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Good Morning... News For Monday 11/19/18


News for Monday 111918

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

For a 13th consecutive month, Louisiana has reported an increase in jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says nonfarm employment has increased by 19-thousand jobs since October 2017. Alexandria and Houma were two metro areas though that actually saw job losses from September to October.

 

Wanhua Chemical, which is based in China, announces plans to build a 1.25 billion dollar chemical manufacturing complex in St. James Parish in the town of Convent. The 250-acre manufacturing site will create 170 new direct jobs.

 

5th district Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham says he supports a work or educational requirement for an able-bodied adult to be eligible for SNAP written into the Farm Bill. Abraham says the current version of the Senate Farm Bill is seeing hurdles in the lame duck session, as he says Dems want to completely rewrite the bill. Abraham says there is a chance that there may be an agreement reached with the Farm Bill before the lame duck sessions ends.

 

US Representative Mike Johnson has been named Republican Study Committee Chairman which gives Louisiana more clout in Congress. In a statement Johnson said with the Republican Party becoming the minority party in the House, this committee has a vital responsibility to present practical ideas and effective policy initiatives and vigorously defend and advance core conservative principles.

 

A young leader is emerging in Avoyelles Parish. 19-year-old Stanley Celestine Junior has been elected to the Avoyelles school board and will begin serving his term in January. The district just received a “C” grade from the state department of education. Over half of Avoyelles Parish schools received either a D or F grade. Celestine says one of the first things he wants to look at is the school system’s discipline policies.

 

Baton Rouge has been flooded with gunfire over the last week, with a 20 percent increase in shots fired, and 10 dead from shootings in the last 15 days including a kindergartner who was shot by a 13-year-old. Police Chief Murphy Paul attributes the majority of these shootings to drug related crime. This spike in shootings comes after months of peace.

 

Repairs to the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish are ahead of schedule. The bridge has been closed due to a barge carrying a crane colliding with the structure last month. The detour has inconvenienced the nearly 25,000 drivers who use the bridge daily. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett says although they are seeing much progress, he says weather is always a variable that can alter the speed of repairs. State officials hope to have the bridge reopened in January.

 

A suspected serial killer has confessed to the murder of two Terrebonne Parish women. The murders happened in 1982 and 1996. Houma Police Sgt. Travis Theriot says detectives believe the suspect, 78 year-old Samuel Little, killed dozens of women in several states. Little is currently serving multiple life sentences in a Texas jail. He also confessed to killing 29-year-old Melissa Thomas of Opelousas in 1996.

 

The American Farm Bureau reports the average cost for Thanksgiving dinner has gone down the past three years. The bureau conducted a survey of grocery stores across 37 states, Louisiana Farm Bureau Representative Avery Davidson says the average price nationwide to feed ten people is $48.90, but the Bayou State is one of the best in regards to cost. Davidson says the turkeys at Louisiana grocery stores are cheaper here than in other parts of the country. 

 

Fifteen people were rescued from a boat near Grand Isle early Sunday morning after reports the vessel was taking on water. The liftboat, a vessel capable of elevating itself on legs to create a stable platform, often used in offshore oil extraction or construction,  had 15 people on board when problems were reported at 3:16 a.m. The master of the liftboat reported it was tilting at 45 degrees and had no power, leaving it unable to right itself. A good Samaritan vessel rescued six people, and Coast Guard members rescued the remaining nine.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints are playing unbelievable football. They smoked the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles yesterday 48-7 for their ninth straight win. It’s the third straight game they’ve scored 40 points or more. The Saints have won nine in a row and they have a three-game lead over Carolina for first place in the NFC South.

 

LSU got its offense back on track versus a weak Rice Owls team as the Bayou Bengals had 552 yards of total offense in a 42-10 win. LSU has one regular season game left and its this Saturday versus Texas A&M. A ten-win season and a berth into a New Year’s Bowl game is on the line for the Tigers. LSU jumped two spots to No. 8 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll, which were released Sunday.

 

It's official: Les Miles has been named new Kansas head football coach. The 65 year old Miles signed a five-year, $2,775,000 per-year contract at Kansas, and he was formally introduced at a 5 p.m. news conference in Lawrence on Sunday.

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Good Morning... News For Friday 11/16/18


News for Friday 111618

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The price at the pump continues to decline.  The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.34 in Louisiana today, down nine cents since last week, putting prices just two cents higher than a year ago.  Gas Buddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says some gas stations in the state are selling gas below $2 per gallon.

 

LSU announced Thursday that it had agreed to a settlement with former football coach Les Miles, bringing his final contract with the university to a close and allowing “both parties to move forward."  LSU and Miles agreed to a lump-sum settlement that would pay the former Tigers coach $1.5 million of the remaining $6.5 million he was owed through 2023. Miles, who is now 65, lives in Baton Rouge, and reports have recently connected him to the coaching opening at the University of Kansas. It’s unclear if Thursday’s announcement is a sign that Miles is negotiating with Kansas, but the settlement frees up the opportunity for Miles to pursue another job.

 

Senator John Kennedy says the chances for a passage of any long term flood insurance program renewal in the lame duck session are slim. The program is set to expire November 30th, and in the meantime Kennedy says he’s proposing a six month renewal while a long term fix continues to be hashed out. Unlike most of the problems on Capitol Hill, Kennedy says this one isn’t actually about Democrats and Republicans, it’s more about people who live near water vs. those who don’t, and those who don’t just don’t consider it a priority…

 

A man convicted of three California murders and suspected in numerous other deaths, including three in Louisiana, now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators in Texas already have corroborated about a third of those The Louisiana killings were in Opelousas, Houma and Gray.

78-year-old Samuel Little was booked into jail this week following his indictment in the 1994 death of a Texas woman.

 

Medicaid has come under fire in the wake of a Legislative Auditor’s report that showed the service may have paid up to 85 million in healthcare costs for people who were not wage eligible for the program at the time they received coverage, and today, Medicaid launched a new verification system that more frequently checks wage eligibility. Louisiana Medicaid Director Jen Steele says this should prevent that in the future.

The online system will also provide instant feedback on applications to join Medicaid.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry says he’s running for re-election because he sees crime as the biggest issue facing Louisiana in the near future, and AG’s are best situated to tackle it. Landry says Medicaid fraud and abuse is another major issue he’ll tackle if re-elected. No Democrats have jumped into the AG’s race yet.

 

 

Food delivery service Waitr is going public on the NASDAQ stock exchange this Friday.  The company started in Louisiana in 2013 and has since expanded into over 230 cities in the southeast.  CEO Chris Meaux says services like Waitr have opened restaurant owners to the idea of using third party delivery companies. Meaux says restaurants will not only see cost savings, but continued growth of revenue with delivery companies such as Waitr.

 

Three people are dead after being among four men that were shot Wednesday night in Baton Rouge.  The motive and suspects are unknown at this time, but authorities say they believe there were two gunmen.  Baton Rouge Police Department spokesperson Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely says the initially while two victims died at the scene, the other two victims had survived. But, a third one died this afternoon.

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a new report highlighting the lack of recorded data published on police activity in Louisiana in reference to traffic stops.  S-P-L-C attorney Jamila Johnson says due to a lack of clear punishments for failures to follow the law, it’s difficult to get the compliance that is needed.

 

Sports..

 

LSU will honor 18 seniors on Saturday night as the Fighting Tigers host Rice in the final game in Tiger Stadium this season. Senior tight end Foster Moreau has mixed emotions, as he’s loved his time at LSU, but at the same time he’s looking forward to this game….

 

The Saints host the Eagles on Sunday and Quarterback Drew Brees could have a chance to throw passes to a new wide receiver. Recently signed Brandon Marshall says he’s ready to contribute and quarterback Drew Brees believes Marshall is a good fit for the offense. The Eagles come in with a record 4-5, but Brees knows it will not be an easy game…

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Good Morning.. News For Thursday 10/15/18


News for Thursday 111518

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Today is recognized as the Great American Smokeout, an observation started by the American Cancer Society in 1975.  Spokesperson for Louisiana’s Smoking Cessation Trust Jim Pittman says the observation was started in an effort to get tobacco users to kick the habit in favor of using money spent on smoking toward charity. According to a recent report, about 23% of adults in Louisiana smoke.

 

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has announced the Gross Domestic Product grew in Louisiana for the second quarter of 2018, making it the 12th fastest economic growth in the nation, and third among the 12 states of the southeastern region.  LSU economist Loren Scott says the state’s percentage rate of growth just barely outpaces the national average. Scott says the news creates optimism for the state, even in the oil patch, where recent years have not been kind to the industry.

 

Louisiana’s Attorney General says he’s running for re-election, taking him out as a possible candidate to challenge for the Governor’s mansion next year.  Landry says he’s comfortable he can best serve the state by continuing in his current job.  When it comes to GOP contenders for the Governors election, Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone has announced his entrance into the race, while Sen. John Kennedy says he’ll make his decision by December 1.

 

Governor Edwards is criticizing a decision by interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to publicly claim the former Mayor of New Roads “illegally cast his ballot” in the midterm election, when the Governor says further review showed Robert Myer was actually eligible to vote. Ardoin says he made that assertion after discovering Myer’s name was never added to the “can’t vote” list after his conviction in January.

 

A half-inch of snow fell in Monroe Wednesday morning, and the national weather service says its the earliest recorded accumulated snowfall in Monroe’s history.

 

Congressman Steve Scalise will be House Minority Whip for the 116th Congress after winning in a unanimous vote. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says as the current Majority Whip, it’s a role Scalise is very familiar with. California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is taking the reins of Minority Leader in the House next year. A leadership vote for Speaker has not been held yet by the Democrats, but reports say current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the favorite.

 

New Orleans was the host city for WWE’s annual Wrestlemania event back in April, and now we know the economic impact.  It’s estimated that the over 78-thousand in attendance for the event at the Mercedes Benz Superdome contributed to a $175-million boom for the economy of the New Orleans region.

 

Governor Edwards was out in California Wednesday for the Rolling Stone/Variety Summit on Criminal Justice Reform, where he was on a panel discussing how Criminal Justice reforms are shaping up in Louisiana, and how successes in Louisiana can be used elsewhere. The summit hopes to use the power of entertainment to spread a pro-reform message across the country.

 

A 71-year-old Mandeville financial adviser who stole more than $1.1 million from elderly investors has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. Ralph Willard Savoie, who previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud, also was ordered Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick to pay $1.1 million-plus in restitution and forfeit another $1.1 million. Savoie, who also had an office in Baton Rouge, defrauded clients by using their money for personal expenses, to pay off other investors and to invest in a risky real estate venture.

 

Sports..

 

One of the nation’s top high school running backs in the nation has committed to LSU. Destrehan’s John Emery is rated as the second best running back in the country, according to 24-7 sports. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says this is a big win for Coach Ed Orgeron on the recruiting front. Emery committed to Georgia during the summer, but de-committed 12 days later after watching the Tigers upset the Bulldogs in Death Valley.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/14/18


News for Wednesday 111418

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Winter weather is here to stay. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this cold front is an introduction to the winter as arctic air has settled. Today the northern part of the state will see temperatures in the twenties, central Louisiana will be in the thirties, and the southern portion will experience the warmest weather with temperatures in the fifties.

Keim says this weekend the Bayou state will see some higher temperatures.

 

By the way.. Cold weather resulted in snow flurries in the Shreveport area yesterday morning. 

 

When temperatures go below freezing in Louisiana, the fire risk increases. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the first priority to keep your family safe is to make sure your home has working smoke alarms. Browning says the use of space heaters is quite common, saying it’s important to keep them five feet away from anything combustible, don’t overload wall outlets, and do not use them with extension cords. Browning insists that no one use a kitchen stove top or oven in an attempt to warm their home.

 

Local authorities are still looking for one suspect in a Rapides Parish burglary and theft ring. The APD put out an alert for 34 Year old Kevin Harris of Pineville on a laundry list of charges. The department busted the ring, arresting two people last week. Anyone with information on Kevin Harris is asked to contact police.

 

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the state Medicaid program potentially paid 85 million dollars in medical costs for people who may not have been eligible for benefits. Medicaid previously only checked wage eligibility every 12 months, and Purpera says that led to overpayments relative to other states who check eligibility more frequently.

But that policy is now changing, as the state will be checking eligibility more frequently starting in January.

 

71 percent of early education programs in the state were rated proficient, up five percent from last year according to the Louisiana Department of Education. Policy Institute for Children Executive Director Melanie Bronfin says the state though is seriously lacking when it comes to childcare support for working class.

 

Food banks are seeing empty shelves as the holidays are approaching. President and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Mike Manning says the nation responding to areas hardest hit by natural disasters are having a negative impact of the food bank’s ability to fill the shelves with food. Manning says a contributing factor is the lack of excess production as a result of ongoing natural disasters. Manning says in order to fix the issue, it’ll just take more donations.

 

The ACLU of Louisiana is looking for answers from authorities after a Winnfield woman lost sight in her right eye due to a police taser.  ACLU spokesperson Bruce Hamilton says Tanisha White had gone to a private residence to speak with someone, while there she called the Winnfield Police. Details on how and why white was hit with a taser are not clear. Hamilton says the open request for policies regarding the use of force have been unanswered, with the department refusing to comment on the case.

 

Sad story out of Baton Rouge as a piano teacher was killed in Mississippi while helping out a motorist who was involved in a crash. Mississippi Highway Patrol says 52-year-old Leslie Wood was killed on I-55 when a semi hit Wood’s vehicle on the side of the road and hit her too. Wood taught at Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

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Good Morning ... News For Tuesday 11/13/18


News for Tuesday 111318

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Three 13-year-olds have been arrested by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office after a student overheard them planning a shooting at Grant Junior High and reported it to authorities. As of right now, they are facing charges of terrorizing. The news of the arrests comes less than a week after voters rejected a 1 percent sales tax that would have put Grant deputies into parish schools as school resource officers, as well as funding the D.A.R.E. program, providing equipment, salaries and benefits for deputies.

 

A threat to Hammond Magnet High School was posted early Monday morning to social media, resulting in the school being closed before students arrived. Police are saying nothing was found during a search of the campus.

 

Chilled temperatures take over the Bayou state this week.  Louisiana is stuck with rain and clouds throughout the early portion of today. But State Climatologist Barry Keim says dryer conditions are on the way. Keim says if you thought today was cold with highs in the mid-40s to 50s, it gets even colder as the week progresses. Good news is we’ll see daytime temps back in the 60’s by Friday and sunshine through the weekend.

 

Here in Cenla we had reports of close to two inched of rain in some locations since Saturday.. In Shreveport / Bossier better than 3 ½  inches of rain fell and that shut down interstate 20 yesterday morning for several hours. Everything is now back to normal.

 

Police are on the hunt for the gunman who ambushed a man outside of a funeral in Crowley. The funeral was being held for a late October shooting victim, and his mother who passed away from health complications two days later. Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard says it’s a horrific event, but thankfully no one else at the funeral or outside of the building was injured in the shooting. He says the minister was able to keep his congregation safe during the chaos.

 

Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance says his deputies are looking to the arrest the person who fired a bullet into an apartment complex in Ringgold killing 31-year-old Shanette Carter. The Sheriff says Carter’s five-year-old child found her mom dead.  Detectives do not believe Carter was the target of the bullet, but rather a victim of a stray bullet.

 

Republican Senator Rick Ward of Port Allen is attempting to build awareness and public support for a new bridge crossing the Mississippi River with a TV ad that started airing last week.  Ward says the new bridge would help alleviate the congested roadway issues for Baton Rouge and outlying areas. The proposed bridge doesn’t have a solidified location yet, but the estimated cost is about $1 billion. 

 

Congratulations to a friend and colleague. Louisiana Radio Network’s Don Molino, a familiar voice for 30 years has been named the 2018 National Farm Broadcaster of the Year.  Molino says he was shocked upon hearing his name announced at the National Farm Broadcasters annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri this past Friday.

 

A Pearl River man has been arrested and charged with negligent homicide in the killing of a friend while they were hunting hogs in the Honey Island Swamp.  22-year-old Donald Jones of Pearl River was arrested Saturday after he told wildlife officials he accidentally shot 23-year-old Zachary Swanson of Slidell.  Authorities say Jones fired toward a hog, but hit his friend instead.

 

Sports..

 

After losing six in a row, the Pelicans took a two-game win streak into Toronto last night where New Orleans faced the12-and-1 Raptors. So now make a three game winning streak. The Pels beat the Raptors 126 - 110

 

Not many LSU fans were excited about the Tigers 24-17 win over Arkansas on Saturday. The expectation was for LSU to win by a lot more points against a team that has just two wins and has played poorly on defense this season. Coach Ed Orgeron calls it a nice bounce back win after getting shut out by Alabama. LSU returns to Tiger Stadium to host 1-and-10 Rice. Add cornerback Kristian Fulton to the injury list. Orgeron says Fulton will be out awhile.

