News for Thursday 102215
By Dave Graichen
At a meeting yesterday in Alexandria, a consumer and environmental advocacy group reiterated its opposition to the proposed sale of Cleco Corp. The group, The Alliance for Affordable Energy, claims the deal is bad for customers and is being driven to enrich the company's current management. The group is encouraging people to contact the Public Service Commission members who will decide early next year whether to approve the sale of the utility. Cleco agreed last October to a sale proposal for nearly $5 billion from an investment group. The sale has received other regulatory clearance and was approved by Cleco stockholders in February. Now, it up to the PSC.
The city of Alexandria is looking at the possibility of bringing another festival, this time with a holiday theme, to downtown. The festival, that would be along the lines of the Alex River Fete, would tentatively be held from Dec. 3-5. A special council meeting was called for today to vote on a resolution of support and to introduce an ordinance so that the planning process for the festival can be expedited.
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has sent out over one million letters to residents and former residents, warning them that a collections agency might be used to collect fines for allowing their auto insurance lapse. A law was passed earlier this year that allows the OMV to collect money through the Office of Debt Recovery.
A federal judge has issued her final ruling in Governor Bobby Jindal’s lawsuit that takes aim at the Common Core education standards. Judge Shelly Dick is refusing to hear the governor’s claim that the US Department of Education was illegally coercing states to use the standards. The governor plans to appeal.
The investigation into the body which was found at a Sugartown residence inside a burned out truck continues according to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office. They say when authorities responded yesterday morning, they found the vehicle on fire in the backyard. The body is being sent to the Calcasieu Coroner’s Office and officials say it’s too early to tell if foul play is a factor.
One person has been arrested in the double murder and abduction of an elderly Baton Rouge couple. The victims, Denis and Suzanne Duplantier (do-plon shay), were found strangled to death in their vehicle at a truck stop in Hammond. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie says 42-year-old Ernesto Alonso was arrested in Miami, Florida on several charges. Authorities say Alonso did odd jobs around the couple’s home. The arrest warrant says that a large amount of cash was missing from the victims’ home and that they were beaten.
We’re two days away from the gubernatorial elections, so is there anything the candidates can do at this point to sway voters? ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says, this late in the cycle, it’s rare that people hitting the polls would change their minds about how they are going to vote. Stockley says recent polls have suggested that many people remain undecided on who they want to vote for governor, and at this point that typically means they won’t show up to the polls.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain says one of their K-9′s, “Thor” is recovering from surgery today after he was stabbed by a burglary suspect. His doctors say Thor lost a lot of blood and it’s too soon to say whether he’ll be able to return to full time duty. Thor and deputies were chasing after two suspects in the Mandeville area yesterday. One of the suspects was shot and killed by police after he stabbed Thor.
The 109th State Fair of Louisiana kicks off today in Shreveport and runs until November 8th. President and Grand Marshal of the fair Chris Giordano says this year’s fair is looking to be bigger and better than ever with new carnival rides, events and food vendors.
Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the Port of Iberia as a result of two large companies who have announced plans to begin projects at the port. President of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation Mike Tarintino says Primoris Services Corp. and Dynamic Industries are now seeking about 600 new employees to get started. He says other companies already at the port are expanding and looking for people to fill new positions. Tarintino says the reason new businesses are investing in the area is because the Port of Iberia is in an ideal location for the oil and gas industry.
The Saints are getting ready to take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Indy is 3-and-3 on the season and coming off a loss to New England. But Coach Sean Payton says the Colts are very good over the last few years after a loss and they have a lot of talent. The Saints are 2-and-4 on the season. You can hear the game, beginning at 10a Sunday morning on 96.9 KZMZ.
Saturday afternoon the LSU Tigers will play Host To Western Kentucky. Airtime 4pm on 970 KSYL & 96.9 KZMZ.