News for Thursday 120414
By Dave Graichen
The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office reports, a man wanted in the death of his wife was found Tuesday morning, hiding underneath a house not far from the scene of the Sunday night stabbing. 48 year old Dennis Williams was wanted for second-degree murder in the death of his wife, 46-yearold Laura Williams, who was found Sunday night in her home on Starlight Baptist Church Road. When Deputies found Williams hiding, he was suffering from apparent self-inflicted stab wounds. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A complaint has been filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, urging them to look into allegations whether Republican Bill Cassidy violated House rules and federal law for receiving compensation from the LSU health system that he didn’t perform. Cassidy’s opponent in the Senate, Democrat Mary Landrieu, faced an ethics complaint in September, after it was learned her office used taxpayer dollars to pay for charter flights for campaign events.
In a televised debate between Fifth District Congressional candidates, Republican Ralph Abraham and Democrat Jamie Mayo, Mayo said Abraham makes too much money to understand the needs of the district, which is one of the poorest in the nation. Abraham said he’ll bring a conservative voice and common sense approach to Washington D-C.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved new licensing rules for child care centers. One of the new regulations calls for fingerprint-based criminal background checks for the facilities workers and volunteers. The regulations include a provision that require one teacher for every 11 two-year-olds at a child care center.
Louisiana is joining a 16 state coalition-led by Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott, in suing the Obama administration for the recent executive orders regarding illegal immigrant amnesty. Abbot says that Texas would especially be harmed by President Obama’s executive orders, since his state has such a long border with Mexico.
State Police has teamed up with the Office of Motor Vehicles to implement the “Parents Supervised Driving Program”, an effort to prevent teen motor vehicle crashes through education and awareness of teen driving restrictions. The program provides parents with more information so they can do a better job with their teens while they have their learner’s permit.
Former Governor Edwin Edwards and Republican Garret Graves went head to head in Livingston Parish Tuesday and it got ugly. Perhaps the most controversial moment came at the end of the 6th Congressional District debate when Graves announced he’d been endorsed but the Sheriff’s Association. Edwards left his podium and approached Graves calling him a liar. The Sheriff’s Association reportedly held a vote on whether or not to endorse Graves and all agreed but not every member was present at the meeting.
In the final days before Saturday’s election, a new poll on the 6th District Congressional race shows Republican Garrett Graves with 53-percent of the vote while Democratic former governor Edwin Edwards has 47-percent. The Glascock Group surveyed 532 voters from across the district.
Shan Davis, a member of the staff of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, was named executive director Wednesday for the panel. The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide. Davis said she officially starts the job on Dec. 21. She said her salary has not been finalized. Her predecessor was paid $125,000 a year.
For a fourth straight season, the UL-Lafayette Football team has accepted an invitation to play in the R and L Carriers New Orleans Bowl which will be played Saturday December 20th. The voice of the Ragin Cajuns Jay Walker says their fans are always fired up about heading to the Big Easy. UL-Lafayette will likely have to wait until Sunday to find out who they will play.