News for Monday 091514
By Dave Graichen
The LSU Board of Supervisors Approves a three year contract extension for Athletic Director Joe Alleva. He isn’t getting a raise, but his base salary will remain $725,000. Alleva, who has been the AD since 2008, says he loves his job. The contract extension will keep him on it until 2019.
The Rapides Republican Parish Executive Committee has voted to endorse Dr. Ralph Abraham in the 5th Congressional District election. Wayne Ryan who is the chairman of the organization says, Dr. Abraham has lived out his conservative values in his professional life, home life, his community service activities and his service to our country in the military. Ryan said Abraham would bring “honor, the restoration of integrity, honesty and trustworthiness to the office.
Monroe police say a man shot his ex-wife’s boyfriend in the parking lot of a daycare center. Assistant police chief Don Bartley says 32-year-old Marlando Honeycutt had just dropped off his girlfriend’s kids at the daycare center, when Lemerick Christopher walked up and confronted Honeycut. He then opened fire. Christopher was arrested a short time later and now faces several charges including attempted murder. Bartley says Honeycutt is in stable condition after being shot in the face and chest.
A freak accident over the weekend. State Police said one motorcyclist was killed and another was injured Sunday when a tree limb fell and struck them while they were riding near French Settlement.
The accident occurred about 1:30 in the afternoon. One man was pronounced dead at the scene the other is in serious condition at a Baton Rouge hospital. State police report both riders were wearing their helmets and neither was suspected of driving while intoxicated.
The Municipal Police Employees Retirement System announces the first permanent cost of living adjustment for retirees in more than a decade. Ben Huxen, Chief Advisor to the Commissioner of Administration, says the increase will begin November 1st. The last permanent cost of living adjustment was made in January 2002. Eligible members will receive a minimum increase of $20 per month.
Fort Polk has announced a highly decorated soldier from Missouri has died in a motor vehicle accident that took place at the Fort Polk Training area. Twenty-two year-old Silas Jones was a cannon crew member, who joined the army two years ago. Another soldier was injured and that accident is under investigation.
The Louisiana Republican Party continues to make Senator Mary Landrieu’s chartered flights a campaign issue. Landrieu has completed a report on the use of flights for campaign events and has admitted to over $33,000 in improperly charged flights. Executive Director Jason Dore says he’s surprised by that amount. Landrieu says she takes full responsibility and that these mistakes are a result of sloppy bookkeeping. She says safeguards have been put in place to make sure this never happens again. The report states that prior to the report even being released, Senator Landrieu’s campaign had already reimbursed the Federal Treasury for the mistakes.
Starting this week, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will host town hall meetings at three locations in Louisiana he’d like to see tapped for tourism growth. Dardenne says they’ll be in Shreveport tomorrow to get input from the community about opportunities there like the Louisiana Hayride. He says they’ll be in Lafayette on October 15th at Vermillionville then is on to Monroe on October 28th at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum to talk about the unprecedented attention that northeast Louisiana has been getting thanks to things like Duck Dynasty.
There is a new insect that Louisiana homeowners should be aware of, especially if you have ornamental plants growing outside. The pest is called a chilli thrip and LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings says they feed on about 250 different species of ornamental plants. He says the chilli thrip feeds on the foliage of these plants instead of the flowers, like other thrip species. Owings says if a plant is infected with chilli thrips, you’ll have some malformation or deformed new growth after a growth flush is initiated. Owings says there are insecticides that can effectively deal with chilli thrips.
The LSU Tigers are 3-and-0 heading into Saturday’s SEC opener against Mississippi State. The Tigers blanked ULM on Saturday 31 to 0. Coach Les Miles says his team is ready to play an SEC West opponent. LSU’s defense has been outstanding this season. They’ve shutout their opponents in the last two games, first time that’s happened at LSU since 1985.
Many Saints fans thought this was the year for the Black and Gold to get back to the Super Bowl. But New Orleans is 0-and-2 after suffering a heart breaking 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. For the second straight game, New Orleans couldn’t preserve a late lead. Coach Sean Payton says all they could do at this point is work on trying to become a better team.