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News For Tuesday 121316

News for Tuesday 121316

By Dave Graichen


The State Police are investigating a single vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Montgomery woman yesterday morning. Troopers say that 61 year old Mona Litton lost control of her vehicle, left highway 71 and struck a tree. Litton was taken to  Winn Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead


The Transportation Task Force will vote today on a recommendation that the budget for roads and bridges be increased by $700 million a year. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says the need in Louisiana is great, and in order to address that need, they need an annual infusion of dollars that’s indexed for the Transportation Trust Fund. Wilson says that money could come from toll roads, public-private partnerships, or an increase in the gas tax. He says the state’s 20-cent gas tax that was imposed 30 years ago is only worth half that today. The state still has a $13 billion backlog of road and bridge needs.


Yesterday Governor John Bel Edwards announces that Louisiana will receive nearly 26 million dollars in funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program by FEMA for the devastating March floods. The money could be used to support state and parish projects to help prevent disasters in the future. The state will receive 3 million dollars and 23- million dollars will go to parishes that received a federal disaster deceleration.


Congressman Garret Graves spoke before the Baton Rouge Press Club to express his frustration with the flood recovery and what he hopes to accomplish with President- elect Trump. Graves says he’s been able to talk with President-elect Donald Trump along with vice president-elect Mike Pence about the timeline of FEMA assistance. He says both agreed that the efficiency of getting flood relief dollars to victims was absurd. Graves says the flood didn’t discriminate based on income level and neither should the disaster aid.


Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says he plans to seek the maximum 60-year sentence for Cardell Hayes following his manslaughter conviction in the death of Will Smith, and attempted manslaughter for injuring Smith’s wife. Cannizzaro says this was the murder of a hero who was just trying to have fun in New Orleans. He says they believe Hayes should get the maximum 60 years.


The funeral of former NFL player and John Curtis Star Joe McKnight was yesterday in New Orleans. McKnight was gunned down in Jefferson Parish in an apparent road rage incident. Ronald Gasser is facing manslaughter charges in the incident.


The Louisiana Department of Health says they’ve been seeing an uptick in mumps cases around college campuses nationwide but more recently a large concentration in Arkansas. Dr. Frank Welch with LDH says Mississippi and Alabama have seen outbreaks, as well as, a fairly large one in Texas so it’s very concerning.


Mike Johnson, won the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by Congressman John Fleming, said yesterday he believes the Republican wave moving across the nation means that God has given the country another chance. Johnson says he looks forwards to being part of the real reform the Trump Administration is going to bring.


In the 3rd District, Capt. Clay Higgins defeated Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle 56 to 44-percent. Higgins perhaps rode a wave of Donald Trump enthusiasm, as the man who has never held an elected office is heading to Washington to represent more than 760-thousand Louisianans. Higgins says his victory is proof that voters are tired of millionaire career politicians.


New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno has launched a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for women’s issues in Louisiana. Moreno says the Ignite Advocacy Network seeks to bring women together to raise awareness, advocate for positive policies, and ignite the network into action. Moreno says Louisiana ranks 49th for wage equality and 49th for women’s overall health, with more women dying of breast and cervical cancer in Louisiana than in many other states.


From the “It’s nice to see everyone working for the betterment of the state” department, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Republican Party told reporters yesterday, The republican victories in all of Louisiana’s federal runoffs proves Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards’ victory in last year’s gubernatorial race was a fluke. Dore says he fully expects the governor to be voted out office in the next election.


According to ESPN, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has agreed to become Florida Atlantic’s coach. Kiffin was being pursued by LSU to be offensive coordinator under head coach Ed Orgeron. It’s now reported that LSU’s top choice for OC is Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

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