News for Friday 092013
By Dave Graichen
Much needed rain is expected to fall across the state today and tomorrow as the result of an approaching cold front State Climatologist Barry Keim says this weather system has the potential of producing 2-to-3 inches of rain. Keim says this will be the first of several cold fronts that will move
across the state over the next few weeks. Sunday is the first day of fall and Keim says it may actually feel like it, once this front passes.
This Saturday's LSU-Auburn game in Tiger Stadium is sold-out. It's the first sell-out of the season. In fact last Saturday's home game against Kent State drew less than 90-thousand fans for the first time since 2005. Coach Les Miles said earlier this week that he's looking forward to turning on the electricity in Tiger Stadium this Saturday.
Latest numbers from the US Census Bureau say Louisiana had the third highest poverty rate for 2012 at 20-percent. Only Mississippi and New Mexico were higher. But Louisiana is one of the few states that had an increase in median household income, when comparing 2012 to 200. Louisiana's median income rose four percent during that time.
State Police say a Bunkie man is behind bars after being busted robbing a residence in St. Landry Parish then getting into a wreck with his five year old child in the car. They say 32-year-old Jace
Deshotel traveled off the road and into a ditch when fleeing the scene. The child sustained minor injuries. Desohtel is booked with felony theft and child endangerment.
Another poll shows Governor Jindal is a long shot to receive the republican presidential nomination in 2016. Public Policy Polling conducted a survey in New Hampshire, the fisrt state to take hold of
a national primary election, and only 3-percent of the respondents picked Jindal out of a field of potential GOP candidates.
A federal judge in New Orleans accepts a plea agreement that will result in a 200-thousand dollar fine against Haliburton for destroying key evidence following the B-P spill. Halliburton was
B-P's cement contractor for the rig that exploded in April of 2010.
The 11th annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, a free event open to the public and held on the riverbank in the historic downtown, kicks off today. Natchitoches tourism spokeswoman Farrah Reyna (Rain-ah) says this is a festival centered around food, music, fun and of course the
almighty meat pie.
The father of one of the victims in the triple murder of a New Orleans police dispatcher and her two adult children has been arrested. 41-year-old Shawn Peterson who had a record of domestic
violence has been charged with three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Christine George and her daughter Trisa and son Leonard.
The state fire marshal’s office reports, the 19-year-old man arrested yesterday in a rash of suspicious fires in several neighborhoods along La. 10 admitted to setting six fires and as many as a dozen more in the New Roads area. Nicholas Powell was booked on four counts of simple arson and one count of aggravated arson. Authorities plan to charge Powell today with seven additional counts of simple arson for fires dating as far back as 2010 in the New Roads area.
Opelousas Police say one of two horses that were racing each other down a main thoroughfare slammed into a minivan. Police spokesperson, Sergeant Jody White, says the accident happened during the middle of day on Wednesday afternoon. nWhite says the two young adult horse riders fled the scene on their horses, even though one of the horses was severely injured. He says these two face several charges and anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement.
LSU says its enrolled one of its biggest freshman classes in history. School officials say 5,501 first-year students were admitted this year which is the third largest ever.
Louisiana Tech says first-time freshman enrollment for the fall quarter is up nearly 20-percent over last year. Louisiana Tech is also attracting an academically stronger student as the average incoming freshman ACT score is 24.7.
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham is excited to report the famous Louisiana black bear could soon be removed from the threatened species list. He says they know the numbers are increasing and LDWF is hoping to have the black bear de-listed with federal wildlife officials by April 2014. In 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt made the black bear famous by saving
a cub during a presidential hunting trip which is how the teddy bear got its name. Barham says LDWF has been working hard to build the black bear population in Louisiana and they believe their efforts have been paying off.