News for Tuesday 031219
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Authorities in Sabine Parish report an investigation is under way into the death of an infant early yesterday morning in Many. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene on an unresponsive baby shortly before 4am. One deputy attempted to perform CPR until paramedics arrived, however, the child was pronounced dead on the scene. The case is being handled by the sheriff’s office, coroner’s office and the Division of Children and Family Services.
Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter is bringing a constitutional amendment in the upcoming session that asks voters whether local governments should have the authority to lower the homestead exemption. The amendment would first require two thirds support in the legislature to make it onto the fall ballot, where it would then need to be approved by a majority of voters. Carter says at that point, local voters would still have a final say on homestead exemption rates in their own back yards.
Louisiana has now seen eleven straight months of jobs gains, adding 2,100 jobs from December 2018 to January 2019. Other south Louisiana markets like Lafayette also performed well, but those gains in the south are not being duplicated in northern markets like Shreveport, Alexandria, and Monroe, who’ve lost a combined 2,200 jobs year to year.
The House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a hearing today on the Death Penalty, featuring family members of victims whose attackers are on death row, but have not been put the death, as the state has not executed anyone in over a decade. but Attorney General Jeff Landry says today they will showcase a legal path forward for the death penalty. Landry says the lack of an executable death penalty incentivizes more crime. Landry cited recent executions in Texas and Oklahoma as evidence that with some legal and policy tweaks, Louisiana could begin executing again as well.
The legislative session is a less than a month away and two topics look to be hot button issues. One of those, teacher and school support personnel pay raises, comes with an estimated 135-million dollar price tag. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says figuring out how to pay for it could be a struggle. The proposal would raise teacher pay by 1,000 dollars, and support personnel pay by 500 dollars. The other topic on many lawmakers lips is the prospect of legalizing sports betting in Louisiana.
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s reintroducing the College Transparency Act. Cassidy says the legislation aims to make education more affordable to students by modernizing the college reporting system to make available accurate data on student outcomes. Cassidy says among the data used would be the completion of the curriculum, as well as post-college hiring rates and earning expectations based upon a selected school.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning announces the arrest of a Bastrop man who allegedly set fire to a home with three relatives inside, including a child. 25-year-old Charles Craft faces three counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of aggravated arson. Authorities say Craft became angry after not receiving money from his mother to buy cigarettes.
A helicopter crash has left one dead and another missing. The aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in a flight between Galliano and Venice. The Coast Guard responded to the crash around 1:42 p.m. Authorities confirmed Nicholas Duplantis, of Houma, was killed in the accident. The pilot remains missing.
The 13th ranked LSU baseball team visits Natchitoches for the first time since 2014 when they play Northwestern State at Brown-Stroud Field. The Demons are 7-6 on the season, while LSU is 11-4. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm.
The suspension of LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade in response to his involvement in an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption has created more questions than answers. Among the questions, what benefit is it to the school to suspend Wade at this point? LSU beat reporter for the USA Today Network Glen Guilbeau says it makes the school look better in the NCAA’s eyes since they’ve taken steps towards self-disciplinary actions. Guilbeau says he believes the Tiger fans have seen the last of Will Wade at courtside.