News For Monday 020314
By Dave Graichen
The Seattle Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl title, crushing the favored Denver Broncos 43-to-8.
Tyrone Lawton Doyle, who served as mayor of Glenmora for two decades, died Friday in Grace Home in Alexandria at the age of 75. Doyle was mayor for 20 years before retiring. He chose not to seek re-election in 2006. Funeral services for Doyle will be today in Glenmora.
Late Saturday night, a single vehicle crash claimed the life of a Sabine Parish Man. 19 year old Cody James Meaux of Converse was killed when his vehicle left highway 174, struck a tree and burst into flames. It is unknown if Meaux was wearing his seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Boosted by a drop in the city’s murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has won a landslide victory in his bid for a second term. Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday’s election.
Now that we have the record cold January behind us, what does winter have in store for Louisiana this month? State Climatologist Barry Keim says the forecast for February from the Climate Prediction Center calls for warm and dry conditions. Keim says long range forecasts still leaves a lot to be desired but it's better than flipping coins. Keim says drought conditions are moving through parts of the state right now so while a warmer February would be welcome relief, Louisiana needs some rain.
The LHSAA has voted to keep the high school football playoffs split between select and non-select schools, meaning there will once again be nine state champions crowned in football next December. A motion to end the split failed 208-to-93. Most private schools do not like the split the playoff system. Calvary Baptist Football Coach John Bachman led the Cavaliers to a state championship under the split playoff format last year, but he would rather see public and private schools competing in the same playoffs. The split playoffs came about because dozens of public schools believed that some private schools had an unfair advantage over them, because they can select the students that attend their school.
A statewide poll shows democratic Senator Mary Landrieu trailing GOP Congressman Bill Cassidy in a head-to-head race. The Rasmussen Poll also shows Landrieu in a dead heat with another republican challenger, state representative Paul Hollis. But ULM Political Science Professor Joshua
Stockley says Rasmussen tends to favor republicans. The poll surveyed 500 likely Louisiana voters this week. Stockely says although the Rasmussen poll may lean toward republicans, Senator Landrieu should take note of it. The open primary election will be November 4th and if it goes to a runoff election it would be on December 6th.
The Louisiana Family Forum is looking for the top 10 longest married couples to be honored this Valentine's Day at the Governor's Mansion. President Gene Mills says Norman and Norma Burmah of Marksville have won the past two years. The couple has been married for 83 years. He encourages people to nominate couples married for 60, 70 or 80 years for the award. The deadline to enter a couple is February 7th. Entries can be made by contacting the Louisiana Family Forum with a wedding date and contact information.
A Baton Rouge legislator wants to remove from state law a provision that was found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court but still was used to arrest men agreeing to have consensual sex. Both the state’s sheriffs and district attorneys have indicated support for the change in Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law, but state Rep. Patricia Smith is getting opposition from the Louisiana Family Forum, a major political force among conservatives in state politics. Smith submitted the change in Louisiana law for consideration in the legislative session that opens March 10.
Everyone's favorite crew of Louisiana gator hunters are back tonight as the History's reality series Swamp People returns for a 5th season. The guys will be back on The Bayou tonight lead by swamp patriarch Troy Landry who says this year the waters are filled with bigger and meaner gators than ever before and for season five, the prices are high and competition is out of control.
The Biloxi Police Department is investigating as a possible suicide the death of Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch, who was found dead from a single gunshot wound early Saturday morning.
The investigation is ongoing, and although authorities in Mississippi have not ruled it as a suicide, it is being investigated as a suspected suicide. Foul play is not suspected
Now that the Super Bowl is over, the next big US sporting event is the NBA All-Star game, which will be played in New Orleans on February 16th. Associate Executive Director of the NBA All-Star Host Committee, Jeff Rossi, says while the game is the highlight of the weekend, there are plenty of activities that will take place throughout the weekend. Rossi says they expect the All-Star weekend will attract 50-thousand visitors to the Big Easy.
Congratulations are due for Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany — they’ve announced that they’re expecting a fourth child. They revealed the news about their fourth child, whose gender isn’t know yet, on the red carpet of a Super Bowl event on Saturday night.