News for Wednesday 071515
By Dave Graichen
The Huey P. Long Medical Center building in Pineville is now officially on the National Register of Historic Places. The addition of the 76-year-old building to the National Register was announced Tuesday by officials of the Historical Association of Central Louisiana. While being part of the National Register doesn't guarantee the building won't be torn down, it will reduce the likelihood and will increase the chances the building could find new life.
Authorities investigating a complaint about child neglect searched a Simmesport residence and found evidence, in addition to the neglect, of multiple sex crimes against children authorities arrested 61 year old Donnie Dibble Sr of Simmesport. Also arrested were the parents of three minor children. They were charged with cruelty to juveniles and five counts of criminal neglect. Investigators allege the children’s parents did not provide the necessary medical care and did not provide an educational program for their five juvenile children.
The Louisiana Association of Business and industry has come out with their report card on lawmakers, and it shows 94 legislators received an “F.” For those that didn’t pass, the LABI says all of them voted for 600 million dollars in taxes on business. They say many of those lawmakers are up for re-election, and that voting record will have an impact on the fall elections.
Louisiana has moved past Alabama for the third highest average combined state and local sales tax. That’s according to the Tax Foundation, who puts together a report every July on sales tax rates. Economist Scott Drenkard says Louisiana ranks high on their list, because it has the highest average local tax rate in the country. Drenkard says Louisiana’s average combined state and local sales tax rate is 9.01 percent,
Republicans in Louisiana’s Congressional delegation don’t like the Iran nuclear deal that the president has agreed to. Essentially this would mean that in exchange for limits on nuclear activities, Iran gets billions in relief from international sanctions. If Congress rejects the deal, it’s not likely the republicans will have the required two-thirds vote to override the veto President Obama has promised.
Shreveport Police have a man in custody accused of stabbing his teenage nephew to death. Cpl. Marcus Hines says officers learned that 15-year-old Willie Latin III was stabbed following a physical altercation inside his home. He says Latin was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
In Jeff Davis Parish, 2 people are dead, including a 3 year-old child, following an early morning single vehicle crash on I-10 two miles west of Lacassine. State police say none of the occupants in the vehicle were restrained. Neither of the dead were restrained in the crash.
The controversy over the Confederate flag and monuments has spilled over to whether the “Rebels” mascot is appropriate for West Monroe High School. A Facebook page has been started calling for a new nickname for West Monroe High.
The Baton Rouge hosted Miss USA Pageant which was clouded in controversy over its ties to Donald Trump, essentially tanked in the ratings. The event was dropped by NBC and fewer than 1 million people tuned in to watch the pageant on the Reelz network, an 83% drop from last year’s show.
St. John Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a couple who allegedly used their 5 year-old son to break into a Laplace residence through an AC window accordion, then unlocking the door. Twenty-seven year-old Casey Ramsey and 33-year-old Anthony Wilson were charged for burglarizing his parents’ home, simple criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Louisiana’s most popular summer-blooming tree, the crepe myrtle, is blooming later and less than normal this year due to the spring’s unusual weather conditions which included lots of rain. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings says these trees like sunshine, above average temperatures, and dry conditions. Something they didn’t get during the spring.
Defensive coordinator John Chavis’ move from LSU to Texas A&M was a topic for discussion when Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin appeared at SEC Media Days. Sumlin admitted he went after Chavis after his LSU defenses kept Aggie offenses in check. Chavis takes over a defense that ranked 102nd in the country last season in total defense. The “Chief” will return to Baton Rouge on November 28th, when LSU hosts A&M.