 

After torching the Bengal’s defense Sunday, Saint’s head coach Sean Payton admits to smashing a fire alarm in the visitor’s locker room about thirty minutes before the Saints smashed the Bengal’s on their home field. Peyton says the alarm had been going off for about 15 minutes when he decided to put an end to the racket. It’s not clear if he’ll face any penalties, but the Bengals say they’ve contacted the authorities.

 

Monday night Football it was the NY Giants over the 49ers 27 to 23

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Good Morning ... News For Monday 11/12/18


News for Monday 111218

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The mother of an infant that was found burned alive in a barn in Natchitoches has been indicted on 1st degree murder. 23-year-old Hannah Baker allegedly asked her partner, Felicia Smith to murder her child. On July 17th, police say Smith set took the child from Bakers home and set it on fire, but Baker says her child was stolen against her will during a break in.

 

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, investigators from Louisiana State Police, in conjunction with numerous other law enforcement agencies, conducted a criminal enforcement detail in Avoyelles, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn Parishes. The objective was to serve fugitive warrants and apprehend individuals engaged in criminal activity. Authorities report along with the 49 individuals arrested, law enforcement officers also seized various illegal drugs, several firearms, bullet proof vests, and currency.

 

Those looking for an excuse to break out that beloved hoodie or sweater will get the opportunity to do so for the next few days. The National Weather Service says much of the state will flirt with freezing temps overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

 

Secretary of State candidate Gwen Collins-Greenup is the surprise of the midterms, as the Democrat will head to a run-off against Interim Secretary Kyle Ardoin. Collins-Greenup was just 10 thousand votes shy of topping the Interim Secretary, despite little fundraising and not securing the Democratic Party’s backing, which went to 3rd place candidate Renee Fontenot Free. She says she never viewed herself as an underdog.

Collins-Greenup raised less than 3,000 dollars for her run. The run-off election will be held December 8th.

 

Six weeks from today it’s Christmas Eve and the National Retail Federation projects a consumer will spend on average, 1,007 dollars this holiday season, up 4 percent over last year. N-R-F spokesperson Ana Serafin Smith says we’ve never seen a November and December this big. 21 percent of consumers say they already started their shopping back in October.

 

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is working on a $34 million project that will use rock-filled sacks to protect the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish.  Authority project manager Bevin Barringer says an aggregate material is being used to keep the so called pillows, about the size of a small car, from sinking in the mucky soil. With erosion rapidly taking its toll on the area, Barringer says the objective is to stabilize the shoreline.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints clobbered Cincinnati 51-14 yesterday for the Black and Gold’s eighth straight win. Quarterback Drew Brees threw as many touchdown passes as incompletions, three. Michael Thomas had two touchdown catches and Alvin Kamara also found the end zone twice. Some analysts warned this was a trap game, with a home game against Eagles coming up next. But Brees says the players were ready to play…

 

LSU heads into its final home game of the year of the with an 8-2 record after holding on to beat Arkansas 24-17 on a frigid night in Fayetteville. The Tigers looked like they were going to win this game going away, but the Hogs scored two fourth quarter touchdowns. Coach Ed Orgeron was happy, even though the game got close…

 

LSU got leaped in the AP Top 25 by Washington State, falling a single spot to No. 10 in the poll, which was released Sunday afternoon. LSU (8-2) beat Arkansas 24-17 Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to keep them ahead of Washington State (9-1), which jumped two spots after the Cougars beat Colorado 31-7. There was no movement for LSU in the USA Today Coaches Poll, where they remain No. 10 after Week 11 of the NCAA football season. The three teams from the Southeastern Conference in the AP Top 25 Poll's top 10 are ranked the same way in the Coaches Poll: No. 1 Alabama (10-0), No. 5 Georgia (9-1), No. 10 LSU (8-2)

 

ESPN is reporting The New Orleans Saints could possibly sign another wide receiver this week after Dez Bryant's ill-fated Achilles injury placed him on the IR this week. It’s reported the Saints will reach back out to Brandon Marshall, who worked out for the Saints on Tuesday, with a deal possibly being made early this week. The report says Marshall, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 30, impressed the Saints during his workout, and could be playing as early as next week when the Saints take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week 11.

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Good Morning... News For Friday 11/09/18


News for Friday 110918

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Fall will arrive with a vengeance at the start of this weekend. Rain may stick around as cool air barrels in from Canada but State Climatologist Barry Keim says  though a freeze is possible around Wednesday of next week north Louisiana doesn’t have much to worry about this weekend…

 

Fewer public schools received an “A” grade while the percentage of schools that received an “F” went up, as school performance scores were released yesterday. State Education Superintendent John White says the decline in schools that received an “A” is because Louisiana has raised the bar for what it takes to earn the highest grade.

 

The body of a Natchitoches man, who had been reported missing, has been found in the Cane River Lake. According to the NPSO, 31 year old Randal Evans suffered from some mental issues. Family members reported him missing on November 3rd, after he wandered away from the family home.

 

Two deep red Republican run states voted in minimum wage hikes on Tuesday. Arkansas went up to 11 dollars an hour by 2021, and Missouri increased to 12 by 2023. But efforts to even get minimum wage increases on the ballot in the Bayou State have stalled out the past three years, but New Orleans Senator Troy Carter says Arkansas’s example will help the case in Louisiana. Louisiana’s minimum wage is currently 7.25, which went into effect as a federal minimum in 2009.

 

Louisiana is home to 278-thousand veterans.  With this Sunday being Veterans Day, there are various events going on throughout the state.  Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Col. Joey Strickland says it’s important to remember our country is still at war and be willing to help as those that are fighting as they are coming home.

 

Authorities in Caldwell Parish have arrested a McDonalds employs, after she dropped a hand gun inside the store, causing it to discharge into a wall. The Sheriff’s office says the bullet hit a water line in the ceiling. The woman was arrested on unspecified gun and drug charges. Good news is, no one was injured.

 

Could Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry be in the running to replace Jeff Sessions, who resigned from his post as U.S. attorney general earlier this week? Speculation swirled on Thursday -- two days after Sessions submitted his resignation at the president's request -- that Landry may have made it onto the White House's short list of candidates to take the reins as attorney general.  Meanwhile, Politico reported that Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who lost a bid for governor this week, and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani are among potential top-tier candidates.

 

The parent organization of Pi Beta Phi confirmed Thursday that it has halted activities at their chapter house at LSU after receiving information alleging events at the sorority that “may have constituted hazing. A spokesperson for the organization says no one was physically harmed and no alcohol was involved. Pi Beta Phi immediately informed university officials and began an investigation

 

The mayor of Maringouin (Mar-in gwah) in Iberville Parish, who claims "substantial irregularities and error" caused her to lose her re-election bid by four votes this week, asked a state court Thursday to either declare her the winner or order a new election. Challenger Maurice Harris drew 351 votes to incumbent Demi Lynn Vorise's 347 in Tuesday's mayoral election. Vorise says she has identified at least 29 ineligible voters who cast ballots in the election..

 

The volunteer fire department in French Settlement was left with less than $1,000 in the bank and an unpaid insurance bill that threatened a shutdown when authorities arrested the treasurer last week. Melissa Guitreau, who is married to the fire chief, was accused of embezzling $225,000 from the fire department over the course of a year and a half. Now, the Livingston Parish Council and businesses in the area are pitching in to keep the Livingston Parish Fire Protection District No. 8 running. Local businesses raised $9,300 to fund the fire departments operations through the end of the year.

 

Turnout for the midterm elections in Louisiana was 48 percent.  That’s in comparison to the only 40 percent of eligible voters who participated in the 2015 governor’s race run-off between David Vitter and now Governor Edwards.  It tough to answer exactly why Louisianans have grown less engaged with state issues over the decades, but LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson says it could be due to a media climate that’s increasingly focused on high profile races for federal seats.

 

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is celebrating a record breaking number of adoptions from foster care, with 912 children finding homes in the Federal Fiscal Year of 2018.  It’s an 18% increase from the previous record set last year.  DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters credits additional staffing support as well as families wanting to take in more than just one child.

 

A Gonzales woman was killed Wednesday night in an eleven vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish. State Trooper Bryan Lee says an 18-wheeler caused the chain reaction crash.  Lee says the driver of the semi-truck has been booked into the Ascension Parish Jail for Negligent Homicide and 18 counts of Negligent Injuring.

 

Sports..

 

Saints coach Sean Payton spoke today about the team’s new acquisition, former Cowboys star Dez Bryant.  Payton says the former All-Pro wide receiver is about five pounds heavier than he should be, but that’s to be expected. Bryant has been known as a problem child. But Payton says the Saints have a special culture and it will be a good fit for Bryant.

 

If LSU is able to win its final three games, the Tigers are in position to play in one the New Years Six bowl games. CBS Senior Writer Jerry Palm says the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans is a possibility for the Tigers. If Georgia doesn’t make the four-team playoff or if the Bulldogs do not finish higher than LSU in the college football playoff rankings, than LSU will end up at the Sugar Bowl.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/08/18


News for Thursday 110818

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Kayla Giles will return to court tomorrow, this time for a hearing on a motion to quash her indictment on 1st degree murder charges. Giles is charged with murdering her estranged husband, 30-year-old Thomas Coutee back on September 8th, in the Walmart parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard . Coutee, who was shot once in his chest, died at the scene.

 

One day before jury selection in his trial was to begin, 45 year old Christopher McGrew of Pineville took a deal. McGraw was facing 102 total felony counts, including 9 counts of aggravated incest, three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of computer sex solicitation and 87 counts of pornography with juveniles. On Monday, all the incest charges, one rape charge and 84 of the pornography charges were dropped.

 

Two juveniles are in custody after a threat was made via social media against Brame Middle School, but police have determined it wasn't credible. The Alexandria school has not been put on lock down Wednesday, but the Alexandria Police Department has an "increased presence" at the school as a precaution.

 

Democrats are taking control of the U-S House and Louisiana’s Republican Congressional delegation is reacting. Senator John Kennedy says he hopes the Dems will stay away from investigations on the president and work on issues like healthcare. Meanwhile, Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson Parish has told colleagues that he plans to run for Minority Whip.

 

The special election for the Secretary of State’s seat is headed for a run-off between the interim holder of the position, Republican Kyle Ardoin and a relatively unknown Democratic candidate Gwen Collins-Greenup.  Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the success of the latter candidate caught some off guard. Collins-Greenup, a black minister and entrepreneur from East Feliciana Parish, holds a law degree.

 

The turnout in Louisiana for Tuesday’s election was 49-percent. Will next year’s governor’s race see that kind of turnout? The turnout for the gubernatorial primary in 2015 was just 39-percent. La-Politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says voters will not pay attention to the governor’s race until mid-summer, but that will not stop the candidates from raising money…

 

All six of Louisiana’s U-S House of Representatives were re-elected Tuesday by wide margins. Mike Johnson will represent the 4th district for a second term. Johnson says he is also in a race to be the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of Republicans in the Congress and that decision will be made later this month…

 

Democrats came up well short of challenging any of the five Republican incumbent Congressmen this year, with none of their candidates even cracking 40 percent of the vote. It’s the continuation of a two decade trend that’s led to Republican dominance of the Bayou State, and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says that’s not likely to change any time soon.

 

U.S. Representative Clay Higgins says the Democratic takeover of the House does not bode well for a conservative agenda or the state’s Congressional delegation’s ability to pass legislation helpful for Louisiana. With five of our six Congressmen now in the minority party, Higgins says the Bayou State will be hard pressed to get the legislation it needs through the lower chamber. Reports indicate the state’s lone Democrat, Cedric Richmond, could be pursuing a high level leadership role in the House.

 

Voters in 47 of 64 parishes have decided online fantasy sports games should be legal in their parish. The opens the door for FanDuel and Draft Kings to operate in select areas. River Ridge Republican Representative Kirk Talbot, who triggered the ballot initiative, said he didn’t expect to get more than 40 parishes on board. As for the next steps with how to handle the passages that took place, Talbot says he’ll pitch a more detailed plan in the 2019 session that begins in April. Talbot says he will look at other states for how to handle the additional tax revenue from the newly legalized activity.

 

The Saints add a new face in the receiving core: former Cowboy star Dez Bryant. The outspoken wide out has been without a team since his release in April, but had a try out in New Orleans this that apparently well. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says Coach Sean Payton has always been a big fan of Bryant. Bryant will join Mike Thomas and rookie Trequan Smith in a receiving core that’s lacked depth this year.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 11/07/18


News for Wednesday 110718

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria has a new mayor.. Jeff Hall easily won last night with 53% of the overall vote, Thus avoiding a runoff with Kay Michiels who had 36%. Catherine Davidson was only able to grab 11% of the vote.

 

Running down the winners in the Alexandria City Council race, the winners were..

Councilman at large Jim Villard with 58%, District 2 councilman Gerber Porter with 55%.

 

In the seat for 9th Judicial District Judge Chris Hazel easily defeated Charles Elliott 60 to 40.

 

None of the area mayor’s races will require a runoff.. in Boyce Alma Scott Moore easily one with 54% of the vote. In Lecompte it was Craig Phillips with 58%, In Mansura it was Kenneth Pickett Sr with 61%, Montgomery Steve Gun had 60% and in Rosepine Donna Weeks Duvall had 66%.

 

As expected Former Ball Mayor Roy Hebron easily won his old seat back, taking 56% of the vote.  But, that race is far from over since in will surely end up in court since constitutional amendment #1 passes. That’s the one that prohibits Felons from office.

 

In area other races for Mayor….

 

Jennifer Vidrine easily won reelection in Ville Platte, In Jonesville it was and easy win for Milton Ceasar, Oberlin Joseph Moochie Manuel squeaked by with 51%, Ola, Rhona Elliott won with 76% of the vote. 

 

A sales Tax Rededication was shot down in Lecompte. And a new 1% tax in Grant Parish that would have provided a GPSO Deputy in all schools and funded the DARE program was shot down with 56% of Grant parish voters saying no..

 

In the race for the Rapides Parish School Board…  District C there will be a run off between Mark Dryden and Jamie Floyd.  Keith Breazeale easily won district G with 73% of the vote. In District H the winner was Darrell Rodrigues with 53%, District I Sandra Franklin easily won with 72% of the vote..

 

All towns that had a race for Alderman will see a runoff.

 

 

On the matter of Authorizing “Fantasy Sports Contests, Avoyelles, Grant & Vernon said No. 52% of Rapides parish residents said yes.

 

On the proposed Constitutional Amendments brought before voters yesterday, all easily passed.

 

In the race for Sec of state, there will be a three way runoff between Kyle Ardoin, Gwen Collins Greenup and Renee Free.

 

In the state’s Congressional races. All candidate easily won reelection.

 

So far the only controversy yesterday election day was the lack of “I voted stickers.” Many people who voted yesterday went on social media expressing their disappointment they didn’t receive n “I voted” sticker. A spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office blames budgetary constraints.

 

Employers looking to hire seasonal help may have to be more competitive in recruiting employees.  This is a result of unemployment numbers being at a thirty year low.  UNO Professor of Finance Mark Rosa says with the economy doing well, the growth in the Christmas season may be a bit more ambitious than it’s normal annual gains

 

Sports..

 

The LSUA Generals are at the Fort tonight facing William Carey University. You can hear the game on 94.7 ESPN starting at 6:50p

 

LSU linebacker Devin White says the two weeks leading up to the Alabama game were very emotional for him. White spoke to reporters for the first time since the controversial targeting penalty that forced him to miss the first half of last Saturday’s game. White called the targeting penalty against him a bogus call. He says it will not change the way he plays.

 

The New Orleans Pelicans are hoping to break a bit of a losing streak. They host the Chicago bulls tonight at the nest.

 

First Basketball game of the season last night, LSU defeated South Eastern Louisiana 94 to 63 at the Pmac.  

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 11/06/18


News for Tuesday 110618

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Voters in Alexandria today will make history with the election of a new mayor. No matter who wins, the city will see either it’s first black or female mayor. In this race, there is no excuse to be uninformed. All three candidates have participated in several debates and forums and have been extremely active campaigners. All three candidate say, what is important is that you vote, so your voice can be heard.

 

The RPSO is investigating the Stabbing of a man in Wardville yesterday morning. Deputies responded to a call, from the 100 block of Westbrook Street, shortly after 7:30 yesterday morning. A male who apparently suffered multiple stab wounds was taken to a local hospital, the victim's condition is unknown at this time.

 

In other states, Congressional races are set to come down to the wire, but here in Louisiana we aren’t expecting to see tight races in most of the congressional districts. UL Lafayette Professor Pearson Cross says the only district in the state showing signs of life is southwest Louisiana’s 3rd, where incumbent Clay Higgins faces stiff competition.

