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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/05/2019

News for Thursday 090519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Heat advisories are in effect across the state today with heat indexes over 110 degrees in some areas. We’re looking at highs of 96 in New Orleans, 98 in Baton Rouge, 98 here in Alexandria, and over 100 in north Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’ll last through the weekend. Keim says the excessive heat levels will come close to record highs and could even break a few records by the end of the day. The good news is temperatures should return to normal early next week.

 

The tropics are heating up, with hurricane forecasters on Wednesday tracking five systems in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, including powerful Hurricane Dorian.

None of the storms pose an immediate threat to Louisiana, but forecasters say now is the time to assess your weather plans. This is the historical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.

 

A mysterious illness is impacting vapers and E-cigarette users across the country and the Louisiana Department of Health is warning medical professionals to keep an eye out for symptoms. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says they’ve only discovered isolated incidents so far, and it does not appear to be widespread. Those affected in Louisiana ranged from ages 20 to 33.

 

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was released from a Baton Rouge hospital yesterday after he was found unresponsive Tuesday. The 92 year old says he suffered from dehydration and a drop in blood sugar. He says he doing much better now. Edwards said he’s extremely appreciative of all the calls and texts he’s received from people concerned about him.  Edwards also expressed his gratitude to his wife Trina who he says takes very good care of him.

 

KALB TV reports the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will take the mother of a young woman with cerebral palsy, who died in November from severe neglect, to trial first in November before prosecuting the two other people charged in the case. 48 year old Karen Harrison the mother of Cyra Harrison, is charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile. A couple that Harrison was living with were also indicted on the same charges.

 

Cattle rustling, it sounds like something from an old TV western, but it continues today and a Hineston man has been arrested for a second time for theft of livestock. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested Justin G. Thompson on three warrants from the state of Texas for theft of livestock in excess of $91,000.

 

South Louisiana authorities say over 40 handguns were reportedly stolen from a shooting range in Youngsville over the weekend. Youngsville Police Chief Ricky Boudreaux says it’s likely the guns will find their way into criminal hands.

Boudreaux says it’s an ongoing investigation with a few persons of interest, but no arrests have been made so far.

 

A lull in construction jobs is one of the reasons the Louisiana economy seems to have slowed down a bit, but those in the industry are optimistic the tides are set to turn.

Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors CEO David Helveston says it’s true that this year and last year haven’t been great for the construction industry. But Helveston says that could change quickly as he’s been informed of over 100 billion dollars of new construction projects on the horizon centered on petrochemical plants in southeast Louisiana.

 

The White House and Homeland Security are utilizing a storm surge model developed by LSU to better respond to Hurricane Dorian. Director of Louisiana Sea Grant Robert Twilley says the data gathered isn’t just useful for the public it also allows government agencies to swoop into effected areas a lot faster after a storm hits. The current projections show storm surge concerns ranging from the northeast Florida coast all the way up to Maine.

 

LSU fans will soon make their way to Austin, Texas for Saturday night’s showdown against the 9th ranked Texas Longhorns. Sara Sanders with Purple and Gold sports says they’ve seen an increase in merchandise sales since the 55-3 blowout victory over Georgia Southern. A side note, No need for long sleeve shirts this Saturday. The high temperature in Austin on Saturday is forecasted to be 102-degrees.

 

NBC Dateline reporter Lester Holt thought it was a joke when his coworkers proposed he spend a few nights in prison in the Bayou State. But they weren’t joking. Holt spent two nights in Angola on death row alongside prisoners who were locked inside expect for one hour a day.  You can see how his stay went this Friday on Dateline NBC and again on Sunday on MSNBC.

 

Congress returns to session next week and one of the most discussed topics many Americans are waiting to see how lawmakers tackle is gun control. Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy hasn’t had the opportunity to review any democratic proposed gun laws yet but he has his opinions. Kennedy, an admitted gun owner himself, has remained constant on his stance against gun control laws. Despite the increase in mass shootings, Kennedy says the Democrats will have to present convincing facts in order to change his vote. Kenney stated a hundred-million Americans exercise the right to own guns and that the majority of them exercise the right responsibly.

