News for Monday 020413
By Dave Graichen
State police report 47-year-old Kenneth M. Aymond was killed over the weekend when he apparently lost control of his pickup truck on highway 29 in Avoyelles parish, ran off the road and hit a culvert before overturning. Aymond was pronounced dead at the scene.
Visitation for former businessman and Opus broadcasting general manager Kim Jones will be today at Calvary Baptist church in Alexandria from 2 to 4pm and 5 to 7pm and again tomorrow from 5pm until the time of services at 6pm. Jones passed away last Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Kim Jones was 54.
State Treasurer John Kennedy says the state is looming on the edge of yet another financial crisis. Kennedy says the Capital Outlay Fund is near its debt limit with no room to borrow more for rural road improvements, college facility upkeep and other important building projects. He says the fund could be exhausted within the next four months. The Governor's Office points at Kennedy, saying he indicated they had more borrowing headroom than they actually had. Kennedy says, yes, but he gave them that information before state revenues were revised downward last Fall.
The Ravens were rolling, Beyoncé had just put on a stunning halftime show and then the unprecedented happened: The lights went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII. Usually a beacon on the New Orleans skyline, the Superdome was bathed in darkness when the majority of lights flickered out at 7:36 p.m. The power was off inside the stadium for 34 minutes. The lights started to come back on at 8:02 p.m. and play resumed at 8:10 p.m. The exterior lights flickered on at about 8:20 p.m. and the Superdome took back its place in the New Orleans skyline. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement issued Sunday night. ”In the coming days, I expect a full after-action report from all parties involved.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, the rush at the New Orleans International Airport is on. Spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut says all flights are completely booked today. She says they’re anticipating about 42,000 passengers today.
The first black chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court has been sworn into office. Bernette Johnson replaces the first female justice--Kitty Kimball--who retired last month after four years in the position. Johnson has been sitting on the high court since 1994 and served ten years as a district court judge before being elected to the supreme court.
Cuts to some health care services, brought about by a mid-year revenue shortfall, have kicked in - affecting low-income mothers, at-risk kids and others. State Health & Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says the cuts are regrettable, but necessary. He says they planned for the lowest negative impacts possible.
A Tangipahoa Parish man is being held without bond today in the parish prison on charges of aggravated rape of children. Authorities say when they served a search warrant on the home of 50-year old Robert Eugene Swan they found child pornography on his computer which indicated he was also manufacturing and distributing child porn. They also say they found video evidence of Swan having sex with children as young as 10 and possible one year old.
The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved a two year extension of head football coach Les Miles' contract that keeps him connected to the university through the 2019 season. Miles annual salary went from just over three and a quarter million dollars to 4.3 million. Athletic Director Joe Alleva told the board Miles hadn't had a raise in five years, even though he deserved one.
LSU officials are sticking with their timetable of having a new university president signed, sealed and delivered within the next four months. LSU had a "short list" of about 30 candidates, but those names aren't being released or even guessed at right now and we probably won't know until a finalist or finalists are agreed upon.
A Baton Rouge businessman is in the running to be the next Secretary of Energy. WBRZ TV in Baton Rouge, is reporting Jim Bernard--founder of the Shaw Group--confirmed to them he is one of the candidates being considered. Bernard recently sold the world wide construction firm to a Texas company for some three billion dollars.
Authorities say 48-year old Thomas Allen the Third of Baton Rouge was driving with a blood alcohol content of three times the normal level when his car slammed head on into another car, killing 10-year old Bionna Scott. He's been charged with vehicular homicide, second offense DWI, reckless operation and driving with a suspended license.
Confessed killer Brandon Scott Lavergne, who's serving life for the murders of Lisa Pate in 1999 and Mickey Shunick last year, is asking a judge to release to him the names of grand jury witnesses who testified against him and the transcript of a secretly recorded meeting with his ex-wife. In December, he requested his conviction be tossed out, saying his court-appointed lawyers made critical defense errors. Lavergne pleaded guilty to the two murders last August, in order to avoid getting a death sentence.
Seafood expert, oyster distributor and state Wildlife & Fisheries Commission member Mike Voisin (vwah-zan) has passed away. Voisin died Saturday, about a week after suffering a massive heart attack. Wildlife & Fisheries Secretary Bob Barham says he was a fierce advocate for the seafood industry, but always a gentleman...: