wildlife officials attempt to re-establish the population of the rare bird. LDWF Biologist Sara Zimorski says one of the contributing factors to the bird’s decline was the disappearance of wetlands in favor of agriculture development.  Now, the birds are starting to take a liking to some of those areas too.

 

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of potential fake money that may still be in circulation after a counterfeiting operation was busted this month.  Captain Scott Lee says it’s mostly small bills. Lee is asking area businesses to be cautious when receiving cash payments for now because they’re not exactly sure how much fake money is still out there.

 

A spokesperson for Frank's International is reporting layoffs at its Lafayette facility.

Spokeswoman Alison Greene says there are about 600 employees at that location, and a "small percentage" of them were terminated. According to Greene, the reason for the layoffs is because of Frank's "company-wide profitability improvement project."

The layoffs are a part of the broader efforts to streamline their organization.

 

A Tangipahoa Parish man who was reported missing Friday has been found dead in a wooded area, believed to be the victim of a homicide. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Pere Jackson's body was recovered around 4 p.m. Monday in a wooded area in Natalbany. Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm the manner and cause of death.

 

UL Lafayette researchers develop technology that can predict an epileptic seizure in a patient up to an hour before it happens with a 99 percent rate of accuracy. Epileptic patients face a precarious life in which seizures can strike at any moment, often without warning. The device on the person’s head will sync up to an app that is accessible not just by the patient, but by anyone the patient wants to keep in the loop…

 

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The College Football Playoff rankings were unchanged at the top this week, with LSU first followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. The selection committee's third weekly rankings had little movement in the top 10, with Alabama fifth followed by Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Oklahoma and Minnesota.

 

Louisiana Tech has set a press conference for 11:30 Thursday. That’s when they’ll announce new plans for the complete rebuild of the University’s baseball, softball and soccer complexes. Those facilities were destroyed by an EF 3 tornado that hit Ruston last April.

 

In the latest F-C-S Coaches poll, Southeastern Louisiana is ranked 22nd and Nicholls is 23rd. The two teams will meet Thursday night in Hammond, the winner will earn at least a share of the Southland Conference title and an automatic bid to the F-C-S playoffs.

 

In high school football playoffs, rain is in the forecast on Friday night and some games are moving to Thursday. West Monroe will host Captain Shreve on Thursday, instead of Friday and the Union Parish-Caldwell Parish gave has been moved to Thursday too. Oberlin versus Gueydan has also moved to Thursday as well.

 

After playing the last two games on the road, the Ragin Cajuns return home Saturday to host Troy. The Trojans rank 10th in the F-B-S in scoring, averaging 39 points a game.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 11/19/2019

News for Tuesday 111919

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

African American voter participation jumped six percent from the primary to the run-off, a major reason why Governor Edwards will be returning to office for another four years. The Power Coalition was at the center of that effort, and Executive Director Ashley Shelton says this year’s minority turnout will help keep minority priorities in the conversation, regardless of party affiliation.

 

President Donald Trump has gone Twitter silent on the Louisiana election after Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards was reelected Saturday, but he did call Edwards Monday afternoon to congratulate him on his victory. He told the governor he "ran a hell of a campaign" and looks forward to working with him again. Edwards pledged to continue building a working relationship with the President.

 

Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh criticizes his party’s inability to flip the Governor’s mansion but celebrates the substantial gains the GOP made in the Legislature. This election cycle saw the GOP take a supermajority in the Senate and a near super-majority in the House. Seabaugh says if the Governor felt he had trouble working with GOP legislative leaders in his first term, he hasn’t seen anything yet.

Seabaugh is a candidate to be the next House Speaker.

 

Governor Edwards tweets that the cyber-attack on state websites that shuttered them, and closed down the OMV Monday was the result of a ransomware attack. The attack was initially discovered on one state website, and in order to stop it from spreading across the rest of the network the decision was made to shut down all state sites. The Division of Administration reports that no data was compromised, and no ransom was paid as a result of the attack.

 

This year’s big race is over but it’s never too soon to start looking towards 2020. Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is up for re-election. ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says even though Democratic Governor Edwards just won re-election, don’t expect another statewide upset for the party. All of Louisiana’s U-S House delegation is up for re-election in 2020, but Stockley says none of the incumbents will face a real threat. The only question is whether Congressman Ralph Abraham will retire. Stockley says a decision needs to be made soon.

