News for Wednesday 091416
By Dave Graichen
The wife of Republican US Senate candidate Charles Boustany says prostitution allegations against her husband are “false attacks.” The accusations were raised in a new book that claims Boustany was involved with prostitutes who were killed in Jefferson Davis Parish. A statement from Boustany’s campaign says these allegations are completely false. The author of the book stands by what he reported in the book.
You would think is you were going to auction off a car, you would empty it of its contents before you did. A felony theft warrant has been issued for a part-time Ball Police Department officer, Edward Sieja, who bought a Georgetown police unit through a sealed bid sale and then allegedly refused to return items, including a radio, radar unit and lights, from inside the car.
Back in to 60’s, Flip Wilson had a favorite expression, The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress. Over the weekend 20 year old Dylan Christopher told Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies he had divine approval for the 10-mile chase he led them on, with speeds that reached close to 100 mph. They didn’t buy it and booked Thompson into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
The Red Cross says the largest shelter in Baton Rouge will be closing and they are set to transition displaced flood victims to permanent or temporary housing. They say those remaining at the Baton Rouge River Center on Thursday will be moved to another shelter. Red Cross officials say there were more than 200 displaced residents still at the Baton Rouge River Center as of Monday night.
New census data shows that more Louisianans than ever before are now covered by health insurance. Director of the Louisiana Budget Project Jan Moller says this is great news because for the longest time, Louisiana had one of the highest uninsured rates in the country.
State Police has arrested a 73-year-old Slidell man on 500 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Trooper Dustin Dwight says after a search warrant of Lanier Lively’s home, authorities found massive amounts of suspected child pornography. Dwight says the investigation into Lively began in April.
The LSU Ag Center has increased it’s crop damage estimate to 277-million dollars as a result of the historic flooding event last month. Ag Center Economist Kurt Guidry says rice and soybeans were the two hardest hit crops, followed by corn at 44-million and cotton at 27-million dollars. Agriculture losses from both the March and August floods are a combined 367-million dollars.
American Cancer Society volunteers from Louisiana and many other states were in Washington, D.C, today rallying for more funding for cancer research. Director of the LSU Health Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, Augusto Ochoa, says Louisiana has one of the highest rates of death by cancer in the country.
An Ascension parish man will spend the next five years behind bars after he beat his dog to death with a baseball bat. Jeff Dorson with the Humane Society of Louisiana says Jamari Jackson faced up to 10 years for the 2014 crime, but they are happy with the sentence he got. Jackson reportedly claimed that he hit his dog because it was stuck in a barbed wire fence and he wanted it to “relax” so he could get it loose.
Six Louisiana schools made U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of “Best National Universities“.Three Louisiana schools received a ranking as “tier one” national universities. Tulane University in New Orleans was No. 39 on the list, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was 135 and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston came in at 202. Three more were included in the list but without a ranking — University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Louisiana at Monroe and University of New Orleans.
Governor John Bel Edwards announces I-10 will be widened from four to six lanes between Highland Road in Baton Rouge and Highway 73 in Ascension Parish. He says about 30-percent of the traffic on I-10 is moving commerce. But he says this project will benefit all drivers. State Department of Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the project will cost more than 60-million dollars, but the state plans to use 40-million dollars in federal monies to get the project started. Edwards says they are also looking at elevating parts of the interstate in this 7 mile stretch.
This week is National Drive Electric Week and the state department of natural resources would like motorists to learn about the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars. Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels program, Ann Shaneyfelt, says the range of some fully electric vehicles is up to 200 miles, which is similar to having a full tank of gas.
Shaneyfelt says the maintenance cost of electric vehicles is also much lower, and most public charging stations are free. She says there are also tax credits available for people who purchase electric and hybrid vehicles.
Solar panel customers in Louisiana are suing the state over the cap that was placed on the solar tax credit program earlier this year. New Orleans lawyer Larry Centola says the state violated these people’s rights when they retroactively capped the program. Centola says because the program is now first come first serve, people who bought their panels after the cap was passed could get a tax credit before those bought them before the cap, depending on who filed their taxes first. Centola says about 2-thousand homeowners installed their panels before the June 2015 vote on the cap.
Mississippi State is getting ready to travel down to Baton Rouge for Saturday night’s SEC showdown with the 20th ranked LSU Tigers. Two years ago, Mississippi State came into Tiger Stadium and beat LSU 34-29 for their first win over the Tigers since 1992.