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The State Police are investigating the shooting death of a Mississippi man and the injuring of a Ball Police officer on Saturday. Investigators report it all started when a Ball police officer pulled over a vehicle being driven 32 year old Michael Neil on Highway 165 for a traffic violation. After the officer made contact with Neal, a pursuit ensued.  The pursuit ended on Anderson Street in Pineville, where Neal was shot. Neal was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was later pronounced. The officer was also transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was last reported in stable condition.


State Police report an early Saturday morning, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Pineville.  According to police, the crash occurred around 1 a.m on Interstate 49 near the Meeker/Turkey Creek Exit, when a vehicle being driven by 51 Blas Sandoval left the highway and overturned. Sandoval, who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle. Sandoval was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has uncovered what they believe is a dogfighting operation, following a lengthy investigation.  The initial tips from the public began to surface in April, but Capt. Tommy Carnline says it wasn’t until recently that the agency received the intel they needed to make the discovery. Carnline says the agency discovered seventeen pit bulls on the property in the Wardville community. Police have arrested Sherman Lane Nash, Jr. but they say more arrests could be forthcoming.


Three people have been killed and several others injured following a shooting in New Orleans. City police spokesman Aaron Looney says in a statement the shooting happened Saturday night on Claiborne Avenue, about 3 miles from the French Quarter. No suspects are in custody.


Medicare for All may have been a fringe position just two years ago, but an analysis of Louisiana’s 2018 Democratic congressional candidates shows nearly unanimous support for the policy. Support from the candidates for Medicare for All comes in two flavors: allowing people to buy into the program, or blanket coverage from birth, with nine of the eleven candidates backing at least one of the two versions.


A Morning Consult poll shows Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating slipped under 50 percent during the brutal legislative sessions between April and June. Edwards’ has generally maintained one of the highest approval ratings for a Democratic governor, but ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says with the legislative session in the rear view mirror and the government fully funded for the year, Stockley says don’t be surprised to see those numbers rebound in the coming months.


Jim Bernhard rumors are swirling again as LaPolitics.com reports the former Shaw Group CEO is considering a run for the governor’s mansion in 2019. Bernhard now operates energy investment firm Bernhard Capital Partners. LaPolitics Publisher Jeremy Alford says Bernhard has the capital on hand to make it a competitive race.


According to a new Gallup survey that polled just over a thousand adults, most Americans see vapor cigarettes as better than traditional cigarettes, while marijuana was seen as the safest smoking product of all.  Government agencies are chiming in, with the FDA still a bit hazy about its stance on vaping, while the CDC says more than 10% of high school students vape.  Tobacco treatment specialist, Angel Lopez, says among the experts, vaping’s health risks are debatable. Lopez says vaping introduces new chemicals, ones not present in traditional cigarettes.


A woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing money from the Louisiana law firm she once worked for has been sentenced to a year and 10 months in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Lake Charles said in a Friday news release that Pamela Ann Fayko, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. Prosecutors said Fayko was a bookkeeper and office manager for a Lake Charles law firm from 2008 until 2016. She had access to the company credit card and checkbook. In February, she pleaded guilty to using both in the theft of more than $332,000. In addition to 22 months in prison, Fayko faces three years of supervised release and will have to make restitution.


For the last decade, more than one million Entergy customers throughout the state have been paying charges to cover the cost of repairs to damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says those charges are dropping off, and Louisiana customers will see an average monthly reduction of $5.44.


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