 

Louisiana sees the first death from the outbreak of vaping related illness.  Nationally, over 2,000 cases of illness have been detected and are to blame in 40 deaths.   Assistant state health officer Doctor Joseph Kanter says so far, thirty cases of vaping lung injuries have been diagnosed in the state. The identity of the deceased has not been released due to privacy laws.  The median age for victims is 29-years-old, with the youngest person being 17 and the oldest being 71.  Kanter says there is still much mystery surrounding vaping and what is causing the lung injuries to happen.

 

Multiple classrooms were broken into at a Evangeline Parish school over the weekend.

Police believe it's the same suspect who broke into the same school last week.

Thirteen classrooms in two separate buildings at James Stephens Montessori were damaged. Police were able use surveillance video to identify the suspect.

 

Two men have been booked in connection with the Saturday slaying of a woman in Lake Charles over the weekend. Police say the two men are brothers. 27 year old Kayla Jones was pregnant when she was slain Saturday. Detectives identified two men who had an altercation with Jones. Those men have been arrested and booked.

 

The Sixth case of church vandalism this year was reported in Acadia Parish over the weekend. One of the churches vandalized in Acadia Parish has been hit a second time.

Detectives say someone threw a marble slab into a glass door at First Lutheran Church in Crowley.

 

The body of missing fisherman, Robert Thibodeaux Sr. of New Iberia, has been recovered. Thibodeaux was reported missing on November 7 when he failed to return home from a fishing trip near Marsh Island. Thibodeaux's overturned boat was found between Cypremort Point and Marsh Island but he was not with the boat. A local fisherman spotted a body Monday morning and notified the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.

 

Folks who come down with the flu can turn to Baloxivir (bal-OX-uh-veer), an anti-viral treatment that’s been out a little over a year publicly and appears to help. LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Fred Lopez, says the drug can reduce the severity and amount of time you’ll be sick. That being said Lopez says there’s no substitute for the flu vaccine. The treatment is approved for anyone over the age of 12.

 

The state Department of Transportation announces work will begin in January on improving the 1-20 bridge over the Mississippi River.  The two-mile bridge connects Madison Parish to Warren County, Mississippi and it was built in 1973.  DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says crews will make several significant repairs.

 

An LSU win on Saturday against Arkansas and the Tigers will clinch an SEC West title and punch their ticket into the SEC Championship game. Coach Ed Orgeron says he hasn’t really thought about postseason play yet. The oddsmakers are not expecting much of a game on Saturday. LSU is a 44.5 point favorite.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Monday 11/18/2019

News for Monday 111819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Governor John Bel Edwards survived a difficult re-election campaign beating Republican challenger Eddie Rispone by two percentage points. Rispone poured millions of dollars of his own money into the campaign and President Trump made Three visits to the state on his behalf. But Edwards says this was always a race about Louisiana issues. Edwards looks forward to the next four years. Rispone says despite the loss the Republican Party has nothing to be ashamed of and says his  main platform during the campaign was to improve Louisiana’s standing and make it the best state in the south. He says that remains the goal.

 

LSU Poli Sci Professor Robert Hogan says Edwards’ blend of cultural conservatism and dedication to popular services like healthcare and education put him at the center of the state’s political gravity. This comes despite three visits to the state by President Trump in just over a month. Hogan says Rispone worked hard to tie himself to the President, but it may have been a double-edged sword. Turnout in Orleans parish, the state’s Democratic stronghold, surged in the run-off to 49 percent, up from 39 percent in the primary. Edwards returns for a four-year stint that Hogan says will be a lot tougher than his first term now that Republicans have a near-supermajority in the lower chamber.

 

It was almost like the academy awards a few years back when they announced the wrong winner for the movie of the year.. Saturday night, in the race for Rapides Parish Sheriff,  Mark Wood held a slim lead most of the night. But, but when all 113 precincts reported, Kris Cloessner jumped in front. At that point, many thought he was the winner. Turns out is wasn’t over.. "Technical difficulties" had delayed the reporting of absentee votes all night, and those gave Wood the lead again to become the new sheriff, in the end, Mark Wood won by 743 votes.

