Safer voting: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome sent a letter to Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin today formally requesting use of the Baton Rouge River Center for the upcoming election in order to allow for adequate social distancing. In her letter, Broome emphasizes the need to provide a safe environment for residents to cast their votes. As of today, East Baton Rouge parish has 14,253 cases of COVID-19 and 25 patients on ventilators.
Still employed: LSU’s Will Wade is reviled by his peers as a next-level cheater, but a bad reputation and bad publicity haven’t yet cost him his job, Sports Illustrated details in a new feature about Wade’s career and scandal. The latest on Wade’s transgressions came in August, courtesy of a document written by NCAA Director of Enforcement Jon Duncan that said his staff received information that “Mr. Wade arranged for, offered and/or provided impermissible payments, including cash payments, to at least 11 men’s basketball prospective student-athletes.” Read the full story here.
On the half shell: LSU researchers have launched a project that aims to give Louisiana oyster harvesters a way of detecting whether waters contain viruses or bacteria that can cause some people to get sick when they eat the shellfish raw or undercooked, The Daily Advertiser reports. One-third to 40% of the oysters harvested in the U.S. come from Louisiana waters, more than any other state. LSU has received a $750,000 grant from NASA to conduct research on oyster beds. Read the full story.