News for Thursday 091516
By Dave Graichen
The day started with a call to the sheriff’s department from a concerned co-worker. That call led to the discovery of the bodies of 69 year old Hillman Mayeaux and his 67year-old wife, Eloise. The grandson of the Bordelonville couple will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office. Authorities searched for 28 year-old Michael J. Mayeaux a good part of the day yesterday. In the end, he was found hiding under a pile of clothes in the Grand Parents home.
The Pineville City Council has given the okay to raise the rates for water and sewer service.
For residential customers inside the city limits, the base rate increases for the two services will total $9 per month. This is the first increase citizens have seen for these services in 12 years.
City officials said the rate increases are well-justified to cover operational costs and needed infrastructure improvements.
Governor John Bel Edwards announces the creation of the Restore Louisiana Task Force, which will oversee flood recovery and redevelopment. The task force is comprised of 21 members ranging from cabinet secretaries to state lawmakers and local mayors and business men.
The shelter at the Baton Rouge River Center is closing today. Red Cross spokesperson Vicki Eichstaedt says the flood victims who are still in the shelter will be moved to a shelter at Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge. The Department of Children and Family Services reports there were 372 as of yesterday. Eichstaedt says the River Center has asked them to vacate their facility as they prepare for upcoming events, but she says there is not a hard close date for the Celtic Studios shelter.
US Senator David Vitter will chair a meeting of the Senate Small Business Committee today to discuss the federal response for flood victims in Louisiana. Vitter says this is an important opportunity to explain just how devastating this flooding really was, and still is for many people.
How much money in federal relief assistance and when are big questions right now. A delegation from Louisiana is making the push right now. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says other states, who suffered natural disasters are making similar requests, but the level of devastation in Louisiana speaks for itself. The Obama administration has sent a two-point-six billion dollar request to Congress for Louisiana flood relief assistance. Problem is congress goes out on recess at the end of the month until after the November elections.
The state of Louisiana has lost another legal round in its attempt to take Medicaid funding away from Planned Parenthood clinics. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling ensuring that needy women can get Medicaid-funded non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood facilities in the state.
State Senator Troy Brown pleaded “no contest” Wednesday to an allegation that he punched his longtime girlfriend in the eye. The incident took place at a New Orleans hotel following the Bayou Classic Football game. A judge handed Brown a suspended six month sentence after the plea. Brown represents parts of St Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes.
The longtime media spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Maxine Trahan, has been arrested by State Police and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on two Felony warrants. one for exploitation of the infirmed and one for felony theft. She was being investigated earlier this year accused of stealing money that was confiscated from accused criminals. Her bond is $75,000.
LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Facility is partnering with the US Department of Defense on a study that looks at improving a soldier’s endurance. Dr. Jennifer Rood is the principal investigator for the Optimizing Performance for Soldiers Study. She says many soldiers in military operations are only getting half of the daily recommendation of calories, which leads to weight loss and impacts their performance.
Disney released a gumbo recipe video on Facebook that is driving Louisianans mad. The video has since been removed after receiving backlash for adding kale and not even starting with a roux. KATC Lafayette Production Assistant David Hilbun created a reaction video. He says he never intended for the video to blow up the way it did in just two days. He says people are so passionate about their gumbo, because it’s the flagship dish of the Cajun culture.
LSU Football Coach Les Miles is keeping things quiet on who will start as quarterback this Saturday as the tigers take on Mississippi State but is hinting it will be Danny Etling. Running back Leonard Fournette did not play against Jacksonville State last weekend because of an ankle injury but Miles expects he’ll play against the Bulldogs.
The Saints visit the Giants this Sunday in a rematch of last year’s wild contest that saw New Orleans beat New York 52-49 in the third-highest scoring game in league history. El Manning and Drew Brees combined to throw for an NFL-record 13 touchdown passes. The Saints need a win on Sunday to avoid an 0-2 start.