News for Friday January 17th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
KALB reports more than four months after APD Chief Jerrod King submitted his pick for deputy chief, Mayor Jeff Hall has yet to approve it and feels it's best to get rid of the position altogether. Civil Service Board Attorney Brian Cespiva says the board received a letter from the city administration just days ago about their decision to get rid of the deputy chief's position. Now, the civil service board wants an explanation as to why.
They've asked that someone from the city's administration attend the next board meeting so they can explain the rationale behind their decision. The board will then vote on whether the city has given a sufficient explanation, followed by a public hearing after thirty days.
The National Champion LSU Tigers visit Washington DC today. Congressman Garret Graves says there are a number of different events to honor the team including a dinner, a tour of the Capitol and the House floor, and a meeting with the President at the White House.
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is reportedly set to leave the program to take over as the new head coach of Baylor. Aranda was widely regarded as one of the best defensive minds in college football.
And that’s not the only story blowing up the LSU newswire. An arrest warrant is now out for former star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for an incident caught on tape where he slapped the behind of a Superdome police officer who was reportedly in the locker room during an incident where players were caught smoking cigars. This stacks with another video controversy where he was caught handing out money to players after championship game. Beckham’s pro team, the Cleveland Browns, says they are monitoring the situation.
State regulators have endorsed a $14 billion merger that would transfer control of Harrah’s land-based facility in New Orleans. In what is being described as a minnow swallowing a whale, tiny El Dorado Resorts, based in Reno, is taking control of industry giant Caesars’ Entertainment. The new combination, if approved by some dozen more states, as expected, will control 60 casino-resorts in 15 states, including five properties in Louisiana, making El Dorado the largest casino owner in Louisiana and the nation.
After nearly two years of a trade war, phase one of the trade agreement between the US and China has been signed. Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says China will buy $36.5 billion in ag products this year adding structural reforms will change the goods that China purchases which he says should result in long term stability.
The Army Corps of Engineers has been sued by a coalition of environmental groups for allegedly failing to disclose the public health risks of a plastics plant set for construction in St. James Parish. The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the plaintiffs and staff attorney Emily Jeffers says the Corp was blatantly disregarding the law when they issued a permit for the facility. The suit alleges that a full accounting of the public health effects was not done because it would likely have resulted in a rejection of the site’s permit. A Corps spokesperson says they cannot comment on litigation.
The Jazz Fest lineup is absolutely stacked this year with Foo Fighters, Lizzo, and the Wu-Tang Clan primed to headline along with classic hitmakers like Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, the Who, and Dead and Company. The festival will also have several tributes to the late Dr. John.
A trailer fire in Lake Charles kills a 12-year-old girl and puts three other people in the hospital. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the home did not have working smoke alarms, which could have added critical seconds to the escape. This is the first residential fatal fire in Louisiana of 2020.
Advanced Aero Services announces plans to build an aviation facility at Shreveport Regional Airport that will initially create 60 new jobs with an average salary just below 50-thousand dollars. Workers will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul work on commercial airlines at the facility.
More than 70 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 225th Engineer Brigade are set to return home from an overseas deployment at Million Air Alexandria at the Alexandria International Airport this afternoon at 3 p.m. During the nine-month deployment, the unit conducted general engineering, geospatial engineering, survivability, and mobility operations in their area of responsibility while maintaining decisive action readiness and building interoperability with partners. Welcome Home!
A recent study finds that professional wrestling is the most popular content on YouTube for Louisiana web surfers. Frontierbundles.com conducted the study and spokesperson Elaine Thompson says the research is based on each state’s most searched or subscribed YouTube channel, with WWE way ahead of everyone else. Thompson says the Bayou State isn’t alone in its fascination with piledrivers and powerbombs as WWE is the most popular YouTube channel in seven other states.
The LSU Championship Parade is set for Saturday at 11AM at the school’s flagship Baton Rouge campus. LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson says it’ll be a party and one last time to see all of the players and coaches together before many of them move on in their careers or graduate. The parade starts at the School of Music and wraps up by heading down victory hill. The campus will open early to tailgating at 8 AM.
On air this weekend….
Saturday January 18th
Pelicans vs Clippers 2p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
LSU Basketball @ Ole Miss 6:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Sunday January 19th
AFC Championship Game
Tennessee @ Kansas City 1p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
NFC Championship Game
Green Bay @ San Francisco 5:15p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM