News for Monday 011314
By Dave Graichen
State and local officials announced Friday afternoon that Crest Industries will invest $2.3 million to construct a new 22 thousand square foot office space complex in Pineville. That expansion will create another 90 new jobs.
The legislative session begins in two months and Governor Jindal says his top priority will be workforce development. Since Jindal took office ,he's announced several significant economic development projects that will create thousands of jobs. Jindal says with those projects getting underway, it's time to find workers to fill those jobs. Jindal says to fill these jobs, the administration will help more students succeed by creating training programs to fit the needs of the economy. They will focus not only on keeping students in school from K-12 but getting them into higher education.
The state department of health and hospitals announces a child has died in a Shreveport hospital due to the H-1-N-1 flu, also known as the Swine Flu. This is the first confirmed pediatric death in
Louisiana this flu season. State health officials believe there's been at least 20 deaths involving adults from influenza since October first, 2013. Flu experts are anticipating a long influenza
An Opelousas man who admitted to burying his wife in his backyard has been charged with unlawful disposal of remains. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office says they are unable to charge 59-year-old Arthur Tillett with his wife's murder at this time because the autopsy didn't reveal how she died and he isn't talking. Authorities believe the woman was buried back in June of last year.
The police chief of Kinder was arrested Last Wednesday on charges of theft and malfeasance in office. Now, the Secretary of State's office has announced that Gary Pelican can continue to serve as police chief even after that arrest. State law states that unless he is proven guilty of a felony, he can continue to do his job. If he is found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
State Police has begun training a new cadet class. L-S-P spokesperson Jared Sandifer says the cadets reported to the State Police Academy in Baton Rouge yesterday to begin 19 weeks of intensive training. Sandifer says they expect to graduate 50 Louisiana State Troopers. It's the first State Police cadet class since September of 2008.
Criminal evidence against Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Walter Lee will go before a DeSoto Parish grand jury today. DeSoto Parish DA Richard Johnson says this is a case of double billing between the DeSoto Parish School Board and BESE. Johnson says Lee could face 10 years in prison if convicted of felony theft. The legislative auditors report was received a few weeks ago revealing the possibility of Lee's double billing of travel expenses.
The Saints offseason has started after losing to Seattle 23-15 on Saturday. The Black and Gold battled the rain, the wind and a stingy Seahawks defense for 60 minutes, but came up a little short.