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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/20/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Thursday 092018

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Corporal Alan Stokes of the Alexandria Police Department, who filed a police report back in May alleging that he was publicly intimidated by Mayor Jacques Roy during a phone call related to the selection of the city's next police chief, has been terminated. Roy and police Chief Jerrod King addressed the matter on Wednesday at a weekly briefing. Chief King saying some things that happened were unacceptable. The Chief went on to say he didn’t care who it involved, whether it was the mayor or a citizen.


The APD reports an Alexandria man died early Wednesday morning in a two vehicle crash on Interstate 49 near the Airbase Road exit. Authorities have yet to ID the driver of the vehicle other than to say he was a 37-year-old man. The other driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment.


Sad news yesterday when we were informed of the passing of Billy Allgood, a man who was a coach, athletic director, and teacher at Louisiana College for close to 4 decades. His accomplishments at LC range from 327 career basketball victories to personally building the baseball facility that deservedly bears his name. Billy Allgood was 87.  


LSU announced yesterday afternoon there are less than 100 tickets available for the LSU football team’s 6 p.m. home game Saturday against Louisiana Tech at Tiger Stadium. LSU did not post a sellout in 2017 among its six home games in Tiger Stadium, but LSU football still ranked high among the nation’s attendance leaders.

Capacity at Tiger Stadium is 102,321. To put that in perspective, that’s 4 and a half times the population of Grant Parish.  The last sellout at tiger stadium was against Alabama in 2016.


Governor John Bel Edwards says his priority for the next legislative session is to get more money for public education and to secure a 1,000 dollar teacher pay raise. Edwards says it’s more than just teachers who deserve a raise, it’s support workers, bus drivers and more. This comes as teacher strikes in red states across the nation have found success in both securing pay raises and public school funding increases. Edwards says it’s the first step towards addressing the decade-long teacher pay freeze.


The Southern Poverty Law Center is sounding the alarm over a new report they conducted that shows more than one-third of Louisiana law enforcement departments do not have policies that address racial profiling. Deputy Legal Director Lisa Graybill says it’s a troubling discovery that likely is leading to mistreatment of minorities by some police departments. But she says it’s not necessarily being done out of malice. Graybill notes that after surveying law enforcement statewide, they discovered that many offices just weren’t familiar with what those policies were, and how they help lead to fair policing.


Prosecutors have added criminal charges of possession of child pornography against former LSU wide receiver Drake Davis, who was arrested Sunday for a second time this past month, after an ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic battery.  East Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore says the new charges were added after investigators found two videos on Davis’s cell phone that were determined to be child pornography.  Davis has submitted his resignation from LSU and is no longer enrolled at the university.


Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says so far this year they’ve only seen a two-percent average increase in auto insurance rates. Last year for 2017, auto insurance rates rose on average nearly nine percent. Donelon says drivers should ask their insurance provider about any discounts available.


The LSU AgCenter has been awarded a five million dollar, five-year grant from the CDC that will fund an ongoing program to improve health in rural Louisiana and expand it to more parishes.  The grant will support an initiative called Healthy Access, Behaviors, and Communities, or Healthy ABCs.  AgCenter Nutrition Specialist Denise Holston says the program has been active for about three years and overall the feedback on the program so far has been positive.


A new survey from OfficeTeam says 56 percent of U.S. workers’ typical lunch break lasts 30 minutes or less. Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Finance and Accounting Carrie Lewis says the current break standards may have a negative effect on employees.  The survey shows that 29 percent of employees don’t stop working on their breaks.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/19/18 ...... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Wednesday 091918

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Just under 400 people on hand last night for the Alexandria Mayoral debate. The event was sponsored by The Young Professionals Group of Cenla, The Central Louisiana Chamber and Cenla Broadcasting. If you were not able to attend or listen on the radio, a podcast is available on the front page of the KSYL website at KSYL.Com..


A former Bookkeeper at the Rapides Parish DA’s office, Margaruette Beard, pleaded guilty yesterday to theft greater than $25,000, injuring public records, and malfeasance in office.  Beard was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor on each count to be served concurrent with the federal sentence she received. Beard worked in the DA’s office for 27 years, until the discovery that money was missing from the office in October 2015.


Authorities in Livingston Parish report a 2-year-old boy has died after he managed to grab a gun from a counter in his home. Sheriff Jason Ard says the child is believed to have climbed up on a stool to reach the gun. He says the gun went off and the child was hit in the face. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


The civil case involving the Alton Sterling shooting has uncovered a communication sent one year before Sterling’s shooting death by Officer Blane Salamoni where one his superiors questioned the former Baton Rouge cop’s sanity. Sterling Family Attorney Chris Stewart says his clients are pushing for a quick resolution to the civil case, and warns they’re ready to make life uncomfortable for city officials if they refuse a settlement. Blane Salamoni was cleared of criminal charges.


Some of Louisiana’s 100-person contingent of first responders in South Carolina are coming home, while the others will continue rescue operations for the next week as waters continue to rise as a result of Florence. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says South Carolina is not out of the woods yet when it comes to more flooding, which is why their search and rescue teams will stay there for another week.


A big groundbreaking ceremony for a new medical school on the ULM campus took place Tuesday. ULM has entered a land lease agreement with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will construct a building at Heritage Park and the Grove. The university says no state funds will be used on the project.


Louisiana has the second highest rate of male on female murder in the United States according to a report from the Violence Policy Center. It’s a continuing trend as the state has found itself in the top five since 2016. Legislative Director Kristen Rand says  1,800 women were murdered in the US by men last year, with 93 percent of all murders of women by men being done by someone the victim knew beforehand.


LSU place-kicker Cole Tracy is reaching folk hero status after kicking the game winning field goal versus Auburn. Cole is a graduate transfer from Assumption College in Massachusetts.  Now, that school is seeing donations from LSU fans in Cole’s honor.  Assumption College Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Tim Stanton, says the donations started coming after LSU’s win over Miami. If enough funds are raised, Stanton says they’ll renamed their football field for Tracy.


Drag Queen Story Time will go on as planned on October sixth at the Lafayette Public Library despite some calls for the event’s cancellation. The library board met last night and took no action on postponing or cancelling the event, but they heard public comment. There were more people who spoke in opposition to a group of UL Lafayette students dressing in drag and reading to children.



Sixth ranked LSU is a 20 point favorite this Saturday night against Louisiana Tech. The Tigers have performed well when they are the underdogs, but they’ll be the favorite for at least the next couple of weeks. Coach Ed Orgeron says the key to staying successful is to stay humble. 


Looking ahead to next season, the SEC schedule came out today. The Tigers will kick off league play on September 21st at Vanderbilt. LSU will also visit Mississippi State on October 19th, host Auburn the next week and then it’s Alabama on November 9th, followed by Ole Miss the next week. There’s also two bye weeks, September 28th and November 2nd, before Bama.





Good Morning News For Tuesday 09/18/18 .... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Tuesday 091818

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Just a reminder tonight it’s the YPG mayoral debate.. it starts at 6:30 at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.. Tonight’s debate will also be broadcast live on KSYL 970AM & 104.9FM.


The RPSO reports 31 year old Kayla Giles, the woman accused with shooting and killing her estranged husband in a Walmart parking lot on September 8th, is now facing new charges unrelated to that shooting. Giles was, according to the APD, re-arrested on Monday for a warrant for domestic abuse battery from an incident reported on August 8 and a separate warrant for theft $5,000-$25,000 from an incident reported on September 5. Giles is currently being held on $1,000,000 in the Rapides Parish jail.


State Police say a 2 year old is dead and other children sustained injuries after their father drunkenly flew through an intersection in Donaldsonville over the weekend and got t-boned. 27-year-old John Henderson of Baton Rouge, the driver, has been arrested as a result. State Police Spokesperson Sgt. Jaded Sandifer says neither of the adults put restraints on the 2-year-old who died.


The United Cajun Navy is wrapping up operations in the Carolinas after spending nearly a week saving people from treacherous flood waters. 23 deaths have been attributed to the storm so far. United Cajun Navy founder Todd Terrell says not everyone is coming home yet, as they hope to continue assisting areas with limited resources, while cleaning up the command center they built to coordinate rescues. There are also over 100 Louisiana emergency personnel deployed to the Carolinas and they are assisting with rescues, clearing roadways and cooking for first responders.


Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has returned to the Bayou State following a ten day trip to China as part of a Louisiana tourism mission in an attempt to lure more visitors from Asia.  The trip included a stop at the 12th annual China-US Tourism Leadership Summit. Nungesser says he believes the “Lights Camera Louisiana” film trail, which shows where many movies and TV shows were produced in the state, will be a huge draw for Chinese tourists.


In a narrow vote, the State Board of Medical Examiners voted to lift a cap that was established in 2016 that would allow physicians to have up to 100 medical marijuana patients. Only 48 doctors have applied to dispense the medical marijuana when it comes available later this year and the small number caused concerns the cap would hurt the program.


This is the last week of summer, but it feels like the middle of the summer with heat index values over 100-degrees. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we are still a couple of weeks away from that first significant cold front that brings a touch of fall to Louisiana. But, there is some good news.. starting today we’ll get a break in the high humidity for a few days.


The St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial announced Monday that Wilson Robertson, who was named in March as Acadiana’s oldest World War II veteran, has died. Robertson passed away on Wednesday at his home in Melville. He was 102. Robertson enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 25, 1941, serving until March 1945. For his service to the country, Robertson received the Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, 1st Award, WW II Honorable Service Lapel Button and the Louisiana Medal of Honor.


Louisiana will receive $1.8 million annually over five years after receiving a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The funding will be used to establish a comprehensive Louisiana School Mental Health Support Program within thirty-four schools throughout Louisiana.  Louisiana Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says it’ll help provide special training to school personnel.


A Donaldsonville man is facing battery and hate crime charges after an altercation at a Gonzales store that was allegedly sparked when he told a Latino family to “go back to Mexico.” Authorities say 60-year-old Robert Ray approached a 19-year-old girl at the store, made the comments, and then shoved her and her father. That was his second big mistake. The man Mr. Ray began to fight with was actually a Texas born marine, who stepped in after his Louisiana born daughter was allegedly shoved. Ray is facing one hate crime charge along with two counts of simple battery and criminal damage to property.


State police have arrested a former LSP cadet following an investigation that revealed he was involved in an attempt at blackmail against a former US Army coworker.  LSP spokesperson Sgt. Jared Sandifer says 26 year old Jimmy Kassis was let go from the state police in June upon hearing of the investigation from the US Army.




LSU has ended its relationship with wide receiver Drake Davis. Tiger Rag Magazine reports Davis has been kicked off the team after he was arrested a second time on battery charges against a female. Davis remains in jail as he was denied bond.


Sixth ranked LSU is the talk of college football with its two victories over top 10 ranked teams. Coach Ed Orgeron says they still have several tough games left to play this season and they have to get better if they want to win those contests. LSU is nearly a three touchdown favorite to beat Louisiana Tech this Saturday.


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Good Morning ... News For Monday 09/17/18. Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Monday 091718

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


It’s your chance to hear all three candidates for mayor of the city of Alexandria. It’s the YPG of Cenla Mayoral Debate tomorrow night at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts center.  The event, which is free and open to the public starts at 6:30 and will run until 8 o’clock.  Can’t make it.. then be sure to listen to the debate on KSYL 970AM and 104.9FM. The mayoral debate is sponsored by the YPG of Cenla and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.


The United Cajun Navy is currently in North Carolina as the area is experiencing massive flooding from Hurricane Florence.  Founder of the group, Todd Terrell, says those that want to help can make donations via the United Cajun Navy’s Facebook page.  He says the team is facing many challenges with the elements in the Carolinas.


A team with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal has been staging in Florence, South Carolina in response to the hurricane by the same name.  With just under 100 people on the team, they are assisting the South Carolina State Fire Marshal with calls coming in as a result of the storm.  Louisiana agency Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the group is packed for a stay of 5 to 7 days.


Louisiana Treasury Secretary John Schroder estimates the state will have an over 300 million dollar budget surplus from last year after revenues out performed expectations. There are tight constitutional limits on just how this cash can get spent, which means it can’t be dropped straight into the state general fund for this. The Edwards administration says any estimates before the audit is finished are premature.


Suspended LSU wide receiver Drake Davis was again arrested Sunday and accused of beating his former girlfriend, the second time in a month that he has been accused of abusing the same woman. He was previously arrested Aug. 17 and released on bail.

His first arrest centered on four incidents of abuse that included punching and grabbing the victim by her throat on multiple occasions . the 21 year old Davis was booked into jail Sunday on additional counts of battery of a dating partner and violation of protective orders.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a Winnsboro man had roadkill in the cooler of his restaurant and then took it home to butcher it. L-D-W-F’s Adam Einck says a deputy saw the fawn in a cooler at a restaurant called the Garden Hen. He says the man heard law enforcement were on the case and apparently tried to hide the evidence…


A Baton Rouge man has been arrested in a two-vehicle crash in Donaldsonville that killed a toddler and injured several other people Saturday evening, according to Louisiana State Police. 27 year old John Henderson was arrested and accused of driving under the influence, vehicular homicide and other related counts.


A former cast member of the History Channel reality show "Swamp People" died in a car crash in Iberville Parish early Saturday morning, according to his family on social media and the Louisiana State Police. 35 year old Randy Edwards of Donaldsonville, died after crashing his car into a utility pole around 3 a.m. Impairment is suspected in the crash. Edwards was featured on the first six seasons of Swamp People with his father, Junior, and his mother, Theresa.


The Department of Economic Development is launching a new mentorship program that will pair business veterans with upstart entrepreneurs to help get the rookies off the bench and onto the field. Secretary Don Pierson says the program has received a lot of interest from experienced businesspeople, who are looking to pass on some vital knowledge. You can find more information, or apply for the program at opportunitylouisiana.com/mentorprotege.


The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted a sniper training course this past week, welcoming law enforcement from the area. Cpl. Justin Dunn says the officers were instructed on safety and the importance of the role of being a sniper. Dunn says he believes the officers taking the course have picked up quite a bit over the last week.




LSU is a top-10 team after its 22-21 win at Auburn on Saturday. And it's nearly a top-five team. Cashing in on its second top-10 win of the season, the Tigers rank No. 6 in both the USA Today Coaches and AP polls released Sunday. LSU jumped seven spots  in the Coaches poll and jumped six spots in the AP poll. Alabama is the consensus No. 1 in both polls.


Thanks to four missed kicks by Cleveland’s Zane Gonzales the Saints were able to rally to beat the Cleveland Browns 21-18. New Orleans trailed 12-3 in the 4th quarter, but Quarterback Drew Brees finally got it going with two touchdown passes to Michael Thomas. Will Lutz’s 44-yard field goal with 21-seconds left was the game winner. But Coach Sean Payton is not happy with how his team is playing.


Good Morning... News For Friday 09/14/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Friday 091418

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


After complaints from nearby residents the RPSO reports the arrests of 4 Tioga residents. A search warrant was served on Stokes Road Sept. 5 by agents of the department's Metro Division. Four people were present, and agents found "and seized suspected methamphetamine, packaging materials, scales and other narcotic-related paraphernalia. All four were arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.


Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins introduces legislation that would mandate random drug tests for U-S House and Senate members. If there’s a failed test, the Ethics Committee can take further action. Higgins says you wouldn’t want emergency personnel to be intoxicated on the job, you sure wouldn’t want legislators to be under the influence either.


Entergy Louisiana is sending a team of 200 employees and contractors to the East Coast.  Hurricane Florence is expected to pack a mighty punch that could cause some extensive power outages. Entergy Louisiana Spokesperson Lee Sabatini says  in addition to line workers, they are sending over people for various duties in the cleanup effort.


Nine former softball players have filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights for Title Nine violations alleging that while attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette they were deprived of appropriate trainers, training facilities, equipment, and supplies when compared to the resources provided to male athletes. Attorney Allison Jones says the players also faced retaliation for bringing up the claims. The University strongly denies the allegations.


Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi would all get a significantly larger share of Federal offshore energy revenue from the Gulf of Mexico under a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves of Baton Rouge that was approved by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday. The legislation amends the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to increase to 50 percent the share of revenue paid by oil, gas and other energy companies that would go to Louisiana and other states from certain lease areas. The bill also removes a $500 million a year cap on how much money can be shared with states each year. The amendment has a long way to go since it must still be approved by the full House and the Senate.


The Haynesville is producing more natural gas than at any time since 2012. The shale seemed to be on it’s way out after cratering several years ago, but since 2016 has seen extraction levels rise. The shale produced 6.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day in June, good for 8.5 percent of all US production. The shale occupies a portion of north west Louisiana.


Seven escaped inmates are back in custody after Wednesday’s breach at Madison Parish Detention Center in Tallulah. LaSalle Corrections Development Executive Kevin Sumrall says it doesn’t not appear to be a premeditated prison break and were able to escape through a wired fence, with no apparent planned goal in mind..


Federal workplace safety investigators and pipe manufacturer Stupp Corporation are investigating the death of a 29-year-old man killed in an industrial accident Thursday in Baker. The Stupp Corporation officials promised in a statement Thursday that their internal investigation into the death of Stephen Deggs will be thorough and they will cooperate with local authorities and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Medical personnel transported Deggs, who was a production employee at Stupp, to a hospital. East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark confirmed Deggs died in the hospital. Clark said the official cause of the death has not yet been determined.


Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope's legal problems mounted Thursday as a grand jury handed down another criminal indictment on seven felony counts of malfeasance in office. That’s on top of the seven felonies that Pope is scheduled to be tried on in less than two weeks. The latest charges accuse Pope of unlawfully taking Marshal’s Office funds on seven occasions this year, from January to July. The total amount Pope is accused of taking exceeds $13,000.


Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is joining a nationwide collective of sheriffs who are raising money for a campaign to build awareness about the need for a border wall with Mexico. The group, backed by the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, has set a 100,000 dollar goal. Whittington says he’s joined, despite being over 500 miles away from the border. He says it’s a move that’s getting a good deal of support from the Bossier community.


The Supreme Court is taking up the appeal of a St. Tammany man who says US Wildlife and Fisheries is illegally blocking him from developing his property on the Mississippi border. The site has been designated a critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog. But the property owner’s lawyer, Mark Miller, says it’s a government overreach because the frogs don’t actually live there. Wildlife and Fisheries estimates only 100 of the frogs are still alive and are currently confined to a small area near Pearl River.

But Center for Biological Diversity lead lawyer Collette Adkins says the frogs may not yet be living in that area, but for them to have a chance in the future, the land must be kept available.






The annual Tiger Bowl kicks off  Saturday as LSU travels to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on Auburn. Both teams come into the match-up undefeated but LSU has an uphill battle as this game tends to be dominated by the home team. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says LSU’s offensive line struggled against Southeastern last week and that won’t fly playing the war eagles…Airtime 12:30p tomorrow on 96.9 KZMZ & 104.9 KSYL


The Saints are big favorites at home again this Sunday as they take on the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has not won a road game since October 2015. A loss for New Orleans and it will be difficult for them to repeat an 0-2 start and still make the playoffs. Gregg Williams who was the defensive coordinator for the Saints Super Bowl season, is now the heading up the Browns defense.


ULM will bring a 2-0 record to College Station this Saturday where’ they’ll face Texas A-and-M who is coming off a two-point loss to the number two team in the country, the Clemson Tigers. The Warhawks are feeling good about themselves after a road win at Southern Miss. ULM Coach Matt Viator says it was good to see the defense make a big stop at the end of that game. These two teams last met in 2014 and the Aggies only won by five points.


Hahnville Quarterback Andrew Robison remains ineligible for the season after his appeal was denied by the LHSAA executive committee today. Robison transferred from Vanderbilt Catholic to Hahnville, but was ruled ineligible prior to the season as the association cited “undue influence” recruiting rule.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/13/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Thursday 091318

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


An Alexandria man, Charles Hampton Jr., changed his mind after two witnesses testified Wednesday in his attempted second-degree murder trial. Hampton was facing that charge and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with a September 2016 incident at a Masonic Drive convenience store during which a woman was pistol whipped.  Instead, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated battery and firearm possession by a felon, both felonies. Hampton received 10 years at hard labor for the battery charge and 20 years at hard labor for the firearm possession charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.


There’s several ways cigarettes can mess up your life, one of them is getting caught stealing them. 23-year-old Andrew Corley of Pineville has been arrested and charged with breaking into Pit Stop Convenience store on Edgewood Dr. by throwing s large stone through the stores window after hours and making off with cigarettes. A surveillance video led Pineville PD to Corley’s home.  


50 year old Steven Gardner of Pineville has been arrested in connection with a criminal sexual conduct case. Gardner was arrested by RPSO deputies Tuesday and charged with sexual battery and three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Gardner is a registered sex offender.


A broad area of low pressure is located over the central Gulf of Mexico. Although the shower activity is still disorganized, upper-level winds are forecast to become more conducive for development, and it is likely that a tropical depression will form today or tonight, before the system reaches the western Gulf coast. The Hurricane Center says heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week.


As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the East Coast with the potential to cause catastrophic damage, the Baton Rouge branch of the Cajun Navy sent an estimated 100 volunteers to South Carolina equipped with boats and emergency supplies. United Cajun Navy volunteers are planning to set up shop in Columbia, South Carolina.


We’re fat and getting fatter.. A new report says Louisiana has the sixth highest adult obesity rate in the nation as 36-percent of the adult population is obese, up 23-percent in 2000 and 12-percent in 1990.  Louisiana is ranked eighth in obesity for the age group between 10 and 17. 


A LaFourche Parish Council member was arrested after violating a protective order filed against him by another councilman for the second time in four months. 51-year-old James Bourgeois Sr. had been ordered to stay clear of Jerry LaFont after a fist fight broke out at a council meeting back in April. Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Spokesperson Brennan Matherne says its politics.


Louisiana receives  a seven- million dollar grant to build a new veterans cemetery in Jennings that’s set to break ground November 1st. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland says currently, southwest Louisiana families have to drive at least 80 miles to the nearest veterans cemetery.


About 35,000 people, so far, have signed a petition asking LSU to release Mike the Tiger and permanently stop having a live tiger mascot. Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members, is sponsoring the effort that began two weeks ago.


Standing in Kenner’s Veterans Park, city Mayor Ben Zahn rescinded his controversial anti-Nike policy Wednesday, four days after it erupted on social media and thrust Kenner into a national spotlight. Zahn said it was his passion for the United States and for veterans that led him to issue the policy, which forbade all booster clubs connected to the city’s parks and playgrounds from purchasing any Nike products. He acted after the company launched an ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the practice of many NFL players kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and social injustice.


Amazon is set to start shipping seven foot tall Christmas trees come November, in a bid to take over yet another market. A North Carolina Frasier will run customers about 115 bucks, a hefty markup, and will be shipped to your house within ten days of being cut down, but Allen parish Christmas Tree seller Gray Anderson says that takes the fun out of getting a real tree. Anderson says instead of sending your money to Seattle based Amazon, spend it in your own community.


The Governor’s Task Force on DWI recently met to discuss a number of ways to eliminate impaired driving throughout the state.  It was the first such meeting since the task force was reinstated by Gov. John Bel Edwards through an executive order in February.  Lisa Freeman, Director of Louisiana Highway Safety, says they are tackling drivers on the road while under the influence of drugs. Freeman adds that an important tool to combat the dangers of drug influence is education, not only of drives, buy law enforcement.


Eleven law enforcement officers from various parishes are taking part in a new sniper school hosted by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.   The forty hour course is for designated marksmen involved in situations involving active shooters, hostages and barricades.  They will also receive training in shooting moving targets, sniper deployment, maintaining data books, and range estimation.


A former longtime heavy equipment operator for a Gonzales-based company claims a noose was placed around his neck in a mocking manner twice in 2015 and 2016 so his supervisor could take pictures and share them with co-workers. In a new federal lawsuit, Horlis Clark Jr., who is black, says the noose incidents were meant to evoke a lynching and were part of what the suit described as continuing racial harassment and discriminatory behavior at Auger Services Inc.


Direct flights to Austin and Orlando begin Thursday from Baton Rouge’s Metro airport through airliner Via Air, in a first for the regional location. Baton Rouge Metro Airport Spokesperson Jim Caldwell says Via Air has a great reputation, and offers competitive pricing. Orlando flights are on Mondays and Thursdays, and Austin flights are on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.




12th ranked LSU is listed as a 10.5 point underdog in their Top 25 matchup Saturday against the 7th ranked Auburn Tigers. LSU is looking for its first win at Auburn since 2012.


Saints Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that wide receiver Cameron Meredith was inactive for the season opener because he still needs more reps in practice. New Orleans signed the free agent pass catcher after he missed the 2017 season with an ACL. Payton says Meredith is healthy and they are just trying to get him up to speed.


The Baltimore Ravens have put former Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon on injured reserve. Dixon scored a touchdown in Baltimore’s season opening win over the Bills, but also hurt his knee. The Ravens can bring Dixon back after Week 8 of the regular season.


Baseball America ranks this year’s recruiting class at LSU as the best in the nation. It’s the fourth time the Tigers have received the number one designation since 2007. The 16-member class contains seven players that have been chosen in the Major League Baseball draft. Vanderbilt finished second in the ranking, Florida fifth and Texas A-and-M is seventh.


ULM will take its 2-0 record to College Station on Saturday to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies nearly upset second ranked Clemson last weekend and Warhawks Coach Matt Viator is impressed with what Coach Jimbo Fisher has done during his first season in Aggie land. The Warhawks are coming off a big road win at Southern Miss.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/12/18 ...... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Wednesday 091218

Compiled By Dave Graichen


About 90 Bayou State first responders are on their way to the Carolinas to assist in what’s likely to be a significant natural disaster as Category Four Hurricane Florence is set to smash into the East Coast. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the crew, comprised of fire departments across the state, will be based out of Columbia, South Carolina. The latest report indicates the storm may strengthen to category five before landfall.


Hurricane season is at its peak as a tropical depression has potential to form today in the Gulf of Mexico. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the area of disturbed weather in the southern part of the gulf is gradually becoming more organized. Keim says the storm is most likely headed to the Houston area but it’s too early for the Bayou State to take a sigh of relief, since it track is less than certain. Keim says there are two other storms in the Atlantic moving this way, but he says neither storm aren’t expected to have a huge impact.


Optimism among small business owners is at an all-time high. That’s according to the National Federation of Independent Business, who has been surveying its members for 45-year. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says improved federal economic policy has business owners looking to expand and hire. Starns says it’s expected to get even better for small businesses next year when the remainder if the federal tax reform plan kick in.


A lawsuit filed by New Orleans-area parents against a catholic school because of its hair policy prohibiting braids has been dismissed. Christ the King School has rescinded that policy and Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the plaintiffs got what they wanted and it would have been difficult to get much more.  The case garnered national attention thanks to a viral video showing a girl wearing braids and crying because she was sent home from school.


Jefferson Parish Medical Societies along with Smoking Cessation Trust CEO Mike Rodgers are behind the effort. Rodger says raising the legal age will roadblock smokers at a crucial age. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals estimates 7,200 people die every year in Louisiana from complications linked to smoking. Louisiana has one of the highest adult smoking rates in the nation.


Two groups are now forecasting that the end of oil is coming.  The Carbon Tracker Initiative says demand for fossil fuels will peak around 2023, while Norwegian risk-management company DNV also predicts oil demand will max out in five years’ time.  But LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says he thinks it is wishful thinking.  Scott cites the emerging economies in China and India will continue to contribute to the continued demand.


A Slidell high school teacher is out of a job after making a racially charged comment on Facebook. Valerie Scogin made a post saying, in reference to African Americans that if they “want not to be stereotyped, tell people of color to quit acting like animals and perpetuating the stereotype.” Along with another commentary about Africans selling other Africans into slavery. The school district responded after the dismissal saying the incident did not reflect the districts values.


A member of the jury that convicted a Baton Rouge man last month in the 2003 rape of a teenager claims two white jurors made racially charged remarks about the defendant, who is black. An attorney for 43 year old Sedrick Hills is now asking for a new trial. Marion Lathan, who was Juror 167, also alleges in a notarized affidavit that a group of white male jurors bullied and intimidated the other jurors. Hills was found guilty Aug. 17 by an East Baton Rouge Parish jury that consisted of eight whites and four blacks.


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As massive Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall along the East Coast later this week as a deadly category 4 or even 5 storm, the National Hurricane Center has again ratcheted up the chances that a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea will form into at least a depression when it moves into the Gulf of Mexico later this week. The NHC says the disturbance, located near western Cuba, is "showing some signs of organization" and by Thursday or Friday, a depression might form in the Gulf. The Hurricane Center says "Interests" across "the coast of Texas and Louisiana should monitor the progress of this system.


The APD reports the victim of Saturday's fatal shooting in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot, here in Alexandria,  had claimed in court records that his wife, alleged shooter Kayla Jean Giles, had been abusive. 30 year old Thomas Coutee Jr. died at the scene despite efforts to save him. The two were going through a divorce and custody arrangements for a child they shared. Giles faces second-degree murder charges.  Coutee was a well-liked welding instructor at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College.


The APD reports 61 year old Leroy Kyles was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly stabbed a neighbor during an argument. The incident happened Saturday night in the 1700 block of Hill Street. Kyles was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center, charged with attempted second-degree murder. The victim was hospitalized for treatment.


Perhaps the second time will be the charm. Voters in the northwest part of Rapides Parish will get the chance to choose whether they want to pay a property tax to fund drainage efforts in their neighborhoods. It's the second time this year that election will be held. The tax passed in April, but a glitch that did not allow all eligible voters to cast votes resulted in the election being voided. The Police Jury voted Monday to approve the election in Gravity Drainage District No. 2 on Dec. 8.


Governor John Bel Edwards has plans to recommend a raise of at least a grand for public school teachers, the first substantial raise in about a decade.  The plan would also see cafeteria workers and other personnel get a pay best of $500 annually.  The governor’s education policy advisor Donald Songy says the state can afford it, thanks to a strengthening economy… Response from teachers unions has been mixed, with one of the state’s two major organizations saying 1,000 just isn’t enough considering Bayou teachers a 1,850 dollars below the regional average.


A section of Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction has been put on hold after another legal setback. This time the pipeline was paused after parent company ETP agreed to cease construction on private property in St. Martinville after the land’s owner alleged the company was building there illegally. The pipeline is currently more than 85 percent complete and was on track to finish construction by October, at which point it would begin sending crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James Parish.


It was a tough Monday morning for several motorists in Livingston Parish as several vehicles traveling along I-12 had to pull over because of a flat tire. State Police Trooper Bryan Lee says the roadway was littered with nails. Lee says they are not sure if some purposely scattered the nails along the interstate or if they simply fell off a truck..


An aspiring rapper and father was killed in a Sunday night shooting at a mobile home park in Baton Rouge, one of two people struck by gunfire in a confrontation that police believe escalated from an earlier altercation.  26 year old Jeremiah Hall and an unidentified 25-year-old man were both transported to a hospital after the shooting.  Hall later died of his injuries. Police say the other man is expected to survive.




Two games into the season and LSU is already ranked dead last in the SEC in total offense, averaging just 316 yards a game. The Tigers are second to last in pass offense.


The Saints are eager to put behind Sunday’s bad performance in the upset loss to Tampa Bay behind them. The Saints host Cleveland this Sunday. The Browns are into an 18-game winless streak.


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Authorities have arrested and charged a woman with shooting her husband in the parking lot of the Hwy 28 west Walmart Saturday morning, in front of her three children. 31 year old Kayla Coutee was at the store meeting her husband to exchange custody of the children. 30 year old Thomas Coutee was pronounced dead at the scene. The three children, none whom were injured, were later turned over to members of the family. Kayla Coutee was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.


A crash involving two vehicles has killed two, including a Montgomery, LA police officer. Troopers responded to the crash Friday night around 6:30 p.m. on Hwy 71, in Montgomery. The crash involved a police vehicle driven by 24 year old Kirt R. Ricks III and a Ford pickup, driven by 65-year-old Gary W. Pinder. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.


An Alexandria gym trainer who was arrested for placing cameras in a women’s restroom has been released on $95,000 bond. Police were able to trace the electronic devices found at the Southbank Crossfit Gym to 29 year old Shane Carruth, who was charged  with 95 counts of video voyeurism, eight of which were of victims under 17 years of age. No court dates have been set in the case at this time.


Authorities in Avoyelles parish have arrested and charged 32 year old Brandon Whiddon of Vick after he reportedly threw his 2 day old son into a trash can at a 5th ward convenience store. Witnesses, who intervened, say Whiddon pinned the mother of the child to a pole by the throat when she attempted to rescue the child.   

After several statements and a video of the incident provided by the stores security cameras, Whiddon was arrested for attempted first degree murder and second degree battery. The newborn was transported to Avoyelles Hospital where he was checked and is currently in a healthy condition.


Today marks the statistical peak and the midpoint of the Atlantic hurricane season and there are three named storms forecasters are watching.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says this is directly linked to the sea surface temps in the storm breeding grounds in the Atlantic basin. Keim says the higher temps feed into the storms and that is why right now we are seeing lots of activity, including Hurricane Florence, which could hit North Carolina later this week.


The nightmare begins again for a Desoto Parish family. Louisiana’s Supreme Court has overturned the conviction and death sentence of a man who prosecutors say lured a 12 year old boy to his death by sending text messages in which he pretended to be a teenage girl.  The high court says Brian Horn’s rights were violated when his lawyer conceded at the 2014 trial that Horn killed Justin Bloxom.  The case will now go back for a new trial.


The Louisiana Department of Health reports 47 women died from pregnancy-related causes in a six-year span starting in 2011, one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the nation. L-D-H Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says those numbers do reflect the previous administration, and they’re hoping for better results from the Medicaid expansion that substantially increased insurance coverage levels statewide.


After four days of hearings, Lousiaina Senator John Kennedy says will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest member of the US Supreme Court.  Democrats are upset the White House has yet to release documents from Kavanaugh’s time as a top White House aide to President George W Bush. But Kennedy says committee chairman and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley already released 450-thousand pages of documents about Judge Kavanaugh.  Democrats argue the pages were released the day before the hearings began and did not allow enough time to read them over.


In a related story.. An announcement from Senator John Kennedy on his intentions to run for governor next year may be coming soon.  According to senior campaign staffers, Kennedy has met with advisors and gave the OK for media consultant Fred Davis, who has worked with the governor in the past, to begin work on the 2019 cycle.  When asked, Kennedy didn’t deny that talks have happened.


Southeastern Louisiana University students graduate with less debt than any other university in Louisiana, that according to a report from LendEDU. The Lions didn’t just top the state, they pulled in at 46th lowest debt load in the nation. The average Louisiana student’s debt clocks in at 26,800 dollars, but South Easters President John Crain says his university’s average is thousands of dollars lower.


The hard alcohol ban at fraternities was put into place as a result of the hazing death of Maxwell Gruver last September.  LSU Dean of Students Mari Fuentes-Martin says it will take a lot of effort to undo the boozing cultures in frats, where even mentorship interactions involve liquor.


The culture wars hit Kenner over the weekend, with a bang heard ’round the social media world. A memo from Mayor Ben Zahn banning booster clubs at Kenner recreational facilities from buying Nike products, apparently in response to new Nike ads featuring quarterback Colin Kaepernick, produced a quick backlash, with some officials and public figures taking to social media to denounce the move.




There are concerns about LSU’s offensive line heading into Saturday’s SEC opener against Auburn. For the second straight week, the Tigers had trouble protecting quarterback Joe Burrow, who was sacked twice and completed just 10 passes in a 31-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Head Coach Ed Orgeron says they got a lot of work to do…


ULM is 2-0 on the season thanks to a great defensive effort on Saturday in Hattiesburg that resulted in a 21-20 win over Southern Miss. The Warhawk defense produced five sacks and four turnovers.


