News for Tuesday 102919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The man accused of burning a Pineville nursing home patient has been indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury. 28-year old Marcus Casson is facing second-degree murder charges now after he was originally arrested for cruelty to the infirm. The victim suffered third-degree burns consistent from scalding liquids and died four months later.
A new run-off poll from JMC Analytics shows Governor Edwards at 48 percent and Eddie Rispone at 46 percent with a little under three weeks until the race is decided. Pollster John Couvillon says it’s the first time he’s seen Edwards make real progress towards the 50 percent plus one he will need on November 16th to keep his job. 5th district congressman Ralph Abraham endorsed Rispone after the primary, but it’s unclear whether or not the Congressman plans on campaigning for his fellow Republican. There’s only six percent of voters who remain undecided.
Governor Edwards is rolling out a new line of attack in the governor’s race, prodding Eddie Rispone for declining to attend nearly any candidate forums or other public events with the line “Where’s Eddie?” Rispone has only agreed to meet face to face for one event in the run-off, the October 30th LPB debate. Edwards slammed the Republican at Monday’s press club candidate forum for dodging questions. The Governor singled out his opponent’s support for repealing the Medicaid expansion, and Rispone’s past support for the state’s voucher program that’s been panned by the Department of Education.
37 year old Michael Stroud has been arrested by the APD on several charges, following an investigation that began earlier this month when three victims reported he had sexual contact with them when they were children. The incidents allegedly occurred between 2004-2012 when the victims were between the ages of 6-16 years of age. Stroud, who is a Deville resident is charged three counts of crime against nature, two counts of sexual battery of a victim under 13, one count of oral sexual battery and one count of molestation of a juvenile.
About 67-hundred Entergy customers in southeast Louisiana remain without power as a result of the strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Olga over the weekend. Entergy spokesperson Lee Sabatini says some of the damaged infrastructure is difficult to get too. Cleco has about two-thousands without power on the Northshore.
The State Fire Marshal and Operation Save a Life are partnering together to put more working smoke alarms in homes to reduce fire fatalities. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the $55-thousand dollar FEMA grant will help a lot of families. This year’s current fire fatality count is at 52, which is lower compared to time last year’s count of 60.
Funeral Services for former ULM President Dwight D. Vines, who died Saturday at age 88, are taking place today. Vines was at the helm of the university from 1976-1991. University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson remembers Vines as a great example for higher education leaders. Under Vines’ leadership, 40 new degree programs were added.
Halloween means kids heading door-to-door in search of candy, but for children with autism, they may not be able to verbalize phrases like “Trick-or-treat” or “Happy Halloween,” so the newest trend for those children is carrying blue buckets or pumpkins to bring awareness. Autism Society Acadiana spokesperson Robin Blackwell says those kids will still be excited to get candy. The CDC estimates that 1 in 57 children are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
Game 6 of the world series tonight finds the Houston Astros at home and one game away from winning it all. Airtime tonight at 6pm on 94.7 ESPN..
After a tough start to the season with 3 losses, the New Orleans Pelicans made it 4 last night as they lost to the Golden State Warriors at home. The Final 123 to 134. The Pels play host to the Denver Nuggets Thursday night.
Monday Night Football last night the Steelers easily took care of the Dolphins 27 to 14. Up next the San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Thursday night.s
LSU is ranked number one in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2011. The win over Auburn was LSU’s third over a Top 10 team and it convinced voters to rank the Tigers over number two Alabama and number three Ohio State. Assistant Tiger Rag Editor Tyler Nunez says there’s not much separation between the top three teams