News for Monday 090913
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana has its first death this year as a result of the West Nile Virus. The state department of health and hospitals says a person from here in Rapides Parish died from the mosquito-borne disease. D-H-H says the state also saw ten new cases of the disease this week, bringing
this year's total to 31.
The state department of health and hospitals is trying to determine how a child died from a rare brain-eating amoeba while visiting a home in St. Bernard Parish. This is the third person to die from this rare infection since 2011. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says they're flushing their water system with chlorine as a precaution. Guidry says the deadly amoeba usually enters the body through the nose. The child had been playing on a slip and slide..
The LSU Tigers moved up to No. 8 in The Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today coaches’ poll Sunday following Saturday night’s 56-17 rout of UAB. The Tigers (2-0), climbed one spot in the AP poll with 1,075 points. Louisville (2-0) is No. 7, while Georgia (1-1) is No. 9. The Tigers return to action at 6 p.m. Saturday at home against Kent State.
Playing in front of a sell-out crowd of 72,348 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Saints took out their biggest rival and started the 2013 season with a bang on Sunday. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 26 of 35 passes for 357 yards and two touchdown passes to lead the Saints to a 23-17 victory against the Falcons. Brees became the sixth quarterback with 100 multiple-touchdown pass games.
Two years from today candidates will be able to officially sign up for the 2015 governor's race. LSU Political Science Professor Kirby Goidel says the "X" factor in this looming campaign is republican senator David Vitter. Goidel says if Vitter decides to run, he'll be one of the favorites, if not the favorite. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who is also a republican, has made it known he plans to run. State representative John Bel Edwards of Amite is a democrat, who has already launched a campaign.
The police chief in Kentwood is facing criminal charges in connection with missing evidence. Fifty-nine-year-old Gregory Newtown has been indicted by a Tangipahoa Parish Grand Jury on one
felony count of malfeasance in office and one felony count of unauthorized use of a moveable. Each count carries a prison sentence of up to five years. The Louisiana Attorney General accuses Newton of tampering with two-thousand dollars that had been recovered from a burglary.
Fourteen parishes are now under a burn ban because of drought conditions. All of the parishes under a burn ban are in north Louisiana. The Bossier Parish Fire District says woods and grass
fires are becoming more of a problem.
The former chief of staff for Governor Bobby Jindal is the new president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. Stephen Waguespack will succeed Dan Juneau. But there are LABI members who are reportedly concerned about Waguespack's close ties with Jindal and whether the lobbying group will keep its independence from the governor's political influence.
State health officials are trying to determine how a child died from a rare brain-eating amoeba, while playing on a slip-and-slide at a home in Saint Bernard Parish. This makes the third person in the
state to die from this infection since 2011. State health officer, Doctor Jimmy Guidry says the biggest thing you can do to minimize the risk is to make sure water doesn't go up your nose.
Fourteen parishes are now under a burn ban, because of a drought that's spreading across the northern part of our state. Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, Sabine, Webster, Red River, Natchitoches, Winn Jackson, Union, Caldwell, Richland, Franklin and West Carroll are all under the ban.