 

The Baton Rouge based 6th district is expected to be a rout for incumbent Garrett Graves. But Cross says the 6th is a special case, where the more democratic section of the city was cut out in 2010 redistricting. Voters will also decide on a Secretary of State’s special election race that is projected to go into a December runoff.

 

But Cross says away from congressional races, Louisiana voters will have one, major chance to reshape their state with the number two amendment option. That’s the one that would require unanimous jury verdicts in felony cases. Cross says indications of higher turnout bode well for the historic change.

 

Voters heading  to the polls today will see the question asking if fantasy sports betting should be legalized in their parish.  Not everyone is on board with the idea of legalization.  President of the Louisiana Family Forum Gene Mills says fantasy sports betting could result in a domino effect that sees the integrity of sports put at stake.

Senator Danny Martiny is in favor of the legalization and says anyone who thinks they are suppressing gaming by voting against it is fooling themselves. The polls close at 8PM.

 

National pollsters are predicting a tight race for Congress today, giving Democrats a slight edge to retake the lower chamber, but next to no chance to gain control of the Senate. Democrats are cautious, but confident of their chances in the House. 5th District  Congressman Ralph Abraham predicts the economy’s recent growth will lead to a narrow majority for the House GOP.

 

It’s a lot of Chihuahuas.. The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine receives the largest commitment in school history, and the eight largest gift in LSU Foundation history. That’s after a 10.1 million dollar endowment from the Soong family, who SVM Senior Director of Development Tracy Evans says developed a close bond with the school after it cared for their two Chihuahuas.

 

A 31-year-old Iowa man is dead after being struck by an on-duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy.  LSP Spokesperson Trooper Thomas Gossen says the deputy never saw the pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothes and  it was foggy. The incident is still under investigation.

 

The Sunshine Bridge is still on course for its January reopening after the bridge was closed due to a barge carrying a crane colliding with the structure last month. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett says the arrival of the jacking system to realign the bridge ensures the momentum is moving forward to hitting the anticipated reopening time frame.

 

Monroe Police have made an arrest in connection with the multiple bomb threats called into medical facilities in North Louisiana.  The multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of 28 year old Pauline Copeland, who authorities says appears to suffer from mental illness.   Copeland will be charged with two counts of terrorizing and booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Facility.

 

Sports…

 

Following Saturday’s loss to Alabama, LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said they didn’t have the personnel to beat the top ranked Crimson Tide. On Tell the Truth Media, Orgeron said he could have coached better. The Tigers are 7-2 and ranked ninth in the country heading into Saturday’s game against Arkansas. The Razorbacks are having a tough season as they are just 2-7 under first year coach Chad Morris.

 

LSU Officially begins it’s Basketball season tonight as the Tigers play host to South Eastern Louisiana. Airtime 7p on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm

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Good Morning... News For Monday 11/05/18


News for Monday 110518

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

For the second time in less than a week, portions of Louisiana are facing the threat of severe weather.  National Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist Aaron Davis says the weather may bring with it some dangerous wind conditions. Davis says it’s hard to determine how much tornado activity  the state could see out of this storm system compared to the one that produced numerous tornadoes last week.

 

An Alexandria man has been arrested after two children he was caring for tested positive for drugs. The APD reports they were contacted by the Department Of Child and Family Services after the 2 and 3 year olds tested positive. The children were found in a Laurel Street home where police say drug activity was taking place. 27 year old Dalton Barton was arrested and charged with two counts of cruelty to a juvenile and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

 

Corporate officials with Copeland’s are meeting today to decide whether or not the will reopen the Alexandria restaurant after Wednesday night’s storm caused extensive damage. The restaurant management told employees over the weekend that they should look for other jobs. Saying that if they do reopen, it could be quite a while before repairs are completed.

 

Tomorrow voters head to the polls to cast their ballots, but there hasn’t been much publicity for the statewide election of a new Secretary of State.  Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the stressed importance of this Election Day for other issues on the ballot has resulted in more people casting votes in early voting.

 

Tomorrow you’ll have a chance to weigh in on whether or not the state should require unanimous jury verdicts in felony cases, amendment two on the ballot. The option passed the House 84 to 15 and has received widespread bi-partisan support..

 

A Lafayette TV station reports the Louisiana Attorney General has received four criminal complaints involving catholic clergy and correspondences from constituents expressing support for a statewide grand jury. The A-G’s office adds they’ve responded to each of the victims and law enforcement in the parish were notified of the alleged crimes.

 

The New Orleans Archdiocese has released the names of 57 priests dating back to 1917 who had credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them while in the ministry. Archbishop Gregory Aymond did not note how many claims were deemed un-credible, but says in order to move forward the church needed to address the issue.

 

Gas prices have been falling and they are expected to decline for the next couple of weeks. That’s according to Dan McTeague, who is an analyst with Gas-Buddy-dot-com. McTeague says the price of gasoline has fallen about 10-cents in the last week to a statewide average of $2.47. He expects it to continue to drop for a while.

 

Congressman Ralph Abraham has a suite of new campaign ads airing across south Louisiana markets that don’t have many voters from his more northern and central district. Abraham has publicly waxed about the idea of running for governor, and reports say he’s giving it a hard look, but ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says like most GOP candidates, he’s likely anxiously awaiting a decision from Senator John Kennedy, the presumed frontrunner.

 

Sports..

 

Despite all of the emotion, confidence and belief among Tiger nation that LSU could not beat number one ranked Alabama, as the Crimson Tide won easily 29-0 on Saturday night. The Bayou Bengals were held to 196 total yards. Coach Ed Orgeron says Alabama’s defense over powered them. Alabama has now won eight straight games in this series. Orgeron says for the Tigers to finally beat the Crimson Tide, they need to get better along the offensive and defensive lines…

 

LSU is on the move in the polls this week, but is trending downward after losing 29-0 at home against No. 1 Alabama. The Tigers fell to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top-25 and to No. 10 in the Amway Coaches Poll published by USA Today. The College Football Playoff Top-25 comes out on Tuesday (Nov. 6) evening.

 

The Saints won their seventh straight yesterday, holding off Los Angeles 45-35 in front of an energetic Superdome crowd. New Orleans led 35-17 at halftime. But the Rams rallied back to tie it in the 4th quarter. Saints regained the lead on a 72-yard touchdown catch by Michael Thomas. The victory improves the Saints record to 7-1, while the Rams fall to 8-1.

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Good Morning... News For Friday 11/02/18


News for Friday 110218

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Many Cenla residents spent the night in the dark last night,  that after a strong line of thunder storms moved through the area late Wednesday night and early yesterday morning. Cleco reported as of 5 yesterday over 3,000 residents in Rapides and 1,100 in grant parish were without power.  

 

Damage was extensive in the Sonya Quarters section of Alexandria and in the area of the Alexandria mall. In Pineville, the bulk of the damage appears to have been in the area surrounding Louisiana College and down Military highway and Donahue Ferry Rd. towards the Cleco corporate offices.

 

In LaSalle Parish, damage in Jena and in Trout was perhaps the worst to be seen yesterday. Many homes were severely damages by falling trees and high winds.

 

There have been reports of minor injuries. Four people were hurt in Concordia Parish, and two others in Washington Parish. In both cases, strong winds flipped over mobile homes

 

At least 11 tornadoes have been confirmed by National Weather Service surveyors so far in Louisiana and Mississippi as part of that  storm system.

 

The amazing part of the story surrounding all the damage is that there were no reports of serious injuries.

 

All Schools in Rapides Parish will reopen today, With the exception of  Louisiana College, which will be closed again today as clean up continues.

 

There’s another month left of the hurricane season, but State Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s highly unlikely we’ll be hit in the next 30 days. Keim notes there’s always a chance of some development, but the late season climate just isn’t suited to producing hurricanes. Louisiana has not been hit by a November hurricane in the 167 years they have been keeping records.

 

There’s been growing support for the number two amendment option on the November ballot, but not all District Attorneys are on board with the move to require unanimous jury verdicts in felony cases. Tangipahoa, Livingston, and Helena Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says he’s concerned it would delay justice for victims. DAs in four of Louisiana’s largest parishes, along with both Republican and Democratic state parties have come out in support of the initiative.

 

March of Dimes has released its annual report which grades all 50 states on their rates of preterm birth and reveals racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in each state.  The country overall got a C-grade and Louisiana received an F.  President of the organization, Stacy Stewart says it’s an indicator more babies are being born premature and less healthy. Stewart says women need access to good quality and affordable prenatal care, as well as women need to be healthy before they become pregnant.

Stewart says changes must happen on many levels to ensure healthier pregnancies.

 

The Diocese of Lafayette announces Reverend Jody Simoneaux is on administrative leave because he allegedly engaged in improper behavior with minors while assigned to churches in Eunice and Youngsville 30 years ago. Simoneaux has been serving as a pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in Jeanerette. The Diocese says the allegations have been turned over to law enforcement.

 

Thousands are expected to attend the Giant Omelette Celebration in Abbeville this weekend.  The festival was started in the 1980s with the determination to bring the community closer to its French Heritage.  Celebration president Ray Trahan says the omelet starts with a twelve-foot skillet and 5000 eggs. Trahan says the history of the celebration dates back to Napoleon, the emperor of the French in the early 1880s, as he had an omelet following a battle and loved it.

 

ESPN has named southeast Louisiana the center of the football universe this weekend with the two best games of the week being played in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Number four LSU takes on number one Alabama in Tiger Stadium, and President of Visit Baton Rouge Paul Arrigo says the hotels are packed. Baton Rouge saw 87 percent occupancy in hotels for Georgia. Arrigo says the iconic program will give the city a chance to show off to the rest of the nation, and hopefully inspire a few trips.

 

And after that ESPN will be broadcasting live from New Orleans for the Saints Rams game that has huge implications for both teams playoff seeding.

 

The Saints are two point favorites against the only undefeated team in the league Sunday as the eight and 0 Rams charge into the dome to take on the six and one Saints.

 

Louisiana Tech gets another chance at Mississippi State tomorrow. Last year the two teams met in Ruston and State won 57-21 This year’s Mississippi State team has one of the best defensive lines in the country.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/01/18


News for Thursday 110118

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

As predicted, a heavy line of thunderstorms moved through Rapides Parish overnight. At one point, there were three active tornado warnings in Rapides Parish including Hineston, Elmer, Woodworth, Alexandria, Pineville and surrounding areas.

 

No classes at Louisiana College today due to storm damage Wednesday night. There were reports early this morning of downed powerlines and other damage in the area around the Pineville school and along Military Highway.

 

At 1 a.m. Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office reported they were on the scene of possible tornado damage in the Washboard Road area in Pineville. Alexandria police also reported possible tornado damage in the area around Alexandria Mall and St. Frances Cabrini School.

 

Power is also reported to be out in several areas..

 

The APD has yet to identify a man whose body was found in a stolen car yesterday morning in the 1700 block of MacArthur drive. Police were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle when the made the discovery shortly before noon. Police say the man suffered trauma to the head that appears to be a gunshot and that an autopsy will be conducted to confirm. The victim is described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.

 

Two Denham Springs residents were found murdered at their pool company Tuesday  night. 70-year-old Patricia Gurley and 72-year-old Frank Gurley, a retired Denham Springs teacher, were last seen alive around 4PM Monday. Police Chief Shannon Womack offered limited details, but says they suspect the murders were premeditated.

Authorities have announced they have a person of interest in the case.

 

Monroe Representative Jay Morris is publicly calling for U.S. Senator John Kennedy to jump into next year’s governor’s race against John Bel Edwards. Morris says he’s impressed with Kennedy’s work as State Treasurer and says he’s a potential candidate who would bring great administrative experience if he wins. Kennedy says he’ll announce his 2019 intentions by December.

 

Early voting ended Tuesday and at the close 307-thousand people voted in person or with a mail in ballot, which JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says is a record for a non-Presidential election. Couvillon says even though the Louisiana ballot lacks a marquee race, voters are aware of the November 6th election, because of hotly contested midterm elections across the country.

 

The hottest ticket in town is going fast as the Bama/LSU game is officially sold out, with fans only way of getting into the stadium now on the secondary market, buying tickets second hand. LSU’s official ticket reselling partner is StubHub. LSU Ticket Manager Brian Broussard says if you buy through Stubhub and there’s an issue, LSU will find a fix for you. Broussard says they saw a lot of fraud before the Georgia game and they fully expect to see quite a bit of it before the biggest game of the year as well.

 

Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is the latest high-profile Louisiana politician to throw his endorsement behind Amendment 2, a ballot proposition that would require unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases. Cassidy's endorsement, announced Wednesday, adds to a growing bipartisan choir backing the change to state's unusual, 120-year-old practice of allowing juries to convict or acquit on split votes. Every other state but Oregon requires unanimous verdicts; Louisiana and Oregon require only 10 of 12 jurors to agree.

 

Governor Edwards met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday as part of his weeklong economic development mission. The governor’s office says today’s meeting should lead to trade and investment growth between Louisiana and Israel in oil and gas, the collaboration of water management research and Louisiana learning new methods to combat cyber security threats.

 

The New Orleans City Council could decide to take a new vote on whether to authorize the new power plant at the center of a controversy over Entergy New Orleans' use of paid actors to support the proposal. After the council heard an investigative report on the matter Wednesday afternoon, two council members said they would be open to reconsidering the earlier 6-1 vote approving the plant. Only two of the members who took part in that March vote are still are on the council. The council then unanimously voted to begin the process for assessing a $5 million fine against Entergy.

 

A state Department of Public Safety officer was arrested and fired Wednesday after State Police investigators determined he lied about being shot at during a traffic stop Monday night, a fabricated account that included an elaborate description of the suspect and set in motion extensive search efforts in the Denham Springs area. 22 year old Chandler LeGrange was booked into Livingston Parish jail on one count each of malfeasance in office and filing false public records, which is a felony.

 

Ben Kleinpeter, the former head of Baton Rouge-based Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, died Wednesday at the age of 91.Kenny Kleinpeter, general manager of the dairy, said his father died in his sleep. Even though Ben Kleinpeter had stepped down as president of Kleinpeter Farms 14 years ago, he still played an active role in the business.

 

A new report from the American Psychological Association shows members of Generation Z, people ages 15 to 21, have the worst mental health of any generation.  91% of Gen Z adults say they have felt physical or emotional symptoms, such as depression or anxiety associated with stress.  Licensed Psychologist at LSU Health School of Medicine Dr. Richard Costa says current events are likely contributors to these findings.

 

Sports…

 

Hahnville High School QB Andrew Robison has won his arbitration hearing against the LHSAA.  The victory means the senior is eligible to play in Friday’s regular-season finale.  He’ll also continue with a lawsuit against the governing body for damages. Robison’s Attorney David Moyer says schools should not be afraid to challenge the LHSAA. LHSAA says they are not commenting due to pending litigation.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 11/01/18


News for Thursday 110118

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The APD has yet to identify a man whose body was found in a stolen car yesterday morning in the 1700 block of MacArthur drive. Police were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle when the made the discovery shortly before noon. Police say the man suffered trauma to the head that appears to be a gunshot and that an autopsy will be conducted to confirm. The victim is described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.

 

Two Denham Springs residents were found murdered at their pool company Tuesday  night. 70-year-old Patricia Gurley and 72-year-old Frank Gurley, a retired Denham Springs teacher, were last seen alive around 4PM Monday. Police Chief Shannon Womack offered limited details, but says they suspect the murders were premeditated.

Authorities have announced they have a person of interest in the case.

 

Monroe Representative Jay Morris is publicly calling for U.S. Senator John Kennedy to jump into next year’s governor’s race against John Bel Edwards. Morris says he’s impressed with Kennedy’s work as State Treasurer and says he’s a potential candidate who would bring great administrative experience if he wins. Kennedy says he’ll announce his 2019 intentions by December.

 

Early voting ended Tuesday and at the close 307-thousand people voted in person or with a mail in ballot, which JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says is a record for a non-Presidential election. Couvillon says even though the Louisiana ballot lacks a marquee race, voters are aware of the November 6th election, because of hotly contested midterm elections across the country.

 

The hottest ticket in town is going fast as the Bama/LSU game is officially sold out, with fans only way of getting into the stadium now on the secondary market, buying tickets second hand. LSU’s official ticket reselling partner is StubHub. LSU Ticket Manager Brian Broussard says if you buy through Stubhub and there’s an issue, LSU will find a fix for you. Broussard says they saw a lot of fraud before the Georgia game and they fully expect to see quite a bit of it before the biggest game of the year as well.

 

Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is the latest high-profile Louisiana politician to throw his endorsement behind Amendment 2, a ballot proposition that would require unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases. Cassidy's endorsement, announced Wednesday, adds to a growing bipartisan choir backing the change to state's unusual, 120-year-old practice of allowing juries to convict or acquit on split votes. Every other state but Oregon requires unanimous verdicts; Louisiana and Oregon require only 10 of 12 jurors to agree.