 

 

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING on… Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

HURRICANE DORIAN LATEST

 

- Hurricane Dorian picked up strength as it moved away from Florida’s coast and grew, again, into a major storm possibly targeting the Carolinas as it slowly moved north, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. At 5 a.m., Dorian was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, making it a Category 3 storm, as it moved toward the north at a slow 8 mph.

 

- Hurricane Dorian has left more than 170,000 customers in Georgia and South Carolina without power this morning.

 

- The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood warning for portions of South Carolina, including the southeastern counties of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester County until 10:15 a.m. ET.

 

- As of 6AM 788 flights have been cancelled. Most of the flights are from South and North Carolina. (FlightAware)

 

- Carnival Corporation, the Miami-based cruise giant, announced today it would donate $1 million dollars “in monetary and in-kind donations in support of immediate relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.” Company chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine said they would also match the donation with another $1 million from their private foundation. “A portion of the combined pledge will immediately go to support efforts being managed by Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organization that provides critical medications and supplies during emergency situations. Direct Relief is currently assembling and delivering requested medical aid and additional emergency medical caches with first-aid supplies to the affected areas in The Bahamas,” said the company said in a press release.

 

- Berkeley County Animal Control officers responded Wednesday in the hours before Hurricane Dorian approached the South Carolina coastline to an unwelcome subject. But it wasn’t the kind you’d expect. “We tried to tell you all...there is zero-tolerance for looters!” a tongue-in-cheek post on the agency’s Facebook page stated. “Even those with a tail...and claws.” Officers were able to capture the three-and-a-half foot alligator they named -- what else? -- Dorian. The state’s Department of Natural Resources helped in relocating little Dorian to a safer area.

PRESIDENT TRUMP/ADMINISTRATION

 

- After drawing criticism for inaccurately warning over the weekend that Alabama could get hit by Hurricane Dorian -- even after government meteorologists disputed that was the case -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday held up a map that appeared to have a line drawn on it in black making it seem as if he had been right all along. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley tweeted Wednesday night that the line was, in fact, from a black Sharpie, and he criticized the media for focusing on it. Late Wednesday, Trump did tweet an additional map displaying raw data -- an "ensemble" of different computer models, and variations of those models, that meteorologists use to formulate a forecast. "This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages," the president wrote. "As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama."

 

- The former Trump campaign staffer who accused the president of forcibly kissing her during an August 2016 rally has decided to drop her lawsuit. “I’m fighting against a person with unlimited resources, and repeatedly the judicial system has failed to find fault in his behavior,” Alva Johnson, 44, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “That’s a huge mountain to climb.” Johnson initially filed her lawsuit in February, claiming that Trump grabbed her and leaned in to kiss her on the lips in an RV during the Tampa event, and that she turned her head at the last minute to avoid the “super-creepy and inappropriate” encounter, causing him to plant the kiss on her cheek instead. She also accused Trump of gender and race pay discrimination.

 

- Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday to waive some visa requirements for citizens of the Bahamas, which was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. In a letter to Trump, Rubio and Scott requested that the administration make it easier for citizens of the Bahamas to seek shelter with their families in the United States, in the aftermath of the Category 5 hurricane that left at least seven dead and devastated much of the island nation.

 

- St. Martin’s Press will announce Thursday that former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will publish a memoir about her Trump administration experiences in fall 2020 — right before the election.

TODAY’S WEATHER

The center of Dorian will pass near the South Carolina coast. A landfall of the center in South Carolina can't be ruled out, which would bring the most damaging winds and storm-surge flooding. However, these impacts will also occur even if Dorian's center does not make a landfall. Heavy rain will also lead to flooding in this area. Coastal flooding, wind and rainfall flooding will worsen and spread from south to north in eastern North Carolina, then into the Virginia Tidewater and the southern Delmarva Peninsula

Thursday night.

 

ECONOMIC NEWS

 

CHINA, U.S. TO HOLD TRADE TALKS IN OCTOBER

China and the United States agreed to hold high-level trade talks in early October in Washington, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday, amid fears that an escalating trade war could trigger a global economic recession.

 

DOW FUTURES JUMP MORE THAN 250 POINTS AFTER CONFIRMATION OF TRADE TALKS

 

U.S. stock index futures rallied Thursday morning, after China confirmed it planned to hold trade talks with the U.S. in early October. Around 6:05 a.m. ET, Dow futures indicated a positive open of more than 250 points. Futures on the S&P and Nasdaq were both higher.

