News for Thursday 081116
By Dave Graichen
The Saints will take on the New England Patriots tonight in their first preseason game of the 2016 season. The contest will be held in Gillette Stadium and kick off is at 6:30. You can hear that game in Cenla on 96.9 KZMZ
The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that claimed the life of Jimmy D. Long Sr. a leader in state government for nearly a half-century. They say the crash occurred when Long apparently didn’t see oncoming traffic as he pulled out of a private driveway. Long’s 32-year tenure in the legislature was one of the longest in the state’s history. Funeral services for Long will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church in Natchitoches. Visitation is this evening from 5 to 8 at the church.
One Marksville deputy city marshal charged with murder in the death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis wants to find out if prosecutors used hypnosis on any of their witnesses. Norris Greenhouse Jr’s attorney, George Higgins, filed a motion to discover if polygraph tests or sodium pentothal were used. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says typically professional law enforcement organizations do not use hypnosis but less experienced and knowledgeable agencies sometimes do. Meche says he’s unsure if the witnesses could’ve been hypnotized, but it was completely appropriate for Greenhouse’s attorney to file the motion.
The city of Alexandria is getting closer to taking possession of the former Weiss & Goldring building downtown. The property is being donated to the city by the current owner Teddy Price, but city officials say there are still a lot of details to be worked out.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says there will be fewer construction projects in Louisiana for the next couple of years because of budget limitations. He also says they didn’t want to add to the financial burdens colleges are already facing, so they did not include new campus projects in this year’s construction bill. He says the bond commission only allows the state to borrow 6% of what funds the Revenue Estimating Conference says the state has.
Candiate for US Senate Troy Hebert is suing Southern Media and Opinion Research pollster Bernie Pinsonat for listing him as a Republican rather than an Independent in a poll. Hebert says he is not seeking damages in the suit, but it would be up to the judge to decide whether or not to award him any money in this case. Pinsonat says identifying Hebert as an Independent wouldn’t have helped his numbers.
A crash with a fire truck sent six people in Baton Rouge to the hospital. The fire truck was t-boned while trying to get to a vehicle wreck with its sirens and lights on. The three people in the vehicle, as well as, three in the fire truck were knocked unconscious. The fire truck driver suffered the most serious injuries.
State Senator Troy Brown reportedly says he will not step down from the legislature despite calls from other state leaders, including Governor John Bel Edwards, to resign over his two domestic abuse arrests. Brown has been suspended from the four committees he serves on, but UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says it will take a recall election to remove him from office.
Think you’re getting sick or have a broken arm? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana’s smartphone app now has a symptom checker. The symptom checker, which is available to both members and non-members, will give the user a list of symptoms, images, and give a self-care advice section. There’s also an area within the symptom checker to direct the user on the best method to obtain help. The Blue Cross Blue Shield app is available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
Police in Abbeville say they are interviewing suspects in the case of the nurse who was allegedly kidnapped and abducted Wednesday morning. They say the woman was held at gunpoint and was demanded she reveal information about a doctor, possibly for the purposes of extortion. Police say the investigation into this incident, the exact motive and the number of suspects is an ongoing.
State Superintendent of Education John While got a positive job evaluation Wednesday by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, but will remain on his month-to-month deal. It’s reported White was given a 3.2 on a 4 point scale which he called “effective proficient.”
The Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales is asking Bayou Country Superfest promoters to consider moving to their venue, which is owned by the Ascension Parish government. Parish President Kenny Mattassa said in a statement they believe the future is bright with possibilities at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, including an ability to host the Memorial Weekend BCS.
More and more travelers are choosing New Orleans as their vacation destination. Kristian Sonnier with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Big Easy is now the second most popular destination for international travelers, behind New York City. But he says the number of international visitors is growing much faster in New Orleans. Sonnier says New Orleans was also ranked at the top of the list for food and music travel destinations by two prestigious lifestyle magazines.