News for Thursday 012419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The U-S Senate is expected to vote today on competing proposals to end the longest government shutdown in US history. The GOP proposal funds a border wall and provides temporary protections for some immigrants. Republican Senator John Kennedy says for it to pass, it will take votes from his colleagues across the aisle.
The Democrats bill would reopen the government until February 8th, without border funding. Democratic leaders have said let’s open the government and then discuss funding for border security. Both proposals are not expected to pass and that means federal workers will not receive what should be their second paycheck this month.
Beginning Monday, Louisiana abortion clinics will be required to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, that after a Friday ruling from the New Orleans based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Act 620 was held up for years after the Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas in 2016. The 5th Circuit in September determined the Louisiana law was different enough to warrant a rehearing.
A traffic stop by Grant Parish Deputies led to the arrest of a Winnfield man for crystal methamphetamine after the drugs were discovered in the driver’s pocket and on the dashboard of the vehicle. 57 year old Huey Barton, was arrested for Possession of C.D.S. II (crystal methamphetamine).
In investigation by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s department into a burglary in the Pollock area let to the arrests of two Pollock women. 41 year old Melissa Brevelle and 32 year old Martha Smith were charged with Burglary, Criminal Trespassing, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and other charges.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety say Louisiana is in the top seven for best highway safety traffic regulations. The Bayou State was lauded for having nine of the organizations recommended safety laws. President Kathy Chase we still have some room for improvement. Chase notes the state should be doing more to address safety concerns when it comes to younger drivers, and infant passengers. The report notes the annual economic cost of US crashes is 242 billion dollars.
DeRidder insurance industry veteran Tim Temple is running against incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon in this year’s fall election that features a slate of statewide offices, including governor. Both men are Republicans. Temple says he was inspired to run after hearing repeated complaints from Louisianans about one thing in particular, high auto insurance rates. Temple says the key to lower rates is attracting more insurance companies, which would promote competition.
A man accused of killing a Denham Springs couple in late October was formally charged by a Livingston Parish grand jury on Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder. 45 year old Michael Collins faces life in prison if convicted of the crime. Eugene and Patricia Gurley were found beaten to death Oct. 30 in their company building.
Another Saints ticket-holder filed a lawsuit Tuesday afternoon, claiming the NFL defrauded him and other fans by failing to enforce its own rules. The lawsuit, filed by St. Charles Parish resident Darrell Guillory, is fashioned as a class action on behalf of all ticket-holders for Sunday’s NFC Championship game. It followed a separate lawsuit filed earlier Tuesday by two Saints fans over a botched call that cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl.
Three days after his team's season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Saints cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested for drunken driving in New Orleans early Wednesday. Officers on the Crescent City Connection said they clocked Williams driving at 80 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone.
Saints fans continue to mourn over Sunday’s heart breaking loss in the NFC Championship game, but General Manager Mickey Loomis says the franchise is moving forward. Loomis spoke with reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and says he realizes fans are hurting, but he doesn’t buy into the fan theories that the game was fixed against them.