News for Tuesday 012219
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The man who was elected mayor of the Town of Ball last fall, and then disqualified from serving due to his criminal conviction when a new amendment went into effect, is challenging that decision in appellate court. Roy Hebron, who was convicted for FEMA Fraud in 2011, unseated the incumbent. Loyola Law Professor Dane Cioino says even though he ran before the amendment went into effect, the law is very clear. The interesting twist to the story, voters in Ball approved the November amendment barring convicted felons from running for, or holding office for five years after their sentence by an overwhelming margin.
A former 4th District congressman is considering jumping into the race for governor. According to several sources, John Fleming, who currently serves the deputy assistant secretary of health information technology reform, has not yet given a timetable for making a final decision. LSU Shreveport Poli Sci Professor Jeff Sadow says Fleming has been out of Congress for four years. While his current position is viewed as a big deal in Washington, Sadow doesn’t foresee the position as being viewed in the same light to Louisiana voters. Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham are still the only two candidates to have officially entered the race.
Pecan farmers are losing crops due to bad weather, and losing lots of profits too. This year marks the fifth consecutive year growers are seeing weather take its toll on the industry. Ouachita Parish grower Abraham Lincoln Fowler says in years past, the blame has fallen on lack of rain, mistimed rain, but this year, it’s been the abundance of rain that hurt growers.
Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans is helping Saints fan mourn their stolen season with the “no ref” cookie that puts the Saints/Rams head referee’s face on a sugary treat that you can take a bite out of. While grieving the loss yesterday, co-owner David Haydel says they decided to express their frustration with a little creativity in the oven
The Saints are beginning the process of trying to move on from a disappointing finish to the 2018 season. It seemed like New Orleans was destined to play in the franchise’s second Super Bowl only to see those dreams fall apart with an overtime loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship game. Saints owner Gayle Benson says she’s thoroughly disappointed by the no call on the pass interference the NFL says should have been called against the Rams in the final two minutes of regulation.
One of the oldest fraternities in the nation has closed its LSU chapter following an investigation that found students violated the organization's hazing and alcohol policies, a development that comes amid the university's ongoing quest for safer practices within its Greek system.
LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard III confirmed Friday that Delta Kappa Epsilon recently announced it would end its presence at LSU almost 100 years after the chapter was founded.
LSU's seven-game winning streak came with a reward of its own Monday. The Tigers are back in the AP Top 25, at No. 25 in this week's poll. The Tigers had not been ranked in the poll since Week 3, nine weeks ago.