News for Thursday 090816
By Dave Graichen
The RPSO reports Five inmates, including a 17-year-old charged in a recent beating death, now are facing rape charges after allegedly sexually assaulting another inmate. The rape allegedly took place at the Rapides Parish Detention Center 1, which is in the Rapides Parish Courthouse. The victim alleged that about five inmates were involved. Warrants were secured for the suspects, and all of them were arrested and rebooked on the new charges. All remain in jail.
Alexandria Police will soon be wearing a new piece of equipment, a body camera. The city council gave the mayor the go ahead to purchase 132 more cameras to compliment the 20 they already have. The cost $1, 057 per unit. The hope, according to Police chief Loren Lampert, is to hold Officers and those with who they interact accountable.
Governor John Bel Edwards is traveling to Washington, D.C., today to meet with federal officials about getting more assistance for Louisiana flood victims. Edwards says his office now has a better understanding of the flood damage and an idea of how much money it will take to repair it all. He says they are asking for $2 billion to help flood victims rebuild their homes.
Edwards says the state has to make sure the spending is accountable and that we spend the money wisely.
Four schools have been put on a fiscal watch list by a committee of the Louisiana Board of Regents because they are in poor financial health. The four schools are Southern University of New Orleans, LSU Health Sciences-Shreveport, Grambling State and Southern University at Shreveport. Leaders at the four schools have been asked to provide a corrective action plan by September 21st.
Could the August flood have anything to do with climate change? A team of experts that comprise of government and university experts published the report that concluded climate change made it possible for a weather event that produced more than 30 inches of rain.
Mandeville Police have made a second arrest in connection with the alleged rape of a 78-year-old resident at the Beau Provence Memory Care facility. Officer Becky White says 55-year-old Julie Henry was the Associate Program Director and not only knew about the reported sexual assault, but she destroyed evidence.
First Lady Donna Edwards is visiting schools in flood ravaged areas of south Louisiana to distribute school supplies. Edwards has teamed up with the Louisiana School Boards Association to collect over 16-thousand dollars with the GoFundMe account called “LSBA Fund for Restoring Schools. Edwards says the donations not only go to students, but teachers as well. She says many teachers lost everything and they hope to give them a chance to bring their classrooms back to normal.
It doesn’t look like we’ll see a lot of FEMA mobile homes in Louisiana. Louisiana Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer, Tito Hernandez, says five families are currently in the units, and 40 others are waiting for hookups. But he says the manufactured homes are a last resort housing option. Hernandez says over 63-thousand flood victims have received FEMA assistance for rent or home repairs, and 24-hundred are currently in hotels.
Hernandez says 19-thousand people have registered for the Shelter At Home program, and 28-thousand flood insurance claims have already paid $229 million for home repairs.
Republican Congressman John Fleming launches a seven figure statewide TV ad for the U.S. Senate race. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says Fleming is a U.S. Representative for north Louisiana who doesn’t have much name recognition outside of his district. But he says this TV spot gives Fleming the chance to introduce himself to voters and jump start his campaign.
Republican Congressman Charles Boustany has also started running TV commercial and Alford says Treasurer Kennedy will soon have TV ads running too. He says on the democratic side, there is a big war playing out on urban radio stations.
The Saints and Quarterback Drew Brees have agreed to a new contract extension that provides the future Hall of Farmer with 44-million dollars in guaranteed money through the 2017 season. It’s considered a team friendly deal for the Saints as it frees up salary cap space. Brees also remains one of the highest paid players in the NFL and it gives the two sides a chance to agree to a new deal in 2018.
LSU football fans will not see Mike the Tiger out on the field during home games this season. Ginger Guttner with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine says Mike will stay in his habitat on game days because of health concerns after he was treated for cancer in June. But she says fans will still be able to see the live mascot. Guttner says the treatment appears to have been successful, but they are continuing to monitor him.
An Albertson’s in Bossier City is coming under fire over a social media post indicating the bakery there refused to write “Trump 2016″ on a birthday cake. McKenzie Gill told KSLA that the theme for her 18th birthday party is Donald Trump for President and she was surprised the Albertson’s employee said she wouldn’t put the candidate’s name on the cake. A spokesperson for the chain apologized and said the staff was confused about copyrighted phrases.