News for Wednesday 061318
By Dave Graichen
Some very good police work averted what could have been a very dangerous situation yesterday afternoon, as a Texas homicide suspect was captured in without incident. U.S. marshals had alerted the Alexandria Police Department earlier Tuesday afternoon that Daryl Kelly was in the Home Towne Studios at 1000 MacArthur Drive. Police evacuated the building and closed down Mac Arthur Drive for close to 2 hours. Kelly, once seeing his options, surrendered to police.
The Rapides Parish Police Jury voted unanimously Monday to cut $700,000 from the District Attorney's Office, a move that will likely lead to more legal action. Jurors approved the motion that had come from its finance committee a week ago.
It was a traffic nightmare.. Flooding rains closed both lanes of I-110 in Baton Rouge Tuesday evening as a line of slow-moving storms inundated the area during rush hour. Some areas of the highway had water several feet deep.
Negotiations have begun this week in advance of next week’s special session, with parties involved hoping to get a deal in place before Monday to avoid another dramatic last second finish to what will be the last session of the fiscal year. Senate President John Alario says after two special sessions, he’s convinced more and more legislators are leaning towards a deal that would fully fund state services.
Unless the Legislature approves additional revenue, TOPS will suffer a 30 percent reduction, a cost that will be passed right back to students and their families. Higher ed is also on the block for a substantial reduction, and Taylor Foundation Executive Director Dr. James Caillier says even if the state approves the funds, we’re already losing some of our highest performers who are tired of the uncertainty. That 30 percent reduction would result in the average LSU student with TOPS graduating nearly 14,000 dollars more in debt than they would have if the scholarship program was fully funded. Caillier says many working class students just could not bear that kind of increased cost.
US Senator John Kennedy is calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to step down due to his handling of the state’s fiscal cliff. Kennedy sites the legislature’s inability to find a long term solution to the budget crisis come down to a lack of leadership from Edwards. The Republican called for the Lt. Governor to take over the state. Edwards’ Spokesperson Richard Carbo says “Sen. Kennedy’s absurdity knows no limits, and Gov. Edwards isn’t going to be distracted by childish comments or letters from our junior senator.”
During an event hosted by Washington news organization POLITICO, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise quickly answered no when asked if he plans to run for governor next year. The Jefferson Parish Republican is a candidate to replace the retiring Paul Ryan as U-S House Speaker.
The old Holsum Bread bakery in Baton Rouge, which shut down almost three decades ago, could get new life as a housing manufacturing facility. Ready Shield Solutions plans to open an assembly plant at the site. Preliminary documents filed with the Louisiana Economic Development department show the facility will involve a $60 million investment and will generate 300 new jobs.
The eyes of the world are on the recent meeting between President Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. US Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s thankful that relations with North Korea are at a point where talking is a possibility.
The congressman says he’s got faith in President Trump’s ability to strike up an effective deal with Kim Jong Un.
Small business optimism has reached its highest level in 34 years. That’s according to the National Federation of Independent Business. NFIB state director Dawn Starns they are now hoping for tax reform in Louisiana as lawmakers consider what to do with the state sales tax, which is currently at 5%.
Rudy Guiliani is visiting Cajun country to raise money for US Congressman Clay Higgins primary challenger, Josh Guillory. The former New York City Mayor, and adviser to the President, will be attending a fundraiser for Guillory on June 25th in Lafayette at the Petroleum Club. Guillory is considered to be a more moderate republican, who may lean towards a message that resembles the districts former Representative, Charles Bustany.
Two Acadiana men are under arrest in connection to the murder of a St. Martinville teenager. Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Boutte of St. Martinville was charged with Obstruction of Justice and Second Degree Murder in the death of 19-year-old Simone Robin. St. Martin Parish Sherriff’s Spokesperson Major Ginny Higgins says Robin’s trailer was set on fire Saturday, and her body was found later that day on a levee in St. Landry.
Starting in September, travelers through Baton Rouge Metro Airport can expect more destination options with the addition of Via Airlines. The airline, which has been in business for over a decade, will now provide direct service to Austin, Texas and Orlando, Florida. Airport spokesperson Jim Caldwell says service will fly on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, as they expect a high demand for business travel to the capital city of the lone star state.
WWL-TV in New Orleans captured video of a cement truck in New Orleans getting stuck in a sinkhole in the French Quarter. Problem is, that cement truck was apparently on the scene to fix the sink hole. Another truck was called in to pull the truck out of the hole. City officials say no one was injured.
Saints running back Mark Ingram talked to the media about his recent absence at OTAs, amidst rumors that he’s unhappy heading into the year without a new contract. The Saints will be without the pro bowl runner who went for over 1100 yards on the ground last year for the first four games due to a PED suspension, but Ingram has faith that the young guns can carry the Black and Gold In his absence. Ingram says the rumors that he was planning a hold out to protest his contract that runs out this year, are false.
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