 

Governor Edwards met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday as part of his weeklong economic development mission. The governor’s office says today’s meeting should lead to trade and investment growth between Louisiana and Israel in oil and gas, the collaboration of water management research and Louisiana learning new methods to combat cyber security threats.

 

The New Orleans City Council could decide to take a new vote on whether to authorize the new power plant at the center of a controversy over Entergy New Orleans' use of paid actors to support the proposal. After the council heard an investigative report on the matter Wednesday afternoon, two council members said they would be open to reconsidering the earlier 6-1 vote approving the plant. Only two of the members who took part in that March vote are still are on the council. The council then unanimously voted to begin the process for assessing a $5 million fine against Entergy.

 

A state Department of Public Safety officer was arrested and fired Wednesday after State Police investigators determined he lied about being shot at during a traffic stop Monday night, a fabricated account that included an elaborate description of the suspect and set in motion extensive search efforts in the Denham Springs area. 22 year old Chandler LeGrange was booked into Livingston Parish jail on one count each of malfeasance in office and filing false public records, which is a felony.

 

Ben Kleinpeter, the former head of Baton Rouge-based Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, died Wednesday at the age of 91.Kenny Kleinpeter, general manager of the dairy, said his father died in his sleep. Even though Ben Kleinpeter had stepped down as president of Kleinpeter Farms 14 years ago, he still played an active role in the business.

 

A new report from the American Psychological Association shows members of Generation Z, people ages 15 to 21, have the worst mental health of any generation.  91% of Gen Z adults say they have felt physical or emotional symptoms, such as depression or anxiety associated with stress.  Licensed Psychologist at LSU Health School of Medicine Dr. Richard Costa says current events are likely contributors to these findings.

 

Sports…

 

Hahnville High School QB Andrew Robison has won his arbitration hearing against the LHSAA.  The victory means the senior is eligible to play in Friday’s regular-season finale.  He’ll also continue with a lawsuit against the governing body for damages. Robison’s Attorney David Moyer says schools should not be afraid to challenge the LHSAA. LHSAA says they are not commenting due to pending litigation.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/31/18


News for Wednesday 103118

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Wicked weather is brewing as a front will move into Louisiana today, bringing with it enhanced thunderstorm activity.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says the timing of the rain may spook some in the northern portions of the state during prime time for trick or treating, possibly causing some to purge their evening plans. Here in Cenla, nasty weather will be moving in to the area late evening and overnight.

 

Although generally a great time, Halloween can pose some risks for those that are venturing out of their home tonight.  Whether you are walking around looking for candy or just simply driving from point A to point B, it’s important to star aware of your surroundings.  The State Police also maintains a website that lists where registered sex offenders live in your neighborhood.  They also suggest  trick or treaters stay close to home.

 

A Deridder man allegedly rammed his car into his ex-wife’s house and then tried to kill her and the other occupants by dousing the vehicle in gasoline before running off. Deputy Chief Chris Rudy says they are looking for 49-year-old Ricky Calloway, on attempted First-Degree-Murder charges.  Anyone with information is urged to call authorities.

 

A Moss Bluff woman is facing additional charges after Calcasieu Parish Deputies allegedly caught her driving with a dead woman in her trunk. 24-year-old Sarah Parker is now facing two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles in the commission of a felony. Authorities say Parker is the girlfriend of a Fort Polk soldier who allegedly killed his wife and put the body in the trunk. Parker’s two children were in the car.

 

A new report shows 14 percent of bridges in Louisiana are structurally deficient, with a need for rehabilitation or possibly even replacement.  Spokesperson for the transportation research group TRIP, Rocky Moretti says fixing all of the bridge issues is not something that can happen overnight and it’ll take funding from all levels of government. DOTD responded, saying just because a bridge is rated structurally deficient, doesn’t mean it’s not safe to drive on.

 

The United Cajun Navy will provide protection to a few south Louisiana synagogues while tensions are high after the Pittsburgh terror attack on a Jewish congregation. 11 people died in the Saturday morning massacre by alleged shooter Robert Bowers. United Cajun Navy spokesperson Brian Trascher says they are inspired, in part, by an Islamic donation effort that raised 150,000 dollars for the victims.

 

Over a million dollars in drugs were seized in Lafayette in one of the biggest busts in Parish history. The bust led to the arrest of three people and the discovery of 11.9 pounds of methamphetamine, enough for thousands of doses.

 

A 28-year-old LaPlace man has been charged in a fatal hit and run that occurred on October 20th. Investigators say 55-year-old Danny Simoneaux of LaPlace was  hit by vehicle while walking on L-A 628. L-S-P spokesperson Melissa Matey says Charles Combetta not only accused of driving away after striking the victim, he also tried to destroy any evidence.

 

Billboards apparently paid for by Alabama fans have popped up in Baton Rouge encouraging Louisiana residents to donate 50-dollars to the Red Cross for Hurricane Michael relief efforts, because the Crimson Tide will drop 50 points on LSU on Saturday night.

 

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban calls the LSU 7-and-1 Tigers an elite football team. And Saban adds a seven-game winning streak against the Bayou Bengals, doesn’t guarantee a win this Saturday. During this seven-game winning streak, LSU has been shutout twice and the most points they’ve scored in any of those games is 17. But Saban says LSU’s offense provides his defense with more challenges this year.

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/30/18


News for Tuesday 103018

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

The former Alexandria Golf and Country property has been purchased. The club near Woodworth closed in February 2017 after struggling for some time to make it financially. According to the release from the new owners, TrustLand is "a closely held investment company focused on buying, selling, financing and developing rural land throughout Louisiana." While Trustland officials did not specify what the future use of the property will be, they did say the property is ideal for commercial and residential redevelopment.

 

The November 6th ballot includes an amendment that allows voters to decide whether or not convicted felons should be allowed to run for office right out of prison. Public Affairs Research Council Louisiana President Robert Scott says we’ve had that law in the past, but the law was overturned after a challenge by former state legislator Derrick Shepard, who had served two years in prison on corruption charges, and was seeking office after getting out.  Scott says unlike other amendments on the ballot, this one certainly has some public opposition from groups who believe that once you serve your time, you shouldn’t be punished further.

 

Roy Hebron the former mayor of the town of Ball and a candidate for that office again, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay $105,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of defrauding FEMA of an estimated $320,000 in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Now, more than seven years later, the government is telling the town they have to refund that money back. The town’s current mayor, Neil Kavanagh says a large chunk of change, close to $270,000. The demand letter from GOHSEP says the town can pay in full, or request a payment plan, but until it's paid, the town may not receive future grants.

 

Medical Marijuana in Louisiana has been pushed back from the distributors hoped for launch date of late this year, to early next year as the grower, GB Sciences, its partner, LSU, and the Ag Department iron out the last regulatory details. If GB’s crop clears safety standards in November, and they finish up their background check with State Police, then mass production should begin.

 

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host the Louisiana Mental Health Summit today to bring together federal, state, and local leaders to discuss methods to improve mental health care in Louisiana. Cassidy says many sheriffs note local jail is the largest provider of mental health services in most parishes and that puts a strain on communities.

 

A new $200 million power plant is coming to Washington Parish with the groundbreaking taking place today.  The facility is a 361-megawatt natural gas-fired peaking power plant in Bogalusa and will be run by Calpine.  Louisiana PSC Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta says between a growing population and energy needs, as well as other facilities needing an overhaul, the project is a necessity. The plant is expected to be operational in three years.

 

State treasurer John Schroder says tens of thousands of Louisianans will get a check from the state before the end of the year for unclaimed property that’s been held by the state. The checks will be up to 1,500 dollars. Schroder says they uncovered the money after teaming up with the Revenue Department. If you are owed more than 1,500 dollars, additional verification will be needed before the state will mail you your money. To see if you are owed money, drop by latreasury.com

 

According to a recent report, 56% of all occupants who died in a crash did not use a safety belt. Executive Director of Statistical Analysis at the Highway Safety Research Group Helmut Schneider says despite the threat of legal ramifications, some people are just continuing to hold out on buckling up. Schneider says the research is clear when it comes to the correlation between seatbelt usage and traffic fatalities.

 

The first four-day Disney cruise sold out in just an hour, and more cruise lines are about to launch bigger ships and longer cruises from the Port of New Orleans. Disney announced in September that cruises out of New Orleans would start in early 2019.

 

In the video for his breakout single "Moolah," local New Orleans rapper Young Greatness scrambles for cover outside a corner store as he sings about “being on the block when the shots go bang.” A similar scene played out in real life early Monday when the 34-year-old rapper, born Theodore Jones, was gunned down outside a Waffle House in New Orleans. Police are searching for two people in connection with the fatal shooting.

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Sports..

 

LSU are 14 point underdogs against the Crimson Tide this Saturday, in the largest spread against the Tigers at home in 20 years. Despite the Purple and Gold’s two major upset victories against Top Ten teams, Vegas has decided the Bama train will roll on, and easily. The Tigers were seven point underdogs when they crushed Georgia 36-16, and 10 point underdogs when they squeaked out a 22-21 win over Auburn.

 

The LSU Ticket office made it official Monday, Tiger Stadium is sold out for LSU's prime-time, top-five showdown with Alabama on Saturday night. It is LSU's third announced sellout of the season, with previous announcements made against Louisiana Tech and Georgia.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/25/18


News for Thursday 102518

Compiled By Dave Graichen

 

The RPSO has arrested 46 year old Tammy Laborde of Marksville after a complaint was filed with the Pineville PD indicating unusual activity in the bank account of an elderly couple the woman was caring for. Authorities say Laborde, who had a past history of theft, was booked into the Parish Detention Center on charges of identity theft, felony theft and two counts of exploitation of the infirm.

 

High water in the red river has led to the closure of public boat ramps from Caddo Parish through Rapides parish. No word as to when the launches will reopen.. For the latest information, visit www.redriverwaterway.com

 

We’ll see heavier than normal rains today as the remnants of a Pacific hurricane passes through Louisiana, after initially making landfall in Mexico. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that system will augment existing cloudy weather to bring some nasty weather. But it’s not going to last. Keim predicts the system will be out of our hair by late tonight, leaving us with perfect weekend weather.

 

Up to ten additional parents have come forward with information suggesting Benton Elementary School teacher “Perry” Norcross of Bossier City behaved inappropriately with their child. Norcross is facing rape and video voyeurism charges related to two other students. Bossier Parish Sherriff Spokesperson Lt. Bill Davis says it’s likely the new allegations will lead to additional charges. The 47-year-old Norcross has been employed at the school since 2004 as a teacher.

 

Alongside the announcement that John Kennedy will announce his gubernatorial intentions by December 1st, the Senator released a poll of likely voters, noting Kennedy had the highest approval rating in the state at 57 percent, over his potential Republican rival Jeff Landry, who sat at 41 percent. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Landry’s political feud with the governor has made the A-G less popular. The poll also showed Kennedy leading Governor Edwards 48 percent to 39 percent in a theoretical race.

 

Louisiana is receiving a $3 million grant over the next three years from Youth Villages, a nonprofit organization offering services to young people aging out of foster care. The organization will be training DCFS staff to implement their program known as YVLifeSet. DCFS Child Welfare Manager Christy Tate says the research on the program indicates positive outcomes. Tate says the intent is to keep the YVLifeSet program going, even after the grant ends.

 

The 112th Annual State Fair gets kicked off today in Shreveport. With about sixty carnival rides, rodeo events, parades and more, there is plenty to do for every member of the family.  The event first took place in 1906 and State Fair spokesperson Russell Adams says the fair is tradition for many families. General gate admission is $12, with discounts on the weekdays. 

 

The Legislature is investigating the effects of sports gaming legalization in Mississippi, now that the Magnolia State has a few months of the activity in the books to look at. They heard testimony from the Louisiana State Police Audit Director Jeff Traylor, who says an American Gaming Association study says legalization would contribute a hefty sum to state coffers.

 

Agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday raided a home and business office associated with the father of Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson, a teenager who suffers from a rare liver condition and is the face of the organization It Takes Lives To Save Lives. An official with The DEA said no arrests were made but that she couldn't comment further because the investigation, which also involves other federal and local agencies, remained ongoing.

 

After touring the damaged Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish, Governor John Bel Edwards announced plans for it to re-open in January 2019. The estimated cost to repair the damage is five-million dollars. Edwards says crews will be working around the clock to fix the bridge, but windy conditions could cause delays. The bridge has been closed for nearly two weeks after being struck by a barge.

 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the results of its latest analysis on national and state-by-state obesity rates among youth and it ranks Louisiana as the fourth worst in the nation. The foundation’s data indicates that around 1 in 6 kids age 10 to 17, in Louisiana, are not just over weight, but obese.

 

The state fire marshal’s office says a 10 year old boy was killed in a house fire in Monroe Wednesday morning. A second child, a 13 year old, had been hospitalized for smoke inhalation, but has since been released. Two adults also escaped the fire through a master bedroom window.

 

Sports..

 

The Boston Red Sox have a two to nothing lead over the LA Dodgers in the World Series. That after a 4 to 2 win last night.. Game three, in the best of 7 series,  is Friday Night.

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron hopes the targeting call against Devin White will spark coaches in the offseason to review the rule and demand that officials have more leeway when determining the severity of a targeting penalty. In the meantime, he says either Micah Baskerville or Patrick Queen will start in the place of the suspended White against Alabama.  Orgeron says he’s glad to see Governor Edwards and famous LSU alumnus James Carville speak out om support of White..

 

And Billboards are up in Birmingham, Alabama, the home of the SEC headquarters, that read hashtag-free Devin White. LSU fans raised the money through a Go Fund Me Account.

 

The Pelicans are 3-0 after beating the Clippers 116 to 109 Tuesday night. The Pels will play host to the Brooklyn Nets Friday Night.. You can hear the gams on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Saints Coach Sean Payton says they are hopeful newly acquired cornerback Eli Apple will play in Sunday night’s game against Minnesota. Apple had highs and lows during his 2.5 seasons in New York, but Payton feels good about the trade after talking with players on their roster who played with Apple at Ohio State. The Saints sent a 2019 fourth round pick and a 2020 seventh round pick to the Giants to complete the trade.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/24/18


News for Wednesday 102418

By Dave Graichen

 

A deadly crash Monday afternoon claimed the lives of two Center Point women, but State Police say a 2 year old managed to survive the crash with only minor injuries.

26-year-old Ashley Cameron lost control of a pickup truck, on LA 1205, and ran off the road.  Both Cameron and a passenger, 48-year-old Linda Dodge, were pronounced dead at the scene. The toddler was secured in a child safety seat.

 

A Pacific hurricane impacting Louisiana?  Hurricane Willa will cross Mexico first, but enough of the remnants of the storm will be left over to bring some rain to the Bayou State. National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Kevin Gilmore says the rain from the storm will start as soon as today and continue into tomorrow. Gilmore says there is good news for those with outdoor plans for the weekend. The forecast beginning Friday calls for Sunny and Cool!

 

State election officials say turnout could be noticeably higher for this year’s fall elections when compared to last year’s 13 percent participation. Analysts say national turnout could crack 55 percent, which would be more than double the 2014 midterm numbers. Early voting, for the November ballot, runs through Tuesday, With the exception of Sunday.

 

Amendment number two on the November ballot is getting nationwide attention, with over two million dollars pumped into the state to convince voters to support requiring unanimous jury decisions in felony trials. The Bayou State is one of only two states in the nation to not require a unanimous jury decision to gain a conviction in a felony trial.

 

Senator John Kennedy says we’ll know whether or not he’s going to challenge Governor John Bel Edwards before the first of December. In an interview with the AP, Kennedy said he loves his current job but finds it “hard to stomach what is happening in Louisiana right now.”

 

A Moss Bluff man is facing charges of attempted second degree murder after allegedly shooting at his wife.  Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says 36 year old Robert Moreau was driving home with his wife from a party with a gun in his lap when he threatened to shoot her.  Upon disarming Moreau during a scuffle at home, one of the couple’s three sons, ages 10, 12, and 14, then pulled another gun and threatened Moreau. Moreau, later lead authorities in a traffic pursuit before being arrested, his bond is set just shy of a quarter million dollars.

 

A facelift is underway for an iconic LSU campus landmark as Memorial Tower will be receiving a much-needed renovation.  It’s the first restoration of the building since it was constructed 95 years ago, as a tribute to those who fought in World War One. The $6.3 million project will see a refurbished exterior as well as the addition of air conditioning to the structure. The project should be completed within 18 months. Once done the tower will serve as a museum housing displays and artifacts.

