News for Tuesday 110618
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Voters in Alexandria today will make history with the election of a new mayor. No matter who wins, the city will see either it’s first black or female mayor. In this race, there is no excuse to be uninformed. All three candidates have participated in several debates and forums and have been extremely active campaigners. All three candidate say, what is important is that you vote, so your voice can be heard.
The RPSO is investigating the Stabbing of a man in Wardville yesterday morning. Deputies responded to a call, from the 100 block of Westbrook Street, shortly after 7:30 yesterday morning. A male who apparently suffered multiple stab wounds was taken to a local hospital, the victim's condition is unknown at this time.
In other states, Congressional races are set to come down to the wire, but here in Louisiana we aren’t expecting to see tight races in most of the congressional districts. UL Lafayette Professor Pearson Cross says the only district in the state showing signs of life is southwest Louisiana’s 3rd, where incumbent Clay Higgins faces stiff competition.
The Baton Rouge based 6th district is expected to be a rout for incumbent Garrett Graves. But Cross says the 6th is a special case, where the more democratic section of the city was cut out in 2010 redistricting. Voters will also decide on a Secretary of State’s special election race that is projected to go into a December runoff.
But Cross says away from congressional races, Louisiana voters will have one, major chance to reshape their state with the number two amendment option. That’s the one that would require unanimous jury verdicts in felony cases. Cross says indications of higher turnout bode well for the historic change.
Voters heading to the polls today will see the question asking if fantasy sports betting should be legalized in their parish. Not everyone is on board with the idea of legalization. President of the Louisiana Family Forum Gene Mills says fantasy sports betting could result in a domino effect that sees the integrity of sports put at stake.
Senator Danny Martiny is in favor of the legalization and says anyone who thinks they are suppressing gaming by voting against it is fooling themselves. The polls close at 8PM.
National pollsters are predicting a tight race for Congress today, giving Democrats a slight edge to retake the lower chamber, but next to no chance to gain control of the Senate. Democrats are cautious, but confident of their chances in the House. 5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham predicts the economy’s recent growth will lead to a narrow majority for the House GOP.
It’s a lot of Chihuahuas.. The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine receives the largest commitment in school history, and the eight largest gift in LSU Foundation history. That’s after a 10.1 million dollar endowment from the Soong family, who SVM Senior Director of Development Tracy Evans says developed a close bond with the school after it cared for their two Chihuahuas.
A 31-year-old Iowa man is dead after being struck by an on-duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy. LSP Spokesperson Trooper Thomas Gossen says the deputy never saw the pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothes and it was foggy. The incident is still under investigation.
The Sunshine Bridge is still on course for its January reopening after the bridge was closed due to a barge carrying a crane colliding with the structure last month. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett says the arrival of the jacking system to realign the bridge ensures the momentum is moving forward to hitting the anticipated reopening time frame.
Monroe Police have made an arrest in connection with the multiple bomb threats called into medical facilities in North Louisiana. The multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of 28 year old Pauline Copeland, who authorities says appears to suffer from mental illness. Copeland will be charged with two counts of terrorizing and booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Facility.
Following Saturday’s loss to Alabama, LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said they didn’t have the personnel to beat the top ranked Crimson Tide. On Tell the Truth Media, Orgeron said he could have coached better. The Tigers are 7-2 and ranked ninth in the country heading into Saturday’s game against Arkansas. The Razorbacks are having a tough season as they are just 2-7 under first year coach Chad Morris.
LSU Officially begins it’s Basketball season tonight as the Tigers play host to South Eastern Louisiana. Airtime 7p on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm