News for Monday 020518
By Dave Graichen
Pineville Police Friday requested the public’s assistance in locating a 94 year old man who was last been seen on Main Street in Pineville on Wednesday. Saturday, The body Landry Chatelain was located by divers at the Red River Boat Landing behind Buhlow Lake. Next of kin has been notified and more information will be released pending further investigation and an autopsy.
A highway traffic safety enforcement program that resulted in some state troopers receiving overtime pay when they were at home has been reinstated after new rules were put in place. The investigation by WVUE-TV in New Orleans led to the suspension of three troopers. State Police Major Doug Cain says changes have been made to prevent payroll fraud. The investigation found one Trooper made 240-thousand dollars a year by abusing the LACE program.
The governor’s deputy chief of staff says another meeting could take place today between Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras. Edwards is waiting on Barras to provide him with a list of revenue generating tax proposals that republican legislators could support in a possible special session this month to address a one-billion dollar shortfall for next fiscal year. Barras has already provided the governor with recommendations on how to reduce state spending.
Employees of the DeSoto Parish School System will soon receive a one-time salary supplement for a job well done. In recognition of the district earning an “A” rating from the Louisiana Department of Education, the School Board authorized a $2,000 bonus for all full-time employees. The DeSoto Parish School System was ranked 49th in Louisiana in 2010, but is now ranked 9th.
Peninsula Pacific is evaluating the prospect of moving it’s Diamond Jack Casino in Bossier City to Tangipahoa Parish. The company is looking at moving the casino to the Tangipahoa River at the Robert exit. The move would require a difficult series of local and state requirements to be met and approved before the project could be initiated, but Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller says it’s a great opportunity for the parish. The project could cost north of 100 million dollars.
Monroe-based CenturyLink is opening a new outbound sales center bringing 150 jobs to the area. The center will be located on Forsythe Avenue. CenturyLink spokesperson Anne Marie Sartor says the center will focus on small businesses throughout the country in helping them with their communication needs. A job fair will be held later this month in Monroe to help fill the new jobs.
State Police have announced charges against a man who was shot by a Bienville Parish Sheriff’s deputy as they were attempting to arrest him. 41-year-old Steven Hulion has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer and one count of aggravated battery.
3rd District Congressman Clay Higgins has 50-thousand-dollars in the bank for a re-election bid and still needs to repay seven-thousand-dollars in debt from his 2016 campaign. Political analyst Bernie Pinosnat says even though Higgins is well liked in southwest Louisiana, he needs more funds to get re-elected. Higgins has the fewest dollars on hand out of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation as mid-term elections take place in November.
A Louisiana chef has found a solution to the invasive and very large Asian Carp. It involves a little white wine and butter. Fishermen have been asking what to do if a 100-pound Asian Carp jump out of the water and into their boat, which has been known to happen. Chef Philippe Parola has developed a way to cook the huge fish. Parola says if you catch an Asian Carp, don’t toss it back, toss it in Tony’s. He says if cooked right they have a wonderful flavor, similar to lemon fish.
February is American Heart Month, dedicated to the education and prevention of heart disease. Louisiana ranks fifth in the nation in heart disease deaths. Dr. Tiffany Powell-Wiley with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says to turn the tide around, start with small steps.