 

WORLD FOOD PRICES DIP IN AUG FOR THIRD MONTH RUNNING

World food prices fell for a third month running in August, pushed down by a sharp drop in the prices of sugar, wheat and maize, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

 

OIL HOLDS ABOVE $60 ON TRADE HOPES; U.S. INVENTORIES EYED

Oil edged further above $60 a barrel on Thursday as hopes of progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade row boosted investor sentiment, although a report showing U.S. crude inventories rose unexpectedly weighed on prices.

 

WASHINGTON

 

OWNER OF ONLINE MESSAGE BOARD 8CHAN TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE

A key House committee was scheduled to hear testimony Thursday from the owner of 8chan, an online message board favored by white nationalists. The Homeland Security Committee in August subpoenaed Jim Watkins, saying in a letter that "at least three acts of deadly white supremacist extremist violence have been linked to 8chan in the last six months." The man suspected of killing 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, posted hateful screeds to 8chan, along with the gunman accused of killing 51 worshipers at a New Zealand mosque and the man accused of terrorizing a synagogue in Poway, California. The website was shut down following the El Paso shooting.

 

DOJ STAFFER ACCUSED OF USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO FIND THOSE WHO AGREE WITH TRUMP

A Trump-appointed Justice Department official is accused of using social media to weed out Trump critics from the process for awarding grants to organizations that assist victims of crime, Reuters reports. A public employees union filed a complaint to the DOJ’s Inspector General against Office for Victims of Crime director Darlene Hutchinson Biehl—who leads the division that compensates crime victims and gives grants to local governments, nonprofits, and other crime organizations. In an Aug. 16 complaint, the union alleged that Biehl was selecting peer reviewers—or experts hired by the department to ensure grants are given in a fair manner—based on their political views displayed on social media. More specifically, Biehl is accused of looking on platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to see if a peer reviewer’s immigration views lined up with the Trump administration or if the peer reviewer supported prostitution legalization. The union reportedly asked the Inspector General to look into the matter in the complaint.

 

STEVE KING CLAIMS HE DRANK FROM TOILET AT BORDER DETENTION CENTER

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has spent most of his recent career defending himself against allegations that he is a white nationalist, told constituents at a town hall in Eagle Grove, Iowa, on Wednesday that he drank out of a toilet at a migrant detention facility to prove that criticisms of the conditions in those facilities are unfounded. “I actually went into that cell where it was reported that they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet,” King reportedly said. “I took a drink out of there. And actually, pretty good!”

BIDEN DEFENDS TIES TO FORMER FOSSIL FUEL EXECUTIVE AT CLIMATE FORUM

 

Joe Biden had to play defense during CNN's climate town hall Wednesday, starting his portion of the night answering a question about news he would attend a fundraiser hosted by a former fossil fuel executive the following day. An audience member asked Biden about the scheduled fundraiser with Andrew Goldman, a co-founder of Houston-based natural gas producer Western LNG. The meeting was first reported Wednesday by CNBC. Biden has signed the No Fossil Fuel Pledge, an agreement that his campaign would not accept donations from the fossil fuel industry or its executives. "He's not a fossil fuel executive," Biden said, adding that he supports suing the fossil fuel industry over its contributions to climate change. CNN's Anderson Cooper later clarified that Goldman no longer had any day to day functions with the company.

 

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE

 

Vice-President Mike Pence is in London, where he meets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pence is the keynote speaker at the International Trade Dinner. The Vice President will then return to Washington.

 

DEFENSE SECRETARY TRAVELS

 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper travels to Stuttgart, London and Paris to meet with the combat commanders for the US Africa and US European Command.

