News for Tuesday 011916
By Dave Graichen
Visitation is today for former state legislator and ex-mayor of Marksville, Raymond Laborde, who passed away Sunday at the age of 88. Laborde was in the state legislature from 1972 to 1992. He was the mayor of Marskville from 1958 to 1970 and also served as Commissioner of Administration during former governor Edwin Edwards final term in office . Funeral services are Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marksville.
The price of gasoline continues to drop down, on average a nickel from last week. The statewide average according to AAA, $1.69
Today, the Louisiana Department of Education begins accepting applications for the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2016-2017 school year. Louisiana Federation for Children President Ann Duplesis says about 7,100 students are currently participating and they expect the demand to remain high. The program provides vouchers to low-income families to send their child to a participating private school, if the student is in a low performing public school.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue, along with the I-R-S, starts accepting income tax returns today. Federal returns are due April 15th. L-D-R spokesperson Kizzy Payton says you’ll have until May 16th to file your state returns. She says this year, they’ve implemented enhanced security measures to protect taxpayers against fraud, which is something they started focusing on a couple of years ago. Payton says the Department of Revenue suggests taxpayers filed their returns electronically to ensure quick processing.
Former Mamou Police Chief Robert McGee has been sentenced to one year and a day in prison for using a Taser on a compliant inmate in the Mamou jail in August 2010. The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said McGee’s conviction was the result of a federal investigation into the illegal use of excessive force on inmates at the Mamou jail that also led to the 2015 civil rights conviction of former Mamou Police Chief Gregory Dupuis for unlawfully using a Taser against a different inmate. On Aug. 6, 2010, McGee used a Taser on an inmate who was verbally, but not physically, disruptive.
A recent study finds Louisiana drivers don’t save much money on their car insurance for choosing larger deductibles. According to InsuranceQuotes.com, Louisiana is ranked third last in offering the biggest car insurance savings when deductibles are increased from $500-$1000. Senior analyst Laura Adams says it amounts to a savings of about 6%, on average. She says this is important information for someone who lives paycheck-to-paycheck and couldn’t afford to pay a $1000 deductible out of pocket. Adams says Louisiana already has some of the highest car insurance rates in the country, so it may be tempting to do whatever it takes to reduce your premium. But, think twice.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s office reports a man in New Iberia was hit and killed by a train. The 55-year-old was standing between two freight cars when the train began to move. He becomes the 6th person to be killed by a train in New Iberia in less than a month, as five people lost their lives on tracks when an Amtrak train crashed into their vehicle.
State Police has arrested a Shreveport casino employee for allegedly stealing more than $3,000 from his employer. They say the man, who was the director of slots at Sam’s Town Casino, created fraudulent credit payouts and stole the money. State Police say this is the first time an upper level casino manager has been arrested since gambling was legalized in Louisiana.
A 17-year-old accused of shooting and killing his friend by mistake with a shotgun has been arrested by the Baton Rouge Police Department. Cpl. Don Coppola says 17-year-old Ahmad Antoine is charged with negligent homicide in the death of 17-year-old Devin Anderson.
Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. Antoine turned himself in to police shortly after the shooting.
An autographed copy of the speech a student gave to welcome President Barack Obama to McKinley High School in Baton Rouge was stolen out of her vehicle, but cops say they found it and also made an arrest. The Baton Rouge Police Department says a 17-year-old tossed signed speech in dumpster after breaking into the students car.
Warning labels on sugary beverages may keep parents from buying them for their kids, according to recent research published in the Journal of Pediatrics. LSU Health Clinical Psychologist Michelle Moore says parents may not know that seemingly innocent looking drinks contain so much sugar. California is proposing legislation that would put text warning labels on sweetened nonalcoholic drinks with added sweeteners with 75 or more calories per 12 ounces.
LSU fans got some great news today as Tre’Davious White and Kendell Beckwith have decided to stay with the purple and gold for their senior seasons. In 2015, White finished the season with 44 tackles, seven pass break ups and seven passes defensed. Beckwith finished second on the team with 84 tackles and added 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. LSU head coach Les Miles says he’s happy the two decided to stay.
Officials with the Louisiana Marathon have disqualified the female first place finisher in the race for receiving assistance that is prohibited. They say Mandy West, a Nike Running account executive from St. Louis, was brought nutrition and liquids several times during the race in Baton Rouge by someone on a bike who wasn’t affiliated with the organization. Competitors are told prior to the race that such help is not allowed.
The Saints hired Sean Payton as head coach 10 years ago Monday. One of his first moves as head coach was to sign free agent quarterback Drew Brees. The Black & Gold are coming off their second straight losing season. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says fixing the team’s defense will determine how long Payton will remain with the Saints. Detillier says you can credit Brees and Payton for turning the organization around.
The LSU Tigers face a big test on the road tonight when they visit 10th ranked Texas A-and-M. The Aggies are a pefect 5-0 in the SEC and feature one of the top players in the SEC in Jalen Jones, who is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds a game.