 

In Avoyelles Parish, Three term Sheriff Doug Anderson is out and David Dauzat is in.. Dauzat, a retired state trooper, took the seat with 57 of the vote.

 

In Ball Gail Wilking was the winner in that town’s mayoral runoff. Wilking beat Terry Allen Baker         by taking 52% of the vote.

 

In the District 35 senate race Jay Morris eked out a win over Jim Fannin in what turned out to be a nasty race.

 

Republicans won a super-majority in the state Senate during the Oct. 12 primary. The GOP added to their number Saturday night by winning a competitive race in southeast Baton Rouge and conservatives replaced a northwest Louisiana senator not considered Republican enough. Republicans in the 105-member Louisiana House needed to win seven seats to have a two-thirds majority but came up two short of the 70 needed to have their way unfettered after being inaugurated on Jan. 13.

 

Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of a pretty amazing lady.. For countless soldiers deploying overseas, Sara Simmonds, the founder of the “Apple Pie Brigade”  was there to see them off with a hug and a warm apple pie. When they came home, she was there to welcome them the same way. Sara Simmonds passed away Saturday after a short illness. A memorial service for Simmonds will be held at noon Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. Sara Simmonds was 101.

 

A Late Night single vehicle Saturday crash killed a young woman from Urania.

Troopers responded to the crash around 10:45 p.m. after a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Corbin Cahoon of Olla left LA Hwy 127 and struck a tree. The only passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Calla Matthews was pronounced dead at the scene. Cahoon received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was  later transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail and booked for vehicular homicide, careless operation, no driver’s license, and no seat belt. Impairment is suspected in the accident.

 

China lifts a ban on poultry imports from the United States.  In Louisiana, poultry is a $2 billion industry and the decision opens the market for Louisiana producers as the port of New Orleans is one of the largest poultry exporters in America.  Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says it is welcomed news. China banned all US poultry imports in January 2015 after a bird flu outbreak in December 2014.  Strain says in 2013, the US was selling about $500 million in poultry annually to China.

 

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The New Orleans produced the bounce-back performance they were looking for as they defeated Tampa Bay 34-17 to improve their record to 8-2. The Saints started fast and built a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Thomas had a strong game with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. The Saints host Carolina on Sunday. The Panthers lost to Atlanta.

 

Number one LSU is one win away from winning its first SEC West title since 2011 after defeating Ole Miss 58-37 in a wild game in Oxford. The Tigers had 714 total yards as Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns. But LSU’s defense couldn’t stop the Rebels ground game. Coach Ed Orgeron on what led to allowing 402 rushing yards…


Good Morning... News For Friday 11/15/2019

News for Friday 111519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Shreveport-Bossier City area was a battleground in the race for the Governor’s mansion on Thursday, just days before Saturday’s runoff election.  President Trump says Democratic Governor Edwards is being controlled by, as he puts it, the extremists pushing the impeachment witch hunt. President Trump’s appearance marks the third visit to the state to support GOP challenger Eddie Rispone. Governor Edwards says Rispone does not have a plan for the state, which is why he’s reverting to the use of DC politicians.

 

The Secretary of State’s race on the Saturday ballot sees a run-off rematch of incumbent Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup.

Ardoin won the contest last year 59-41 after escaping a packed primary full of Republican contenders. Ardoin initially took over the position in an interim capacity in 2018 after his predecessor, Tom Schedler, resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.

 

Election day is Tomorrow and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is giving Louisiana residents a few reminders. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters should bring an picture ID with them to vote  Voters without an ID will be required to fill out an affidavit, but will be allowed to vote.  Secretary Ardoin is predicting 51% turnout in the runoff election.

 

Smoke could be seen from points all across the city yesterday after as a fire broke out shortly after 1pm on Bolton Avenue. The structure, a business with living quarters attached was located right next to the Western Auto store. A resident living at location was rescued by an APD officer who was first on the scene. The man suffered smoke inhalation, but will be fine. AFD Chief Larry King says the cause of the fire was electrical, resulting from a bad extension cord.  

 

In what is an important and somewhat controversial program, the city of Alexandria has launched a Safe Syringe Program. The program will allow Drug users to dispose of their used needles and in exchange, receive clean needles free of charge. The safe syringes will be administered by Central Louisiana Aids Support Services, or CLASS on Jackson Street. Counselors will be present to talk to drug users. They will also get tested for Hepatitis C and HIV. Alexandria is currently the only city in Central Louisiana with such a program in place.

