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Tuesday State Superintendent John White announced the Special School District's Interim Superintendent will leave the job in June. Interim Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper has held the position since summer of 2018. The announcement comes after state police investigated allegations of misconduct at the Louisiana Special Education Center in January. Four LSEC leaders were also suspended because of that investigation.
Superintendent White said State Police turned the results of the investigation over the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. No word yet as to what if any charges will be filed.
There’s concern that processors who sell pre-peeled crawfish meat won’t have enough foreign H-2B visa workers to peel all of the crawfish on the market. Only 33,000 visas are made available every six months, and Farm Bureau public policy coordinator Brian Breaux there’s a need for about 100,000 manual laborers. Breaux says that means large amounts of the crawfish crop potentially could be thrown out, as there isn’t enough demand for non-peeled mudbugs. Louisiana farms about 130-150 million pounds of crawfish per year, over 90 percent of the national crop.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser has granted an official pardon to a lucky crustacean which means the mudbug will not go into a crawfish boil. The Third Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish ceremony took place on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Nungesser says this unique event celebrates crawfish season in Louisiana.
Spring has finally arrived, and with it the possibility for spring showers that could dump enough water to flood your home, and National Flood Insurance Chief Executive David Maurstad says it’s time to get covered. he says 30 percent of all flood claims are from moderate to low risk areas, something southeast Louisiana learned the hard way in 2016. Maurstad says if you aren’t covered, the longer you wait to get it done, the higher the risk, because you can’t get the coverage fast enough to respond to an immediate threat.
Several Romanians, who were in the country illegally, have been arrested in Livingston Parish after allegedly being in the country illegally, and running a “skimming” scam targeting gas stations along the I-12 coordinator. Sheriff Jason Ard says they tracked the suspects with the help of the Secret Service, who’s cracking down on nationwide skimming operations.191 counterfeit credit cards were allegedly discovered in their car, along with 4,000 dollars in cash. Four adults have been arrested, and three juveniles are being held as a result of the bust.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the state is seeing fewer fatalities in fires so far in 2019 compared to other years with 16 fatal fires killing 17. Browning credits a milder winter as a contributing factor for the lower numbers, due to the less frequent use of space heaters and a lessened strain being put on electrical systems in older homes.
Whenever people get sick, they often take to social media to let the world know about it. Now there is an app that’s been tracking social media posts about sickness and comparing it to clinical data to forecast when an illness is expected to be on the rise. CEO of the app “Sick Weather” Graham Dodge says social media inclusion enables to the app to give a real time outlook for an area. Dodge says the app’s algorithm has been collecting data for the past eight years and right now is seeing a late flu peak for Louisiana and is forecasting a more severe allergy season in the bayou state.
The LSUA Women advanced yesterday in the National Basketball Championship by squashing Westmont College 70 to 59. Up next, Lewis & Clark tomorrow morning at 11:45. That game will be carried on 94.7 ESPN.
The No. 13 LSU baseball team's bats came to life Wednesday night as the Tigers put up 18 hits on the way to a 16-5 win against Texas Southern Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium. With the win, LSU improves to 12-5 on the season. The Tigers begin a three game series tomorrow night playing host to Kentucky.
The LSU Basketballers begin play in the SEC tournament Saturday Afternoon.. You can hear that entire series on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm
The Saints second-leading rusher, Mark Ingram, has landed in Baltimore, reportedly signing a three-year, 15-million dollar contract with the Ravens. New Orleans will attempt to replace Ingram with Latavius Murray, who has agreed to a 4-year, 14.4 million dollar contract. Ingram ends his Saints career less than 90 yards shy of Duece McCalister’s all-time franchise record.
In other NFL free agency news, All Pro safety Earl Thomas joins Mark Ingram in Baltimore, former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. joins LSU teammate Jarvis Landry in Cleveland, former Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is heading to the Chiefs, All-World running back Le’veon Bell is joining the Jets, and former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is resigning in Tennessee on a four year deal. The new NFL season officially kicked off at 3pm yesterday.