 

The Advocate newspaper reports that Marquette Transportation, the barge operator that’s responsible for hitting the Sunshine Bridge at Donaldsonville, had 32 collisions or “brush-ups” with bridges since 2013, and were not penalized. Ascension Parish Council Chairman Bill Dawson says their piloting should have been addressed much sooner. Dawson says it’s clear the Coast Guard needs to reform how it tracks company and pilot accidents on the river.

 

Sports..

 

LSU says the SEC will not overturn Devin White’s suspension for the first half of the Alabama game, because of targeting a Mississippi State player. So can legal action be taken?  Suspended Hahnville High School quarterback, Andrew Robison, received a court order to play football, but he’s yet to take the field, because the LHSAA could hand down future penalties. Legal analyst Tim Meche says the same thing could happen to LSU, if a judge ruled White can play Bama.

 

The Saints were in the market for a cornerback and they found one, but it is not former LSU star Patrick Peterson. Instead, New Orleans sent fourth and seventh round picks to New York for Giants cornerback Eli Apple. The former first round pick struggled last season, but he’s played better this year, even though New York has won just one game.

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/24/18 ..


News for Tuesday 102318

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

Kayla Giles, the woman accused of killing her husband in a Walmart parking lot back in September, appeared in court yesterday. Her bond has now been set at $1M. Testimony before that decision showed Giles allegedly confessed twice to police, to the officers arriving to the shooting scene and during questioning later at Alexandria Police Department headquarters. Giles has yet to be arraigned on the charge of 1st degree murder. That will happen on Nov. 30.

 

Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says a Fork Polk soldier and his 24-year-old girlfriend Sarah Parker were driving around Sunday night with a dead woman in their trunk. Mancuso says 22-year-old Logan Kyle killed his wife at the military base and then was in the process of dumping the body when they were stopped in Calcasieu Parish. The sheriff says two young children were also in the vehicle, they are now in state custody.

 

The trial of an Alexandria man accused of raping a hospitalized dementia patient was continued until late November. 28 year Juantavies White was arrested in October of last year after a hospital employee reportedly caught him having sex with an elderly dementia patient. He was indicted on a first-degree rape charge in January of this year.

 

Two children are dead today and three people injured following a late night mobile home fire in Belle Chasse. State Fire Marshal spokesperson, Ashley Rodrigue, says while the official cause of the fire is still under investigation, it is believed that the blaze started in an unoccupied addition to the home and isn’t linked to space heaters which often spark fires when cooler weather arrives. The three adults injured in the fire remain hospitalized.

 

A famous LSU alumnus says the targeting penalty called on LSU linebacker Devin White is evidence there’s collusion between the Southeastern Conference and Alabama.  White will be suspended for the first half of Alabama game.  Professor James Carville says the botched targeting call on White benefits Alabama to the SEC’s delight and it’s unfair to LSU’s players.

 

Avery Island in Iberia Parish, the home of Tabasco,  is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places after an extensive nearly yearlong review.  While known for it’s hot sauce, McIlhenny Company CEO Tony Simmons says the island is also home to the state’s first bird refuge, which his great grandfather created for the snowy egret in 1895. The Audubon Society credits that creation with saving the species.

 

Voters in all 64 Parishes will have a chance, in November,  to vote on whether or not folks in their neck of the woods will be allowed to play fantasy sports for money. Currently, Louisianans are barred from websites like DraftKings and FanDuel, which are currently classified as gambling. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimates 59.3 people played in 2017.

 

All eyes are on the $1.6 billion jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot drawing after no jackpot-winning ticket was sold on Friday night.  Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says Mega Millions sales are up 177% over last fiscal year and says that is largely in part due to this current jackpot run. The cut off to buy a Mega Millions ticket is 9PM.

 

$90 dollars per person. That’s how much The National Retail Federation says we’ll be spending this year on Halloween. All in all, that comes out to $9 Billion Dollars nationwide.  Experts say a healthy economy is the reason for this year’s uptick.

 

Sports….

 

LSU men’s basketball opens the season ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Tigers have one of the top incoming freshmen classes and the return one of the best point guards in the SEC in Tremont Waters. But they are missing the veteran presence of Wayde Sims, who was murdered last month. Coach Will Wade says Sims absence will impact the team all year. It’s only the fourth time since 1992 that LSU enters the season ranked in the preseason AP Top 25

 

Through six games, Saints quarterback Drew Brees has not thrown an interception. When asked about that accomplishment during his Monday conference call with reporters Coach Sean Payton seemed like he didn’t want to jinx the streak. The Saints return to Minnesota on Sunday night. The Vikings beat the Black and Gold twice last season, including a heart breaking playoff loss. Payton says the revenge factor is overrated.

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Good Morning ... News For Monday 10/22/2018


News for Monday 102218

By Dave Graichen

 

All your co-workers should be in the office today, unless they are ill, because no one won Friday night’s one-billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot, so now the jackpot increases to a US record one-point-six billion for Tuesday night’s drawing. There was no winner of the Powerball either.. That drawing Wednesday night will be worth close to $700 million.

 

With flu season starting soon, the Louisiana Department of Health has scheduled flu vaccine clinics around the state. Health officials recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over six months who doesn’t have a complicating condition. Louisiana immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the flu vaccine clinics are a test run for a more serious emergency. The state health department will administer mass flu shots in Alexandria tomorrow, Jena on Wednesday and in Marksville, Jonesville Winnfield and Lafayette on Thursday. Those with insurance are asked to bring their card with them.  Those without insurance can expect to pay $10 for the shot.

 

The Agriculture Department says they anticipate the first batch of medical marijuana will be tested around mid-November. Commissioner Mike Strain attends a meeting today amid concerns from licensed medical marijuana pharmacies that the product will not be available this year. Strain says the grower, GB Sciences, has harvested its first plants.

Strain says GB will not be allowed to grow at a larger, primary facility until they complete a legislatively mandated start-up process that includes State Police background checks.

 

NOAA is predicting we’ll see above-average precipitation totals during the winter months in Louisiana. So does that mean we’ll see a greater chance for winter precipitation from December to February. State Climatologist Barry Keim says no, because much of the country can expect a warm winter. Louisiana is seeing it’s coolest weather of the fall this far this morning as temperatures are or were in the 40s for much of the state.

 

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is celebrating 12 months of jobs gains, noting the Bayou State has added 19,900 non farm jobs since September of 2017. Secretary Ava Dejoie says Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lake Charles saw the biggest gains over the year. Despite the gains, the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the state’s unemployment rate at five percent, third highest in the nation.

 

One person died and another is fighting for his life after a shooting Friday night in the parking garage of the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City. Authorities are still looking for the gunman.

 

A Bossier Parish elementary substitute school teacher has been charged with rape in a case involving one of Benton Elementary School’s students. 47-year-old Aubrey Norcross of Bossier City was arrested earlier this week on video voyeurism of another student. She’s being held at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility on a bond of 900,000 dollars

 

A woman who says she was raped 20 years ago recognizes her alleged rapist at a wedding reception last June and now that man is behind bars. 38-year-old John Louis Davis of Baker has been charged with aggravated rape after the woman got his name and contacted authorities. Baton Rouge Police Sergeant Don Coppola says they believe they got the right guy. The rape occurred during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day in 1998

 

A tip from the Sabine Parish Sherriff’s Office led to the arrest of a man in Waveland, Mississippi, who allegedly killed 23-year-old Lynnquithis January of Many. Agency Spokesperson Joe Dewil says the suspect, 23-year-old Darrell Williams Junior was living in Mississippi at the time he committed the crime.  January was killed June 18th at a Many apartment complex.

 

Sports…

 

Down 10 points in the 4th quarter the Saints scored 17 consecutive points and held on for a 24-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.

 

The LSU Tigers will head into its annual grudge match with top ranked Alabama with a 7-1 record, but they’ll start the game without star linebacker Devin White, who has to sit for the first half after he was flagged for targeting late in the 4th quarter in a 19-3 win over Mississippi State Saturday.

 

Despite throwing for 124 yards, ULM topped Texas State 20-14 for a homecoming win in Monroe on Saturday.

 

It was a good Homecoming for Louisiana Tech Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated UTEP 31 to 24.

 

Northwestern lost to Central Arkansas Saturday.. the final 17 to 38

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Good Morning... News For Friday 10/12/18


News for Friday 101218

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Town Talk reports an agreement has been reached to strengthen the area of the Red River levee in Pineville that's eroding. The Red River Waterway Commission, the Red River Atchafalaya & Bayou Boeuf Levee District and the city of Pineville are pooling resources to fix the levee, which is eroding to the point where officials are worried that it could cause a collapse of Riverside Drive. All parties involved say it is not a perfect plan, but it is at least a temporary fix to a serious problem.

 

Vidalia’s Police Chief says he is not ready yet to upgrade charges against a man who’s large dogs brutally attacked a 74-year-old woman. Malinda Nation died Sunday almost a month after the attack. Chief Joey Merrill says he wants to know for sure the cause of the woman’s death before making any changes to the charges. 53 year old Leslie Jones has been charged with negligent injuring and letting dogs run at large.

 

Over the past two weeks, sheriff’s detectives from the Deville and Kolin Substation have been investigating several burglaries in the Deville area. Yesterday around 5 a.m., detectives located a suspect's vehicle on Nation Road. It’s believed that the suspect, Shane Evans, fled into the woods in the area of Ida Wells. After searching for several hours, authorities called off the search and began securing warrants for Evan's arrest. The RPSO says If you see Evans, please call 911.

 

The APD reports the arraignment for Kayla Giles has been delayed a week.  Giles is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, in the Walmart parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard on September 8, Giles will now be arraigned on October 22, the same date as a bond reduction hearing and when several standard court motions will be heard.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s team is on the scene just east of Panama City, where the eyewall of Hurricane Michael came ashore, bringing untold amounts of devastation. Fire Marshal Butch Browning says much of the work is just getting people out of their storm surge ravaged homes and over to shelter. The team is working with a task force comprised of first responders from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.

 

Tiger Stadium is sold out as LSU and Georgia meet for the first time since 2008. Georgia has sold all of its 6,000-ticket allotment for the game making Saturday one of the largest game day crowds ever on campus. LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette recommends fans arrive early in the morning to reduce traffic. The showdown between the Tigers and Bulldogs will kick off at 2:30 PM.

 

The Corp of Engineers is about to be on the path to some major changes under new legislation that’s nearly been set into law. The America’s Water Infrastructure act reforms the Corp, and gives states the option to take more direct controls of flood prevention and hurricane protection projects. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says this could speed up nearly 100 billion in backlogged projects. The law has been sent to the President’s desk, and he’s expected to sign it soon.

 

The Secretary of State’s office is appealing the decision by The Office of State Procurement voiding a multi-million dollar contract that would have replaced the state’s aging voting machines.  Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the Edwards administration rejected the contract, because a lobbyist for a losing bidder is a supporter of the governor.  Ardoin is one of nine candidates seeking election to the Secretary of State’s post. The election is November sixth.

 

A meter reader for Entergy has been fired after falsifying meter readings and now about four-thousand Entergy customers in southeast Louisiana are experiencing sticker shock with their latest bills. Entergy Vice President of Distribution Melonie Stewart says they are giving customers many months to pay the heavy bill.

 

LSU President F. King Alexander is defending the university’s decision to use a holistic admission standards, in the wake of reports that 7.5 percent of the freshman class did not meet traditional GPA or ACT requirements. Alexander says while the new policy will help high out of state achievers make it to Baton Rouge, it won’t keep out locals. Previously the board of regents allowed for four percent of students to fall below the requirements.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards is taking a trip to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in partnership with the National Governor’s Association. The governor will be taking Bayou businessmen, researchers, and other officials on a trip to try and spur some economic development with the small Mediterranean nation. A major aim of the trip is cyber security, an industry that Israel is known for. The governor will leave for the trip on October 26th.

 

New Medicare cards will be on their way to Louisianan who get their healthcare from the feds. The new cards come with a few changes to better protect beneficiary’s identities and fight fraud. Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services Jeff Hinson says when the new card comes in, the old card needs to be destroyed.

 

Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone says he will run for governor next year. The founder of an industrial contracting company has long been a prominent state Republican donor, and Jeremy Alford of La-Politics-dot-com says around the state capitol, he’s shown great interest in education issues. Rispone plans to make a full campaign announcement soon.

 

Louisiana State Police have arrested a Baton Rouge man after he threatened to kill troopers and other law enforcement officers during a traffic stop.  42-year-old Melvin Amar, Jr. was pulled over when he was observed driving a pickup truck with no tag and he was not wearing a seatbelt.  Trooper Bryan Lee says during the course of the stop, Amar started making threats against law enforcement by referencing the 2016 Baton Rouge Police shooting that left three officers dead during an ambush. Amar was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail and was found to be in possession of marijuana and Xanax.

 

LSU looks to knock off unbeaten Georgia on Saturday. Georgia leads the SEC in rushing, averaging 245 yards a game. Coach O says it will be a tough task trying to slow them down, but he say it can be done.

 

The Ragin Cajuns host New Mexico State on Saturday for homecoming. The Aggies are coming off a bye week and they have won their last two games, after dropping their first four games of the season.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/10/18


News for Wednesday 101018

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria City officials unveiled plans for SPARC 2.0 at a press conference Monday. The project continues the brand from the original SPARC a major infrastructure initiative that has been ongoing since 2008. The original SPARC focused on distressed areas that covered less than half the city, But, Mayor Roy says SPARC 2.0 will include projects throughout Alexandria and will include even small-scale projects such as street repairs.

 

Deputies with the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a prowler at an abandoned home in the Springhill Community. When they arrived at the home what they found were three unconscious adults and a 4-month-old child. Deputies reportedly found a man unconscious on the porch, woman in a shower with a syringe beside her and another unconscious woman who was hanging off a bed. The child was turned over to Louisiana Child Protection Services.  All three adults were later arrested.

 

A new study out of the University of Southern California found Louisiana does a bad job recruiting and graduating black students from its public colleges. The report from the USC Race and Equity Center gave each institution a letter grade and an "equity index score." Those were averaged to get the state's overall score. Louisiana's was the lowest of 50 states at 1.18. The average equity index score across the 506 public institutions in the study was 2.02. The report did not include historically black colleges and universities.

 

Though the head of LSU argues that the university’s change in admission criteria is leading to an academically stronger class, the percentage of “exceptions” to the set standards were almost double the level the state’s higher education board allows. LSU President F. King Alexander wrote Commissioner for Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed that 7.5 percent of the freshman students who entered LSU last month scored lower on college board tests and had lower grades than the minimum admission standards set by the Board of Regents. The Regents have embarked on an audit of all 14 of the state’s four-year colleges to identify and count the students being “admitted by exception.”

 

Currently, flood victims who applied for SBA loans immediately following the floods are not eligible for grant money available through the Louisiana Restore Program. But President Trump has signed legislation corrected the Duplication of Benefits issue.  Division of Administration Executive Director Pat Forbes says now they are waiting on written guidance from HUD on the specifics of implementation. Flood victims have until October 19th to fill out an initial survey at restore-dot-la-dot-gov and the deadline to complete the application has been extended until to  November 16th. 

 

A 20-year-old Shreveport woman and her one-year-old child are recovering after they were shot in their home at around 3:30 Tuesday morning. Authorities say a car stopped in front of the home and someone started shooting. The victims are expect to recover from their injuries

 

It’s your tax dollars at work.. A UL-Lafayette professor has been given a 250,000 dollar grant to take an in-depth look at how south central Louisiana seafood makes it from the water to your dinner plate. Dr. Geoffrey Stewart got the grant from the US Department of Agriculture. Stewart says he’s looking to better understand that supply chain, and look for ways to improve its efficiency. St. Mary, Vermilion, and Iberia Parishes are the areas of focus for the study.

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hopes to get approval to use some BP cash to rebuild the brown pelican habitat on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay. Coastal Resource Scientist Manager Todd Baker says the degradation of coastal habitats for the birds is been linked to difficulties in keeping them in state. Researchers say once the birds grow up, they are leaving the state.  If approved Baker says the projects could take off in 2019.

 

20 years ago voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The LCTCS is comprised of 12 unified, open-access two-year colleges. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the system has created opportunities for all walks of life.

 

Sports

 

A petition is circulating that calls for the former Lee Circle in New Orleans to be named Brees Circle in honor of the Black and Gold’s most beloved athlete. Lee Circle saw its titular General Lee removed last year along with other Confederate statues city-wide. Petition creator Blake Ivey says the popular reputation of historical figures can be controversial, but if there’s one guy in the city who everyone agrees isn’t controversial, it would be Brees. You can join the petition by liking the Brees Circle Petition Facebook page.

 

LSU’s offensive line performed poorly in the Tigers 27-19 loss in Gainesville to the Florida Gators. Florida sacked quarterback Joe Burrow five times and the Gators produced 10.5 tackles for a loss. Starting left guard Garrett Brumfield will not be back for Saturday’s game, so Adrian Magee will start for a second straight week at that position. If there are no injuries during the week of practice, the Tigers could start the same starting five on the O-Line for consecutive games for the first time this season.