 

GLENDALE OFFICER RESIGNS, VIDEO SHOWS JOSHUA CARROLL HITTING SUSPECT IN HEAD

A Glendale police officer has resigned after an internal investigation found he improperly used force on an unarmed suspect by striking him repeatedly on the head with his Taser, officials said Wednesday. An internal report provided by the department says Officer Joshua Carroll also had five previous disciplinary action against him between 2016 and January of this year before the latest incident, which took place in June. "Officer Carroll has a pattern of discipline involving poor decision making that has escalated to a point that I no longer have confidence in his ability during routine contacts and stressful situations,'' wrote a Glendale police commander, in a memo to an assistant police chief. "He has demonstrated an inability to maintain composure and appropriate officer presence, and to respond appropriately to the situations with which he is faced,'' the memo said, "these poor decisions have occurred while he is on and off duty and he has violated multiple policies. These decisions have put our Department, other officers and our community at risk." A review panel voted that Carroll did not respond properly when he used his Taser to repeatedly strike the suspect, identified as David Dulaney, on June 13 after he approached Dulaney as he was sitting behind the wheel of his parked car. Department officials on Wednesday released video of the incident recorded by Carroll's police body camera.

 

TENAJA FIRE CHARS NEARLY 1,000 ACRES NEAR MURRIETA AND PROMPTS EVACUATIONS

A fast-moving fire erupted in hillside terrain near Murrieta on Wednesday night, quickly scorching almost 1,000 acres and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for multiple residential enclaves as fire officials urged others nearby to voluntarily leave. At least 300 firefighters in Riverside County responded to the Tenaja fire, which sent up an eerie and massive plume of smoke at dusk. By nightfall, hillsides were aglow in hot and windy conditions on a day marked by thunderstorms in the region. By late Wednesday, the fire had burned hillsides in unincorporated Riverside County and appeared to be headed northeast toward Murrieta. The mandatory evacuation orders included all homes along The Trails Circle in La Cresta and Copper Canyon, as well as the Santa Rosa Plateau Visitor Center along Clinton Keith Road. Residents of Murrieta’s Bear Creek community were under voluntary evacuation. Campuses in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will be closed Thursday as a precaution. The fire took hold in heavy brush and was reported about 4 p.m. near Tenaja and Clinton Keith roads, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

 

US JUDGE: TERROR WATCHLIST VIOLATES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

The government’s watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgment to nearly two dozen Muslim U.S. citizens who had challenged the watchlist with the help of a Muslim civil-rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But the judge is seeking additional legal briefs before deciding what remedy to impose. The plaintiffs said they were wrongly placed on the list and that the government’s process for adding names is overbroad and riddled with errors. The watchlist is disseminated to a variety of governmental departments, foreign governments and police agencies.

 

KOCH FOODS: MISSISSIPPI ICE RAID SEARCH ILLEGAL. EVIDENCE SHOULD BE EXCLUDED

Koch Foods of Mississippi says the federal government illegally searched its chicken processing plant during an immigration raid and any evidence collected should not be used against the company. The company claims the government's search warrant affidavit for its Morton plant was based on suspicion, not the legally-required standard of probable cause. While the affidavit says Koch Foods "willfully and unlawfully" employed undocumented immigrants, company attorneys argue the document doesn't contain "any evidence" to back that up. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 680 people on Aug. 7 during seven food processing plant raids in Mississippi. No charges have been brought against the four companies or their officials, but authorities have indicated that is likely. Southern District of Mississippi U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst declined to comment about Koch's motion. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said his agency had "lawfully executed federal criminal search warrants signed by a judge."

 

AUTHORITIES RAID HOME OF PERSON BELIEVED TO HAVE SOLD RIFLE TO ODESSA SHOOTER

CBS 11 has confirmed a raid took place in Lubbock on Wednesday on the home of the person suspected of illegally building and selling the AR-style rifle to the Midland-Odessa shooter. The identity of the suspect hasn’t been disclosed by authorities because this is an ongoing investigation. Charges are pending based on the outcome of the investigation into this transaction. ATF is conducting the operation and investigation in the 3400 block of Mesa Road in North Lubbock. Authorities in Odessa said Seth Ator, 36, went on a shooting rampage in Midland-Odessa on Saturday August 31, killing seven and injuring more than 20 others. Ator was shot and killed by police.