Louisiana tech is off to a 2-0 start as they defeated Southern Saturday night 54 to 17. Their next opponent may not be quite so easy to beat. They take on LSU at Death Valley  a week from this Saturday.


For the fifth straight season, the Saints lose their season opener as Tampa Bay came into the Mercedes Benz Superdome and shocked New Orleans 48-40. Bucs journeymen quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a career passing day with 417 passing yards and four touchdowns, he also rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown. The Saints came into the game as a 9.5 point favorite. Coach Sean Payton agreed with everyone else, the defense played poorly…


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The Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday kicks off today, but the savings won’t be as substantial as in years past. That’s due to the legislature’s decision to end state sales tax holidays in the final budget compromise from the special session. But local sales tax exemptions are still in effect. Local Sales Tax Board Executive Director Roger Bergeron says that’s because it the legislature may have just forgotten. Early estimates show local school boards and governments may lose 500,000 dollars in tax revenue due to the local sales tax exemption being maintained.


Bullying is a widespread issue, and in a recent study by WalletHub, Louisiana has ranked the number one state for bullying problems.  The website compared 47 states and DC across 20 key metrics. Among the study results, Louisiana ranked number one in several categories, including high school students involved in fights, cyber bullying, and suicide attempts. 


LSU fans can expect a new layer of security when attending games at Tiger Stadium as select gates will now be equipped with metal detectors.  LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette says the experience will be similar to going through screenings at an airport or NFL games.  Bonnette says this is a pilot program leading up to an SEC mandate that all events have metal detectors by 2020.


Two of the students involved in the alleged hazing death of Max Gruver have pleaded no contest, and a third has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a move that narrows the scope of the trial. Pleading no contest will prevent the charges from being brought up in the pending civil case where the Gruver family sued LSU, the Fraternity, the defendants, and others for 25 million dollars.


A grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Lafayette man Thursday on reckless operation in the death of Baton Rouge councilman Buddy Amoroso, who was fatally struck by an SUV while bicycling on a rural, two-lane road in late June. Alexander, the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe that hit and killed Amoroso, was arrested after the June 30 crash.  A man biking with Amoroso, Tom Clement, was also injured.


Mandeville synagogue hit by vandals with anti-Semitic phrases & swastikas. Mandeville police are investigating the vandalism of the synagogue as a potential hate crime.

Detectives have confirmed through regional law enforcement agencies that there have been no similar incidents at other area synagogues across the state.


Current Lafayette federal bankruptcy Judge Robert Summerhays was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a lifetime federal district court judgeship on Thursday.

The 52 year old Summerhays was nominated by President Donald Trump to a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana,  which includes Lafayette and Acadiana , earlier this year. The 42-parish Western District also includes federal courthouses in Alexandria, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Monroe.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says their enforcement agents issued 39 citations to 29 subjects over the Labor Day weekend for alleged dove baiting. L-D-W-F spokesperson Adam Einck says Citations were issued to hunters in six Parishes. Einck says it’s illegal to scatter salt, grain or other feed on a field to attract migratory game birds. Citations were issued to hunters in Franklin, Rapides, St. Helena, West Feliciana, Avoyelles and Evangeline Parishes.




The Saints are getting closer to their season opener on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Coach Sean Payton said Thursday that starting left guard Andrus Peat is day-t-to-day as he’s dealing with a quadriceps injury. Peat was seen participating yesterday during the portion of practice open to the media. But backup guard and tackle Jermon Bushrod was absent.


The Saints go into Sunday’s season opener against Tampa Bay with just two running backs, Alvin Kamara and the recently signed Mike Gillislee. Mark Ingram begins serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance enhancing drugs.


LSU should have success moving the football this Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. The Lions allowed 554 yards in a loss to ULM last week. Meanwhile, the Tigers defense will face a quarterback in Chason Virgil who threw for 358 yards against the Warhawks. The transfer from Fresno State also threw four touchdown passes.


LSU and Southeastern Louisiana meet on the football field for the first time since 1949 when the two schools face off in Tiger Stadium at 6 PM on Saturday. Both teams are led by Louisiana natives, Ed Orgeron for LSU and S-L-U’s Frank Scelfo is a native of Abbeville and has known Orgeron since high school.


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Tropical Storm Gordon had little effect on Louisiana.  The storm made landfall Tuesday  night near the Alabama-Mississippi line.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says portions of the state will still see much-needed rainfall. Keim says this is no time to think hurricane season is over.


A woman accused of killing a man by running him over in a truck took a deal Wednesday, pleading guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.  27 year old Shalynne Johnson also pleaded guilty to a felony count of obstruction of justice. She will be sentenced on Sept. 11.


A Pineville man who allegedly broke into a Bayou Marie Road home, back on august 23rd, remains behind bars. The suspect, 40-year-old Edward White reportedly stole a gun and five pet dogs. White was easy to find though, since he was already in the Parish lock on an unrelated charge. Police say the dogs were returned to their owner. However, the handgun is still missing.


In an Alexandria courtroom yesterday the fate of 26 year old Micah Baden of Pineville was decided. Baden was sentenced to five years in jail, with three years suspended for the May 2016 car crash that killed his passenger, 16-year-old Chloe James. Baden was facing vehicular homicide and several drug related charges. Baden will have to report to the Rapides Parish Jail by October 1.


A conference committee began discussions on a new Farm Bill yesterday on Capitol Hill, with Republicans pushing for major reforms to food stamp eligibility.  Congressman Ralph Abraham from Richland Parish is on the committee and he supports a work or educational requirement for an able bodied adult to be eligible for SNAP. Abraham says employers are desperate for labor, and this is a good step towards pushing the unemployed into the workforce.


There’s been some controversy about LSU’s decision to adopt holistic review when considering applications from new students. The review process would factor in more than just a high school senior’s ACT and GPA, and incorporate other elements for consideration. Board of Regents member Richard Lipsey, not speaking for the board, says the move would hurt both LSU and regional colleges. But LSU Vice President of Enrollment Jose Aviles says that’s just not the case. Aviles says they utilized the method during the last enrollment period and saw higher ACT scores despite adding 1,000 students. LSU requires a 22 ACT and a 3.0 GPA for attendance.


With two months left until the November election to crown a new Secretary of State, you may have noticed a lack of marketing materials from candidates on the ballot.  Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the reason why is, compared to other positions, candidates for the gig don’t see many donations. One of the main reason is that few people know what the job entails. Pinsonat adds that voters can expect to see the campaigns having more visibility as they start spending the money they do have just before the election.


A Baton Rouge man who’d been accused of attempted murder of a police officer during a traffic stop last month has had his charges dropped by the DA. The officer says while retreating, 21-year-old Raheem Howard fired at him, but the DA says there’s just not enough evidence to back that up. Howard’s lawyer, Ron Haley, says it’s a troubling incident that needs further investigation.


An OMV employee has been arrested after allegedly overcharging customers and then pocketing the money. 25-year-old Dequsha Jackson of Sunshine was charged after a Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles supervisor reported possible fraudulent charges to police. Jackson was charged with Felony Theft, Injuring Public Records, and Computer Fraud…




The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 has been announced, with two of the state’s most favored sons headlining the class. Peyton Manning will be enshrined next to his father Archie after one of the most dominant stretches at quarterback in NFL history. Co-headlining the event with Peyton Manning is former LSU head coach Les Miles. The Mad Hatter took over as LSU’s 32nd head coach in 2005 and led the Tigers to one National and two SEC Championships, as well as five AP Top 10 finishes before his dismissal in 2016. They will be inducted next June.


In a surprising move, the Saints have reportedly waived former Louisiana Tech running back and Zachary native Boston Scott. Scott was on the 53-man roster after cut down day on Saturday after averaging over four yards a carry, while also showing pass catching and kick returning skills. But the re-signing of Michael Ola resulted in Scott’s departure.


The Saints are getting closer to their season opener against on Sunday against Tampa Bay. New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees says you have to plan for Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The Buccaneers were just 5-11 last season and won just one game on the road last year. But Brees says it’s never easy to play Tampa Bay.


LSU’s passing game remains a work in progress despite the team’s 33-17 win over Miami last weekend. There were dropped passes, poor protection and even quarterback Joe Burrow admits he made some mistakes. The Tigers will can work more on the passing game this Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana.


LSU’s impressive win over Miami and big move up the rankings has resulted in an increase in sales for LSU merchandise. Owner of the Purple and Gold Sports Shop, Pat Randazza, says winning on the football field always brings in more foot traffic. He says Sundays win was no exception.


The Triple-A baseball team, the New Orleans Babycakes, are reportedly moving to Witchita, Kansas after the 2019 season.


ULM looks to improve to 2-0 on the season when they visit Southern Miss on Saturday. The Warhawks beat Southeastern Louisiana 34-31 last Thursday as ULM had 554 total yards. But Coach Matt Viator says there’s room for improvement. ULM lost to Southern Miss 28-17 last season.


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Eyes across the Bayou State continue to monitor the impact of Gordon. The storm made landfall last night along the Alabama Mississippi border. The storm’s track is expected to bring it over Hattiesburg and Jacksonville. It will then slightly touch the North East corner of Louisiana before heading to points north. Though we’ll likely see a showers here in Cenla, the threats will be minimal.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Eric Carpenter says the storm should slow down or stall over the northern part of the state. That could bring much larger amounts of rain and possible flooding to those areas.


LSU is relaxing a generation-old policy of automatically rejecting applicants who score too low on the standardized entrance exams like the ACT. Instead, the state’s flagship university will be placing more emphasis on recommendation letters, personal essays and activities outside academia. LSU is joining a national “holistic admissions” wave that diminishes the importance of tests like the ACT and SAT. A group headed by a member of the Board of Regents blasted LSU President F. King Alexander on Tuesday. Most board members say they heard of the change in Policy first time in a Baton Rouge Advocate story on Sunday.


Senator John Kennedy had a front row seat to the Judiciary Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanagh that got a bit rowdy between the protesters and Democrats on the committee who excoriated their colleagues for  refusing to release what they say are key documents about the judge. Kennedy waded in, saying the judicial selection process wasn’t the place for these kinds of fights.


A contractor accused of ripping off customers across five parishes after the 2016 flood receives a four-year prison sentence and is forced to repay 84-thousand dollars to 11 Livingston Parish victims. 41-year-old Matthew Morris was indicted on 51 counts, but ended up pleading guilty to only one. Authorities say Morris would sign contracts with victims of the 2016 flood, and then either not finish, or never even begin work. After the clients would cease payments, Morris would place leans on their properties.


In a common legal move, Christ the King Parish School and the Archdiocese of New Orleans have removed a lawsuit over the school’s hair policy to the federal courts, where a hearing is set for Sept. 18. The legal maneuver means that U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman will rule on the request for an injunction from the mothers of two sixth-grade girls who say they were booted from class over their hair extensions. The mothers allege that the hair policy was discriminatory because it blocked two African-American girls from class.


As Louisiana’s deal with Bell Helicopter for a Lafayette manufacturing facility was falling apart over the past month, state officials offered up a last-ditch proposal to keep the deal alive. At a meeting on July 25, and in phone conversations in August, Louisiana Economic Development proposed restructuring the agreement, “substantially” reducing the incentives the company would get. The state economic development department is in litigation with Bell and is seeking to claw back at least $16.8 million for Bell’s alleged violation of an agreement for a once-promising economic development project, and for falling well short of its goal of 95 workers.


LSU Health New Orleans is joining an international study that’s showing positive results in the search for alternatives to knee replacement for those who suffer chronic pain. They’re the first US based organization to join the study. Associate Professor Vinod Dasa says the CartiHeal system cores out the arthritic regions of the knee, and then begins the process of regrowth. But it’s early on in the process, so the treatment is not yet approved for the full general public. Patients at LSU Health New Orleans who meet the criteria, and are not receiving knee replacements are eligible for the trail.




11th ranked LSU will play the rest of the season without its top pass rusher as Coach Ed Orgeron says K’Lavon Chaisson suffered a knee injury in the win over the Miami Hurricanes. Chaisson plays the “Buck” position in Dave Aranda’s defense. Sophomore Andre Anthony replaced Chaisson after he suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Sophomore Ray Thornton, JUCO transfer Travez Moore and freshman Jarell Cherry could also see more time on the field.


After beating South Alabama in Mobile, Louisiana Tech hosts Southern in the home opener this Saturday. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz likes playing in state schools.

Junior running back Jaqwis Dancy led the Bulldogs to victory last week as he averaged 10 yards a carry and finished with 144 yards and two touchdowns against South Alabama. Holtz says if Dancy stays healthy, he’ll rush for over 1,000 yards this season ,which is remarkable considering he was diagnosed with cancer in 2016…


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The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast later tonight or early tomorrow morning as a category one hurricane. State Climatologist Barry Keim Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Southeast Louisiana Coast and inland areas. The center of the storm is expected to track over north Louisiana on Wednesday. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Gordon. Edwards 200 National Guard troops will be deployed today.


The fire late Saturday night caused extensive damage to a storage facility at Skip Converse contractors on Jones St. in Pineville. Fire Chief Scott Kessler said the initial call about the fire was received at 9:15 p.m. The last crews left the site around 5 a.m. Sunday. Kessler says it might take up to a week for investigators to get more answers on what started the blaze.


The Pineville PD reports one of their officers has been arrested in Monroe on a battery charge. Sgt. Edric Smith was arrested by University of Louisiana at Monroe police and booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Facility on a misdemeanor charge of battery of an umpire. According to the affidavit from the arrest, the 45-year-old sergeant attacked an umpire during a softball game on the late Saturday night. Smith claims the umpire threatened his daughter, who was playing in a game.


An agreement between the state and the federal government has been reached on a plan to borrow 650-million dollars for major roadway projects. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says this particular agreement with the Federal Highway Administration is the first of its kind in Louisiana. The funding will go towards widening Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, a new interchange on I-10 in Kenner at Loyola Drive and a new road from I-20 directly into Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City.  Wilson says the state bond commission will have to pick an underwriter at its next meeting later this month. The state will have to pay back the loan over the next 12 years.


On this the day after labor Labor Day, the percentage of unemployed workers is less than last year.  Chief Economist for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Dr. Ali Bustamante, (Ah-lee Boost-uh-monty) anticipates the unemployment rate to continue to decline. Bustamante says for those looking for work, the health care industry continues to look for qualified workers. Employers and job seekers can go to La-Works-dot-net and click on the Hire tab , which is a website tool that connects businesses with those looking for a job.


Louisiana’s top banking regulator and 12 others are asking Congress to clear the way for banks to do business with the marijuana industry, which for years has struggled to find financial institutions willing to handle their cash and already has seen one participant back out in Louisiana. Despite state actions, the drug remains illegal under federal law and is classified as a Schedule I narcotic. That fact has deterred most banks from doing business with the industry.


Louisiana recently announced an additional 80-million in federal transportation dollars, but Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the days of the state getting extra money from the feds for road improvements might stop. Wilson says state resources have become so tight, it will be difficult for Louisiana to put up the matching dollars.


The Louisiana Department of Education has a new grading system to check year to year academic growth progress of students and it’s already beginning to show interesting results. Assistant Superintendent Jessica Baghian (Bahg-e-ON) says it’s not all good news. The state’s achievement gap between the general population and black students continues to grow, adding to the academic performance distance between those two groups that’s existed for decades.


The CDC says there were nearly 2.3 million cases of STDs in America last year, an all-time record for the nation. Louisiana routinely ranks in the top five for highest STD rates. New Orleans and Baton Rouge often feature in yearly top tens for cities with the highest STD rates, but Department of Health Region One Medical Director Dr. Joseph Kanter says they aren’t the only areas with real problems. Chlamydia and syphilis infection rates are high all across the state.  


The LA Wallet App has a few new tricks up it’s sleeve. Now Louisiana residents who’ve purchased the app that features a digital copy of your driver’s license will be able to  verify whether or not someone is of the legal age from across the room. Envoc President Calvin Fabre says it’s useful for everyone from rideshare customers to real estate agents. But, That’s raised some fears that the new functionality could lead to security breaches and the transmission of private information to people who shouldn’t have it. Fabre says they put layers of security on the service, and consulted privacy advocates like.


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A Natchitoches Parish grand jury has indicted one woman in the case of a 6-month-old baby who died after being found in a fire. 26 year old Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Levi Ellerbe. Levi's mother, 22-year-old Hanna Nicole Barker, also was arrested in the case.


A Rapides Parish jury has found Demetrice Welch guilty of manslaughter in the May 2017 shooting of Elijah Guidry. Welch was facing a charge of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life prison sentence. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 40 years. He will be sentenced on Oct. 8.


The APD reports a motorcycle officer was injured Thursday on Coliseum Blvd when a vehicle entered the roadway at Skye street and struck his motorcycle. The officer, identified as Cpl. Daigre, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.


The England Authority Board of Commissioners approved the construction of a new, $3.6 million community center Wednesday. The board authorized the interim executive director to execute the construction contract with Tudor, Inc. The center will replace the current community center at the corner of Chappie James Avenue and Frank Andrews Boulevard. The board also authorized a budget amendment moving approximately $657,000 into the project.


With Labor Day Weekend we being the swan song to summer. Many travelers are hitting the highways in search of a final road trip of the season.  AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says Louisiana has seen the statewide average price of a regular gallon of gas has dropped mildly just ahead of the holiday weekend but is still higher than this time in 2017. Redman says the statewide average for a gallon of regular gas is $2.59 a gallon,   but compared to the national average, Louisiana travelers are getting a break at the pump.


Tigers fans are invading the Dallas area this weekend ahead of the big opener against number 8 Miami in AT&T stadium just up the road in Arlington. Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau Spokesman Phillip Jones recommends grabbing a hotel in Dallas because there aren’t many right near the stadium. He says if you do, it’s a short drive up to AT&T stadium. The game kicks off Sunday at 630PM.


The deal to transfer control of University Health Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe from BRF to Oschner has been agreed to and should become effective October 1st.  Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the new partnership should lead to expanded services, and provide a more fertile training ground for the state’s future doctors.


LSU is looking for fans who want to serve on a council that will provide input and recommendations about the game day experience on the Baton Rouge campus. Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson says they are looking for 25 people to sit on the New Tiger Fan Council. He says you don’t have to be a season ticket holder or live in Baton Rouge to be a part of the panel that can help shape the future game day experience at LSU…


Attorney General Jeff Landry is joining 15 other attorneys general and governors from across the nation who are petitioning the US Supreme Court to shoot down workplace protections that would prevent transgender workers from being fired for being transgender. Louisiana Trans Advocates Board Chair Dylan Waguespack says the amicus brief is another anti-LGBT statement from the AG. The brief was inspired by a Court of Appeals decision that supported a Michigan trans woman’s claim that she was unlawfully fired from a funeral home she worked because of her gender identity.


In the past week, Lake Charles area authorities have seen an uptick in synthetic marijuana overdoses, where the users would become unconscious shortly after they ingested it. Acadian Ambulance Medical Director Dr. Chuck Burnell says during a four-day period they transported 45 people to a local hospital that had similar symptoms.


The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office has charged 38-year-old Natalie Robinson of Calhoun with a felony count of practicing law without a license. Deputies booked Robinson after they found evidence that showed she allegedly drew up child custody papers and other legal documents for people for a fee.


The oldest chartered harvest festival in the Bayou State kicked off yesterday in St. Mary Parish. Morgan City hosts the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival every year to recognize some of their economic staples. Director of the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Darby Radcliffe says the festival, that began in1936, features a variety of activities like fireworks, a street parade, a children’s village and lots of great food.




Louisiana Tech will begin the 2018 campaign in Mobile on Saturday as they’ll visit South Alabama. The Bulldogs have won a bowl game the last four years, but Coach Skip Holtz says his seniors are hungry for achieving a bigger goal and that’s a  Conference USA Championship air time 4:30 on 94.7 ESPN


And what a way to finish the Pre-Season. The Saints Squashed the LA Rams 28 to nothing. Up next the real deal the Buccaneers visit Who Dat Nation on Sunday September 9th.


The Houston Astros play host to the LA Angels. 6:35 tonight on 94.7 ESPN



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After a two-month investigation led by agents of the Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Force, Two residents, 40 year old Desmond Jordan and 33 year old Selena Sanders, were arrested and charged with Possession of CDS I with intent to distribute, possession of CDS II and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jordan, who is on parole for drug-related charges, was also charged with illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.


RPSO detectives are asking for the public's assistance in a theft investigation from the Hineston area. The theft occurred on August 25 between 7:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the 2400 block of Hwy 121. The stolen items were a black 20 foot tandem axle utility trailer and a zero turn mower. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s office.


This November voters will get to decide whether or not ex-cons will have a five year waiting period before they’ll be allowed to pursue a public office. The constitutional amendment, brought by Metairie Senator Conrad Appel, is the second such effort in the last two years. Appel says it’s a good way to improve the state’s reputation for political corruption. LaPolitcs-dot-com recently reported there are at least three former mayors who have been convicted of felonies seeking their old job. One of those is Roy Hebron In Ball.


ExxonMobil on Wednesday won approval for a multimillion-dollar property tax break on a potential Baton Rouge plant expansion the company said is worth between $500 million and $1 billion.The state Board of Commerce and Industry gave its approval, with the backing of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Economic development officials said the approval was the next step in landing the project in Baton Rouge. Exxon said it will make a final decision later this year on whether to put the project in north Baton Rouge.


Yesterday marked the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall, and official recognitions were… notably sparse, the governor did not hold any events, while New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell attending a wreath laying. While certainly not forgotten, some say they simply do want to be reminded every year.


Following Hurricane Katrina, actor Brad Pitt helped build homes for displaced families in one of the hardest hit areas, the lower ninth ward, as part of the Make it Right Foundation. Thirteen years later, the homeowners are planning to bring a lawsuit against the foundation that sold them the affordable dwellings as they have not withstood the test of time.  Attorney Ron Austin says his clients are seeking legal action as the homes were built with substandard materials and quality.


The Mississippi legislature has approved legislation that creates a lottery in the Magnolia state. Chief Legislative economist Greg Albrecht says once Mississippi begins selling lottery tickets, it’s less likely Mississippi residents will buy lottery tickets in Louisiana, which means less money for our state. At least 35-percent of all lottery proceeds are transferred to the state treasury and the state constitution says that money must go to K-through-12 education.


A new eight-million dollar Delta Community College campus will be constructed in Ruston and anchor the city’s planned technology park. Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan says the facility will help produce high-skilled workers for area businesses. Sullivan says construction will begin next year and be completed in 2020.


Forbes has named the city of Kenner as the best place to retire in Louisiana and Lafayette would be the second best place to retire in the state. Among the pros for Kenner, low serious crime rate, while Forbes says Lafayette has good air quality and doctors per capita are near the national average. Overall the state came in near the bottom of the list.


You can lease the historic Bailey Hotel in Bunkie for one-dollar a month for 24 months. But the person who leases the 110-year-old building must have a business plan that includes how they would renovate the property. Real Estate agent Robert Burke says the Bailey is in good condition, but has been closed since the early 2000s. Burke says whoever leases the building, doesn’t have to re-open it as a hotel.


The Bayou State is home to the production of many famous movies and television programs, and the state wants to make it easier for tourists to scope out where those films were shot with a movie trail.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says it’s a big visitor draw for the state. Nungesser says the movie trail will showcase locations from both modern and classic films.


The Republican Judiciary PAC is backing a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot that would require unanimous jury verdicts in all criminal cases. Louisiana is one of only two states in the nation that does not require a unanimous jury verdict for conviction in criminal cases.


LSU is the highest ranked Louisiana university and in the top half of the SEC at fifth, according to Washington Monthly 2018 College Guide and Rankings.  The favorable result comes just days following Forbes also recognizing the purple and gold in its top college rankings.  LSU President F. King Alexander says he credits the latest accolades to the return on investment students see upon graduation.




The college football season gets underway tonight and there are two games in Louisiana. Tulane hosts Wake Forest and Southeastern Louisiana visits ULM. Northwestern State is also in in action tonight as they begin the season in College Station where they’ll take on the Texas A&M Aggies.


The Saints have made some news as they’ve reportedly traded for Jets Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to serve as a back-up to Drew Brees


The first high school football rankings are out…John Curtis is ranked number one in Five-A, Karr is number one in 4-A, University High is the top team in 3A, Amite (A-meet) is number one in 2A, and the top team in One-A, is West St. John.


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The investigation continues into the death of an Alexandria man late Wednesday night. The APD reports 34 year old Willie Carter was an apparent victim of a domestic dispute.  A vehicle was found, according to police, with bullet holes, broken glass and blood on Essie Street shortly after 10:15. Police are looking for 27 year Ahmond Mason in connection with the shooting. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.


It’s always tougher when it’s one of your own. The APD reports one of their officers was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with DWI 1st offense. A police spokesman says the officer was off-duty and driving a personal vehicle when he was pulled over by Louisiana State Police on Highway 28 West near Walmart. The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation.


A $6.5 million renovation of Louisiana College's Guinn Auditorium was nearly wrapped up Thursday morning, about an hour before the Baptist school's first weekly chapel service of the semester.LC President Rick Brewer says they are about 95% done with the job. The college made an insurance claim after Guinn and several other buildings on the Pineville campus experienced extensive hail damage several years ago.


An Air Quality Action Day has been issued today, and residents of the Bayou State are encouraged to cut down on their emissions by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Increasing ozone concentrations as the result of higher temps and sunshine will lead to unhealthy air quality during the afternoon hours. 


A Shreveport woman recently found out she was granted a divorce even though she was not seeking one, and now her husband, 27-year-old Demario Clark and his new girlfriend, 50 year old Lisa McKinney, are both in jail.  Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says the woman discovered documents showing divorce paperwork between her and her husband had been filed and granted and the woman’s husband has been arrested as a result of the bogus paperwork.


Two Springhill men are under arrest for possession of a substantial amount of child pornography. 44-year-old Bo Skywalker Roberts is facing two counts of child porn possession, and 54-year-old Joe Palmer is looking at 200 counts of possession, and 40 counts of distribution. State Police Trooper Glenn Younger says cooperative efforts like these often lead to major arrests and the dismantling of child pornography distribution networks.


Vice President Mike Pence was in the Crescent City yesterday, paying a visit to the World War Two Museum and later hosting a fundraising event. Pence’s visit comes at a particularly difficult moment for the administration that’s been rocked by criminal scandals LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says this is a chance for Pence to start building relations, in case he gets an unexpected promotion.


Conflict of interest? You be the judge.. Louisiana is one of only five states without a statewide rideshare policy that would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in any city. Rideshare legislation crashed and burned in the Senate after parliamentary maneuvers by Senate President John Alario. Come to find out, The Advocate reports Alario has a close friend, former legislator Francis Heitmeier, in the cab industry, an industry that is dead set against allowing the competition. The bill had flown through the House with little opposition.


The USA Today network reports Vidalia Representative Andy Anders, considered one of the most liked members of the legislature, has been released from intensive care. Anders remains hospitalized in Monroe after suffering a possible heart attack and he’s also batting a blood infection.


Louisiana’s launching its new ad campaign that’s set to feature “Feed Your Soul” on social media in states around the country, and countries around the world. The campaign includes three videos featuring visitors tearing into po’boys, dancing zydeco, catchin bass, and more. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s aimed at maintaining the state’s record breaking tourism numbers.


Two men have been arrested by LDWF officers after allegedly killing an alligator out of season in St. Martin Parish. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says the suspects could face over 1000 dollars in fines




Five LSU players are on the coaches preseason All-SEC team. Third-team selections are defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence and safety Grant Delpit. Offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield is on the second team and first-team selections are cornerback Greedy Williams and linebacker Devin White.


Saints first round pick Marcus Davenport is back practicing in full pads after missing a good portion of training camp because of a groin injury. The rookie defensive end says he’s knocking a lot of rust off and getting his mind right to play. It remains to be seen if Davenport will play in Saturday’s preseason game versus the Los Angeles Chargers.


The LHSAA has ruled Hahnville quarterback Andrew Robison is ineligible for the upcoming season and the Tigers Head Coach Nick Saltaformaggio has been suspended for the first four games, because of alleged recruiting violations. Robison is a senior, who transferred from Vandebilt Catholic. Several in-state colleges are looking at Robison, who threw for 25-hundred yards and 30 touchdowns last season. The St. Charles Parish School system says they plan to appeal the ruling.


Louisiana College athletic director and men’s basketball coach Reni Mason announced this week the hiring of Michael Prather as assistant men’s basketball coach. Prather, who spent last season as an assistant at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, is no stranger to the American Southwest Conference. He is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University, where he played for the Tigers then spent 10 years as an assistant coach.


Purple and Gold fans can leave the flasks at home cause Death Valley’s got a new option, The Chute, for those looking to toast the Tiger’s in victory or wash down the bitter taste of defeat with a cold brew that’s available to any ticket holding fan. Fans in the shoot can buy and drink beer, as long as they keep it within the area. Advocate Sports Columnist Scott Rabalais says it’s a step forward for fan equality. The bar will serve soft drinks, food, and beer, and is located on the south side of the stadium



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He was disqualified by a judge after the Louisiana Board of Ethics filed a petition objecting to his candidacy. Now the Rapides Parish school board has voted to call a special election to refill the seat of District 5 Board Member John Allen. Allen was set to automatically be reelected due to the fact no one qualified to run against him. Allen’s term will now come to an end in December and the special election to fill the seat will be held in March.   


The Louisiana Nation Guard’s 139th Regional Support Group are back in Louisiana after an extended stay in Iraq. 84 troops, 60 of those from the New Orleans area, and the rest from here in Alexandria, returned from a deployment that began in December. The guard worked at Taji and Al Asad in Iraq, and Erbil Air Base in Iraqi Kurdistan.


The Louisiana Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves from West Nile Virus as the state leads the nation in reported human cases. 53 human cases this year as Louisiana has already doubled the number of cases it had for all of 2017. Also two people have died from West Nile, 31 have developed the more serious neuro-invasive form of the disease.


Three members of the white supremacist Aryan Circle group pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria this week in the death of an Evangeline Parish man. 38 year old David Wayne Williams of Sulphur, a senior leader in the gang, and 43 year old Leland Hamm of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Tuesday and Wednesday to being accessories after the fact in the racketeering murder of 51 year old Clifton Hallmark of Turkey Creek. Late last month 47 year old Richard Smith of Little Rock also pleaded guilty.


Louisiana could getting more than $172 million back from the IRS, if this week's federal ruling against a fee tied to the federal Affordable Care Act stands.Louisiana and five other states that rely on managed-care systems for delivering Medicaid had challenged the ACA's Health Insurance Provider Fee, which was charged to providers and then passed onto state taxpayers. The U.S. District Court for the Northern Division of Texas ruled late Tuesday that states are entitled to have that money repaid -- about $839 million across all six states. The decision could be appealed, so it's unclear when or if Louisiana could see any money from the decision.


A task force has been set up by the Department of Insurance to address Louisiana’s high auto insurance rates and to make recommendations to lower consumer premiums.

The Task Force is made up of legislators and representatives from insurance companies, the trucking industry and trial lawyers. It was set up by a bill the Legislature passed earlier this year. According to Insure.com, Louisiana has the second-highest auto insurance rates in the country.


Lafayette-Mayor President Joel Robideaux believes the Lafayette public library should cancel an event called Drag Queen Story Time. The library’s newsletter says the October 6th event will be an afternoon of books, songs and activities led by drag queens. Several appeared at last night’s city-parish council meeting to support the event, high school teacher Caleb Powell says it’s very important that children are read to at a young age.


A Baton Rouge Rouses’ employee, whose act of kindness toward an autistic teen became a viral video, now has a new set of wheels.  Jordan Taylor already received six-figures for his college education and is enrolled at Grambling State, so he did not attend the presentation of the car from Neighbors Federal Credit Union.  His mother, Teresa Taylor says the act of kindness of her son was a great showcase of his character.


A Katrina Museum is opened to the public Wednesday after a morning ceremony christened the exhibit showcasing the extensive damage many homes suffered after the levees broke in New Orleans. Levees.org Founder Sandy Rosenthal says a new generation of Crescent City kids just don’t know what it was like.


A Thibodaux man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after allegedly throwing his girlfriend’s cat into a bayou, then killing it with a machete.  Authorities with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office say 30 year old Cody Toups is now charged with aggravated cruelty to animals in the incident. Toups bond was set at $15,000





There are reports former LSU Quarterback Justin McMillan will transfer to Tulane University. McMillan left the Tigers last week, but the school reportedly would not allow him to transfer to any other SEC school or a team that the Tigers will play this season or next year. New NCAA Transfer rules go into effect in October that will prevent teams from blocking student-athletes from transferring to a particular school.


Louisiana Tech Footbal Coach Skip Holtz says they had their most spirited practice of fall camp Wednesday and his team is ready to play a real game. Tech will wrap up camp on Friday and then get ready to play South Alabama in the season opener on September 1st.


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The RPSO reports 79 year old Alvin Spurgeon of  Boyce has been arrested and charged with attempted manslaughter after he allegedly shot an unidentified woman, after an altercation, in the Cotile lake area last week. The woman’s injuries were non-life threatening. Spurgeon was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center, where he remains in lieu of a $500,000 bond.


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s department has arrested 39 year old Joahua Childrey of Ball and charged him with attempted carjacking and a parole violation, for an incident that occurred over the weekend. The victim explained that as they slowed down in an attempt to not hit the individual, the suspect went to the passenger-side door and attempted to get in. The attempt failed because the car doors were locked and the victim was able to drive away.


It’s been almost a year since the IRS began mailing out enforcement letters requiring businesses of a certain size to fill out mandatory information related to their compliance with Obamacare. Economist for BlueCross BlueShield Mike Bertaut says it’s been a big wakeup call to many Louisiana employers who assumed they were small enough to avoid many ACA regulations. He says be sure you are covered, or you may be in for a big and expensive surprise.


Local and parish taxing authorities, whether they like it or not, are going to have to forgive taxes on the sales of guns and hunting equipment for a holiday that the state created then opted out of last month. Suspending Louisiana’s three sales tax holidays,  to the surprise of some legislators, was part of a deal that was slammed together to keep state government from careening off the fiscal cliff. Unlike the other two annual sales tax holidays, one for hurricane preparedness, the other for school supplies,  wording that requires local participation is written into the 2009 state law that created the Second Amendment holiday. Local governments, school boards and other taxing authorities stand to lose about $500,000 from exempting the sales taxes.


A recent survey shows Louisiana is lagging behind in gender equality, ranking the seventh worst state, specifically as relates to financial issues.  Wallet Hub analyst Jill Gonzales says Louisiana does not have many women in elected positions, and believes more females in office could move the needle on the issue. Gonzales says the gender wage gap isn’t just a Louisiana problem as it is an issue across the nation.


The state has terminated an agreement with Bell Helicopter in Lafayette, saying the company failed to live up to manufacturing commitments at a $26.3 million state-funded facility designed for aerospace assembly operations. State officials said that under terms in the agreement allowing termination for cause, the state is entitled to a $16 million payment from Bell Helicopter and expects to separately pursue additional damages. 


Suspended LSU guard Ed Ingram was arrested on sexual assault counts involving a minor. The arrest happened earlier this month in Dallas County, Texas, but it’s not clear when the incident occurred.  According to the LSU Athletic Department Code of Conduct, any athlete who receives felony charges will be immediately suspended.  Ingram has since been released on a bail amount of $40,000.


Senator Bill Cassidy is back from his trip to Central America where he visited with the Guatemalan President and officials from the Mexican government to discuss trade, immigration, and drug trafficking. Cassidy says trade tensions have spread to nearly every major American partner in the wake of an escalating trade war initiated by the Trump administration in the hopes of winning fairer deals for American exports. Mexico, which is Louisiana’s second biggest trade partner, has been hit with tariffs. Cassidy says he’s looking to maintain positive relations while NAFTA negotiations are underway that could end the trade dispute.


