News for Tuesday 110612
By Dave Graichen
Today is election day, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Louisiana is as ready for it as can be. Schedler says voting machines are in place at precincts across the state, and he urges voters to be prepared for some long lines. Schedler says he anticipates a total voter turnout today of about 70 to
72% of Louisiana's registered voters. He says he bases his expectation on the huge numbers that showed up to early vote for this election. Schedler reminds you only three minutes are allowed in the voting booth, and he recommends you familiarize yourself with the ballot beforehand.
The polls in Louisiana opened at six A-M and will close at eight o' clock tonight. Just a reminder, You can view sample ballot for your voting precinct at cenlabroadcasting.com and ksyl.com. And this programming note, non-stop election coverage begins tonight at 6 on 970am KSYL.
Parish board of election supervisors have been notified that military and overseas ballots will continue be accepted as long as they are received by Wednesday, Nov. 7. Secretary of State Tom Schedler announcing yesterday that Louisiana has extended the deadline by one day for receipt of military and overseas ballots because of conditions in the Northeast caused by Hurricane Sandy. State statute requires the secretary to take all actions reasonably necessary to allow members of the military and U.S. citizens residing overseas to vote during a period of declared emergency. The Federal Voter Assistance Program officially notified Louisiana that military and overseas ballots were delayed due to the closure of JFK Airport in New York after Hurricane Sandy hit the region last week.
The Rapides Parish School Board voted 5-4 Monday night to approve one of three reapportionment plans presented to them last month by John Miller, executive director of the Rapides Area Planning Commission. Miller returned Monday for the board's final vote. Since the board approved a reapportionment plan, that being SB 2010, Miller will continue to work with the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office to complete the correct paperwork for the Justice Department. According to DA James Downs, no other formal action is required by the board.
Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain was in town yesterday speaking to members of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. His message, demand for quality agricultural products worldwide is going to explode in the coming decades. A fast growing global population and rising income levels in developing countries such as China and India will create the demand. , Strain says It will be up to U.S. producers to meet it.
A Slidell Representative is asking the state House to being crafting a bill to add a new substance to the state's list of scheduled drugs. Kevin Pearson says the new synthetic drug is called "25-I"
and "N-Bomb" may be responsible for the death of one man in New Orleans and the hospitalization of two others after taking the substance. Pearson requested research from House staff earlier this
The "Spirit of Louisiana" is heading back to the northeast. If you recall that's the fire truck the residents of Louisiana paid for to help New York after Nine-Eleven. The New York Fire Department gave
the truck back to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, but State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson says it's needed in New York again, because of Hurricane Sandy. The truck was originally built to New York city specifications.
The lack of a new farm bill from Congress is combining with the economic factors to push many Louisiana dairy farmers out of the milk producing business. The last federal farm bill, passed in 2008, expired last September 30th. LSU AgCenter researcher Mike McCormick says that loss is hitting the state's dairy farmers hard. McCormick says rapidly rising feed costs and the lack of price supports could see up to a quarter of the remaining dairy farms in Louisiana go out of business. Louisiana has lost at least half of its dairy farms in the last decade.
A long, contentious campaign between two seated congressmen, each running for the same U.S. House seat, could come to an end today. Voters will decide which of 5 candidates will be Louisiana's next District 3 Congressman. Redistricting in 2011 left the state with one less congressional district, so Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry must compete for re-election.
LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope on Monday accused the LSU Board of Supervisors of knowingly deceiving the public on a vote taken last month that changed the top hierarchy of a university system that includes colleges, professional schools and public hospitals. Cope called for Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell to investigate whether LSU’s management board violated state open meeting laws on Oct. 26 when members voted to merge the system president and Baton Rouge chancellor positions without telling the public that specific issue would be discussed. Caldwell declined to comment Monday. The LSU board member who called for the vote and a lawyer representing the university denied the allegation.
A 34-year-old Houma man has been named a suspect in the weekend stabbing deaths of a woman and her two young daughters, who were inside an apartment that was then set ablaze. Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says David Brown invoked his right to counsel when deputies began to question him about the triple homicides. Brown was booked and is being held on $110,000 bond and under an additional hold placed by the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. Webre said Monday that the investigation continues into the early Sunday deaths of the woman and her two young children.
Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, extending his NFL record streak to 51 games, and Patrick Robinson returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 28-13 victory over Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night football.