News for Monday 112116
By Dave Graichen
Dale Genius passed away Saturday. Dale was an interesting man of many talents. He was known to many as a newsman. In the early days on KSYL 970. Dale also worked in TV news at both KALB and KLAX. Genius became the director of the Louisiana History Museum in 2004, and he poured himself into preserving Alexandria's history. Visitation will be held at this evening at John Kramer & Son Funeral Home on Masonic Drive in Alexandria, from 4 to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Dale Genius was 77.
A Rapides Parish judge has denied bail for the former Monroe TV personality, Mr. Wonder due to the severity of his crimes. Frank Selas III fled the state after allegedly sexually assaulting multiple children nearly 40 years ago. The 77-year-old was caught in California in January and extradited back to Louisiana. Selas has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated rape and sexual battery among other charges and he’s pleaded not guilty to all.
Governor John Bel Edwards has delayed an 18-million dollar cut to higher education as part of his plan to eliminate a 313 million dollar budget shortfall. The decision was made by the governor after lawmakers expressed concerns at a budget meeting regarding additional funding cuts to public colleges. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson asks for another month to determine if there are other ways to cut the budget. The Revenue Estimating Conference meets again December, and there’s a chance the state’s budget shortfall could increase by then. New Orleans Senator JP Morrel says by putting this cut off until next month, the ball is now in the legislature’s court.
The Restore Louisiana Task Force passed a resolution unanimously recommending low income and the disabled be the first to receive the first round of the state’s 438 million dollars of disaster assistance. The task force suggests sending their flood assistance plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD could issue spending requirements by as early as next week.
The Louisiana Farm Bureau finds the cost of a Thanksgiving meal will be below the national average this year. The average price for a Thanksgiving dinner in Louisiana $49.79, which is slightly less than the national average.
A survey from a national polling firm on the 2016 runoffs in Louisiana predicts winners. Pollster Robert Cahaly with the Trafalgar Group says Republican John Kennedy leads Foster Campbell in the Trafalgar poll 58 to 35-percent. Cahaly says the 3rd Congressional District race he’s got Higgins leading Angelle 49 to 42-percent.
Governor John Bel Edwards was elected into office one year ago today. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the governor has had quite the year. He says he’s had some successes, including the approval of higher sales tax that prevented the state from bigger budget cuts.
Pinsonat says Edwards will likely be dealing with budget issues for the remainder of his years in office. He says despite budget problems, civil unrest from a police shooting and devastating flooding, the governor’s approval rating is high
The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights is officially underway across Louisiana. Executive Director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lynn Doresy, says multiple festivals are held in Alexandria-Pineville, Monroe-West Monroe, Shreveport-Bossier, Minden and Natchitoches. For more information about festivals throughout north Louisiana, go to HolidayTrailOfLights.com.
LSU scientists have found the first evidence of Deepwater Horizon oil in a land animal—the Seaside Sparrow. LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Professor Phillip Stouffer says they believe the oil got into the birds’ system, because they are feeding off the marsh and the oil is trapped in the marsh. Researchers also found that the direct exposure to the oil could be damaging the birds’ reproductive systems.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva sent out a letter describing what qualities he’s looking for in a new head football coach. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says Alleva might’ve issued this letter because he’s tired of hearing a lot of misinformation and speculation that’s circling. He says in one week the full blown search for a new coach will be on as LSU’s regular season will be officially over. After a disappointing 16-10 loss to Florida on Saturday, interim head coach Ed Orgeron’s chances of keeping the job on a permanent basis seem to be dwindling.