 

After a frustrating home loss to UAB, Louisiana Tech goes back on the road this Saturday to face the UTSA Roadrunners. The Bulldogs scored one touchdown against the Blazers and coach Skip Holtz says they’ll face another good defense in San Antonio.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/09/18 ..


News for Tuesday 100918

By Dave Graichen

 

Louisiana appears to be out of the path of Hurricane Michael.  The storm may have a dangerous impact on the Florida Panhandle with storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds. National Weather Service New Orleans Meteorologist Bridgette Lim  says although Michael isn’t an issue this time around for Louisiana, it’s important to remember hurricane season isn’t over until November 30th. The hurricane could be a Category 3 on Wednesday when it strikes the Florida panhandle.

 

Lafayette Bishop Douglas Deshotel announces that Monsignor Robie Robichaux has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl from 1979 to 1981. Deshotel says when the victim came forward in 2004, the Bishop at the time requested a ruling from the “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”, who said since the victim was 16-to-17 years old, she was an adult under Canon Law. But Deshotel says state law would have considered her minor.

 

LSU is "expecting one of the largest game day crowds ever on campus" when the Tigers host Georgia at Tiger Stadium on Saturday. LSU's official ticket office announced Monday morning that the game was sold out, and the news release added that Georgia has sold all of its allotted 6,000 tickets. It is the first time Georgia has played at Tiger Stadium since 2008, when the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 52-38.

 

Enforcement of new anti-abortion restrictions will have to wait as the physicians who challenged Act 620’s constitutionality asked for a review of an appellate court decision upholding the law. The doctors argue that requiring them to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic would likely require two of the state's three facilities to close and leave only one doctor with the proper credentials to perform the medical procedure that ends pregnancies. They want the 16 members of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the split decision by a three-judge panel before allowing the state to enforce the law.

 

18-year-old Mason Andrews of Monroe is now the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe piloting an airplane. The young man took off from the Bayou State on July 22nd, and returned home over the weekend. Andrews says the flight was a taxing, but incredible experience that gave him a birds-eye-view to some of the most jaw dropping sights on earth.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a water emergency in the Concordia Parish town of Clayton after learning that the water system’s contractor quit because it was no longer getting paid.  Mayor Josephine Washington says its related to fiscal problems the city is facing, and she’s pitched that the town go to a three-day work week and that she take a pay cut. Governor Edwards’ emergency order allows for the state to pay JCP Management to run the water system for now.

 

State Police has released new details in the officer-involved shooting that killed 23-year-old Coltin LeBlanc of Loranger in downtown Hammond in the early morning hours of September 27th. State Police Lt. Nick Manale says Witnesses say LeBlanc’s truck peeled out and sped off down the street during his interaction with the as of now unnamed trooper. One Hammond resident says he saw the officer attach himself to the truck as it drove away, and a few moments later, heard shots fired, but Manale says the investigation into those events and the examination of the officers body camera are still ongoing.

 

A new study shows the divorce rate dropped by 18 percent between 2008 and 2016.  Researchers say this is likely because millennials are waiting to get married later.  Director of Tulane University’s Social Work Program, Parker Sternbergh says the delay in marriage is likely due to growing up in a society where divorce was so prevalent.

Sternbergh says millennials are approaching marriage differently than previous generations.

 

If it seems like those jackpots on the lottery billboards just keep getting bigger, it’s because they are.  The Mega Millions game from the Louisiana Lottery is currently up to $470 million, making it the 6th largest jackpot in the history of the game.   Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kim Chopin says this current jackpot is the second one this year to break the top ten.

 

Sports…

 

It was a big win for the New Orleans Saints Monday night as the defeated  the Washington Redskins 43 – 19 Drew Brees ticked off his latest, and possibly most impressive NFL record Monday, passing Peyton Manning in all-time passing yardage at 71,941.

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Good Morning ... News For Monday 10/08/18


News for Monday 100818

By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The National Hurricane Center reports a newly named Tropical Storm Michael is likely strengthen to a hurricane as it heads to the Florida Panhandle. The hurricane center upgraded the tropical depression in the Caribbean to a named tropical storm on Sunday. Forecasters say the storm could strengthen into a hurricane, possibly as high as a Category 2, by Tuesday night or Wednesday. The hurricane center advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.

 

Break out the sweaters, pumpkin spice latte and all of your fall weather favorites. Finally, fall is coming to Louisiana. According to the National Weather Service, "an actual cold front will finally bring some more typical fall like weather to the region for the end of the week and over the weekend." Wednesday night temps are expected to drop into the low 60’s with the high Thursday in the upper 70’s. We’ll see temps as low as 50 beginning early next week.

 

If you have yet to register to vote in the upcoming November election you still have time to do so, however tomorrow is the last to do it in person at the registrar’s office.  Geep in mind though you can register until October 16th by visiting the Geaux (that’s g-e-a-u-x) Vote Online Registration System.

 

Iraq is set to buy 90,000 tons of American grown rice in a deal that more than triples the tonnage of the original request pushed by Congressman Ralph Abraham and others, and that’s big for Louisiana, which produces more rice than any other state. Abraham has mentioned the need for diversifying the state’s agricultural exports in the past, and says he’s been working behind the scenes to solidify this new Mid-East connection.

 

The confirmation of Brett Kavanagh is now history as the senate voted to approve Saturday afternoon. But Friday nearly 200 female Louisiana lawyers signed a petition urging the state’s two US Senators to vote against Nomination. The document highlighted the judge’s temperament during the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing as enough to disqualify him from consideration. No comments we made by either senator relating to the petition.

 

Louisiana pro-life advocates are celebrating the ascension of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. With his appointment, the conservative bloc now commands a five to four majority on the nation’s highest court. Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says there’s a 14-week fetal dismemberment ban that could be the test case that outlaws abortion.

 

It’s been six months since the disappearance of a 4 year old in Claiborne Parish.  Rondriez “Junior” Phillips vanished on April 5th, and the search still continues with a reward offered by the FBI for information that helps find him.  Phillips was outside with his step father, who was working on a vehicle, when he went missing. Sheriff Ken Bailey says the disappearance has shaken the community.

 

The November election to crown a new Secretary of State is less than a month away, but you may not have noticed with a lack of campaigning from the candidates.  Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the reason why is, compared to other positions, candidates for the gig don’t see many donations. Pinsonat says with the money the candidates have raised, you may start to detect more of a campaign visibility soon

The election takes place November 6 and six of the candidates appear today at the Baton Rouge Press Club.

 

 

 

Sports..

 

Drew Brees heads into tonight’s game against Washington just 201 yards shy of the all-time passing yards record. The heart and soul of the Black and Gold has thrown for 71,740 yards in his career and fans are hoping he breaks the record tonight in New Orleans, which is held by New Orleans born Peyton Manning.

 

LSU has fallen out of the Top 10 after suffering its first loss on Saturday as the Florida Gators scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to beat the Tigers 27-19. The Bayou Bengals fell eight spots to number 13 in the A-P poll.

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Good Morning... News For Friday 10/05/18...


News for Friday 100518

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

New, cheaper health insurance plans are available on the Louisiana marketplace, but there’s a catch: they don’t have to provide the same level of coverage as was mandated under Obamacare. Since 2010 many Louisianans have likely grown used to the guarantee that their health insurance covers pre-existing conditions, emergency services, hospital stay, and likely comes with a reasonable deductible, but Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says you may not get that with these new plans. The Commissioner says Louisianans may need to employ an insurance expert before shopping for the new plans.

 

A subtle reminder we are still in Hurricane season, a disturbance in the Caribbean Sea has had its chances for tropical development upgraded slightly as it tracks toward the Gulf of Mexico. The broad area of low pressure has a "medium" chance -- 40 percent -- to develop over the next five days.

 

The two Republican senators of Louisiana have expressed their satisfaction with the findings of the 5-day FBI investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Senator John Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says after reading through the report, he wishes the report could be public. Senator Bill Cassidy says although he has not read the FBI report, he doesn’t believe it’ll be all that different from all the other statements given under oath.

 

A buyer has purchased the Avondale Shipyard in Jefferson Parish, with plans to turn the site into a global logistics hub that could employ 2,000 people. Governor Edwards says it’s a solid come back for a facility that used to employ thousands. The shipyard shut down back in 2014 after a long and distinguished history where it was home to the construction of many of the naval vessels that patrolled the seas during the cold war.

 

Usually, gasoline prices fall at this time of year, but the statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is actually on the rise to $2.65 per gallon. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says the price at the pump is at its highest level since 2014. Redman says the price of crude oil could go even higher, so a break between now and the holidays is not likely.

 

Louisiana’s Catholic bishops came out Thursday in favor of requiring unanimous jury verdicts in all felony trials in the state. If it passes, Louisiana would fall back in line with 48 other states, as well as the federal court system, in requiring unanimity in all criminal jury verdicts.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health recently released its voluntary non-opioid directive form as a new tactic in combatting opioid abuse.  Those who sign the form pledge refuse the offer or administration of opioid medications.  Dr. Janice Petersen with LDH says the form is meant to be used by patients as a communication tool with care providers. Petersen says although Louisiana ranks as one of the worst states for feeling the effect of the opioid epidemic, the state is seeing progress in the fight against the use of the drugs.

 

A proposal to build an airstrip on Elmer’s Island in Jefferson Parish has been grounded after receiving complaints from conservation groups and environmentalists who questioned whether it’s a good idea to have an airport in a protected wildlife refuge.

 

The Orleans Parish Coroner Office says the death of 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux, whose body was pulled from Lake Pontchartrain in August, was an accidental drowning. At the time she went missing, the case was investigated as a potential homicide by NOPD. Her companion who was also on the boat was rescued and survived the ordeal.

 

Days after a woman was punched in the face and robbed of her purse in the Central Business District of New Orleans, she found a new image had been synced to her iCloud account. It was her alleged robbers. They had taken a selfie. New Orleans police sent out the high-resolution photo Thursday afternoon in hopes of identifying the robbers. The woman said the pair "repeatedly" struck her in the face and head before stealing her purse.

 

Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport says a book borrowed 84 years ago has been returned by the son of the woman who checked it out when she was 11.  The copy of “Spoon River Anthology” was in pretty rough shape, so it’s probably not worth much.  The book was found while cleaning house.  The library’s maximum late fee is $3, but that was waived.

 

State Farm Insurance, Louisiana's largest auto insurer, is laying off 47 workers at its operations center in Baton Rouge and is leaving its 30,000-square-foot space. The company told state employment regulators the layoffs will take place Nov. 30. It will leave the space at the end of the year.

 

Drag Queen Story Time in Lafayette has been put on hold after Southern Louisiana Community College backed out of hosting the event citing concerns for the safety of its students and other visitors. The event has been a growing source controversy in the city and was set to run tomorrow. A doctor who supports Story Time says public showcases of tolerance are important for young people who may be LGBTQ. The event, where Drag Queens will read stories to children about accepting their LGBTQ classmates, is seeking a new location.

 

Sports…

 

After losing to Kentucky for the first time in over three decades, Florida has bounced back to beat SEC foes Tennessee and Mississippi State and boast a 4-1 record heading into Saturday’s game against 5th ranked LSU. Local broadcast begins at 12:30p on 96.9 KZMZ & KSYL 104.9

 

Since winning the season opener against Grambling State, UL Lafayette has lost three straight heading into Saturday’s Sun Belt contest against Texas State.

 

In other action this weekend, Louisiana Tech is back home on Saturday night to host UAB. The Bulldogs coming off a big win over North Texas.  Hear the game locally on 94.7 ESPN beginning at 4:30p

 

McNeese looks to improve to 5-1 when they host Abilene Christian and Northwestern State hosts Nicholls State at six o’ clock. The Demons next three out of four are at home

 

After a little break, the Saints are back at practice facility for Monday’s game against Washington. The Redskins are playing well on defense. Through three games they are giving up just 15 points a game, 187 yards through the air and 278 total yards of offense. The Saints just had one of their more balanced games on offense between the run and the pass.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 10/04/18


News for Thursday 100418

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Good news for 2016 flood victims who cannot receive federal rebuilding grants through the Louisiana Restore Program, because they already received an S-B-A loan. Senator Bill Cassidy says legislation addressing the duplication of benefits issue has passed the senate and is heading to President Trump’s desk…

 

All in all, federal officials say yesterday’s National Alert Test was a success. The test that started locally at 1:18 was supposed to be heard on all cellphones first. That was to be followed by all radio and TV stations. In part one of the test, early estimates had about 75% off all Cellphones receiving the test. The Feds had hoped that number would have been higher. Few problems were reported by radio and TV stations here in Louisiana, with the test going off without a hitch.

 

A Vernon Parish man found guilty of killing his girlfriend and her young son has had his convictions has had his day in Appeals court. Matthew Dotson had appealed his convictions on two counts of first-degree murder, for which he received two life sentences, claiming that there wasn't evidence and that "unduly graphic" autopsy photos shouldn't have been shown during the trial. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal found no merit to either of those claims.

 

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is backing efforts to replace NAFTA with a new deal that would adjust some aspects of trade with Canada and Mexico. The state is an exporting powerhouse, and Strain says if approved, the new trade deal would be a major boost for some major Louisiana based corporations. President Donald Trump supports the plan.

 

With recent trade negotiations having disrupted the usual shipping lanes for soybeans as well as a higher yield from farmers, storage silos are full and Louisiana farmers are having issues finding places to store their crops before they can be shipped. Congressman Ralph Abraham has put in a request to the USDA requesting help with the issue.  Abraham says there are still many beans that need to be harvested but have nowhere to go. Abraham says if this isn’t resolved quickly, the consequences could be dire.

 

The Secretary of State’s office is warning of scammers trying to collect voter information through phone calls.  The callers would get in touch with potential victims and ask for information in order to register to vote or to receive an absentee ballot.  Something the state says they would never do.

 

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the growing numbers of waste tires in urban centers is creating a pollution problem, so starting this month, the state OK’d an increase on the per tire fee that’s used to pay for waste tire processing. The new charge $2.25 per tire. Secretary Chuck Brown says it’s a modest, but necessary tax.

 

It was a very emotional night outside of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Tuesday night as hundreds showed up for vigil to remember LSU basketball player Wayde Sims. Wayde’s father, Wayne Sims, spoke at the gathering and says he hopes that others can learn something from his son’s death. Sims was fatally shot last Friday while coming to the aid of a friend. Funeral services are this Saturday..

 

A 50-year-old Slaughter woman is headed to trial in Baton Rouge facing First Degree Murder charges in the death of her boyfriend Damian Skipper who she allegedly poisoned to death with barium in 2015. Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore says Hale is a suspect in her husband’s 2016 death as well, something they’re looking into. Hale was in line to collect 750,000 dollars of insurance money in that case.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 10/03/18


News for Wednesday 100318

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

At 1:18 today most phones in the state will begin emitting a nice, shrill screech that will announce the beginning of the first ever Wireless Emergency Alert test. This new system will allow local, state, or federal authorities to broadcast emergency messages to your phone. Assistant Deputy Director of Preparedness Chris Guilbeaux says two minutes after the tone sounds on phones, the EAS portion of the regularly scheduled test will go out. And if you’re wondering, no, you can’t opt out of this test. The message will be labeled a “Presidential Alert.”

 

The England Authority board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Sandra McQuain as it news executive director. McQuain, who most recently has served as chief operating officer of Baker Manufacturing, will succeed Jon Grafton, who stepped down in May after 24 years on the job.

 

Allen Parish authorities have arrested a Pitkin man who they believe is responsible for setting fire to a home early yesterday that destroyed the building. 31 year old Nathan Martin was captured in a field next to the home. An APSO spokesperson says Martin was wearing clothes stolen from the torched home. He was booked into the Alan Parish jail.

 

One woman is dead and another in the hospital after being trapped in an overturned vehicle stranded in a canal for over 24 hours. Officials recovered the victims from the canal Monday afternoon after two friends of the girls searched and found them. West Baton Rouge Sheriff spokesperson Lt. Ken Albarez says he believes divine intervention lead them to the vehicle.

 

Senator John Kennedy is bringing forward a bill that would prevent banks from discriminating against companies based on the company’s positions on social issues like gun control. The Louisiana Bond Commission recently decided to not do business with banks that cut capital for gun manufacturers. Citigroup will restrict capital to companies that sell guns to those under 21, or who do not take background checks. Bank of America is refusing to finance companies that manufacture assault weapons.

 

Two teenagers have been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Airman stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. Sergeant 30-year-old Joshua Kidd of Bossier City was found with a gunshot wound to his chest last week. Police say evidence linked two young boys, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, to the murder.

