News for Tuesday 060915
By Dave Graichen
The Red River reached it’s anticipated crest Monday morning in Shreveport at 36.82 feet. The weather service says relief is still weeks away. Officials say at least 300 homes have been affected by flood waters.
A state of emergency has been declared by the Rapides Parish Police Jury because of the flood threat from the swollen Red River and its tributaries. At 9 a.m. Monday, the Red River stage at Alexandria was at 33.8 feet. The National Weather Service is projecting a crest of 38.0 feet on Sunday evening before the water level starts falling. The parts of Rapides Parish most affected by flooding are the Rigolette area, Palmer Chapel Road area and Wardville
The APD reports one man is dead after a Monday afternoon shooting at an Alexandria tattoo parlor. The shooting took place shortly after 4:30pm at Scared Art on Jackson Street after what an altercation. Police say one person was in custody. No other information is being released at this time.
A bill that passed the legislature Monday authorizes the future transfer of the Central State Hospital property to a rejuvenated development district. It’s Senate Bill 217 lays the groundwork to move quickly on development of the property when Central moves. Central, which has been in it’s current location since 1906, is slated to move to a new facility adjacent to Pinecrest Supports and Services Center in Pineville. There is still no firm timetable for the move, which was announced in 2012.
A higher education tax credit designed to provide an offset to revenue generating bills receives a cold shoulder from House members. The legislation is called the SAVE act and the Jindal administration is pushing it. The measure was pulled but without it Jindal is expected to veto revenue generating bills that restore higher ed and healthcare cuts.
The state House did not advance a senate approved constitutional amendment that would have made it easier for Louisiana’s public colleges and universities to raise tuition. The legislature has to sign off on any tuition change at the state’s higher education institutions. The measure passed 33-4 on the Senate side but failed in the House 51-47.
The state senate approves legislation that prohibits State Police from paying trooper security costs when Governor Bobby Jindal travels for campaign purposes. The head of the state democratic party, New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson, says State Police should not be using it’s own resources to support a governor’s presidential campaign. Peterson’s amendment passed on a 29-5 vote. Jindal’s office responded saying it’s a shame the leader of the Democratic Party wouldn’t want a Republican Governor to have protection.
A measure which would mean dramatic decreases in Louisiana’s tough pot poession penalties is headed to Governor Bobby Jindal’s desk. Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto says right now the sentence for one gram of marijuana and 60 pounds is the same which makes no sense HB 149 is a compromise between lawmakers who have tried to reform marijuana sentencing and law enforcement lobby groups.
It appears that Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany is considering a run for the US Senate if Senator David Vitter is elected governor this year. Boustany says that could be an option after this year’s statewide election, but right now he’s focusing on the job at hand. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross thinks it’s a really strong possibility that Boustany would vie for Vitter’s seat. Cross says other potential candidates could include Minden Congressman John Fleming and state Treasurer John Kennedy.
According to a new report, abortions in Louisiana have jumped in number since 2010, while nearly everywhere else they’ve gone down. But Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says numbers of out of state women coming here to have an abortion are dramatically increasing. Louisiana was recently honored by Americans United for Life as the top state taking steps to reduce access to abortion, but the study indicates the number of women ending pregnancies here is up 12 percent between 2010 and 2014.
On a day that a Monroe home was occupied by 7 people, the state fire marshal’s office say a blaze claimed the lives of three who were trapped inside by burglar bars. Three others were able to escape and they believe another person left the house earlier Sunday morning. The house was known by neighbors and police to be a drug flop house.
The LSU Tigers are headed back to the College World Series as they defeated UL Lafayette six to three to clinch a Super Regional series victory over the Ragin Cajuns. Who LSU will play in its first game in the College World Series will be determined tonight. They’ll face either Texas A-and-M or TCU.
The Houston Astros selected LSU shortstop Alex Bregman with the second overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft. Bregman says it’s a dream come true to hear the MLB Commissioner call his name. Bregman was taken after Arizona picked Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with the number one overall selection.