A family is protesting a Terrytown Catholic school’s decision to send their African American daughter home on the first day of classes for hair that the school says violates the New Orleans Archdiocese dress code. The incident has drawn national attention after a social media filmed inside Christ the King Middle School. NAACP Baton Rouge President Michael McClanahan is calling for a boycott of the school. The Archdiocese says “The policy was communicated to all parents during the summer and again before the first day of school.”


A 17-year-old Breaux Bridge man has been charged with a series of crime after authorities began an investigation into alleged improper behavior with a juvenile on July 23rd. Due to the nature of the crimes, Peter Castille will be charged as an adult in a kidnapping case involving another minor.


A man is charged with his fourth DWI after allegedly driving around gas pumps flaunting a gun in the air. Keithon J. Dixon of Baton Rouge was arrested for his reckless driving  and Baton Rouge Police Sergeant Don Coppola says one witness described it as like something out of a movie. Dixon allegedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech and admitted to drinking a half pint of vodka before the incident.


The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released the 20th edition of the Legislative Scorecard.  LABU is honoring legislators they believe showcases a voting record in line with the principles of free enterprise.  LABI President Steve Waugespack says over forty legislators in the recent session scored a 90% or higher. Waugespack says the report brings attention to issues they believe were positives to come out of the session.


The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is touring the bayou state, holding open community conversations with DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters, addressing issues relating to child welfare and poverty.  Walters says there are tour stops in several cities in South Louisiana this week, but the road trip doesn’t end there. Walters says with the recent age extension of foster care benefits from 18 to now, 21, she plans on addressing the implementation process.


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A two-day criminal enforcement detail led by Louisiana State Police resulted in the arrest of 38 individuals from throughout Central Louisiana.  State troopers, working in conjunction with numerous other law enforcement agencies, conducted a criminal enforcement detail Thursday and Friday in Avoyelles, LaSalle, Rapides, and Winn parishes.  The objective was "to serve fugitive warrants and apprehend individuals engaged in criminal activity." Along with the 38 individuals arrested, law enforcement officers also seized various illegal drugs, several firearms, and currency.


In Avoyelles parish authorities are looking for 21 year old Justin Molbert of Opelousas. The APSO says Molbert is a suspect involved in a shooting incident that occurred in the Dupont community.  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Justin Molbert for two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Molbert is considered armed and dangerous; anyone with information about Molbert’s current whereabouts is asked to call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.


18 year old Tykarius Lanehart accepted a plea deal Monday in the Rapides Parish Courthouse, pleading guilty to the lesser charge of negligent homicide for the July 2017 death of 17 year old Edward Brown. Lanehart was initially charged with second-degree murder by the Alexandria Police Department, a grand jury indicted him on a manslaughter charge, and his plea was for negligent homicide. Judge Greg Beard sentenced Lanehart to serve five years at hard labor for the crime with credit for time served.


After a month on the lamb, 20 year old Preston Cason of Ville Platte is now in the clink, charged with theft and arson.  Cason had several outstanding warrants from various parishes, but it was the July 15th theft of a pickup truck, and subsequent torching of the vehicle that put him on the radar of the State Fire Marshal. 


A family lawyer says the Twenty-five million dollars being sought by the Gruver family in the case related to his alleged hazing death is there to send a warning to other academic institutions about the need to take hazing seriously. While one of the Gruver family’s attorneys Don Cazayoux says the no amount of money will bring back their loved one, the price tag is more about sending a message to all involved in the incident in hopes that it puts a stop to hazing culture.


Gov. John Bel Edwards praised a report showing that the number of residents who are uninsured has fallen to half of what it was in 2015, according to the 2017 Louisiana Health Insurance Survey. Edwards says Louisiana has not seen the closure of rural hospitals, unlike other states who did not expand Medicaid, which he says adds to the reassurance his decision was a good one.


The number of adults in Louisiana without health insurance has dropped dramatically since the state expanded Medicaid two years ago, a new report has found. The Louisiana Health Insurance Survey released Monday found 11.4 percent of non-elderly adults in the state did not have health insurance in 2017, down from 22.7 percent uninsured in 2015. Under Medicaid expansion, which took effect July 2016 by Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order, more than 473,900 non-elderly adults have received health care coverage.


A student walking on LSU's campus was hit by a vehicle Monday morning on the university's first day of classes for the fall semester. The pedestrian was injured on AgCenter Lane near the 4H Mini Barn after stepping out into the path of the vehicle The student was transported to a local hospital with moderate to severe injuries. Authorities say speed nor impairment was a factor in the crash.


The Iraqi government has agreed to purchase 15,000 tons of American rice in a deal that should relieve some pressure on Louisiana rice growers who are feeling the burn from an escalating trade war with China, and other nations. The Bayou State is one of the top US rice producers at about 1.35 million tons.


In October the Lafayette Public Library will play host to a few drag queens who will be reading stories to kids about the importance of accepting classmates and their families who may come from non-traditional households. Its Drag Queen Story time, and it’s rolling into town October 6th.


Endangered whooping cranes have successfully hatched five new chicks in southwest Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the five chicks are the most to hatch in one year and marks a major milestone for the whooping crane reintroduction project that’s bringing the native birds back to life in the bayou.


The woman accusing LSU Junior Wide Receiver Drake Davis of months of abuse is changing her statement to authorities. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says this is not an uncommon occurrence with these types of accusations. Davis is suspended indefinitely from the team as a result of his arrest last week.  Moore says the victim has not recanted her statement.




The Tiger’s just barely squeaked in under the bar for the AP Top 25 preseason poll, coming in at… 25. They’re the 5th highest ranked SEC team in the poll, coming in behind Bama at 1, Georgia at 3, Auburn at 9, and Mississippi State at 18. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says it’s been a gradual fall from grace for LSU over the past few years. They’re set to play number 8 Miami for the season opener September 2nd


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The man accused in a fatal crash that killed an Alexandria mother and son pleaded not guilty Friday in 9th Judicial District Court. 43 year old John Scott Jr is accused of driving a vehicle on March 30 that hit one driven by 27 year old Darlicia Smith. The crash happened on Broadway Avenue on an overpass spanning Interstate 49. Smith died at the scene, her 6 year-old son, died the next day. Scott pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of first-degree vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation, driving under suspension/ revocation, running a red light and possession of marijuana. #


Unemployment for the month of July in Louisiana was 4.9 percent, continuing a promising string on unemployment numbers for the state. The national average currently sits at 3.9 percent. Louisiana Workforce Commissioner Ava Dejoie says the numbers are backed by continuing tech sector expansion in the state, along with the stabilization of oil industry jobs as work picks up in the gulf.


Senator John Kennedy says the 7-6 Bond Commission decision against allowing bids from banks who deny financing to certain gun manufacturers and sellers is a statement victory that will inspire similar efforts in other conservative states, and even Congress. Kennedy says the result has inspired gun rights leaders crafting their own plans for going after companies that push gun control. Combined, the two Banks hold 23 percent of the state’s existing bonds. State Treasurer John Schroder, a commission member, says they will not be targeting those existing bonds for further retaliation.


The DEA is reducing the number of opioids that pharmaceutical companies are allowed to make for the third year in a row as the addiction crisis continues to claim on average 115 American lives a day. Prescription opioids will see a ten percent reduction in production. Senator John Kennedy says he’s looking to implement changes that would shift production of the schedule II narcotic away from market demand, and based more on how much of the product front line doctors think is actually necessary. So far he has not introduced any bills that would accomplish that.


State Health officials report Fifty-three cases of West Nile Virus had been reported in Louisiana as of Aug. 11. That number quite a bit higher than last year.  East Baton Rouge Parish had the most cases so far this year with 12, followed by Caddo and Ascension with 7,  Ouachita and St. Tammany both had six reported cases. At this time last year, there were only 21 total cases reported.


College football season hasn’t even begun and there are legal problems in Tiger Land. LSU wide receiver Drake Davis was arrested on Friday on one count of second-degree battery.  Davis is accused of punching his ex-girlfriend and breaking one of her ribs.  The junior wide receiver was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of second-degree battery.  Just a few weeks ago LSU suspended linebacker Tyler Taylor after learning he was arrested in May for reportedly serving as the getaway driver in the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop


Since taking office in January 2017, US Congressman Mike Johnson has held thirty-one town hall meetings in the state’s fourth district, adding three more this past week.  Johnson says he views other elected officials choosing to not frequently participate in town hall meetings as a travesty, as he says it is vital for how the government is set up.  He adds among the concerns of attendees is healthcare, immigration, and the farm bill.


The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and Louisiana Court Appointed Special Advocates have partnered up this month for a major drive to recruit foster parents and CASA volunteers across the state, which is in serious need of volunteers. 7,900 children are in foster care for abuse or neglect in the Bayou state and only 3,900 have access to a CASA volunteer. Judge Kathleen Stewart-Richie cites a national study that says those volunteers have a major impact on children in the system.

For more information about volunteering visit Louisianacasa.org


A group of at least three youths stole an East Baton Rouge school bus on Saturday afternoon and took it for a joy ride. A woman reported to police around 12:30 p.m. that she saw a group of kids driving the bus. Officers found the bus abandoned in a field a short time later, but the kids were gone. **


Sports on the air today..


Walk On's TigerTalk (Call In) 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ


Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners 8:35p 94.7 ESPN


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Today’s sources: The Louisiana Radio Network, Town Talk, Advocate and Cenla Broadcasting.


The Saints take on the Cardinals in the Superdome tonight, giving players at crucial question mark positions on defense, running back, and at tight end a chance to cement their positions in the second game of the preseason. The first team defense flunked their first test last week, letting the Jags score with ease. WWL Radio Saints Sideline Reporter Steve Geller says tonight’s a good chance for a rebound. Kick off 7p, pregame at 5 on 96.9 KZMZ


The RPSO reports a Pineville man is behind bars after he fired his pistol at another vehicle on Monday. 48 year old Mark Vanderwater remains in the Rapides Parish Detention Center on a $500,000 bond. Witnesses told authorities that an "altercation" had happened between Vanderwater and the victim. When the victim stopped, Vanderwater "drove up on a motorcycle and attempted to block the driveway. The victim then drove around the suspect and, at that time, Vanderwater allegedly pulled a pistol from his vest and shot several times toward the vehicle. One bullet hit the driver's side glass, but the victim was not injured.


An Alexandria man with a long list of arrests has been arrested again. But, authorities didn’t have to go far to fine him, he was already behind bars after being charged with another robbery. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office charged 27 year old Micah Brevelle with one count of simple burglary, but more charges might be coming "as Brevelle may be implicated in other burglaries in the area.


A Deville man has been found guilty of attempted second-degree murder in the 2017 stabbing of his sleeping wife. 55 year old Stephen Lukens will be sentenced on Sept. 10. He was found guilty of the attempted murder charge and obstruction of justice after a Wednesday bench trial before 9th Judicial District Court Judge Greg Beard.


The family of Maxwell Gruver, an LSU student who died in a hazing incident last year, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, saying the school and fraternity knew for years that pledges were being abused and that the 18-year-old's death could have been avoided if the institutions had taken steps against "masculine rites of passage."  The wrongful death lawsuit, which seeks $25 million in damages, names the university, a housing corporation, the fraternity and more than a dozen of its members.


The State Bond Commission barred two of the largest banks in the world from participating in efforts to fund some highway projects in Louisiana because of firearms policies instituted after recent mass shootings.


On 7-6 vote, the commission excluded Citigroup Inc., the nation’s third largest bank, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the second largest, from participating in a $600 million plan to widen Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge and improve access into the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, along with a project in Shreveport.

State Treasurer John Schroder made the motion saying the banks’ restrictions infringed on Louisiana residents’ constitutional right to buy guns.


A year or so back, Louisiana residents were told the state’s voting machines were up to date and secure. But now, the state is in the process of replacing those machines win the ones.. But the price is now set around ninety to ninety-five million dollars, up from the project sixty million earlier this summer.  The recent bidding process was also accused of being rigged by a contractor that was passed over for the voting machines purchase. 


A new report from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network has evaluated Louisiana in its fight against the disease.  Among the areas of concern, access to care, quality of life, and prevention.  ACS-CAN spokesperson Lance Barbour says the state’s Medicaid expansion is a noteworthy highlight, opening the door to more treatment options.


State Superintendent of Education John White says it’s time to start paying the state’s teachers more money. As a guest on a Baton Rouge Talk show yesterday, White discussed the recovery of the economy and increased stability in the budget, now is the time to make sure teacher’s pay is keeping up with competition in other states and other industries.  White says Louisiana was at the southern regional national average as recently as just a few years ago but recently has fallen behind.


The first medical pot is on track to be planted Friday after a successful meeting between the Ag Department, the LSU Ag Center, and GB Sciences, gave the green light for GB to start the process of growing the medicinal marijuana. It’s a temporary go ahead for GB, who provides the plants for LSU. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the facility and GB Sciences still have some hurdles to clear for permanent authorization. He says they’ll need to discover whether or not pesticides will be necessary for the growth of the plants.


The son of an elderly woman who died last month from infected bedsores was arrested Thursday and accused of contributing to the neglect that resulted in his mother's death.

77 year old Barbara Lewis-Brown was found suffering from severe infection and living in deplorable conditions. She had not been moved from her sofa for months and was covered in her own waste with maggots all over her body. She also was suffering from malnourishment and dehydration, and was transported to a hospital, where she later died.


LendingTree says New Orleans has the third youngest startup entrepreneurs in the nation after a survey revealed the average age of new business owners in the Crescent City was 37.95 years old, just behind Buffalo and Salt Lake City. The city has become a destination location for millennials over the last decade, and NOLA Chamber of Commerce Communication Director Haley Pegg says it makes sense. The city was one of the most ethnically diverse locations on the top ten list, and Pegg says that diversity has made the city culturally, and economically appealing.


4,100 homeowners still need to submit some additional paperwork to the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program by October 1st. In order to get their reimbursement Executive Director of the Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says completing the application can have some serious benefits. Homeowners who qualify can visit restore.la.gov or call 1-866-735-2001 to complete the application process.


A former St. Tammany Parish Deputy has pleaded guilty to shaking down citizens for pot, not filing reports about the seizure, and later distributing it to his special someone. Kenneth Szalajeski will serve ten years in prison for the actions which happened of the course of five months


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The search continues for a 24 year old Alexandria mother and her 9 month old son. Family members reported Antoinette King missing on Monday. The APD, who is asking for the public’s help in finding the woman, says King may be in the Tallulah area. But reports giving to police say she may have traveled to Ferriday with two men.


After an investigation, that started back in May, A Pineville woman has been arrested on charges of making unauthorized financial transactions from the Ward 10 Dixie Youth Baseball Association account. Detectives from the RPSO found that past treasurer Belinda Warren allegedly made numerous questionable transactions from the association's account over the last several months, with some transactions being made in the off-season winter months. Warren was charged with 18 counts of forgery and one count of theft between $5,000 and $25,000. She was released  Wednesday on a $10,500 bond.


A man accused of luring a child into a family restroom in January has pleaded not guilty to two charges. 23 year old Steven McKinney pleaded not guilty to felony charges of simple kidnapping and indecent behavior with a juvenile on Wednesday morning before ad hoc Judge Harry Randow in the 9th Judicial District Court. A complaint was filed against McKinney with the Pineville Police Department, alleging that he had lured a child inside of a family restroom at the Louisiana Athletic Club. The department issued a warrant for his arrest, which happened on May 30. McKinney has been in the Rapides Parish Detention Center since then.


A Cloutierville man wanted for aggravated burglary and public bribery charges and other charges in Rapides and Natchitoches Parishes was arrested Tuesday without incident. 34 year old Terrance Brossett had eluded law enforcement in both parishes for weeks.


Oil and gas companies made $178.1 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico. That's about 28 percent above the last gulf-wide sale in March. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 29 companies bid on 144 tracts Wednesday. High bids averaged $1.2 million, up from $939,000 in March.


A man accused of killing three Clinton-area men last year told investigators he shot them because, as though he were deer hunting, he was "filling five tags" the government had issued him. Ryan Sharpe, who on Tuesday was ruled incompetent to stand trial, told authorities he had killed a deer that was worth two of the tags but the three remaining tags had to be used on humans. Sharpe has been charged with the murders of three men and the attempted murder of a fourth in separate shootings over a four-month span in 2017.


Entergy lost about $5.9 million from unpaid electric bills during the August 2016 floods and now wants its money. The utility is asking state regulators to allow a surcharge on monthly bills for the roughly 468,000 customers in 20 parishes, even if their accounts were never in arrears. This additional rider to monthly bills would cover the amounts not collected because of orders not shut off the lights and assess late fees on people flooded out of their homes. Entergy sells power to about 1 million customers in 59 parishes.


The Ag Commissioner met yesterday with the firm tasked with providing medicinal cannabis in the wake of news that this year’s crop is being delayed until November. The holdups are starting to frustrate the pharmacies who’ve been authorized to supply the product in Louisiana. Greg Morrison, who owns the license for Northeast Louisiana, says the uncertainty surrounding the start dates are costing businesses money. He says pharmacies just want clarity on when their patients will get access to the treatment.


Burglary, Theft, Vehicle Arson… just some of the many reasons why 24-year-old Keithen Banks is a wanted man by several agencies in Jefferson Parish. The State Fire Marshal is asking for the public’s help in locating the man, and spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says anyone found to be helping Banks cover his tracks could be facing punishment as well..


A Church Point man on a motorcycle died Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash near the intersection of State Highway 95 and State Highway 365 in Acadia Parish. The victim, 24 year old Weston Nelams, 24 was pronounced dead on the scene.


A Lafayette man has been cited with criminal mischief after allegedly crying wolf about his sinking boat. Authorities say Benjamin Becnel called in a false alarm Monday on the waters in Pointe Coupee Parish. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Spokesperson Adam Einck says Becnel never explained why he did it. Becnel could be facing a 500 dollar fine and some prison time.


Two Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff's deputies resigned recently following an investigation into allegations they met up at a local hospital to have sex in a bathroom while one of them was on duty. Sheriff Bud Torres said Wednesday he suspects the deputies met up on July 30 at Pointe Coupee General Hospital while one of the deputies was working an off-duty detail and the other was on regular patrol. The sheriff identified the deputies as Tiffany Brister, who had been on the force a year, and Chris Kimble, who had worked for him for two years.


The US Attorney’s Office reports the leader of a large Baton Rouge drug trafficking ring and four of his associates have pleaded guilty to federal charges involving heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine. 40 year old James C. "Fat Boy" Hull of Baton Rouge, admitted heading a narcotics distribution ring involving 21 subordinate drug dealers who operated throughout the Baton Rouge area.


Two Yankee elephants from Buffalo, New York are on their way to the Audubon zoo in New Orleans. After a year’s long search for good roommates for the existing elephants at the zoo finally paid off. Audubon General Curator Joel Hamilton says elephants have been a popular part of the zoo for over three decades, and is looking forward to adding to the herd that’s housed in a new facility built in 2016.




LSU’s quarterback situation is getting hairy as Noel Narcisse isn’t the only guy on his way out of town. Justin McMillan, who also went “missing in action” at practice yesterday says he’s departing from the Tigers as well. It’s a big shakeup for the Purple and Gold who are down to two Quarterbacks… those being in Ohio State University transfer Joe Burrow, and sophomore quarter back Miles Brennan. The departure of Narcisse is much more of a surprise to the Tiger football ‘nation.’


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The APD reports three people have been arrested after they broke into the Alexandria Zoo. Police were called around Tuesday morning to the zoo after staff members said three suspects were seen breaking into the facility. They then fled on foot, but police were able to catch them nearby. All three suspects are currently facing trespassing charges. One suspect is facing simple battery charges after attacking a staff member.


The feds will be holding another auction of leases for oil and gas plots in the Gulf of Mexico today, with Louisiana industry members hoping for a more substantial result than the previous sale this year. Industry analysts say the last bid was disrupted by uncertainty surrounding royalty rates. The plots are used by major oil companies to initiate Gulf of Mexico resources drilling.


According to a new study by the American Federation of Teachers, Louisiana spends more than one billion dollars less on education, when adjusted for inflation, now than it did prior to the recession of 2008.  Louisiana Federation of Teachers spokesman Les Landon says if education is going to be the cornerstone of Louisiana’s future, it’s time to pony up. If the state wanted to keep even with the level of spending in 2008, it would need to invest $834 million in colleges and universities, and $248 million in K through 12 education.


Medical marijuana in Louisiana likely won't be available until at least November — two months later than initially hoped — after regulatory delays pushed back production for one of the state's growers. GB Sciences, which was contracted by the LSU AgCenter to run the school's growing operation, said it will not meet its self-imposed September deadline for having the product available. The company blames the delay on the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, which denies it is responsible and says the company needs to provide more information.


Governor John Bel Edwards was in Livingston Parish Yesterday. Two years ago, much of that parish was under water from the 2016 flood. Edwards was there to celebrate the parish’s recovery and how FEMA has agreed to rebuild two schools that were substantially damaged.


On the subject of the 2016 floods, a new report shows 20,000 homeowners who suffered major flood damage in 2016 did not complete a short survey to see if they were eligible for the 1.3 billion dollars in federal recovery aid. Anyone who suffered one foot of flooding or at least 8,000 dollars’ worth of damage was eligible to potentially receive RESTORE grants.


A Jennings teen has been sentenced to fifty-five years behind bars. Parker Gary, now 19, was accused of shooting his grandfather, Warren Gary, in his sleep and obstruction of justice in the murder of Dedrick Gant. District Attorney of the 31st Judicial District, Michael Cassidy says the case’s brutality justified the substantial sentencing.


A judge in East Feliciana ruled Tuesday that alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe is not competent to stand trial, a decision that will halt criminal proceedings and transfer the 37-year-old from a jail cell to a psychiatric hospital. Reports from two doctors who evaluated Sharpe's mental capacity found that, at this time, he is unable to assist counsel. The doctors did not make a determination on Sharpe's mental status at the time of the crimes, Damico said.


In Lafayette, 27-year-old Carlos Guzman-Sanchez is facing kidnapping charges after deputies learned he allegedly held two men captive inside a home for a week. The victims were allegedly bounded by the wrist with chain and secured with a padlock. One of the victims escaped and alerted authorities.


A judge will allow evidence of previous hazing behavior in the trial of two former LSU students, Sean-Paul Gott and Ryan Isto, who were some of those allegedly responsible for Maxwell Gruver’s hazing death. Gott and Isto have been charged with misdemeanor hazing.


42 year old Shelly Carey of Bossier City and 27 year old Bryan Smiley of Haughton, both have been taken into custody. Each charged with 3rd degree rape, cruelty to juveniles, and indecent behavior with juveniles. The two are accused of committing sex acts in front of a 13 year old girl after making her smoke meth in a hotel room.


McDonalds is pumping 114 million dollars into 200 Louisiana restaurants to overhaul everything from the exterior of the building to how you order your food. It’s part of a 6 billion dollar national facelift for one of the biggest food chains on earth. McDonalds Vice President of US Restaurant Development Rob Lancaster says just because the exterior is going to look a lot different, doesn’t mean their touching the classics.


A 72-year-old New Orleans woman has been arrested for an August 8th hit and run incident on the interstate on-ramp in Jefferson Parish. It took five days to track down Elva Lafaye with public tips and coverage of the crime. State Police Spokesperson Melissa Matey says it’s a good reminder about how important public tips can be in solving tough to crack crimes.


The family of the St. Mary Parish man who lost his pregnant wife and one-year-old child to a drunk driver is fundraising to help pay for the expenses related to the tragedy that shocked the family, and community. The GoFundMe account is over half way to its final 20,000 dollar goal, which Chris Sintiere, the father and husband, says means a lot, but it’s still a difficult time for the family.


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Dr Malcom Denley, a long time and well-loved pediatrician in Alexandria has passed away. Dr. Denley practiced for 68 years and delivered generations of children to the area. Dr Denley was found unresponsive in his home last night by a family member, He was 94 year old.


Active shooter training for schools here in Rapides Parish has canceled for now, due to an ongoing, undisclosed, investigation of an employee of the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. That employee, Amber Carter, who had been acting as the liaison for a company working with the DA's Office who would provide the training, is on administrative leave. The DA’s office confirmed Carter was under investigation by an outside agency, but that all they would say. No word as to when or if that training will take place.


It was certainly not a good way to start out the school year. A school bus transporting students Vernon Middle School caught fire Thursday morning. Authorities say no injuries were reported and the students were transferred to another bus. It’s believed  the fire may have have started with the brakes while the bus was traveling on Highway 467 near Parkway Elementary.


In the city of Natchitoches, two Police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegedly racist posts on Facebook. The names of the officers have not been released. The City though did issue a press release saying "If any City employee is found to have engaged in any racist actions or words, the employee will be disciplined harshly, including, but not limited to, discharge from employment."


NOAA has lowered its prediction for the number of named storms for  this hurricane season. Back in May, government forecasters estimated as many as 16 storms, now they say the 2018 total could be between 9 and 13. State Climatologist Barry Keim says despite this dialed down long-range forecast, there are more storms to come.


Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards visited with President Donald Trump in New Jersey yesterday to talk criminal justice reform, a topic that is reportedly under consideration by the Republican President for a major congressional push. Edwards celebrated the state’s savings of 12.2 million dollars from the first year of new laws. Edwards was the only elected Democrat at the meeting of governors, attorney generals, and other officials from across the country.


A report shows a record number of Louisiana high school students are now earning AP credits. 12 percent more students scored a 3 for the tests that allow them to get some early college credit. Louisiana Education Department Assistant Superintendent Ken Bradford says the results come down to increased incentives for high school students to enroll in the optional courses.


The Youth Infrastructure Coalition has launched an effort to get the federal government to approve funding for a proposed new interstate that would run from Texas to Georgia and cut through central Louisiana. It would be called Interstate 14. Frank Lumpkin the Fourth, president of the organization, says the project will mostly be upgrading existing roads to interstate standard, which will cut down on the costs. Lumpkin says they are trying to show government leaders that the interstate can reduce poverty and improve lives along the proposed route.


The State Police Commission has reduced the punishment that three troopers received for that controversial trip to California for a law enforcement conference that also included a side trip to Las Vegas. Two of the troopers were demoted and had their salaries reduced. But the Commission felt that was too harsh and restored their ranks and reversed the cuts in salary. But those two troopers will have to serve suspensions. L-S-P Colonel Kevin Reeves says he disagrees with the commission’s actions, but respects their decision.


A team of 40 UL Lafayette students and their instructor are releasing a podcast chronicling the 2016 floods through the eyes of those who experienced the disaster first hand. UNDERWATER: Memories of the 2016 Floods is the result of over a hundred interviews. Assistant History Professor Dr. Liz Skilton says the program weaves together a narrative that reveals just how widespread the problems were, and how communities responded in the aftermath.


Louisiana shrimpers say a strike could be coming soon if prices hit thirty cents a pound as they are feeling the effect of cheaper, imported seafood.  Captain Acy Cooper says many of the imported shrimp from countries like Indonesia are flooding the market just before the season kicks off in the Bayou State. Cooper says tariffs are only a temporary fix and suggests possibly putting a cap on imported shrimp so local shrimps can continue to make a living.


The Orleans Parish Coroner confirms the body pulled out of Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday is that of 31-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux. But the cause of death remains unknown. The Baton Rouge woman was reportedly on a sailboat with 43-year-old Michael Farley on Sunday when the two decided to jump off the boat and go for a swim. Farley was found Monday in good condition.


Several new traffic laws went into effect as of August 1. Among those laws, were stiffer penalties for DWI convictions, new laws on driving in flooded areas, and the use of off-road vehicles on public roads.  Act 198 levies an additional $50 fine for the use of breath-testing in a DWI conviction, with the increase bringing the price tag up from the original $75 to $125.  Impaired driving consultant, Mike Barron, says that money is being reinvested into traffic safety.




The New Orleans Saints won their preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night - a 24-20 comeback victory - but more importantly the coaching staff got long looks at the two players competing to be Drew Brees' backup at quarterback, Tom Savage and Taysom Hill. Savage started the game and played every offensive snap in the first half except for the final one and completed 10 of 14 passes for 70 yards while leading the Saints to their first touchdown, a 2-yard run by Mark Ingram.

Hill played most of the second half and ran seven times for 52 yards while completing 8 of 9 passes for 72 yards.


LSU and Florida State will play a pair of neutral site games in 2022 and 2023, according to a report Thursday by college football reporter Brett McMurphy.  McMurphy wrote that the Tigers and Seminoles will play in 2022 in New Orleans and 2023 in Orlando.  The game in 2022 will be the first scheduled meeting between the schools since 1991, a 27-16 Florida State victory in Tiger Stadium.


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Today's Sources: Louisiana Network, Baton Rouge Advocate, Towntalk & Cenla Broadcasting.


The Natchitoches parish Sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths of two young men were found shot to death in a vehicle early Tuesday morning in Natchitoches. Investigators say both had been shot several times. The victims were identified as driver Cordarious Smith and passenger Rodney Richards. Both men were 24 and lived in Natchitoches.


State Police report a Leesville bicyclist died Wednesday morning in a crash with an 18-wheeler, whose driver later was arrested after he left the scene of the accident.

The wreck happened on La. Highway 28 West around 8:30 a.m. at the line between Rapides and Vernon parishes. 72 year old David Guerrero was bicycling eastbound on the shoulder when he was hit by an empty log truck driven by 57-year-old Barney Lee Adams of Harrisonburg. Adams continued driving, though. Troopers found him and the truck "several miles from the crash location. Guerrero was taken to Rapides Regional Trauma Center, where he later died.


A Cottonport woman is dead after a Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash. State Police report 24 year old April Lemoine lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line of Highway 107 and struck another vehicle head on. Lemoine, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the wreck. The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.


Governor John Bel Edwards visit with President Donald Trump today in New Jersey is turning heads in a political environment that’s becoming sharply divided along partisan lines. Edwards will discuss criminal justice reform with the president, who’s reportedly interested in pursuing a federal push for similar changes. Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy sent a letter yesterday to President Donald Trump trashing the state’s reform efforts.


It’s once again time to be more mindful of school zones and school buses. That’s the message from AAA. Spokesperson Don Redman says it’s critical for drivers to remember not to pass stopped school buses and that drivers in both directions must stop when on a non-divided roadway.  Not only is it a costly mistake if you get busted, but it could become a deadly mistake.


Online Fantasy Sports legalization will be on the November 6th ballot, giving voters a chance to legalize the use of online services like Draft Kings and FanDuel in their parish. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says it’s likely a few parishes won’t legalize it, which means they’ll have to set up what are known as geofences.  Jones says that means online fantasy sports will likely not be up and running in Louisiana until the 2019-2020 football season.


The University of Louisiana at Monroe has a new four-year degree program that is the first of its kind in the state.  It’s called Unmanned Aircraft Systems Management and it’s all about drones and their use in various industries. ULM Professor Dr. Paul Karlowitz says he’s already getting contacted by companies looking to hire drone pilots and the use of drones can be applied to many different lines of work. He adds the first class for the upcoming semester is already full.


Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state is investing in four new facilities in the Louisiana Community College system, three in New Orleans, and one in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles SOWELA facility will focus on Culinary, Gaming, and Hospitality services. New Orleans will be home to new facilities as well, with campuses in the downtown districts and across the river in Algiers.


State Police say 22-year-old woman from Franklin and her one-year-old son are dead after they were hit by an alleged drunk driver in Iberia Parish. Master Trooper Brooks David says investigators believe Dylan Leblanc of Youngsville was impaired when he lost control of vehicle on US-90 Tuesday night and collided with an oncoming car.

The collision killed Abbie Sinitiere and her one-year-old son Max, both were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say three other juveniles in Sinitiere’s vehicle sustained critical injuries.


Shreveport Police are continuing their investigation into an officer involved shooting that left a 27 year old dead.  Late Tuesday afternoon, officers were dispatched to a call of a suspicious vehicle.  The patrolmen attempted a routine traffic stop that resulted in a brief.  When officers got out of their vehicles, the suspect threw his car into reverse, hitting a police cruiser.  Officers fired their weapons at the driver with at least one hit to the chest, killing the man.


A 47-year-old Baton Rouge man who shot his then-girlfriend six times, paralyzing her, as she took a bath in February 2017 was convicted Wednesday of attempted second-degree murder. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III called Carl Thompson II’s shooting of Angela Gabriel “an act of cowardice.” Thompson faces a prison term of 10 to 50 years when state District Judge Richard Anderson sentences him Oct. 19.


Authorities recovered a woman's body in Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday evening, two days after New Orleans resident Sadie Thibodeaux went missing there. The 32 year old  Thibodeaux disappeared Sunday. The man who had been out sailing with her when she disappeared,  and who was rescued by the Coast Guard on Monday morning, has been questioned by police. Police on Tuesday morning said they had not seen any evidence of foul play and were considering Thibodeaux's case as a missing persons investigation.





The Saints take on the Jaguars tonight in Jacksonville for the first preseason game of the year. You won’t see much of Drew Brees, or the other stars, but Saints Analyst Mike Detillier says it’s a chance for some unheralded players to make a name for themselves. Airtime this afternoon at 4 on 96.9 KZMZ. Kick off shortly after 6


LSU suspended linebacker Tyler Taylor after learning he was arrested in May for reportedly serving as the getaway driver in the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop, according to arrest documents obtained Wednesday by The Advocate. LSU athletic officials confirmed they learned of Taylor’s case Wednesday and that he is suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.


The New Orleans Pelicans will open the 2018-19 season by visiting the Houston Rockets on Wednesday October 17th in a game televised by ESPN. The rest of the schedule will be released at a later date. A reminder, you can hear the Pelicans in Central Louisiana on 94.7 ESPN.


Bad news for the ULM Warhaks, senior cornerback Rhoy Williams has suffered a torn ACL and he’ll miss the upcoming season. Williams played in 12 games last season and had 38 tackles.


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Contractor Ratcliff Construction is expected to start work on the new Central Louisiana Technical Community College campus off Murray Street in Alexandria in the next week or two. It’s been nearly 3 years since groundbreaking at the site. Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle at a press conference Tuesday said that the new campus will be operating for the fall semester of 2019. It’s expected the current campus location on South Mac Arthur Drive will be sold once the new campus is operational.


Sad news yesterday with the announced passing of a true Louisiana Music Legend, G.G. Shinn. Family members announced on Facebook yesterday that G.G. had passed shortly before 3 in the afternoon. Shinn was a member of the iconic Boogie Kings where he was the band's featured trumpeter and lead vocalist. In his later years Shinn was the owner of the local G.G.'s nightclub in Alexandria. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. G.G. Shinn would have been 79 later this month.


CHRISTUS Health announced Tuesday that Nancy Hellyer, president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini, will depart the health system on Sept. 28. She will be replaced by Chris Karam, who has been named senior vice president of group operations and president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System in Alexandria.


The State police report Two Monroe residents died Monday night in a two-car crash in Winn Parish. The report states that 61 year old Vincent Trotter lost control of his pickup on  U.S. 84, and he crossed the center line, striking another pickup being driven by 41 year old Bobby Ray McLarty of Winnfield. Both Trotter and his only passenger, 52-year-old Wanda Jenson, died at the scene. Both were wearing seat belts. McLarty who was also wearing a seat belt, was not injured.


LaSalle parish authorities report a man has been charged with the shooting of an Ola man over the weekend. The LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office booked  30 year old James Rosier of Summerville Tuesday on charges of second degree murder in the death of 49 year old Sherwood Breithaupt.


