News for Tuesday 112216
By Dave Graichen
Improving race relations was the topic of a roundtable discussion Monday morning in Baton Rouge. Governor John Bel Edwards called the meeting of state and community leaders and says they want to meet with kids in schools to educate youth about interacting with police.
Edwards says they also want to teach people in driver’s ed how to respond if they get pulled over. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says resolving problems in the communities is about having an open dialogue. He says we need ongoing conversations about ways to improve relations, and that starts with listening. Edmonson says they are also looking at ways to improve police training.
State fire officials say no working smoke detectors were found in the home of a Mansfield man who was killed in an early morning blaze Monday. 49 year old Timothy Lee was found by firefighters after the fire, which caused extensive damage to the home, was extinguished.
The investigation also continues into a fire that destroyed much of a Bunkie church on Sunday. The Blaze started around 10pm. The sanctuary, fellowship hall and kitchen, offices and scout room at David Haas Memorial Methodist were a total loss. The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning announces the statewide burn ban has been lifted. Browning thanks residents for their attention to the ban. He says many fires were prevented and thus lives and property saved. The public is still encouraged to use caution when outdoor burning. Browning adds burning will still be subject to state and local laws and regulations. Burn bans in Grant and Avoyelles Parishes continues.
It looks like most people will be doing their Christmas shopping online this year. Executive Director of the Louisiana Retailers Association, Dawn Johnson, says a lot of shoppers go into the store, get information from employees, then order online. The survey found 50-percent of respondents admitted to showrooming
It’s Bayou Classic week and a large crowd is expected for the annual football game between Grambling and Southern, which is played at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Over 40-thousand tickets have been sold, which is 13-thousand more than last year at this time.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is concerned about the high number of complaints they’re receiving about owners neglecting horses. Director Jeff Dorson says there have been several owners who have been cited for cruelty. Dorson says if you can’t afford to take care of a horse, please don’t get into the business and if you’re in over your head, reach out to the humane society. He says the problem is there is a surplus of horses in rural areas. Dorson says it takes about 15-hundred dollars minimum annually to feed and care for a horse. He urges the public to help with the effort to stop horses from being neglected.
There is a heightened awareness among law enforcement for potential protests once the U.S. Justice Department announces its results of its investigation into the shooting of Alton Sterling. The 37-year-old black man was fatally shot in July after a scuffle with two white Baton Rouge police officers. Police Chief Carl Dabadie says they are working on a plan to deal with protests with as little aggression as possible. After Sterling was shot on July 5th, numerous protests erupted and over 200 people were arrested.
A number of Louisiana Republicans have had their names tossed around as potentially working in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says Trump’s campaign team in Louisiana is putting names together and sending them to the transition team. Alford says Congressman Charles Boustany’s name has been mentioned to be chief U.S. trade negotiator under the Trump administration. He says there are a lot of positions that need to be filled, but it’s up in the air who will actually be selected to be part of the cabinet..
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announces the Beauregard Parish Gothic Jail in DeRidder is now open for tours. The Gothic Jail will be the crown jewel of Louisiana’s Myths and Legends Scenic Byway, which is intended to give visitors a reason to visit some of Louisiana’s back roads. Nungesser says over 40-thousand dollars was raised at the Gothic Jail After Dark Fundraiser on Halloween to complete the renovations. More information about Louisiana’s Myth and Legends Scenic Byway can be found at LouisianaByways.com.
There was widespread shore loss as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a USGS-NASA study. Research oceanographer Elijah Ramsey says this is an important study and should not be a onetime thing. He says the spill also caused wetland fragmentation. The study found that the treatment some areas received after the spill was not helpful.
Ed Orgeron could be coaching his final game for the LSU Tigers this Thursday night against Texas A&M. There’s no doubt the Louisiana native would love to be the head coach for the Tigers for many years to come. But he says his priority is to make sure the team is ready to play the Aggies. LSU is coming off a tough 16-10 loss to Florida and there’s speculation the Tigers will make a push for Florida State Head Coach Jim Fisher, once the Seminoles regular season ends on Saturday night.
After a bye week, Louisiana Tech is ramping up their preparations for the regular season finale on Friday against Southern Miss. Last year, Southern Miss thumped the Bulldogs on their home field, 58-24. Bulldogs wide receiver Trent Taylor says they would like to return the favor and win big in Hattiesburg.