News for Tuesday 100918
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana appears to be out of the path of Hurricane Michael. The storm may have a dangerous impact on the Florida Panhandle with storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds. National Weather Service New Orleans Meteorologist Bridgette Lim says although Michael isn’t an issue this time around for Louisiana, it’s important to remember hurricane season isn’t over until November 30th. The hurricane could be a Category 3 on Wednesday when it strikes the Florida panhandle.
Lafayette Bishop Douglas Deshotel announces that Monsignor Robie Robichaux has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl from 1979 to 1981. Deshotel says when the victim came forward in 2004, the Bishop at the time requested a ruling from the “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”, who said since the victim was 16-to-17 years old, she was an adult under Canon Law. But Deshotel says state law would have considered her minor.
LSU is "expecting one of the largest game day crowds ever on campus" when the Tigers host Georgia at Tiger Stadium on Saturday. LSU's official ticket office announced Monday morning that the game was sold out, and the news release added that Georgia has sold all of its allotted 6,000 tickets. It is the first time Georgia has played at Tiger Stadium since 2008, when the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 52-38.
Enforcement of new anti-abortion restrictions will have to wait as the physicians who challenged Act 620’s constitutionality asked for a review of an appellate court decision upholding the law. The doctors argue that requiring them to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic would likely require two of the state's three facilities to close and leave only one doctor with the proper credentials to perform the medical procedure that ends pregnancies. They want the 16 members of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the split decision by a three-judge panel before allowing the state to enforce the law.
18-year-old Mason Andrews of Monroe is now the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe piloting an airplane. The young man took off from the Bayou State on July 22nd, and returned home over the weekend. Andrews says the flight was a taxing, but incredible experience that gave him a birds-eye-view to some of the most jaw dropping sights on earth.
Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a water emergency in the Concordia Parish town of Clayton after learning that the water system’s contractor quit because it was no longer getting paid. Mayor Josephine Washington says its related to fiscal problems the city is facing, and she’s pitched that the town go to a three-day work week and that she take a pay cut. Governor Edwards’ emergency order allows for the state to pay JCP Management to run the water system for now.
State Police has released new details in the officer-involved shooting that killed 23-year-old Coltin LeBlanc of Loranger in downtown Hammond in the early morning hours of September 27th. State Police Lt. Nick Manale says Witnesses say LeBlanc’s truck peeled out and sped off down the street during his interaction with the as of now unnamed trooper. One Hammond resident says he saw the officer attach himself to the truck as it drove away, and a few moments later, heard shots fired, but Manale says the investigation into those events and the examination of the officers body camera are still ongoing.
A new study shows the divorce rate dropped by 18 percent between 2008 and 2016. Researchers say this is likely because millennials are waiting to get married later. Director of Tulane University’s Social Work Program, Parker Sternbergh says the delay in marriage is likely due to growing up in a society where divorce was so prevalent.
Sternbergh says millennials are approaching marriage differently than previous generations.
If it seems like those jackpots on the lottery billboards just keep getting bigger, it’s because they are. The Mega Millions game from the Louisiana Lottery is currently up to $470 million, making it the 6th largest jackpot in the history of the game. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kim Chopin says this current jackpot is the second one this year to break the top ten.
It was a big win for the New Orleans Saints Monday night as the defeated the Washington Redskins 43 – 19 Drew Brees ticked off his latest, and possibly most impressive NFL record Monday, passing Peyton Manning in all-time passing yardage at 71,941.