LSU is offering a new option for buying football tickets, formerly one of the hottest commodities in Louisiana before high definition TV's and other changes shook up the ticket marketplace. The offer, called the flex pass, costs $360 for seven vouchers that can be redeemed for any of the seven regular-season games in Tiger Stadium.

Seat locations vary, and only two vouchers can be used for the season's highest-profile games — Georgia on Oct. 13 and Alabama on Nov. 3. Tickets will be delivered digitally to cell phones 24 hours before the game.


A government report says gasoline demand is nearing an all-time high and that’s causing prices to rise at the pump. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular fuel is $2.61, the most expensive August price since 2014.  AAA Fuel Analyst Don Redman says the refineries are working near full capacity right now.  He adds being in the height of hurricane season is a big concern. The statewide average for a gallon of gasoline was $2.16 a year ago.


An Amazon distribution center that will be built near the Airline Highway-Interstate 12 intersection in Baton Rouge will reportedly create hundreds of full-time jobs, with salaries of up to $25 an hour.  Amazon officials said Tuesday the 21,000-square foot facility will help speed up deliveries for customers. It will collect packages that come from larger Amazon centers that need to go “the last mile” into the hands of customers.


The state’s top gambling regulator confirms that three riverboat casinos are interested in expanding their operations on land, which is now legal as a result of legislation passed during the regular session. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club. The gaming control board estimates nearly 22,000 jobs are tied to the riverboat casino industry in the state.


The Louisiana State Police has applied for two federal grants to fund improvements to school safety after a series of school shootings earlier this year. Governor John Bel Edwards, speaking at Mckinley High School in Baton Rouge, says if awarded, the grants will fund projects highlighted by a joint commission. Edwards says the commission’s research team is busy compiling reports on every school in the state.


Edwin Edwards turned 91 Tuesday. The former four-term governor says he’s in good spirits and health, and looking forward to spending many more years with wife, 39-year-old Trina Edwards and their five-year-old son Eli.


A US Census Bureau report says coastal counties and parishes along the Gulf of Mexico have seen an increase of 3 million people, or 24.5%, between 2000 and 2016.  The US itself has grown by nearly 15-percent over the same time.  Demographer Greg Rigamer says with the exception of 2005, a year that saw an intense hurricane season, every year since 2000 has shown growth, despite the threat of danger from natural disasters.


The search continues for a missing boater in Lake Pontchartrain. 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux turned up missing on Sunday after an unmanned sailboat was found in the water. New Orleans Police Department Third District Commander Jeff Walls says at this point it’s a missing person’s case, but homicide unit detectives are assisting in the investigation.  The hunt moves forward on the south shore of the lake. 


A report from a team of LSU Health New Orleans and St. George University scientists indicates obese women may be able to prevent their children from falling prey to adolescent obesity by eating a healthy diet when pregnant. LSU School of Public Health Professor Dr. Richard Scribner says if further research confirms the results, you can add high sugar, processed foods to the list of no go’s for pregnant women.


An Oak Grove police officer has resigned following his arrest on charges of rape on a teenager.  Authorities made the arrest following an investigation stemming from a complaint received in July pertaining to the now former officer. TheState police investigation is ongoing.


The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office  reports a former volunteer firefighter from Ponchatoula hid video cameras in the women's restroom of a Tangipahoa firehouse and inside his own home 42 year old James Vining was initially arrested July 24 on video voyeurism and multiple drug counts, but he now faces additional charges as the investigation continues.


A state judge on Tuesday denied a request to move the trial of a black man whose attorney claimed that a Confederate statue outside the East Feliciana courthouse is a symbol of “oppression and racial intolerance” and that his client couldn’t get a fair trial there. In her ruling from the bench Tuesday, District Judge Kathryn Jones pointed out that the attorney filed his motion for the change of venue too late.


Dixie Beer is back, and in a big way. The century-old New Orleans company, bought last year by Saints owner Tom Benson and now led by his widow, Gayle Benson, unveiled plans Tuesday to open an 80,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant in New Orleans East. Backers hope the project will not only help revive the historic brand but also serve as a catalyst for economic development in the hard-hit neighborhood.



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LA Dodgers @ Oakland A’s 8:30p 94.7 ESPN


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The State Fire Marshall’s office has listed the cause of a deadly fire, which claimed the life of a disabled Deville man over the weekend, as Undetermined. 65 year old Russel Free died in the early Sunday morning blaze, that investigators say started in the bedroom of the mobile home.


36 year old Nicole Chandler of Pineville was sentenced yesterday, in 9th judicial district court, to 16 years behind bars, for killing a cellmate, 59 year old Rachel Smith, in the Rapides Parish Detention Center in July of last year.  A Rapides Parish jury found Chandler guilty of manslaughter by a vote of 11-1 last month.


The APD has arrested 27 year old Micah Brevelle and as charged him with several burglaries and attempted burglaries around town. The department had been investigating multiple vehicle burglaries and attempted residential burglaries over the past week in the West Point and Tennyson Oaks subdivisions, as well as the Georges Lane area.


The State Police reports a Texas man died Sunday night in a crash on Twin Bridges Road at La. Highway 112. Sunday night. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 26 year old Nicholas McClintock of Hemphill, Texas left the roadway and struck a tree. McClintock, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.


Lightning struck a Turkey Creek home Monday afternoon, igniting a fire in the home's attic. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic although there was water damage to the rest of the house. Six family members were home when the fire broke out, but no one was injured.


The Colorado State hurricane forecast team continues to predict a below-average hurricane season. Lead researcher Doctor Phil Klotzbach says they expect nine additional named storms this year. Klotzbach says there’s a 1 in 5 chance the Gulf Coast will see a major hurricane making landfall this year. Klotzbach says no matter what the forecast may call for, it is always important to be ready during hurricane season.


According to the Advocate, Attorney General Jeff Landry favors Louisiana’s current split jury law, which requires 10 of 12 jurists to convict a suspect in a felony case.  This makes him one of the few prominent politicians to oppose it so far.  Louisiana is one of only two states that allow split jury verdicts. A constitutional amendment is on the November 6th ballot that would change Louisiana’s law, requiring unanimous verdicts. 


Governor John Bel Edwards will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss criminal justice reform efforts that were enacted last year. The legislation helped Louisiana lose the title of Incarceration Capital of the World, by reducing the inmate population, while expanding probation and parole opportunities for mostly nonviolent offender. Edwards is one of a handful governors invited to the meeting.


A Kenner mom is under arrest after allegedly assaulting the citizens who rescued her 11 month and 3 year-old children from a hot car. Kenner Police Lt. Michael Cunningham says cameras showed the citizens helping the children exit the vehicle and after the mother discovered this, Cunningham says the mother ran out, and started punching the good Samaritans. The mother, 22-year-old Shawnise Sherman, was arrested and booked with Simple battery and Child Desertion.



The Louisiana Department of Education is releasing back-to-school resource guides for parents for the new school year.  The free resources are available via LouisianaBelieves.com’s family support toolbox.  Director of Family and Educator Communication, Annie Morrison, says the resources will help guide families as students enter new classrooms and some into new schools. The department will be putting out a guide for pre-k through 2nd grade guide sometime next week.


Sports betting is off to the races in dozens of states across the nation, but so far Louisiana has sat on the sidelines while neighboring states like Mississippi have elected to receive the expansion. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says after seeing how other states have started using the new cash, he’s concerned the Bayou State may be losing on crucial revenue. Jones says a bill legalizing sports gaming in Louisiana lost in the final seconds during the regular session. Jones says he believes a more conservative approach to allowing sports betting may succeed as early as next year.


A recent review of the Medicaid program shows the private companies known as Managed care organizations that work with the program have not been providing accurate enough information for where recipients can access their care. Louisiana Medicaid Director Jen Steele says they’ve fixed the problem, which boils down to better communication between LDH and the MCO’s…


The Harvest Center Church in Lafayette says they will not press charges against a man who stole donations from their school supply drive. Pastor Daniel Kelly says they confronted the culprit, who claimed he needed the supplies for his family.  Kelly says there is good to have come out of what could have been a negative situation.  The incident has actually spawned more donations to not only bridge the gap, but exceed the original totals.


The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s  Office reportsThe Chief of the French Settlement Police Department was arrested for using a fleet fuel card to fill up his personal pickup truck. Harry Brignac was charged on three counts: injuring public records, malfeasance in office, and misdemeanor theft. His bond was set for $50,500, according to a release from the Livingston (La.) Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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LSU’s Devin White and Greedy Williams are on ESPN’s list of Top 50 college football players. White is coming off a 133 tackle performance last season, while Williams led the SEC with six interceptions and second in the league with 17 passes defensed.


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The State Fire Marshall’s office has listed the cause of a deadly fire, which claimed the life of a disabled Deville man over the weekend, as Undetermined. 65 year old Russel Free died in the early Sunday morning blaze, that investigators say started in the bedroom of the mobile home.


36 year old Nicole Chandler of Pineville was sentenced yesterday, in 9th judicial district court, to 16 years behind bars, for killing a cellmate, 59 year old Rachel Smith, in the Rapides Parish Detention Center in July of last year.  A Rapides Parish jury found Chandler guilty of manslaughter by a vote of 11-1 last month.


The APD has arrested 27 year old Micah Brevelle and as charged him with several burglaries and attempted burglaries around town. The department had been investigating multiple vehicle burglaries and attempted residential burglaries over the past week in the West Point and Tennyson Oaks subdivisions, as well as the Georges Lane area.


The State Police reports a Texas man died Sunday night in a crash on Twin Bridges Road at La. Highway 112. Sunday night. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 26 year old Nicholas McClintock of Hemphill, Texas left the roadway and struck a tree. McClintock, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.


Lightning struck a Turkey Creek home Monday afternoon, igniting a fire in the home's attic. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic although there was water damage to the rest of the house. Six family members were home when the fire broke out, but no one was injured.


The Colorado State hurricane forecast team continues to predict a below-average hurricane season. Lead researcher Doctor Phil Klotzbach says they expect nine additional named storms this year. Klotzbach says there’s a 1 in 5 chance the Gulf Coast will see a major hurricane making landfall this year. Klotzbach says no matter what the forecast may call for, it is always important to be ready during hurricane season.


According to the Advocate, Attorney General Jeff Landry favors Louisiana’s current split jury law, which requires 10 of 12 jurists to convict a suspect in a felony case.  This makes him one of the few prominent politicians to oppose it so far.  Louisiana is one of only two states that allow split jury verdicts. A constitutional amendment is on the November 6th ballot that would change Louisiana’s law, requiring unanimous verdicts. 


Governor John Bel Edwards will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss criminal justice reform efforts that were enacted last year. The legislation helped Louisiana lose the title of Incarceration Capital of the World, by reducing the inmate population, while expanding probation and parole opportunities for mostly nonviolent offender. Edwards is one of a handful governors invited to the meeting.


A Kenner mom is under arrest after allegedly assaulting the citizens who rescued her 11 month and 3 year-old children from a hot car. Kenner Police Lt. Michael Cunningham says cameras showed the citizens helping the children exit the vehicle and after the mother discovered this, Cunningham says the mother ran out, and started punching the good Samaritans. The mother, 22-year-old Shawnise Sherman, was arrested and booked with Simple battery and Child Desertion.



The Louisiana Department of Education is releasing back-to-school resource guides for parents for the new school year.  The free resources are available via LouisianaBelieves.com’s family support toolbox.  Director of Family and Educator Communication, Annie Morrison, says the resources will help guide families as students enter new classrooms and some into new schools. The department will be putting out a guide for pre-k through 2nd grade guide sometime next week.


Sports betting is off to the races in dozens of states across the nation, but so far Louisiana has sat on the sidelines while neighboring states like Mississippi have elected to receive the expansion. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says after seeing how other states have started using the new cash, he’s concerned the Bayou State may be losing on crucial revenue. Jones says a bill legalizing sports gaming in Louisiana lost in the final seconds during the regular session. Jones says he believes a more conservative approach to allowing sports betting may succeed as early as next year.


A recent review of the Medicaid program shows the private companies known as Managed care organizations that work with the program have not been providing accurate enough information for where recipients can access their care. Louisiana Medicaid Director Jen Steele says they’ve fixed the problem, which boils down to better communication between LDH and the MCO’s…


The Harvest Center Church in Lafayette says they will not press charges against a man who stole donations from their school supply drive. Pastor Daniel Kelly says they confronted the culprit, who claimed he needed the supplies for his family.  Kelly says there is good to have come out of what could have been a negative situation.  The incident has actually spawned more donations to not only bridge the gap, but exceed the original totals.


The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s  Office reportsThe Chief of the French Settlement Police Department was arrested for using a fleet fuel card to fill up his personal pickup truck. Harry Brignac was charged on three counts: injuring public records, malfeasance in office, and misdemeanor theft. His bond was set for $50,500, according to a release from the Livingston (La.) Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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Houston Astros @ San Francisco Giants 2:10p 94.7 ESPN


LSU’s Devin White and Greedy Williams are on ESPN’s list of Top 50 college football players. White is coming off a 133 tackle performance last season, while Williams led the SEC with six interceptions and second in the league with 17 passes defensed.


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Military service members will get their biggest raise in a decade with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act this week. In addition to the pay raise for U.S. military service members, the legislation also funds improvements at military installations. This opens up the possibility of funding going toward projects at military installations in Louisiana such as Barksdale Air Force Base, Fort Polk, and the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station among others. The House gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the legislation last month.


The Department of Corrections is celebrating the one year anniversary of the 2017 criminal justice reforms that saw Louisiana lose its title as the incarceration capital of the world. The department says the total prison population is at a 20 year low. The new parole system has seen the total supervised population fall by 7,000 people due to reforms that allow offenders to work towards goals that will reduce their time in the system.


Louisiana has begun its effort to extend foster care services for kids in the system up to age 21, from the current age limit of 18. The program got legislative approval and funding during the legislative season with widespread support. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says the extension costs the state about one million dollars a year, which allows it to get access to three million dollars in additional federal funding to help cover the costs.


Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says, head on out to the stands and enjoy the fruits of your local farmers and craftsmen’s labor during National Farmers Market Week. It’s a national week of recognition for the local markets, and Strain says that means it’s time to go check out one of the state’s 75 farmers markets and over 100 roadside stands.


With the November elections just three months away, the campaigns of those on the ballot are doing their best to find funding.  LA-Politics.com  Publisher Jeremy Alford says it’s still early for many of the campaigns, but adds the six congressional districts have seen a solid collection so far. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise has seen the most money raised for his District 1 race. Alford says Julie Stokes has the lead in fund with the Secretary of State’s race. 


Curators with the Louisiana State Musuem opened a time capsule found underneath a recently removed confederate monument in New Orleans Friday. The contents of the copper box revealed Confederate money, flags, a US medal and other items.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says it’s amazing that people of that time period had the foresight to preserve these items for people of today.


The Superdome is marking it’s 43rd birthday on Friday. The world famous venue arrived on August 3rd 1975 and was approximately 100 million dollars over budget. The Superdome’s completion was almost three years later than expected. However, since it’s opening  the Superdome hosted events featuring the Pope, massive concerts, and of course, plenty of Saints football games.


A DeRidder gymnast will represent the United States in November when she competes in the World Age Group Gymnastics Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lynlee Taylor is the 11 year old daughter of Wesley and Amber Taylor. The Taylors adopted Lynlee from Korea. The girl started in gymnastics at 4 year of age and began competing at the age of 6.


An airman assigned to Barksdale Airforce Base is scheduled for a general court-martial trial Jan. 7. Officials at the North Louisiana base say Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is in custody, charged with the murder of Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale. Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as electronic warfare journeymen.  Edwards is accused of stabbing Hale, his roommate, to death in March of this year.


From the goodness is next to Godliness department, A Rouses’ grocery store clerk in Baton Rouge has received over 54-thousand dollars in donations as a result of a kind act. Jordan Taylor was putting up bottled orange juice in a cooler, when an autistic 17-year-old asked if he could help. The father of the autistic teenager made a video of it and the video has gone viral. A Go fund me account was set up to help Taylor go to college and donations are rolling in.




Saints rookie running back Boston Scott says he’s looking to make the team anyway possible through offense or special teams, possibly as a returner. Scott says as a way to get ready for his NFL career, he spent a week with Drew Brees and his trainer in San Diego. The 39-year-old Brees admitted over the weekend he’s spoken with his wife about retiring. But Brees says the entire family supports his effort to win another Super Bowl, plus his kids like coming out to practice.


The Houston Astros continue their west coast swing tonight after taking 2 out of three games over the weekend from the LA dodgers. Tonight, it’s the opening of a two game series against the San Francisco Giants. It’s a late game, starting at 8:40p on 94.7 ESPN.


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It wasn’t the decision the Rapides Parish DA’s office was hoping for. But, all is not lost yet. Judge Peyton Cunningham  said Thursday that the money issues the Rapides Parish Police Jury are experiencing are attributable to funds being kept by the District Attorney's Office for its pretrial intervention programs. The judge went on to say DA Phillip Terrell's petition for a writ of mandamus was not the correct way to seek restoration of the $700,000 that was cut by the police jury.  Terrell says he and his attorneys would take a few days to decide whether to appeal Cunningham's decision.


Wednesday a Federal Appellate Court blocked the release of online schematics that would allow people with 3D printers, which are rapidly falling in price, to create operational firearms with ease. Senator John Kennedy disagrees with blocking the release, and says it’s your right to print the weapons.


A criminal justice expert says Avoyelles Parish law officers who wrestled a Marksville man off a tractor while serving an arrest warrant last year used too much force, needlessly escalating a confrontation that ended with the man's death. A second expert said he doesn't agree the officers used excessive force, but said they may have acted negligently by failing to administer aid once Armando Frank was unconscious.


A press release from Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain reports a 2 year drowned in a swimming pool last Friday . Deputies and emergency responders were called to the home on Mundy Loop in Colfax. The boy as was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived. There were no signs of foul play, and no further information has been released on the incident.


LSU football reports for camp today and expectations are lower than normal. The Tigers are picked finish 5th in the SEC West and ranked 24th in the preseason coaches’ poll.


Emerge Louisiana, an organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, has announced it has seen nine of its alumnae qualify for the 2018 elections.  Spokesperson for the organization, Melanie Oubre says there is a great demand to see women take action in politics.


Former longtime state Rep. Johnny McFerren of Stonewall has died.  McFerren was serving as a member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.l  He served four terms at state representative of district 7.  He’s preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Patsy, who died in 2016.


A hit and run involving two vehicles in Monroe has a 59 year old woman dead.  The preliminary investigation revealed that Emma Crew of West Monroe was attempting to walk across Highway 165 when she was hit by the driver’s side mirror of a southbound vehicle. Authorities say Crew then fell in the road and was hit by a truck. That vehicle  that failed to stop.


The US Department of Defense has issued a $10 million award to the LSU’s Stephenson Technologies Corporation in an effort to help protect small businesses from cyberattacks.  This comes after Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order in 2017 establishing a Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission to advance the state’s cyber ecosystem.  STC’s President and CEO, Jeff Moulton, says it’s an important topic, because it’s not a matter of if you will be hacked, but when.


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents have cited 52-year-old Gilvin Aucoin of Ville Platte for violating the Endangered Species Act by illegally shooting an endangered whooping crane. Spokesperson of LDWF Adam Einck says the birds, having distinctive markings and standing up to four to five feet tall, are not hard to miss. Einck says there is no good excuse for shooting this animal. Violating the Endangered Species Act can bring up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail.


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Houston Astros @ LA Dodgers 8:35p 94.7 ESPN


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An investigation into a May traffic stop in Pineville that turned into a chase and fatal shooting has been closed, after the release of the Coroner’s report. The coroner ruled that 25 year old Cedric Prevot died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation into the incident was conducted by the Pineville PD and the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. But, it left a lot of questions unanswered.  There was nothing found that might explain why Prevot fired on the officer and fled before killing himself.


One 16-year-old boy has been arrested  by the APD and a search is on for a 15-year-old male suspect. The two juveniles are believed to be responsible for "numerous burglaries and thefts" reported over the past week in the western part of the city. The investigation is continuing.


The Vernon parish sheriff’s office reports a Hutton man is in jail, accused of allegedly sexually abusing two minors for over a 16 year period. 57 year old Jeffry Johnson is also facing face additional charges. Johnson was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail Tuesday


Police in Jennings have arrested an man in the death of his 7 week old daughter.  32 year old James Ray Miller to police that he squeezed and shook the child because she'd been crying. Miller had been charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after the child was admitted to a hospital in critical condition Monday. That charge is expected to be increased to a murder charge now that the child has died.  


Congressional auditors say about 30 million people will have to fork over more money to cover their 2018 taxes next year because employers withheld too little from their paychecks.  Member of the Louisiana CPA Society, Bill Potter says one of the changes made in the tax act is, there is no longer a dependency exemption. Potter says taxpayers may not see the refund they are used to, if they see one at all.


Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry has told the USA Today Network there’s no doubt he can beat John Bel Edwards if he challenges the Democrat in next year’s governor’s race. Landry says he’s receiving a lot of encouragement to run and it’s becoming harder to tell his supporters he won’t mount a campaign against Edwards.


Good news for 45-hundred low income families on a waiting list to receive assistance to send their young kids to child care. They will be removed from that list and have the opportunity enroll in a child care center thanks to a 39-million dollar one-time investment by the federal government. Executive Director of the Early Childhood operations, Lisa Brochard says Letters have gone out  to those families.


The attorney for a 19-year-old shot by a state trooper says he’s got questions as to why his client was shot in back when the officer claimed she was being rushed by his client following a traffic stop. The lawyer, Don Cazayoux, didn’t identify his client, who was a passenger, but says something just doesn’t add up about Trooper Kasha Domingue’s account of the incident. The shooting was not captured on video.  The attorney for the trooper claims the body cam was defective and the patrol vehicle was new and not yet equipped with a dash cam.


For the first time in years Louisianans on the Affordable Care Act’s individual markets will see a rate decrease. The 6.4 percent drop will be put in place for 2019. Blue Cross Louisiana Spokesperson Robin Mayhall says after several years of rate hikes related to regulatory uncertainty surrounding the program, things have started to level out.


Among the new Louisiana laws going into effect yesterday is the "Good Samaritan Law," which provides legal protection for those who rescue pets and children from hot cars. The law declares, "There shall be no liability on the part of a person for property damage or trespass to a motor vehicle, if the damage was caused while the person was rescuing" a pet or a child. Before a would-be Good Samaritan goes smashing windows, however, there are certain steps that must be followed: a "good-faith" attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle; a call to emergency services; a note left on the vehicle; and the willingness to wait nearby with the child or pet until help arrives.


A 2-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were among three shot on Wednesday afternoon on I-10 in New Orleans East.  The 16-year-old was shot in the leg, the 2-year-old had graze wounds to the shoulder and sternum and the third victim was a 22-year-old man who was shot in the leg and forearm. The NOPD believes the people who were shot were "innocent victims."


Switchblades are legal to own in Louisiana. The devices have been banned for decades. If it comes as a surprise to you, then you’re not alone, it was a surprise to bill sponsor Covington Representative Mark Wright. Wright says he knows legalizing switchblade knives is not a pressing issue, but he says that shouldn’t stop lawmakers from pursuing common sense legislation, even if it’s small in scale.


18-year-old Louisiana Tech student Mason Andrews who is attempting to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world has already broken one world record during his journey. Andrews has become the youngest pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. Next stop Croatia and then it’s on to Egypt.


A pregnant woman and her unborn child are expected to survive after a man who police believe was impaired crashed a car in a Baton Rouge Parking garage, pinning a woman between two vehicles. The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, including a fractured face and a broken leg. However, authorities announced  Wednesday afternoon that Prognosis for the woman and her unborn child is good.


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Hall Of Fame Game: Chicago vs Baltimore 6:30p


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The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court's Office announced yesterday two candidates have been disqualified from running for Rapides Parish School Board. John Allen, the current board representative for District F, was ordered by a judge to withdraw or be disqualified after the Louisiana Board of Ethics filed a petition objecting to his candidacy. Another candidate, Chris Svebek, was disqualified Tuesday after the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office found he was running for a seat outside of the district in which he lives. According to the Secretary of State's Office, qualifying will not be reopened for Allen's seat before the Nov. 6 election. After his term expires, the seat can be left vacant or the board can appoint someone until another election is held in March of next year.


Could the 4th time be the charm? The TownTalk is reporting The Parc England Hotel and Bistro on the Bayou restaurant are up for auction again. The lease for the hotel and shuttered restaurant at England Airpark is scheduled to be sold to the highest bidder on Aug. 16 through Bonnette Auctions. It's the fourth time in 15 months the properties have been put up for auction.


A Pineville man has pleaded no contest to an amended charge in the 2016 crash that killed 16-year-old Chloe James of Ball.  25year old Micah Baden entered the plea to negligent homicide on Tuesday in 9th Judicial District Court. His sentencing was set for Sept. 5.


Today marks the third month of the 2018 hurricane season. Three storms have been named so far and State Climatologist Barry Keim predicts an increase in storms towards the end of this month. While the real heart of hurricane season occurs in September, Keim warns this is no time to let your guard down.


Louisiana residents can go to Mississippi to place bets on sporting events starting today. The initial casinos to offer sports betting are Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike in Tunica. Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association, Larry Gregory, says the state is thrilled about the opportunities sports betting brings. Gregory expects to see a spike in tourism from the addition of sports betting.


More than 430 new laws go into effect today as a result of the spring legislative regular session. One of those bills that captivated Louisianans was the Max Gruver Act, which stiffened penalties and made it a felony to orchestrate hazing events that leads to injuries or deaths. And Louisianans looking to get hitched quick have some good news. The state’s waiting period for marriages has been bumped down from 72 to 24 hours. Carencro Representative Julie Emerson says the shorter waiting period should still keep overenthusiastic couples on a bender from tying the knot after a few shots.


Northwest Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is throwing his hat in the ring to be the next Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. It’s not a position for the faint of heart. The Committee Chairman is responsible for identifying policy objectives, and then wrangling support to get those ideas off the white board and onto a bill. Johnson says he’s got the background to both build consensus, and champion conservative values. The election for RSC chairman will take place in mid-November.


No one in the town of Palmetto in St. Landry Parish is interested in becoming the town’s police chief. The top cop and only police officer in Palmetto, David Krull, is moving and no one qualified to run to replace him. Alderman Guyton Budden says they might ask the state if they can appoint someone to be the police chief, because none of the current residents of Palmetto are interested…


About 10-thousand Louisiana homeowners who experienced flood damage in 2016 and have received some assistance through the state’s recovery program are now eligible for 100-percent reimbursement as a result of a policy change approved by the federal government. The governor’s communications director Shauna Sanford says checks will be mailed out this week and it will mean an additional 110-million dollars in flood recovery grant money.




ULM football returns to the practice fields today and the program appears to have forward momentum going into their third season with head coach Matt Viator at the helm. Improving a defense that gave up a lot of points last season is certainly has the coach’s attention. Viator says he’s hopeful his squad can stay healthier than last year.


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Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners 2:35p 94.7 ESPN


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With students getting closer to the end of their summer breaks, the personal-finance website WalletHub Monday released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst School Systems and as you may suspect, Louisiana did not do well.. With one being the best, Louisiana scored;

    51st – Math Test Scores

    48th – Reading Test Scores

    39th – Median ACT Score

    37th – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers

    46th – Dropout Rate

    46th – Bullying Incidence Rate

For the full report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335/   


Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and RoyOMartin President and CEO Roy O. Martin III announced the company will invest $8 million at its Chopin plywood and solid wood plant to install a new dry kiln designed to increase timber production. With the new investment, the company will create 14 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of more than $46,800, plus benefits. The company will retain 680 existing jobs at the site, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 40 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 50 new jobs in the region.


It’s an interesting idea.. the APD has set up some spots in the parking of the Bolton Avenue Police station to allow residents to safely perform a child transfer from parent to parent under a child custody agreement or even to complete an online purchase under the watchful eye of a police officer. According to Chief Jerrod King "It provides that extra level of comfort and that extra level of security for them. Special signe make the spots in the Lot.


A Louisiana Legislative Auditor report finds the Rapides Parish Police Jury found that more than $4,500 was misappropriated by a former Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office employee. The incident happened in August of 2017 when the Rapides Parish Police Jury’s internal auditing system found $4,512 was misappropriated. The report stated that restitution by the employee has been made. However, according to the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, the matter was never sent to a grand jury by the DA’s Office, as it should have been.


The Legislative Auditor has a new report claiming the state health department and the Attorney General’s Office misappropriated money intended to fight Medicaid fraud. Auditor Daryl Purpera says they initiated the investigation at the request of LDH and the AG’s office, which’ve since put the money back in the program. Purpera says auditors also found 475-thousand dollars in salaries for fraud detection were used for other purposes and the report showed the state blew 642- thousand dollars in 2012 on software not compatible with their systems.


Advocates are ramping up the campaign to convince voters to vote yes to the unanimous jury verdict constitutional amendment on this fall’s ballot. The amendment requires over 50 percent of voters in the fall to back it, and would undo the Jim Crow era legislation that sets up Louisiana as a legal outlier in the American justice system.

The law was passed during the post-civil war reconstruction era, where critics say the objective was to deprive African Americans of the ability to have a jury of their peers. 48 other states, along with the federal justice system require unanimous juries.


A mass shooting in New Orleans left three dead over the weekend.  Now, investigators are looking for answers from the public and they are increasing the reward money for information in the case.  NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says the money is now up to $25,000.


Jonesboro Representative Jack McFarland says it was not the legislature’s intention to halt three different sales tax holidays when legislators agreed in the last special session to a tax deal to fully fund state government. McFarland says he wouldn’t be surprised if there was legislation next year to bring them back. As it stands now, the sales tax holidays have been suspended until 2025.


Union Parish authorities say a Bastrop man drowned in Lake D’Arbonne attempting to retrieve his pontoon boat that had blown off its trailer during a thunderstorm Sunday afternoon. Authorities say 65-year-old Roddy Watt was found about 100 yards from the launching area.


According to the latest LDWF bald eagle nest survey, the population continues to flourish in the state.  Once a rare sight, spotting bald eagles in Louisiana is now commonplace, as the population in the 1970s was devastated by use of the now-banned pesticide, DDT. LDWF Nongame Bird Biologist Michael Seymour says DDT, when broken down in the environment, affected the ability of many birds to produce calcium which caused thin egg shells.


Three flood damaged Louisiana State Parks are soon to back in business.  Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced the official reopening of cabins at Lake Bistineau, Lake Fausse Point, and Tickfaw State Parks. Assistant Secretary and Director of Louisiana State Parks Gene Reynolds say these cabins provide guests the access of Louisiana’s most impressive views. You can now start making reservations for stays beginning Monday, October 22nd. For more information visit LaStateParks.com.


A Farmerville woman is dead after falling out of a truck and striking the pavement.  According to the Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates, on Saturday night, 22-year-old Bridget Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from the vehicle’s window while it traveled around 35-40 miles per hour. Gates says the driver of the vehicle was arrested. Gates says alcohol was involved with the incident.


The Louisiana Department of Education have announced the most recent recipients of the titles of Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Principle of the Year honor goes to Dr. Eric Davis of Wossman High School in the City of Monroe School District.

Spencer Kiper of Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier City picked up the award for Teacher of the Year.  Kiper, a STEM teacher, says the surprise of the recognition serves as further motivation for his job.


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The State Police are investigating the shooting death of a Mississippi man and the injuring of a Ball Police officer on Saturday. Investigators report it all started when a Ball police officer pulled over a vehicle being driven 32 year old Michael Neil on Highway 165 for a traffic violation. After the officer made contact with Neal, a pursuit ensued.  The pursuit ended on Anderson Street in Pineville, where Neal was shot. Neal was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was later pronounced. The officer was also transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was last reported in stable condition.


State Police report an early Saturday morning, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Pineville.  According to police, the crash occurred around 1 a.m on Interstate 49 near the Meeker/Turkey Creek Exit, when a vehicle being driven by 51 Blas Sandoval left the highway and overturned. Sandoval, who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle. Sandoval was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has uncovered what they believe is a dogfighting operation, following a lengthy investigation.  The initial tips from the public began to surface in April, but Capt. Tommy Carnline says it wasn’t until recently that the agency received the intel they needed to make the discovery. Carnline says the agency discovered seventeen pit bulls on the property in the Wardville community. Police have arrested Sherman Lane Nash, Jr. but they say more arrests could be forthcoming.


Three people have been killed and several others injured following a shooting in New Orleans. City police spokesman Aaron Looney says in a statement the shooting happened Saturday night on Claiborne Avenue, about 3 miles from the French Quarter. No suspects are in custody.


Medicare for All may have been a fringe position just two years ago, but an analysis of Louisiana’s 2018 Democratic congressional candidates shows nearly unanimous support for the policy. Support from the candidates for Medicare for All comes in two flavors: allowing people to buy into the program, or blanket coverage from birth, with nine of the eleven candidates backing at least one of the two versions.


A Morning Consult poll shows Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating slipped under 50 percent during the brutal legislative sessions between April and June. Edwards’ has generally maintained one of the highest approval ratings for a Democratic governor, but ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says with the legislative session in the rear view mirror and the government fully funded for the year, Stockley says don’t be surprised to see those numbers rebound in the coming months.


Jim Bernhard rumors are swirling again as LaPolitics.com reports the former Shaw Group CEO is considering a run for the governor’s mansion in 2019. Bernhard now operates energy investment firm Bernhard Capital Partners. LaPolitics Publisher Jeremy Alford says Bernhard has the capital on hand to make it a competitive race.


According to a new Gallup survey that polled just over a thousand adults, most Americans see vapor cigarettes as better than traditional cigarettes, while marijuana was seen as the safest smoking product of all.  Government agencies are chiming in, with the FDA still a bit hazy about its stance on vaping, while the CDC says more than 10% of high school students vape.  Tobacco treatment specialist, Angel Lopez, says among the experts, vaping’s health risks are debatable. Lopez says vaping introduces new chemicals, ones not present in traditional cigarettes.


A woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing money from the Louisiana law firm she once worked for has been sentenced to a year and 10 months in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Lake Charles said in a Friday news release that Pamela Ann Fayko, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. Prosecutors said Fayko was a bookkeeper and office manager for a Lake Charles law firm from 2008 until 2016. She had access to the company credit card and checkbook. In February, she pleaded guilty to using both in the theft of more than $332,000. In addition to 22 months in prison, Fayko faces three years of supervised release and will have to make restitution.


For the last decade, more than one million Entergy customers throughout the state have been paying charges to cover the cost of repairs to damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says those charges are dropping off, and Louisiana customers will see an average monthly reduction of $5.44.


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A federal judge’s ruling allows for the removal of a confederate monument in front of the Caddo Parish courthouse. Judge Robert James dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Daughters of the Confederacy, who said the parish couldn’t remove the monument because it sat on private property. Caddo Parish Commissioner Steven Jackson says placing the monument in front of a courthouse was highly inappropriate because of the effect it could have had on the proceedings taking place inside court of law.


Louisiana has hit a rough patch for weather this summer, but the state’s had a much needed heat reprieve these last few days after a brutal weekend, but forecasts say that’s about to change. State Climatologist Barry Keim says humidity levels are set to spike coming up soon. Portions of the state are also suffering from a drought. 


The US House has passed the National Defense Authorization Act which provides the largest pay raise for troops in nine years. Congressman Ralph Abraham says the pay raises doesn’t just help soldiers, but communities that house military bases too.

The legislation also contains 295-million dollars to update B-52 bombers, which frequently take off at Barksdale Air force Base. There’s also 12-million dollars for a new entrance to Barksdale, so a nuclear weapons storage facility can be built there.


The preparation is underway for the next voice of the Saints as Zach Strief transitions from the playing field to the press box.  Strief, who has no previous broadcasting experience, spent a more than a decade as an offensive tackle with the black and gold.  Strief says he looks forward to working with Deuce McAllister on commentary and says his hope is that this is something truly special to be shared with the Who Dat Nation.