 

PLÁCIDO DOMINGO ACCUSED BY 11 MORE WOMEN OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Eleven more women have come forward to accuse Plácido Domingo of sexual harassment, per the Associated Press. Among these is Angela Turner Wilson, who related a story about the 1999-2000 season when Domingo came over to her and put his hand down her bra straps and “groped” her. The new story by the AP also notes testimonials from several backstage employees, including Melind McLain, the production coordinator of the LA Opera during its 1986-87 season; she also worked with Domingo at the Houston Grand Opera. Per McLain’s account, she made it a point to avoid putting the famed tenor alone with young female singers in rehearsal rooms and also emphasized giving him male dressers.

 

SOME MIGRANT PARENTS DEPORTED WITHOUT KIDS CAN RETURN TO U.S.

A federal judge ordered the U.S. government Wednesday to allow the return of 11 parents who were deported without their children during the Trump administration’s wide-scale separation of immigrant families. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that government agents unlawfully prevented those parents from pursuing asylum cases. In some cases, Sabraw found, agents coerced parents to drop their claims and accept deportation by having them sign documents they didn’t understand or telling them that asylum laws had changed. More than 400 parents were deported without their children when President Donald Trump’s administration was implementing a zero-tolerance policy last year on border crossings. The policy was rescinded in June 2018 amid worldwide condemnation of the family separation practice. Days later, Sabraw ordered the re-unification of separated families.

 

OFFICER WHO ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO DOWN FLIGHT 93 ON 9/11 GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW

The U.S. Navy officer who asked Dick Cheney for authority to shoot down hijacked airliners on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, has described that chilling moment in his first ever interview about the attacks. Commander Anthony Barnes recalled that he had to ask the vice president for authorization twice, saying: “For me, being a military member and an aviator—understanding the absolute depth of what that question was and what that answer was—I wanted to make sure that there was no mistake whatsoever about what was being asked. Without hesitation, in the affirmative, he said any confirmed hijacked airplane may be engaged and shot down.” The interview was held for the forthcoming book The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11.

MIT MEDIA LAB FOUNDER: I WOULD STILL TAKE JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S MONEY

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte on Wednesday defended director Joichi Ito's decision to take money from accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein years ago, saying at an internal meeting that he would accept the funds even now. “If you wind back the clock,” he said, even knowing about the allegations against Epstein now, “I would still say, ‘Take it,’” he was quoted as saying by the MIT Technology Review. He repeated, “‘Take it.’” Some people in the audience were reportedly shocked by Negroponte’s comments. In a statement to The Boston Globe after the meeting, Negroponte said he told Ito at the time that “he should” take the donation from Epstein, and “I would say that again based on what we knew at the time.” Ito revealed in August that the lab had received funding from Epstein, and at the meeting Wednesday revealed the total amount of $525,000. Ito’s disclosures have led to the resignations of two members of the lab, former director of the Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media Ethan Zuckerman, and Media Lab visiting scholar J. Nathan Matias.

 

ESTRANGED HUSBAND OF MISSING NEW CANAAN MOM FACING MORE CHARGES

The estranged husband of a missing New Canaan woman was arrested again on Wednesday. State police said Fotis Dulos was arrested at his Farmington home in connection to the disappearance of his estranged wife Jennifer Farber Dulos. He's facing another charge of tampering with evidence. Police said Dulos drove to an Avon car wash with a Toyota Tacoma, which they believe was used in Jenner's disappearance. At the car wash, surveillance video showed Dulos dumping a garbage bag into a trash can. Investigators claim the video shows "Dulos goes back in to the passenger compartment of the truck, retrieves a smaller item which is obscured by the truck and places it into the same trash can." Police said Dulos could not get rid of all of the evidence. The warrant alleges Dulos insisted an employee swap out the seats in the Toyota allegedly used in the disappearance. The worker did as Dulos asked but police say, "when he did remove the seats on this date, [the employee] decided to keep the seats without telling Dulos in the event they may be needed by police."

 

TEXAS EXECUTES MAN FOR KILLING 89-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND HER DAUGHTER IN 2003

A Texas death row inmate was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them. Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the 2003 killings of Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter Patricia Syren. Authorities said Crutsinger killed the two women and stole Syren's car and credit card. Crutsinger was arrested three days later at a bar in Galveston, more than 300 miles away. In a final statement that lasted four minutes, Crutsinger thanked three friends who witnessed the execution.

