News for Monday 080315
By Dave Graichen
In a surprise announcement, State Sen. Rick Gallot said Friday he won’t seek re-election. Gallot, D-Ruston, served three terms in the House before winning his first term in the Senate four years ago. Though he had no announced opposition for the coming Oct. 24 race, Gallot said his young family deserves more of his attention.
Baton Rouge police tried to determine what led to the shooting early Sunday that left three men dead, left lying in a driveway of a home. The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. Baton Rouge police detectives upon arriving found three men lying on the ground, all with gunshot wounds. The three men died at the scene.
Over 260 bills passed in this year’s legislative session became law saturday. One measure makes it illegal to post or share nude images of people on the internet without their consent. Another doubles fines for simple littering from $75 to $150 and up to $1000 for subsequent offenses. Improper disposal of items like furniture and appliances could end up costing offenders $10,000 under the new law.
Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany will spearhead an effort to re-write the nation’s welfare reform laws. The country’s welfare system hasn’t seen any major changes since 1996 and Boustany has been asked by House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan to lead a rewrite. Boustany says his desire is that welfare recipients find permanent work. Boustany says when welfare was reformed in 1996, steps were taken to make sure recipients to find work. He says the goal this time around is not only employment, but an opportunity to increase earning potential over time for the tens of millions of people who are receiving government assistance.
A national poll of Republican primary voters shows Gov. Bobby Jindal drawing 1 percent support, damaging his already dim chances of appearing in prime time Thursday in the first nationally televised debates of the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll, released Sunday, put Jindal and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, in a tie for 12th in the crowded Republican field. Real-estate developer and reality-TV celebrity Donald Trump topped the survey with 19 percent.
GasBuddy is predicting Louisiana’s statewide average for a gasoline will fall below $2 a gallon in October. GasBuddy Analyst Gregg Laskoski says the decline in prices will accelerate after the Labor Day Holiday. Laskoski says February was the last time prices was under two dollars a gallon in Louisiana.
A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Columbia University finds older adults that stop driving are more likely to suffer from depression and nearly 5 times more likely to enter a long term care facility than those who remain behind the wheel. AAA Spokesperson Don Redman says this could lead to the elderly becoming less social and active. Redman says the results of the study are not all that surprising.
Today is the 40th birthday of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Dome officially opened on August 3, 1975 after almost four years of construction. General Manager Alan Freeman says 40 years is a great run, but the facility still has a lot of life left. He says upgrades to the stadium has kept the Superdome a viable venue to host some of the world’s biggest events.
Three suspended LSU football players accused of going into a house without permission have seen their charges dropped. The East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office says formal charges will not be pursued against Anthony Jennings, Dwayne Thomas and Maquedius Bain. The D-A’s office says the decision is based on the request of the victim not to file charges and inconsistent and contradictory statements provided. LSU says the players have been reinstated to the team.
A Union Parish jury has convicted former Spearsville Police Chief Steve Bodine on aggravated rape charges. Bodine was arrested in 2013 for allegedly raping a 4-year-old child. Officials say, during the three day trial, witnesses testified that Bodine had raped children ranging in age from 4- to 14-years-old over a 40 year period. Bodine’s conviction carries a manditory life sentence.
Lake Charles Police announce that they have solved an aggravated rape case from October of 1999, where the victim was severely beaten and sexually assaulted while jogging at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Deputy Chief of Police, Mark Kraus, says 45 year-old Austin Mott is a registered sex offender who is currently serving time in Texas for an unrelated sex offense.
He says advances in technology led to authorities getting a DNA match in the case.
Two daycare centers in Louisiana have had their licenses revoked by the state, one in Baton Rouge and the other in Bossier City at Storybook Daycare and Discovery Zone. Education Superintendent John White says Storybook was found to have an improper child/staff ratio and were not conducting employee background checks. He says most Louisiana child care providers do an excellent job caring for kids.