News for Wednesday July 8th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The number of people hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 has surpassed one-thousand as the state health department reports another 61 hospitalized today because of the coronavirus. The number of total cases rose by 2, 040 and deaths increased by 23 to 3,211. Here in Rapides Parish the number of positive cases rose by 60 with four more deaths reported. Rapides by far leads Cenla in the number of cases and fatalities.
Add Shreveport to the list of local governments requiring masks for everyone inside a business. Mayor Adrian Perkins’ order goes into effect today at 5 PM
KALB reports with a six to three vote, the Rapides Parish School Board has voted to accept a substitute motion that was offered during the July 7 meeting regarding the recent controversy with Pineville High School’s “Rebel General” mascot. Supt. Of Schools Jeff Powell says the hope is with this substitute motion is that in September the administration from the school is going to be able to bring to the School Board a unified recommendation, based on what the Pineville High School community wants.
The Alexandria City Council is asking the city to release the body cam footage from last year’s arrest of Daquarious Brown. Brown was arrested after a chase with Alexandria police back in March of 2019. It resulted in him hitting an occupied vehicle and then fleeing on foot. A year after the fact, he filed a federal civil suit claiming excessive force.
Over 103-thousand people early voted in person for Saturday’s presidential primary and at least another 76-thousand sent in a mail-in ballot. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says those are huge numbers for a presidential primary already decided.
Couvillon says it’s also newsworthy that more blacks than whites voted early based on numbers posted Sunday by the Secretary of State’s office. JMC estimates this year we could see turnout at 70 percent in the general election.
A team of scientists that includes researchers at LSU Health New Orleans believe they’ve discovered a new class of pipeline drugs that can relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction. Doctor Nicholas Bazan says they also believe their drugs are less toxic to the liver and kidneys than the painkillers on the market. Bazan says the drugs they discovered need FDA approval.
The Pelicans depart for the NBA Bubble in Orlando today with a few players having mixed feelings about the restart of the NBA season. Forward Brandon Ingram was asked if he was confident about the bubble experiment working out and the season actually finishing. He says he’s not confident about that. The Pels start the season July 30th against the Jazz and are 3.5 games back of the 8th seed with eight games to be played.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Peter Parrish is no longer listed on the roster on LSU’s website. That leaves Myles Brennan as the only Tiger quarterback with college playing experience. Parrish was suspended from the football team in mid-March for an unspecified violation of team rules. Parrish is from Alabama and we do know that a lawsuit has been filed against LSU by a football player from Bama because he believes is rights were violated.