News for Tuesday 061218
By Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center tells us they are monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea that has low chance of tropical formation this week. The weather system is approaching the Gulf of Mexico, but at the moment seems like a bigger concern for Mexico than the United States.
Sister Virginia Lee Vanderlick, who was the principal at Our Lady of Prompt Succor School for 30 years, died Sunday in San Antonio. A memorial mass followed by a reception and lunch will be held at 11 a.m. a week from this Thursday, June 21 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria. Sister Virginia Lee became principal at OLPS in 1972. She stepped down in 2002 and continued to teach religion classes until she retired in 2013 for health reasons. Our thoughts and prayers are with her many family members here in Cenla.. Sister Virginia Lee Vanderlick was 90 years old.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services warns that unless more funding is approved in the special session, that the food stamps program will be shut down. Walters says 64 percent of people who receive SNAP benefits are either children, disabled, or the elderly, with another 27 percent being the working poor who a earn paycheck that’s not enough to feed their families. The department is currently set for 34 million dollars in cuts.
We’ve all heard the story of a distant rich relative passing and leaving someone a fortune.. That just happened here in Louisiana. A North family got a huge surprise when the state’s Treasury Department informed them that they were owed 2.3 million dollars as part of the Unclaimed Property Program that returns uncollected money from estates to the next of kin.
A crash leaves a Eunice man is dead after fleeing from police at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on State Highway 383. Shortly after 7 Monday Morning, a Kinder police officer observed a Ford Mustang commit a traffic violation. The driver, 26 year old Aaron Charlot, chose not to stop and later lost control of his vehicle.
More details are emerging from a Denham Springs incident that left two people dead this weekend. The initial call that came in was for a home invasion, but it is now believed that this was not a random act. Investigators with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office have now identified the victim at 36 year old Beaux Bailey. The second death is the suspect in the case, 37 year old Ted Bourn of Tupelo, Mississippi. Police say both died as the result of gunfire exchanged between the two men.
More tech jobs are coming to Louisiana with the recent announcement that Accruent, a company that focuses on real estate digital integration, will be coming to New Orleans. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the tech center is expected to bring in 350 jobs into the Big Easy. Accruent is already hiring and they plan to be fully staffed by 2020.
A new state law allows Louisiana public school teachers up to 30 days of paid leave for the adoption process. Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds sponsored a package of bills promoting adoption after seeing families tackle the hurdles of the process during his campaign and says he wanted to see the burden put on families eased by the new legislation. The change also applies to school social workers and school psychologists.
The first entrants into the race for the Secretary of State’s office are trickling in, in the wake of a poll that showed nearly a third of Louisianans are undecided on who they will be voting for come November. Attorney General’s Director of the Public Protection Division, and Democrat, Renee Fontenot Free says her years of public service make her the ideal candidate. She’ll be running to replace Tom Schedler, who stepped down after being accused of sexually harassing and stalking his secretary for nearly a decade.
It’s an ailment that is causing a serious threat to the deer population, and since January, a feeding ban was enacted in northeast Louisiana in order to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, spreading into Louisiana says state wildlife veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour. But now, in the parishes of East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas, LDWF has lifted the feeding ban after initial testing of deer in the area did not detect the disease. Dr. LaCour explains the preemptive measure’s purpose. The state of Mississippi also conducted testing in the area where the deer was found, and is still awaiting results.
The fiscal cliff debate is revealing a wide range of opinions from within Louisiana’s Republican Party, ranging from moderates who support the governor’s call for a half cent sales tax renewal, to anti-tax conservatives who favor budget cuts to plug the 648 million dollar shortfall. River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot, who supported a third penny but not a half, says the state needs to tighten its belt. The difference between a half penny and a third penny sales tax on a 100 dollar purchase is 17 cents.