News for Thursday 100319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Word yesterday of the passing of former Rapides Parish assistant DA Camille Giordano, Sr. Visitation will be held at the Kramer funeral home beginning Tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated starting at 1:00 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial. Camille Giordano, Sr. was 72.
The downtown Alexandria CLTCC main campus officially opened it’s doors Wednesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony that drew political and community figures from across the state. The $22 million project officially started in 2016 after state budget woes put the school in uncertainty. CLTCC is moving from its South Macarthur Dr. location here in Alexandria. Officials said the new campus is one of a kind in the state, being the only downtown community college.
Republicans appear to be far more motivated to pack the polls this year than they were in 2015, according to an analysis of the first three days of early voting. Early voting totals are nearly double what they were four years ago, and JMC Analytics publisher John Couvillon says it’s far more Republican as well. In 2015 Governor Edwards grabbed 40 percent of the primary vote, while the top three Republicans combined for 57 percent. Early voting continues through Saturday.
The Republican Governor’s Association and Gumbo Pac are flush with cash and blanketing the TV airwaves with some of the gubernatorial race’s toughest attack ads.
Gumbo Pac has dropped millions on the race, and Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says they’ve shifted their fire to the new top polling Republican, who they’ve labeled “Phony Eddie Rispone.” The ad is targeting the Baton Rouge businessman’s business dealings. The RGA has poured money into a strictly anti-Edwards campaign, with their latest salvo seeking to tie the Governor to Georgia Democrat Stacy Abrams.
The Saints will induct Will Smith to the Ring of Honor inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday. Smith was a fan favorite and team captain on the Super Bowl team and the former first-round pick had 67.5 sacks during his Saints career. His life ended three years ago when he was shot by a motorist during a traffic dispute in the Lower Garden District.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding hunters of the importance of tree stand safety with a new campaign. 86% of fall victims did not wear a harness, and LDWF Hunter Education manager Eric Shanks says someone may have gotten away unscathed without taking proper safety precautions, but there is no reason to test fate. For more information go to tree stand safety awareness.com
Baton Rouge-based insurance company Go Auto lowered its vehicle insurance rates in Louisiana by 3.6%, which is a total reduction of $5.6 million among 74,000 drivers across the state. The new rate was approved by the Louisiana Insurance Commissioner this week and is slated to go into effect on Oct. 7 for existing policies and on Nov. 7 for new insurance policies.
A Florida woman who freed herself from a camel by biting its testicles at an Iberville Parish truck stop last month said Wednesday she suffered broken bones and had to have her lungs drained of blood after the 600-pound animal knocked her over and sat on her. 68 year old Gloria Lancaster, speaking publicly for the first time since the Sept. 18 encounter, told The Advocate her injuries will require months of physical therapy and medical treatment. She said she doesn't fault the camel for defending its pen after she and her husband went in to fetch their dog.
The Department of Transportation and Capitol Region Planning Commission are conducting a survey to get a better picture of the daily travel habits of motorists in the area. It’s the first study of its kind since the early 90s. Louisiana has a $14 billion backlog of transportation needs and the survey will help to prioritize improvements.
The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association is touring the state presenting the annual State of the Industry, including a stop in New Orleans today. LOGA President Gifford Briggs says among the highlights is increasing optimism over Gulf of Mexico drilling. Additional stops for the tour happen next week in Lafayette, Houma, and Baton Rouge.
There’s now three reports of a white male in his 40s allegedly impersonating a police officer and pulling over women on Louisiana and Mississippi highways. One incident occurred over the weekend near the Bonnet Carre Spillway. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Captain Donnie Smith says the woman was pulled over by a black charger flashing blue and red lights. Smith says after pulling the woman over the man allegedly told her he smelled marijuana in the car and demanded she exit the vehicle, then took her to the rear of the car. The woman says after she began expressing concern that the man was not an officer, he got in his vehicle and fled.
LSU running back Lanard Fournette is no longer on the team, according to LSU’s Athletics department. A university spokesperson confirmed the reports that Fournette withdrew from the school Wednesday morning. Sources reportedly told ESPN that Fournette “just wants to move on with his life.” Fournette’s brother, Leonard, was LSU’s star running back before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017.
LSU’s Superfan fan 9-year old Colton Moore lives in Alabama, but today he’s making the road trip of a lifetime with his parents to meet his idol, Coach O. Colton’s mother Jennifer Moore never dreamed this would happen. A photo of Colton who has spina bifida reached the athletic department an invite was sent. LSU fans responded as well.
Colton will tour the athletic facility tomorrow and meet his idol Coach O. He will also help Coach O with the Tiger Walk on Saturday morning and attend the Utah State game with his parents.
The Saints have been able to win with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback, but Coach Sean Payton says the offense could perform better if it wasn’t for all of the penalties. The o-line has been hit with 12 holding calls over the first four games and Payton blames poor technique. Payton would also like to get more touches for running back Latavius Murray, who has only touched the ball 21 times in four games. The Saints will host Tampa Bay this Sunday.
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron says outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson is looking better in practice and could play Saturday against Utah State. Chaisson has missed the last two games because of an ankle injury. Chaisson says the bye week allowed him to get healthier.