News for Wednesday 061015
By Dave Graichen
More on that shooting Monday afternoon at a Jackson Street tattoo parlor. The APD reports 43-year-old Daymein Boyd of Alexandria, the owner of Sacred Art is under arrest on murder charges accused of killing 42-year-old John Williams after the two got into a heated argument. Boyd was charged with second-degree murder, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a synthetic pot.
More than 1,700 sandbags have been distributed throughout Grant Parish, and residents in the Nantachie Lake area have been warned that the lake level still is expected to rise. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office says sandbagging operations will continue today through Saturday at the Nantachie Fire Station from 8 to 11 a.m. each day. Filled bags also will be available to the Grant Parish Civic Center; the Bynum Fire Station; and the District 5 Volunteer Fire Department, on Walker Ferry Road in Pollock.
A Baton Rouge federal judge has ordered the unconditional release of 68-year-old Albert Woodfox, the last member of the Angola 3. He’s spent over 40 years in solitary for the 1972 killing of an Angola prison guard. But Woodfox is not a free man yet. The 5th Circuit Court Court of appeals has granted a stay requested by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, that will keep Woodfox in jail for at least the next couple of days.
The state legislature has only two more days left to reach a compromise on the budget. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says all eyes are on the House, who refuses to go along with a tax break that really doesn’t do anything. As of now, the House does not support a Jindal backed tax credit that allows him to keep his no-tax pledge. Pinsonat says without the tax credit, Jindal will veto several revenue generating bills, putting higher ed and health care at risk. By law, the legislative session must end on Thursday at 6 PM.
The state House has sent legislation that would raise the tax on cigarettes to a conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers. The House passed the measure raising the tax to 68 cents per pack.
A three bill compromise over common Core has won final passage in the House, and are their way to the governor’s desk. By a 99-0 vote, the motion will have on-going public and legislative reviews of the education standards. One of the approved bills will place limits on Louisiana usage of the material.
Getting final legislative approval Tuesday was a bill that would give domestic violence abuse victims special housing protections such as breaking a lease to escape an abuser. Supporters say woman who are abused need more safe guarding when it comes to escaping a violent situation.
According to a report from Fuelfix.com, gas prices won’t go any higher this year and motorists will enjoy the lowest gas prices in years for the summer. The current statewide average stands at $2.53 a gallon. Let’s hope they’re right.
Governor Bobby Jindal turns 44 years old today and the question is what does the future hold for him? Jindal is finishing his second term as governor and a possible presidential campaign is ahead of him. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the governor is at a crossroads, career-wise. He says if Jindal’s presidential aspirations don’t pan out in 2016, he still has some good career prospects. Cross says it’s possible Jindal could be appointed to a cabinet post, be an ambassador, take a major position at a think tank, or even wind up on television. He says Jindal has a really strong upside for future job opportunities.
The Sterlington Police Department says they’ve arrested a man who allegedly set his pregnant girlfriend on fire during an argument over bills. Chief Barry Bonner says 23-year-old Darren Lambert is charged with aggravated domestic abuse. Bonner says the victim was transported to the burn center in Jackson, Mississippi with second and third degree burns all over her body. He says cops were told by family members that the victim was 9 weeks pregnant.
LSU will leave tomorrow for Omaha as they’ll make their 17th trip to the College World Series. There are a handful of guys who were on the team that went to the C-W-S in 2013. But a vast majority of the players will make their first trip. LSU will play TCU on Sunday at 2 PM.