News for Friday 031519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Today is day two of “The Country Cares for Kids St Jude Radiothon” The event is being broadcast until 7pm tonight on 100.3 KRRV. Call now to become a Partner in Hope at 1-800-573-5425 and help the kids at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. That Number again 1-800-573-5425…
HUD has agreed to implement rules allowing those who received SBA loans after the 2016 flood access to RESTORE funds by late April, but that won’t be finalized until the Office of Management and Budget OKs the rule change. Congress passed a law that was signed by the President late last year closing the duplication of benefits loophole, but various federal agencies have refused to implement the law.
Louisiana's two Republican U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy both voted Thursday in favor of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to secure funding for a southern border wall, but their support wasn't enough to carry the day for the president. Twelve other Republican senators broke rank and joined all of the Senate Democrats in a vote to block the national emergency. Republican senators such as Utah’s Mitt Romney and Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander said they supported Trump’s desire to build the wall. But they did not want to set a precedent of the president going around Congress for funding lawmakers had rejected. The President says he will veto yesterday’s vote.
The number of abortions in Louisiana last year fell to a 10-year low. 8,048 abortions were reported to have been performed in the state, and A 2017 report indicated nationwide abortion numbers have fallen to their lowest rate since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973. Planned Parenthood says it’s due to efforts to make contraception widely accessible to women. But Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says it’s due to a culture shift. Governor John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, responded saying “We are committed to reducing the number of abortions in Louisiana, and the data shows that is working”.
The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office has billed 29 year old Shane Carruth of Alexandria, with 95 counts of video voyeurism following his arrest last September. Carruth was arrested after he allegedly placed cameras in the women's restroom of a local gym. The case moves on now to a grand jury.
The Denham Springs police department arrests a couple in the death of a small child in Livingston Parish. Detective Amber Fairburn says their investigation started last Friday when they were called to a home in reference to an unresponsive two-year-old female. The toddler died on Monday and Fairburn says the child’s mother and her fiancé are facing significant charges.
Former Avoyelles Correctional Center Warden Nate Cain has pleaded guilty to charges in his federal trial on corruption charges. US Attorney David Joseph says the guilty plea means Cain conspired with his ex-wife to use department of corrections banks cards to purchase furniture, pet supplies, toilet paper, gun parts, Christmas decorations and other items for personal use. Defense attorney John McLindon says Cain has only pleaded guilty to purchasing gun parts for personal use with state dollars; the other charges have been dismissed. Cain will be sentenced June 17th.
Caddo authorities are on the hunt for a 56-year-old James Sloan, who allegedly broke into a home where his ex-girlfriend was living, and initiated a confrontation that led to a shooting. Sloan reportedly shot a man, identified as Terry Jones, twice in the buttocks during the incident, and then tied and gagged his ex and her two children. Sloan ultimately escaped and is on the run.
A tugboat crew had to abandon ship after the boat sunk in the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard got the call yesterday morning around 11 of a towing vessel sinking at Baton Rouge General Anchorage. US Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Giles says the Army Corp of Engineers deployed survey teams in an effort to locate the completely submerged vessel. Giles says officials are also checking for environmental impacts.
The four crew members escaped uninjured.
On The Air Today..
Today, the LSU basketball team will play Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The two teams played in the regular season twice, each game went into overtime, with each team winning on the other team’s home court. Tip-off is at noon. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm
The LSUA Lady Generals meet Louis – Clark today in the Second Round of the National Women’s Basketball Tournament. Hear the game starting at 11:45 on 94.7 ESPN.
The 10th ranked LSU baseball team begins SEC play tonight as they host Kentucky. The Tigers are 12-and-5 on the season. Kentucky brings a 13-4 record to LSU. Airtime 6:30 on KSYL 970am/104.9fm
Pelicans vs Portland 6:30p 94.7 ESPN
Selection Sunday is three days away and the LSU basketball team has to wonder just how the growing off the court controversy involving suspended coach Will Wade will impact their NCAA tournament seeding. CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm says the recruiting scandal will not factor into the selection committee’s analysis. LSU plays it’s first SEC tournament game today against Florida at 12PM. Palm says more so than any scandal, it’ll be their performance in this weekend’s competition that will have the biggest say in where they land. Palm notes the top eight teams are all from three conferences, meaning the majority of the teams ahead of LSU will suffer a loss.
LSU basketball coach Will Wade has asked for his suspension to be lifted, so he can return to his coaching duties immediately, and the school responded saying they won’t, until he talks to the admin about an FBI wiretap he’s on. LSU’s statement also point out that Wade has never denied any wrongdoing in his public statements.
After a back and forth with his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins, it looks like Saints backup QB Teddy Bridgewater will be returning to NOLA after posting a picture on twitter of himself in the Black and Gold.
The New Orleans Saints have signed defensive tackle Malcom Brown from the New England Patriots. The Pats elected not to pick up Brown’s fifth-year option, setting him up for free agency. Brown was the Patriots first-round draft pick in 2015.