News for Tuesday 092016
By Dave Graichen
The APD reports a shooting in the city yesterday morning shortly before noon. Police say when they arrived in the 2700 block of Hynson they found a man who had been shot in the leg. His injuries were superficial and he was treated at the scene. Detectives are continuing their investigation.
Six million gallons of waste was leaked into the Bouge Chitto River in St. Tammany parish from a Mississippi sewage plant, prompting a water advisory from the Louisiana Department of Health. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says it will take at least a week to know exactly what we’re dealing with, as the contamination has spread through the river. Guidry advises people to stay out of the river.
The body of a missing 6-year-old autistic boy was found early Monday morning in Lafayette Parish. Youngsville Police Chief Ricky Boudreaux says Keaton Jones was reported missing yesterday afternoon. He says the child was tragically discovered a little after 4am in a pond near his home. Boudreaux says Keaton left his home yesterday afternoon through an open garage door.
The US is facing a teacher shortage, and a new study from the Learning Policy Institute finds Louisiana ranks in the second lowest category for teacher attraction. President of the Louisiana Association of Educators, Debbie Meaux, says a lot of teachers are leaving the profession, and fewer people becoming teachers. Meaux says the biggest teacher shortages around the country are in special ed, math, languages. But she says Louisiana needs more teachers in every subject.
The owners and four officials of a company that abandoned 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in northwest Louisiana pleaded not guilty to federal charges Monday. The trial date for the Explo Systems Inc. owners and executives will be set at a status conference scheduled Dec. 13. They are accused of lying to get contracts to “demilitarize” the M6 artillery propellant, storing it unsafely and obstructing inspections, all at camp Minden.
FEMA has clarified the qualifications for the Shelter At Home program, which means homeowners who live in mobile homes are eligible. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office, Julie Baxter Payer says they wanted to get some clarification about who was eligible for the program. Payer says they have verified that manufactured and modular homes can be included in the program, whether or not they are on wheels or attached to the ground. She says, like with other homes in the program, inspections will be done on a case by case basis.
The city of Walker in Livingston Parish has signed a contract with a law firm possibly to file a suit against DOTD regarding the flooding. Mayor Rick Ramsey has said that the flooding that came into his city was the result of a concrete barrier in the middle of I-12 that wasn’t allowing the water to flow over the interstate, but instead cover Walker.
On September 12th, almost 95-percent of Livingston parish students showed up for the first day back to class after the historic flood. Livingston School Superintendent Rick Wentzel says more than 24-thousand students returned to school last week. He says they are pleasantly surprised at the turnout.
The Louisiana Department of Health announces that 305-thousand residents have health insurance through Medicaid. The eligibility requirements for the government paid for insurance was expanded on July 1st. L-D-H Secretary Rebekah Gee says nearly 12-thousand adults have received preventive health care services.
Sad story out of Caddo Parish. Police say a school bus driver died after she was hit by a car in a roadway she was crossing to get to her bus. According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, 58-year-old Karen Scroggins was going to her bus to begin her route around 6:30 in the morning when she was struck. She was taken by ambulance to University Health, where she later died
LSU’s new starting quarterback Danny Etling played well in his first SEC start and now he’ll get a chance to make his first start against an SEC team on the road when the Bayou Bengals visit Auburn on Saturday. LSU’s last trip to the Plains was not a good one. The Tigers were embarrassed as Auburn beat up LSU 41-7.