News for Monday 062314
By Dave Graichen
A very close call this weekend for Chamber President Deborah Randolph and former mayor Ned Randolph as they were traveling to Baton Rouge on highway 71. A collision between an SUV and a sedan in the oncoming lane tossed the sedan across the roadway and caused it to land on the hood of the Randolph’s car. Both Ned and Deborah received minor injuries, but miraculously survived, as did the drivers of the other vehicles.
Summer officially arrived over the weekend. State climatologist Barry Keim says the climate prediction center is calling for hotter and dryer conditions for Louisiana this summer. An El Niño weather condition could form a little later than originally expected this summer but will likely still be in time to help put a dampening effect on tropical storm development.
Governor Bobby Jindal has signed the state's $24.6 billion dollar operating budget. In the end, out of all of the expenditures approved by lawmakers, he only vetoed eight. The new fiscal year begins on the first of July.
Some are wondering if our Governor is advocating a coup. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for “a hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital. Jindal spoke at the annual conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group led by longtime Christian activist Ralph Reed. Organizers said more than 1,000 evangelical leaders attended the three-day gathering. Republican officials across the political spectrum concede that evangelical voters continue to play a critical role in GOP politics.
According to a new survey, Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards leads a poll for the US House of Representatives open primary in November, but he trails in a head-to-head against two potential rivals in a runoff. The poll by Glascock Group indicated Edwards would lead in the open primary with the support of 32 percent of those questioned, but either Republican Paul Dietzel or Republican State Senator Dan Claitor could win in a possible runoff match-up according to the report.
As we approach the heart of the summer driving season, prices at the gas pump are going up. The price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Louisiana has risen nearly ten cents in the past week. AAA fuel analyst Mike Right says gas prices typically begin to lower after Memorial Day and remain steady throughout the summer. But, Right says anxiety over what's going on in the middle east is costing the price of energy goes up. The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Louisiana is about $3.50. It appears we will be stuck paying above average gas prices through the summer.
According to a new state-by-state scorecard released by AARP, Louisiana ranks 37th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents. Andrew Muhl, director of advocacy for AARP Louisiana, says the bottom line is that family caregivers need more help. Muhl says most Louisianians want to live independently at home as they age, most with the help of unpaid family caregivers. He says more needs to be done to help older residents achieve that goal.
Tony the Tiger can stay. Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation on Friday that provides an exception for the live exotic animal who lives at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, vowed to challenge the new law in court.
Louisiana State Police says you can now apply online for a concealed handgun permit. Sgt. Nick Manale says citizens can now utilize the a special website that's been set up to submit a CCP online application. He says any paperwork involved can be scanned and emailed to LSP but this should make things a lot easier. The Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit website can be found at chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov.
The Lafayette Police Department says the man who led police on a high speed chase on I-10 this week with a missing 16-year-old girl from Florida has been released from the hospital and booked into jail. They say 41-year-old Steven P Myers is charged with attempted first degree murder. The victim, Ashley Lyon, apparently suffered 10 stab wounds and remains in serious but stable condition at a Lafayette hospital.
WDSU in New Orleans is reporting that friends, family members and even some governmental employees have written letters to U.S. Distrcit Judge Ginger Berrigan, asking for leniency for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in the sentencing for bribe-taking and receiving
kick-backs. Sentencing is scheduled for July 9th.
As part of the fight to stop child abuse and child trafficking, Governor Bobby Jindal has signed SB 586 into law that creates the new crime of "re-homing" children. That would involve an transaction
or action that an individual might do to to avoid or divest their parental reponsibilty by placing the child in the home of a non-relative without court approval. For people who actually sell children, the Governor says that will be prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered two bodies Sunday evening on the Upper Amite River near Watson and deputies said the two likely drowned while tubing with a group of friends.
The two victims were 26 year old Joshua Brantley of Hammond, and 26 year old Philip White of Marrero. Authorities say alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the incident.
Deputies began a search at about 2 p.m. Sunday following reports of two people missing who had been tubing on the river with about 10 other friends
A woman who argued with her boyfriend late Saturday was stabbed to death on Grand Isle beach in front of her year-old daughter. Grand Isle Police and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies captured 28 year old Randy Paul Marcel of Chauvin, after he ran from scene of the stabbing. Marcel and the victim had been dating for about five years.