News for Tuesday 080415
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal announces that Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider agreement will be cancelled by the Department of Health and Hospitals. The decision comes after controversial secretly taped videos showed Planned Parenthood officials talking about using aborted fetus parts for medical research. Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform abortions in Louisiana, but they do provide health care services for low-income families. Planned Parenthood has not responded to the decision and has 30 days to appeal.
Donovan Dewayne Matthews of Alexandria pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter on Monday in the 2013 death of a 13-month-old child. Matthews was indicted in December 2013 on a charge of second-degree murder. Matthews was sentenced to 20 years at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence, but he was given credit for time served.
The Avoyelles parish sheriff’s department reports a Cheneyville woman is facing hundreds of charges after a complaint from her former employer alleged she had mishandled funds. 43 year old Renee White was arrested by Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s deputies and was charged with 164 counts of unauthorized use of an access card, one count of identity theft of $1,000 or more and 99 counts of forgery. It’s alleged that White took more than $39,000 from the business.
Both the Grant and Rapides sheriff offices are searching for a Beauregard Parish man who was last seen Monday in the Bentley area. The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office said Ricky "Rocky" Cooley Jr. is wanted for simple assault, telephone harassment, stalking and criminal damage to property. Anyone with information about Cooley is asked to contact the sheriff’s department.
The Colorado State University hurricane forecast team updates its outlook for the 2015 hurricane season today. C-S-U researchers previously called for a well below-average hurricane season as they predicted eight named storms. State climatologist Barry Keim says a stronger than anticipated El Nino has the tropics quiet. Keim says we are heading into heart of the hurricane season, which runs from mid-August through October. But he says based on atmospheric conditions, it’s likely we will continue to see below-normal activity in the tropics.
The Lafayette Police Department says a 35-year-old man is fighting for his life after being shot several times by three unknown suspects in an apparent home invasion. Corporal Paul Mouton says witnesses report 3 black men kicked in the door of the residence and began demanding money from the occupants. He says the victim is in critical condition and cops are still looking for the alleged robbers.
It was three years ago this week that the massive Bayou Corne sinkhole formed in northern Assumption Parish, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents. Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreaux says the area is now virtually a ghost town. The sinkhole was created from a collapsed underground salt dome cavern operated by Texas Brine. He says they are still monitoring the bubble spots monthly to ensure the safety of the few residents who have remained in the small community.
Just how secure is your i-phone? Apparently pretty hood. East Baton Rouge Parish DA Hillar Moore says cell phone encryption is making it difficult to solve the murders of 29-year-old Brittney Mills and her son. Mills, who was 8 months pregnant at the time, was shot and killed on April 24th at her apartment. The baby later died at a hospital. Moore says they can’t get into MIlls’ Apple iPhone because they do not know her passcode..
The New Orleans Police Department is drawing up rules that will effectively bar officers from cooperating with any aspect of federal immigration enforcement — a move that’s likely to irk top Louisiana Republicans, who have been sharpening their criticism of so-called “sanctuary” policies in the past few months. The NOPD insists that it already does not target immigrants or assist with deportations. But the new rules are expected to address what immigrants’ rights advocates and some City Council members have described as confusing language in the department’s current written policies.
A study out of Duke University raises concerns that children who are picky eaters may be at increased risk for depression and anxiety. But Dr. Martin Drell, Head of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at LSU New Orleans, says it’s clear kids have different tastes in eating, but it’s a bit of stretch to say that could be a factor for possible disorders. Drell says in many cases, being a “picky eater” is a phase kids will grow out of. He says unfortunately this study could raise unnecessary concerns in overthinking parents.
A new school year begins later this week for many public school students. For those who do not start this week, classes will begin for them next week. The president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, Hollis Milton, says to help students get ready for a new school year, re-adjust their sleep schedule.