News for Wednesday 100318
Compiled by Dave Graichen
At 1:18 today most phones in the state will begin emitting a nice, shrill screech that will announce the beginning of the first ever Wireless Emergency Alert test. This new system will allow local, state, or federal authorities to broadcast emergency messages to your phone. Assistant Deputy Director of Preparedness Chris Guilbeaux says two minutes after the tone sounds on phones, the EAS portion of the regularly scheduled test will go out. And if you’re wondering, no, you can’t opt out of this test. The message will be labeled a “Presidential Alert.”
The England Authority board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Sandra McQuain as it news executive director. McQuain, who most recently has served as chief operating officer of Baker Manufacturing, will succeed Jon Grafton, who stepped down in May after 24 years on the job.
Allen Parish authorities have arrested a Pitkin man who they believe is responsible for setting fire to a home early yesterday that destroyed the building. 31 year old Nathan Martin was captured in a field next to the home. An APSO spokesperson says Martin was wearing clothes stolen from the torched home. He was booked into the Alan Parish jail.
One woman is dead and another in the hospital after being trapped in an overturned vehicle stranded in a canal for over 24 hours. Officials recovered the victims from the canal Monday afternoon after two friends of the girls searched and found them. West Baton Rouge Sheriff spokesperson Lt. Ken Albarez says he believes divine intervention lead them to the vehicle.
Senator John Kennedy is bringing forward a bill that would prevent banks from discriminating against companies based on the company’s positions on social issues like gun control. The Louisiana Bond Commission recently decided to not do business with banks that cut capital for gun manufacturers. Citigroup will restrict capital to companies that sell guns to those under 21, or who do not take background checks. Bank of America is refusing to finance companies that manufacture assault weapons.
Two teenagers have been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Airman stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. Sergeant 30-year-old Joshua Kidd of Bossier City was found with a gunshot wound to his chest last week. Police say evidence linked two young boys, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, to the murder.
Louisiana will receive 3.6 million dollars from the U-S Department of Education to help schools statewide develop and expand their emergency operation plans for disasters, whether they are natural or manmade. The governor’s education policy advisor, Donald Songy, says they want every school to have a plan in place if students are threatened
DriversEd.com has released a report showing 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while driving, with 54% typing on their phones. The report, which examines behind-the-wheel behaviors, habits, and decisions, also shows only 39% of drivers say they use their phone more than they should. Safety and Education Analyst from the website, Laura Adams says the shows the use of technology is on the rise, whether watching videos on YouTube and Netflix or browsing social media.
A woman’s body found in Cameron Parish was apparently burned with gasoline as part of a possible homicide. 32-year-old Mitzie Galimidi appears to have already been dead when her body was brought to the scene and doused, according to authorities. Cameron Sheriff Ron Johnson says so far they have very little evidence.
A 37-year-old, ten year veteran of the Louisiana State Police has been arrested and charged with Abuse of Office after an investigation revealed he allegedly used his access to law enforcement databases for unauthorized activities. John Kelley of Troop G is out after posting bond. Kelley has been placed on forced leave.
A new poll shows massive, bipartisan support from coastal residents for Coastal Restoration efforts, and a substantial majority of support for Sediment Diversion projects. Environmental groups estimate the state could experience substantial land loss over the next several decades.
LSU is undefeated and ranked number 5 in the country heading into Week 6 of the college football season. But today, ESPN released its top nine teams that have chance of going to the playoffs and LSU was left off the list. ESPN says LSU and West Virginia both have a 6.4 percent chance to make the playoff but only six-tenths of a percent chance to win it all.
Running back Mark Ingram is back with the Saints after serving his four-game suspension. He greeted the team at the team’s facility when they returned from beating the Giants. Coach Sean Payton says Ingram is ready to go. Quarterback Drew Brees enters Monday’s game against Washington just 102 yards away from breaking Peyton Manning’s record for regular season career passing yards.