News for Tuesday January 21st, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A new Legislative class was sworn in last week and for the first time in nearly a century; Louisiana finds itself without a member of the Long family serving in public office. Gerald Long served as a Republican Senator for Natchitoches during his time at the State Capitol. The political dynasty began with Governor Huey Long, the firecracker leftwing populist who pushed a massive public works program, built Tiger Stadium, The state charity hospital system and several major highways across the state. Huey Long was assassinated in 1935 in the midst of a run against President Roosevelt, who he attacked for not being far being leftwing enough.
A Morning Consult poll finds Governor John Bel Edwards is the most popular Democratic Governor. Overall, he is ranked 15th with a 54% approval rating. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says a big part of Edwards being the most favored Democrat governor is his popularity and connection to the people of the state. Stockley says if the national Democratic Party is not paying attention to Edwards both as an individual and as a model for how to win as a Democrat in the south, then they are making a significant strategic error and it could cost them elections in 2020 as well as the White House.
A 17-year-old in Lafayette is fighting for his life after he was shot in what police are calling an attempted armed robbery. Corporal Bridgette Dugas says they’ve arrested two boys, one is 13 and the other is 14-years-old. The victim has been identified through media reports as Matthew Carter, a member of the Comeaux High School football team. Dugas says it’s believed the two teens were trying to steal his car..
The impeachment trial of President Trump begins today in the US Senate, where Senators will vote on rules that will govern the trial. Senator Bill Cassidy says the affair will demand their attention for eight hours a day, six days a week, and while the process is ongoing it’s important to remember this isn’t a criminal trial. The two articles, charge the President with Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. Cassidy isn’t sure how long this process will take, but he’s hoping for a speedy resolution.
State and National health experts are saying you may have already caught the flu this season, but there's a chance you could get it again. According to the CDC, there's an increased chance for a "double-barreled flu season" this year, meaning two different strains of influenza could strike back to back. While influenza B was the dominant strain early on in the season, an equal number of influenza A cases have been reported in recent weeks.
A medical marijuana company has big expansion plans for its Louisiana operations and is separately courting hemp farmers to support an upcoming launch into CBD products.
Wellcana Group, one of only two companies approved in the state to produce medical marijuana, is scouting out locations between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for space to build a 100,000 square-foot indoor marijuana greenhouse and storage facility, according to The Advocate. The company expects that the expansion will create between 100 to 200 new full and part-time jobs.
Lafayette Regional Airport says that Frontier Airlines has suspended services from Lafayette indefinitely. According to a press release, LFT Executive Director Steven Picou was told by Frontier that the demand for the airline's services was insufficient to continue at the airport.
According to the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science study, whether teens believe nicotine and vaping products are harmful is largely due to gender, household income and education level. Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Tobacco Specialist Josh Pitre says the study shows that one in four high school students use e-cigarettes and the trend among middle school students has increased 50-percent.
An LSU Geology Professor believes the Indian Mounds at LSU’s flagship campus may be the oldest man-made structures on Earth, with parts of the structure believed to possibly be 11,300-years-old. Brooks Ellwood says a scan of the mounds, followed by a test of the material indicates the mounds are likely far, far older than the Pyramids of Giza. Prior research indicated the mounds were only about 6,000 years old. The structures are thought to be ceremonial burial grounds for tribes that inhabited the region millennia ago.
LSU brings a perfect 5-and-0 SEC record into tonight’s matchup against the Florida Gators. Both teams are ranked just outside of the A-P Top 25 and Coach Will Wade is expecting a tight contest. LSU is second in the SEC in scoring, averaging nearly 80 points per game. Florida is coming off a 22-point over Auburn, who was ranked fourth in the country at the time. Airtime this afternoon at 5:30 on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
The Honeybadger is headed to the Super Bowl. Tyrann Mathieu led Kansas City in tackles in the AFC Championship game as the Chiefs defeated the Titans 35 to 24. Matthieu was signed in the offseason to bolster a K-C defense that struggled last season. The Chiefs will clash with the San Francisco 49ers on February 2nd in Miami. Kansas City is a slight favorite.
LSU cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond has agreed to a three-year contract to stay with the Tigers.
Back-up field goal kicker Connor Culp has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has been introduced as the head coach of the Baylor Bears.
Louisiana Tech is 4-and-2 in Conference USA after losing to North Texas 51 to 50 at the Buzzer. Tech is at Middle Tennessee on Thursday. The Blue Raiders are winless in league play this year.
The Ragin Cajuns and Warhawks are both tied for last place in the Sun Belt. The two teams will face each other on Saturday.
Nicholls is a half-game back of first place in the Southland after beating Central Arkansas 79-72. After starting 0-3 in the Southland, McNeese has won four straight and the Cowboys are at Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday.