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Breaux Bridge driver faces vehicular homicide charges in crash that killed 2 children


State Police say the driver who struck and killed two girls in Breaux Bridge yesterday will be charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Lt. J.B. Slaton says 32-year-old Jeremy Abraham was traveling at a high rate of speed when his pick-up truck collided with the victims.


"The speed limit was 25 miles per hour in that area," Slaton said. "And Abraham's vehicle was traveling well over double the speed limit, at or about when impact occurred." 
 
A 15-year-old and 14-year-old were killed, while 13-year-old Niya Flugence is in stable condition at a Baton Rouge hospital. Abraham is still in a Lafayette hospital being treated for injuries. Slaton says a blood sample was taken from him to see if he was impaired when the crash occurred. 
 
"So the toxicology is pending and what that will encompass is blood alcohol concentration and it will be screening for any type of narcotics or medication in Abraham's system." 
 
 
 
 
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Poll shows Graves 2nd in the 6th


A new Glascock Group survey of voters in the 6th Congressional District shows Republican candidate Garret Graves moving into the second spot.  The poll shows Graves the leading Republican with 22-percent, trailing Democrat Edwin Edwards with 34-percent.  


 
Pollster Darrell Glascock says it appears momentum is on Graves' side.
 
"The likability of the candidate has a lot more to do (than) with issues, at this point."
 
"With Dietzel moving closely behind him.  So right now it looks like the race for the second spot is between Dietzel and Graves."

Fellow Republican candidate Paul Dietzel narrowly trails Graves in the poll with 19-percent.  Glascock predicts Edwards to be a lock for a spot in the December runoff, with Dietzel and Graves battling for that second spot.  Glascock says this poll shows there may be hope for Edwards in a runoff.

"For the first time, against any candidate, he broke 50-percent when I did a runoff situation.  He'd not been able to do that in the past.  He never got over 47."

Glascock admits that, while this poll shows hope for Edwards, it's still an outside shot that he'll win the runoff.  He says as we approach the Tuesday election, it appears that name recognition is very important.

"The likability of the candidate has a lot more to do (than) with issues, at this point."
 
 
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Moss Bluff teen dies after falling off roof of SUV


A 16-year-old student from Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles is dead after he fell off the roof of an SUV. Commander James McGee, with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office, says Kaleb Franks and another teen were sitting on top of the SUV, with their feet on the inside of an open sunroof, when the driver made a quick jerking motion with the steering wheel.

"Causing one of the 16-year-olds, Kaleb Franks of Moss Bluff, threw him off of the vehicle, causing him severe head injuries," McGee said.
 
Franks was taken to a local hospital with head injuries and pronounced dead on Thursday night. McGee says the driver was 15-year-old and an unlicensed driver.
 
"Standard toxicology testing of the driver were performed, and charges could result later." 
 
The SUV belonged to one of the male's parents. McGee says based on their investigation the teens were goofing around and unfortunately it led to a child's death. 
 
"Definitely a tragedy, I'm sure that if everyone involved could do something differently, they would."   
 
 
 
 
 
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Saints back in first place in NFC South


The Saints ended a seven-game road regular season losing streak by beating the Carolina Panthers 28-10 on Thursday night. The win gives New Orleans a 4-4 record, which is good enough for first place in the less than mediocre NFC South.


The Black and Gold took control of this game with two 2nd quarter touchdowns. Mark Ingram started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run, after a Cam Netwon fumble. Ingram had two touchdown runs and finished with 100 yards.
 
Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 297 yards. His one touchdown pass went to Jimmy Graham, who caught seven passes for 83 yards.
 
It was another great effort by the Saints defense. They forced two turnovers, sacked Newton four times. The Carolina quarterback struggled and was 10-of-28 for 151 yards. 
 
After the game, Coach Sean Payton expressed his displeasure with having to play on Thursday night after playing a game on Sunday night. But now New Orleans has a chance to rest. They don't play again until November 9th at home against San Francisco, which begins a three-game homestand.  
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Coldest weekend of fall lies ahead


It looks like the coldest weather, so far, this fall will hit Louisiana this weekend.  CS Ross, with the National Weather Service in Shreveport, says a cold front is moving through the Bayou State today.
 


"Ushering in a much cooler air mass for this weekend.  Friday night and Saturday night, overnight lows will reach well into the thirties with several locations reporting frost."

He says overnight lows this weekend could dip into the thirties in some sections of the state.  Ross says the cooler air mass coming with the cold front could produce the first frost of the season in some portions of the state.  Ross says these cooler temperatures are coming in a little ahead of schedule.

"Normally the first freezing and frost weather occurs in the first and second weeks of November across northern Louisiana."

Ross says afternoon highs should be in the sixties across Louisiana Saturday and Sunday.  He suggests you enjoy the nice jacket weather while you can.

"A warming trend commencing next week with a good chance of rain developing middle of the week." 

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