 

Louisiana will receive 3.6 million dollars from the U-S Department of Education to help schools statewide develop and expand their emergency operation plans for disasters, whether they are natural or manmade. The governor’s education policy advisor, Donald Songy, says they want every school to have a plan in place if students are threatened

 

DriversEd.com has released a report showing 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while driving, with 54% typing on their phones. The report, which examines behind-the-wheel behaviors, habits, and decisions, also shows only 39% of drivers say they use their phone more than they should. Safety and Education Analyst from the website, Laura Adams says the shows the use of technology is on the rise, whether watching videos on YouTube and Netflix or browsing social media.

 

A woman’s body found in Cameron Parish was apparently burned with gasoline as part of a possible homicide. 32-year-old Mitzie Galimidi appears to have already been dead when her body was brought to the scene and doused, according to authorities. Cameron Sheriff Ron Johnson says so far they have very little evidence.

 

A 37-year-old, ten year veteran of the Louisiana State Police has been arrested and charged with Abuse of Office after an investigation revealed he allegedly used his access to law enforcement databases for unauthorized activities. John Kelley of Troop G is out after posting bond. Kelley has been placed on forced leave.

 

A new poll shows massive, bipartisan support from coastal residents for Coastal Restoration efforts, and a substantial majority of support for Sediment Diversion projects. Environmental groups estimate the state could experience substantial land loss over the next several decades.

 

Sports..

 

LSU is undefeated and ranked number 5 in the country heading into Week 6 of the college football season.   But today, ESPN released its top nine teams that have chance of going to the playoffs and LSU was left off the list.  ESPN says LSU and West Virginia both have a 6.4 percent chance to make the playoff but only six-tenths of a percent chance to win it all.

 

Running back Mark Ingram is back with the Saints after serving his four-game suspension. He greeted the team at the team’s facility when they returned from beating the Giants. Coach Sean Payton says Ingram is ready to go. Quarterback Drew Brees enters Monday’s game against Washington just 102 yards away from breaking Peyton Manning’s record for regular season career passing yards.

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 10/02/18 ..


News for Tuesday 100218

Compiled By Dave Graichen

 

A Candlelight vigil for slain LSU basketball player Wayde Sims is set for tonight.  The vigil will be held at 8 p.m. in front of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, where Sims, a Baton Rouge native and former University High star, played for the Tigers the past two seasons. Funeral services for Sims will be held Saturday at noon at Healing Place Church. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.

 

Louisiana has the highest FAFSA submission rates in the nation according to a new report. That means more students than ever are applying to see what financial aid they qualify for when it comes to post-secondary education. EdTech Senior Consultant Stephanie Marcum says the 84 percent participation rate comes down to a new mandate for graduating high school seniors. And it wasn’t just in submission rate, the Bayou State led the nation in growth rate as well.

 

The sexual assault hotline has seen an uptick in call volume.  The day of the testimony of Dr. Christine Ford, the service saw an increase of 201% compared to a typical day.  Assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU, Michelle Many says that activity is likely do to the barrage of news reports about this case and other allegations of sexual abuse. Many says although the call volume has increased, she believes that until there is a change in the way allegations are received and those that raise allegations are treated, many will still keep it to themselves.

 

The Louisiana Health Department announces they did not identify elevated levels of lead in 12 elementary schools built before 1986. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says the results from this first round of testing is encouraging, but it doesn’t mean there is not a case of elevated levels of lead at an older school. He says they will conduct testing in 12 more schools next year and 12 more after that.

 

The GPSO reports the arrest of a Ball man after a detective spotted drugs, drug paraphernalia and a gun during a routine stop.  55 year old Eric Jones told the detective he and his girlfriend were on a date “Dumpster Diving”. Jones was arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.

 

Grant Parish authorities report the arrests of two people who were spotted by a sheriff’s deputy smoking meth in the parking lot of a store. Arrested were 26 year old Tyler Vanderwater of Pineville and 32 year old Megan Olson of Dry Prong. Both were charged with possession of crystal meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Avoyelles Parish authorities have arrested Joshua Viola of Bunkie after he allegedly set fire to a mobile home he shared with his girlfriend over the weekend.  Viola was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center Sunday on simple arson, domestic abuse battery and criminal damage to property. No one was injured in the incident.

 

Louisiana has again been dubbed one of the most dangerous states in the nation to ride a bicycle, sparking debate on just why a seemingly innocent exercise seems to carry inordinate risks. Last week, an analysis by The Wall Street Journal concluded that the state is No. 2 nationally in bicyclist deaths, behind only Florida. The same review said New Orleans is the sixth most dangerous of 50 metro areas when it comes to bike riding. The grim review is not the first of its kind. In 2015, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Louisiana had the third highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the nation, behind Florida and Delaware.

 

The east coast saw the season’s only major Hurricane landfall incident when Florence slammed the Carolinas, killing 29 and causing an estimated 38 billion in damage in September, and as we move into October there’s only two months of hurricane season left. State Climatologist Barry Keim says another major storm is unlikely but possible.

Keim says there’ve been a few storms to hit Louisiana in October, but the last was Juan in 1985.

 

LSU Health New Orleans has received a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human services to be used to increase the availability of sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANEs, across twelve southeast Louisiana parishes.  With many of those parishes being limited on resources, LSU’s Dr. Jessica Landry says they are hoping to train more nurses with the funds.

 

A dog is dead after being thrown out of a moving vehicle in Webster Parish on I-20. The animals was bound with tape and rope, and was thrown out of the vehicle and dragged while still alive. Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director Jeff Dorson says the injuries were brutal, and called it torture.The Webster Parish Humane Association, who took custody of the animal and tried to save it, to no avail, is offering a 2,500 dollar award for information about the case, and Dorson says they’re considering an additional 750 dollars to help get people’s attention. Dorson says it’s clearly Felony Animal Abuse, which comes with a hefty sentence for those found guilty.

 

Yet again, researchers are finding that communities along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans are at a greater risk for exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Three years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared that St. John the Baptist Parish had the highest cancer risk from airborne pollutants nationwide because of the "likely carcinogen" chloroprene. Now, the most recent Assessment conducted by the EPA notes dangers from ethylene oxide. The numbers are even more staggering downstream.

 

Sports..

 

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss. LSU is at 22nd ranked Florida this Saturday.

 

t was a no brainer for Conference USA to name Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson as the Defensive Player of the Week. He set a career-high with four sacks in a single game. He’s only 4.5 sacks away from tying the program record. Bulldogs kicker Bailey Hale was also named Special Teams Player of the Week, he tied a program record with five field goals in the win over North Texas.

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Good Morning... News For Monday 10/01/18


News for Monday 100118

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A Ville Platte woman was booked on vehicular homicide and other counts after crashing into two pedestrians early Saturday morning in Evangeline Parish. 28 year Marla Rushing was traveling north on La. 3149 when her pickup truck struck Bo Darbonne of Mamou, who was standing near the roadway. Rushing continued a short distance and then struck 20 year old Michael Fontenot of St. Landry, who was standing in the northbound lane. Both men were taken to a local hospital, Fontenot was pronounced dead and Darbonne was treated for moderate injuries. Rushing was booked into Evangeline Parish.

 

Baton Rouge Police announce the arrest of 20-year-old Dyteon Simpson of Baker in the fatal shooting of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims. Police Chief Murphy Paul says DNA evidence led them to Simpson, who admitted to authorities that he shot Sims. Paul says Sims stepped into a fight to defend a friend that was being punched on the ground. Authorities say Simpson was doing the punching and when Sims stepped in that’s when Simpson fired the weapon. Simpson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with second-degree murder. His case will be brought before a grand jury soon.

 

Senator John Kennedy says unless an FBI investigation uncovers any concerning new material about allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he expects a final confirmation vote for his lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court to be held later next week. The Senator says as of now, he knows where he stands.

Senator Bill Cassidy has also indicated he will vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson says she believes Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, and says the two senators support for the judge sends the wrong message to assault survivors.

 

The Board of Regents has made the decision to perform an audit on universities, looking at admission policies.  Universities will begin submitting data in January and a report is expected to be complete in May or June.  Higher Education commissioner Kim Reed says of the 200-thousand students enrolled in the public institutions in the state last year, about a thousand were admitted by exception.  Reed says among the goals with the report is to make sure that students are getting to enroll into schools where they can be most academically successful.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards is in California to promote Louisiana as a prime location for television and film production.  A delegation from Louisiana is meeting with executives from Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Walt Disney Studios just to name a few. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly say they will promote the state’s revised film tax incentives.

 

The reward is now up to 50-thousand dollars for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person who killed Josh Woodruff in a hit and run in the early morning hours of January 1, 2016 at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine Streets in New Orleans. Woodruff’s family believes someone saw something as the hit and run driver dragged Woodruff’s body for six miles.

 

“Drag Queen Story Time”, and event originally scheduled to take place at the Lafayette Public Library has seen such high demand that the event sponsors and hosts say they’re going to have to move it to a bigger venue. The new location will at South Louisiana Community College, where a UL-Lafayette fraternity will dress in drag and read stories to kids about accepting their LGBT classmates. The event is still planned for October 6th.

 

Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of a St. Tammany man who is protesting the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service designation that a portion of his land is off limits for unfettered development due to its importance to the endangered dusky gopher frog. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says it’s a ruling that could restrict the scope of the Endangered Species Act. The land owner, argues that because the land is not habitable for the frog in its current form, it should not be classified as critical habitat. The agency argues in the near the future the land may be necessary for the frogs survival.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints won their third straight on Sunday with a 33-18 victory over the New York Giants.  The win moves the Saints into first place in the NFC South with a 3-1 record. New Orleans will host the Washington Redskins next Monday night.

 

LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow led a balanced attack on Saturday night as the 5th ranked Fighting Tigers defeated Ole Miss 45-16. Burrow was 18-of-25 with three touchdowns.

Up next for LSU its 22nd ranked Florida.

 

Louisiana Tech had a huge road win on Saturday as the Bulldogs went into Denton and defeated North Texas 29-27. After falling behind 21-6 after one quarter, Tech scored 20 points in the second quarter to take a 26-21 lead and ended up winning 29-27.

 

Monday night football… it’s Kansas City @ Denver  6:30p 94.7 ESPN

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Good Morning... News For Friday 09/28/18


News for Friday 092818

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A 21 year old Pineville man has been arrested and charged with raping a child he was babysitting. Ethan Scott Jowers was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on two counts of first-degree rape. Authorities believe Jowers also, on another occasion, had sexual intercourse with a sibling of the first victim. Jowers remains in jail. Bond on the two first-degree rape charges was set at $2 million.

 

A motion to reduce bond for Kayla Jean Giles, the Alexandria woman accused of killing her estranged husband on Sept. 8, will be heard on Oct. 22. The 31 year old Giles was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of  30 year old Thomas Coutee Jr. He was shot once in the chest and died in the parking lot of the Walmart on Coliseum Boulevard.

 

Hanna Nicole Barker, the mother accused in connection to her infant son's death in July, will face an Oct. 10 probation revocation hearing. Barker was arrested in 2016 on drug-related charges in Natchitoches Parish. A five-year prison sentenced was deferred, however, and she was placed in the 10th Judicial District Court's drug court.

A new document filed with the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court's Office details why officials are seeking the revocation.  Barker was arrested on July 25 on a charge of being a principal to first-degree murder.

 

Warrants were put out for sixteen former inmates and five former Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies related to incidents at the Washington Parish jail involving the rape of one inmate and the beating of another. The sixteen have been booked into the parish jail, with the former officers facing charges of malfeasance in office and the inmates facing simple battery charges. State Police and the FBI were contacted in relation to the investigation.

 

The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Louisiana Law that would require doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. A law that included some similar language in Texas was shot down by the Supreme Court. Center for Reproductive Rights Senior Council TJ Tu says it’s a decision that fly’s in the face of the Supreme Courts previous decisions, and could make access to abortion in the Bayou State difficult to obtain.

 

The CDC has released a new report that shows the rate of babies born with congenital syphilis has been on the rise throughout the United States.  Reported cases have jumped from 362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017.  When compared to other states, Louisiana ranks at the very top. 

 

Senator John Kennedy closed out yesterday’s questioning of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  In his opening remarks, he expressed his sympathy toward Kavanaugh, his family, Dr. Christine Ford, and her family for what they had all been through recently.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards says one of his goals is for Louisiana to have more cybersecurity protections in place than any other state. The Governor has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Late last year, Edwards created a task force to lead the state's efforts on the initiative.

 

Lake Charles authorities report a traffic stop last weekend led to a major drug bust, 63 pounds of cocaine. Police say it happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 10, when a tow truck was pulled over for a traffic violation. Arrested was 42 year old Elton Joseph Richard of Church Point. Richard’s bond is set at $250,000.

 

State Police say one of their Troopers used deadly force on a suspect in Hammond Early Thursday morning. Authorities identify the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Coltin Brennan Leblanc of Loranger. A witness grabbing a late night snack at a local restaurant says after being pulled over during what appeared to be a routine traffic stop, LeBlanc sped away after exchanging words with the officer. The officer fired to stopped the driver. Authorities say Leblanc died a short time later at a hospital.

 

A shooting inside a Dollar General store in Iberia Parish has left one man in critical condition in a Lafayette hospital and another in the custody on the parish jail.  Investigators arrested 23-year-old Joel Saenz, who ran into the store and shot the victim in the head during a physical altercation between the suspect’s brother and the victim.  The suspect left the store and was later arrested at his home.

 

Disney Cruise Line announced they will start sailing out of the Port of New Orleans in 2020 during Mardi Gras season. The 27-hundred passenger Disney Wonder is scheduled for six different Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from February 7th to March 6th.

 

 

 

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Former LSU star Eric Reid has found employment. The Carolina Panthers has inked the safety from Dutchtown High School to a one-year contract. Reid signed a collusion grievance against the NFL in May after he went unsigned during the free agency period. Reid is a former starting safety with the 49ers and has not stood during the National Anthem. Reid said back in March he was willing to stop the National Anthem protests, but remain active off the field when it comes to highlighting and stopping social injustice.

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said during his radio show last night he expects injured starting offensive guard Garrett Brumfield will miss at least a couple of weeks. True freshmen Chasen Hines from Marshall, Texas will take Brumfield’s place in the starting line up.

 

LSU is set to unveil a statue of the late Dr. Billy Cannon, the school’s only Heisman Trophy Winner. The ceremony happens tonight, one night ahead of the Tigers hosting Ole Miss. Billy Cannon is the first LSU football player to have a statue erected on the campus in his honor.

 

Drew Brees says he’s looking forward to playing a pair of New Orleans boys in Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. this weekend as the Saints take a trip up north to play the Giants in New York. Drew’s gotten to know the two after living in the Crescent City for over a decade since joining the Black and Gold.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/26/18


News for Wednesday 092618

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The charge is now 1st degree murder, in the case of Kayla Giles, the woman accused of killing her estranged husband earlier this month at the Wal-Mart on Coliseum Blvd. The indictment for First Degree Murder, which can be punishable by life in prison or the death penalty, was handed down by a grand jury yesterday..

 

The RPSO has arrested a Pineville man on a laundry list of charges. 38 year old Mark Roberts was charged with Sexual Battery, 3rd Degree Rape, False Impersonation of a Police Officer, Stalking, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Authorities say Roberts was also wanted in Mississippi for an un-related crime. Roberts is now in the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he’s being being held on a $34,500.00 bond on the local charges while he awaits extradition to Mississippi.

 

Former soldier Ryan Taylor of New Llano has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for manufacturing and detonating a chemical weapon at a Fort Polk training area. US Attorney David Joseph says a device containing chlorine gas exploded in the Kisatchie National Forest in April 2017. Taylor plead guilty in June of producing, possessing and using a chemical weapon, which is banned under international and national laws because of the effects it can have on the human body.

 

After ranking at the bottom of the pile nationally last year, Louisiana has seen relatively strong growth in personal income in the second quarter of this year. With a 5.9 percent growth rate, Louisiana is second in the nation to Texas at 6%.  The construction sector was responsible for most of the growth.  LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says the oil industry’s recent uptick and a national trend of expansion in the healthcare industry are also contributing factors.

 

The personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Best and Worst States for Teachers.  The website analyzed 22 key metrics, including income growth potential and teacher safety.  Louisiana ranks 48 out of 51 spots.  Louisiana Federation of Teachers spokesperson Les Landon says many of the concerning metrics area echoed by educators.

 

Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a Lake Charles man on knowingly disposing of gasoline into a storm water retention pond, which is a felony.  54 year old Dean Domingue and accomplice 51 year old David Mouton dumped 200 gallons of a gasoline and water mixture behind an Albertson’s grocery store.  Mouton remains at large. Nolan says the cost of cleanup was around 49-thousand dollars and that the Albertson’s picked up the tab.

