News for Monday 100719
Compiled by Dave Graichen
If you’ve been looking for a break from the heat, today is your lucky day. A long-awaited cold front arrives today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says our first cold front of fall is coming later than normal, but it is much welcomed. Keim says northern and central parishes will see high temps only hit the upper 70’s today. Tomorrow morning lows will be in the 50’s in northern parishes, 60’s in central parishes, and 70’s along the coast. Another cool front will move in towards the end of the week.
The US Supreme Court agrees to hear a Louisiana abortion case that deals with a 2014 state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges. Only three clinics in the state provide abortions and opponents of the Louisiana law say it could close two of them. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case gives the nation’s highest court a chance to reshape the nation’s law on abortion. This is the first major abortion case taken up by the court since the appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A powerful ad hits the airwaves slamming Governor Edwards’ hiring of former Deputy Chief of Staff and alleged sexual harasser and assaulter Johnny Anderson. The ad features alleged victim Juanita Washington. Washington details her experience, and says when she reported the harassment; she was “out of a job”. The Edwards campaign has responded to the ad saying Anderson’s employment was ended hours after they were informed, and that the office has a zero-tolerance harassment policy.
President Trump visits Louisiana Friday, but his son Don Trump, Jr. will be part of a rally in Lafayette today. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says those close to the President are stepping up efforts to unseat Gov. Edwards.The event begins at noon at the Cajundome Convention Center. The visit from Trump, Jr. comes following a weekend rally attended by Vice President Pence in Kenner.
Seven TV stations from across the state will be airing the final gubernatorial debate on Wednesday night from 7 to 8p. The debate, which will take place at the studios of KSLA in Shreveport, is the last scheduled debate ahead of the October 12 election. Here in Cenla the debate can be heard on KALB TV5.
We’re less than a week from the primary and the race for Insurance Commissioner could go either way with a recent independent poll showing most voters have yet to make up their mind. Incumbent Jim Donelon has been blasted on the airwaves by attack ads, including one showing Donelon nodding off at some kind of public hearing.
Donelon who says one look at his monthly schedule would soften any concerns about his work ethic. Donelon has served in the position since 2006 and says if re-elected he’ll continue fighting to get laws passed that will continue to drag down insurance rates.
Opponent and fellow Republican Tim Temple has sunk over a million dollars of his own money into the campaign.
Early voting for the October 12 election has officially ended and according to the Rapides Parish Registrar of Voters, 11 percent of registered voters cast an early ballot. The total number of early voters for the week, including mailed in ballots, 9,610. Compare that to the 2015 Gubernatorial Race where only 4,942 voted . Voting locations will be open next Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Following three consecutive years of record-setting adoption rates resulting in over 2,400 kids finding permanent homes, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services receives a national award for its work in adoption from the US Department of Health and Human Services. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters credits the state’s 2016 transformation of its approach to foster care and adoption with the Quality Parenting Initiative as a contributing factor in receiving the recognition. Recipients will be honored at the Children’s Bureau Celebration of National Adoption Month in November in Washington, DC.
Food Stamp benefits are going up about two to four dollars a month for Louisiana recipients thanks to a national cost of living readjustment. Department of Children and Family Services Economic Stability Director Kim Matherne says it’s part of the yearly change to the program, and how much more you’ll receive is based on your household’s size. The minimum allotment has also risen from 15 to 16 dollars.
5th ranked LSU finished off the non-conference portion of its schedule with a dominating 42-6 win over Utah State. Tigers Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 344 yards and five T-Ds as LSU rolled up 601 yards of offense, while the defense gave up just 159 yards. Coach Ed Orgeron says it was their most complete game of the season
The Saints improved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback as New Orleans topped Tampa Bay 31-24. Bridgewater threw an interception in the first half, but he was nearly perfect after that as he threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns.