News for Tuesday 120319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
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.
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.