News for Tuesday 120914
By Dave Graichen
The Pineville Police Department is investigating a rather bazar robbery that took place last Friday. Police say which two men posing as salesmen distracted a homeowner while it’s believed a third person stole from the home. A man presented himself as a flooring salesman and talked his way into the home, trying to sell the homeowner linoleum flooring. The release said a second man, posing as a carpenter, then came into the house. The second man held up a large piece of linoleum to show the homeowner. It’s believed that’s when a third person slipped in unnoticed, stealing a large amount of jewelry. Anyone with info is asked to call authorities…
A Livonia teenager who was placing coins onto train tracks as a train rolled by was killed early Sunday morning when a ladder hanging off one of the train cars caught the boy, throwing him under the train. 17 year old Brandt Torres was pronounced dead at the scene.
Louisiana’s newly elected Congressmen discuss Washington D.C. committee assignments. Congressman-elect Garret Graves, representing the 6th District, says he’s got a spot on the House Transportation and Natural Resources Committee. In the 5th District, Congressman-elect Ralph Abraham will likely be on the House Ag and Veterans’ Affairs committees. The GOP has already promised Senator-elect Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate energy committee and Cassidy says he’ll also seek a spot on the Appropriations committee because he wants to see Congress change
As was predicted, the Republican party is about to have control of both the House and Senate, and 4th District Congressman John Fleming of Leesville says the party discussion now turns to how they can rebuild the trust of the American people.
Fleming says they will probably get the Keystone Pipeline on the floor fairly quickly.
The Louisiana’s Governor’s race is now a political focal point, and we already know that Senator David Vitter and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne are the Republican front-runners. On the democratic side, there WAS some speculation that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu might run, but U-L-L Political Science Professor Peaerson Cross says that was before his sister suffered defeat. State Representative Jon Bel edwards is the only announced Democrat so far.
Now that the US Senate election is over and she won’t be returning to Congress, what’s next for Mary Landrieu? Political Analyst Clancy Dubos expects Landrieu to first take some time off to spend with her family. He says, after a waiting period, Landrieu could consider becoming a lobbyist. Dubos also says Saturday’s defeat doesn’t necessarily mean that Landrieu’s political career is over. Dubos says Landrieu could decide to jump back in the political arena, but admits that it may be a while before she runs for office again.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected BP’s challenge of the multi-billion dollar settlement set forth by lower courts in connection with the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Most legal experts suspect that there will not be any further litigation in the matter, and BP will have to abide by the deal it made.
The Jindal Administration says they are on track to reach the savings and efficiency goals in the state general fund to keep this year’s budget balanced as promised. They say Louisiana will save $75.7 million dollars by reducing spending in state agencies.
Former Governor Edwin Edwards will be releasing another book next year and this one will be loaded with pictures. Biographer Leo Honeycutt says many people have been asking him to write another book about The Cajun Prince since there are already several new chapters in his life. Honeycutt says while he was working on the 600+ page novel he ended up amassing over 900 pictures. He says the new venture is a coffee table book and will be Edwards’ life in pictures.
The Department of Health and Hospitals is hosting a symposium today which will focus on finding solutions to rising youth ADHD (or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) diagnoses and treatment. Secretary Kathy Kliebert says it’s concerning that Louisiana has the second highest state ADHD prescription rate in the nation. ADHD medication use has risen 35.5 percent from 2008 to 2012 and young adult use has nearly doubled.
The Big Easy is once again expecting many football fans in town for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the Allstate Sugar bowl. New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation President Mark Romig says the New Year’s Day matchup between Alabama and Ohio State in the Sugarbowl will be legendary. Romig says they are expecting a sell-out crowd at the Mercedes Benz Superdome for the inaugural College Football Playoff and expects the city to be packed. Romig says there will also be big crows in town for the New Orleans Bowl on December 20th.
The matchup for the Duck Commander Independence Bowl has been set as the South Carolina Gamecocks will face the Miami Hurricanes on December 27th in Shreveport.