News for Tuesday 010819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The residents of Marksville are still in mourning following the I-75 crash involving two 18 wheelers that left seven dead, including five local children who were on a church trip to Disney World last week. A large crowd turned out for a candlelight vigil late yesterday afternoon at Marksville High School’s football field. Marksville mayor John Lemoine says the support that has come in from around the country to help the grieving community has been overwhelming..
You'll need a couple hundred bucks to snag a ticket to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints divisional-round playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. As of Monday morning, the lowest price ticket on the secondary market was $150. Compare that to the Dallas Cowboys-Los Angeles Rams divisional-round game, and $150 isn't so bad. The lowest price ticket for that game as of Monday morning was $300.
Entergy announcing Monday that both of Louisiana's nuclear power plants have been federally relicensed to operate into the 2040s, when both plants will be in their 50’s. The company operates the River Bend facility in St. Francisville and Waterford 3 in Killona. Each was originally licensed in 1985. Entergy also owns the Grand Gulf plant just over the state line in Port Gibson, Mississippi; it was relicensed in 2016. Nuclear power provides 16 percent of Louisiana's energy.
Former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider has opened up about why his production studio in Holden was seized by the Sheriff, saying plainly, that it’s his fault for not making the mortgage payments on the property. Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the hit show from 79-85, says he wants to make it clear that unlike many plots from Dukes, the seizure was not some nefarious, underhanded scheme from the local sheriff. Schneider says he was a much better storyteller than businessman.
A single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 135 in Franklin Parish on Sunday resulted in the death of a teenage driver and serious injuries to another teen. State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says 16-year-old Angel Irwin of Winnsboro over corrected and hit a tree.
Governor Edwards has been unsuccessful in his effort to increase the minimum wage, but he’ll try again this year. Edwards says this spring he’ll ask the legislature to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to eight dollars an hour by 2020 and $8.50 by 2021. He says the legislation is modeled after what Arkansas recently approved. The Governor is also planning on asking lawmakers to approve a pay raise for the state’s teachers, who continue to be paid below the southern regional average.
Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond is now the highest ranked member of the Louisiana delegation in House, and says he plans on using his high ranking authority position to highlight, and push for solutions to the state’s most pressing issues. He says Democrats will be pursuing an aggressive climate change and green energy policy, one that can address the state’s coastal, and economic woes. Richmond was named Assistant to the Majority Whip for the 116th Congress.
51-year-old Meshell Hale of Slaughter has pleaded not guilty to charges that she poisoned her boyfriend to collect on his $10,000 insurance policy. Investigators initially thought 41-year-old Damien Skipper had died of a heart attack in 2015, but police determined Hale had researched barium poisoning and purchased the chemical prior to his death, prompting an examination of Skipper’s body.
College football’s National Championship game in Santa Clara is now in the books, but New Orleans is already looking forward to next year, as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome welcomes the game in 2020. COO of the Sugar Bowl Jeff Hundley says the finale of the college football playoffs has seen about a $300 million dollar economic impact for the host cities.
After an eleven-day layoff, The LSU men’s basketball team jumps into SEC play tonight by hosting Alabama. The Tigers haven’t played since December 28th, while Crimson Tide are coming off a 77-75 win over nationally ranked Kentucky. You can hear the game starting at 7:30 on KSYL 970am/104.9fm.