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Good Morning ... News For Monday 10/22/2018

News for Monday 102218

By Dave Graichen

 

All your co-workers should be in the office today, unless they are ill, because no one won Friday night’s one-billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot, so now the jackpot increases to a US record one-point-six billion for Tuesday night’s drawing. There was no winner of the Powerball either.. That drawing Wednesday night will be worth close to $700 million.

 

With flu season starting soon, the Louisiana Department of Health has scheduled flu vaccine clinics around the state. Health officials recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over six months who doesn’t have a complicating condition. Louisiana immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the flu vaccine clinics are a test run for a more serious emergency. The state health department will administer mass flu shots in Alexandria tomorrow, Jena on Wednesday and in Marksville, Jonesville Winnfield and Lafayette on Thursday. Those with insurance are asked to bring their card with them.  Those without insurance can expect to pay $10 for the shot.

 

The Agriculture Department says they anticipate the first batch of medical marijuana will be tested around mid-November. Commissioner Mike Strain attends a meeting today amid concerns from licensed medical marijuana pharmacies that the product will not be available this year. Strain says the grower, GB Sciences, has harvested its first plants.

Strain says GB will not be allowed to grow at a larger, primary facility until they complete a legislatively mandated start-up process that includes State Police background checks.

 

NOAA is predicting we’ll see above-average precipitation totals during the winter months in Louisiana. So does that mean we’ll see a greater chance for winter precipitation from December to February. State Climatologist Barry Keim says no, because much of the country can expect a warm winter. Louisiana is seeing it’s coolest weather of the fall this far this morning as temperatures are or were in the 40s for much of the state.

 

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is celebrating 12 months of jobs gains, noting the Bayou State has added 19,900 non farm jobs since September of 2017. Secretary Ava Dejoie says Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lake Charles saw the biggest gains over the year. Despite the gains, the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the state’s unemployment rate at five percent, third highest in the nation.

 

One person died and another is fighting for his life after a shooting Friday night in the parking garage of the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City. Authorities are still looking for the gunman.

 

A Bossier Parish elementary substitute school teacher has been charged with rape in a case involving one of Benton Elementary School’s students. 47-year-old Aubrey Norcross of Bossier City was arrested earlier this week on video voyeurism of another student. She’s being held at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility on a bond of 900,000 dollars

 

A woman who says she was raped 20 years ago recognizes her alleged rapist at a wedding reception last June and now that man is behind bars. 38-year-old John Louis Davis of Baker has been charged with aggravated rape after the woman got his name and contacted authorities. Baton Rouge Police Sergeant Don Coppola says they believe they got the right guy. The rape occurred during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day in 1998

 

A tip from the Sabine Parish Sherriff’s Office led to the arrest of a man in Waveland, Mississippi, who allegedly killed 23-year-old Lynnquithis January of Many. Agency Spokesperson Joe Dewil says the suspect, 23-year-old Darrell Williams Junior was living in Mississippi at the time he committed the crime.  January was killed June 18th at a Many apartment complex.

 

Sports…

 

Down 10 points in the 4th quarter the Saints scored 17 consecutive points and held on for a 24-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.

 

The LSU Tigers will head into its annual grudge match with top ranked Alabama with a 7-1 record, but they’ll start the game without star linebacker Devin White, who has to sit for the first half after he was flagged for targeting late in the 4th quarter in a 19-3 win over Mississippi State Saturday.

 

Despite throwing for 124 yards, ULM topped Texas State 20-14 for a homecoming win in Monroe on Saturday.

 

It was a good Homecoming for Louisiana Tech Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated UTEP 31 to 24.

 

Northwestern lost to Central Arkansas Saturday.. the final 17 to 38

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