News for Monday 082514
By Dave Graichen
A state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital goes into a effect next Monday, but the Center for Reproductive Rights yesterday filed lawsuit in federal court challenging the law. They say if the law is enforced starting September 1st, it’s not clear that any abortion doctor in Louisiana could legally provide those services. Similar laws have been blocked by the courts in other states.
Tropical Storm Cristobal grew in strength Sunday and lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall and high surfs. The storm was upgraded from a tropical depression Sunday morning. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm may strengthen into a hurricane on Wednesday while over the open waters of the Atlantic. The storm’s center was expected to curve away from the U.S. East Coast.
A “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Fort Polk's Army Community Service and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at the Army base. A networking reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Showboat Theater. It is open to all military spouses including active duty, Guard, Reserve, veterans and Gold Star spouses. The job fair is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Youth Gym. Participants are encouraged to preregister online at www.hiringourheroes. org.
Qualifying is over and election season is officially underway. The first in line to qualify Friday was 5th Congressional District Representative Vance McAllister. McAllister shrugged off the fact that Governor Jindal and the Louisiana GOP don’t support him. He says God has given him a second chance with his family and he hopes voters will continue to support him because he knows more about values now than ever before. The Congressman came under fire earlier this year for being caught on tape kissing a married woman at his office.
Retired air force colonel, Rob Maness, signed up at the Secretary of State’s office for the US Senate race. Polls show Maness as the underdog to Senator Mary Landrieu and fellow Republican Bill Cassidy.
With election qualifying behind us, all eyes are turned toward November 4th. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat sees several races destined for a runoff election in December. In the US Senate race, Pinsonat says the picture is pretty clear. Pinsonat says a December runoff between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy could determine control of the US Senate. He says the waters are a little cloudy when it comes to the 6th Congressional District race. Most pundits believe Edwin Edwards is a shoe-in for a December runoff. Pinsonat says beyond that, this race is really a toss up. Pinsonat thinks the 5th Congressional District election is wide open. He says incumbent Vance McAllister has lost a lot of his base and popularity due to the infamous kissing scandal earlier this year. Pinsonat says that plus the fact that he has some well funded challengers, makes this race difficult to call…
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air tonight on NBC and there are five Louisiana-made series and miniseries that are all in the running for some really nice honors. Louisiana Entertainment Executive Director Chris Stelly says Nominates are True Detective, Bonnie & Clyde, American Horror Story and Treme and Top Chef New Orleans. Stelly says we’ll find out tonight if Matthew McConaughey will pick up the best actor Emmy for his role in True Detective the way he did for Dallas Buyers Club which was also filmed in Louisiana.
5 people throughout the state have been arrested for their alleged involvement with an Asian Massage Parlor prostitution ring. Authorities in Calcasieu Parish say the investigation began 10 months ago when they started sending undercover cops to the business. Arrests were made in Lake Charles, Lafayette and Bossier City. The investigation is said to be very much underway and more arrests are expected.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says Louisiana has confirmed 10 new cases of the West Nile Virus. They say the new illnesses reported Friday now bring this year’s West Nile total number to 52. DHH urges residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
A 41-year-old English teacher from a small private Christian school in Baton Rouge has been arrested for allegedly having sex with one of her 16-year-old male students on the campus of the school. Deputies indicate the boy’s parents found naked pictures and explicit messages on their son’s phone and when questioned he admitted they were from his teacher, Ashley Dowden. The teacher was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish prison on counts including computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile and carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
The Saints look like they are ready for the regular season based on their performance on Saturday night as they defeated the Colts 23-17. Quarterback Drew Brees, who has been nursing an oblique injury, appeared in his first preseason game and threw for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Game week has arrived for the 13th ranked Tigers as they’ll leave later this week for Houston where they’ll play 14th ranked Wisconsin on Saturday night.