News for Thursday 092018
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Corporal Alan Stokes of the Alexandria Police Department, who filed a police report back in May alleging that he was publicly intimidated by Mayor Jacques Roy during a phone call related to the selection of the city's next police chief, has been terminated. Roy and police Chief Jerrod King addressed the matter on Wednesday at a weekly briefing. Chief King saying some things that happened were unacceptable. The Chief went on to say he didn’t care who it involved, whether it was the mayor or a citizen.
The APD reports an Alexandria man died early Wednesday morning in a two vehicle crash on Interstate 49 near the Airbase Road exit. Authorities have yet to ID the driver of the vehicle other than to say he was a 37-year-old man. The other driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Sad news yesterday when we were informed of the passing of Billy Allgood, a man who was a coach, athletic director, and teacher at Louisiana College for close to 4 decades. His accomplishments at LC range from 327 career basketball victories to personally building the baseball facility that deservedly bears his name. Billy Allgood was 87.
LSU announced yesterday afternoon there are less than 100 tickets available for the LSU football team’s 6 p.m. home game Saturday against Louisiana Tech at Tiger Stadium. LSU did not post a sellout in 2017 among its six home games in Tiger Stadium, but LSU football still ranked high among the nation’s attendance leaders.
Capacity at Tiger Stadium is 102,321. To put that in perspective, that’s 4 and a half times the population of Grant Parish. The last sellout at tiger stadium was against Alabama in 2016.
Governor John Bel Edwards says his priority for the next legislative session is to get more money for public education and to secure a 1,000 dollar teacher pay raise. Edwards says it’s more than just teachers who deserve a raise, it’s support workers, bus drivers and more. This comes as teacher strikes in red states across the nation have found success in both securing pay raises and public school funding increases. Edwards says it’s the first step towards addressing the decade-long teacher pay freeze.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is sounding the alarm over a new report they conducted that shows more than one-third of Louisiana law enforcement departments do not have policies that address racial profiling. Deputy Legal Director Lisa Graybill says it’s a troubling discovery that likely is leading to mistreatment of minorities by some police departments. But she says it’s not necessarily being done out of malice. Graybill notes that after surveying law enforcement statewide, they discovered that many offices just weren’t familiar with what those policies were, and how they help lead to fair policing.
Prosecutors have added criminal charges of possession of child pornography against former LSU wide receiver Drake Davis, who was arrested Sunday for a second time this past month, after an ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic battery. East Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore says the new charges were added after investigators found two videos on Davis’s cell phone that were determined to be child pornography. Davis has submitted his resignation from LSU and is no longer enrolled at the university.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says so far this year they’ve only seen a two-percent average increase in auto insurance rates. Last year for 2017, auto insurance rates rose on average nearly nine percent. Donelon says drivers should ask their insurance provider about any discounts available.
The LSU AgCenter has been awarded a five million dollar, five-year grant from the CDC that will fund an ongoing program to improve health in rural Louisiana and expand it to more parishes. The grant will support an initiative called Healthy Access, Behaviors, and Communities, or Healthy ABCs. AgCenter Nutrition Specialist Denise Holston says the program has been active for about three years and overall the feedback on the program so far has been positive.
A new survey from OfficeTeam says 56 percent of U.S. workers’ typical lunch break lasts 30 minutes or less. Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Finance and Accounting Carrie Lewis says the current break standards may have a negative effect on employees. The survey shows that 29 percent of employees don’t stop working on their breaks.