The latest: No polling places in Louisiana will be without power on Election Day, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says. All remaining polling locations currently without power have a generator either operational or scheduled for delivery and installation today, he says. Reserve generators, technicians and support staff also will be available. All Election Day voting machines contain a battery reserve, which can run up to eight hours without power. Hurricane Zeta caused power outages across southeast Louisiana, affecting 435 polling places. The Center Square has the full story.
Hazing allegation: An LSU fraternity member was arrested Monday morning amid an investigation into a night of drinking that sent another student to the hospital, WBRZ-TV reports. Phi Kappa Psi member Terry Pat Reynolds II was booked for criminal hazing and failure to seek assistance, an LSU spokesperson confirmed. According to arrest documents obtained Monday, the investigation began after fraternity members dropped off a student at a hospital in serious condition Oct. 19. Hospital staff told investigators the victim was unresponsive, foaming at the mouth and had to be placed on life support. It was later determined the victim’s blood-alcohol level was nearly six times the legal driving limit. Read the full story.
Homebuilding boom: U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in September, the fourth straight monthly gain after a coronavirus-caused spring swoon, although the gain was smaller than analysts had expected. The Commerce Department reported today that the September gain follows a downward revised gain of 0.8% in August. Spending on residential construction was strong yet again, with single-family home projects jumping 5.7%. Demand for single-family homes remains healthy as buyers rush to the market pushed by historically low interest rates under 3%. Read the full story.