News for Monday 071315
By Dave Graichen
The new Miss USA Olivia Jordan is the first woman from Oklahoma to win the top title.
During the pageant, Jordan said race relations are the next hot-button issue that the United States needs to tackle. She also said she would like to see African American abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman on the $10 bill. The pageant was held last night in Baton Rouge.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday evening during the Alexandria City Council meeting to discuss the possibility of moving the Murray Street Post Office out of the federal courthouse to a yet to be decided location. After Tuesday's meeting, the public will have 30 days to submit written comments about the proposed relocation of the downtown post office. That meeting begins tomorrow at 5pm.
Mississippi-based Triumph Campaigns conducted an automated survey on the governor’s race. Based on 16-hundred responses, Republican David Vitter received 31-percent, Democrat John Bel Edwards had 30-percent and Republican Scott Angelle had 14-percent.
Republican Jay Dardenne received 11-percent in this poll.
A republican presidential nomination poll conducted by an Iowa TV station places Governor Bobby Jindal in 13th with 2 percent from likely caucus goers . Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leads with 18 percent. The Iowa caucuses on February 1st are the first of the contests for the 2016 Presidential election.
A Baton Rouge man shot his teenage girlfriend, her mother, a friend and then turned the gun on himself early Sunday, leaving three people dead, including himself, and one seriously injured — all while a 1-year-old baby was in the apartment. The Baton Rouge PD says the incident arose from a family argument. But, no other information was released.
Community colleges in Louisiana are raising tuition by 10-percent for the upcoming school year. The increase is allowed under the GRAD Act, which allows campuses to increase tuition higher than five-percent, if certain goals are met. Community college leaders say the tuition hike brings two-year schools in line with others in the Southeast.
The Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association will no longer pursue a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the cap that was placed on the film tax incentive program. LFEA president Will French says instead of engaging in a legal battle, they believe their efforts are better served working with state agencies to make sure the film industry can still thrive.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services makes policy changes after a 15-year-old Baton Rouge boy was found in a home weighing just 47 pounds and covered with insect bites. DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says they are adding medical experts to case examinations with special needs children.The mother of the 15-year-old child is behind bars on a 115-thousand dollar bond.
A 12-year-old and two teenagers in Lafourche Parish have been charged with criminal mischief for lying about a kidnapping. Sheriff deputies say the three claimed that 21-year-old Kaleb Bruce grabbed the 12-year-old off the street and put a duffel bag over his face. The 12-year-old was able to escape and Bruce was arrested. But the three individuals eventually changed their story and were taken into custody, while Bruce was released after spending several days in jail.
A teenager from Benton, who bragged on social media about stealing 16 street signs from specific Bossier Parish neighborhoods, can now add one more address to the places he’s visited-the Bossier Maximum Security Facility. Seventeen year-old Chase Grubbs has been charged with 16 counts of theft.
Starting today, the eastbound side of the Mississippi River Bridge in Natchez, Mississippi and Vidalia will see lane closures for the placement of concrete barriers. State Department of Transportation Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says starting on July 20th, the westbound side of the bridge will be closed for seven weeks.
SEC football media days get underway today in Hoover, Alabama, which is the unofficial start to the college football season. Hundreds of reporters attend this event to hear from SEC coaches and players.