 

GHOST SHIP TRIAL: JURY ASKING TO RE-HEAR FIRE CAPTAIN'S TESTIMONY

The Ghost Ship jury wants to re-hear testimony from Oakland Fire Captain George Freelen, who was inside the warehouse after a 2014 arson fire. Freelen told jurors in May that during that 2014 visit, Derick Almena told him that no one lived in the warehouse. "It's a note that indicates they're in the midst of significant deliberations," said Almena's lawyer Tony Serra about the jury's request to re-hear significant portions of Freelen's testimony. "They asked for the direct and the cross. The witness was put on as a prosecution witness." Freelen also testified he wrote a report about fire dangers inside the warehouse back in 2014-- a report that has never been located. The jury will hear Freelen's testimony first thing Thursday morning when deliberations resume.

 

CONSPIRACY THEORIST JACOB WOHL CHARGED WITH SELLING FAKE SECURITIES

Conservative conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl has been charged with selling fake securities in California, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday. Between July and August 2016, Wohl and his former business partner, Matthew Johnson, allegedly tried to sell unqualified securities while representing themselves as members of a company called Montgomery Assets, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 19. Prosecutors had to file charges by the end of August in order to stay within a three-year statute of limitations, The Daily Beast reports. Warrants were issued for the men on Aug. 19, though Wohl told NBC News the warrant was recalled after he appeared in court on Wednesday. Wohl made national headlines last fall after claiming he had proof through "an intelligence firm" that former special counsel Robert Mueller had sexually assaulted an unnamed woman. The intelligence firm was quickly found to be a phone number registered to Wohl’s mother, while the document he provided in an attempt to support the claims had a slew of inaccuracies.

 

JUDGE RULES MISSISSIPPI VIOLATED THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Mississippi has consistently violated the rights of its residents with mental illnesses and a special master will be appointed to help the state comply with federal law, a judge reportedly ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeve's decision follows a four-week-long trial in which the Justice Department argued that the state's antiquated hospitals violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mississippi Today reports. "The United States’ experts provided dozens of examples of individuals who were unnecessarily hospitalized or hospitalized too long because they were excluded from community-based services,” Reeves wrote, according to the outlet. “Some of the persons the United States’ experts analyzed for this suit were still hospitalized when the experts interviewed them.”

NFL SEASON BEGINS

You'd better have your fantasy team lineup locked in. The NFL season begins with the Green Bay Packers visiting a division rival the Chicago Bears. (8:20 PM ET)

 

SERENA'S US OPEN TITLE QUEST CONTINUES

Serena Williams needed just 44 minutes to reach the US Open semifinals. No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina, however, likely will be a more rigorous test when the two square off Thursday night with a spot in Saturday's women's final at stake. Williams is on a quest to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slams. Williams remains stuck at 23, having finished as the runner-up in her last three Slam finals, one of them coming at the US Open last year.

 

FEATURES

SAME-SEX MALE COUPLES LOSING OUT ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

Same-sex male couples are losing out on paid parental leave when compared to both same-sex female and different-sex couples, according to new research. A study published in the Journal of Social Policy compared paid parental leave policies in 34 OECD countries. In the 33 countries with national paid parental leave, researchers found same-sex female couples received equal amounts of paid leave to different-sex couples in 19, while same-sex male couples got equal amounts of leave in only four. The United States was alone in offering no national paid parental leave to new birth parents. The team at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center looked at the countries' labor, social security and parental leave legislation, studying government websites and other trusted sources to confirm the way those laws were applied and regulated.

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AFFECT NURSES' PERFORMANCE

Addiction to social networking sites reduces nurses' performance and affects their ability to concentrate on assigned tasks, according to a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The study found that nurses can take "self-management" steps to address the issue, however. For the study, information was collected through an online-survey taken by nurses in 53 countries across the world.

 

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT DATE ARE NOT SOCIAL MISFITS

Prior research identified four distinct dating trajectories from 6th to 12th grade: Low, Increasing, High Middle School, and Frequent. In a new study published in the Journal of School Health, researchers found that adolescents who were not in a romantic relationship had good social skills and low depression,

and fared better or equal to peers who dated. The study included 594 10th graders. Investigators compared the four dating groups using teacher ratings and student questionnaires. The results refute the notion that non-daters are maladjusted. Efforts in schools that promote health should include non-dating as one option of healthy development.

