News for Friday 081415
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Dept arrested an Alexandria man Wednesday during a drug raid on Brown’s Bend Road. Metro Agents reportedly found three guns, about 40 bags of suspected meth and MSM, “a common cutting or diluting compound,” as well as marijuana, Xanax pills, digital scales and more bags for packaging. 25 year old Michael Dauzart was taken into custody after the struggle.
The Pineville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman. 39 year old Sarah Kelsey was last seen in the Pineville area on Aug. 4. Anyone with information on her is asked to call the Pineville PD or the Sheriff’s Department.
The Jindal Administration has added tracking devices to state vehicles as a way to monitor employee driving habits. Jan Cassidy, assistant commissioner for procurement, believes the GPS will make state workers more responsible drivers. The program is expected to save the state $30 million over the next five years in fuel, maintenance, and insurance cost reductions.
There’s been a lot of discussion across the state this summer about confederate monuments. There was a lengthy hearing about that subject in New Orleans Tuursday and the city’s Historic District Landmarks Commission voted to remove four confederate monuments from where they currently stand. The proposal still needs city council approval.
According to a survey conducted by LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab a few weeks ago, less than one third of Louisiana voters are paying attention to the governor’s race. Research Director Mike Henderson says the number is actually 29 percent. The highest favorable AND unfavorable marks went to Republican Senator David Vitter.
A survey from the LSU Public Policy Research Lab finds Louisiana residents are becoming more disgruntled over the direction the state is heading. Researcher Michael Henderson says in January 45% of the respondents said the state is moving in the wrong direction, they asked that question again this summer and now the percentage is up to 59. He says it’s hard to tell if this will result in a higher voter turnout for the governor’s election.
A large portion of southwest Louisiana has been designated as having severe drought conditions by the US Drought Monitor. The area of severe drought covers Calcasieu, Lafayette and into Iberia, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes. Donovan Landreneau, with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, says after a wet spring it’s been a dry and hot summer. Portions of Caddo and DeSoto parishes also have severe drought conditions. Landreneau says rain chances do go up at the start of next week, but it will be another few weeks before we see any real relief.
In response to the recent Geismar murder of Monica Johnson allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, some have advocated that abused women get guns. The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence says it’s not a great idea, since only 7 percent of women used a gun successfully in self-defense, and 9 out of 10 are in prison for killing their partner.
The US Department of Health and Hospitals is warning Louisiana that ending Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood may be a violation of federal law. Governor Bobby Jindal announced plans this month to cut off payments to the organization citing released videos which apparently show Planned Parenthood officials describing the sale of fetus tissue. The Federal government says this could possibly break federal regulations.
Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines announces it will soon be adding daily non-stop flights between New Orleans and Las Vegas. The company says when the new route starts on November 13th, the plane is scheduled to leave The Big Easy at 7am and departures from Vegas will be 9:50pm our time.
A new Louisiana governor will be sworn in early January, and a construction company confirms that Governor Bobby Jindal and his family will be moving to University Club in Baton Rouge by early December. They say construction is underway on a vacant lot near a golf course overlooking the lake with woods behind it. The house will also be near the home of LSU President F. King Alexander.
A study from Tulane raises concerns about adverse side effects when taking statins, which is known to lower cholesterol and help patients with cardiovascular disease. Dr. Eckhard Alt, director of cardiovascular research for Tulane, says he’s found how statins could lead to memory loss, muscle problems and an increased risk for diabetes.
LSU Coach Les Miles says quarterback Brandon Harris continues to take snaps with the first team as the Tigers get ready for the 2015 season. Miles continues to say both Harris and Anthony Jennings are getting better. But don’t expect him to make a big announcement on who will be the starter against McNeese State.
The N.O. Saints Lost Their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens last night. The Final. 30-27