 

A trial date has been set for 40 year old Sherman Nash Jr of Pineville. Nash will face a trial by jury on April 6th on seven counts of animal cruelty, that after an investigation into an alleged dog fighting ring last year led to his arrest.

 

Hundreds of local newspapers, including The Town Talk, are now under one umbrella company. New Media Investment Group, parent company of GateHouse Media, announced its plan to acquire Gannett in August. On Thursday, the deal was approved in a shareholder vote at Gannett's Virginia headquarters. New Media shareholders also voted to approve the deal earlier in the day. The merger combines the two largest US newspaper chains under a new company, which will keep the Gannett name.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry says police officers, firefighters, and other first responders were allowed to go to last night’s Trump rally, despite concerns about the legality of state workers at political rallies. Landry says he got a call from Congressman Mike Johnson and Representative Alan Seabaugh and had his lawyers dig into the question. He says they found ample constitutional support for the decision.

 

Louisiana Republican Congressman Mike Johnson has concerns the impeachment proceedings will not be conducted fairly. He says precedent calls for the House Judiciary to consider matters of impeachment, instead House leadership has decided to allow two other committees to conduct impeachment proceedings. Democrats say testimony from the public hearings show Trump abused his office when he threatened to hold back foreign aid in exchange for an investigation on a political rival.

 

The state board that oversees Louisiana's Superdome has approved a contract for the first phase of a $450 million renovation of the 44-year-old stadium. Thursday's vote by the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District was to approve a $53 million contract for initial work on the New Orleans landmark. The state is to cover $90 million of the project cost. The Saints are to put up $150 million and the district is to pay $210 million. The upgrade is expected to take four years.

 

The Cajundome in Lafayette announced Thursday morning that KISS is bringing their End of the Road World Tour to the Cajundome in 2020. KISS will perform on Saturday, March 14at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale a week from today at 10am. Tickets will start at $45.

 

Deputies in Vermilion Parish are investigating after a homeowner shot an intruder during an alleged home invasion. Authorities say 29-year-old Landon Hebert was killed after he allegedly broke into a residence around 2:15 Thursday morning. That’s when he was confronted by the homeowner, who fired a weapon killing Hebert. The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for further review.

 

A community activist who was found fatally shot at his Port Allen home had criticized city leaders about an unsolved murder in the city and the need to curb violence just hours before he was found dead. 62 year old Larry Profit was found Thursday morning lying unresponsive in the street near his home. Neighbors say they heard gunshots Wednesday evening, but officers didn’t find Profit until around 8 a.m. when a passerby discovered him.

 

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron found himself earning praise on his radio show from a caller who identified himself as “John B. from Amite”  … That caller was Governor John Bel Edwards.  The Governor congratulated the coach for the big win over Alabama, expressed his pride in LSU, and commended Orgeron for representing the state well during his postgame interview.

 

The Saints look to get back in the win column on Sunday when they visit Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans is coming off a bad loss at home to last-place Atlanta. Saints Offensive tackle Terron Armstead says there’s no panic in the Saints lockerroom…

 

Louisiana Tech takes its perfect Conference USA on the record tonight to face the Marshall Thundering Herd. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says this is not an easy assignment for his team… Hear the game this afternoon starting at 4:30p on 94.7 ESPN.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/14/2019

News for Thursday 111419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Prosecutors still are debating on whether to pursue the death penalty against a woman accused of burning her girlfriend’s baby to death, at the girlfriend’s request. News outlets report prosecutors debated the move Tuesday at hearing for 27 year old Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith. Smith has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 6-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbe, whose mother now faces the death penalty on the same charge.

 

President Trump is once again in Louisiana tonight, where he’ll rally Republicans at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City to vote for Eddie Rispone in Saturday’s run-off.

Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Rispone won’t win unless he can get enough conservative votes in north Louisiana, and this is his last chance to get it done. It’s the President’s third trip to the Bayou State for the campaign, having previously visited Lake Charles before the primary in October, and Monroe last week.

