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They talked over each other, and the moderators. And by the end of Tuesday night’s debate between David Vitter and John Bel Edwards, one thing was abundantly clear: the two candidates for governor despise each other.

“John Bel, you’re just wrong,” Vitter flung at his opponent.

“Senator Vitter, you’ve been lying sideways in the public trough since 1992,” Edwards said.

Sue Lincoln

 When David Vitter and John Bel Edwards faced the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, there wasn’t much discussion of what they would each do as governor. Instead, talk was mostly about the campaign itself. Vitter was asked about Edwards’ latest ad.

“I failed my family 15 years ago. Everyone knows that,” Vitter said. “The good news is, I asked for and received forgiveness.”

“The issue isn’t just family, and it isn’t just forgiveness,” Edwards responded. “His performance of his public duties were compromised, as well.”

Travis Lux

Ethanol is by far the most commonly produced biofuel in the country. But it has some problems. For one, its only about two-thirds as efficient as gasoline.

“Secondly,” says Dr. Donal Day, “ethanol has a serious problem in that it likes to pick up water. Why is that a problem? You cannot move ethanol in a pipeline because it’ll cause corrosion.”

Day is a researcher at the LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute, where researchers are trying to find ways to produce biofuels and bioproducts from the sugars found in Louisiana plants – like sweet sorghum and energycane.

Three polls conducted since the October 24th primary show Democrat John Bel Edwards continuing to lead Republican David Vitter in the contest for governor. Edwards received 40-percent to Vitter’s 23-percent of the primary vote, and leads by a margin of anywhere from eight to 20 percent for the runoff, according to those polls.

But are the polls merely reflective of voter leanings, or do the polls somehow influence how people vote?

“Under certain conditions, the polls can have an influence,” according to LSU political science professor Robert Hogan.

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The band Jetlagger has been together for a little over a year and members Jonathan Loubiere (guitar), Johnny McAndrew (guitar), Ryan Roullard (bass), and Josh Nee (drums) say they fit right in with the mix of other local Baton Rouge bands in the area. In fact, for them it's not a competition; they just want to make music.