 

Most of the Zachary Fire Department emergency response team returned home Monday night from the Carolinas after a 14 day mission responding to floods and damage from Hurricane Florence in South Carolina. Chief Mike Kimble says Louisiana teams saved 6 lives, including a few folks stuck on car surrounded by rising waters.

Kimble says twos of his team are still in South Carolina.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards was in Lake Charles Tuesday for the dedication ceremony of the newly renovated two-mile runway at Chennault International Airport.  Edwards says the 18-million dollar renovation of this runway, which is one of the longest along the Gulf Coast, is an investment into the future of the region.

 

A former sergeant in the k-9 Unit of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison and one year of supervised release on his guilty plea to violating the civil rights of a detainee.  David Prejean previously admitted during a guilty plea hearing that he acted without legal justification when he commanded his K-9 to bite the detainee, then striking the detainee several times.  The incident took place in 2012.

 

Ruston lawmaker Rob Shadoin announced today he’s resigning from the state House of Representatives to take a job in Baton Rouge as the deputy counsel for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Shadoin, who is in his second term, says 10 legislative sessions since 2016 made it difficult on his solo law practice.

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 09/25/18 ..


News for Tuesday 092518

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The deal to transfer management of two hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to Oschner and LSU has been finalized. The new system, called Oschner LSU Health System of North Louisiana, will begin October 1st. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says the partnership will offer new services that will mean north Louisianans won’t have to leave home to get healed. LSU says the deal puts to rest rumors of the the medical school closing.

 

A Many man has been arrested after he attempted to steal an ATM kiosk by driving a stolen vehicle through the front of Curtis Grocery early Sunday morning. Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson says 37-year-old Leo Mitchell’s master plan did not work. Mitchell, who has an extensive criminal history for theft and drug charges, was later found hiding in the woods after abandoning his vehicle. Richardson says Mitchell now faces several new charges.

 

State Police say a fatal train wreck in Webster Parish Monday morning left 33 year old Jason Fory of Minden dead. Troop G spokesperson Glenn Younger says for some unknown reason Fory’s pick-up truck stopped on the tracks and the train couldn’t stop in time. Younger says investigators are unsure as to the reason the truck was in the path of the train.

 

Visitors to the Louisiana Capitol may have noticed that scaffolding used to restore the building’s limestone and mortar is gone.  But work is still needed on the 86 year old building, so a new walkway is being built to shelter those walking into the front doors from falling mortar.  Louisiana Division of Administration spokesman Jacques Berry says the front doors are expected to be reopened before the end of the calendar year.

 

The Louisiana Restore Homeowners Assistance program has reopened its application process for those who suffered damage in the floods of 2016, on the heels of reports that say Congress is nearing a deal that would allow those who filed for SBA loans to receive federal grant rebuilding money. The Edwards Administration says expanding the Restore Louisiana program to SBA recipients will lead to an additional 215 million dollars in benefits making their way into flood victims’ hands. The new deadline to complete the application is October 19th.

 

A 28-year old Bayou Blue woman has been arrested and charged with murder after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the chest with a large kitchen knife. Investigators say the two were in a verbal dispute that turned physical before the eventual stabbing that sent her 28-year-old boyfriend to the hospital, where he later died. Shannel Thompson had her bond set at a million dollars.

 

The Bayou State is getting a 24-million dollar boost from the federal government to help us rehabilitate opioid addicts and keep them from falling back into the habit that’s killing thousands across the country every year. The federal grant will go to the state Department of Health. Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health Dr. Janice Petersen says the funds will help them expand recovery programs in rural areas that are currently under-served.

 

The trust fund that covers unemployment benefits for the state is projected to hit one billion dollars this year.  The trust fund, managed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, is the twelfth strongest in the nation.  LWC director Ava Dejoie says the size of the fund has exceeded expectations. Dejoie says the milestone is made even more notable considering the fund went broke in the eighties due to a decline in the oil industry, which we are seeing again at present day.

 

A 32-year-old Catahoula Parish man lost his life during a police chase. State Police spokesperson Michael Reichardt says 32-year-old Uel Beard of Jonesville didn’t pull over when an officer attempted a traffic stop on him Saturday morning.  Reichardt says Beard’s motorcycle sideswiped a jeep and he died at the scene.

 

Sports..

 

Bad injury news for 5th ranked LSU. Coach Ed Orgeron says starting guard left guard Garrett Brumfield is out for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. Brumfield hurt his knee in the win over La Tech and Coach O is not sure how many games the Baton Rouge product will miss. Freshman Chasen Hines will start in Brumfield’s place.

 

LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron wants to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That will be important this week as the Tigers host the SEC’s top passing team. The Ole Miss Rebels are averaging 348 yards through the air. Coach Ed Orgeron says Andre Anthony is a guy who can get after the passer. On other side of the ball, Orgeron wants to see more explosive plays on offense.

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Good Morning. News For Monday 09/24/18.


News for Monday 092418

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Louisiana’s unemployment rate worsened for a fifth straight month and reached five percent in August, but the number of people employed last month was the second highest number for an August in the state’s history. Louisiana Workforce Commission Director Ava Dejoie says manufacturing continues to see the biggest job gains as that sector added 54-hundred jobs over the last year and there’s been an increase in the number of jobs related to the oil and gas industry. Dejoie says the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas added the most jobs.

 

For most Americans 2017 was a good year as most cities in the country saw median income rise.. 24/7 Wall Street reviewed the data from the Census Bureau’s report to identify the 42 metro areas across the country where the typical household earns less than $45,000 annually. Four of the cities were in Louisiana. Hammond did best on the list coming in at 42nd. Alexandria was #11, Monroe was #6 and the overall worst performer in the state was Shreveport / Bossier. According to the WSJ, The cities on the list share several characteristics, including high unemployment, low property values, and low educational attainment.

 

The state kicks off voter registration week today, ahead of a hotly contested midterm season nationally, that may not yield many surprises in the Bayou State. Statewide, the election will give voters a chance to decide on congressional races and the special election for the Secretary of State’s office. Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the ballots will be littered with local issues and a selection of constitutional amendments, like unanimous juries, that could lead to notable changes in Louisiana law. The deadline to register for November in person or by mail is October 9th, and the deadline to register online, with a valid ID, is October 16th.

 

A gag order and two motions have been filed in the case of Kayla Jean Giles, the woman accused of fatally shooting her estranged husband in a Walmart parking lot. Giles was arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on Sept. 8 after allegedly shooting Thomas Coutee Jr. in the parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard. Giles' attorney, Paul Carmouche of Shreveport, on Friday filed motions for a bond reduction and for preliminary examination. A hearing date has not been set yet.

 

It’s been a little over a week since the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the east coast.  State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says dozens Louisiana emergency personnel are in Horry County, South Carolina, helping local authorities and first responders with evacuations as waters continue to rise from Florence. Browning says their deployment ends Tuesday, but could be extended.

 

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that blocks Louisiana from enforcing a law that prohibits women under the age of 21 from working as an exotic dancer at a strip club. The state legislature passed a law in 2016 requiring a minimum age of 21 for strippers at clubs. Lawmakers will have to rewrite the legislation next year.

 

The Mayors of Baton Rouge, Vidalia and St. Gabriel have joined a commitment to reduce the amount of plastics in the Mississippi river. Plastic waste such as litter can eventually wash into the Gulf of Mexico where it can dissolve into dangerous micro-plastics. NOLA.com cited an LSU study finding the Gulf is among the most polluted water bodies from plastic debris on planet earth. The commitment to try to reduce plastic pollution by 20 percent in 2 years.

 

This life-sized statue was recently installed at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Bossier City. The statue is a female service member wearing a tactical military uniform and shouldering an M-16 rifle with a bronze-like finish. The realistically styled figure is made to withstand the weather as it “stands watch” on the grounds of the veterans’ facility. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates the home in Bossier City for veterans and installed the statue to honor the more than 28 thousand female veterans it estimates live in the state.

 

A former McKinley High Marching Band member was awarded 185,000 dollars for damages related to a 2015 incident where he required to do 200 push-ups for being late to band practice. The incident led to a five day stay in the hospital for Tristen Rushing. Medical professionals who saw Rushing testified the injuries were potentially life threatening.

 

Tiger Stadium wasn’t the only place hopping Saturday night. Taylor Swift dazzled a full Superdome with her Reputation Tour. The stage for the event towered 110 feet above the floor.  Wristbands distributed to attendees lit up and changed colors in sync with the show. The audience of 53,172  is reportedly the largest ever for a female headliner in the Superdome.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints are 2-1 after a thrilling 43-37 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The game had seven lead changes and New Orleans forced overtime with a touchdown with 1:15 left in regulation. Saints Coach Sean Payton says it was a hard fought victory. Quarterback Drew Brees orchestrated the winning touchdown drive to cap off a 396-yard and three touchdown passing day.

 

LSU and Louisiana Tech was a three-point game in the fourth quarter Saturday Night, but the Fighting Tigers scored the final two touchdowns for a 38-21 win over the Bulldogs. All in all Tech was a big winner taking away $1.15 million, its highest price tag for any money game deal reached by LSU to date.

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Good Morning... News For Friday 09/21/18...


News for Friday 092118

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana finished the fiscal year that ended June 30th with a budget surplus of approximately 300-million dollars. Edwards says the state’s economy is performing better than what the Revenue Estimating Conference predicted. Critics of the Edwards administration say the surplus shows the legislature didn’t need to renew millions of dollars in temporary sales taxes earlier this year. But Edwards says ending now two years with a surplus is a good thing. The state constitution limits how state surplus dollars can be spent, but construction is one of those areas.

 

Hanna Barker, the mother of a baby who died after being found in a fire is scheduled to be in a Natchitoches Parish courtroom today for multiple motions, including one to set bond. The 22 year old Barker was arrested by the Natchitoches Police Department on July 25 on charges of being a principal to first-degree murder and criminal conspiracy.

 

The Pineville PD reports two Pineville residents have been charged with child desertion and other offenses for allegedly using drugs and having an unsafe environment for three young children. 37 year old Timothy Nugent and 38 year old April Bohannon  were arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Bond was set at $7,000 each.

 

The Public Service Commission launches an investigation into the spending habits of rural energy coops. Commissioner Foster Campbell highlighted what he says were completely unnecessary educational and lobbying trips to places like Las Vegas and Washington DC, where he says costs for expensive meals and hotels would end up back on customer bills. Co-op officials say the trips are a necessity in order to stay current with the technology. Louisiana’s co-ops for the most part have the lowest utility rates in the state.

 

New Orleans-based Via Link, which provides crisis intervention for many Louisiana residents who call the National Suicide Hotline, is on the verge of closing, as it can no longer rely on private donations to cover the costs of the service.  Via Link CEO LaVondra Dobbs says the program receives some grant money but really needs closer to $350,000 to cover its annual operating costs. Dobbs says if Via Link goes away, the calls will then go to a backup center, where callers can spend around 45 minutes on hold before talking to a specialist.

 

Over the summer, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued its 10 millionth patent.  But where are those patents being issued?  Over the past five years, Louisiana was issued the fifth lowest number of patents per capita compared to other states.  Content Strategist at Digital Third Coast Roxy Fata says the metrics shown by a recent study indicate the Bayou State is one of the least innovative states in the nation.

Fata says there is no shortage of Southeastern states at the bottom of the list with Arkansas just behind Louisiana and Mississippi coming in dead last.

 

A court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the LHSAA suspension of now Hahnville quarterback Andrew Robison until an appeals hearing, that would make the senior eligible to play tonight, but there’s still an open question as to whether or not his coach will play him. Robison Family Lawyer David Moyer says the whole process so far has been unfair. Robison, and Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio were suspended after the LHSAA alleged the quarterback was illegally recruited by Hahnville from his old school, Vandebilt Catholic. Saltaformaggio received a four game ban, while Robison was barred from playing at all for his new school.

 

A Denham Springs woman has been charged with D-W-I after she drove into a Baton Rouge Police cruiser. B-R-P-D Sergeant Don Coppola says after doctors checked on Jones injuries, she was then sent to the East Baton Rouge jail for booking on charges of D-W-I, careless operation and vehicular negligent injuring. Coppola says the police unit suffered severe damage as a result of the wreck.

 

The Gueydan Duck Festival has kicked off, bringing sportsmen from around the world to the small town known as the Duck Capital of America. The town, south of Lafayette, has been putting on the festival for 41 years. Festival President Jerrod Broussard says it’s

a family friendly event with food, music, and all kinds of other entertainment

 

After seeing losses in 2017, movie theatres are experiencing their best summer in two decades.  It’s quite the feat considering the popularity of at home video on demand services such as Netflix.  North American ticket sales will close out the summer season with more than a 14% increase.  Entertainment columnist for the New Orleans Advocate Keith Spera says the weather might play a factor, with people wanting to get out of the heat.

 

 

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Louisiana Tech will make the bus ride down to Baton Rouge tomorrow for their game against 6th ranked LSU. Bulldogs Senior linebacker Dae’Von Washington of Alexandria says they are gearing up for a physical game. LSU has won 15 straight over the Bulldogs. Tech’s lone win during the series came in 1904 when the Bulldogs won six to nothing. The game is sold out..

 

A matchup to watch in Sunday’s Saints-Falcons game is Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones versus New Orleans cornerback  Marshon Lattimore. The second year defensive back knows he has his work cut out for him. Saints defensive end Cam Jordan says if Lattimore and the Saints secondary can do their job, they hope to get pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

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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.

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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.

 

Sports..

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

On air tonight..

 

Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners 6:35p 94.7 ESPN / 1410 KDBS

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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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Sports

 

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.

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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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

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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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Good Morning News For Tuesday 09/11/18 .... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Tuesday 091118

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning ... News For Monday 09/10/18. Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Monday 091018

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports…

 

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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Good Morning... News For Friday 09/07/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Friday 090718

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 09/06/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Thursday 090618

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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…

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 09/05/18 ...... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Wednesday 090518

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning News For Tuesday 09/04/18 .... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Tuesday 090418

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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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Good Morning... News For Friday 08/31/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Friday 083118

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

Sports.

 

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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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/30/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Thursday 083018

By Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning... News For Friday 08/24/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Friday 082418

By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

Sports…

 

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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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/23/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Thursday 082318

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 08/22/18 ...... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Wednesday 082218

Compiled By Dave Graichen

For Cenla Broadcasting

 

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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Good Morning News For Tuesday 08/21/18 .... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Tuesday 082118

Compiled By Dave Graichen

For Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning ... News For Monday 08/20/18. Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Monday 082018

Compiled By Dave Graichen

For Cenla Broadcasting

 

Today’s sources: LA Network, #Town Talk, **Advocate, Cenla Broadcasting

 

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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Good Morning... News For Friday 08/18/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Friday 081718

Compiled by Dave Graichen

For Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

 

Sports on the air tonight:

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals 5p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Houston Astros @ Oakland A’s 8:30p 94.7 ESPN

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/16/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Thursday 081618

Compiled By Dave Graichen

For Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 08/15/18 ...... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Wednesday 081518

By Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

On air today…

 

Houston Astros vs Colorado Rockies 6:35p 97.4 ESPN

 

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News for Friday 081018

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports….

 

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.

 

On the air tonight..

 

Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

 

Today’s sources: Louisiana Radio Network, Advocate & Cenla Broadcasting.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/09/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Thursday 080918

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

 

Sports..

 

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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News for Wednesday 080818

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

 

Sports On The Air Tonight..

 

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

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Good Morning News For Tuesday 08/07/18 .... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


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News for Tuesday 080718

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports on the air today..

 

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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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.

 

Sports on the air today..

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

Sports on air today..

 

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.

 

Sports on the air tonight….

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

On The Air Today..

 

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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Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners 8:35p 94.7 ESPN

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Good Morning ... News For Monday 07/30/18. Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Monday 073018

Compiled By Dave Graichen

 

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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Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners 8:35p 94.7 ESPN.

The Texas Rangers took Three Games from the Astros over the weekend.

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Good Morning... News For Friday 07/27/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


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News for Friday 072718

Compiled By Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

On the air…

 

The Houston Astros begin a three game series against the Texas Rangers tonight. Airtime 6:35 on 94.7 ESPN.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 07/26/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Thursday 072618

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 07/25/18 ...... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


 

News for Wednesday 072518

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

On air tonight….

Houston Astros @ Colorado Rockies 7:05p 94.7 ESPN

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Good Morning News For Tuesday 07/24/18 .... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Tuesday 072418

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

Sports on the air tonight….

 

Houston Astros @ Colorado Rockies 7:05p 94.7 ESPN

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Good Morning ... News For Monday 07/22/18. Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Monday 072318

Compiled By Dave Graichen

 

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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Good Morning... News For Friday 07/20/18... Audio Link After 7a http://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3


News for Friday 072018

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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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News for Thursday 071918

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

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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