 

A poll of 660 likely voters puts the Governor’s race at a dead heat 49-49 tie between Governor Edwards and GOP challenger Eddie Rispone with just four days until the polls open in the run-off. Edgewater Research pollster Doctor Edward Chervenak says the poll shows there is a lot of partisan loyalty. Polls are open on Saturday from 7 AM to 8 PM.

 

A New Orleans judge has ordered an anti-Edwards ad to be taken off the air after a suit from the Edwards campaign alleged the TV spot was “demonstrably false”. The ad alleged Edwards gave a fellow West Point alum a substantial state contract. The Edwards campaign is celebrating, calling the ad disgraceful, but the spots’ backers say they plan to appeal the restraining order, claiming the ad is “100 percent truthful.”

 

The Legislative Auditor warns 18 towns, cities, and villages on this year’s list of Fiscally Distressed Municipalities are on the edge of budgetary disaster. Director of Local Government Services Brad Cryer says unless these 18 locations change course, they could be headed for bankruptcy and state-run Fiscal Administration of their finances.

It’s not just small villages that have been named. Grambling, Tallulah, Jonesboro, Winnsboro, Baldwin, Clinton, Ball, and others made the list. Cryer says difficult decisions in those places will have to be made.

 

The Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education releases a report showcasing Louisiana’s progress in fighting the opioid epidemic. Council chair Dr. James Hussey says Louisiana doctors wrote 90,000 fewer opioid prescriptions in 2018 compared to the previous year. Overdoses involving prescribed opioids are down for the first time in five years.

 

A federal judge has refused to set bond for a Louisiana man accused of threatening President Donald Trump via social media posts last week. KTBS-TV reports 31-year-old Friedrich Ishola was arrested Nov. 6 and accused of making "threats against (the) president and successors to the presidency." Details were not released.

 

A movie called “Christmas in Louisiana” showcases New Iberia to a national audience this Saturday night on the Lifetime Channel.  Mayor Freddie Decourt says tonight they are having an event to premiere the film for locals. Production from the movie took place in August.  The plot involves a young woman who returns home to New Iberia from Boston for the Sugar Cane Christmas Festival and has a romantic twist with an old flame. Decourt says the many of the locals were cast as extras in the production and it stimulated the economy of the area.

 

The state Department of Environmental Quality has two new Mobile Air Monitoring Labs. Assistant secretary for environmental assessment Roger Gingles says the units have all the bells and whistles to help sample and analyze air quality data on-site and in real-time. Settlements from civil penalties helped pay for the new mobile air monitoring laboratories.

 

A Baton Rouge police officer is receiving no citations or criminal charges, not even a speeding ticket, after investigators found he was driving 94 mph on Airline Highway, at almost twice the speed limit, when he caused a 2017 wreck that killed an infant and severely injured several other people. Christopher Manuel was arrested on negligent homicide after the crash, which occurred while he was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle. The child's mother was also arrested on the same charge because detectives determined the baby likely wouldn't have died if her car seat had been properly strapped in. Manuel remains an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department after charges were dropped against him and the child’s mother.

 

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 60-year-old man for allegedly throwing nails and screws on his neighbors’ driveway. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Glen Springfield says apparently Prentice Lamar Tedeton could not get along with his neighbors. He has been charged with three counts of stalking and four counts of criminal mischief.

 

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help in solving a four-year-old missing person’s case where a man seemingly disappeared into thin air. 33-year-old Kenneth Cole was reported missing November 21st, 2015, and spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says Cole’s family last spoke to him a few days before. Cole’s vehicle was recovered days after he was reported missing, but Chadwick says there was no evidence of foul play in it, and friends and family say he gave no indication he was set to disappear…

 

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Saints offensive guard Andrus Peat will miss the next six weeks after undergoing surgery for a broken arm. With seven games left, Peat will miss most of the rest of the season. The Saints offensive line is coming off a bad performance where they gave up six sacks.

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said on Wednesday’s SEC teleconference that offensive tackle Austin Deculus is questionable for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. Defensive back Kary Vincent is also questionable.

