News for Tuesday 072815
By Dave Graichen
Today, the Louisiana Republican Party is expected to announce their endorsement of former Congressman Jeff Landry in this year’s Attorney General’s race. Landry is seeking to unseat current AG and fellow Republican Buddy Caldwell. LaPolitics-dot-com Publisher Jeremy Alford says Caldwell has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way in recent years. He says Caldwell received a lot of criticism among Republicans for offering encouraging words to former Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu in her unsuccessful bid for re-election last year.
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s top executive responded Monday to the Jindal administration’s questions about fetal tissue handling at its abortion clinic operations. “Some Planned Parenthood affiliates may help patients who wish to donate fetal tissue, just like other health care providers do. But, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President Melaney Linton said the organization does not currently have a fetal tissue donation program in Texas, nor is one planned at the group’s proposed clinic in New Orleans. Gov. Bobby Jindal launched a state investigation earlier this month into the operations of Planned Parenthood, based on reports alleging sale of fetal body parts from abortions. Linton answered a series of questions asked by the state health agency as a part of that probe.
The movie theater where three people were killed and nine others were injured has been turned back to the owners. Lafayette Police announce they are done with its onsite investigation. It’s unclear when the theater will be re-opened to the public. Authorities also announce they’ve found a journal type book in John Houser’s hotel room and that has been turned over to a specialist to be analyzed.
In light of last week’s shooting at the Lafayette movie theater, some people are asking whether or not metal detectors should be placed beyond ticket offices. Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton says she would craft such legislation if she’s re-elected in the fall. She says standing in line a little longer is a small price to pay. The National Association of Theater Owners have declined to comment when asked about the prospect of setting up metal detectors in the wake of the Lafayette shooting.
Governor Bobby Jindal made it very clear Sunday on Face The Nation that if any protestors from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church would picket the funerals of the Lafayette theater victims today-as they had threatened to do-they would be arrested. 21 year-old Mayci Breaux’s service was held yesterday in Franklin while 33 year-old Jillian Johnson had her memorial service in Lafayette. No protesters showed up.
The Department of Health and Hospitals has established resources for residents who are having a hard time dealing with the Lafayette movie theater shooting and need someone to talk to. Brad Farmer is with the Acadiana Area Human Services District. He says people can reach out to professionals if you think you need help. Farmer says they are also offering information to parents on how to speak to their children about such an event. Farmer says their 24-hour-crisis line is toll free at 1-877-655-8241
A Baton Rouge woman faces charges after she allegedly threatened to shoot someone inside a movie theater over the weekend. East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says 27-year-old Gaynell Haydel verbalized her threats near the ticket booth at the Cinemark Perkins Rowe theater. Hicks says Haydel was charged with terrorizing, disturbing the peace and resisting an officer.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office reports a 22-year-old man reported missing on Saturday morning later was found dead after the golf cart he was driving hit a fence post and rolled. The body of Justin David Wyatt was found around noon. He had been reported missing around 8 a.m.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office says they’ve arrested 15 suspects for their alleged involvement in a somewhat organized heroin ring. Deputies say 12 people remain at large and the group is believed to be responsible for distributing large amounts of heroin in the west part of the northshore parish. The multi-jurisdiction investigation dubbed Operation Fishnet has been going on for 14 months and has just come to an end. Anyone with information on the suspects at large is urged to contact authorities.
Gov. Bobby Jindal remains in the low single digits in a CNN national poll of support for candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination, outside the top-10 ranking needed to potentially help qualify him for the nationally televised prime-time debate on Fox News Aug. 6. Meanwhile, a poll by NBC and Marist College of Republican voters in Iowa put Jindal at 1 percent, less than the 8 percent reported by his campaign last week in an internal poll, and less than the 4 percent reported last week by Monmouth University in its poll. In the CNN/ORC poll, Jindal’s 2 percent score puts him in a tie for 12th
The USDA has cited a UL-Lafayette research facility in New Iberia for both the injury and death of two different monkeys and for also allowing monkeys to escape their cages. According to the government report, a monkey was electrocuted to death in 2013, another primate’s leg was broken due to improper handling. Co-founder of Stop Animal Exploitation Now Michel Budkie says UL Lafayette was fined 38-thousand dollars in 2011 after three young rhesus monkeys died of negligence. He says the USDA is not done investigating the facility and these new citations might mean a higher fine added against the center.
Gas prices continue to go down. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.44 which is a Nickle lower than a week ago.