 

HEALTH

 

STUDY REVEALS LINKS BETWEEN EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS AND POOR MENTAL HEALTH

People whose homes are damaged by storms or flooding are significantly more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, according to new research. The study, led by the University of York and the National Centre for Social Research, found that the risk to mental health associated with experiencing weather-damage to your home is similar to the risk to mental health associated with living in a disadvantaged area. People with weather-damaged homes are more likely to experience poor mental health even when the damage is relatively minor and does not force them to leave their homes, the study suggests.

 

TRADITIONAL AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES LINKED TO POOR SLEEP

Use of traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes was linked with more sleep difficulties in a recent Journal of Sleep Research study. The study included 1,664 college students, 41% of whom reported ever trying or currently using e-cigarettes and 29% of whom reported ever trying or currently using traditional cigarettes. Across all groups, average sleep scores indicated poor sleep for most students. Similar to traditional cigarette smokers, e-cigarette users reported worse sleep than individuals who did not use cigarettes. Users of e-cigarettes reported greater use of sleep medications than traditional cigarette users.

 

STUDY LINKS HEARING AIDS TO LOWER RISK OF DEMENTIA, DEPRESSION AND FALLS

Older adults who get a hearing aid for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression or anxiety for the first time over the next three years, and a lower risk of suffering fall-related injuries, than those who leave their hearing loss uncorrected, a new study finds. Yet only 12% of those who have a formal diagnosis of hearing loss actually get the devices - even when they have insurance coverage for at least part of the cost, the study shows. It also reveals gaps in hearing aid use among people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, geographic locations and genders. The findings, made by a University of Michigan team using data from nearly 115,000 people over age 66 with hearing loss and insurance coverage through a Medicare HMO between 2008 and 2016, are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

 

EATING MUSHROOMS MAY HELP LOWER PROSTATE CANCER RISK

A new study published in the International Journal of Cancer found an inverse relationship between mushroom consumption and the development of prostate cancer among middle-aged and elderly Japanese men, suggesting that regular mushroom intake might help to prevent prostate cancer.

 

MIGRAINES LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF DEMENTIA

Dementia is the most common neurological disease in older adults, whereas headaches, including migraines, are the most common neurological disorder across all ages. In a recent study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry that included 679 community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older, migraines were a significant risk factor for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

 

COFFEE MAY PROTECT AGAINST GALLSTONES

Drinking more coffee may help reduce the risk of developing gallstones, according to a new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Among 104,493 individuals, those who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a 23% lower risk of developing symptomatic gallstones compared with individuals who did not drink coffee. Drinking one extra cup of coffee per day was associated with 3% lower risk. Also, individuals with certain genetic variants that have been linked to increased coffee consumption had a lower risk of gallstones.

 

ZIKA VIRUS INFECTS THE HUMAN BRAIN AND CAUSES MEMORY DEFICITS IN ANIMAL MODELS

Zika virus attracted worldwide attention in recent years due to the devastating consequences of infection for pregnant women and their fetuses, many of which were born with microcephaly and other severe neurological malformations. Although ZIKV infection has historically been associated to relatively mild symptoms, a number of serious neurological complications were described in adult patients during the 2015 outbreak in America. Despite these clinical observations, how ZIKV is toxic to the adult brain and how neurological problems are caused in infected adults have remained unknown. Researchers led by neuroscientists Sergio T. Ferreira e Claudia Figueiredo and virologist Andrea Da Poian at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) have now come up with answers to these questions. First, they exposed small fragments of adult human brain tissue to ZIKV isolated from the blood of an infected Brazilian patient. Contrary to the previous belief that ZIKV only infects neuronal progenitor cells or neurons that are still immature in the developing brain, they found that the virus infected and replicated in adult human tissue, producing new viral particles capable of infecting more cells.

 

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The two universities in Lincoln Parish will face each other on the football field on Saturday as Louisiana Tech will host Grambling. The NFL Network will televise the game, making it the first collegiate contest to air on the channel. Tech dropped its season-opening game to Texas, a 45-14 decision to the Longhorns. Grambling also lost its season opener, falling to ULM 31-9.


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