One of the best stories in college football this season will get national attention on Saturday when the Grambling State Tigers try to complete their remarkable turnaround, by beating Southern in the Bayou Classic.
Kick-off on NBC is at 1:30 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
With a win, the Tigers can win the SWAC Western Division after winning just two games in 2012 and 2013. First-year Coach Broderick Fobbs says despite some recent dark days at Grambling, the winning tradition never left the school.
"To have an opportunity to represent the West in our conference is what we aspired to in the beginning, so everything is in front of us and we look forward to the challenge," Fobbs said.
The winner of Saturday's game will represent the western division in the SWAC Championship. Southern is also 7-and-1 in the league as they've won six in a row. Fobbs has a lot of respect for Jaguars Head Coach Dawson Odums.
"You can tell from looking at his team's play, they really get after it, they play fast, they're physical and very technically sound," Fobbs said.
Several metro areas in Louisiana are in jeopardy of not meeting the federal government's new ozone standards. The US Environmental Protection Agency is lowering the acceptable amount of how much ozone pollution should be in the air. State Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson Greg Langley says it will force many industries and businesses to reduce their emissions.
"Well even if they install controls and equipment to do that, processes to do that will be expensive," Langley said.
Governor Bobby Jindal says the new environmental regulations will kill jobs and increase energy prices. Langley says D-E-Q agrees with that assessment.
"It's clear that this is a standard that will result in perhaps a loss of jobs and some cost to industry," Langley said.
But EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says lowering the standard will protect children and the elderly, who have trouble breathing because of ozone pollution. Langley says the new rules will take effect next October, but first there will be a 90-day comment period.
"They are opening it for public input," Langley said.
The LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M Thursday looking to avoid ending the regular season on a three-game losing streak. 1999 was the last time the Tigers lost three in a row and Coach Les Miles says the players are committed to getting a win.
"It's been way too long since this football team has been on the field and they are looking forward to playing and achieving," Miles said.
Both of these teams enter tonight's contest with identitcal records, 7-4 overall, 3-4 in the SEC. Miles says it will be a challenge to go to Kyle Field and play well.
"A talented football team, offense and defense, guys that can run to the ball, a good young quarterback, who is going to grow into the position," Miles said. "At times they sputtered, but in reality they are a really talented football team."
LSU has won three straight over the Aggies. In the last two victories, the Tigers defense held quarterback Johnny Manziel in check. Tonight, A-and-M will start freshman Kyle Allen. Sophomore defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says putting pressure on Allen will be important.
"Kyle Allen is definitely a pocket passer, great arm, got big bodies up front, for us, we really gotta do what we did last year, attack the line of scrimmage, get up the field and try to create havoc," LaCouture said.
Cleco is now offering its customers an energy efficiency program to help reduce their monthly energy use. Spokesperson Robbyn Cooper says the best way to manage your bill is to manage your energy consumption.
"This energy efficiency program that we're offering allows customers to make some improvements to their home that will help them save energy in the long run and, therefore, helping manage their electricity bill."
The program is available to all of Cleco's 284,000 customers in Louisiana. Cooper says there are many features to this program and more information can be found on Cleco's website. She says the process will start with a free energy assessment.
"And show them where they can help improve their home and save energy."
The assessment will show customers where they can make energy efficient improvements to their home. Cooper says that, if you need to have work done on your home to improve its energy efficiency, you can save by using one of Cleco's approved contractors.
"Contractors will actually give you an instant rebate on the invoice as a discount at the time that some work is being done."
Mississippi and Arkansas became the latest states to have a federal judge rule that their gay marriage bans violated the US Constitution. Those two rulings came down Tuesday.
But Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino says Louisiana's ban on same sex marriages is safe for now, because U-S District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's gay marriage ban with a ruling he made in September.
Ciolino says because there are conflicting rulings from various federal judges and appellate courts, the Supreme Court will be forced to make a ruling.
"At the end of the day, it's going to be up to the US Supreme Court over the course to next 6 to 8 months or year to resolve this," Ciolino said.
Ciolino says rulings made in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas have been or are in the process of being appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. He says it's likely that appellate court will rule against same-sex couples.
"It should be a close call, but I would think many court watchers would expect to find the 5th circuit to find the bans constitutional, given its conceived conservative bent," Ciolino said.