News for Thursday 100418
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Good news for 2016 flood victims who cannot receive federal rebuilding grants through the Louisiana Restore Program, because they already received an S-B-A loan. Senator Bill Cassidy says legislation addressing the duplication of benefits issue has passed the senate and is heading to President Trump’s desk…
All in all, federal officials say yesterday’s National Alert Test was a success. The test that started locally at 1:18 was supposed to be heard on all cellphones first. That was to be followed by all radio and TV stations. In part one of the test, early estimates had about 75% off all Cellphones receiving the test. The Feds had hoped that number would have been higher. Few problems were reported by radio and TV stations here in Louisiana, with the test going off without a hitch.
A Vernon Parish man found guilty of killing his girlfriend and her young son has had his convictions has had his day in Appeals court. Matthew Dotson had appealed his convictions on two counts of first-degree murder, for which he received two life sentences, claiming that there wasn't evidence and that "unduly graphic" autopsy photos shouldn't have been shown during the trial. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal found no merit to either of those claims.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is backing efforts to replace NAFTA with a new deal that would adjust some aspects of trade with Canada and Mexico. The state is an exporting powerhouse, and Strain says if approved, the new trade deal would be a major boost for some major Louisiana based corporations. President Donald Trump supports the plan.
With recent trade negotiations having disrupted the usual shipping lanes for soybeans as well as a higher yield from farmers, storage silos are full and Louisiana farmers are having issues finding places to store their crops before they can be shipped. Congressman Ralph Abraham has put in a request to the USDA requesting help with the issue. Abraham says there are still many beans that need to be harvested but have nowhere to go. Abraham says if this isn’t resolved quickly, the consequences could be dire.
The Secretary of State’s office is warning of scammers trying to collect voter information through phone calls. The callers would get in touch with potential victims and ask for information in order to register to vote or to receive an absentee ballot. Something the state says they would never do.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the growing numbers of waste tires in urban centers is creating a pollution problem, so starting this month, the state OK’d an increase on the per tire fee that’s used to pay for waste tire processing. The new charge $2.25 per tire. Secretary Chuck Brown says it’s a modest, but necessary tax.
It was a very emotional night outside of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Tuesday night as hundreds showed up for vigil to remember LSU basketball player Wayde Sims. Wayde’s father, Wayne Sims, spoke at the gathering and says he hopes that others can learn something from his son’s death. Sims was fatally shot last Friday while coming to the aid of a friend. Funeral services are this Saturday..
A 50-year-old Slaughter woman is headed to trial in Baton Rouge facing First Degree Murder charges in the death of her boyfriend Damian Skipper who she allegedly poisoned to death with barium in 2015. Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore says Hale is a suspect in her husband’s 2016 death as well, something they’re looking into. Hale was in line to collect 750,000 dollars of insurance money in that case.