 

The Ragin Cajuns will head to Mobile to face South Alabama on Saturday. Quarterback Levi Lewis is coming off his best game in a Cajun uniform. He threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in a blowout win over Coastal Carolina. U-L Lafayette Coach Billy Napier says Lewis’ hard work is paying off…

cut 18 (13) “….the team”

 

LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady and U-L Lafayette defensive coordinator Ron Roberts are among the 41 nominees for the Broyles Award, which goes to college football’s top assistant coach. The Tigers are fourth in scoring offense, while the Cajuns are 11th in scoring defense.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/13/2019

News for Wednesday 111319

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

If you thought yesterday was cold, State Climatologist Barry Keim says this morning’s temps are even lower. Keim says you’ll need cold-weather gear before you walk out that door. Later today the temps will rebound into the low 50s statewide. But Keim says Canadian air has settled in on the Bayou State with a vengeance and another front is coming through the state tomorrow to extend the stay.

 

The American Lung Association’s “State of Lung Cancer” 2019 report indicates Louisiana has one of the lowest five-year survival rates in the nation at 17%.  LSU pulmonary critical care professor of medicine Dr. Stephen Kantrow says the alarming stat comes at a time when there has been so much progress in the treatment and screening for the disease. 19% of cases in Louisiana are caught in an early stage when five-year survival rates are much higher, compared to 22% on the national level.  The bug culprit is smoking. Many patients never stop smoking even after diagnosis.   

 

Ten-million dollars in hurricane recovery money will go towards building new homes to replace the old FEMA trailers that have been at Camp Beauregard in Pineville since 2005. Guardsmen and their families live in these trailers and Louisiana National Guard Colonel Ed Bush says the soldiers will appreciate an upgrade. There are 40 trailers that are in place at Camp Beauregard.

 

It’s been nearly three decades since David Duke ran for Governor, but the former KKK Grand Wizard’s legacy remains a point of contention, even in this year’s gubernatorial run-off. GOP gubernatorial challenger Eddie Rispone called a recent radio ad linking him to David Duke “disgusting”, but Duke says like many Republicans, they now share many of the same policies. Duke highlighted the similarities between his and Rispone’s immigration, welfare, and tax policy. The former Metairie State Rep says even though his 91’ gubernatorial platform has been adopted by the Republican Party at large. No comments from the state party.

 

Owners of a New Orleans hotel that partly collapsed during construction said Tuesday they are planning to implode the remaining floors. City officials said the implosion will take place in about nine weeks. According to a news release from 1030 Canal Development LLC, multiple engineers have said implosion is the safest way to demolish the project. Parts of its upper stories collapsed Oct. 12 , killing three workers. The cleanup after the implosion will take about three more months.

 

Agents from the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rescued two men, who were reported missing, on the Red River in Avoyelles Parish Monday night after their boat started to take on water and they were forced to swim to a Rock Jetty. Agents were able to ping the boaters phones to track them down. Temps were in the 30’s at the time of the rescue.

 

Louisiana Tech reaches its Forever Loyal campaign goal raising more than $125 million to support University initiatives. Vice President for University advancement Brooks Hull says the money will go toward scholarships, faculty recruitment, research and teaching grants, as well as campus building improvements.

 

Bogalusa is now home to the 50 bed Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center, which may be able to help over 1,000 patients a year in one of the areas hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Bogalusa Representative Malinda White says it’s sorely needed as Washington Parish has a ten times higher rate than the national average of babies born with addiction, because of addicted moms. And the Parish holds the unfortunate title of having the most per capita opioid-related deaths as well.

 

A 24-year-old woman is in Iberia Parish jail after deputies responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home yesterday. Witnesses identified Jessica Mooney as the suspect in the shooting of 46-year-old Kenneth Broussard of New Iberia. Broussard sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was found outside of the home. He was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition.

 

A 44-year-old Eunice man is accused of multiple child sex crimes after meeting a juvenile on an online dating site.  Anthony James Richardson was charged with pornography involving juveniles, computer solicitation, and sexual battery of a victim under the age of 14 years old. The grandfather of the victim caught Richardson and his grandson together then reported it to authorities. The victim and Richardson allegedly met on the social media site called Grinder. Both the victim and Richardson lied about their ages.

 

LSU leads the College Football Playoff Rankings, followed by Ohio State at 2, Clemson at 3, and Georgia at 4. Alabama is on the outside looking in at 5. Last week the Buckeyes took top billing, but Tiger Rag editor Tyler Nunez says the Purple and Gold’s massive win this weekend could not be ignored by voters.


 

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