ABOUT SIX HUNDRED PEOPLE ATTENDED A REPUBLICAN PARTY RALLY FEATURING DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR, WHICH WAS HELD AT THE CAJUNDOME CONVENTION CENTER IN LAFAYETTE. BOTH REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR, EDDIE RISPONE AND RALPH ABRAHAM, SPOKE AT THE RALLY AS WELL AS ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF LANDRY AND CONGRESSMAN CLAY HIGGINS. THE FOCUS WAS ON THE ECONOMY AND HOW IT HAS NOT KEPT UP WITH THE COUNTRY UNDER GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS. A NEW POLL BY GRAY TELEVISION HAS GOVERNOR EDWARDS WITH 45 PERCENT OF THE VOTE WITH RISPONE AT 22 PERCENT AND ABRAHAM AT 17 PERCENT.
A GUN WAS CONFISCATED FROM A STUDENT AT S-J WELSH MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LAKE CHARLES YESTERDAY. THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD SAID IN A FACEBOOK POST THAT THE SITUATION WAS HANDLED QUICKLY AND EVERYONE IS SAFE. THEY SAID, “ WE ARE CONFIDENT IN OUR CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLANS AND CONTINUOUSLY PRACTICE OUR SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES.” THEY SAID PROPER PROTOCOLS WERE FOLLOWED AND THEY THANKED THE STAFF FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO PREPARE FOR SUCH A SITUATION.
IN THE SPAN OF ONE WEEK, TWO BICYCLISTS WERE KILLED IN ACADIANA. ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS AN OPELOUSAS TEENAGER. MEGAN KELLY HAS THE DETAILS.
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The state of Mississippi says a federal court erred in not letting it present evidence about whether a fetus experiences pain. Attorney Paul Barnes addressed the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday about a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The state’s only abortion clinic sued and U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the law from taking effect last year, saying it “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights because it bans abortion weeks before viability. Barnes said the case’s outcome was “preordained” as soon as Reeves determined he wasn’t going to consider evidence outside of viability.
A judge has ruled that four fraternity members could be held responsible for the death of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student, killed by a pledge they hazed. Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux reversed an exemption ruling that said four Kappa Sigma Fraternity-Epsilon-Chi members couldn’t be individually sued for the 2016 death of Rustam Nizamutdinova. Thibodeaux said the four were negligent and could be held responsible. News outlets report Nizamutdinova was struck by a car driven by Michael Gallagher, who fell asleep at the wheel after being hazed and sleep-deprived for 72 hours.
CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A PERSON WHO COMMITTED AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A SULPHUR HOTEL SUNDAY NIGHT AT AROUND TEN. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS A BLACK MAN WITH BRAIDS ENTERED THE HOTEL ON RUTH STREET AND HELD A GUN ON AN EMPLOYEE DEMANDING MONEY. HE FLED ON FOOT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH AND SOME OTHER ITEMS. ANYONE WHO WOULD HAVE INFORMATION ON THE ROBBERY IS ASKED TO CONTACT CALCASIEU PARISH CRIMESTOPPERS AT 439-2222.
THE HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS IN SEPTEMBER WERE GOOD FOR SOYBEAN FARMERS. JEREMY HEBERT WITH THE L-S-U AG-CENTER EXTENSION SAYS ABOUT NINETY PERCENT OF SOYBEAN FIELDS IN ACADIA PARISH HAVE BEEN CLEARED AND THEY ARE YIELDING ABOUT FORTY BUSHELS PER ACRE, WHICH IS ABOVE NORMAL. HOWEVER, PRICES FOR SOYBEANS ARE LOW SO THERE WERE FEWER SOYBEAN FIELDS THAT WERE PLANTED. HE SAYS THERE WERE ABOUT SEVENTEEN THOUSAND SOYBEAN ACRES PLANTED THIS YEAR COMPARED TO CLOSE TO THIRTY THOUSAND LAST YEAR.
The Supreme Court appears ready to require that juries in state criminal trials be unanimous. The justices heard arguments on the first day of the term Monday in an appeal by a Louisiana man who is serving a life term for killing a woman after a jury voted 10-2 to convict him. Louisiana voters have changed the law for crimes committed beginning this year. There appeared to be wide agreement on the court to jettison a 1972 ruling that required unanimous verdicts in federal, but not state trials.