THE U-S AIR FORCE C-ONE-THIRTY AIRCRAFT IS BEING USED FOR AERIAL SPRAYING TARGETING THE INFLUX OF MOSQUITOES BROUGHT IN FROM HURRICANES LAURA AND DELTA. CAROLINE MARCELLO HAS MORE.
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THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS RELEASED DASHCAM FOOTAGE OF A POLICE CHASE LAST THURSDAY THAT ENDED WHEN THE DRIVER, TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD DUSTIN MAGNON OF RAYNE, CRASHED HIS CAR IN CROWLEY. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, MAGNON APPEARING TO RUN RIGHT AT POLICE VEHICLES THAT HAD HIM BOXED IN AND SHOTS WERE FIRED BY POLICE AT THE VEHICLE. AUTHORITIES SAY THE BULLETS HIT THE SIDE OF THE VEHICLE BUT MAGNON AND HIS PASSENGER WERE NOT HIT, THOUGH THE PASSENGER, THIRTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD ASHLEY SONNIER WAS EJECTED AND LATER DIED. AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO THE INCIDENT WHICH WILL ALSO DETERMINE IF POLICE WERE JUSTIFIED IN THE SHOOTING.
Louisiana residents with damage from Hurricane Laura will get an extra month to sign up for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline to register with FEMA had been set for Tuesday, but the agency announced that it was extended until Nov. 27 in the nearly two dozen parishes authorized for individual assistance tied to Laura. Louisiana’s congressional delegation had asked for the extension. Homeowners and renters can seek assistance with temporary housing, rental aid and repairs to damaged property.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed the centerpiece bill of Louisiana’s just-ended special session. The measure sought to give lawmakers more authority in a governor’s emergency decisions, including the ability to jettison individual coronavirus restrictions. The Democratic governor’s decision Tuesday was expected. With that bill scrapped, lawmakers are awaiting a court’s decision on House Republicans’ effort to rescind all of the governor’s coronavirus restrictions through a never-before-used state petition law.
STATE POLICE LEARNED LAST NIGHT THAT AN OPELOUSAS MAN DIED FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH THAT HAPPENED OCTOBER NINTH. STATE POLICE SAY SIXTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW WASHINGTON WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON L-A SEVEN-FORTY-NINE, WHEN HE HIT A TREE THAT HAD FALLEN ACROSS THE ROADWAY. WASHINGTON WAS WEARING HIS SEATBELT AND SUSTAINED WHAT WERE CONSIDERED MODERATE INJURIES AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH. HE PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER FIFTEENTH.
TEN MORE DEATHS FROM COVID-NINETEEN WERE REPORTED TODAY IN LOUISIANA. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ALSO REPORTED THIRTEEN MORE HOSPITALIZATIONS. HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS DECREASED BY ELEVEN. THERE ARE FOUR HUNDRED FORTY-TWO NEW CASES OF COVID-NINETEEN, MOVING THE OVERALL TOTAL PAST ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY-ONE THOUSAND.
ACADIANA HAD TWO MORE DEATHS FROM COVID-NINETEEN, MOVING THE TOTAL TO SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE. THE TWO DEATHS WERE IN IBERIA AND ST. MARTIN PARISHES. THERE WAS ONE MORE DEATH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, WHICH WAS IN ALLEN PARISH. THE TOTAL IS THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE. ACADIANA HAD FORTY-TWO NEW CASES OF COVID-NINETEEN, INCLUDING TWELVE IN ST. MARTIN PARISH. SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA ADDED TWENTY-NINE CASES, INCLUDING SEVENTEEN IN CALCASIEU PARISH.
ALMOST FORTY-EIGHT THOUSAND PEOPLE VOTED EARLY IN LAFAYETTE PARISH. CLERK OF COURT LOUIS PERRET TELLS KLFY TV THAT THEY ANTICIPATE TURNOUT TO GET AS HIGH AS EIGHTY PERCENT THIS YEAR, COMPARED TO SIXTY-SIX-POINT-FIVE PERCENT IN THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. FOR ALL OF ACADIANA, THERE WERE NEARLY ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND VOTES IN THE EARLY ELECTION PERIOD, WHICH ENDED YESTERDAY. ACCORDING TO KATC TV, THAT’S NEARLY TWICE THE AMOUNT WHO VOTED EARLY DURING THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN TWENTY-SIXTEEN.