Two Rookie New Orleans Police Officers who were fired from their jobs after allegedly severely beating a regular at a mid-city bar in New Orleans could be facing some stiff charges as a result of the incident. Spencer Sutton and John Galman were initially booked on one count of simple battery in relation to the act, where they allegedly harassed George Gomez about his citizenship, accusing him of being a “fake American”. Gomez says he is American, and has served in the Louisiana National Guard. NOPD says those charged could be upgraded.


After initial reports began to surface on the case of a body being discovered with the hands and feet bound together with rope in a bayou on Sunday, the death seemed suspicious.  However, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office representative .Lt. Brennan Matherne says it appears self-inflicted with a lack of evidence that ties anyone else to his death because he did not appear to be robbed.


The physical and psychological abuse of an autistic woman held captive for a year in Tangipahoa Parish included forcing her to eat both dog feces and her mother's ashes, attempted sex trafficking and numerous beatings, that according to charges issued Thursday against five Amite residents in federal court in New Orleans. When officers found the 22-year-old woman, identified in the court documents only as D.P., in June 2016 she was malnourished, covered in insect bites and living in a 6-by-8-foot chicken-wire cage outside a Rushing Lane home.


The Louisiana state trooper who opened fire on a teenager in Baton Rouge this month had been wearing a "defective" body camera that did not record the shooting, that according to a release from trooper's on Thursday. The attorney, Floyd Falcon, contends that body-camera footage would help to exonerate Trooper Kasha Domingue.

The Attorney insists Domingue had "reported it as not working" to her supervisors.


The New Orleans Saints violated federal labor law by failing to pay overtime wages to the former personal assistant of late owner Tom Benson, according to an NFL arbitrator who this week ordered the team to cough up nearly $400,000. The arbitrator ordered the Saints to pay $100,000 in overtime to the ex-aide, Rodney Henry, as well as a fee of about $105,000 that Henry's contract guaranteed him if he was dismissed by someone other than Benson. Arbitrator Harold Henderson also tacked on nearly $190,000 to cover Henry’s attorneys’ fees during a legal battle that began three years ago when Henry was fired.


Fifty years ago, there wasn’t a single brown pelican to be found in the pelican state. The demise of the population can be traced back to the use of the pesticide DDT.  But the population of the bird has since rebounded with more than 100,000 throughout Louisiana. LDWF Nongame Bird Biologist Michael Seymour says the rejuvenation effort began in the late 1960s and he credits the successful repopulation of the species in major part to the Endangered Species Act.


In Beauregard Parish officials began performing homestead audits this week to weed out unqualified exemptions. On Monday, DeRidder City Council members voted unanimously to enter a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Sheriff’s Office, Police Jury, town of Merryville and the School Board to execute a homestead exemption mapping system. The initiative will seek to identify properties erroneously designated as exempt and to facilitate the collection of property taxes.




The Saints began training camp today with Super Bowl aspirations. Last year, New Orleans struggled on punt returns. Coach Sean Payton says that will be a point of emphasis, plus there are new kick-off rules to learn.


Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has a new look as he’s wearing a helmet designed to reduce concussions. Brees says the helmet he wore last year is not up to NFL standards. The veteran Q-B says the change is no big deal.


High school sports officials from around Louisiana are getting ready to meet up in the Big Easy, in what is estimated to be the largest event of its type in the state’s history.  LHSAA Director of Officials Lee Sanders says Officiate Louisiana’s goal is to add more sports officials to their rankings, adding they are looking for younger talent as the average age of officials has been on the rise the last two decades.


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Authorities have now arrested the mother of the 6-month-old Natchitoches baby who died from severe burns. 22-year-old Hannah Baker has been charged with Principle to 1st Degree Murder for her role in the tragic death. Baker claimed she was maced during a home invasion that saw her child taken from her, but Fire Marshal Butch Browning says that likely was a lie. Browning says they suspect this was a preconceived crime that Baker participated in, thus the charge of Principle to First Degree Murder. And it may not be over yet, as the Fire Marshal says they are still actively pursuing leads that could lead to more people behind bars.


Parents of a fourteen year old boy forced to live in a shed have been arrested.  The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office made the arrest of Larry and Antoinette Lewis and are now being held on bonds of $7,500 and $25,000 respectively.  Detectives arrived at the home and spoke with the juvenile and found out he had not bathed or eaten in days.


Cool Planet announced Wednesday they are begining construction of their production facility here in Alexandria.  The plant, located at the Central Louisiana Regional Port, will produce Cool Terra, Cool Planet's signature product, which the company says increases yield and quality of a wide range of crops when mixed with soil. The facility, which will serve as Cool Planet's manufacturing hub, is expected to begin production in the summer of  next year.


Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart program has been ranked the nation’s number one state workforce training program for a record ninth consecutive year by Business Facilities. LED Secretary Don Pierson says this isn’t possible without the huge pool of talent that makes up the program. The program works with growing companies to tailor recruiting and training to arm employees with the skills to launch a business with full force.


The grandchildren of a bedridden Baton Rouge grandmother have been arrested after the elderly woman was found dead in their home. Baton Rouge Police Spokesperson Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely says EMS was called to the home for medical purposes but upon seeing her condition pronounced her dead at the hospital.


Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc is speaking out against Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s accusations that the Edwards Administration is stonewalling efforts to continue executions in Louisiana. Executions have stopped since the legislatively approved drugs ceased production in 2010. LeBlanc says before releasing a letter to the media, Landry had been dead silent to him on the issue.


The Tax Foundation says their estimates show the average Louisianan will receive a 1,300 dollar tax break resulting from the tax reform passed in Congress last year. But a national poll showed most Americans haven’t seen a bigger paycheck yet. Tax Foundation Director of Special Projects Nicole Kaeding says if so, talk to your employer about adjusting for the new rates.




The new play-by-play announcer for New Orleans Saints games will be Zach Strief (Streef). Strief retired from playing for the Saints last year. A news release says that the twelve year offensive tackle is joining his ex-teammate, Deuce McAllister, in the broadcast booth. 


Saints fans are getting to get their first glimpse of the team’s practices this weekend.  Training camp officially opened yesterday and practice begins today.  This weekend, fans are invited to check out practices.  The festivities start at 7:30 Saturday morning with a fan fest.



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Former bookkeeper  for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office, Margaurette Beard,  was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.6 million from the office. She pleaded guilty in late March to one count of misuse of federal funds. The 68 year old Beard will report to a prison on Sept. 19. Charges against her in the 9th Judicial District Court are still pending, as is a civil lawsuit.


State police report an Alexandria woman was killed yesterday shortly before noon in Beauregard Parish when vehicle she was driving crossed the center line of the highway and hit an 18 wheeler head on. 66 year old Brenda Bordelon, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of the crash.


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office reports 33 year old Damarcus Scales, one of two people charged with the death man outside the Bolton Avenue Community Center, has rearrested after Corrections Officers found him in possession of a “Shank” during a routine inspection of his cell at DC3. Scales, who is no stranger to legal issues, now faces a new charge of introducing contraband into a correctional facility.


The Bureau of Economic Analysis says Louisiana’s Gross Domestic Product grew for the first quarter of this year at a rate of two-point-three percent, which is faster than 35 other states. In a statement, Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s a sign Louisiana’s economy is steadily improving and his administration continues to work towards bringing record economic development deals.


The Trump Administration on Tuesday announced up to $12 billion in emergency relief for farmers hurt by the president’s trade war.  Ag commissioner Mike Strain says the hand up is much needed in the ag industry. Strain says the burden put on farmers by financial shortfalls can be overwhelming. US Senator John Kennedy weighed in on the situation, saying he wonders what will be done for manufacturers for automobiles and petrochemicals.


More jobs are coming to Iberville Parish as Gov. John Bel Edwards and Shintech Louisiana LLC have announced a $1.49 Billion expansion.  The project is expected to create 120 new direct jobs with an average salary of more than $81k, plus benefits, and 590 indirect jobs in Iberville Parish and surrounding parishes.  The company works in chemical production and has been in the bayou state since 1999.


The exchange on capital punishment between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry continues to escalate.  The last execution in Louisiana took place in 2010 when the drugs for a lethal injection were last available. The governor’s office has pointed out that Landry hasn’t offered a single bill dealing with capital punishment since he took office in 2016.


US Senator John Kennedy got a chance to sit down and talk with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The conversation stuck mostly to personal topics, as Kennedy says he’s impressed so far with the nominee’s temperament. Kennedy says  its crucial the Senate get it right, because the nomination is for life.


In a move that blindsided many, following repeatedly denying he would run, the interim Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin, made a last minute announcement of his inclusion into the special election for the Secretary of State’s office on the final day on qualifying.  Ardoin claims he never purposely misled anyone about his intentions with the November special election.


The New Orleans Police Department arrested two of its own officers and began the process of firing them after an off-duty fight with a civilian early Tuesday near a Mid-City bar. The two rookies who graduated from the police training academy in December and had not yet completed a required probationary period  were booked on counts of simple battery in connection with an incident that sent a third man to the hospital. Investigators collected video evidence and witness statements which "clearly" established that the officers were the aggressors in an altercation.


Jefferson Parish officials report a man leaped onto the hood of a woman’s car during a domestic dispute, jumped off and then fatally shot her through the windshield near the entrance to an upscale west bank subdivision Tuesday. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the woman or her alleged attacker, who was arrested at the scene. But they said the couple was either married or dating and that the woman was from New Orleans.


Eight people are under arrest in relation to a dismembered male body discovered in the woods outside of Walker. Authorities have identified the remains as 26-year-old Michael Neufeld of Donaldsonville. He was last seen by family members on July 2nd. Sheriff Jason Ard says they are still trying to establish an exact motive.




The Saints open their first day of training camp tomorrow at 8:50AM, which will be on the field. A total of ten practices will be open to the public, with the first of those being this Saturday.


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The National Weather Service says the high temperature in Shreveport Sunday was 108-degrees, which is a record for Shreveport for any day in July. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we’ll see temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s for the remainder of the week, but you will notice a difference in the humidity starting today. Keim says you can thank a change in the wind as it will come out of the north, instead of off the Gulf of Mexico.


A Natchitoches woman has been charged in the burning death of a six-month old child, who was set on fire last week after being kidnapped during an apparent home invasion. 25-year-old Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith has been charged with one count of first-degree murder for the death of Levi Cole Ellerbe. Authorities say she is not the child’s mother and the investigation continues.


Five people have been arrested for insurance fraud related to an alleged staged crash in Evangeline Parish in 2015. Authorities say the crash was staged to facilitate a fraudulent insurance claim for property and bodily harm. State Police Spokesperson Master Trooper Brooks David the lengthy investigation revealed that all of the participants knew each other, and that the action was premeditated.


He says he is not guilty. That was the plea Monday by Roger Dale Boggs, the man accused of bank fraud. Boggs had promised to build a $1.5 billion plant in Pineville that was to bring in more businesses and around 1,000 jobs. But none of that materialized, and creditors eventually began legal proceedings against him. A pretrial conference in the case was set for Nov. 8


The drugs are in the console… That’s what a Dry Prong man told a Grant Parish Sheriff deputy after he ran his vehicle into a ditch. 47-year-old Robert Averitt initially told the Deputy he had just ran out of beer.  As you may suspect, the deputy was not amused. Averitt has been charged with DWI, possession of crystal meth, resisting an officer and criminal damage to property..


State police are investigating a Sunday evening crash that killed two Zwolle men. Both 64 year old Gary Carheel and his passenger,  41-year-old Herman Green, died at the scene of the crash on La. Highway 191. Speed was a factor in the crash. Troopers say both men were wearing seatbelts.


An inmate considered dangerous, who walked away from the Rapides Parish Detention Center in downtown Alexandria on Saturday afternoon, has been recaptured. Authorities say Demoine Ashley was captured by deputies with the help of the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force.


The LaFourche Parish Sheriff’s office is investigating how 69-year-old Terry Angelle ended up bound in rope and floating in Bayou LaFourche on Sunday. Lt. Brennan Matherne says at this point his death has been classified as suspicious. Matherne says they believe Angelle was in the bayou for several days.


The state’s sales tax holidays have been suspended until 2025 as a result of legislation approved in the last special session. For instance, we usually have a sales tax holiday for back to school shopping during the first weekend in August, but that’s not happening this year. The Tax Foundation’s Nicole Kaeding says sales tax holidays usually don’t produce cost savings for consumers, because retailers in many cases increase prices on those items.


Southeast Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is set to seek his 6th term in office as representative of Louisiana’s 1st district. He’s regarded as one of the most influential members of Congress, and is the Republican Majority Whip. But, he will have a lot of company in running for that seat. That as 5 people qualified to run against him in November.


Governor John Bel Edwards sent an open letter to President Donald Trump imploring the Commander in Chief to consider the effects a trade war with China will have on the economy. Edwards cited a report from Forbes that says Louisiana is most at risk for damage from the tariffs. Edwards says it’s not a hostile letter, but a reminder about the dangers of a trade war. Last week Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on all 505-billion dollars in Chinese imports.


18-year-old La. Tech student Mason Andrews is on his way to becoming the youngest pilot to ever circumnavigate the globe. The young man left Monroe airport on Sunday for the trip which should take 30 to 40 days. Aviation Department Head Jordan Lyons says it’ll be a taxing trip that will push Andrews physical tolerance. Andrews is taking a path with over 14 stops that will lead him over the Atlantic to Paris, then down through the South pacific, and up to Alaska until he pilots his way back home.


The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at the Capital One bank branch on Coursey Boulevard about 8:30 a.m. Monday Morning. Deputies believe one man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a camouflage backpack and a mask, and the other man was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black backpack. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in catching the men.


A missing person in Ascension Parish has turned up dead in Livingston Parish, his dismembered remains were discovered Sunday in Denham Springs. It’s believed the man may have been dead for close to a month. So far, 8 people have been arrested and charged, in what Sheriff Jason Ard with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is calling a very bizarre case..


The Tiger Truck Stop owner at the I-10 Grosse Tete exit has two new animals to replace the 17-year-old tiger that died in October as a result of kidney failure. Mike Sandlin says state law prohibits him from getting another tiger, so he now has a camel and a coati (Khu-wha-tee), which is a type of raccoon, for visitors to see. Sandlin says it’s still his hope to have another Tiger at the truck stop, but state law prohibits residents from owning large and exotic cats. So he’s  hoping to acquire enough animals to create a petting zoo. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has opposed the tiger exhibit at the gas station for many years.




LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri announced today the Tigers will open the 2019 season by hosting ULM on February 15th as part of a military appreciation weekend at Alex Box Stadium. Mainieri says the Tigers will also play Army and the Air Force that weekend. But Tulane is not on the schedule for 2019. Mainieri says it’s his hope LSU and Tulane will play each other every season in the Wally Pontiff Junior Classic in Metairie starting with the 2020 season.


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Much to the surprise of many, at the end of qualifying Friday, only three people signed up to run for Alexandria mayor. State Rep. Jeff Hall and local attorneys Catherine Davidson and Kay Michiels (Mih-Gelz). All three are democrats.  Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Randolph announced Friday afternoon that she would not run, despite receiving encouragement to do.


On the city council,  Democrat Harry Silver in District 4  was automatically re-elected when no one qualified to challenge him. This will be Silver's fourth term on the council.

In District 2, council President Roosevelt Johnson is being challenged by Gerber Porter. Both are Democrats.


In the at-large seat on the council, Jim Villard is being challenged by Democrat Quin Slaughter. Villard has served two terms on the council.

The primary election is Nov. 6.


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, at last check,  is searching for an inmate who  escaped from DC1 in downtown Alexandria. 40 year old Demoine Ashley, who was assigned to a laundry detail, slipped away Saturday. Ashley is currently being held on aggravated kidnapping, domestic abuse strangulation, aggravated battery, illegal use of a weapon and convicted felon in possession of a firearm from an arrest in March. Anyone with info on Ashley’s whereabouts is asked to contact authorities..


It was a site to see as hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the Rapides Coliseum  to say goodbye to a Central Louisiana Rodeo legend Sonny Lewis. Lewis was a stock contractor and producer for more than 50 years. Through the DeWitt and Lewis Rodeo Company he was involved in events all over the state, including the Angola Rodeo.

Lewis was also named the Rodeo Cowboy Association's producer of the year for 18 years in a row. Sonny Lewis was killed and a car crash last week. He was 86.


An APD officer has been charged after he was involved in a single vehicle crash. State Police report 41 year old Russell Beauregard, of Alexandria, suffered moderate injuries after wrecking his pickup on River Road early Thursday morning.  Beauregard suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where he was charged by Troopers with DWI, no seat belt, and careless operation.


The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state hit an employment record in June, as 2,036,316 people are employed. Every metro area in Louisiana reported a gain in jobs over the year, except Lafayette, which lost 700 jobs since June 2017. But LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie says Lafayette added 200 over the last month alone.


Nine people have signed up for the Secretary of State’s race, including interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, who had said for months he would not seek the position. The Baton Rouge Republican said he changed his mind ten minutes before qualifying ended on Friday afternoon. There are four other major candidates in the race . Former republican state legislator A.G. Crowe and Democrat Renee Fonentot Free, who works in the A-G’s office, plus Representatives Rick Edmonds and Julie Stokes.


A congressional candidate was arrested shortly after he qualified to run agaisnt US Representative Ralph Abraham in Louisiana’s 5th district. Billy Burkette of Pride was taken away in handcuffs as there was a warrant out for his arrest for impersonating a law enforcement officer. Burkette told reporters at the Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge that he’s the chief of police and chairman of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians. In all, 3 people have qualified to run against Abraham.


Five men and one woman have signed up to challenge Acadiana Congressman Clay Higgins on the November sixth ballot. Higgins, who lives in Port Barre, is seeking a second term as the House Representative for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional district.


Baton Rouge Republican Congressman Garrett Graves faces three challengers in the November midterm election. Graves is seeking a third term in the 6th district, after previously working in state government.


Louisiana is ranked among the five most vulnerable states in a report regarding weak voting security released by Democrats on the U. S. House Administration Committee. The study says paperless voting machines are dangerous, but Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the Democrats’ claims don’t hold water…The report says the state lacks post-election audits.  The Secretary of State’s office is seeking funding to replace their 10,000 paperless voting machines. But Ardoin says Louisiana’s current election system is safe.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is mourning the death of one of its cadets. LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck says 38-year-old Immanuel Washington of Youngsville collapsed following a 2.5 mile run as part of physical training. The former Youngsville Police officer leaves behind a wife and two small children.


Former Louisiana Congressman John Fleming is set to get a new job within the Trump administration. The 67-year-old is a deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, he’s now waiting for Senate confirmation to be an assistant secretary overseeing the Economic Development Administration.


LSU is picked to finish fifth in the SEC West, according to journalists who attended the SEC Football Media Days. Alabama is once again the favorite in the West followed by Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A-and-M. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says fifth place is even lower than he projected. It’s the lowest LSU has been picked since the 1990s. Moran says LSU’s difficult schedule is contributing the low expectations.


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A heat advisory is in effect through Monday as temps are expected to reach the century mark or slightly higher each day. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mario Valverde in Shreveport says being too active in this kind of heat could lead to some serious health issues, even death.  Best advice, avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and drink plenty of fluids.  


The building the housed for many years the Owl Fine Foods Store on Chester Street In Alexandria has been sold, thus avoiding demolition. Plans are to renovate the facility and put a specialty shop there. It could be several months before the building’s new life begins.


Authorities in Natchitoches are knee deep in the investigation of an apparent home invasion that led to the kidnapping and death of a 6 month old infant. The body of Levi Cole Ellerbe will be laid to rest today. Rumors swirled around Natchitoches about what really happened that night, but police were not releasing any additional information on the investigation at this time.


Today is the deadline for 2016 Louisiana flood victims to fill out a survey in order to be eligible for federal assistance to repair their homes. The survey can be found at restore.la.gov. again, today is the deadline.


North Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham has been named to the conference committee that will try to resolve differences in the Senate and House’s Farm Bill. The Farm Bill sets agriculture policy for the next five years, and also sets the regulations for SNAP. Abraham says he’s looking for big changes to the food stamp program. Part of those changes would be a work requirement. Abraham is optimistic a new Farm Bill can be sent to the President in a couple of months. The current Farm Bill expires at the end of September.


Practitioners who use the hair-removal technique known as “eyebrow threading” no longer need to undergo hundreds of hours of expensive training to work in Louisiana. Institute for Justice Attorney Renee Flaherty says after a two-year legal battle, the state’s Cosmetology Board has a new policy. Flaherty says the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Cosmetology on behalf of two eyebrow threaders in order to change the previous mandate for 750 hours of training,


Louisiana’s Republican Congressional Delegation is lashing out against US Senate Democrats who blocked a House resolution from Congressman Clay Higgins that endorses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE. Higgins says the movement to abolish ICE endangers national security. ICE has become a controversial agency in recent months, as the agency that has been tasked with carrying out the Trump Administration’s immigration policies such as family separations and detainment of asylum seekers. Immigrant activist say the agency is being used to terrorize immigrant communities.


A 66-year-old man has been arrested in Shreveport after authorities say they discovered that his wife had not moved from their couch in months, leaving her malnourished and suffering from substantial, life threatening injuries. The man was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Persons with Infirmities for what police say was his neglect of his wife.


The state department of corrections says two Angola inmates serving a life sentence were found dead in their cells Thursday morning. It’s believed they died from a drug overdose. Corrections officers are conducting a shakedown of all cells as they try to determine how the prisoners got a hold of the drugs.


Dog Feces, Rodents, Flies… just some of the reasons the Louisiana Department of Health has given for the closure of a Shreveport fish market.  Regional Medical Director Administrator at LDH, Dr. Martha Whyte says the decision to shut down the Dupont Fish Market comes after months of working with the business. No one has reported any illnesses stemming from the fish market’s short comings.  But Whyte said the agency was working in an effort to prevent that from happening.


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The National Weather Service has issues a heat advisory for the northern half of the state including Central Louisiana. Friday, Saturday and Sunday temps are expected to top out at or slightly above 100. That, coupled with high humidity, could push the heat index as high as 110 each day. Forecasters say the heat will stay with us right into next week.


A six-month-old baby is dead after a kidnapping that ended with authorities finding the child covered in severe burns. Tuesday night Natchitoches Police responded to a call from a mother who said her child had been stolen after a home invasion. Captain Christopher Payne says the mother was blindsided.  An hour after police responded to the initial call, Payne says they got a second call from someone reporting that a barn had caught fire about three miles north of the home. That’s where the child was found covered with burns.  Payne says no arrests have been made in the case as of yet.


The Grant Parish Sheriff’s office says a tip about an illegal tattoo parlor in the Prospect community uncovered more than that. Deputies serving a search warrant found the illegal operation but also crystal meth and a firearm. Two people were arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.


State police report a four-vehicle wreck  killed an Alexandria man Tuesday afternoon on LA Highway 28 East near the border of LaSalle and Rapides parishes. An 18 wheeler being driven by a West Monroe man crossed the center line and struck a vehicle being driven by 86 year old William Lewis. Lewis who was not wearing a seatbelt died at the scene. The driver of the 18 wheeler, 30 year old Londell Smith Jr has been charged with negligent.


In the first day of qualifying for the fall elections only the three previously announced candidates made it official. More interesting, at least at this point is the Mayor’s race in the Town of Ball, where former mayor Roy Hebron threw his hat in the ring. There is still some question as to whether or not he can legally run.. Qualifying ends on Friday.


The Secretary of State’s race is officially on as qualifying is underway. Democrat Renee Fontenot Free, the director of the Public Protection Division in the state A-G-’s office, and Republican former state legislator A.G. Crowe joined the race yesterday, the first day of qualifying.


Attorneys for Louisiana College  announced yesterday the college will file an objection to a July 12 decision in the U.S. District Court to deny the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former coaching prospect, Joshua Bonadona, that alleged racial discrimination. Bonadona has alleged that he didn't get the job at LC because the college's president, Rick Brewer, allegedly said Bonadona had "Jewish blood." In a press release issued Wednesday, LC's attorneys said the allegations are unwarranted and vehemently denied.  Brewer said the ruling "reflects a technical legal question that has no bearing whatsoever with the veracity of the allegations in the suit."


Bayou Bridge protesters attempted to break into a Baton Rouge radio studio where Governor John Bel Edwards was being interviewed to demand an audience with Governor Edwards. The Protesters wanted to question Edwards over his decisions regarding the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, and the community of St. James’ fear that the project would strand citizens in the event of chemical accident. The protesters are part of the No Bayou Bridge movement that opposes the construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline that runs from Lake Charles to St. James Parish. Opponents say the pipeline infringes on native territory, and is a danger to water sources.


The Louisiana Health Department announces six people have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus. It’s the first human cases of 2018. Assistant State Health Officer, Doctor Parham Jaberi, says the three cases of Neuroinvasive Disease, the sever form of the virus, were found in DeSoto, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa Parishes. Jaberi, says the public should take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 80-percent of people who get West Nile are unaware they have the virus, as they are asymptomatic.


Congressman Ralph Abraham has been named a member of the conference committee that will craft the final version of the Farm Bill.  The version of the Farm Bill being considered will set agriculture policy for the next five years.  The House passed its version of the Farm Bill on June 21, with the Senate passing their version a week later. The current Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of September.


In a letter from Attorney General Jeff Landry to Governor John Bel Edwards, Landry blamed the governor for the lack of executions in the state since 2010, saying victims’ families suffer in legal limbo while waiting for justice to be carried out. Edwards saying the Landry had not attempted to contact him or his office and letter was out of the blue. The governor insists the reason behind the delay of executions comes down to the lack of availability of drugs to carry out lethal injections. The AG’s office has suggested following the example of other states by expanding the execution method options.


The CDC advises customers to throw out any crab products from Venezuela. Health officials say a dangerous bacteria has been found in fresh crab meat from the South American Country, causing two people from Louisiana to get very sick.


The first black head football coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette wasn’t fired in 2001 because of the color of his skin, a Baton Rouge judge ruled Wednesday following the third trial in the long-running case. Jerry Baldwin was terminated after the third year of his four-year contract with a record of six wins and 27 losses but was paid for the final year of the contract. UL-Lafayette has said Baldwin was fired because of his poor overall record, a decline in football attendance and revenue and flagging  community support for the struggling football program that he inherited in 1999 from coach Nelson Stokley.


Can a black person get a fair trial in a courthouse with a confederate statue in front of it?  Attorney Niles Haymer says he doesn’t believe so.  Haymer has a black client currently facing a gun charge, but has requested a change of venue from the East Feliciana courthouse.  He says his client is intimidated by a thirty-foot soldier at the entrance of the building.


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Qualifying for the November election begins today. It will give voters a final roster of candidates for Congressional seats, and the special election to replace Tom Schedler as Secretary of State. The race for the Mayor’s seat in Alexandria will also be on the line. So far three candidates, state Rep. Jeff Hall, local attorney Catherine Davidson   and a former member of Mayor Jacques Roy's administration Kay Michiels have announced their intentions to run for mayor.


You most likely noticed a heavy haze the past few days. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Forecaster Patrick Zahn says its dust from over 5,000 miles away in the Sahara desert. Zahn says it could make it a bit more difficult to breathe these next few days for people who suffer from asthma.


Governor John Bel Edwards has announced 23 new projects aimed at coastal recreation throughout the state.  The $60 million being used to fund the projects comes from a settlement stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says the projects will be beneficial to those with or without a boat.


Baton Rouge Republican Congressman Garret Graves says he’s not exactly happy some of the comments made by President Trump in Finland. Graves saying it was a poor choice of words on the President’s part.  Trump has since reversed his initial statement, saying he has full confidence in the findings of US intel concerning Russian meddling in US elections.


Two years ago yesterday in Baton Rouge, a lone gunman opened fire on law enforcement in an ambush that would kill three officers and injured three others. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says it goes down as one of the worst days in Louisiana’s history.  Corporal Nick Tullier continues his difficult recovery at a Houston hospital, however he cannot walk, talk, or move his limbs without assistance.


Louisiana has seen an uptick in productions around the state for television shows and motion pictures.  Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment, Chris Stelly credits a 2017 reform in the state’s incentive program for the boom.  Currently, five television shows being filmed in communities around the state.  Stelly estimates that the economic impact is in the billions, but says a true metric is being studied right now with more official results available in early 2019.


The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans says the jaguar that got loose on Sunday and killed nine other animals most likely bit through a stainless steel cable barrier near the roof of his enclosure. Zoo Director Kyle Burks says the big cat then pushed through an eight-by-ten inch hole in the roof and got out. Burks says the jaguar will not be euthanized and they are not sure how long he was out of his enclosure.


The Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington received a 42 million dollar grant to keep the lights on and the medical research on schedule. The grant, from the National Institute of Health, is aimed at maintaining the facility’s infrastructure and day to day operation. The center employs over 300 people in a variety of functions.


Despite seeing its losses more than double over the last fiscal year, GB Sciences is pushing forward with phase two of its medical marijuana growing operation in Baton Rouge and has landed another $3.8 million in funding from its Louisiana investor group. GB Sciences filed its annual financial results in late June for the fiscal year ending March 31, posting a net loss of $22.9 million for the year, and an accumulated deficit of $58 million since inception. GB executive John Davis, who is heading up the Louisiana operation, said the recent losses will “absolutely” not affect its partnership with LSU.


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In a surprise announcement late yesterday afternoon Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy announced he would not seek a fourth term as mayor. In a press release, Roy said "We leave our city measurably better, and I hope the next mayor does, too”. Roy has been mayor since 2006. Qualifying for the November mayoral election starts tomorrow.


The summer in Louisiana means high temps.  State climatologist Barry Keim says get ready for the seasonal peak. We can expect temps in the low 90s to mid to upper 90 during the work week, which are typical for this time of year.  But he warns the humidity levels will be above average, bringing heat indices to dangerous levels.  Remember, hydration in critical in this heat, even if you are not out in the sun.


Two adults and one juvenile are dead after a fire engulfed a trailer in Campti over the weekend. Investigators are still unsure exactly how the fire erupted and claimed the family’s lives. State Fire Marshal Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the fire occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning. At this point in the investigation, Rodrigue says they aren’t sure why the family did not respond to the inferno but says early reports indicate they may not have been awake to react to it.


The RPSO reports The Federal Bureau of Investigation has initiated a probe into the it’s  Office over the March arrests of five corrections officers for an excessive force complaint from an inmate.  KALB TV is reporting that within the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division based out of Washington, DC and the FBI based out of Alexandria got involved with the case and opened a probe into the office. It’s also confirmed through multiple sources that the FBI seized multiple computers, phones and documents from the office. Channel 5 says they have also been told that the FBI's probe could extend beyond the incident involving the inmate.


Due to the renewal of a partial penny state sales tax rate and a tax rate drop in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana no longer holds the dubious distinction of the highest sales tax rate when combining state level and the average local sales tax rate.  An economist for the Tax Foundation, Scott Drenkard, says that title now belongs to Tennessee. In 2015, The Tax Foundation wrote a book on its recommendation of the tax situation in Louisiana. Among the suggestions is expanding the sales tax to cover services. That has yet to happen.


A new approach by the Louisiana Department of Health in providing home and community services will end the waiting list for thousands of citizens with developmental disabilities.  Deputy Secretary of LDH, Mark Thomas, explains that the new plan will also effectively end the 25-year-old Request for Service registry waiting list.  Thomas says the new method sees those in the most urgent of need, some who have been waiting years, will see services very quickly. There are currently 16,000 residents on that waiting list in Louisiana.


Three Louisiana State Police troopers disciplined last year for taking a lavish "side trip" to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon while driving to a law enforcement conference in California offered their first public remarks on the controversy during their appeal Monday before the State Police Commission. The troopers told the commission they had been scapegoated for a scandal that embarrassed the State Police and prompted the retirement last year of Mike Edmonson, the agency's longest-serving superintendent. After a full day of testimony action was deferred on the appeal. It’s expected it will be next month, at the earliest, before any decision is announced.


The US Department of Labor has ordered El Paso Mexican restaurant to pay close to $655,000 in back wages to 567 employees, including 58 here in Alexandria. In addition to the Alexandria location, the company operates a number of restaurants in Louisiana and Florida. The department found that the chain violated the minimum wage requirements at 23 of those locations.


A Winfield woman is facing 18 counts of theft by fraud, after she apparently tried to pass of a fraudulent raffle. The RPSO posted a picture of the woman on Facebook Friday evening and she was identified within minutes as 30 year old Nettie Adams. Adams was already under lock and key in Winfield on fraud charges and is being held on a $10,000 bond. Authorities in Rapides parish will be waiting to arrest her when she gets released.


29 people have been arrested since March in St. Tammany Parish in a parish wide crackdown on the crystal meth that has been flowing into the rural portions of the region. The arrests have targeted smaller distributors, and have resulted in the seizure  of guns, drugs, and money, and St Tammany Parish Sherriff Randy Smith says they do not suspect that the dealers who’ve been busted are part of a largescale, organized criminal effort to take over distribution in the parish.


The eyes of the college football world are on Georgia this week for SEC Media Days. LSU coaches and stars took the mike yesterday to talk shop. Head Coach Ed Orgeron is on the hottest seat in the SEC after a tumultuous season that ended with the departure of expensive OC Matt Canada. Orgeron says it’s for the best though, praising new coordinator and former tight ends coach Steve Ensimnger. Orgeron also told reporters he’s looking to have the never-ending quarterback question solved by the time the regular season starts.


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The investigation continues into an early Friday morning crash that claimed the life of 19 year old Hayden Graham of Colfax. State police Graham, who was not wearing a seatbelt, lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


An investigation is underway Saturday into a fire in Campti that killed three people. Investigators found the bodies of a woman, man and child in the rubble of a fire in the 1800 block of Clark Road in the Natchitoches Parish town. The names of the victims and the circumstances surrounding the fire have yet to be released.


Two more Audubon Zoo animals have died, bringing the total number of animals killed to eight after a jaguar escaped his habitat on Saturday The jaguar was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a vet team. No people were hurt and the zoo was reopened Sunday.


The New Orleans PD reports an eight-year-old boy drowned in Lake Pontchartrain Saturday afternoon.  Police said the boy had been swimming with his family off of a boat anchored when he removed a life jacket he was wearing and went under water. The boy was discovered unconscious a short time later.


Friday, members of the Restore Louisiana Task Force unanimously approved the resolution proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to expand the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program’s tiered grant reimbursement structure from 50 percent to 100 percent for all eligible homeowners.


With midterm elections rapidly approaching, there’s buzz a rising level of enthusiasm from Democratic voters could lead to a “Blue Wave” that washes dozens of new Democrats into office, potentially shifting power in DC. JMC Analystic’s analyst John Couvillion says while Democrats may make some major gains nationally, locally he doesn’t see any Republican congressional candidates falling.


The Louisiana Housing Corporation Board of Directors approved $6.1 million for LHC’s soft second mortgage assistance initiative, which is slated to launch August 2018 in select parishes. Executive Director of LHC, Keith Cunningham, says with the program being a home owner may be more affordable than you think. The purpose of the initiative is to bridge the affordability gap between the price of the home and the maximum amount a homebuyer can borrow with a first mortgage loan.  Cunningham says the program can help with other costs associated with initiating the process as well.


It’s an ailment that is causing a serious threat to the deer population, and from January through June of this year, a feeding ban was enacted in northeast Louisiana in order to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, spreading into the state.  Now, Congressman Ralph Abraham is backing legislation for more in depth studies of the disease.  Abraham says there is a financial benefit for the state in ensuring a healthy deer population.


