News for Friday 111519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Shreveport-Bossier City area was a battleground in the race for the Governor’s mansion on Thursday, just days before Saturday’s runoff election. President Trump says Democratic Governor Edwards is being controlled by, as he puts it, the extremists pushing the impeachment witch hunt. President Trump’s appearance marks the third visit to the state to support GOP challenger Eddie Rispone. Governor Edwards says Rispone does not have a plan for the state, which is why he’s reverting to the use of DC politicians.
The Secretary of State’s race on the Saturday ballot sees a run-off rematch of incumbent Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup.
Ardoin won the contest last year 59-41 after escaping a packed primary full of Republican contenders. Ardoin initially took over the position in an interim capacity in 2018 after his predecessor, Tom Schedler, resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.
Election day is Tomorrow and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is giving Louisiana residents a few reminders. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters should bring an picture ID with them to vote Voters without an ID will be required to fill out an affidavit, but will be allowed to vote. Secretary Ardoin is predicting 51% turnout in the runoff election.
Smoke could be seen from points all across the city yesterday after as a fire broke out shortly after 1pm on Bolton Avenue. The structure, a business with living quarters attached was located right next to the Western Auto store. A resident living at location was rescued by an APD officer who was first on the scene. The man suffered smoke inhalation, but will be fine. AFD Chief Larry King says the cause of the fire was electrical, resulting from a bad extension cord.
In what is an important and somewhat controversial program, the city of Alexandria has launched a Safe Syringe Program. The program will allow Drug users to dispose of their used needles and in exchange, receive clean needles free of charge. The safe syringes will be administered by Central Louisiana Aids Support Services, or CLASS on Jackson Street. Counselors will be present to talk to drug users. They will also get tested for Hepatitis C and HIV. Alexandria is currently the only city in Central Louisiana with such a program in place.
A trial date has been set for 40 year old Sherman Nash Jr of Pineville. Nash will face a trial by jury on April 6th on seven counts of animal cruelty, that after an investigation into an alleged dog fighting ring last year led to his arrest.
Hundreds of local newspapers, including The Town Talk, are now under one umbrella company. New Media Investment Group, parent company of GateHouse Media, announced its plan to acquire Gannett in August. On Thursday, the deal was approved in a shareholder vote at Gannett's Virginia headquarters. New Media shareholders also voted to approve the deal earlier in the day. The merger combines the two largest US newspaper chains under a new company, which will keep the Gannett name.
Attorney General Jeff Landry says police officers, firefighters, and other first responders were allowed to go to last night’s Trump rally, despite concerns about the legality of state workers at political rallies. Landry says he got a call from Congressman Mike Johnson and Representative Alan Seabaugh and had his lawyers dig into the question. He says they found ample constitutional support for the decision.
Louisiana Republican Congressman Mike Johnson has concerns the impeachment proceedings will not be conducted fairly. He says precedent calls for the House Judiciary to consider matters of impeachment, instead House leadership has decided to allow two other committees to conduct impeachment proceedings. Democrats say testimony from the public hearings show Trump abused his office when he threatened to hold back foreign aid in exchange for an investigation on a political rival.
The state board that oversees Louisiana's Superdome has approved a contract for the first phase of a $450 million renovation of the 44-year-old stadium. Thursday's vote by the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District was to approve a $53 million contract for initial work on the New Orleans landmark. The state is to cover $90 million of the project cost. The Saints are to put up $150 million and the district is to pay $210 million. The upgrade is expected to take four years.
The Cajundome in Lafayette announced Thursday morning that KISS is bringing their End of the Road World Tour to the Cajundome in 2020. KISS will perform on Saturday, March 14at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale a week from today at 10am. Tickets will start at $45.
Deputies in Vermilion Parish are investigating after a homeowner shot an intruder during an alleged home invasion. Authorities say 29-year-old Landon Hebert was killed after he allegedly broke into a residence around 2:15 Thursday morning. That’s when he was confronted by the homeowner, who fired a weapon killing Hebert. The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for further review.
A community activist who was found fatally shot at his Port Allen home had criticized city leaders about an unsolved murder in the city and the need to curb violence just hours before he was found dead. 62 year old Larry Profit was found Thursday morning lying unresponsive in the street near his home. Neighbors say they heard gunshots Wednesday evening, but officers didn’t find Profit until around 8 a.m. when a passerby discovered him.
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron found himself earning praise on his radio show from a caller who identified himself as “John B. from Amite” … That caller was Governor John Bel Edwards. The Governor congratulated the coach for the big win over Alabama, expressed his pride in LSU, and commended Orgeron for representing the state well during his postgame interview.
The Saints look to get back in the win column on Sunday when they visit Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans is coming off a bad loss at home to last-place Atlanta. Saints Offensive tackle Terron Armstead says there’s no panic in the Saints lockerroom…
Louisiana Tech takes its perfect Conference USA on the record tonight to face the Marshall Thundering Herd. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says this is not an easy assignment for his team… Hear the game this afternoon starting at 4:30p on 94.7 ESPN.