News For Thursday 081315
By Dave Graichen
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Army reports nearly 700 feral horses are roaming Ft. Polk. Officials say the animals case major disruptions during training exercises on the base. The officials who are trying to find a way to deal horses are holding a meeting Today to hear input from residents and animal rights groups, among others.
State Police say they are looking for a driver from Pineville they believe is at fault in a fatal hit and run crash in St. Mary Parish. Trooper Dustin Dwight says a motorcyclist was hit by 31-year-old Mark Montie Jr who pulled his truck out in front of him. He says the motorcyclist, identified as 22-year-old Jerome Rudolph Jr. of Patterson, was pronounced dead on scene.
He says Montie stopped at the scene, then fled on foot and is still on the run.
A new poll from CNN shows that Governor Bobby Jindal is not gaining ground on the republican presidential front runners in Iowa. Jindal only received support from two percent of the 544 republican likely caucus goers who were surveyed following last week’s debate on Fox News. Donald Trump led the pack at 22-percent.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Louisiana’s insurance market is stronger and more competitive today than it was before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Donelon says one indicator is the number of insurance companies active in Louisiana. There are currently more than before the storms. Donelon credits the creation of a mandatory statewide building code and the legislature passed incentives encouraging homeowners to strengthen their properties against storms in helping the insurance market recover..
A Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputy is being called a hero today after rescuing three people who were sleeping inside a burning home in Lacassine. Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Chris Ivey says Deputy Josh Bienvenu used his quick thinking after driving by the burning house at around 3:40 Tuesday morning while on duty. Ivey says when Deputy Bienvenu arrived on the scene, the front of the residence was completely engulfed in flames up to the roof. He says Bienvenu was able to enter the home and locate three occupants sleeping.
The Louisiana Lottery Corporation announces revenue is up for the 5th consecutive year and they are contributing over $167 million to the State Treasury for 2015. The LA Lottery says it ended its fiscal year with $453.8 million in revenue, up about $3.3 million from the previous year.
Following some criticism of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu of Republican gubernatorial candidate and Senator David Vitter; saying he has not delivered enough federal assistance in the city’s high murder rate, today, Vitter fired back. He said the murder rate is mostly the responsibility of local leadership, and that the mayor should “focus on murders; not monuments.” Landrieu says our state needs a governor who will unite citizens and focus on solutions to move us forward and not more Washington rhetoric.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves the Child Care Assistance Program that will help more low income families receive federal assistance so they can send their kids to daycare. At one time there were about 40-thousand children enrolled, now there are only 15-thousand. State Superintendent of Education John White says this is very much needed.
A man who was allegedly threatening some of his family members in Downsville has been shot by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies. State Police Troop F Spokesman Michael Reichardt says deputies were called out to the disturbance around 10:30 pm Tuesday night. He says the man pointed his weapon at cops which is when they fired and struck him. The unnamed suspect is in serious condition in a Shreveport hospital.
In some campaign news, Republican Scott Angelle announces that the former Miss USA and Breaux Bridge native Ali Landry is endorsing the Public Service Commissioner for governor.
The State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has cut the ribbon on a new 3 million dollar oyster hatchery in Grand Isle that will more than double production of the larvae used to seed oyster grounds. Statewide Oyster Program Manager Patrick Banks says they’ve seen major decreases in oysters since the BP oil spill and this will be an important component to boosting the oyster population.
Louisiana shrimpers continue to show their anger over a lack of federal regulations that is flooding the market with cheap imported shrimp and damaging the industry in the US. The Louisiana Shrimp Association led a protest in New Orleans outside the venue where the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is holding meetings this week. President Clint Guidry says the future of the shrimp industry hangs in the balance.
Tonight the Saints will face the Baltimore Ravens in the preseason opener. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says the coaches are looking for a cleanly played game that doesn’t feature a lot of mental mistakes or penalties, especially with your first unit. You can hear that game tonight on 96.9 KZMZ.