News for Wednesday 072716
By Dave Graichen
The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has chosen former state legislator and attorney Rick Gallot as the new president at Grambling State. Gallot replaces Willie Larkins, who resigned nearly a month ago. Gallot says he’s looking forward to bringing a sense of community back to the university. He says the connections he made as a legislator could help the university tremendously.
Today at the Democratic National Convention, pro-life Democrats, will honor Governor John Bel Edwards with the Governor Casey Whole Life Leadership Award. Executive Director of Democrats for Life, Kristen Day, says Governor Casey was a pro-life governor of Pennsylvania who also advocated for women’s rights and higher minimum wage, so Governor Edwards was a clear choice for the award.
Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot is a whopping 422-million dollars. Louisiana Lottery Spokesperson Kim Chopin says this jackpot has been growing since May 7th when it was last hit at 430 million dollars, which was the 5th largest Powerball jackpot. The cash value for tonight’s grand prize is 291-million dollars.
Over a dozen Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Deputies went to Dallas Tuesday to deliver checks to help the families of the officers who were killed in the July 7 attack. Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Brennan Matherne says the money was raised in just one day, and they were humbled by the love and support from the community.
While members of the Louisiana National Guard were training in Slidell, someone broke into their vehicles at the facility in Franklinton. Franklinton Police Maj. Justin Brown says there aren’t security cameras there yet because the facility is still under construction. He says they will continue to investigate until the culprit is behind bars. Brown says 25 vehicles were broken into.
It’s been a hot summer and it appears there’s no relief in sight. The Climate Prediction Center predicts above average temperatures for the next three months. State climatologist Barry Keim says the long-range prediction also calls for less rainfall from August to October. Keim says 2015 was the warmest on a record dating back the 1880s. But he says 2016 could be another record breaker
Oil prices have fallen to a three month low, and Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute says it’s because of an abundant supply. Smith says some companies jumped the gun and started drilling, expecting prices to rise, but the increase in supply pushed them back down. He says we’ve seen the number of oil rigs increase for the past three or four weeks in a row. He says eventually oil prices will reach 60-dollars a barrel, but there will be ups and downs along the way.
The owners of a used car dealership in Lafayette are facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing thousands of state tax dollars. Byron Henderson with the Louisiana Department of Revenue says owners of Lauco Auto Sales, Shawn Calvit and Michael Vilchez, underreported the sale price of more than 100 vehicles and pocketed the sales tax difference. He says the value of the cars sold was more than $1 million.
A man who was driving drunk and traveling over 100 miles per hour and involved in a fatal wreck on Mardi Gras Day in 2015 has plead guilty to vehicular homicide. 25-year-old Bryce Chapman faces up to 30 years in prison. Lafayette prosecutor Daniel Landry says Chapman is a first time offender, but that likely won’t help his case. Lafayette Parish School system employee Carol Richard was killed in the wreck.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man drowned in a subdivision lake Tuesday morning in Denham Springs while he was fishing with a juvenile. They say initial reports indicate the two were in the boat when it capsized. The juvenile was able to make it to safety but the adult male did not. The investigation continues, no foul play is suspected.
Governor John Bel Edwards said yesterday that he’ll be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the vigil honoring the three fallen law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge Thursday beginning at 11:30 am
The Saints report to training camp today as they look to avoid a third straight losing season. New Orleans defense has been among the worst in the NFL the last couple of seasons. Dennis Allen is the defensive coordinator this year, but NFL analyst Mike Detillier says the team lacks quality pass rushers on the roster. Detillier says one of the big camp battles will be along the offensive line.