News for Thursday 091715
By Dave Graichen
27-year-old Bobby R. Anderson of Alexandria was shot and killed Tuesday by a U.S. marshal as a task force tried to take him into custody. Anderson was wanted on warrants charging him with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, burglary, two counts of forgery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and misrepresentation during booking. Anderson was reportedly armed and threatened officers.
Lake Buhlow, which was closed last week because of a “fish kill, has reopened. The Pineville lake was closed Sept. 9 at the recommendation of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. Officials say the reason for the kill, low oxygen levels.
It’s the end of a piece of Central Louisiana History, one most of us won’t terribly miss. The old O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River is coming down on Saturday. For that reason, the Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge, which sits right next to it, will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon that day. Motorists are being told to use alternate routes. DOTD says before the demolition begins and for a period of 24 to 36 hours after its completion, the Red River will be closed to allow crews to remove demolition debris from the river bed.
Governor Bobby Jindal Wednesday lost his lawsuit to challenge Common Core nationally. The Administration claimed the education standards represented a federal overreach, but the US District judge in Baton Rouge said there was no evidence to support such a claim. Jindal’s lawyer says they planned to appeal.
State Police say an attempted hit and run in Iberia Parish has left a Grant Parish woman dead. Master Trooper Brooks David says 35-year-old Angela Brown of Pollock crossed the center line of LA 86 and side swiped another vehicle. He says as Brown tried to flee the scene, she ran off the road and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. David says Brown was involved in a hit and run crash in St. Martin Parish just before the Iberia crash that claimed her life. Impairment is believed to be a factor in the crashes.
State Police have identified the man fatally shot by a St. Bernard Sheriff’s deputy after a Tuesday altercation. Trooper Evan Harrell says 21-year-old Tyrone Bass of New Orleans was shot dead after attacking a deputy with an object. He says investigators are working to determine how many officers shot at Bass and how many shots were fired. The deputy’s name and the type of object used in the attack have not been released.
Parish leaders along I-10 between New Orleans and Baton Rouge gathered Yesterday to urge the next Louisiana governor to support a proposed railway commuter line that would connect the state’s two largest cities. Kristen Palmer, chairwoman of the Louisiana Super Region Rail Authority, says the commuter railway would give residents better access to jobs and help traffic on I-10. It’s been estimated that a rail line would cost 262-million dollars.
The Grambling State University family is mourning the loss of Doris Robinson, the spouse of the late Legendary Coach Eddie Robinson, Sr. Family members report that Mrs. Robinson passed away peacefully at 8 a.m. this morning after a brief illness at the age of 96. Grambling head football coach Broderick Fobbs says Mrs. Robinson always looked at the GSU football players as her own kids. Mrs. Robinson is referred to as the “Eternal First Lady of GSU Football.” She and Eddie got married in 1941.
Two more lawmakers have been added to the list of those who will be running without opposition in the October 24th primary. The state House says Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater and Covington Representative Paul Hollis both had challengers who have decided not to run for the office. The number of legislators in the lower chamber who do not have opponents is 51 out of 105.
The new president of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association is eager to work with the new governor and legislature on removing or altering the current 180-million dollar cap that was put on the state’s film tax credit program this year. Robert Vosbein, CEO of the Silver Screen Group, took over for Will French and says his message to policy makers will be that thousands of jobs are at stake. Vosbein says he’s very concerned, because the state of Georgia has a similar film tax credit program and is getting a lot of Louisiana’s business. Vosbein says raising the cap would be a step in the right direction but doesn’t really think we need to have it at all.
Governor Bobby Jindal continued to go after Donald Trump, the republican presidential front-runner, in Wednesday night’s CNN republican presidential debate. Jindal was not invited to the debate that featured Trump and 10 other main candidates, but he participated in a debate featuring lower-tier candidates and didn’t hold back on his criticism of the Trump campaign.
After discussing Trump, the candidates gave their views on immigration. Jindal received a loud applause for his call for immigrant assimilation.
The season started off on a down note for the Saints with a loss to Arizona and there’s some in Who Dat nation who wonder if the Black and Gold are headed for another losing season. But Quarterback Drew Brees expects big things from this year’s team. The Saints offense could get a lift this weekend if running back CJ Spiller returns. Spiller has been sidelined by a knee injury, but practiced yesterday for the first time since undergoing surgery.
LSU is a seven and a half point favorite to beat Auburn this Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Auburn’s last win in Baton Rouge was back in 1999. Auburn heads into Death Valley with a 2-0 record.