This week at a public meeting New Orleans dove deep into questions about the effects of short term rentals, like Air BnB, on the local housing market.  Jane Place Program Manager Breonne DeDecker says the long term damage of short term rentals could cripple New Orleans’ economy, as the working class that tourism is reliant upon  are increasingly being forced to leave. Air BnB released a statement  saying they worked closely with the City for two years to develop and implement rules for short-term rentals and hope to work closely with the city as the current rule making process moves forward.


US Senator John Kennedy has filed a resolution that could lead to a congressional denouncement of the movement to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Calls to Abolish ICE have mounted in recent months in the wake of the White House’s No Tolerance immigration policies, such as family separations.  US Congressman Clay Higgins has filed a similar resolution in the House.


Governor John Bel Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain are taking a trip out to the farm. They will be meeting with local sugarcane farmers July 19th to discuss tariffs among other issues. Strain says they’re there to congratulate the farmers for their great work and to help understand what the state can do better to ensure another historic harvest…


Teams are headed to Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame to kick off SEC media days on July 16th. Coach O is in undoubtedly in the hot seat following last year’s shaky season but ESPN.com writer Chris Lowe says mystique also surrounds new Texas A&M Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and the immediate impact he’ll provide. Lowe says expectations are high after leaving Florida State a champion. Lowe says the quarterback battle for LSU is far from over, and there should be no surprise if it isn’t settled by the regular season.


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Jeff Hall, District 26 state representative, announced his candidacy for Alexandria Mayor yesterday. But, this isn’t his first go, around.  Hall previously ran for the position in 2014, finishing second to current Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy in what then, was a five-candidate race. In his press conference Hall said he is deeply concerned with public safety issues in Alexandria. He noted his campaign platform is one of economic prosperity, public safety and bringing leadership back to city hall. Qualifying for the Alexandria Mayor's race is next week with the election scheduled for November the 6th.


Caught in the act of having sex in the stairwell of the Rapides parish courthouse has led to the arrest of an Alexandria jail trustee and a 19 year old Pineville woman. Arrested was 20-year-old Miguel Glorioso, who was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and Jamie Lee Coutee. She was released on $1,500 bond. Glorioso also lost his trustee status and has been removed from duties at the Courthouse.


The Alexandria Fire Department held an unveiling yesterday of the new Fire Station Number 2 on Jones Street. The new facility has been in the works since 2008 as part of a department plan. The new facility along with a new state of the art fire truck is just down the street from the old fire station.


If you are searching for a place to retire, Bankrate says you may not want to be looking at the Bayou State. Their survey determined Louisiana was the fourth worst retirement destination in the country, joined by surprise picks California and New York in the bottom 5. Bankrate analyst Taylor Tepper says there are several reasons why Louisiana is at the bottom of the list. The overall health of it’s seniors, the quality, or lack thereof,  of it’s nursing homes and a lack of activities for seniors. South Dakota is rated the number one place to retire..


In the Central Neighborhood in East Baton Rouge, a resident had an unexpected house guest. 74 year old Garland Maxwell called police and barricaded himself inside his home after he discovered a black bear napping in a tree in his back yard shortly before 11 Wednesday night. Maria Davidson, the large carnivore program manager for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries drove in from Lafayette. Her team monitored the animal all night and after sun-up "darted" the animal twice with an anesthetic to put it to sleep. The bear was transported to North Louisiana where it will be released.  


Improvements to federal fisheries policy, an issue pushed by that Congressman Garret Graves, has advanced to the U.S. Senate as the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200 – Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.  Graves says the latest research implemented into the legislation provides more longevity to fishing in the state. The bill also addresses the concerns created by the influx of imported fish.


The White House announced it is considering 200 billion dollars in new Chinese tariffs, potentially raising the import cost on a broad range of goods by 10 percent. Senior Director at National Retail Federation Bethany Aronhalt says Tires, dog leashes, handbags, belts, shoe laces, and more are on the list, but it’s home improvement items in particular that could lead to price increases in places you weren’t expecting.


Animal activists are shocked as n Opelousas man will avoid jail time and will not be required to pay any fines after pleading guilty to Felony Cruelty to an Animal. Jermaine Doucet was accused of torturing an award winning race horse. The horse was found in June of 2017, in severe pain and malnourished. Vets on scene determined the horse needed to be put down immediately. Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director Jeff Dorson says after two Bastrop men recently avoided jail time for slitting a dog’s throat on Snapchat, he’s concerned about a growing trend of under sentencing animal abusers in Louisiana.


Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is in the clear of allegations of bribery, accusations that have been lingering over his administration for the better part of two years.  State District Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr. ruled in the favor of Matassa saying prosecutors failed to prove the parish president offer cash and a job to A. Wayne Lawson in exchange for him dropping out of a 2016 city council race.


The LHSAA’s recent punishment handed down to McKinley High in Baton Rouge for recent violations comes with quite the price tag, a fine just shy of $50K. The ruling also saw the suspension of a coach and a ban on the school participating in post season competition for all sports for the next two school years.  School officials are saying the  school may have to resort to donations from alumni and fundraising to pay the fine.


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A Rapides Parish jury on Wednesday found 35 year old Nicole Johns Chandler guilty of manslaughter in the death of her 59-year-old cellmate. Chandler will be sentenced on Aug. 6. Chandler had been facing a second-degree murder charge in the July 29, 2017, incident that took place inside a holding cell at the downtown Alexandria jail.


56 year old Fredrick Kevin Harris pleaded no contest Wednesday to the negligent homicide of  70-year-old veteran, Charles Johnson, at the Alexandria VA Medical Center's psychiatric ward on March 13, 2013. Harris was set to be tried by Judge Harry Randow today, but an apparent plea deal was worked out. Harris received a year’s probation and was fined $1,000. He will have a chance to expunge his record, at a later date.


Former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, who’s under federal investigation, has been subpoenaed to testify at a hearing his week involving troopers who are appealing demotions and reprimands they received for taking a tax payer funded adventure to Vegas. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says even if the troopers can prove that Edmondson signed off on the excursion, it might not be enough to reverse the disciplinary action taken against them. The troopers claim to have text messages saved that show Edmonson was aware and permitting of the trip throughout the duration that they were gone.


The State Police trooper who shot and injured a passenger during a traffic stop early Tuesday had fired her taser during another traffic stop in the same area just hours earlier. Affidavits show that Trooper Kasha Domingue had stopped one driver who was operating a vehicle without a license plate and pulled over the other because he had made an illegal U-turn. She fired service weapons during both encounters after people in the vehicles tried to flee.


With the race for the governor’s mansion just fifteen months away, allies of Governor John Bel Edwards are discussing the variables of the campaign trail, laying out their pitch for voters.  During an appearance on a Baton Rouge Talkshow, chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, Stephen Handwerk, says he believes things look favorable for the governor.


The Department of Education has released an application that will allow public school teachers to enroll in college courses at the state’s expense. Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says with only 7 seats available for each of the next three semesters space is limited. Dunn says equipping teachers in STEM courses is paramount as new skills obtained by teachers will immediately trickle down to the students, and offering the classes could lead to better teacher retention rates as well..



A Shreveport man has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of Bigamy. 40-year-old Jeffery Brooks had already been convicted of sex crimes in November against two teenage girls when investigators discovered he has also married to two different women.


The family of a murdered New Orleans teenager chose a unique manner to honor his memory by displaying his body as he lived: playing video games and surrounded by snacks.  The images of the teen’s wake are spreading across the internet.


It’s commonplace in European countries. But, not here.. but that could be changing. The City Council in Sulphur  on Monday unanimously authorized Mayor Mike Danahay to enter into a joint services agreement with other parish entities to fund a feasibility study on bicycle-sharing programs. Also involved in the study are the city of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana.


A Tulane geologist has been selected to join scientists from around the world who are traveling to Antarctica to research the history of glaciers at the bottom of the globe. Tulane Assistant professor Dr. Brent Goehring says this could give us a peek into potential sea rise levels in the future. The 25 million dollar research collaboration will send 101 experts to complete eight large-scale projects. Goehring says the prep for the trip is rigorous, including wilderness and survival training but the process will be rewarding.


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A 75 year old Boyce resident now has a nice stack of cash after claiming a lottery ticket matching all five numbers with the Powerball’s June 23rd drawing. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Dustin Annison says this serves as a reminder that luck could be in anyone’s favor with the drawings. 75-year-old Glenn Feazell won one million dollars, and after taxes, he takes home a cool $710K.


34 year old Michael Walker of Colfax has been charged simple burglary, criminal trespassing and felony probation violation, that after a Burglary investigation in the Bagdad Community. Walker was booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.


Two Grant Parish Teens have been arrested after a routine traffic stop led to detectives finding drugs and a glass smoking pipe inside a milkshake. Arrested were 18 year old Dustin Mitchell of Colfax and 17 year old Sophie Bashel of Dry Prong.  Both were charged with possession of crystal meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice. Mitchell also was charged with a probation violation.


Governor John Bel Edwards is asking the Restore Flood task force to expand the 2016 flood recovery grant program to expand grant reimbursement eligibility to 100 percent, up from the current 50 percent. The change means an additional $110 million could be dispersed to thousands of Louisianans. The deadline for filling out a survey that qualifies Louisianans effected by the flooding for reimbursement is set for July 20th, after which point if you haven’t submitted, you won’t be able to be reimbursed by the state for any damage suffered.


This year’s LEAP Test results are in, and average scores are up one percent over the 2016-2017 school year. The percentage of students in the 3rd through 8th grade who scored mastery level or above is 34 percent; however that number was only 21 percent for African American students. Superintendent of Education John White says closing that gap needs to be a major focus going forward.


Louisiana’s Republicans US Senators are impressed with President Donald Trump’s nomination for the US Supreme Court. DC-based federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh is widely considered a consistently conservative jurist. Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s been impressed with the Kavanaugh’s track record on past decisions, and compared his approach to the President’s first nominee, conservative US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Senator John Kennedy says Kavanaugh has a good resume and a positive judicial history, but he’s holding his final judgment until he gets a chance to question the nominee in Congress.


According to Politico, Kavanaugh has ruled and dissented against labor unions and workers’ rights in employment disputes, against regulatory agencies policies, and called the Net Neutrality “Unlawful”.


Louisiana US Senator Bill Cassidy will chair a hearing on paid family leave after meeting with Ivanka Trump, who’s been pushing the idea in DC. The United State is one of only eight countries worldwide, and the only developed nation on earth not to have guaranteed leave for newly minted parents. Cassidy says he’s open to the idea, but wants to know if the US has enough money to pay for it first.


30-year-old Robert Kimble from Pointe Coupee Parish has been ordered to pay over 10-thousand dollars in civil restitution for killing a black bear in Concordia Parish last November. General Counsel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Yolanda Martin says Kimble admitted to shooting the bear.


The State Police Bureau of Investigations is looking into Tuesday morning’s police shooting in Baton Rouge involving a State Trooper and a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a traffic stop. Senior Trooper Bryan Lee says the officer at the scene suffered a minor injury, while the non-compliant passenger was sent to a local hospital with a gunshot wound.


The Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with a video that was spread via Snapchat and various other social media outlets.  The graphic video shows a dog being executed with the sound of two gunshots and someone laughing.  Sheriff Mike Tubbs says they are currently investigating people involved.


Lafayette Regional Airport will soon have seasonal service to two more cities, Orlando and Denver, with the addition of Frontier Airlines.  The flight prices start at just $39 and Airport Director Steve Picou says the action starts up this fall.


The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday took the first step to dividing itself into separate bodies, one for the city and another for the parish. The council voted 5-3 to introduce an ordinance that would place a charter amendment on the Dec. 8 ballot for voters to decide the question.


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Judge Harry Randow said no yesterday to two motions to continue the trial of a former Alexandria VA Medical Center employee accused in the 2013 death of a patient. 56 year old Fredrick Harris faces trial this week on a charge of negligent homicide in the death of 70-year-old Charles Lee Johnson, who was a psychiatric patient at the VA. The trial is expected to begin today.


Jury selection is expected to start today as well for a Pineville woman facing a second degree murder charge in the death of a fellow Rapides Parish jail inmate. 35 year old  Nicole Chandler is charged in connection with the death of 59-year-old Rachel Smith, who was found unresponsive in a cell of the Rapides Parish Detention Center in July of last year.


Tonia Brandy the business manager at the Avoyelles Parish Correctional Center and the ex-wife of the former warden, Nate Cain, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in federal court on Monday. As a result, 17 counts of wire fraud were dismissed. Cain and her former husband are both accused of making many unauthorized purchases with a state credit card and with using state money to purchase lumber and plumbing supplies to build an unauthorized house on the prison grounds.


Amazon.com has applied for a permit to build a 21,000 square-foot distribution center for small packages in Baton Rouge. Officials with Louisiana Economic Development , who say they were not involved in any negotiations to bring the facility to the capitol, said to the best of their knowledge, this will be the first Amazon-branded distribution center in Louisiana.


A 10-year-old Baton Rouge Police Union contract will remain in effect for a few more months while representatives for the city and the officers await the results of a study looking at the Police Department's salary and benefits. The document outlines the basic conditions of employment, including wages and hours, but also discusses how the Baton Rouge Police Department handles allegations of wrongdoing against officers and disciplines them. Both sides expect pay and benefits to be the centerpiece of contract negotiations, whenever they occur.


Prison reform appears to be working in Louisiana. The state will save 12.2 million dollars as a result of the criminal justice reforms of 2016, that from a new report issued by the Department of Corrections. 70 percent of those savings will be reinvested into programs that will help inmates at parish prisons, increased the number of parole staff, new reception centers, and more. The state has seen a noticeable drop in the number of inmates in the system since 2016.


A recent Politico article has reignited the intrigue around former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plans for the 2020 presidential race. The Crescent City Politician did not confirm his interest in the race, but the comments he made may indicate an interest in the Democratic primary. UNO Political Science Professor Ed Chervanek says this has gained the attention, and interest of national establishment Democrats who are looking to unseat Donald Trump.


A former local state trooper who pleaded guilty in state district court last week to two felony counts of malfeasance in office took to Facebook over the weekend and said he was indeed guilty of doing something that he said “hundreds, if not thousands of troopers” have also done. Rogers was arrested on one count of malfeasance in office and 74 counts of injuring public records. He admitted he falsified times on traffic tickets he wrote during overtime shifts.


The body of a contract worker at a Louisiana refinery has been recovered days after a fatal fall. A Phillips 66 says a HydroChemPSC employee fell into the 15-foot-deep water basin of the refinery's primary cooling tower on Wednesday night. After a shutdown of the facility, the unidentified worker's remains were recovered and turned over to the Plaquemines Parish Coroner.


Got some suppressed aggression issues you need to alleviate?  A new businesses in Lafayette Parish might just be right in your wheelhouse.  It’s called All The Rage, and customers can destroy old computers, dishes, and almost anything else your heart desires. In fact, Owner Kevin Richard says if traditional relationship counseling isn’t quite your thing, he says All the Rage has you covered.


Louisiana has surpassed Tennessee to become the number one state in the nation for the number of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  The news comes following the most recent report by the National College Access Network, which also indicates the state now leads the nation with the most completion growth since last year.


About 20 children between the ages of three and seven years old were stranded on a tour boat on the Vermilion River Monday. Weather conditions forced the vessel to get stuck on a sandbar. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office marine unit assisted in making sure the campers got back to land safely.


If you love political cartoons, you’ll need to check out the new exhibit at the Old State Capitol Museum called “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons.” Director of State Museums, Mary Durusau says the exhibit will feature original editorial cartoons from the nation’s best newspapers throughout the first half of the 20th century. The exhibit will run until September 29th.


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It has been 2 years since Governor Jon Bell Edwards signed into law a bill that expanded the state’s Medicaid health care program. Figures released by the state show in the two years since the expansion, more than 400 women enrolled have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are receiving treatment. Nearly 8,000 adults have had precancerous colon polyps removed, and another 330 are being treated for newly diagnosed colon cancer. Also since expansion, More than 57,000 people are receiving mental health treatment, and more than 21,000 people have received substance abuse treatment. Though the program cost the state $9 billion a year, state health officials point out a good chunk of that money comes from the feds..


Just a few years ago, Louisiana trailed much of the nation in the number of high school seniors seeking college aid. Now the state ranks No. 1 in student applications for federal dollars, ending a long-standing complaint that students were leaving $50 million or more of potential college aid on the table every year. More than three out of four public and private high school seniors, 76.5 percent, have completed the form, called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


Louisiana ranks second in the South for strongest economic development results for 2017 according to Southern Business & Development magazine. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says last year they announced DXC Technology is coming to New Orleans, plus an 800-million dollar LNG production and export facility in Lafourche Parish. Then There’s Lake Charles. That SW Louisiana city was titled Small Market of the Year for the eighth year in a row as they continue to secure capital investment projects.


49 year old Roger Dale Boggs, the CEO of a company who promised to build a $1.5 billion plant in was arrested on a fugitive warrant after a court appearance Friday.

Boggs was supposed to have been arraigned on a felony bank fraud charge,  but asked for a continuance after showing up in court without an attorney. The Judge continued the arraignment until July 23, but warned Boggs that he would be arraigned on that date. Once the haring was over, Boggs was arrested on a Louisiana fugitive warrant from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office. He is wanted on a charge of unauthorized use of a movable, but no details were released.


Billions in Chinese tariffs went into effect Friday, and Louisiana industries are bracing for what could be a rocky ride.. Port of New Orleans VP Robert Landry says the Chinese tariffs on steel will have ripple effects throughout all economies that rely on Mississippi river shipping. Landry says right off the bat, he expects hours to be cut back at the port for the men who load and transfer goods from international shipping barges.

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson also expressed concern about the tariff’s impact on the state’s economy. He highlighted the damage that could be inflicted on Louisiana’s agriculture industry that ships massive qualities of goods overseas.


Qualifying for next year’s governor’s race is 13 months away, so when we see Republicans who plan to challenge Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards announcing their candidacy soon? Political analyst Clancy Dubos says US Senator John Kennedy, Congressman Ralph Abraham, Attorney General Jeff Landry and state senator Sharon Hewitt have been mentioned as possible candidates. Dubos doesn’t foresee any announcements until next year.


The LA Wallet app that allows Louisianans to access a digital copy of their driver’s license, is available now on your Iphone or Android app store. The app was developed by a Louisiana company, Envoc. The app is a useable substitute for any state based license checks, like traffic stops, and in the near future could be valid for ID checks in bars, other states, and at the airport. In the event someone totally clears you out, taking your wallet and phone, Fabre says you can still access your license on other devices.

LA Wallet comes with a $5.99 activation fee.


The man who performed the first heart transplant in the Gulf South has passed away in New Orleans. Doctor John Ochsner conducted over 12-thousand surgeries during a 57 year career. He passed away at the age of 91. Doctor Ochsner’s father, Alton Ochsner, helped found the Ochsner health care system. Doctor John Ochsner stopped performing surgeries at 75, but was still involved with the clinic on a daily basis.




And in Louisiana sports news, the Pelicans are reportedly bringing back point guard Ian Clark.  He’s signing a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract.  Clark was one of the team’s top guards off the bench last season as he averaged seven points and two assists in 74 games. His role grew on the team after DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles tendon in January.


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Alexandria has lost one of it’s favorite sons with the announced passing of Brent Caplan. Caplan was a well-known businessman who ran his family's longtime Alexandria clothing business. But, he will be remembered by many as a great father, husband and friend and for the many civic organizations he was involved with. Caplan passed Wednesday after battling brain cancer for nearly a year. Services will be held this weekend here in Alexandria. Brent Caplan was 54.


Can you imagine being a child who spent the night at a friend’s only to come home the next day to find your family has moved, leaving you behind? That’s exactly what happened to a Leesville boy. The VPSO is asking for the public's help in finding 44-year-old Gail Bernard Odom. She is wanted on a warrant for criminal neglect child desertion. Authorities believe Odom may be here in Rapides or possibly in Avoyelles Parish. Authorities report the boy is being take care of by the parents of a friend.


It appears now no charges will be filed against a Hineston who hit and killed a Leesville man in late May on highway 171. Louisiana State Police on Thursday issued a release after what it called a "very thorough and comprehensive investigation" into the May 29 crash that killed 31-year-old Sherell Lewis Jr. It said the investigation found that 18 year old Matthew Martin was not to blame for the accident. For many it was comments made on social media after the crash, where he used a racial slur to refer to Lewis and seemed more concerned about the damage to his truck than what happened to Lewis, who died on his birthday.


It’s been three months since four-year-old Junior Phillips was reported missing from his home in Claiborne Parish. Despite an extensive search, the child has not been found. The child’s parents have seen legal troubles with arrests since the disappearance, but Sheriff Ken Bailey is not sure if there is a connection between their legal woes and the missing child. The FBI has offered a ten-thousand reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the child.


The Louisiana Revenue Department is estimating that they’ll be ready to start collecting sales taxes on all items purchased online by the start of next year. A recent Supreme Court decision has paved the way for collection of sales taxes from stores without a physical presence in states they ship too. Secretary Kimberly Robinson says a recent report says that’ll be a good chuck of change in state coffers. Many major online sellers, such as Amazon, already collect state sales tax for online purchases, but Robinson says right now they’re not getting 100 percent compliance form many of the smaller online outlets.


It took a couple of tries but Southern University Thursday became the second higher education institution to raise fees in the last week. The Southern Board of Supervisors approved Thursday increasing fees by 5 percent for students on the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport campuses and at the university’s law school. LSU’s governing board last week also approved a similar 5 percent fee hike.


A former State Police trooper pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony counts of malfeasance in office, admitting he falsified times on traffic tickets he wrote during overtime shifts.  Jimmy Allen Rogers was sentenced to three years probation and paid more than $2,500 in restitution in the 14th Judicial District Court in Lake Charles.

Rogers was charged following a statewide investigation of a controversial traffic-ticket program intended to raise money for district attorneys, public defenders and other law enforcement agencies.


A Lake Charles man found suffering from gunshot wounds in a wrecked car has died from his injuries. State Police report several people at the scene trying to render aid to the driver, 21 year old Dorian Colston who in addition to crashing his vehicle, had been shot several times. Authorities believe Colston was shot while he was in his car and drove a short distance before crashing into a tree.


A recent escape from Swanson Center for Youth by Monroe marks at least the fifth excape so far this year for the juvenile detention facility.  While attention can be turned to staffing issues, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Juvenile Justice, Dr. James Bueche says dated facility infrastructure such as doors and fences are partially to blame.

Bueche does say staffing is a big portion of the problem in dealing with the offenders and the agency continues to pursue additional funding. While the agency hopes the most recent jailbreak is the last, Bueche says it is hard to guarantee that it will be.


A federal appeals court judge with New Orleans roots is among President Donald Trump's top three choices to fill the seat on the Supreme Court bench left vacant by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is the only woman among the three people said to be finalists. Barrett was born in New Orleans in 1972 and graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Barrett has lived away from New Orleans since graduating.


The Comite River Diversion Canal project has been fully funded, one of several projects that’s received cash in a three billion dollar funding package from the feds. Comite will be completed in an estimated three to four years. Other projects funded include 760 million to the West Shore Hurricane Protection Project, 15 million to Grand Isle, and 15 million in other coastal restoration projects.


A juvenile was arrested after crashing a stolen truck through a home in Lafayette  Thursday around noon. The driver fled a traffic stop and immediately crashed through the house, causing major damage. Two people in the home at the time of the crash escaped injuries.


Suspected members of the infamous Felony Lane Gang were arrested Tuesday as part of a routine traffic stop, where officers discovered nearly 12,500 dollars, 22 credit cards, 5 checkbooks, 40 grams of pot, 11 drivers licenses from across the country and even 14 wigs. The suspects were arrested on Veterans Boulevard in Jefferson Parish


An Arnaudville teen has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder following an early Wednesday morning police pursuit.  St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Major Ginny Higgins says it appears that the suspect intentionally aimed his vehicle at deputies when the crash occurred, injuring the officers involved.


Despite being given a five year sentence for injuring 32 people when he drunkenly plowing his truck into a crowd at a New Orleans Mardi Gras, 26 year old Neilson Rizzuto who was sentenced in January will be free later this month.  With the 2017 prison reform law allowing the release of well-behaved inmates after serving 35% of their sentence for non-violent offenses,


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The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of tropical weather in the Atlantic Ocean, one of which it now gives a "high" chance of developing into more organized system over the next two to five days.


Studies have shown Louisiana saw an increase of 14.7% in drug overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016.  The Opioid Crisis Solutions Summit recently formulated several recommendations for curbing the impact of the epidemic.  President of the Healthcare Leadership Council, Mary Grealy says one of the main focal points is making sure those handling opioids are equipped with the proper knowledge of the drug’s effects and alternatives.


A Forbes report shows Louisiana is the state most at risk of being economically crippled by the escalating trade wars initiated by the Trump Administration. The study shows nearly 21 percent of the state’s GDP comes from exports, with five percent coming from Mexico and China specifically.


Next time you get carded, you could have the option of pulling out your smartphone instead of your billfold.  Commissioner at the Office of Motor Vehicles, Karen St. Germain, says with the new LA Wallet app, users can display photo ID from a mobile device and it’s quite easy to get on your phone. St. Germain says the safety of the app has been tested with top of the line security measures and that the app is available now.

The app itself is free to download, but the ability to use it as an ID will set you back six bucks and the digital license is good until the expiration of the physical ID card.


US Senator John Kennedy says the Legislative Auditor’s report detailing the Department of Health’s failure to collect important payment information from companies it works with in Medicaid is an example of the state’s poor spending habits. But LDH is pushing back, Undersecretary Jeff Reynolds says that information would not have changed how much the state spent, and they plan on quickly implementing practices that will insure the data is collected properly. Kennedy says a message needs to be sent that this kind of negligence from LDH leadership will not go unpunished.


A 40-year-old man is accused of "brutally" abusing his 15-year-old son in Calcasieu Parish, where he and his girlfriend would handcuff and hog-tie the teen and force him to wear shock collars for up to 12 hours at a time. Thomas Wininger and Desirae Tomcanin were arrested Wednesday. Police report the teen ran away when his handcuffs were removed so he could use the bathroom. Police were called when the boy arrived at a neighbor's home with injuries on his face and belt marks on his back.


Today marks the 2 years since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Officer Blane Salamoni. Since then legislation has been passed to try to address the gap in trust between some Louisiana communities and law enforcement. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says they’ve had some initial success with programs aimed at increasing training for cops on how to interact with communities they serve.  He says while the new, diverse group of cadets entering the force is showing great promise, he’s concerned by the attitudes of veteran officers who’ve resisted the changes.


It is now official. A member of the state house of representatives is now preparing to run for another elected position.  Republican District 66 Representative Rick Edmonds, has announced his candidacy for Secretary of State in the fall election.  Edmonds says security of state elections is one of his top priorities. Edmonds says he views the handling of new voting machines as a vital piece of the job once in office.


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Bad news for Fourth of July revelers, it’s going to rain. Thunderstorms that have the potential to produce heavy rainfall is in the forecast through Independence Day. State Climatologist Barry Keim says while the rain might be coming at an inconvenient time for the holidays, it’s sorely needed for much of the state that is getting dangerously close to drought conditions.  Another upside: lower temperatures throughout the rest of the week.


If you are looking for some Fireworks the 4th of July you have many choices, weather permitting. Tonight, it the 14th annual Fireworks over Buhlow Independence Day celebration. The event is free and gates to Buhlow Lake will open at 4:30 p.m. with musical entertainment scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:45 p.m


Tomorrow, it’s Rock the Red. A free event that will take place at the downtown amphitheater. Activities start at  7 p.m. with fireworks over the Red River starting at 10.


The City of Natchitoches will present fireworks over the Cane River at 9 p.m


In Pollock, the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration will take place at LaCroix Park on Highway 8. Refreshments and drinks will be provided. The fireworks are set to launch at dark.


The annual Avoyelles Arts and Music Festival opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow in downtown Marksville,  with fireworks at 8 p.m.


Moody’s investor Service has raised Louisiana’s credit outlook from negative to stable, in a sign that Wall Street may be gaining more confidence in the Bayou State economy. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says this was one of the many reason the Edwards administration pushed for a stable final budget deal.After a sustained period on the negative watch list, Dardenne says the Moody’s decision is a validation of the governor’s financial policy.


Colorado State forecasters are downgrading their expectations for this year’s hurricane season, now saying we’re looking at a below average season for tropical activity. Colorado State University Research Scientist Phillip Klotzbach says they’re now projecting 10 more named storms, four hurricanes, and one major hurricane before the end of the season. He says conditions have changed over the last month. But Klotzbach says that doesn’t mean the gulf coast should get complacent. He warns that just because fewer named storms are predicted, doesn’t mean that one mega storm won’t cruise in and cause havoc.


AAA estimates this Fourth of July holiday will see a record-breaking 47 million Americans travel 50 miles or more. This is a five percent increase over last year and AAA Spokesperson Don Redman says the growing economy is propelling families to travel. AAA says the statewide average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.57, which is the highest in four years for Independence Day.


An early morning jailbreak marks at least the fifth of the year from the Swanson Center for Youth.  Investigators say two teenage inmates escaped from the state juvenile prison in Monroe.  The duo stole a state vehicle and drove it more than 40 miles south to the town of Olla, where they were captured after an hours-long manhunt.


Governor Edwards has released a video message asking Louisiana residents to look before they lock their vehicle in an effort to avoid leaving children unattended in hot vehicles. Edwards says over the last 20 years in Louisiana, there were 27 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths. Edwards says in this summer heat, the temperature inside your parked vehicle can quickly climb to over 110 degrees.


The 11th Annual National Suit Drive is underway through the end of July.  The Louisiana Department of Corrections has once again partnered with Men’s Wearhouse to collect suits for offenders released from jail.  CEO of Refined by Fire Ministries, Elaine Ellerbe, says when a recently released inmate receives a suit, they then have the appropriate clothing to go on a job interview.


State Police is reminding motorists about the three foot rule when passing bicycles following a fatal wreck on Saturday in  St. Francisville that killed avid bicyclist and East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso. Senior Trooper Bryan Lee says Alexander was booked into the West Feliciana Parish Jail on several charges, including negligent homicide. Amoroso was pronounced dead at the scene, while fellow bicyclist 71-year-old Thomas Clement of St. Gabriel sustained serious injuries.


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The APD reports that all four suspects wanted for the burglary of a gun store on Jackson Street early Friday morning are in custody. Dontaevious Zone turned himself in on Friday night and Aveion Hall was located and taken into custody on Saturday morning. The other two suspects, Derrick Charles and Tyrique Bennett, we already in police custody. All four are facing burglary charges, and APD says more charges may be coming due to other incidents.


US Congressman Clay Higgins is introducing legislation that would require imported seafood be held to the same safety standards as American seafood. The Importated Seafood Safety Standards Act would increase inspections to 20 percent of all food imported, up from roughly ten percent now, demand that food meet FDA standards, and require that first set of shipments from any new overseas company have 100 percent of its cargo inspected. The Republican Congressman says the bill faces opposition from major international seafood suppliers.


Louisiana State University is again raising student fees at its main campus by 5 percent.

The price hike approved Friday drew worries the consistent, annual increases could price some students out of school. Campus leaders say the $282 per-semester fee hike for full-time students and the $14 million raised by it is needed for pay raises and other expenses. They say they're trying to keep pace with peer institutions and make up for nearly a decade of state financing cuts.


State leaders have had a week now to stew about the results of the special session that ended with a 4.45 percent compromise sales tax that fully funds most state programs. With the fiscal cliff in the rear view mirror, attentions now turn to the upcoming Governor’s race next year. GOP House Charmain Lance Harris says the results of the session make it clear the state needs a conservative governor. But Democrats are touting the results. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Johnson says the Democratic coalition’s ability to preserve healthcare, higher ed, and TOPS sends a strong message about the party’s values heading into the governor’s race, as well as their success in solving the budget crisis created by the last administration.


Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says he expects US Senator, and former State Treasury Secretary, John Kennedy to be Governor John Bel Edwards’ main opponent for the governor’s mansion. He says having Kennedy spearhead a conservative push in Louisiana next year will likely boost the profile of the 22 House Republicans who refused the final tax bill.


With much of the recent attention on funding Louisiana’s budget, the state is making upgrades to the way residents can keep a better eye on how tax dollars are spent as they roll out the Louisiana Checkbook. The website mirrors efforts in other state’s like Ohio to improve transparency. Policy Director at the Division of Administration, Jaques Berry, says he hopes the push for more openness in government spending will catch on.


Those headed to the beach need to be aware of a menace plaguing Gulf waters. Gulf coast beaches, especially those in Florida are dealing with microscopic baby jellyfish known as sea lice. Audubon Aquarium Curator James Arnold, says those with particularly sensitive skin should be on the lookout for purple flags…


A Baton Rouge police has been placed on administrative leave after he struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday night while on duty. A Police spokesman says the investigation is ongoing and that speed does not appear to be a factor in the accident.


60-year-old Elie Dupre has been ordered to pay $2,500 after his 15-year-old son killed a black bear in 2015. The son didn’t escape punishment either after being given 100 hours of community service and having his hunting license suspended for a year. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Spokesperson Adam Einck says the two were aware of their actions…




The NBA free agency period started Sunday at 12:01AM, and after one of the best years in franchise history, the Pelicans have a lot of big decisions to make. Locked On Pelicans Publisher Jake Madison says bringing back the same crew likely will not be enough to push the team past Houston, Golden State, or a potential LeBron led Lakers team. New blood is needed to keep pace in the Western Conference arms race.


The Houston Astros have the day off today after a tough weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astro’s lost three of the 4 games in the series. Tomorrow, the Astros  begin two game series in Arlington to play the Rangers..


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Eleven bayou legends will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches this weekend. CEO and President of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, Ronnie Rantz, says it’s a strong year, with two wide receivers who were Super Bowl champions, Reggie Wayne of New Orleans and Brandon Stokley of Lafayette. Russ Springer began his career at LSU then spent 18 years pitching in the Major League and is also being inducted. Louie Cook, another inductee, served eight seasons as an offensive coordinator for the Ragin’ Cajuns and 32 years as a head coach for three different high school football teams.  We can’t forget former KSYL Alum Lyn Rollins. He will receive the distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism.  The ceremony is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Natchitoches.


Republicans are taking stock of a contentious series of special sessions that took three attempts this year to come to a resolution. The final deal was a 4.45 percent sales tax, set to start July 1st, that received support from a majority of House Republicans. Despite support from the leadership, not every Republican supported sales tax plan. 24 House members and 6 Senators, mostly conservative Republicans, rejected the final compromise deal that was cut.


Pineville attorney Mike Johnson has announced he will be a candidate for the House District 27 seat when it becomes available. The seat is currently held by Chris Hazel who is a candidate to replace retired Judge Tom Yeager on the Ninth Judicial Division Court. That election will be held in November. If Hazel wins that race, Johnson says he will then run to fill the open House seat in a special election, most likely in January of next year.


After an invite from US Senator Bill Cassidy, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will be taking a trip to the Bayou State to assess infrastructure needs, including ports.  With five of the top 20 ports in the country in Louisiana, Cassidy believes having Chao take a first-hand look at the problem will expedite the process of getting old and new projects approved.


After an invite from US Senator Bill Cassidy, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will be taking a trip to the Bayou State to assess infrastructure needs, including ports.  With five of the top 20 ports in the country in Louisiana, Cassidy believes having Chao take a first-hand look at the problem will expedite the process of getting old and new projects approved.


A former Louisiana Senator is now throwing his name in the hat for another elected position.  Pearl River Republican A.G. Crowe has announced his candidacy for Secretary of State in the November election.  The office has faced challenges with the previous administration being plagued with a sexual harassment controversy.  Crowe says he’s taken preventative measures to combat that type of activity during his time as a legislature.


