News for Thursday 062818
By Dave Graichen
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled the firing of a city of Alexandria employee who used a racial slur against a co-worker was justified. Dustin Bonial, who told the civil service board that he had used the slur against the co-worker several times, had argued that his 2017 firing was too severe in relation to the offense.
RPSO Deputies yesterday arrested a Lafayette man wanted on child pornography.
65 year old Durice Richard Jr was wanted by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation on 30 counts of possession of sexual abuse images/videos of children younger than 13 and other related charges.
30-year-old Kirk Dauzat of Hessmer has been arrested and now faces charges of Stalking and posting pictures of his victim on social media. RPSO detectives spoke to the alleged victim, earlier this month, that victim reported that Dauzat was the person responsible for the stalking. Dauzat was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention and was later was released on a $3,000 bond.
Donald Gene Parker III A former teacher who took a plea deal last year in a child pornography case now faces charges for allegedly not complying with it.
Parker was arrested Tuesday by the Woodworth Police Department on charges of failure to maintain sex offender identification and failure to register his vehicle with the sex offender registry. No bond has been set on the new charges.
The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book ranked Louisiana 49th in overall child well-being, despite improvements since 2010 in nine of the 16 measures tracked in the annual report. KIDS COUNT manager at Agenda for Children Teresa Falgoust says the child poverty rate is on the rise.
A Legislative Auditor’s report says some companies that are paid by the state to help run Medicaid are not providing the Department of Health with information on what they are charging for their services. Managed Care Organizations, or MCOs, are required to give LDH detailed information that’s used to set the rates they are in turn paid. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says it’s not just MCO’s at fault, LDH has been lax about requiring the information. He says this may allow for people abusing Medicaid to get away with fraud, because the proper checks and balances are not being enforced.
Senator John Kennedy has sponsored an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would require SNAP program recipients to show a photo ID during a transaction. Kennedy highlighted one incident in New York in which someone committed food stamp fraud for over 5 years, getting thousands in benefits. Opponents argue implantation would make it more difficult for legal food stamp users to utilize their card, due to the expenses associated with obtaining a photo ID.
A 17-year-old suspect is in custody in Morehouse Parish following arson allegations. Marquarious Williams fled to McKinney, Texas in 2017 after the incident at Bastrop high where he allegedly set a fire in a bathroom after school hours. Williams currently awaits prosecution.
The LSU board of supervisors has selected twelve innovations to support with grant money. The funds are the result royalties from the licensing of earlier inventions and innovations from the university. CEO of the LSU Research and Technology Foundation, Arthur Cooper, explains how the selection process takes place. Among the innovations that obtained funding included oyster flavoring, as well as biodegradable Mardi Gras beads.
A research team at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center has been awarded a five year, $4.5 million grant. It comes from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to evaluate two treatments for childhood obesity. Dr. Amanda Staiano says they are accessing families via pediatricians. Staiano says they are working with families not only in Louisiana, but Missouri and New York. The research is expected to have a wide distribution of results.
A recent commission meeting involving the LDWF to discuss red snapper season has produced the estimated amount of red snapper landed this season. Finfish program manager for the agency, Jason Adriance says the state has already taken in more than a third of its federal allowance. Red Snapper season runs through July 8th.
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