News for Friday 021216
By Dave Graichen
Alexandria police are investigating the shooting of a 7 year old girl while she slept early yesterday morning. The girl was asleep in a home on Morris Street, along with others, when shots were fired outside. The bullet entered the home and struck the child. The child received non-life threatening injuries and remains in a local hospital.
After an identity case in California, a judge has ruled that Frank Selas is former Monroe TV personality “Mr. Wonderful.” Selas is accused of committing sex crimes in Louisiana in the 70s. Lt. Tommy Carnline with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office says now the process of getting Selas back to Louisiana begins.
Governor John Bel Edwards says colleges and hospitals will close and critical healthcare services will be eliminated if the state legislature does not approve higher taxes to help close a $940 million budget deficit this fiscal year. Edwards made the comments during a special address that was aired on TV and radio stations. The governor says he is proposing significant cuts to the budget, but it will also take action from the legislature to raise revenue in order to stabilize the budget.
After Edwards spoke, State Treasurer John Kennedy provided the Republican Party’s response. Kennedy says raising revenue is not the answer to the state’s budget problems.
Kennedy says there are plenty of areas the state can reduce spending and he has provide the legislature with ample suggestions.
The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance has notified colleges and universities that due to uncertainty over potential budget cuts they are holding off on making any TOPS payments. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it would be a huge disaster for Louisiana if it’s unable to pay a TOPS recipients full tuition for this semester. A spokesperson for the office of student financial assistance says the suspension of TOPS payments to public colleges is just a precautionary measure at this time.
The State Department of Health and Hospitals is investigating two possible Zika cases in Louisiana. Dr. Frank Welch, with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, says at this point, Louisiana residents shouldn’t be concerned about getting the Zika Virus, because local transmission is very unlikely at this time.
Louisiana is experiencing one of its slowest flu seasons in several years. That’s according to Dr. Frank Welch, an influenza expert with the state department of health and hospitals. Welch says doctors are seeing very few flu cases. This slow season comes in stark contrast to last year’s terrible flu season, which exerts said was one of the worst. The peak of the Flu season in Louisiana typically peaks in late February or early March. Welch says we will not be out of the woods until early April.
Now that the giant burn chamber has arrived at Camp Minden, the process of disposing of the millions of pounds of M6 propellant can begin. Louisiana National Guard spokesman Col Pete Schneider says it will take about 4 days to get the massive structure installed. The 400,000 pound tank made the journey by road from the Port of Natchitoches to Minden this week. Schneider says they expect it will take about 30-35 days to make sure everything is working properly.
Louisiana Researchers have played a role in detecting gravitational waves, which Albert Einstein predicted would occur as part of his general theory of relativity. LSU astronomy professor, Gabriela Gonzalez, says two black holes colliding some one-point-three billion years ago created the gravitational wave that was detected in Livingston Parish and at another facility in Washington…
The wife of former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams died after being involved in a crash in Oklahoma City. Authorities say a woman crossed the center line of a road and struck the vehicle driven by 44-year-old Ingrid Williams. The driver of the other car was killed, and Williams succumbed to her injuries Wednesday evening. Monty Williams was the Pelicans head coach for five seasons, and currently serves as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He an Ingrid Williams have five children.