News for Monday 112618
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A two vehicle Saturday night claimed the life of a Leesville man. State police say the accident happened on highway 8 west of Leesville when two vehicles collided head on. The crash claimed the life of a 22 year old male passenger. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Early voting for the December 8th election is now underway. There are 134 candidate runoffs in 47 parishes. John Couvillon of JCM Analytics says the Shreveport mayoral race is one high profile election heading to a run-off, then there is the Secretary of State runoff, plus there are other local races… early voting ends on Saturday.
Thousands of 2016 Louisiana flood victims continue to wait for President Donald Trump to sign a waiver so they can be eligible for disaster aid. Flooded homeowners who took out Small Business Administration disaster loans remain ineligible for grant dollars, because of the federal government’s duplication of benefits policy. Congress approved a law in October to allow Louisiana flood victims who got an S-B-A loan to also be eligible for federal grants through the Restore Louisiana program.
It’s Cyber Monday a chance for consumers to find great deals on the internet. Southeast Louisiana Better Business Bureau spokesperson Cynthia Albert says before you purchase any item on the internet, make sure you know who you are dealing with first, because there are a lot of fake websites out there. She says if you are in a generous mood and plan on donating money, you can check if the charity is legit at give-dot-org…
Senator John Kennedy is expected to announce this week on whether he’ll run for Governor in 2019 against John Bel Edwards. Southeastern Louisiana Professor Dayne Sherman expects Kennedy to get in the race, as even if he loses, he’ll retain his seat. Sherman says Attorney General Jeff Landry’s decision to seek reelection all but sealed the deal on Kennedy’s run.
Christmas tree farms are generally seeing a fair crop this year. And it is looking much better than the last couple of years. That’s according to Gray Anderson of Grant Farms in Alan Parish, who says weather has had an effect on the crop in previous years. Anderson says his farm sells between 2,500 and 3,000 trees each year.
A convicted child rapist, and former Catholic Priest has died in prison while serving out his life sentence. Corrections officials says 82-year-old Robert Lester Melancon died of natural causes. Melancon was convicted in 1996 for raping an altar boy from 1985 to 1991 while he was a priest in Terrebonne Parish.
An LSU Manship School Assistant Professor says his research shows the loss of local media can make towns a lot more partisan. Joshua Darr says the study was a joint effort with researchers from Colorado State and Texas A&M, where they analyzed the rate of voters who turned in ballots supporting candidates from more than one party. Darr says that’s because when local media dies, the often more heavily partisan national outlets fill the gap. Darr says his research reinforced the importance of keeping local news alive and supported, so that local voters can be fully informed about local candidates history and positions on vital local issues, as opposed to just falling back on party line voting.
LSU suffered an absolute heart breaking loss on Saturday to Texas A&M as the Aggies outlasted the Tigers 74-72 in seven overtimes. There were several questionable calls that went Texas A-and-M’s way. LSU will find out its bowl destination on December 2nd.
LSU fell four spots in the AP Top 25 Poll after its 74-72, seven-overtime loss to Texas A&M that had the most total points in FBS history. LSU (9-3) is now even with Washington State at No. 12. The Aggies (8-4) moved from unranked to No. 22 in the poll.
Those who vote in the USA Today Coaches poll apparently weren't all that impressed with LSU in its historic seven-overtime loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers fell six spots to No. 14 in the latest version of the poll voted on by a panel of college football coaches. Texas A&M (8-4) moved into the poll at No. 22 after it was unranked last week.