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Violence In Our Schools and On Our Streets

Police still have no suspect in Friday's fatal shooting of LSU student Allison Rice but are currently saying that they believe the shooting was a "random act" that took place while she was waiting at a train crossing. Last week, we had multiple area schools go into lockdown over threats of violence. There was also a report of a student who wrote problematic song lyrics and was called in by administrators.

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Photo courtesy of Crime Stoppers of Vermilion

Crime is up, or at least the number of reports we're seeing pop up in local outlets appears to be. In New Orleans, crime is the number one issue in the recall of Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and with a large number of officers walking off the job, it's difficult for law enforcement to respond to every call.

We have a problem in our country. There are multiple factors. Part of it is partisan - you see those crime rates really spiking in urban areas, and most of those areas are run by Democrats. But you also see them on the rise in Republican areas, as well. This is more than partisanship. The whole country, it feels like, is getting mentally unwell and it really feels like there is a growing number of people (though nowhere near the majority) who are fine seeing order give way to anarchy.

The Midterm Update

Across The U.S. Voters Flock To The Polls On Election Day
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This is, I think, part of the reason why the midterm polling is shifting back to the GOP. There was a honeymoon period toward the end of the summer where the Democrats were getting high-profile things done, there were no major disasters looming, and gas prices were going down. But people don't feel safe anymore. They don't feel safe economically and they don't feel safe personally. They are worried about their families in more ways than one.

That seems to be why the GOP has pivoted in recent weeks to more "soft on crime" accusations against Democrats. Even Mehmet Oz, who is still the most likely swing state Republican candidate to lose, is focusing more on John Fetterman's soft on crime approach and drifting away from the "he's scared to debate me" rhetoric.

Georgia is shaping up to be a total loss for Democrats, Republicans are within striking distance in Arizona and Nevada, and there is still some GOP spending happening in even deep blue House seats.

The Tropics Are Getting Active

We've got Invest 98L now predicted to be named storm by the end of the week. The National Hurricane Center's midday update gave the system a 60 percent chance of development within the next 48 hours, and 80 percent chance in the next five days. It's the first system that is really proving to be a threat to the Gulf. We are keeping an eye on it. But the question is: Are you and your family prepared if it does head our way?

Headlines Of The Day

  • Things Take an Unexpected Turn as Some Martha's Vineyard Residents Applaud DeSantis, Bash Biden (RedState)
  • Murder in the Cemetery: New Iberia PD Arrest Woman in Stabbing (KPEL)
  • Revenge? Republicans weigh tanking Manchin's permitting plan (POLITICO)
  • Beyond Meat COO arrested for biting man’s nose near Razorback Stadium (KNWA)
  • Joe Biden is out of touch with Americans (Real Clear Politics)

Tweet Of The Day

Fighting Fentanyl: Huge Arrests Made Across Acadiana in 2022

The fight against fentanyl is a daunting one as the highly potent drug continues to take lives every day across the country. From Lafayette to the surrounding areas, law enforcement agencies have their hands full as they fight to get fentanly off their respective streets.

The awareness for the fatal causes of fentanyl are there as people across the Acadiana area (and the state) are not only mourning the death of loved ones lost to the substance but are holding memorials and recently worked with legislators to pass "Millie's Law," which increases criminal penalties for those who sale and distribute fentanyl.

Fentanyl has become a leading drug in an epidemic that takes over 100,000 lives each year, according to the CDC. The drug is often added to heroin without it being disclosed to the person buying the drug. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency outlines how dangerous fentanyl has become:

"Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico."

Let's take a look back at headline-catching cases involving fentanyl in 2022.

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Here are 25 celebrities who have been convicted or charged with crimes, ranging from minor felonies to serious offenses.

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