Louisiana is no longer leading the nation for incarcerations. That distinction is now locked up by Oklahoma.  Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the latest research that showed the numbers indicating prison populations are going down in the state. The governor goes on to say, 7% more of the prison beds are filled with violent criminals.  Reducing incarceration rates was a marked as a priority for the governor during his campaign.  Edwards says there is satisfaction with the direction of the change, but there is still more progress to be made.


A child was returned to his family after an Amber Alert was issued for 9-month-old Liam Allen who was abducted Wednesday night after 43-year-old Terry Doehling stole a vehicle the child was sleeping in. Doehling drove the vehicle from Jeanerette to New Orleans allegedly unaware that the child was in the vehicle. Louisiana State Police Spokesperson Trooper Melissa Matey credits the Amber Alert system for the successful child rescue.


A conservation coalition led by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is filing a lawsuit to protect the Louisiana Black Bear. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted black bears from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife in March of 2016, but PEER General Counsel Paula Dinerstein says the decision was premature. Dinerstein says the black bear’s habitat is at risk now that federal restrictions have been lifted.



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By Dave Graichen


The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled the firing of a city of Alexandria employee who used a racial slur against a co-worker was justified.  Dustin Bonial, who told the civil service board that he had used the slur against the co-worker several times, had argued that his 2017 firing was too severe in relation to the offense.


RPSO Deputies yesterday arrested a Lafayette man wanted on child pornography.

65 year old Durice Richard Jr was wanted by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation on 30 counts of possession of sexual abuse images/videos of children younger than 13 and other related charges.


30-year-old Kirk Dauzat of Hessmer has been arrested and now faces charges of Stalking and posting pictures of his victim on social media.  RPSO detectives spoke to the alleged victim, earlier this month, that victim reported that Dauzat was the person responsible for the stalking.  Dauzat was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention and was later was released on a $3,000 bond.


Donald Gene Parker III A former teacher who took a plea deal last year in a child pornography case now faces charges for allegedly not complying with it.

Parker was arrested Tuesday by the Woodworth Police Department on charges of failure to maintain sex offender identification and failure to register his vehicle with the sex offender registry. No bond has been set on the new charges.


The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book ranked Louisiana 49th in overall child well-being, despite improvements since 2010 in nine of the 16 measures tracked in the annual report. KIDS COUNT manager at Agenda for Children Teresa Falgoust says the child poverty rate is on the rise.


A Legislative Auditor’s report says some companies that are paid by the state to help run Medicaid are not providing the Department of Health with information on what they are charging for their services. Managed Care Organizations, or MCOs, are required to give LDH detailed information that’s used to set the rates they are in turn paid. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says it’s not just MCO’s at fault, LDH has been lax about requiring the information. He says this may allow for people abusing Medicaid to get away with fraud, because the proper checks and balances are not being enforced.


Senator John Kennedy has sponsored an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would require SNAP program recipients to show a photo ID during a transaction. Kennedy highlighted one incident in New York in which someone committed food stamp fraud for over 5 years, getting thousands in benefits. Opponents argue implantation would make it more difficult for legal food stamp users to utilize their card, due to the expenses associated with obtaining a photo ID.


A 17-year-old suspect is in custody in Morehouse Parish following arson allegations. Marquarious Williams fled to McKinney, Texas in 2017 after the incident at Bastrop high where he allegedly set a fire in a bathroom after school hours. Williams currently awaits prosecution.


The LSU board of supervisors has selected twelve innovations to support with grant money.  The funds are the result royalties from the licensing of earlier inventions and innovations from the university.  CEO of the LSU Research and Technology Foundation, Arthur Cooper, explains how the selection process takes place. Among the innovations that obtained funding included oyster flavoring, as well as biodegradable Mardi Gras beads.


A research team at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center has been awarded a five year, $4.5 million grant.  It comes from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to evaluate two treatments for childhood obesity.  Dr. Amanda Staiano says they are accessing families via pediatricians. Staiano says they are working with families not only in Louisiana, but Missouri and New York.  The research is expected to have a wide distribution of results.


A recent commission meeting involving the LDWF to discuss red snapper season has produced the estimated amount of red snapper landed this season.  Finfish program manager for the agency, Jason Adriance says the state has already taken in more than a third of its federal allowance. Red Snapper season runs through July 8th.


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Surveillance video from the scene of a robbery at a Tioga Church has led to the arrest of a 28 year old Alexandria man. The RPSO reports Cory Miles was arrested at his home where detectives found several of the stolen items. Miles was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he , at last report, remains. His bond is set at  $3,000.00


State Police arrest a 23-year-old Jonesville man for a fatal hit and run that killed a 14-year-old girl taking out the garbage. Troopers say Earl Hancock lost control on Taylor Road in Catahoula Parish and hit Cadance Parker and then fled the scene. Hancock was apprehended a short time later and authorities believe he was under the influence when the wreck happened.


In Grant Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested the Managers of two Convenience stores, and an employee, after receiving complaints of alcohol being sold to minors. The Managers of The Rock In Colfax and A convenience store in the Bagdad Community were charged with multiple counts of selling to minors. Plus, the manager of the Rock will be facing a long list of drug charges.


The state’s fiscal cliff is officially gone as the Revenue Estimating Conference recognized 500-million dollars in revenue that will be used to shield TOPS, public colleges and most state agencies from cuts after July 1st. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne led the meeting, one day after the governor signed a new sales tax bill into law…


Most state agencies survived the special session without a cut, but the Department of Corrections was not so lucky. Construction and repair projects were put off once again, leading to concerns from department officials that the facilities used to house inmates could be running low on time. Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says they got hit pretty hard at the last second.

LeBlanc says the state has not provided funding for new facilities in over ten years, which he says is bound to catch up with Louisiana sooner than later.


Since 2016, the state legislature has battled huge budget deficits, but the Edwards’ administration now says we can look forward to financial stability over the next seven years. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the legislature’s decision to renew a portion of an expiring one-cent sales tax will give the state a stable revenue source.


Many Republicans are concerned the state budget will keep growing because of the governor’s decision to expand the Medicaid program in 2016, but Dardenne says by having more people insured will result in better health outcomes, therefore reducing the overall cost of healthcare.


Lieutenant governors from around the nation are converging in New Orleans for a three day summit.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will welcome the annual 2018 meeting of the National Governors Association with opening remarks. 


Following the discovery of 20-year-old girl dead in her home in Fordoche, her ex-boyfriend is now in custody.  Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres says 21 year old Eric Duhon Junior has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Madeline Falgout.


Bishop Michael Duca is leaving the Diocese of Shreveport to become the Bishop for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Duca says he’s surprised by the appointment made by the Vatican, but looking forward to the opportunity. Duca has been the bishop of Shreveport for the last ten years.


The man who struck and killed a Sterlington police officer, David Elahi with his car in 2016 was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. 46-year-old Tracy Govan was found guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury in February. Govan’s Attorney, Louis Scott, says  it’s a gross over sentencing of his client, considering the sentences handed out for similar crimes.


Tangipahoa Parish Sherriff Danial Edwards is now reporting that two people who were found on the interstate Monday with gunshot wounds are in stable condition, but still critical. 35-year-old Sylvia Foxx and 44-year-old Shane Jones, both of Milwaukee were involved in what witnesses say was a murder-suicide attempt. Foxx was found with a gunshot wound to the head, Jones with a gunshot wound to the face. Jones, if he survives, could face charges of attempted second degree murder.


Over three decades ago The Bossier Educational Excellence Fund was started with just $500,000 from the yearly state tax revenue of Louisiana Downs. Now, that fund has grown to over $50 million, and the man that’s credited with its start, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell estimates the fund continues to grow by about 2-3 million annually.




Texas Southern will introduce former LSU coach and player Johnny Jones as its new men’s basketball coach tomorrow. The DeRidder native spent last season as an associate head coach at Nevada, helping the Wolfpack reach the Sweet 16.


Saints quarterback Drew Brees comes in at number eight in the NFL Network’s annual list of the top 100 players. It’s the first time Brees has been ranked in the top ten since the 2014 season. He set an NFL record last season with a 72-percent passing percentage.


LSU-Eunice’s Zach Hester has been named the national junior college division two player of the year. The right-hander from Texas was 13-and-1 with a 2.34 ERA with 133 strikeouts as he helped LSU-E win a national title.


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Summer is back with a vengeance as State Climatologist Barry Keim tells us we can expect higher than normal temperatures through the week due to a high pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico which will see higher humidity levels and reduced cloud cover.


A Rapides Parish Sheriff's corrections officer was arrested on Sunday after an inmate made sexual misconduct allegations against him. 32 year old Jonathan Deville was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on charges of sexual battery and malfeasance in office. Deville later was released on his own recognizance.  The complaint was received through the Prison Rape Elimination Act hotline on Sunday. Deville was terminated by the Sheriff’s department.


It was announced yesterday that Gray Television, the owner of KALB-TV5 and Raycom Media have entered into an agreement to combine their companies in a transaction that will create the single largest owner of top-rated local television stations and digital assets in the country. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The parties expect to close the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2018.


After two years and seven special sessions, the state now has a path forward on revenue that as of now provides enough money to fully fund most state services at their current levels. Most of the tax plan has a seven-year sunset, setting up another round of budget battles in 2025, unless a permanent tax reform plan can be enacted. There’s growing interest in a constitutional convention to facilitate that reform, but Political Analyst Clancy DuBos says many opponents are worried about just who would run the convention.


The legislature has appropriated four-million dollars to begin operating a new juvenile justice facility in Bunkie. Once fully funded at 12 million dollars, the site will host 72 beds, and emphasizes rehabilitation methods to deal with young offenders. Office of Juvenile Justice Deputy Secretary Dr. James Bueche (Bush) says he trusts that, if the new facility gets fully funded, they’ll be able to show the same positive results that have been produced in other states.


Even with the sales tax plan that will see the state sales tax rate go from 5 percent to 4.45 percent coming up July 1st, economist from the Tax Foundation, Scott Drenkard, says residents still pay the most expensive sales tax rate in the nation. However, even though the sales tax rate is as high as it is in the state, Drenkard says Louisiana does have more desirable tax rates in other areas, such as property taxes and income taxes.


Higher education is celebrating the passage of the budget and tax plan that saves universities and TOPS from further budget cuts. Without the passage of the 4.45 percent sales tax, TOPS was on the block for a 30 percent cut, with higher ed looking at tens of millions in reduced funding. Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Reed says a mobilization of students helped push the bill over the finish line.


Following a stop at a gas station in Grand Coteau this weekend, someone is now $2 million richer.  The St. Landry Parish convenience store has produced other big lottery winners in recent months and word has spread.  The 1 Stop store owner says more people are showing up at his business with high hopes.


A man and woman are in critical condition after being found shot on the side of I-55 in the Amite area.  First responders were dispatched for a welfare check and found the two wounded by a vehicle on I-55 North.  The man was airlifted to the hospital and the woman was taken by ambulance.  The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.


The Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman. Investigators say the door of the home belonging to Madeline Falgout was kicked in and she was found unresponsive inside her home at yesterday morning. No arrests have been made.


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The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its special session ahead of schedule on Sunday night. The thirds special session of the year ended with the passage of a sales tax proposal and final spending plan for the budget that begins July 1st.  The state sales tax rate will go from 5 percent to 4.45 percent on July 1 through 2025. The nearly $480 million generated annually in the process of keeping a portion of the sales tax hike will go to fund TOPS scholarships, college and university funding, social services, public safety and other state programs that had not been funded.


A budget deal is on its way to the governor’s desk that fully funds higher ed, healthcare, and TOPS, and sets the state’s sales tax to 4.45 percent. The bill raises 466 million dollars and is set to expire in 2025. Mandeville Senator and Republican Jack Donahue, the bill’s cosponsor, says it’s the compromise the legislature needed to get a deal out the door. The budget uses 46 million dollars in one time BP money, removes some tax exemptions, expands the Earned Income Tax Credit, and includes cuts to the Department of Corrections.


Governor John Bel Edwards celebrated the passage of the budget bill at the end of a grueling start to the year that saw four total sessions needed to solve the state’s impending fiscal cliff that’s been at the center of state politics since short term taxes were passed two years ago. Edwards congratulated lawmakers on keeping healthcare and education off the chopping block. Edwards, who is gearing up for what is expected to be a tough reelection battle in 2019, says the budget may not score anyone political points, but it does give the state stable finances for the next 7 years.


President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is in Lafayette today to host a fundraiser for Republican Congressional candidate Josh Guillory, who is seeking to unseat GOP Representative Clay Higgins this fall. Meanwhile, President Trump endorsed Higgins. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it’s a bizarre set of circumstance. Giuliani is likely supporting Guillory, because his girlfriend, Jennifer LeBlanc, is the campaign finance chair for Guillory’s campaign. But Pinsonat says Giuliani should have thought twice before participating in this fundraiser…


US Senator John Kennedy says he’s attached an amendment to an appropriations bill that will end the practice of federal employees flying first class on the taxpayers dime, unless there’s a legitimate medical or security reason. In a report released last March, EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt allegedly spent 105-thousand dollars on first class flights in his first year on the job.


A group of Republican US Senators will head to Russia this week, including Louisiana’s John Kennedy.  Kennedy says he wants to establish some rapport with high-ranking government officials and he hopes one of those meetings will include Russian President Valdimir Putin. Kennedy says he intends to discuss the allegations of election interference in the US and other countries through the use of social media, a claim he says Russian denies.


A US Supreme Court ruling gives states the authority to receive sales tax revenues on purchases made by consumers with a business that has no physical presence in that state. However, Tax Foundation spokesperson John Buhl says Louisiana’s sales tax laws are too complex for them to take advantage of this ruling. Even if Louisiana lines itself up to collect, creating the logistics to do so will not be a quick task


A Shreveport police Corporal Marcus Hines is on administrative leave after he accidentally fired his department-issued gun while teach two summer interns about gun safety. No one was injured in the incident.


A Hammond Police officer suffered a gunshot wound to the foot while attempting to load his shotgun into his patrol car. Police Chief James Stewart says the officer dropped the weapon and it went off.


Two teenagers are now facing negligent homicide charges for their role in the death of 18-year-old Delicia Ceasor of Jonesville. Ceasor died in a car crash in Catahoula Parish on March 22nd. State Police Troopers have determined a 17-year-old driver and another driver, 19-year-old Victor Barber were drag racing and traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when the crash happened.


Miss Heart of Pilot Holli' Conway was named Miss Louisiana 2018 on Saturday night in Monroe. She will represent the state for the coming year and go on to compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City, New Jersey.







There is more good news for LSU on the football recruiting front, as the Tigers received a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback Peter Parrish. He is ranked as the 11th best dual-threat QB in the 2019 recruiting class.


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A U-S Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday gives states the authority to collect sales taxes on online purchases. Previously, Louisiana and other states couldn’t collect taxes on items bought from a warehouse or store that didn’t have a physical presence in their state. Global Tax Consultant Jason DeCuir says today’s ruling changes those rules.

DeCuir says Louisiana will collect more tax revenue, but it may take months and possibly legislation passed on the state level to get it done.


We were expecting a big day of votes on the House floor regarding sales tax bills that would generate hundreds of millions of dollars that could be used to soften proposed cuts to higher ed, TOPS and public safety programs. But the online sales tax ruling by the Supreme Court has postponed those votes.


The House yesterday failed to approve a proposal to renew a half cent of an expiring one cent sales tax as a way to generate revenue to avoid cuts to state services.  The measure received sixty votes, but it needs seventy in order to receive passage and head to the Senate.  The legislation can be brought up for reconsideration.  And it can be amended to lower the amount that is renewed.  But time is ticking as the special session is set to end Wednesday.


President Donald Trump has endorsed U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins in his re-election bid, a day after a report about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's connection to Higgins' opponent's campaign. The endorsement comes one day after a detailed report from Politico about the reaction among some Republicans who were surprised that vocal Trump surrogate Giuliani had endorsed a challenger, rather than the Republican incumbent.


The U.S. Department of Commerce reported Thursday Louisiana’s personal income grew by 3.6 percent in the first quarter of this year, lagging behind the rate of growth in both the U.S. and Southeast region. The growth in Louisiana ranked 43rd in the U.S.  In all, the state added around $1.8 billion in earnings over the period.


Although average gas prices in Louisiana are lower this week than they were last, the current average is still forty-nine cents higher than this time last year.  AAA Fuel Analyst Don Redmond says soon those prices may be on the rise again.


The Mighty Lions of Lafayette High School are working out in their new weight room today, thanks to a generous donation by former NBA superstar Shaquille O’ Neal who helped fund the project that cost a little more than $40,000. O’Neal’s donation was part of South Louisiana Giving Day.


Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham calls the passage of the Farm Bill in the US House a great days for America’s farmers. Abraham, who is the only member of Louisiana’s delegation on the agriculture committee, says it help farmers recover from natural disasters. Abraham says the legislation heading to the Senate also requires able-body adults to either work or participate in a job training program for 20 hours per week in order remain eligible for food stamps.


LSU’s live mascot, Mike the Tiger, has gone viral after a video was posted of him slowly stalking several guests visiting his habitat. The guests had their backs to Mike which prompted him to approach the glass enclosure before pouncing against it. LSU Veterinary school spokesperson Ginger Guttner asks Mike’s visitors to not turn their backs to him. Guttner says even though Mike is still a playful juvenile, he is also a predatory animal and they are concerned Mike could break his teeth if he hits the glass to hard.


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By Dave Graichen


A vote on the House floor is expected today on three different sales tax bills that raise different amounts of money and they renew up to a half-cent of an expiring one-cent sales tax. Governor John Bel Edwards remains optimistic one of those bills will reach his desk, if not significant cuts will occur. The fiscal cliff arrives on July 1st and this third special session must conclude Wednesday. It will take 70 votes on the House floor today for these sales tax bills to advance to the Senate.


US Representative Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish has cosponsored legislation to expand I-14 into Central Louisiana and Mississippi. I-14 currently ends a few miles west of Temple, Texas. Abraham says the legislation is waiting for a hearing in a House committee and it has the support of congressmen from Texas and Mississippi.


Students held a rally outside the State Capitol on Wednesday evening to demand that legislators provide adequate state aid for colleges and universities. The gathering took place on the third day of a 10-day special session aimed at solving Louisiana's latest budget crisis, this one a $648 million shortfall. Many of the students wore t-shirts with the names of schools they could have attended, or might attend, if the Legislature fails to resolve money problems.


The separation of families coming into the United States illegally is causing a firestorm of controversy across the nation.  President Trump has signed an executive order to allow children to stay with parents attempting to cross the border unlawfully.  US Representative Ralph Abraham says he supports President Trump’s efforts. Abraham says he co-sponsored the Goodlatte-McCaul Bill.  While he believes it could solve many of the border issues, he feels that there may not be enough support to pass the bill.


State utility regulators Wednesday allowed a northwest Louisiana electric company to purchase part of the nation’s largest wind-power project. The $4.5 billion “Wind Catcher” project in the Oklahoma panhandle began construction last December and is expected to start generating electricity in 2020. The PSC  allowed Shreveport-based  SWEPCO, to increase customers’ monthly bills to pay for a portion of the wind farm’s power.


59-year-old Gerald Manning is a free man today after spending 41 years in prison for the 1977 murder of Vonda Harris. Manning was just 17 years old at the time of the homicide and his attorney Kristen Wenstrom says recent DNA testing has exonerated him of the murder that even the victim’s family doesn’t think he committed. Manning plans to live with his mother in Monroe.


After many years as the nation’s leading jailer, Louisiana has ceded that title to Oklahoma. The Sooner State now incarcerates 719 people per 100,000 residents, compared with 712 per 100,000 residents in Louisiana. Both states remain solidly above all others in prisoners per capita. Mississippi, Arizona and Arkansas rounded out the top five incarcerating states as of 2016, according to federal Bureau of Justice figures.


The Archdiocese of New Orleans has paid more than a half-million dollars to settle claims that a longtime deacon and teacher repeatedly raped an altar boy at Holy Rosary School in New Orleans more than three decades ago.  The settlement, paid this month, brought a swift conclusion to a lawsuit filed earlier this year that accused the archdiocese of allowing a "sexual predator" to work among children in Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and doing "nothing to intervene and prevent such misconduct from occurring."


A State Police trooper has been arrested on allegations that he raped a 16-year-old girl in New Orleans. Thirty-six-year-old Lander Journee was booked on third-degree rape and posted a 25-thousand dollar bond. He’s been placed on administrative leave.


A 34 year old Baton Rough father of four died at the hospital Tuesday from gunshot injuries that  police say were the result of an argument over a dice game that took a violent turn. A warrant has been issued for a 22 year old man in connection with the shooting.


RPSO Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspect in a church burglary. On June 16, a suspect burglarized the Church of God located off of Alabama Drive in Pineville. Multiple electronic items were taken. The suspect in the surveillance images is described as a black male, approximately 5’7” tall, with multiple tattoos. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities. You can find the video images on the KALB TV5 website.


A Florida man has been convicted of attempted manslaughter in the stabbing of his passenger on I-49 last summer. On Wednesday, opening arguments wrapped and the first witnesses were called in the trial of Edwin Paul Frinks, Jr., who was arrested last July and indicted on a charge of attempted second degree murder.  He will be sentenced July 23.


Five star cornerback and the nation’s number one recruit according to Rivals-dot-com, Derek Stingley Junior of Baton Rouge, announced today he plans on signing with LSU in in December. Instead of holding a press conference, with hats of different schools in front of him, the Dunham High football star announced his decision with a video message on Twitter.


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The APD announced yesterday they are looking for 25 year old Korri Thornton in connection with a homicide on Henry Street earlier this month. The victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene,  was a 20 year-old man who has not been identified by the department. Korri Thornton is believed to be armed and dangerous.


A House committee heard testimony yesterday on tax bills during the first full day of the latest special session, but took no votes.  Most of the legislative action took place in the House Appropriations Committee where state health officials defended their spending, while higher ed and department of corrections discussed what budget cuts would mean to them.


Votes are expected today in the House Ways and Means Committee on different sales tax bills. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard’s proposal would renew a half-cent of an expiring one-cent sales tax and generate 507-million dollars in revenues, which would be enough money to prevent cuts to college campuses, TOPS and public safety programs. Some Republicans prefer to renew less than a half of a penny, but Havard says it doesn’t make sense to raise taxes and also cut the budget at the same time…


LSU Student Government will host a rally at the State Capitol this afternoon to call for full funding of TOPS and higher education. If lawmakers do not act before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, then students will face a 30% cut to TOPS and a $21 million dollar reduction in funding for LSU. LSU Student Government President Stewart Lockett says their message for lawmakers is simple and that is to stabilize higher education and TOPS. All public university systems are looped into this rally and the turnout is expected to be high.


The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a complaint with the state’s ethics board accusing a handful of district attorneys of violating the state ethic’s laws. The Center claims D-As are hiring off-duty police officers to write traffic tickets and then treathen motorists with prosecution, unless they pay hundreds of dollars to the D-A’s office to dismiss the tickets. So far the claims are just an allegation.


The escalating trade war with China is not good for Louisiana’s Agriculture Industry. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says Louisiana has done a lot of work to open up China to rice, beef and poultry exports. President Trump initially proposed tariffs on 50-billion dollars in Chinese imports, because of an estimated 375-billion dollar trade deficit with China. And now the Trump administration is looking at imposing tariffs on another 200-billion dollars’ worth of Chinese goods as the trade war worsens..


There are over two thousand nursing programs throughout the United States, but only one can be ranked number one. That distinction belongs to Louisiana Tech University’s Division of Nursing. Chair of the program, Dr. Donna Hood, credits the latest accolade to the determination of both the faculty and students. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing ranks programs based on the rate at which graduates pass the licensing exam, which is 100-percent at Tech.


The 2018 crawfish season is coming to a close after getting off to a slow start, because of a cold January. David Savoy with the Louisiana Crawfish Famers Association says For those that may have noticed smaller than normal mudbugs this year, it was because the harvesting began a little early in the developmental process of the crawfish.


One of the top high school prospects in the country will decide today whether he’ll attend LSU, Florida or Texas. Cornerback Derek Stingley Junior of Dunham High School in Baton Rouge was recently ranked by Rivals.com as the nation’s top recruit for the Class of 2019. His father, Derek Stingley Senior, calls his son a freakish athlete with a will to win.


A Louisiana winter wonderland in June?  That’s the scene in Downtown Lafayette as a holiday-themed independent film is in production in the area.  Production for the movie, entitled The Christmas Cupid, is spending a total of four months in the state, including twelve days in Lafayette.  Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly says filming in the area presents a great opportunity for the community.


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By Dave Graichen


The third special session of the year is underway, and Governor John Bel Edwards addressed both chambers saying it’s time to break free of the partisan gridlock as the state approaches the fiscal cliff on June 30th. While the governor did express understanding with the frustration within the chambers, he relayed that the citizens are even more so. Edwards says he believes that a solution can be reached in the allotted 10 days for the session.


Alexandria Police yesterday found the body of a man, in the 600 block of Harold Glen Road, who had been shot multiple times. Later in the day they found a burnt out car, that apparently is linked to the victim, at a different location. The name of the 40-year-old victim has not been released by police.


State police report 56 year old Britt Holden of Boyce died early Monday morning when he apparently walked into the path of a garbage truck on Highway 28 west near Cooper Road.  The accident happen just before 5am. The driver of the truck told troopers he swerved to avoid Holden, but was unable to avoid hitting him.


The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office has filed a court petition against the Rapides Parish Police Jury and its treasurer Bruce Kelly after the police jury voted last week to slash the DA's budget by $700,000. The petition claims that cutting the budget by such a large amount will result in irreparable harm to the office and cause an immediate funding crisis.


The criminal case against former Avoyelles prison warden Nate Cain and his ex-wife will move forward after a federal judge denied their request to suppress evidence key to their indictments for improper purchases on the Avoyelles prison's dime. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell of the Western District of Louisiana ruled last week that the now-estranged couple did not have standing to contest the Office of the Inspector General's 2016 search of their former home, which will allow the case to progress toward trial.


By 2045, nearly 41,000 homes in Louisiana could be at risk of chronic disruptive flooding caused by sea level rise, according to a report released Sunday by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report says nearly 99,000 people could be affected by floods that would happen 26 times a year or more. The value of the homes affected by the flooding is pegged at nearly $4.3 billion, contributing $36 million in property taxes.


Legislators are back in Baton Rouge for a third special session called to address the fiscal cliff which arrives July 1st. Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President Stephen Waguespack says LABI supports a partial renewal of an expiring one-cent sales tax, even though businesses will pay 48-percent of what could be a 400 to 500-million dollar tax increase…


State Police arrested a Denham Springs couple after they were found in Calcasieu Parish transporting 25 undocumented immigrants. State Police Sergeant James Anderson says Stephanie and Nicholas Harris were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Anderson says this appears to be a case of human trafficking.


Five protesters were arrested in New Orleans Monday as US Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the National Sheriff’s Association Convention in New Orleans. During his speech, Sessions said the United States will NOT encourage people to bring their children to the country illegally by giving them immunity in the process.


A north Louisiana glass plant that received millions in tax incentives as part of a Jindal-era economic development deal to retain its workforce is planning to lay off up to 227 employees, cutting the facility’s capacity roughly in half. The company, the Ardagh Group, cites a growing plastics market that is cutting into many of the food product lines made at its facility in Simsboro, near Ruston, where it makes glass jars and bottles for brands including Tabasco, Smucker’s, Tito’s Vodka, and Seagram. Plant manager Chris DeCerbo said the firm is working to find new business to stave off the cuts, but added it would take “providence” to prevent the layoffs.


Last week’s announcement of the 2.3 million dollar return through the Unclaimed Property Program to a north Louisiana resident has more people interested in the program. State Treasurer John Schroder says the recent claim has more Louisiana residents wondering if they have money in the state’s unclaimed property fund. It’s easy to find out.. Visit La-Treasury-dot-com to see if you are owed money.


New research has found that opioids can increase the risk of bone fracture and also make it harder for bones to heal. Doctor Bob Zura from LSU Health New Orleans says it’s not just the heaviest users that are at risk. Zura says Tyenol maybe a better choice for treating pain associated with bone fractures, instead of opioids.


Three children at an outdoor party were struck by a fallen tree Sunday afternoon in Opelousas. All three kids were taken to the hospital. One child was transported to a hospital in Baton Rouge is listed in critical condition.


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Good Morning ... News For Monday 06/18/18. Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Monday 061818

By Dave Graichen


The city of Alexandria announced just after 10 Saturday night that the citywide boil advisory had been lifted by the state after samples collected on Friday cleared. However, traveling throughout the city Friday evening and Saturday you would never have known the advisory was in effect. This reporter visited three restaurants over the weekend, one Friday night and two on Saturday, where it was business as usual. Iced Tea and Fountain beverages, all of which used unboiled city water, continued to be served to patrons, without warning.


The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the number of people employed in the Bayou State has increased by 44-thousand over the last year. There were just over two-million people working in Louisiana in May, the second highest total in recorded history. Professional and business services added seven thousand jobs over the year.


The third special session of the year kicks off today, with some legislators expected to go to battle for the last time this year over the state’s persistent budget issues under the specter of deep cuts to TOPS and other state services. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says passing the half penny sales tax renewal will be the focus, because it fully funds the government.


If the legislature manages to pass a revenue bill, it will likely be a short term deal lasting at most 6 years. That means half a decade from now, the whole process will likely start again. Dardenne says he’s disappointed that it came down to another sales tax, instead of permanent structural tax reform.


The Governor signed the legislative budget that fully funds healthcare, but unless more revenue is generated would require 648 million in cuts to other sectors. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Johnson says after a hard fought battle to get the bipartisan budget, suggestions by Appropriation Chairman Cameron Henry would see that money be shuffled out of healthcare and state worker.


Louisiana could feel the pinch as President Donald Trump issued a new round of tariffs today on China, worth 40 to 55 billion dollars in new penalties, and the Chinese responded with a threat of 50 billion in retaliatory tariffs. The escalating trade dispute could damage the Bayou State economy that relies on shipping, but US Congressman Steve Scalise says the People’s Republic needs to be pushed to trade fairly. Scalise says despite some of the tough talk, the Trump administration is not looking for a dire escalation of the ongoing trade dispute.


Louisiana officials back an effort to impose a five to ten cent inspection fee on all imported seafood coming, in an effort to push back against lower quality, cheaper imported shrimp that’s hurting Louisiana shrimpers. During an appearance on Talk Louisiana, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says foreign seafood doesn’t meet our safety standards.


The US Senate approves legislation to honor former Saints standout and ALS advocate Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal which is the highest honor a citizen can receive from Congress. Senator Bill Cassidy was one of the bill’s sponsors.

The legislation now heads to the House seeking approval.


June 15th marked the beginning of open enrollment for the state’s Medicaid program known as Healthy Louisiana. Enrollment Services Manager Rebecca Harris says during this time window the over 1.5 million Louisiana residents on Medicaid have the opportunity to explore the five different coverage plans. Open enrollment ends July 31st.


Two high schoolers from Lake Charles want to bring delivery services to stadiums so that hot dog comes right to you in the stands. The idea from Malik Ellis and Alex Brown of LaGrange High School won the SEED Center Business Pitch Competition this year.

The potential app is called “Runner Eats” and would function similarly to Waitr.


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News for Friday 061518

By Dave Graichen


A report from the Governor’s Rural Water Infrastructure Committee show seven of the 10 most distressed water systems in the state are here in Central Louisiana. The committee is tasked with helping at-risk water systems to address their issues before they reach a crisis point. One of its first priorities was developing a list of the state's water systems most in need of immediate action. On the list, the Hammock Water System here in Rapides Parish,  plus water systems in LaSalle, Natchitoches, Catahoula and Concordia Parishes.


Medical marijuana, you doctor will have to prescribe the medicine to you. Or will he? The state department of revenue would like to change the word “Prescribe” to “Recommend”. That one word difference will allow the state to tax your prescription.   The Louisiana Department of Revenue confirmed in a statement this week that the prescription drug exemption on the state sales tax does not apply to medical marijuana sales. The sales tax applies at the point of sale to consumers, who will buy the drug from nine initial licensed marijuana pharmacies in regions throughout the state.


A 75-year-old priest has confessed to sexual misconduct with a minor. According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, Father Steven Michael Guidry has surrendered to authorities. The sheriff says the priest was forthcoming with information about the incident.


Heading into next week’s special session many agencies across the state are facing budget cuts.  District attorneys are not exempt from these cutbacks, and it looks like they could be quite steep to the tune of 82 percent if additional funding is not found.  Executive Director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association Pete Adams says the financial slash will be overwhelming. Adams says this is an issue that needs to be taken very seriously as it is a matter of public safety.


Despite a budget that calls for deep cuts to higher ed, The Louisiana Community and Technical College System will not be raising tuition or fees for the 2018, 2019 school years, continuing a two year trend of keeping costs stable for students. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the state cannot continue to place the cost of education on the backs of students.


Former Jindal Administration staffers are calling on the House to pass the half cent sales tax renewal that would fully fund state government, Former Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says both Jindal and Edwards’ administrations failed to get the legislature to bite on long term tax reform that would end the cycle of fiscal cliffs.


Parents who are interested in saving up for their kids K through 12 education now have the option of a state backed, interest accruing, and federal tax free savings account as a result of a new law signed by Governor Edwards. The program is called START K12.

Under the program  parents are only allowed to withdraw 10,000 dollars per year, per child, from the account, which should cover the costs of many private schools.


Two Arkansas men who plead guilty to aggravated animal cruelty charges for slitting a dog’s throat and posting the video on Snapchat avoid jail time in Morehouse Parish. Judge Carl Sharp gave Boots Stanley and Steven Sadler a suspended three-year prison sentence. Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana Jeff Dorson can’t believe they are not going to jail.


In a case that tested the limits of Louisiana's "stand your ground" laws, a Walker man found guilty of attempted manslaughter in the 2015 shooting of a home invader was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. 27 year old Aaron Neames had been found guilty in the shooting case in May. He was sentenced on Thursday by 21st Judicial District Judge Bob Morrison.


A Bush man who was gifted a giant alligator snapping turtle for some home cooking got more than he bargained for, a human finger deep inside the reptile. St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Spokesperson Scott Lee says cadaver sniffing dogs are on the case, but it’s certainly possible the creature could’ve just grabbed a snack from an unlucky angler.


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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 06/14/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Thursday 061415

By Dave Graichen


The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says LDH has 110 million dollars in funded vacant positions, which are jobs that have money allocated, but are not currently filled. The Representative says it would take roughly 90 million dollars to fund the remainder of TOPS. Henry says the legislature could also consider taking away state workers’ pay raises to fill part of the budget gap. The session starts Monday.


It’s a disciplinary action that has been around for years, but now a study involving Tulane University researchers finds that about three out of four pediatricians are saying spankings are no longer recommended.  Tulane associate professor Catherine Taylor says it’s important to remember that even though spankings are no longer recommended, discipline in a child’s life is still crucial. Taylor recommends consulting with your pediatrician for advice and to see what the best disciplinary actions are for your child.


The feds are pumping 40 million dollars into the state’s Childcare Assistance Program, that helps working and middle class parents pay for child care services. That means 4,000 more families will get help finding a safe environment for their pre-kindergarten age children while they’re at work.  The program has had to cut back dramatically in the last decade, as the state cut off all funds for Childcare Assistance after years of budget cuts. Louisiana Policy Institute for Children Executive Director Melanie Bronfin says those cuts kicked 25 thousand families out of the program.


Today is the one year anniversary of the shooting of US Representative Steve Scalise. Scalise was hit in the hip by assault rifle fire in a politically motivated shooting that targeted Republican legislators at a congressional baseball game in Alexandria Virginia. Scalise says his recovery was a tough journey, but he made it through with help from his family.


