News for Monday 011816
By Dave Graichen
A single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on LA 113 in Vernon Parish claimed the lives of three Pitkin residents. The crash involved a vehicle driven by 70 year old Michael O. Perkins. Stare police say Perkins’ lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. 69 year old Janice Perkins and 88 year old Marie Powell died at the scene. Michael Perkins died later at a local hospital.
Services for well-known Pineville attorney Richard Lee will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, at First United Methodist Church, Pineville with Reverend Ed Cooper officiating. Burial will be Greenwood Memorial Park, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. The family requests that visitation be observed Tuesday at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Mr. Lee,79, of Pineville passed away last Friday..
Walmart has announced the company will be closing 269 stores worldwide, including 8 in Louisiana. All eight closures in Louisiana are Walmart Express stores. The stores are located in Colfax, Clinton, Independence, Iowa, Kentwood, Lake Arthur, Mamou and Zwolle, and all will be closed on Jan. 28.
The Louisiana flu season has been mercifully quiet so far, but that could change as cases of the illness increase across the country. Despite the lull in the season, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. Dr. Frank Welch, immunization medical director at DHH says the flu usually gets going in the large cities and spreads from there, which is what is being seen now. The best protection is the flu shot. Flu shots start taking effect immediately but become fully effective in about seven days, after the body has a chance to produce a defense. This year’s shot is said to be right on target for the current strain of the flu.
Another Destrehan High School teacher is under arrest for allegedly having sex with one of her female students. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says 26-year-old Kimberly Naquin was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile and prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student. Two other Destrehan teachers have cases pending where they allegedly had three-way sexual encounter with a male student. Champagne says these cases are bewildering.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has learned that the public-private split in football should have never happened in 2013, because of the way the vote was conducted. It’s believed the vote violated the LHSAA constitution. For those who wanted the old playoff system, this is a big win.
Advanced drilling technologies have given the U.S. more cheap natural gas than it knows what to do with until now. A planned $20 billion, multiphase terminal in Cameron Parish is within weeks of cranking out liquefied natural gas onto ships bound for foreign markets, potentially the first of many facilities that could propel the U.S. to become the world’s third-largest LNG exporter by 2020.
So, you’ve been trying to quit smoking and you’ve even started smoking those Electronic cigarettes to help you kick the habit. According to a new study, odds are you are less likely to quit now than you were before you started pubbing on an e-cigarette. The report says adults who use e-cigarettes to stop smoking are 28 percent less likely to quit. There have also been several other studies that show electronic cigarettes lead to regular cigarette smoking.
Transportation is expected to be a major topic in the upcoming regular session. Governor John Bel Edwards says he showed President Barack Obama the single lane of traffic motorists must pass through in Baton Rouge on I-10 when going from west to east. Edwards says he told the president that it was the only place on the 2,460 mile interstate with a single lane. Edwards said the president understood the importance of getting some additional work done on I-10.
Louisiana has at least a $12 billion dollar backlog in improving its road and bridge system.
A new report shows that even though Louisiana has the second lowest median income in the nation, its residents do better than expected when it comes to managing money. CreditCards.com senior analyst Matt Schulz says Louisiana’s average credit score is third worst, but it’s three points higher than what’s expected based on what people make. Schulz says Louisiana ranks 25th in the country for managing money. He says considering low credit scores and low median income, Louisianans do fairly well handling credit cards. Schulz says they also found Louisiana is one of the younger states in the country in terms of average age of residence.
A Mississippi man has been arrested for aggravated animal cruelty after posting on Facebook a picture of a dog he shot and killed in Washington Parish. Brent Jones with the Sheriff’s Office says they discovered the shooting happened in Clifton, Louisiana. He says Todd Hammond was questioned after officers saw his online post. He says Hammond was also issued a violation for not having a hunting license in Louisiana.