A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been found in Terrebonne Parish. The Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District issued a notification saying they have taken steps to kill the organism in the water system. Officials says they will test the water in two weeks to make sure its eradicated


A Shreveport craft beer’s popularity has exceeded the expectations of the brewery behind the beverage.  318 Golden Ale, named for the area code where you can find the beer, was released in March.  Great Raft Brewing’s tasting room manager Bob Thames says although you can find other beers from the brewery widely distributed, the idea behind 318 Golden Ale is to have a beer solely for North Louisiana. Initially, the brewery expected to sell the equivalent of 4500 cases in the first 90 days.  However, the ended up selling closer to 7000.


A bid to repair the Lake Prien Bridge on I-210 in Lake Charles has been submitted that claims the work can be done in a surprisingly short time, only 365 days. The 44.5 million dollar repair will address the 54 year old bridge that is vital to transport in the area. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says their own estimations pegged the time at 17 months at best. Wilson says the bridge is rapidly deteriorating and needs to be addressed soon, before the situation gets worse and the whole thing needs to be shut down.


Two big new rule changes from the NCAA. Starting October 15, college athletes will have the freedom to transfer to any university they want without fear of being blocked from their current school or any others. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says the transfer rule will give players more freedom. Moran says these aren’t professional athletes and it was wrong for schools to control where they could get an education and play ball


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News for Wednesday 061318

By Dave Graichen


Some very good police work averted what could have been a very dangerous situation yesterday afternoon, as a Texas homicide suspect was captured in without incident.  U.S. marshals had alerted the Alexandria Police Department earlier Tuesday afternoon that Daryl Kelly was in the Home Towne Studios at 1000 MacArthur Drive. Police evacuated the building and closed down Mac Arthur Drive for close to 2 hours. Kelly, once seeing his options, surrendered to police.


The Rapides Parish Police Jury voted unanimously Monday to cut $700,000 from the District Attorney's Office, a move that will likely lead to more legal action. Jurors approved the motion that had come from its finance committee a week ago.


It was a traffic nightmare.. Flooding rains closed both lanes of I-110 in Baton Rouge Tuesday evening as a line of slow-moving storms inundated the area during rush hour.  Some areas of the highway had water several feet deep.


Negotiations have begun this week in advance of next week’s special session, with parties involved hoping to get a deal in place before Monday to avoid another dramatic last second finish to what will be the last session of the fiscal year. Senate President John Alario says after two special sessions, he’s convinced more and more legislators are leaning towards a deal that would fully fund state services.


Unless the Legislature approves additional revenue, TOPS will suffer a 30 percent reduction, a cost that will be passed right back to students and their families. Higher ed is also on the block for a substantial reduction, and Taylor Foundation Executive Director Dr. James Caillier says even if the state approves the funds, we’re already losing some of our highest performers who are tired of the uncertainty. That 30 percent reduction would result in the average LSU student with TOPS graduating nearly 14,000 dollars more in debt than they would have if the scholarship program was fully funded. Caillier says many working class students just could not bear that kind of increased cost.


US Senator John Kennedy is calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to step down due to his handling of the state’s fiscal cliff. Kennedy sites the legislature’s inability to find a long term solution to the budget crisis come down to a lack of leadership from Edwards. The Republican called for the Lt. Governor to take over the state.  Edwards’ Spokesperson Richard Carbo says “Sen. Kennedy’s absurdity knows no limits, and Gov. Edwards isn’t going to be distracted by childish comments or letters from our junior senator.”


During an event hosted by Washington news organization POLITICO, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise quickly answered no when asked if he plans to run for governor next year. The Jefferson Parish Republican is a candidate to replace the retiring Paul Ryan as U-S House Speaker.


The old Holsum Bread bakery in Baton Rouge, which shut down almost three decades ago, could get new life as a housing manufacturing facility. Ready Shield Solutions plans to open an assembly plant at the site. Preliminary documents filed with the Louisiana Economic Development department show the facility will involve a $60 million investment and will generate 300 new jobs.


The eyes of the world are on the recent meeting between President Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. US Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s thankful that relations with North Korea are at a point where talking is a possibility.

The congressman says he’s got faith in President Trump’s ability to strike up an effective deal with Kim Jong Un.


Small business optimism has reached its highest level in 34 years.  That’s according to the National Federation of Independent Business.  NFIB state director Dawn Starns they are now hoping for tax reform in Louisiana as lawmakers consider what to do with the state sales tax, which is currently at 5%.


Rudy Guiliani is visiting Cajun country to raise money for US Congressman Clay Higgins primary challenger, Josh Guillory. The former New York City Mayor, and adviser to the President, will be attending a fundraiser for Guillory on June 25th in Lafayette at the Petroleum Club. Guillory is considered to be a more moderate republican, who may lean towards a message that resembles the districts former Representative, Charles Bustany.


Two Acadiana men are under arrest in connection to the murder of a St. Martinville teenager. Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Boutte of St. Martinville was charged with Obstruction of Justice and Second Degree Murder in the death of 19-year-old Simone Robin. St. Martin Parish Sherriff’s Spokesperson Major Ginny Higgins says Robin’s trailer was set on fire Saturday, and her body was found later that day on a levee in St. Landry.


Starting in September, travelers through Baton Rouge Metro Airport can expect more destination options with the addition of Via Airlines.  The airline, which has been in business for over a decade, will now provide direct service to Austin, Texas and Orlando, Florida.  Airport spokesperson Jim Caldwell says service will fly on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, as they expect a high demand for business travel to the capital city of the lone star state.


WWL-TV in New Orleans captured video of a cement truck in New Orleans getting stuck in a sinkhole in the French Quarter. Problem is, that cement truck was apparently on the scene to fix the sink hole. Another truck was called in to pull the truck out of the hole. City officials say no one was injured.




Saints running back Mark Ingram talked to the media about his recent absence at OTAs, amidst rumors that he’s unhappy heading into the year without a new contract. The Saints will be without the pro bowl runner who went for over 1100 yards on the ground last year for the first four games due to a PED suspension, but Ingram has faith that the young guns can carry the Black and Gold In his absence. Ingram says the rumors that he was planning a hold out to protest his contract that runs out this year, are false.


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News for Tuesday 061218

By Dave Graichen


The National Hurricane Center tells us they are monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea that has low chance of tropical formation this week. The weather system is approaching the Gulf of Mexico, but at the moment seems like a bigger concern for Mexico than the United States.


Sister Virginia Lee Vanderlick, who was the principal at Our Lady of Prompt Succor School for 30 years, died Sunday in San Antonio. A memorial mass followed by a reception and lunch will be held at 11 a.m. a week from this Thursday, June 21 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria. Sister Virginia Lee became principal at OLPS in 1972. She stepped down in 2002 and continued to teach religion classes until she retired in 2013 for health reasons. Our thoughts and prayers are with her many family members here in Cenla.. Sister Virginia Lee Vanderlick was 90 years old.


The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services warns that unless more funding is approved in the special session, that the food stamps program will be shut down. Walters says 64 percent of people who receive SNAP benefits are either children, disabled, or the elderly, with another 27 percent being the working poor who a earn paycheck that’s not enough to feed their families. The department is currently set for 34 million dollars in cuts.


We’ve all heard the story of a distant rich relative passing and leaving someone a fortune.. That just happened here in Louisiana.  A North family got a huge surprise when the state’s Treasury Department informed them that they were owed 2.3 million dollars as part of the Unclaimed Property Program that returns uncollected money from estates to the next of kin.


A crash leaves a Eunice man is dead after fleeing from police at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on State Highway 383.  Shortly after 7 Monday Morning, a Kinder police officer observed a Ford Mustang commit a traffic violation.  The driver, 26 year old Aaron Charlot, chose not to stop and later lost control of his vehicle. 


More details are emerging from a Denham Springs incident that left two people dead this weekend.  The initial call that came in was for a home invasion, but it is now believed that this was not a random act.  Investigators with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office have now identified the victim at 36 year old Beaux Bailey.  The second death is the suspect in the case, 37 year old Ted Bourn of Tupelo, Mississippi.  Police say both died as the result of gunfire exchanged between the two men.


More tech jobs are coming to Louisiana with the recent announcement that Accruent, a company that focuses on real estate digital integration, will be coming to New Orleans.  Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the tech center is expected to bring in 350 jobs into the Big Easy. Accruent is already hiring and they plan to be fully staffed by 2020.


A new state law allows Louisiana public school teachers up to 30 days of paid leave for the adoption process. Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds sponsored a package of bills promoting adoption after seeing families tackle the hurdles of the process during his campaign and says he wanted to see the burden put on families eased by the new legislation. The change also applies to school social workers and school psychologists.


The first entrants into the race for the Secretary of State’s office are trickling in, in the wake of a poll that showed nearly a third of Louisianans are undecided on who they will be voting for come November. Attorney General’s Director of the Public Protection Division, and Democrat, Renee Fontenot Free says her years of public service make her the ideal candidate. She’ll be running to replace Tom Schedler, who stepped down after being accused of sexually harassing and stalking his secretary for nearly a decade.


It’s an ailment that is causing a serious threat to the deer population, and since January, a feeding ban was enacted in northeast Louisiana in order to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, spreading into Louisiana says state wildlife veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour. But now, in the parishes of East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas, LDWF has lifted the feeding ban after initial testing of deer in the area did not detect the disease.  Dr. LaCour explains the preemptive measure’s purpose. The state of Mississippi also conducted testing in the area where the deer was found, and is still awaiting results.


The fiscal cliff debate is revealing a wide range of opinions from within Louisiana’s Republican Party, ranging from moderates who support the governor’s call for a half cent sales tax renewal, to anti-tax conservatives who favor budget cuts to plug the 648 million dollar shortfall. River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot, who supported a third penny but not a half, says the state needs to tighten its belt. The difference between a half penny and a third penny sales tax on a 100 dollar purchase is 17 cents.


Good Morning ... News For Monday 06/11/18. Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Monday 061118

By Dave Graichen


The third special session of 2018 will begin a week from today and must end June 27th. Governor John Bel Edwards is still looking for a fix to the fiscal cliff. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo says after the legislature failed to replace a large portion of the 1.4 billion dollars in temporary taxes that expire June 30th, they had no choice but to give it one more shot.


The Louisiana Department of Corrections warns unless additional tax revenue is raised by June 30th, thousands of inmates will be released. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says his department is facing a nearly 63-million dollar reduction in state funding.


For the first time since its inception in 2001, the state may have to reduce enrollment to its taxpayer funded pre-k program. State Superintendent of Education John White says state budget cuts are the reason for the reduction, but he hopes legislators will raise the necessary revenue to fully fund this program.  Based on the current budget for next fiscal year, pre-k would see a 10-to-20-percent cut.


Louisiana has seen a 29 percent increase in the suicide rate since 1999. That’s according to a CDC report that revealed national suicide rates have skyrocketed over the last two decades. Louisiana Department of Health Suicide Prevention Coordinator Danita Leblanc says the state needs to beef up suicide detection efforts, increase the amount of mental health education, and expand mental health services, but that’s tough to do under a budget crunch.


Two people died after a home invasion early Sunday morning in the Denham Springs area, but details on what happened remain scarce. Sheriff Jason Ard said he could confirm two fatalities but had not yet released their identities as of Sunday evening. He also said nothing about whether the intruder or intruders were among those killed.


Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says they’re one step closer to a massive reform of the way the feds handle flooding and hurricane protection projects. The 2018 Water Resources and Development Act would allow local governments to take over funds for the execution of protection projects from the Corps of Engineers. Graves says passing this bill would speed up construction of some desperately needed hurricane protection and coastal restoration plans.


There are nearly 800 crashes annually along a notorious stretch of Interstate 10 just west of the Mississippi River. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallet says the DOTD has taken multiple measures to ensure the safety along this stretch of highway with additional signage, cable barriers and ruble strips.  Mallett says it also comes down to the responsibility of drivers to make a difference. Mallet says that 77 percent of the 800 accidents are from people not paying attention.


Public school students can have a bulletproof backpack next school year as a result of a new state law. Republican Senator Mike Walsworth, who sponsored the bill, says it could protect students in the event of an active shooter on campus. But, if you are interested in obtaining one, you may need to act now to have one in time for the next school year. Some schools require students to carry mesh fabric backpacks?  But Walsworth says even with a mesh backpack, you can purchase a kevlar plate to provide protection.


Good Morning... News For Friday 06/08/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Friday 060818

By Dave Graichen


A statewide poll from JMC Analytics shows despite a 42 percent national approval rating for President Donald Trump, Louisianans are still on board, as 56 percent of those surveyed approve of his administration. Pollster John Couvillion says “never Trump Republicans” never caught on in the Bayou State. The poll also indicates the president has strong support amongst white Democrats and independents.


That same statewide poll shows an indecisive early start to the Secretary of State’s race. The special election will be held in fall as a result of a sexual harassment scandal that toppled the former Secretary Tom Schedler. It looks like most folks have no clue who many of the possible candidates are at this point, and Couvillion says that likely means it’ll take a big name to break the race open.


Governor Edwards used his veto pen to take out 40 projects contained in the state’s three-point-six billion dollar construction spending plan. Most of the projects are in parishes represented by Republicans, who have voted against his tax plans. This comes just a day after Edwards vetoed a gas station bill that would have benefitted GOP House Chairman Lance Harris’ personal businesses.


A Shreveport woman is facing felony charges after her three dogs were found dead in her car.  Bossier City Police Spokesperson Mark Natale says that 47 year old Nancy Western was at Willis Knighton Medical Center, when she left her two Labrador retrievers and cocker spaniel in the vehicle. Animal Control assisted law enforcement with the situation and conducted a temperature test on the windows, and even after the vehicle had been opened, was still over 100 degrees. 


A teen driver has been charged with careless operation after a crash that killed a jogger early Thursday in Sabine Parish. Louisiana State Police say 46 year old Matthew Haggard died at the scene of the crash, which happened just before 7 in the morning. A 17-year-old male was driving a pickup truck westbound on La. Highway 6 when he lost control, running off the road, hitting Haggard.


Once again, the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" must be measured in the size of a U.S. state. LSU scientists predict this summer's iteration will exceed the size of Connecticut,  about 6,620 square miles. After the record-setting dead zone last year, 2018 is expected to return to about average size..


Nicholls State is launching a new program, called CROWN, aimed at helping young black men stay at college, and finish their degree. After reviewing information from last year, the university discovered that only 53 percent of African American men returned after their freshman year. CROWN administrator Dr. Sean Chadwell says young black men are often the first members of their family to go to college.


The US Department of Justice has teamed up with several state agencies to help ensure people with serious mental illnesses have the opportunity to live in a community setting.  The agreement follows a review by the DOJ in December of 2016 that claimed the state was unnecessarily relying on nursing homes to serve people with serious mental illnesses. The Department of Health has begun it’s assessments of the more than 2,500 mentally ill people currently residing in nursing homes.


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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 06/07/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Thursday 060718

By Dave Graichen


The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says it was Billing Software that was not updated properly that led to Pinecrest Supports and Services Center in Pineville failing to collect nearly $50,000 in Medicaid funds between May 2016 and February 2018. The audit also uncovered two employees who were over paid by close to $5,000. The misappropriation was found through in-house investigations. However, management failed to notify the legislative auditor. Both employees have since resigned.


The Governor says a bill sponsored by House GOP leader Lance Harris that would allow independent gas stations to sue larger gas station companies over unfair pricing would have led to higher prices at the pump. But, some are saying the Governor’s veto of the bill was political retribution. Harris owns a chain of gas stations in the Alexandria area and could have benefited from the bill.  Harris dismissed suggestions it was improper for him to push a proposal in which he, as an independent gas station owner, had a financial interest. Edwards and Harris have clashed over legislation and policy since the governor’s term started.


A group of anti-tax, pro cut Republicans in the House, named the “Caucus of No” by the Governor are standing their ground, defending their move to block any move to renew a portion of an expiring sales taxes that hits June 30th. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard says that group has refused to work with other legislators to find a real, long term solution to the state’s perpetual budget woes. The Moderate Republican says most of the state is willing to raise some revenue if it means preserving programs like TOPS, funding universities, and keeping state agencies open.


But Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, one of the House members refusing the revenue measures, stands by his, and his colleagues, decision to prevent any portion of the one point four billion in expiring taxes to be renewed. He says the Governor’s decision to expand Medicaid was irresponsible and Medicaid needs some cuts to reign in the cost.  Louisiana, one of the unhealthiest states in the country, was one of 33 states to expand Medicaid.


Can you imagine working hard at a job for 10 years and never getting one pay raise.. Public school teachers in Monroe will receive a two-percent pay raise next school year, it will be their first increase in ten years. Superintendent Brent Vidrine hopes the increase will boost morale. 


How about a good news story.. Rep. Steve Scalise, who has vowed to someday return to his starting post at second base got his wish yesterday and even fielded some balls at his old position.  It was the first time the Louisiana congressman took to the field with his Republican colleagues since a gunman fired on them during a practice last June in a Virginia suburb not far from the U.S. Capitol. Scalise, the House majority whip, was shot in the hip that morning and nearly died. It has been a long road to recovery..


In a letter sent to Governor Edwards, US Senator John Kennedy expressed his concern over what he called an “inexcusable waste of taxpayer funds at the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission” based on a legislative audit.  Kennedy says the bulk of the problems appeared to have occurred under the leadership of Katara Williams, who has since been moved to a position with Southern University. Not only did Kennedy send his letter of concern to the governor, but he also sent a copy to President Donald Trump.


The State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries seeks to get more people outdoors with a free fishing weekend. So Saturday and Sunday residents and visitors can fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. LDWF Spokesperson Rene LeBreton says they hope to attract new anglers. LeBreton says a quick visit to the LDWF website http://www.wlf.la.gov has lots of information for those who may not know where to get started…


Low wage workers with kids will be getting a 40 to 50 dollar boost on their 2019 tax returns as the legislature approved an expansion of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit. It’s all but guaranteed to be signed by the Governor. Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says the extra cash will go right into the pockets of thousands of Louisiana families.


Entergy and most utility companies recommend you set thermostat to 78 degrees for maximum savings on your electric bill. For most people…. That’s not going to happen…. Most folks surveyed said they didn’t have a problem leaving the temperature at 78 while they were at work, but nearly everyone said when their home, the plan on being comfortable. Entergy says each degree below 78 will add approximately 3-percent to the cost of your electric bill.


An Opelousas man is under arrest after allegedly setting a series of fires targeted at harassing his ex-girlfriend. 35-year-old Austin Ceasar was slapped with a series of Arson related charges after authorities found evidence that connected him to three fires dating back to March 9th. State Fire Marshal Spokesperson Ashley Rodriquez says a neighbor caught him committing the first arson.


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News for Wednesday 060618

By Dave Graichen


The second special session of 2018 ended without a sales tax bill passing that would replace 648-million dollars in expiring sales taxes. A Senate backed tax bill that renewed half of the expiring penny sales tax to fund higher ed, healthcare, and TOPS was six votes short of passage. Louisiana Budget Project director Jan Moller says if the revenue can’t be raised in an expected third special session, 500 million dollars of cuts will be distributed across state government.


A budget approved by lawmakers in the final hour of the second special session would reduce higher education funding by 96-million dollars and TOPS would be funded at 70-percent.  President of the University of Louisiana System Dr. Jim Henderson says the idea of cuts to higher ed and TOPS is disappointing. A sales tax bill that would have prevented cuts to higher ed and TOPS failed in the final moments of the second special session. Dr. Henderson says going back on the promise of a fully funded TOPS scholarship is a message that the state should not want to convey to the students.


With the second extra legislative session of this year ending in a partisan gridlock, and a third coming up, State Representative Malinda White of Bogalusa says she’s taking action by donating her pay from an expected third special session to a worthy cause in District 75. A third special session would cost at least 50-thousand dollars a day.  By failing once again to pass a solution to fund the budget, White says that her constituents are aggravated with the costs and delays caused by the extra sessions. The donation she is making is estimated to be about $1500.


In a state struggling to raise revenue, this may be a win win.. A Louisiana parish has issued 8,000 tickets for uninsured cars and trucks after installing license plate readers last year. Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said the $200 citations were mailed to vehicle owners who drove by the cameras and were found to be uninsured. One of the reasons Louisiana his the highest auto insurance rates in the country is because of the high number of uninsured motorists.


The reward has trippled for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in last week’s fatal shooting of 29-year-old Cameron Mack and his four-year-old daughter Cali in LaPlace The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s office has announced a 15-thousand dollar reward. They’ve been searching for the gunman, who fatally shot the two as they were walking up the stairs to their home.


A town councilman in LaFourche Parish has been charged with his third D-U-I. State Police arrested 39-year-old Wayne Bourgeois of Lockport after he allegedly side-swiped another vehicle. Bourgeois says he regrets the incident and he’ll appear in court July 6th.


Googling “how common is barium poisoning “on your phone might not be a good idea if you plan on poisoning someone. That information is in the warrant for 50-year-old Meshell Hale of Slaughter ,who was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the 2015 poisoning death of a Damian Skipper. A new autopsy revealed the presence of barium.


Livingston Parish deputies were informed about a domestic dispute and dispatched to a Denham Springs home around 1 am Tuesday morning.  Sheriff’s office spokesperson Lori Steel, says the results were a deadly tragedy witnessed by several children. Officials are saying it appears the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife, as well as attacked another individual with his bare hands. Steel says thankfully, none of the children who witnessed the crime were injured. The suspect, Christopher Glen, is currently being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center and more charges are pending.




The only LSU player selected during day two of the Major League Baseball Draft is sophomore left-hander Nick Bush who was drafted in the eight round by the Colorado Rockies. Bush boasted an ERA of 3.40 in 47.2 innings this past season.


No LSU baseball players were selected in the first seven rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft, which is good news for Coach Paul Mainieri. Zack Hess, Zach Watson and Antoine Duplantis are draft eligible and if they were selected high enough and received a big enough signing bonus, they may decide to end their college career and play professional baseball.


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News for Tuesday 060518

By Dave Graichen


The special session crashed and burned last night as lawmakers failed once again this year to agree on a budget and tax plan that solves the fiscal cliff and funds the government next year. The key moment of the night was the House’s 64-40 rejection of a Senate backed tax plan. That Senate backed plan would have raised 507 million dollars by renewing half of the expiring penny sales tax, and fully funding TOPS, higher ed, and healthcare. The bill received opposition from key Republican leaders House GOP Chairman Lance Harris, and Speaker Taylor Barras who questioned some of the tax’s legitimacy. Governor John Bel Edwards says he was embarrassed by the lack of cooperation in the legislature. Edwards says the body’s failure means another session will have to be called, costing taxpayers 50,000 dollars a day, in part to pay per deims to legislators for their return trip to the capitol.


More Louisiana residents will have the ability to treat ailments with medical marijuana. Despite some early objections, the bill gathered surprising bipartisan support in what was an otherwise contentious regular session. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill which was authored by Baton Rouge Democrat Rep. Ted James. It adds glaucoma, PTSD, Parkinson’s and other ailments to list of illnesses eligible for medical marijuana.


Three people are accused of a widespread livestock theft ring with quite the price tag. State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the husband and wife, Rickey and Wanda Thompson of Pitkin, along with their son Justin Thompson, are accused of the thefts that occurred from August to October of 2017. Ricky and Wanda Thompson have turned themselves in to the Allen Parish Jail, however Justin Thompson has yet to surrender to authorities.


The Secretary of State’s office has been warning the public that Louisiana has aging voting machines that could fall apart, and now we have a price tag for replacing them, 60 million dollars. The feds have offered to chip in with nearly 6 million to get the process started. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says it’s not going to happen overnight. But, thousands of machines will have to be repaired or replaced Soon!


With the expansion of medical marijuana, The Baton Rouge Democrat anticipates a bill in  2019 to potentially green light recreational use. He says he’s already heard from some of his colleagues across the isle that the legislation would get serious consideration from some Republican lawmakers who are interested in the fiscal benefits.


About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and now, a new study has found that many breast cancer patients can skip chemo.  Dr. Lucio Miele (MEE-LAH) of LSU  Health New Orleans says The report, which is being considered a landmark study, is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and comes as the focus turns to cases where chemo’s value increasingly is in doubt. There are some that are hesitant to put their full faith into the study’s results after years of campaigns advocating for chemotherapy.  Dr. Miele says it is time to trust the research. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.


The pastor of St. Peter Church in St. Landry Parish has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor in an alleged incident that occurred several years ago. Michael Guidry has been a priest for nearly 50 years, while running St. Peter for the last nine. The Catholic Church was been hit with claims of widespread, and covered up cases of sexual abuse of minors over the last decade, specifically cases involving priests who’ve been moved to other diocese after allegations surfaced. Lafayette Bishop Doug Deshotel says Guidry’s past record is clean.




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News for Monday 060418

By Dave Graichen


The Senate passed a budget, and a tax bill to pay for it, that fully funds TOPS, higher ed, and healthcare. The tax bill raises 508 million dollars by renewing half of the expiring penny sales tax, and eliminating some business tax deductions. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says it’s a compromise that he hopes everyone can be content with. Governor John Bel Edwards praised the legislation, saying “Louisiana has moved one step closer to avoiding catastrophic cuts.”


The Louisiana House and Senate leaders are expected to spend much of the day today attempting to hash out differences in the Political Analyst Pinsonat says several GOP lawmakers have already said they will not vote for the Senate version. If the two chambers cannot agree on a budget and tax plan by 12PM Monday night, yet another special session will be called.


Governor Edwards signed River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot’s nursing home camera bill, as it breezed through the legislature. The law allows families to place remotely accessible cameras in their loved ones nursing home rooms for monitoring. The legislation was inspired by a nursing home incident where a family suspected that the staff was physically abusing their relative.


Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation allowing riverboat casinos to move up to 12-hundred feet onto land from their current berth space. Executive Director of the Louisiana Casino Association Wade Duty says riverboat casinos will not come ashore immediately, as there’s some regulatory work to do and operators have to design and come up with financing. Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns, says the Shreveport-Bossier City market will benefit the most, because they face tough competition from Oklahoma, where Indian tribes are building huge casinos. Duty says this is the first major change in Louisiana since casino gambling was legalized in 1991


Louisiana authorities are looking for 50-year-old Meshell Hale of Slaughter, who is accused of poisoning a man for a 10-thousand dollar life insurance payment. Originally, officials though 50-year-old Damian Skipper died from a heart attack in 2015. His body was exhumed and his death has now been reclassified as a homicide. Authorities also believe Hale poisoned her real husband Arthur Noflin. His body was found in the back of a burned out a truck in New Orleans in 2016


Hurricane season has officially begun. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson Mike Steele encourages residents to visit getagameplan.org to get an idea of what kind of items you need in a supply kit.


State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents captured a big Louisiana black bear in the back yard of a home in Winnfield. Sheriff Cranford Jordan says it’s the first bear that he can remember in Winnfield and it had residents a little nervous. The bear was tranquilized and tagged and will be released into a wildlife area.


A scathing audit has been released that alleges the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission allowed an excessive amount of overtime pay and travel expenses, misused state and federal dollars and failed to track employee leave. Katara Williams was the executive director at that time and new Commission Director Lisa Freeman says the audit will be used as a blueprint to overhaul the agency.


Health New Orleans School of Public Health founding dean Dr. Elizabeth Fontham, says there’s been an alarming new trend. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. 

The American Cancer Society recommends the average adult undergo regular screening with any of the six testing options, with the hope more screenings would save lives. A colonoscopy is recommended once every ten years. Unless you have a family history of cancer.. Then, more often.


Entergy Louisiana is planning on purchasing solar power generated by a solar farm that’s set to be the largest such facility in the state. The facility by Eagle Solar Group will be based in West Baton Rouge Parish, and should be up and running by 2020. Entergy Louisiana CEO Phillip May says it’s a huge project and a 20 year agreement. The purchasing plan is estimated to save customers 29 million dollars over the life of the contract.




After a second lopsided victory Sunday against LSU, the No. 3 national seed Oregon State Beavers are headed to a super-regional matchup against No. 14 national seed Minnesota next weekend in Corvallis.


The NBA Finals are at 2 to nothing in favor of The Golden State Warriors as ther defeated Cleveland 122 to 103.. Game three is Wednesday night.


Good Morning News For Friday 05/25/18.

News for Friday 060118

By Dave Graichen


It was an amazing joint law enforcement effort. Yesterday afternoon Dintivia Alexis, one of four suspects involved in an armed robbery incident in Monroe, was captured near the intersection of Hwy 8 and US 71, near Colfax. Alexis had been on the run since Tuesday morning, and was the last of the four suspects to be captured.


It is the end of an era in Central Louisiana, the Sears department store in the Alexandria mall will close in early September. Sears Holdings on Thursday announced plans to close 63 non-profitable Kmart and Sears stores, including the Alexandria location in September. Last month, plans were announced to close the Sears stores in Lafayette and Lake Charles. Along with yesterday’s announcement, were the plans to close a Kmart Store in Lake Charles. 


The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season officially starts today despite the fact that the Gulf Coast has already seen its first named storm of the year. NOAA projects 10 to 16 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 1 to 4 major hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that’s not too far off base for an average year.


Governor John Bel Edwards holds a bill signing today for Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith’s legislation that restores voting rights to individuals who have served time on felony offenses, and have been out of prison for five years, but are still on parole or probation. Edwards says giving people back their rights reinvests them in their communities. Edwards says many convicted felons deserve a second shot at life.

Its estimated voting rights will be restored for 70,000 Louisianans.


The Governor also put into law the “Max Gruver Act” which tightens and strengthens Louisiana’s anti-hazing laws, making partic8ipating in a hazing event that leads to a death punishable by up to five years in prison.


An anti-bestiality law has been signed by Governor Edwards despite initial pushback by supporters of Louisiana’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Louisiana  Director of the Humane Society of the United States, Julia Breaux Melancon, was surprised by the early objections, but the new law will strengthen prohibitions on bestiality and animal cruelty.


The governor is signing legislation by New Iberia Senator Fred Mills that’s aimed at pushing down drug prices by requiring prescription benefit plans (that prescription card in your wallet) inform consumers when they get rebates from drug manufactures. Mills says before, your drug plan could hide those rebates, and pocket money that should have been going back to you. Similar legislation has passed that would require benefit plans provide that information to the state, so the state can negotiate lower Medicaid prices.


An icon in the Louisiana culinary industry has passed away. Ella Brennan, the long-term proprietor of Commander’s Palace has died at the age of 92. Brennan also helped launch the careers of celebrity chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Brennan got her start in the restaurant business in the 1970s at the namesake restaurant Brennan’s, on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter.


The FDA has told several companies to stop claiming that their sunscreen pills will protect consumers from the suns. Co-founder at Audubon Dermatology in New Orleans, Dr. Deirdre Hooper, says there is no dietary supplement that can prevent the sun’s harmful U-V rays. The FDA and Dr. Hooper emphasize the only way to protect yourself from sun exposure is to apply sunscreen…


A major road closure is expected for the Mississippi River Bridge in Port Allen/Baton Rouge, starting Friday night at 7pm and ending noon Sunday. The eastbound lane will be shut down for some repair work. It’s the second weekend for the repairs. DOTD Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says if you’ve got road plans that lead you through BR this weekend, plan accordingly.


The Golden State Warriors took an early lead in the N-B-A finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, With a 124 / 114 win. Game two of the series will be played Sunday Night.


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Good Morning News For Thursday 05/31/18...

News for Thursday 053118

By Dave Graichen


Authorities are seeking tips in the fatal double shooting of a 29-year-old man and his four-year daughter in LaPlace. St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre says Cameron and Cali Mack were gunned down Tuesday night by an unknown shooter.

The victims were heading up the stairs to their home when they were shot.


The official announcement was made yesterday; Jerrod King is the new chief of police for the Alexandria Police Department. King is a 20-year veteran of APD and currently holds a role training cadets in the police academy. In making the announcement Mayor Jacques Roy also gave recognition to Lieutenant Patrick VanDyke, who Roy announced will eventually transition into a commissioner position, overseeing Public Safety.


The Alexandria City council has voted down a request that would have led to an investigation of Mayor Jacques Roy, for the alleged intimidation of Alexandria police officer. The request for the investigation was in the form of a motion that was authored by Councilman Ed Larvadain. An investigation by the Louisiana State Police came to the conclusion that  no cause could be found to charge Roy with public intimidation.


19-year-old Kelvin Monte and 17-year-old Jon’Torras Bryant have been charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child and negligent homicide for their roles in the death of an 11-year-old Bryla Bell who crashed after a pursuit by law enforcement. St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says Bell’s mother knew her daughter snuck out of the home to be with the young men. The suspects jumped out of the vehicle in Opelousas and Bryla took the wheel and eventually crashed and died.


To the uneducated eye, one would think that Alexandria / Pineville has more than enough places to hold meetings and conventions. But, the England Authority Board of Commissioners apparently thinks otherwise. The commission voted 5-4 last week to advertise for bids on the multi-million dollar project, over objections that it will compete with private-sector events centers and that the money could be better spent on economic development projects.  The current design estimate is for a 13,850-square-foot building with a price tag of between $3.5 million and $3.7 million.


GOP House Chairman Lance Harris’s tax bill underwent huge changes in a Senate committee. The legislation would now renew one third of the expiring penny sales, but eliminate hundreds of millions in tax deductions that plug the full 648 million dollar budget gap. Harris says his original version that included 283 million in budget cuts was take it or leave it, and the committee decided to leave it. The committee amendments completely eliminate business tax exemptions for manufacturing machinery, farm equipment, and business utilities completely.


The Governor signed a series of bills that passed through the legislature and ended up on his desk, that cover a wide range from abortion, to fantasy sports. One of the issues the governor signed off on was Senator Neil Riser’s legislation that removes a training mandate that was passed in 2010, requiring anyone who brings a weapon into a church, mosque, synagogues or other religious building to take an additional eight hours of weapons training before entering the premises.


The governor also signed a 15 week abortion ban that closely mirrors an effort in Mississippi that is under a federal court challenge. The legislation flew through the legislature, and marks a notable separation between Edwards and the national Democratic Party. The legislation would only go into effect  only if Mississippi’s ban survives a court challenge.


The governor has also put his signature on a bill that would require public schools to display the motto “In God We Trust” in their buildings and the legislation requires the teaching of that motto to the students.


Online fantasy sports gaming will be on the ballot for parish approval in November after grabbing the governor’s signature. The legislation by River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot breezed through the legislature this year after past attempts stalled out. Talbot says it just took some time to educate lawmakers about why fantasy sports is not the same as sports betting.


US Senator Bill Cassidy says just because last year’s Obamacare repeal failed, doesn’t mean he’s going to stop chasing healthcare reform. The Senator has released a plan he says will help expand access and drive down prices. Cassidy says the first step is enforcing price transparency for medical care providers. The proposal also includes plans to allow insurers to tie prescription costs to international prices, seeks a reduction of hospital monopolies, and calls for an increase to subsidies to young people’s health insurance, as well as allowing employers to not provide health insurance to employees.


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Corvallis, Oregon, is nearly 2500 miles away from Baton Rouge, but you can still expect a good contingent of LSU Fans in attendance for this weekend’s NCAA Regional at Oregon State. Sean Fredenburg with the LSU Alumni Association Portland Chapter says the Fighting Tigers do not play often in the Pacific Northwest but when they do there’s a lot of Purple and Gold… LSU will face San Diego State to begin the tournament on Friday at 3 P.M.


LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri has named sophomore left-hander Nick Bush as his starting pitcher for the regional opener against San Diego State. Mainieri says he also considered Zack Hess, but decided to go with Bush, because he didn’t throw as many pitches as Hess did last Saturday.



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